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How Will E-Cigarette Trends Affect Stocks?

March 19th, 2014

When we look at most of the global stock benchmarks, we can see that market valuations continue to hold at elevated levels. In some cases, like the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials, we continue to see stock values push into record territory. But while this is great for investors that are already long
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5 Reasons Now is the Perfect Time for Real Estate Investing

March 6th, 2014

If you’ve always been interested in investing in real estate, but have continuously wondered when exactly the right time is, the answer is now! Too many people get stuck waiting for market trends to improve and subsequently pass up potentially fantastic real estate deals. The plain truth is that the real estate market is constantly
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Amazon.com: How AWS And Amazon Prime Will Drive The Company’s Future Growth

February 19th, 2014

With the growing demand of cloud services, Amazon (AMZN) is expanding its reach with Amazon Web Service, or AWS. The company recently entered into a deal with ChinaNetCenter to provide AWS cloud service in China. ChinaNetCenter is a leading integrated service provider of Internet data center, or IDC, and content delivery network, or CDN, in
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7 Rookie Forex Trading Mistakes

February 19th, 2014

Forex trading is one of the most challenging ventures a person could probably undertake in their life. Going to the gym and building muscle won’t help you, nor will going to university and getting a fancy degree. This job requires psychological features of strength, which most new traders do not have, and sadly may never
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Seadrill: Why A More Cautious Look Is Required

January 6th, 2014

Seadrill (SDRL) has around 16 semi-submersibles and around seven drillships under contract as of this year. The drillships and the semisubmersibles form Seadrill’s fleet of floaters. I expect the company may face some headwinds in the coming quarters due to oil companies’ reducing their capital expenditure in deepwater drilling. According to Seadrill’s fleet status report,
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Analytical Methods

November 22nd, 2013

The selection of the appropriate analytical methods and techniques for assessing a business, or your investment, is crucial to correctly assessing the performance. Businesses generate all sorts of financial and non-financial information and simply choosing what exactly you want to assess can be incredibly difficult. Analyzing both your own business and an investment opportunity involve
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ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

November 22nd, 2013

So you’ve decided to invest in the stock market but you’ve decided you’re more comfortable investing in funds as opposed to picking individual stocks. Generally a good call for new investors, but now you have to decide whether you’re going to invest in ETFs or Mutual Funds. While very similar in nature, there are differences
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Lease vs. Buy?

November 22nd, 2013

Leasing or buying an asset can be a tough decision for any business to make. Which option works best for your company is contingent on a series of factors that every business owner or manager should consider. What is your cash situation? If you’re cash strapped leasing may be your best option, as the cash
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How to Invest in Mutual Funds

November 8th, 2013

Mutual funds can be an easy addition to your portfolio that takes some of the work out of your hands as the managers of the funds handle the actual stock purchasing for you. These large investment vehicles (often worth hundreds of millions of dollars) are easy to get started in as many will allow you
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How to Invest in Penny Stocks

November 7th, 2013

Penny stocks are typically defined as those stocks that are traded for under one dollar per share and many consider investing in them to be one of the riskier investment activities to take part in. Some beginner investors are drawn to these stocks as their cheaper on a per share basis without knowing that they
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Can Your Friends Predict the Stock Market?

July 17th, 2013

There’s been a lot of talk in the news about predicting the markets with big data from Google and tweet analysis from Twitter. Tell us what you think…

List of Important Financial Ratios for Stock Analysis

July 5th, 2013

When you’re research individual stocks for investing, you have to look beyond the basics like share price, number or shares, and market capitalization. Here are some important financial ratios to help you better understand the company you are about to invest in. Common Investment Valuation Ratios Book Value Per Share - The book value of a company divided by the number of shares outstanding.
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Active vs. Passive Investment Strategies

June 25th, 2013

The age-old battle between active investment proponents and their counterparts in passive management is seemingly never-ending. This feud has been in and out of research journals, trade magazines, and other publications for decades. The reason this argument drags on indefinitely is that both sides have compiled a significant amount of research in an attempt to
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Using Absolute Return Funds to Hedge Against a Falling Stock Market

June 17th, 2013

Buy low, sell high…right? Not necessarily. When many people think of investing in stocks, they think of purchasing a stock at one price and later selling it for a higher price to make money. Others may consider the dividends paid by some companies as a great way to make a return on an investment when
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Optimal Portfolio Rebalancing Frequency

June 13th, 2013

Rebalancing an investment portfolio is one of the vague areas of finance and investments where academia presents a number of theories but carrying out those theories in practice isn’t quite as simple. As with many confusing areas of investing and personal finance, this is a topic that has been discussed and researched by countless academics,
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ETFs vs Mutual Funds: Which Is Better?

June 11th, 2013

Both mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) provide investors with the opportunity to diversify their portfolios without having to pay the prohibitive trading costs that would normally be required, which particularly benefits retail investors, who tend to execute smaller trades.  By investing in either a mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund, the investor indirectly owns
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Fraud and Dispute Resolution in the World of Investing

June 5th, 2013

Learn about the various types of financial fraud schemes out there, how to protect yourself, and how to respond if you become a victim.

Protecting Your Assets from a Lawsuit

May 30th, 2013

In the movie U-571, an American submarine crew is charged with taking over a broken stranded German submarine during World War II in order to steal an enigma coding machine that will give them access to German naval secrets. The Americans disguise themselves as Germans coming to the aid of the broken down German sub.
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The Top 10 Most Expensive U.S. Stocks

May 23rd, 2013

[All data updated as of 5/23/13] When looking at the stock market it’s interesting to know what the actual most expensive stocks are on a per share basis. Sometimes these stocks are out of reach as you’d have to move too much of your portfolio to buy a position in those stocks, but they are often
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Finding the Best High Dividend Stocks for Your Portfolio

May 23rd, 2013

When picking a stock with an emphasis on the dividend payments, you are typically looking to maximize your return over a longer period of time instead of picking stocks purely for appreciation in its value. As with selecting stocks for other aspects of your portfolio, dividend focused investment is not as simple as just looking at
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