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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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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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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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ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

November 22nd, 2013

So you’ve decided to invest in the stock market but you’ve decided youâ 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 youâ re going to invest in ETFs or Mutual Funds. While very similar in nature, there
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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…

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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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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Should You Invest in Small Cap Stocks?

May 17th, 2013

Small cap stocks can be a great supplement to any portfolio as long as an investor puts in their due diligence researching the stock and is comfortable with the increased risk that comes with investing in smaller companies.  There are many different definitions of what constitutes a small cap stock but a good rule of thumb
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The Learning Curve of Investing

April 11th, 2013

How much can you learn simply by studying? You can read books, study information on web sites, attend seminars, and spend months in paper trading. Yet when that is all done, you still do not really understand investing and trading until you put money into a position and find out what happens. Key Point No
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Popular Stock Market Myths

April 11th, 2013

The stock market is a culture based partly on persistent myths. To a large extent, belief in myths is wishful thinking and, in some cases, magical thinking. This is a belief in something that simply does not make sense. For example, if you believe that watching a baseball game while wearing the team hat or
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A Sensible Approach to the Market

April 11th, 2013

Whether you decide to approach the stock market as an investor or as a trader, or by combining both disciplines, your success is going to rely on how effectively you gain experience and knowledge and put your resources to work. Resources include your income and investment cash levels. Of course, the more money you have
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The Flexibility of Options

April 11th, 2013

Options have dozens of uses beyond the basic strategies. They can be used to open spreads, for example. These are strategies consisting of opening two or more different options at the same time and on the same underlying stock, but with different strikes, or different expiration dates, or both. There are three different ways to
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Covered Calls

April 11th, 2013

Another basic strategy is the covered call, which is a two-part strategy. First you must own 100 shares of the underlying stock. Then a call is sold and the risks of going short are covered by the shares. In the event of exercise, your 100 shares are called away at the strike. As long as
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Basic Long Option Strategies

April 11th, 2013

The rudiments of options are not easy to grasp, and for that reason trying some paper trading makes sense. This helps you to try out basic strategies, master terminology, and learn how the system works. However, paper trading is safe because no money is actually at risk, so its value is limited to the concept
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Valuation of Options

April 11th, 2013

The option’s value is called its premium. This is the current value of each option contract. It is expressed as a single numeral with two decimal places. For example, an option might be priced currently at 2.40. This means it is worth $240. Value contains three distinct and separate parts, making valuation of options more
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Options Basics Explained

April 11th, 2013

There are two kinds of options, both traded publicly on the open exchanges. First is the call, which is an intangible contract giving its owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy 100 shares of stock at a fixed price. Second is the put, which is the opposite. The put gives its owner the
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Options to Leverage and Manage Your Portfolio

April 11th, 2013

Most investors and traders start out with two assumptions. First, their stock market activities are going to involve buying and selling shares of stock (either directly or through a mutual fund). Second, the sequence of trades is buy-hold-sell. Both of these assumptions can be challenged and the stock market universe expanded by also taking a
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Applying the Combined Approach as a Diversification Method

April 11th, 2013

Another aspect in combining analytical approaches is the resulting diversification this method provides. With fundamental analysis, you invariably end up diversifying by the attributes of competitive position or of dividend yield, or simply between different sectors and industries. With the technical approach, diversification is usually accomplished by degrees of market risk (price volatility). Key Point
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