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Investment Strategies for Beginners

January 16th, 2015

I just inherited some money and want to make an investment in shares of stock. Do you have any advice for someone who has never invested in the stock market? Basically, the first thing to do would be to open a brokerage account with a reputable stock broker. Depending on how you want to go
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What are the Benefits of Investing in Stocks?

January 16th, 2015

Many of my friends have invested in the stock market over the years, some have done well while others have been less fortunate, is it a good idea to put my extra cash in stock, why invest in stock? Investing in the stock market has traditionally been how the affluent hedge inflation risks. The stock
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Limit Order vs. Stop Order

January 5th, 2015

When trading stocks it is not always possible (or desirable) to monitor the prices of stocks you hold or are considering holding all the time. In these cases most brokerages will allow you to place conditional instructions with them to make certain trades when a price is reached, these are referred to as Limit Orders
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BSE vs. NSE

January 5th, 2015

The two largest and most prominent stock exchanges in India are the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE). While the BSE has the distinction of being the oldest stock exchange in Asia, established in 1875, the NSE has quickly grown to prominence since its creation in 1992. While these two markets
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Bond vs. Stock

January 5th, 2015

Bonds and stocks are two of the most common types of assets purchased by investors and most portfolios include one or both. The two investment vehicles are very different, however, and this article will explain the differences. Bonds Investing in bonds is essentially buying a portion of the debt held by a corporation, or sometimes
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NASDAQ vs. NYSE

December 31st, 2014

The NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are both New York based stock exchanges and are two of the largest exchanges in the world. There are key differences between the two markets that can impact both the exchange a company would choose to list on and where an investor may prefer to put
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Income vs. Revenue

December 31st, 2014

When evaluating a company from an investment perspective two of the key figures to look at are the revenue and income amounts generated by that company.  This article will help you differentiate between the two and also understand how they each need to be assessed. Revenue Revenues refer to the total amount of money that
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Common Stock vs. Preferred Stock

December 3rd, 2014

When setting up most types of corporations you have an option as to the difference classes of stock that you can set up, with many large companies having as many as a dozen difference classes of stock. Common stock and preferred stock are the two main types of stock that companies will use and many
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ETF vs. Mutual Fund

November 20th, 2014

When approaching investing your savings the options available to you can be pretty overwhelming, especially with some investment products appearing to be the same. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and Mutual Funds are very similar investment products, but with some key differences that can have an impact on your taxes and your ability to buy and
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Introduction to Stocks

October 29th, 2014

Stocks are among the most talked about and most popular investment opportunities available. But although virtually everyone has heard about stocks, many people don’t understand the basic concepts underlying them. Indeed, the starting point for any investor interested in investing in stocks should be to understand what shares of stock actually represent and why there is
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Will SodaStream Go Private?

September 9th, 2014

SodaStream (SODA) share prices have dropped 30% in 2014, while the S&P500 Index is up 7%. According to unnamed sources, SodaStream plans to divest for $40 per share. Reports have emerged that SodaStream International will soon be going private! SodaStream International (SODA) has sparked plenty of interest on the back of reports that it plans
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Tiffany Gets Returned, but Bigger Returns Could Be Ahead

August 28th, 2014

Tiffany (TIF) rallied to more than $105 per share after a strong second-quarter report on Wednesday morning, but by the end of the day the stock had fallen back down to $101.75 to give up most of its gains. The jeweler still ended the day up by about 1%, but this came on the heels of
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The Fresh Market Showed Sales Strength, but Kroger May Offer a Better Opportunity

August 25th, 2014

The Fresh Market (TFM) closed out the week on a high note, as the stock was up 8.1% at the end of trading on Friday after earnings came out on Thursday afternoon. While the health food store posted strong top-line growth with a year-on-year improvement of 19.0%, a closer look shows that one important metric could
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With Canadian Retail Sales on the Rise, Time to Buy Tim Hortons?

August 25th, 2014

Tim Hortons ended the week on a high note. The Canadian coffee shop saw its share price jump 2.76% on Friday after a report from Statistics Canada showed strength in retail sales and limited inflation. Specifically, June sales showed a 1.1% rise from the previous month and an impressive 5.9% year-over-year gain. Food and beverage
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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…