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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…

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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