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Euro vs. US Dollar

November 25th, 2014

The Euro and the US Dollar are two of the most dominant global currencies in many different regards. Many countries hold these currencies in their government reserves, transactions in many countries can be fixed in Euro or US Dollar denominations, and the countries these currencies are officially used in are dominant in the global economy.
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Capex vs. Opex

November 25th, 2014

When discussing expenses in a company you will often hear reference to capex and opex, while both refer to money being paid out of a company they have very different meanings. Understanding the different meanings is important to having a clear picture of what is being referred to and this article will help you follow
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Difference Between The Money Market and The Capital Market

October 29th, 2014

In order to understand what the differences between things are you first need to understand what each of the items is. In this case before you can understand the difference between capital markets and money markets you are going to need to understand what capital markets are and what money markets are. Once you understand
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Could a Guess Buyout Happen?

August 28th, 2014

Guess (GES) tanked 7.7% after hours on Wednesday after a disappointing report that included downbeat guidance. Meanwhile, competitor Express (EXPR) did much better with investors after its latest report. However, that might not mean that Express offers the better investment opportunity right now. While the clothing retail business remains very promotional, Express still managed to turn itself
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Is it Smart to Invest in Re-Emerging Markets?

July 30th, 2014

The transient and unpredictable nature of business is arguably the greatest challenge for investors. Over time, however, economic analysts and experts have devised several concepts to help investors evaluate risks and opportunities in various regions. One of these concepts is that of an “emerging market”, which, simply put, is the middle ground between a developed
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Top 10 Global Events in the Cryptocurrency Market

June 9th, 2014

There are a wide range of different news events that are starting to draw in attention from many within the Bitcoin community. Some people will be watching to see whether these changes may prove to be a positive development for the cryptocurrency. It could actually presage some of the major changes that are going underway
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10 Best Free Business Accounting Software For Freelancers And Small Businesses

April 24th, 2014

Are you a freelancer or small business owner looking for an application that can help you with everyday accounting tasks? If so, you will surely benefit from business accounting software that you can readily download for free. To help you out on which application to use, we have listed ten of the popular choices available:
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How Do We Measure GDP?

April 15th, 2014

Economists always keep talking about GDP growth rate, but have you wondered how do we measure GDP? Gross domestic product or GDP in short, is measured in terms of the monetary value of all goods and services produced within the geographical boundaries of a country during a specific period of time. Generally economists compare the
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The Value of Virtual Outbound Telemarketing

April 3rd, 2014

Outbound telemarketing refers to companies who hire telemarketers who proactively make phone calls

Six Business Services Which Are Always Worth Paying For

March 13th, 2014

Businesses services can be described as non-core business processes; basically, processes or work that support the operations of a business but does not produce a tangible commodity, for example, accounting, marketing and receptionist services. While such services are extremely important, the first contact a potential client usually has with a business after their website is
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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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Occidental Petroleum: Streamlining Operations For Future Growth

February 19th, 2014

Occidental Petroleum (OXY) decided to sell a minority stake in its Middle East and North Africa, also known as MENA, operations. The deal could amount to a 40% stake in MENA that could be worth $8 billion to $10 billion. Three state-owned firms in the Gulf have shown interest in picking up the stake and
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Is Seadrill Well Positioned To Take Advantage Of The Offshore Drilling Market?

February 19th, 2014

Seadrill’s (SDRL) offshore assets in deepwater and ultra-deepwater drilling continue to be a major advantage. The drilling units used in dee-water and ultra-deepwater drilling are called floaters, consisting mainly of semi-submersible and drill ships. Seadrill has around 15 semi-submersible and seven drill ships operating globally. The company has ordered another eight drill ships and four
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What Does an Actuarial Analyst Do?

November 22nd, 2013

Many companies are awash in various finance types who summarize and present all sorts of financial information. Large corporations and companies in certain industries (insurance, financial sector, accounting firms) commonly have another role in finance for actuarial analysis. So what do actuarial analysts do? The actuarial analyst is a role typically used in a company
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Assets vs. Liabilities

November 22nd, 2013

Business discussions with your company accountant will almost certainly end up involving comments about either assets or liabilities, and if you’re lucky both! Assets are what the company owns and liabilities are what the company owes, easy. If we count everything in the office and then add up all our unpaid bills we know all
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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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Capital Leases vs. Operating Leases

November 22nd, 2013

Many companies at some point lease an asset as an alternative to purchasing the asset out right, sounds straightforward right. Well…lease accounting can get a bit more complicated and the two alternatives for accounting treatment are substantially different. The accounting treatment for capital and operating leases is as follows: Capital Lease: The company is required
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LLC vs. Corporation

November 22nd, 2013

When deciding to set up a small business many people hear that they should set up a S Corporation or a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation). Picking the right one for you can save you a lot of time and hassle down the road. Here are a few things to consider in making your choice. S
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IFRS vs. GAAP

November 22nd, 2013

Significant changes are occurring in the way account balances and transactions are accounted for. This is largely due to the slow and steady transition of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to be more in line with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). IFRS is the accounting standard set out by the International Accounting Standards Board
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Deficit vs. Debt

November 22nd, 2013

When discussing government, or corporate finances the terms of deficit and debt get thrown around a lot. While they are closely related they are two separate concepts. The deficit typically refers to the current financial period and relates to a shortfall in revenues when compared to expenses. In a government context, more is being paid
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