Basics of Online Stock Trading

June 5, 2014 2:07 pm GMT+0  in Investing, Trading with Other Commodities

In recent years, positive trends in consumer credit activities have helped create major shifts in the tendency to place retail investment trades online, rather than on the floor of a traditional stock exchange.  There is a wide variety of ways to start doing this.   Already, there is a large and growing number of regulated brokers […]

The Value Investor’s Annual Fix: Buffett’s Letter To Shareholders

March 3, 2014 1:05 pm GMT+0  in Investing

Anyone reading Warren Buffet’s annual letter to Berkshire shareholders would be struck by his utmost faith and confidence in the American way. America’s great wealth of opportunity Buffett reveals that Berkshire subsidiaries spent a record $11B during the year on capital expenditure on plant and machinery, and nearly 89% of that was spent within the […]

Bitcoin – A Bubble Waiting to Burst or the Next Legitimate Currency?

November 11, 2013 1:43 pm GMT+0  in Investing

With the launching of the world’s first Bitcoin ATM in Vancouver earlier this month, debates have roared around the legitimacy of the virtual currency. The ATM allows people to swop Bitcoins for cash and vice-versa. According to the Robocoin firm, over $100,000 worth of Bitcoins have already been bought and sold through the machine. Heavy […]

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New to Investing: Guidelines for Success

May 20, 2013 12:50 pm GMT+0  in Investing

Even if you have a good job and earn a lot of money, you need to invest to grow your money. In addition to having peace of mind, you will be able to secure your future if you invest wisely. If you are new to investing, there are a number of things you can do […]

Hedge Funds – It’s really about Investing in the Manager

November 1, 2012 12:03 pm GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

This is our concluding article on hedge funds, and a brief recap is in order. We looked at what hedge funds are, their different kinds, the pros and cons of investing in them, a hedge fund gone wrong (LTCM), one of the most successful hedge funds in history (Bridgewater) and the fees structure of a […]

Hedge Funds – Where are the Customers’ Yachts?

October 30, 2012 8:18 am GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

An oft-quoted nugget from financial literature goes as follows: A young man, about to be recruited into the financial markets, was being shown around New York and was shown some smart yachts anchored at the Battery. “Those are the yachts owned by the bankers, and there, those are the ones owned by the brokers,” said […]

The Story of Bridgewater Associates – Hedge Funds

October 28, 2012 5:59 pm GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

From a January, 2008, newsletter by Bridgewater Associates cited in The New Yorker: “If the economy goes down, it will not be a typical recession.” Rather, it would be a disaster in which “the financial deleveraging causes a financial crisis that causes an economic crisis. . . . This continues until there is reflation, currency […]

Hedge Funds – The Story of Long Term Capital Management

October 26, 2012 10:15 am GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

            This chapter is all about how a seemingly ‘can’t-do-wrong’ hedge fund went bust, and whose sheer size sent tremors down Wall Street and the financial markets, so much so that the government had to step in and take matters in hand to avoid a financial meltdown. Long Term Capital […]

Hedge Funds – Pros and Cons

October 24, 2012 8:05 am GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

              Before you start looking at hedge funds as your ticket to financial nirvana, it would be useful to understand the arguments both for, and against investing in hedge funds. As they say, buyers beware! Hedge Funds – The Arguments “Against” One of the most common grounds for criticising […]

Types of Hedge Funds

October 23, 2012 2:24 am GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

                  Now that you have an understanding of what hedge funds are, let’s look at their different kinds. Hedge fund categories and types Hedge funds may be broadly categorised as follows: Equity – directional hedge funds are focused on stocks and maybe long– or short– oriented. On […]

What are Hedge Funds?

October 20, 2012 9:09 am GMT+0  in Hedging and Hedge Funds

            That’s not a hedge fund! A real hedge fund has little to do with plants and vegetation, and plenty to do with the other green stuff – your investment dollars, a.k.a, greenbacks. Hedge Fund Definition and Description A hedge fund is in fact a specialized investment vehicle, but strangely, […]

Investor Confidence

October 18, 2012 11:41 pm GMT+0  in Investing

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Commissioner Luis Aguilar mentioned some interesting findings about the lack of confidence and trust of American investors in the overall system. Commissioner Luis Aguilar mentioned this in his speech in Securities Enforcement Forum on October 18, 2012. The findings are as follows: 79% of investors have no trust in the financial system; 52% of […]