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Ideas are the Bedrock of Successful Investments

Much has been said about discovering the right investable security – in most cases, a “winning” stock – that ends up making lives of investor and careers of analysts/fund managers. But unfortunately, there’s still not quite enough in terms of products and platforms out there to help people discover potentially great ideas. There are scores of stories around of an investor having made an investment in a Ford in the
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About The Confidence Meter From Stockal

While trying to make sense of all the information out there about a stock you're researching, Analyst Opinion can be tricky to understand. At any given point in time, there are multiple opinions present for the same stock, from different-different analyst firms. What Jefferies rates a "Buy", Nomura may rate a "Strong buy" and Morgan Stanley may rate a "hold" - all on the same day. Individual retail investors are seldom
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Social Media and Millennial Investments

Investing has always played a large role in our lives. Not too long ago, there was a time when people used to grab news papers, analyze point size information, map out graphs, club all the factors together and then decide investing in a particular stock. With time the trend has changed. Researching about stocks is crucial and the ways of doing the same has evolved over the generations. Certainly with
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Fund Share Classes – From A to Z

When looking to either initially build out a portfolio or add to an existing one, investors need to spend a significant amount of time researching different fund families and often multiple funds within a family with varying objectives. However, the “fun” does not end there. After an individual has selected the applicable fund that meets his or her needs and has the best prospects for appreciation, a decision must be
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How To Use Social Media As An Investment Tool?

If you’re not using Twitter, StockTwits, LinkedIn and other social media when you invest, you could be making a mistake that could deprive you of potential profits. One big catalyst that came in 2013 was the SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission] began allowing companies to use Facebook and Twitter to communicate information to investors. And they have been using social media as a way of releasing earnings information and significant corporate news.
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Bond Vs. Equity Returns

Bond and equity returns consist of capital gains and cash distributions. Bond returns consist mainly of periodic interest payments. Equity returns consist mainly of capital gains when you sell, although some companies pay cash dividends as well. The total return of your portfolio depends on your mix of stocks, bonds and other assets, as well as overall economic conditions. Bond Returns Bond returns depend on several factors, such as interest
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What Are GDP, CPI and PPI & Why Do They Matter?

One of the things that can be daunting for those new to the investing and trading world is the plethora of acronyms and abbreviations that those with more experience throw around. They are often to do with analyzing an individual stock or its performance, but some refer to economic data that, taken together, help you to form an opinion on and, more importantly an outlook for, the broader economy. GDP,
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What is CFD trading?

Contracts for Difference (CFD) give traders all the benefits of owning a particular stock, index, or commodity position – without having to physically own the underlying instrument itself. It’s a simple and inexpensive trading option, to trade the change in price of multiple commodity and equity markets, with leverage and immediate execution. A customer enters into a contract for a CFD at the quoted price and the difference between that
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All you need to know about Hedge Funds

Hedge funds are alternative investment vehicles that explicitly pursue absolute returns on their underlying investments. The term "hedge fund" has come to incorporate any absolute return fund investing within the financial markets (stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, derivatives, etc) and/or applying non-traditional portfolio management techniques including, but not restricted to, short selling, leveraging, arbitrage, swaps, etc. Initially devised in the US in 1949, hedge funds really took off in the late
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What is Basis Trading

An arbitrage trading strategy that aims to profit from perceived mispricing of similar securities. Basis trading relates to a trading strategy in which a trader believes that two similar securities are mispriced relative to each other, and the trader will take opposing long and short positions in the two securities in order to profit from the convergence of their values. The strategy is known as basis trading, because it typically