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What Is an Investment Broker and Do You Need One?

You may already be aware of the job title ‘investment broker’ but you could be wondering as to what these people do. You might also like to know if there is anything that these people offer that could be advantageous to you; could they help make you money? There is a common misconception that investment brokers are only the concern of the big investor but this is in fact far from the case.

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How to secure your future finances and be financially peaceful?

The future can seem a whole lot brighter if you believe that the finances are going to be there to allow you do the things you want to do. Securing the future does not mean saving every penny now so that you can have a few nice years before you die; the real trick is to manage your finances so that you always have a bit of money throughout the rest of your life. It should be remembered though, that it is a lot easier to be poor when you are young than it is when you are older.

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What is Short Selling?

Short selling is something you will hear mentioned a lot if you like to watch any of the business TV channels or read any business-orientated magazine. Some people do get a bit confused by the idea of short selling, but it is not actually that difficult to understand.

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What is the Technical Analysis of Stocks

In any economy, one thing is certain: the beginner investor is alive and well. In boom economies, this investor is filled with rampant enthusiasm and a desire to strike while the market is “hot” in order to get the maximum value possible. In recessionary economies, the beginner investor is still filled with rampant enthusiasm, albeit from a much different perspective. They are looking to come into the market while it’s down and make out like thieves in the night when it rises again. Perfect prediction is outside the capability of any human-created system, but the system of technical analysis allows us to come pretty close.

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Where is the Gold Price going?

John Maynard Keynes called gold “the barbarous relic”. Now, long after Keynes’ school of economics became unfashionable, gold is once again in fashion, hitting an all time dollar record even when other metals and commodities have dived in price as a result of poor industrial demand. So what is driving the gold price?

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How to Read a Stock Listing / Quote

Examine the table below. The first two columns in the listing provide the highest and lowest prices at which the stock has traded in the last 52 weeks. The next two columns give the name of the stock and its symbol. The next figure is the dividend payout. The 4.84 means that the firm paid shareholders an annualized cash dividend in the last quarter of $4.84 per share (i.e., the actual quarterly dividend was $1.21). Read the rest of this entry »

3 Dimensions of Risk Transfer: Hedging, Insuring and Diversifying (Differences Compared)

One is said to hedge a risk when the action taken to reduce one’s exposure to a loss also causes one to give up of the possibility of a gain. For example, farmers who sell their future crops before the harvest at a fixed price to eliminate the risk of a low price at harvest time also give up the possibility of profiting from high prices at harvest time. So, they are hedging their exposure to the price risk of their crops.

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What are Insuring and Hedging (Comparison)

There is a fundamental difference between insuring and hedging. When you hedge, you eliminate the risk of loss by giving up the potential for gain. When you insure, you pay a premium to eliminate the risk of loss and retain the potential for gain.

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