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How to Decide if Your Stock Broker is Worth Their Commission

When you choose a stock broker to manage your investments you are taking a risk. This person is usually getting a commission on the basis that they make you money, but there can also be other fees as well. If the stock broker doesn’t really know what they are doing though, they could be losing your money instead of adding to it. There are things you can do to establish if your stock broker actually is all you want them to be.

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What is Market Efficiency and Why is it Important?

Market efficiency is a term that you may have heard economists use. Some explanations of what this means can sound quite convoluted, but it really isn’t too hard an idea to grasp. Market efficiency is not only something that is important to economists but if you invest money then it is also something that might concern you too.

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What is a Collective Investment Scheme and How does It Work?

Many of us these days are looking for ways to secure our financial future; the recent economic woes around the world have only made this need more pressing. There are many different opportunities to make money and one of these is a collective investment scheme. This is not something that is going to work for everyone and there are certainly some risks involved. The returns though can be high and it is worth considering if this option could work for you. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use Annuities to Provide for Your Retirement

Preparing for retirement is something that shouldn’t be put off for too long. In fact the sooner people are able to begin to think about this the better. When we are just starting work our retirement can seem like a very long time away, but this is when we need to start getting ready. These days many people choose annuities to protect their long-term future.

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Ponzi Scheme Scam

The Ponzi scheme is probably the most popular financial scam there is. This type of fraud not only affects those people who are naïve to investments but has also been used successfully on some of the biggest investors in the world. It can take a lot of time before a Ponzi scheme becomes unmasked and during that time a lot of damage can occur. People have been known to lose all their savings and businesses have gone bust because of this scam. It is called the Ponzi scheme because this is the name of the fraudster who brought it to the public’s attention back in the 1920s in the United States; it has probably been around for much longer time than this though. Some experts warn that these scam investment firms make a lot of effort to look like a traditional firm.

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