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US Markets Respond Positively to FOMC Minutes

21 August 2014 - Features - Editor

The minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held in July were the driving force behind fluctuations on Wall Street in the final hours of trading on Wednesday as investors absorbed the implications of the central bank holding back on raising interest rates for now. Stocks initially trimmed the day's gains, but rebounded soon after, with both the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 returning to positive territory before the end of the regular session on Wall Street.

The S&P 500 rose 4.91 points to finish at 1,986.51 (just short of its record close of 1,987.98 on July 24), while the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 59.54 points ending at 16,979.13, being an increase of 0.25 percent and 0.35 percent respectively. The Nasdaq Composite, on the other hand, dropped 1.03 points to close at 4,526.48, a decline of 0.02 percent.

Under the theme of "Re-evaluating Labor Market Dynamics", this weekend's Economic Symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will be attended by representatives from all twelve of th...

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Wall Street Banks to Resubmit Resolution Plans - 7 Aug 2014 - Features

When U.S. banks deemed too-big-to-fail were in danger of failing in 2008, the government stepped in and bailed these banks out, largely at the expense of taxpayers. The reasons for this unprecedented action, which raised a storm of protest from many quarters, were many, and the matter of accountability remains a much debated issue. In 2010 the Dodd-Frank act was passed in an attempt to strengthen regulation of large financial institutions and thereby avoid the necessity of government bailouts in the future. As part of the new regulations, banks were required to submit Resolution Plans, more commonly referred to as ‘living wills’, detailing strategies for going through the bankruptcy procedure in a controlled and orderly manner should this ever become necessary. ..

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Components of Ethical Investment - 17 Jul 2014 - Markets

The general perception that making money and ethical investment are mutually exclusive concepts has become outdated as many publicly traded companies take into account the expectations of increasingly ethical consumers and investors. Also, with investors being more aware of the need for transparency, companies are unlikely to get away with 'greenwashing' their products, services and strategies. Investors are in the position to influence companies to find ways to make money while doing what is best for the environment and society, and many are tapping into this advantage...

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NASAA: Protecting Main Street Investors - 3 Jul 2014 - News

With its membership consisting of 67 administrators from United States territories, districts and states, as well as from the provinces of Canada and Mexico, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has as its main aim the protection of consumers who purchase investment advice and/or securities. To this end, the NASAA has jurisdiction over a wide range of intermediaries and issuers offering securities to members of the public. The Association also facilitates information sharing and multi-state enforcement actions for the state securities agencies it represents, and arranges training and education programs and seminars for securities agency staff at state, district and provincial level. The Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam, referred to as 'Series 63', required as a qualification for securities agents in most states, was formulated by the NASAA and is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)...

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