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Ponzi Schemes Remain a Threat to Investors

4 September 2014 - Features - Editor

Hi-yield investment and Ponzi schemes remain among the top threats to investors and small business owners according to a list compiled by security regulators in the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Despite the name-and-shame publicity given to various scammers, investors continue to be drawn in by promises of high rates of returns, giving scam artists the opportunity to fleece investors.

While investors generally understand that high yield means high risk, many are taken in by the promise of high yields with low risk, particularly if the broker offering the investment appears to have good credentials, claims to be part of a reputable firm, or uses testimonials to show that the investment has enjoyed some success. Scammers may start off by paying out quickly and handsomely to initial investors, encouraging them to invite others to invest. The new money coming in is then used to pay earlier investors, as well as the scammer ru...

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US Markets Respond Positively to FOMC Minutes - 21 Aug 2014 - Features

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...

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

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 - News

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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