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  • Components of Ethical Investment - 19 December 2014
  • The general perception that making money and ethical investment are mutually exclusive concepts has become outdated as many publicly traded companies take into account the expectations of increasingly ethical consumers and investors.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.

  • NASAA: Protecting Main Street Investors - 16 October 2014
  • 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).

  • Third Quarter Earnings Season Starts - 16 October 2014
  • JP Morgan Chase started the ball rolling in third quarter earnings for the banking sector, reporting $5.57 billion third quarter profit – results much different from the $380 million loss reported for the same period last year. A boost to the fixed income trading unit of the nation's largest bank was one of the motivating factors behind the turnaround, as fixed income revenues rose 2.1 percent year-on-year to beat analysts' forecasts. Earnings were weakened by the $1.1 billion reserved for legal costs*, resulting in a drop of 26 cents per share. Nonetheless, JP Morgan's results have raised investors' hopes that other Wall Street financial institutions will present favorable results in the coming weeks.

  • High Frequency Trading - 8 March 2012
  • With the anniversary of the May 2010 "flash crash" coming up, high frequency trading continues to be a somewhat controversial topic, with proponents pointing out that any major shift in investing tends to unsettle investors and traders, and critics voicing concern that nanosecond trading could bring the whole system to its knees. On May 6, 2010, at 14h42 EDT the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted by 600 points in just 6 minutes before rebounding by 15h07. It was the index's most volatile intraday activity in its 114-year history and high frequency trading is thought to have been the trigger.

  • Stock Exchange Listing and Delisting - 23 February 2012
  • With the spotlight on high-profile initial purchase offerings (IPO) in recent months, investors may get the impression that once a company has been listed on a stock exchange, the only way is up. However, this is not always the case, and when stocks no longer meet the minimum requirement for being listed, they can be delisted, usually with far less fanfare than the initial listing.

    Getting listed on a stock exchange is an expensive, and often lengthy, endeavor. For example, a US company looking to list on the NYSE first needs to request a confidential review to ascertain whether it is eligible. Reviews and application fees can run into tens of thousands of dollars, so it is in the company management's best interest to assess their eligibility before even approaching an exchange.

  • World Markets Affected by Greek Debt Resolution Delays - 9 February 2012
  • As the European Central Bank struggles to reach consensus on how it will contribute to the restructuring of Greece's debt, stocks on Wall Street closed higher than expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.75 points to 12,884; the Nasdaq Composite climbed 11.8 points to 2,916; and the Standard & Poor's 500 rose by 2.9 points to close the day at 1,350. In contrast London's FTSE dropped by 0.24 percent, with Germany's DAX closing down 0.08 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.54 percent, and Japan's Nikkei Average close 1.1 percent up.

  • Wall St Boosted by Fed Rates Forecast - 26 January 2012
  • Following a slow start on Wall Street on Wednesday, US stocks rebounded on news that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates low through to late 2014 – an adjustment of its previous indication that rates would be kept low through to mid-2013. The announcement came as the Fed's two-day policy meeting drew to a close, and by the end of the day the Dow Jones industrial average had gained 83 points, recovering from its loss of 95 points in the morning trading session. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 11 points, after having lost 7 points earlier. The Nasdaq composite added 32 points, with Apple and software company CA Inc reporting better than expected earnings and boosting the tech-favored index.

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