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  • Sale of New Shares to Raise $8.5 billion for Merrill Lynch - 29 July 2008
  • Many investors agree that New York City-based company Merrill Lynch, is a force to be reckoned with in investment circles. Nevertheless, having lost more than $40 billion on its mortgage investments since the beginning of the credit crisis, it is clear that Merrill Lynch has not been impervious to the negative effects of the volatility of the current market. However, it still came as a shock to many when the company yesterday revealed its plan to raise $8.5 billion through the sale of new shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Investors Cautiously Optimistic as Oil Prices Drop and Markets Rally - 24 July 2008
  • Prior to 3 July it appeared that there was no stopping the rising oil prices and, understandably, many investors began to despair. The elevated oil price was one of the factors behind the prevailing bear market, and stock exchanges began to feel the negative effects of the resultant decrease in trading volumes. The general consensus has been that investors should be patient, sit tight, and wait for the bear to leave town.

  • The Value of Analysts in Stock Market Investing - 21 July 2008
  • Analysts perform a vital role in the time-strapped investor’s decision making process. Conducting in-depth research on a company’s financial status is time-consuming, and many investors just don’t have the time available to do the job well. Analysts provide investors with the information they need as a basis for decisions on whether they should buy or sell certain securities.

  • Are Google-DoubleClick Privacy Concerns Legitimate? - 16 July 2008
  • With a market share of more than 50% and listings on both Nasdaq and LSE, search-engine giant, Google, is the most frequently used search engine on the web, offering clients seemingly endless options with regard to products and services. After a period of negotiation and wading through extensive red-tape, Google formally acquired internet ad serving company, DoubleClick, with no restrictions, in March 2008 for $3.1 billion.

  • Contrarian Investing – Swimming against the Stream - 11 July 2008
  • Contrarian investing, also sometimes referred to as contrarian-value investing, involves investing in a manner contrary to conventional wisdom, where upon examination collective majority opinion appears to be incorrect. Acting on the belief that at times pessimistic crowd psychology among investors can lead to incorrect pricing of stocks due to investor opinion overstating the company’s risks and understating its future prospects, the contrarian investor cashes in on stocks that have been driven below their true value. Identifying and purchasing falsely devalued stocks and selling them once the company recovers often leads to above-average earnings for the contrarian investor.

  • Brokerage Accounts – Which is Right for You? - 8 July 2008
  • If you are considering investing in the stock market, opening a brokerage account is the first step toward building a healthy investment portfolio. A brokerage account makes it possible for a professional broker to buy or sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investments on your instruction – all for a fee. The commission collected by your broker differs based on whether your account is with a discount brokerage or a traditional brokerage.

  • Is The Color of the Future Green? - 3 July 2008
  • There was a time in the not too distant past when being environmentally and socially responsible and making money were incompatible concepts in the investment world. However, with heightened awareness of the damage being done to the earth and its atmosphere through careless misuse of natural resources, along with the damage caused by pollution, many consumers and investors are choosing to go “green”.

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