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  • Survival Strategies for Stocks During A Recession (Part 2) - 3 October 2007
  • Survival Strategies for Stocks During A Recession (Part 1)

    As always, there is a catch! Experts study trends and linkages in the economy for 4 decades and over some 8 cycles of bullish and bearish phases, before discerning clear patterns (Ellis, 2005). Investors can shorten this duration for goods and services which they know intimately, but casual observations about new or unfamiliar economic sectors may be entirely misleading. This reinforces the widely-held notion that long term investments in stocks of businesses which one does not know, is always fraught with large risks. Such behavior is not appropriate when a possible recession lurks around the corner.

  • Secret Ways of Buying Stocks (Part 1) - 2 October 2007
  • Rampant discrimination prevails in the fascinating world of investing in stocks. While the laity is persuaded to acquire stocks through precious savings, solely for dividends and appreciation (often notional), financial institutions and powerful individuals are able to seize control of entire organizations (Baker, and Smith, 1998). The situation can be especially galling when a relatively new or unknown entity acquires controlling stocks of an enterprise you have helped start and grow. Acquirers may offer incentives to some groups of employees in attempts to secure operational control of corporations (Baker, and Smith, 1998). Small investors and blue collar workers tend to resign themselves to sudden buyouts of stocks without questioning how funds for such transactions were acquired, but the most amazing financial terms can lurk behind many of these deals (Thornton, 2007). Some transactions may be so highly leveraged that a smart operator may put up no more than 5% of the cash required for acquisition of stocks (Reed, and Lajoux, 1998).

  • Secret Ways of Buying Stocks (Part 2) - 2 October 2007
  • Secret Ways of Buying Stocks (Part 1)

    Inequalities and Oddities in Battles for Stocks

    Relationships with ambitious and powerful bankers have to be built up over time. It is not as though anyone can walk in to one of their plush offices and expect a pile of cash to buy stocks, without the right introductions and backgrounds. One also needs to develop a sense of timing, understanding cyclical moves between times of capital stringency, and others when financial institutions are hard pressed to find takers for their loans (Mintz, and Schwartz, 1985).

  • Stocks and Assets (Part 1) - 28 September 2007
  • Asset values of stocks are notoriously fickle, and are in constant flux throughout the typical trading day (Net Asset Value, 2007). Azim Premji, founder of one of India’s legendary Information Technology companies, when quizzed about his billionaire status on a day when the local stock market had experienced an exceptionally sharp rise, commented on the fallacy of reading too much in to the transient worth of stocks.

  • Stocks and Assets (Part 2) - 28 September 2007
  • Stocks and Assets (Part 1)

    Investment Reviews by Corporations in Which You Hold Stocks

    Why is it that executives make more noises about prospective investments than about internal reviews of their past decisions in this area? We read, for example, extensively about Wal Mart’s machinations to enter India, but not much about why they withdrew from Germany and South Korea, with their tails between their legs! The entire globalization story needs a whole new approach when it comes to assessing investment strategies for stocks.

  • Is Etiquette Relevant for Stocks? (Part 1) - 27 September 2007
  • Stocks are inanimate objects, and the best investors have rather ruthless images. It would therefore be normal to conclude that etiquette and the values of stocks are entirely unrelated. True, junior analysts assigned to wealthy private banking customers are careful not to tread on any exotic toes, but by and large, stocks revolve around numbers, charts, and figures.

  • Is Etiquette Relevant for Stocks? (Part 2) - 27 September 2007
  • Is Etiquette Relevant for Stocks? (Part 1)

    First impressions on meeting others, wardrobes, correspondence, and table manners are key components of business etiquette (Casperson, 1999). No financial statement makes any mention of these qualitative factors, but they may have much to do with how stocks perform, at least in some sectors. Investors may interact with top executives, with sales people, and other functional personnel in the companies they own, but it is difficult to make dependable assessments. Perhaps that is why companies, which are eager to raise fresh capital through stocks, go the extra mile to expose their personnel to potential investors.

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