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  • Scripophily: An Intriguing Hobby - 31 December 2008
  • Scripophily is a specialized field of numismatics (the study and collection of currency) which focuses on the study and collection of old bonds and stocks. What makes scripophily particularly interesting is the historic context of each document, as well as the artistic design and intricate detail on many of these valuable documents. Scripophily first gained recognition as a hobby in the early 1970s, with the word being coined from a combination of the English word “scrip” representing a certificate or substitute for currency in which the payer and payee recognize its value, and the Greek word “philos” meaning to love, and has grown to include thousands of collectors worldwide.

  • Overview of American Stock Exchange History - 23 December 2008
  • Stock exchanges all over the world continue to undergo changes in an effort to keep up with rapidly advancing technology. The stock markets of today bear little resemblance to the first stock market in recorded history – the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The Dutch East India Company established the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, then known as the Amsterdam Bourse, in 1602 and became the first company to issue stocks and bonds through the exchange.

  • U.S. Markets Respond Positively to Proposed Infrastructure Projects - 9 December 2008
  • With a second straight day of significant gains on U.S. stock markets, growing numbers of investors are becoming more confident that the worst is past for stocks. News of President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed program for rebuilding the economy gave stock market players and the nation in general a reason to be optimistic that the current economic crisis can be overcome. On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.46 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 3.84 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index increased 4.14 percent.

  • Big Three Bailout, Weak Economic News Sets Markets See-Sawing But Closing on a High - 4 December 2008
  • With a stream of bad news, tempered by tidbits of good news, flowing to stock markets and resulting in volatile intraday trading, U.S. stocks nevertheless closed slightly higher on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2 percent, Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 2.6 percent and the Nasdaq composite index closed 2.9 percent higher. While historically a stock rally despite bad news is one of the characteristics of the market bottoming out, analysts are divided as to whether this is the case, with some suggesting that it is, at the very least, an indication that the market is stabilizing.

  • Investors Hope for Continued U.S. Market Rally; British Government Takes Majority Stake in RBS - 1 December 2008
  • With Black Friday shopping turning out more lucrative than the majority of analysts, investors and retailers had anticipated in the current economic downturn, Wall Street players are facing the new trading week with hope that last week’s rally on U.S. stock markets will continue. The success of Black Friday is largely spurred on by the big discounts and special prices offered by retailers to start off the shopping season, and the better than expected turnout of customers has been a source of encouragement to retailers and investors alike.

  • New $800 Billion Bailout Initiative Aimed At Main Street Gives Investors New Hope - 26 November 2008
  • While many U.S. stock market players may have faced Tuesday with trepidation, thinking it unlikely that markets would experience gains for a third day in a row, the announcement by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve that $800 billion will be injected into the struggling U.S. economy resulted in the session ending with most major indexes reflecting slight increases. The Dow Jones industrial average closed 0.4 percent up and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.7 percent, however, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.5 percent. The Dow may have gained 12.3 percent over the past three sessions, but remains down 36.1 percent for 2008.

  • Citigroup Seeks Ways To Weather Global Financial Storm - 21 November 2008
  • Despite a vote of confidence from its biggest single investor, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Citigroup’s shares and market value continue to decline. Citigroup’s market value dropped to $25.7 billion on Thursday, and when taking into account that in the not too distant past its market value exceeded $270 billion, it appears that investor’s have some valid reservations about investing in the embattled bank. Nevertheless, on Thursday the Prince stated that he believes Citigroup’s shares are “dramatically undervalued”, and he plans to increase his less than 4 percent stake in Citigroup, to 5 percent.

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