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  • Components of Ethical Investment - 17 July 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  • The general perception that making money and ethical investment are mutually exclusive concepts has become outdated as many publicly traded companies take into account the expectations of increasingly ethical consumers and investors.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.

  • First SEC Investor Advocate Appointed - 13 February 2014
  • As part of the Dodd-Frank law signed in July 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has set up the Office of the Investor Advocate and appointed the current deputy general counsel for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), Rick A. Fleming, to head up the new department, starting February 24. The new investor advocacy office aims to educate members of the public who are considering making investments, by making investment information and decision making tools freely available. As stated on their website: "The SEC cannot tell you what investments to make, but we can offer unbiased information about investing." Topics covered by the SEC include Introduction to the Markets; Investing Basics; Researching and Managing Investments; Employment and Retirement; and Life Events.

  • Stocks Rally on Fed's Resolve to Aid Economic Recovery - 3 November 2011
  • The first two days of the week saw Wall Street markets declining significantly, with a noteworthy recovery occurring on Wednesday afternoon. The latest policy statement from the Federal Reserve, backed up by positive remarks from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, indicate a commitment from authorities to continue to assist the US economy in its recovery efforts. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed by 178 points, with the S&P 500 rising by 20 points, and the Nasdaq composite surging 33 points, being 1.5 percent, 1.6 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.

  • Numismatics – Money Makes the World Go 'Round - 10 March 2011
  • Numismatics is defined as the study of currency in all its forms. The term is used to describe the practice of coin collecting as a hobby, as well as the study of money and alternative methods of payment for goods or to settle debts. First used in 1829, the English word numismatics has French, Latin and Greek origins from words meaning coin or of coins.

  • Job Creation & Investment Hot Topics at CEO Summit - 16 December 2010
  • In an effort to help the United States to 'climb out of recession', President Barack Obama held a 'CEO Summit' on Wednesday. The meeting, which lasted a number of hours, was attended by the CEOs of twenty companies with significant clout which are reportedly holding cash reserves adding up to around $1 trillion. Topics on the agenda included issues such as education, trade and regulation, with the main focus on getting said cash reserves flowing into the economy primarily through job creation and investment.

  • November Hits the Ground Running - 1 November 2010
  • US stock markets traders have some interesting challenges to deal with as we head into a new week, and the second last month of a year that seems to be passing faster than the speed of light. With mid-term election results due on Wednesday, speculation is high as to whether Republicans may take control of either one or both chambers of Congress – House of Representatives and the Senate - and if so, what that would mean to the pace of US economic recovery and the possible effect on markets. There are concerns that if the Republicans take the House and the Democrats retain control of the Senate, valuable time, energy and resources may be lost in needless confrontation. It is common knowledge that Wall Street is rooting for a Republican victory in the elections, with many investors hopeful that the change will be a boost to business and the market.

  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - 27 September 2010
  • With its headquarters in Paris, France, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has a membership consisting of thirty-three nations, working together to find solutions to common problems. As outlined in their mission statement, the "OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: support sustainable economic growth; boost employment; raise living standards; maintain financial stability; assist economic development in other countries; and contribute to growth in world trade." To this end the OECD provides a platform for representatives of member governments to co-operate and learn from one another in a world that is becoming more of a global village with each passing day. In addition to sharing information between member nations, the OECD also communicates with more than 100 other countries on matters of mutual concern and interest.

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