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  • New Owners Plan to Revitalize MySpace - 30 June 2011
  • Having paid $580 million to acquire MySpace in 2005, this week News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) offloaded the social networking site to Specific Media Inc. for approximately six percent of its original purchase price. Clearly satisfied with their rumored-to-be $35 million purchase, executives at Specific Media, backed by celebrity Justin Timberlake as a shareholder, intend to turn MySpace around and recapture the market share it has lost to other social media sites, most notably Facebook. In the wake of LinkedIn's recent phenomenal IPO which saw shares leaping by over eighty percent on its first day of trade, the MySpace fall from grace is a reminder that internet users can be fickle, and trends can change sharply and speedily. This is something investors may do well to bear in mind as rumors about that both Facebook and Zynga are considering going public, raising capital through IPOs.

  • New Addition to Dow Family - 27 June 2011
  • Widely respected as the provider of valuable information for stock market players of all levels, Dow Jones Indexes are reportedly making a new addition to its already well rounded family. The new Dow Jones Global Commodity Equity 100 Index will monitor and measure the performance of companies focused on the development and production of renewable and scarce commodities in sectors including energy, water, agriculture, metals and precious metals. Four sub-indexes relating to the Dow Jones Global Commodity Equity 100 Index will also be launched - the Dow Jones Global Equity Agriculture Index; Dow Jones Global Equity Scarcity Index; the Dow Jones Global Equity Energy Index; and the Dow Jones Islamic Market Global Equity Commodity Index. The Equity Scarcity Index is devoted to natural resources that have no way of being replenished, with the Islamic Equity Commodity Index measures companies meet Shari'ah criteria.

  • WBAA – Supporting Angel Investors Worldwide - 23 June 2011
  • Angel investors are essential to entrepreneurs, and indirectly support job creation and economic development through their investments. Oftentimes the positive effects of angel investing are limited to the local community and economy. Established in Estoril, Portugal, on October 10, 2007, and operating as an international non-profit organization based in Brussels, the World Business Angels Association (WBAA) focuses on promoting the exchange of knowledge relating to angel capital financing on a global scale.

  • Publicly Traded Utilities Increase M&A Activity - 20 June 2011
  • While utilities are generally considered to be essential services for which demand should increase as the population grows, making publicly traded utilities a reasonably safe option in an investment portfolio, recent reports have revealed that this is not the case with the demand for electricity. It seems that alternative power sources such as rooftop solar panels, and technology such as low-power processors and manufacturing businesses, has caused electricity demand to all but level off. The annual increase in electricity usage during the 1990s was around 2.4 percent, whereas during the current decade the annual increase in usage has been approximately 0.5 percent. Moreover, a recent study by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions revealed nine out of ten businesses and up to 70 percent of consumers polled have set reachable goals to decrease their electricity costs.

  • Golden Seeds – Encouraging Growth - 16 June 2011
  • With more than 170 accredited investors, and locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the network of angel investors known as Golden Seeds is dedicated to investing in start-up, or seed, companies led by women. In addition to financial investing, either directly or via a managed fund, Golden Seeds members invest their time and expertise. In this way, business women are supported both financially and intellectually, to grow their companies to the benefit of themselves, employees and the economy of the country. Sectors supported by Golden Seeds include technology, consumer products, life sciences and software.

  • Double Dip Fears Return - 13 June 2011
  • As last week drew to a close, the Dow ended below the 12,000 mark amidst increasing concerns regarding the rate of recovery of the US economy. The Dow was down 172.45 points to close at 11,951.91, while the S&P 500 ended the week down 18.02 points on 1,270,98 and the Nasdaq composite dropped by 41.14 points to 2,643,73, being 1.4 percent, 1.4 percent and 1.53 percent respectively. This is the sixth week in a row that markets on Wall Street suffered losses, making it the longest consecutive weekly loss since 2002.

  • Vulture Investing – Cashing in on Disaster - 9 June 2011
  • Individual investors, or investment funds, who take advantage of the misfortune of others to buy up assets at drastically reduced prices are often referred to as 'vultures' with their activities branded as 'vulture investing', or being a 'vulture fund'. Although the comparison may seem unflattering, even vultures serve a constructive purpose, clearing away the debris of disaster. The financial crisis that started in 2008 has provided more than its fair share of opportunities for vulture investing, and the flood of housing foreclosures caught the attention of investors who never anticipated that the crisis would drag on for as long as it has, with no clear indication of ending any time soon.

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