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  • Start-Ups Get a Jump-Start with TechStars - 18 April 2011
  • With the invitation to budding companies to "Do more faster by joining forces with the #1 startup accelerator in the world", TechStars offers seed funding, mentorship and a network of connections to benefit both start-up companies and the investors who take the leap of faith to invest in these companies. With programs based in Boston, Boulder, Seattle and New York City taking place annually, TechStars is a seed stage investment program, backed by experienced entrepreneurs in the tech sector who are willing to put the time and effort into mentoring in their various fields of expertise. The program runs for an intensive three-month period, and of the literally hundreds of companies that apply to participate, an average of only ten companies per city are selected. At the end of the TechStars program, participating companies are given the opportunity to make a sales pitch to angel investors – wealthy individuals who are prepared to provide capital to promising enterprises, typically in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt.

  • US$ vs € as International Trade Currency - 14 April 2011
  • As the currency most often used in international transactions and one of the world's reserve currencies, the United States dollar (US$) has a history spanning more than 200 years. In addition to being the official currency of the United States, the US$ is either the official or de facto currency of the British Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Netherlands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Turks and Caicos Islands, Palau, Panama, Cambodia, Lebanon, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

  • Nasdaq/ICE Bid for NYSE Fails - 11 April 2011
  • The New York Stock Exchange board of directors has rejected the merger bid by Nasdaq/ICE in favor of the deal with Deutsche Börse, expressing the belief that the influential German exchange is offering what it termed as "substantially more long-term value for shareholders". However, while expressing disappointment in the decision, spokesperson for Nasdaq, Frank De Maria noted that it is their belief that this response by NYSE "clearly does not reflect the best interest of their shareholders".

  • Federal Reserve System: Formulating Monetary Policy - 7 April 2011
  • The Federal Reserve System of the United States came into being when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act on December 23, 1913. The Federal Reserve System, more commonly referred to as the Federal Reserve, or simply the Fed, was created by Congress in an effort to provide a stable monetary and financial system, while at the same time allowing for flexibility to cater for a rapidly developing nation. Initially drafted by incoming chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Representative Carter Glass (D-VA), The Federal Reserve Act has evolved over the years and sets out the responsibilities and goals of the central bank.

  • Nasdaq/ICE Bid for NYSE - 4 April 2011
  • With Nasdaq's bid to take over the New York Stock Exchange, it may seem that the days are numbered for the trading floor that NYSE is renowned for. With Nasdaq OMX continuing to extol the benefits of all-electronic trading, will the historic NYSE trading floor where fortunes have been made and lost amidst the organized chaos of buying and selling, become a relic of the past?

  • Auto Industry Heads For Crisis - 31 March 2011
  • Back in November 2008, US automakers were a hot topic in investment terms, with fear-driven speculation that failure of any of the so-called 'Big Three' automakers – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – would be devastating to the US job market. By the end of 2008, a glimmer of hope in the form of government bail-outs, offered some relief to workers fearing job losses, and investors breathed a collective sigh of relief. By February 2009, GM and Chrysler were given the task of submitting plans to authorities on how they would utilize government assistance to recover. Ford declined government aid at that time. Drastic cost-cutting, job losses and other measures helped put the Big Three on the road to recovery.

  • Wall Street Focuses on Jobs Market - 28 March 2011
  • In addition to keeping tabs on developments in disaster-struck Japan, war-torn Libya and debt-ridden Europe, US investors will be focusing on the job market in their home country as the Labor Department's jobs report for March is due late in the week. With consumer dollars being a driving force behind the economy, the embattled job market is an ongoing cause for concern. Certainly, many stock market players would agree that the first quarter of 2011 has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. Following a promising start to the new year, with a strong earnings season pushing markets to unexpected highs in mid-February, the Middle East and Japanese crises served up a blow to markets and investor confidence in March.

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