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  • Investor Demand High for GM IPO - 18 November 2010
  • Since General Motors put word out that it was planning an initial public offering (IPO) the response from eager investors has resulted in a revision of the original IPO figure and, starting Thursday November 18, GM will be offering $4.6 billion worth of preferred shares, as well as 478 million common shares which should fetch between $32 and $33 per share. This move will go down in US stock market history as the largest IPO on record, even if preferred shares are taken out of the equation.

  • Retailer Results May Indicate Consumer Spending Potential - 15 November 2010
  • Stock market investors will no doubt be keen to see third quarter results from US retailers Wallmart, Target, Nordstrom and Saks which are due to be released in this week. With Target and Wal-Mart dominating the discount sector of retail shopping, and Saks and Nordstrom representative of higher-end consumers, third quarter results may be indicative of what can be expected of US consumers throughout the economic spectrum for the upcoming festive season. Black Friday - so-called because it pulls many retailers out of the red and into the black financially - is a mere two weeks away and investors will want to be part of the action if consumers are going to keep up the spending-spree tradition set for this day. With the recent jobs report indicating that there has been an improvement in hiring, many are hopeful that more consumer dollars will be spent over the festive season.

  • FTC – Consumer & Antitrust Watchdog - 11 November 2010
  • While consumer spending is widely considered to be the driving force behind a country’s economic wellbeing, many consumers do not have the skills and knowhow to negotiate the minefield of modern financial systems, especially when it comes to making large purchases on credit. Recognizing the need to protect consumers, not only from unscrupulous suppliers, but also from their own tendency to live beyond their means, a number of consumer protection agencies and services have sprung up in the past few decades. As an independent agency of the US government, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is one of the older organizations looking out for consumers. Established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act under the auspices of President Woodrow Wilson, the FTC has as its main objectives the protection of consumers, as well as preventing antitrust practices which are counterproductive to consumers and to the economy.

  • Some Reasons to Motivate You to Invest in the Stock Market - 10 November 2010
  • One of the most lucrative ways to earn money without having to put too much time or effort into it is investing in the stock market. If you are constantly troubled with rising debt and are looking for a debt resolution to rescue you from this situation, then you can consider investing in the stock market too. This is a highly profitable solution and you can use the proceeds to pay off your debts. You would earn extra money and thus repay your debts with ease.

  • G20 Appears Set on Collision Course With QE2 - 8 November 2010
  • On 11-12 November, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the G20 will gather together in Seoul, with a number of history-shaping matters on the agenda, and as the G20 Summit draws nearer, criticism of the US Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing strategy (QE2) of pumping $600 billion into the US economy is growing stronger. Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schauble is the latest G20 member to voice his country's discontent, and although some may consider his comments on the matter to be somewhat strongly worded, the sentiments are echoed by others. He sounded a warning that the economic growth model the US is adopting is in what he called 'deep crisis’ and that the United States is undermining its credibility as a leader in financial policy making. Schauble also pointed out that the route the US is taking in economic recovery efforts is increasing global economic uncertainty, and he accused the US of being hypocritical regarding exchange rates in pressuring the Chinese, when they are artificially steering the dollar exchange rate lower. Other countries that have gone on record criticizing QE2 include Brazil, China and South Africa, with the latter expressing concern as to the likely negative impact on the exports of developing countries.

  • $600 Billion For QE2 - 4 November 2010
  • While there was little doubt that the Federal Reserve would launch 'QE2' – a second round of quantitative easing – in an effort to boost economic recovery, there has been plenty of speculation as to what the amount would be, with guesstimates ranging from $500 billion into the trillions of US dollars. The guessing game came to an end when, following its two day meeting, the Fed announced that over the next eight months it would spend $600 billion on long-term treasuries, as well as reinvesting between $250 and $300 billion of the proceeds of previous investments.

  • Nobel Prize Awards Economists Due Recognition - 28 October 2010
  • Few would deny that economists and economic sciences play an integral role in stock market investing, as they analyze trends, develop and test theories in a technologically advanced world, and provide a host of valuable information on which to base investment decisions. The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to this field, and the committee has recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The award is to be shared by three economists, namely London School of Economics professor Christopher Pissarides, Northwestern University professor Dale Mortensen, and MIT economics professor Peter Diamond.

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