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  • ACA – A Platform for Angel Investment Groups - 8 September 2011
  • Although it is not known for sure who coined the phrase, with some ascribing it to Greek philosopher Plato, it is a universal truth that "necessity is the mother of invention" and difficult situations often inspire innovative solutions. With the job market in the United States showing no convincing evidence of improving, entrepreneurs with vision are taking the initiative to put ideas into action, not only providing an income for themselves and their families, but often generating job opportunities for others. Having an innovative idea is one thing, but getting it going takes capital, and this is where Angel Investors come to the rescue.

  • Stock Exchanges – Linking Investors and Public Companies - 9 may 2011
  • The manner in which stock exchanges conduct business continues to evolve, with rapid advances in technology making today's exciting discovery yesterday's old news, and mergers and buyouts narrowing the competition. However, the importance of stock exchanges has not diminished as they fulfill a number of roles in big business, which in turn affects the economy, and ultimately the man on the street.

  • Basel III Aims For 2013 Implementation - 13 September 2010
  • Consisting of representatives from twenty-seven countries, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) provides a forum for discussion and cooperation with regard to standardizing banking regulations of member countries. The BCBS was initially created by the central bank governors of the Group of Ten (G-10) nations – which consists of eleven member nations, being United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Belgium, with Switzerland joining later. Other member nations participating in the BCBS are Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, India, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, Russia, Singapore, Audi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey.

  • US Small-Caps Take Strain in Current Economy - 16 August 2010
  • As concerns regarding the pace of economic recovery in the US persist, it has become apparent that small-cap businesses have been hardest hit by investor gloom. Despite fairly upbeat data on retail sales and consumer sentiment, Friday saw the Russell 2000 index of small-capitalization stocks fall by 1.21 percent, being 7.49 points. The total decline for the week was 6.33 percent, going on record as the second consecutive week down. The Standard & Poor's Small Cap 600 fared no better, dropping 1.31 percent, being 4.35 points, and ending the week down 6.04 percent. This turn of events from when small-caps were challenging blue-chip stocks a while ago, highlights the depth of risk aversion being experienced in current markets, primarily as a result of the Fed’s current outlook on economic recovery.

  • Influential Institutional Investors - 11 March 2010
  • Banks, retirement funds, pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and insurance companies are some of the financial institutions which pool large sums of money to invest on behalf of others. Referred to as Institutional Investors, these funds are generally subject to more lenient investment regulation because they are deemed by authorities to be experts in their field. This limited regulation comes into play, for example, when Institutional Investors participate in private placements of securities which are not subject to the full might of securities laws. In the United States, private placements may be made to an accredited investor – a term which incorporates Institutional Investors – without registering the offering of securities with the SEC.

  • Wall Street Sees Burst of Investor Confidence Ahead of Stress Test Results - 7 may 2009
  • While the much-awaited bank "stress test" results are only due out after close of business on Thursday, investors have been responding with zeal to speculation, rumors and leaked information since markets opened on Monday morning. Despite the fact that most of the "information" doing the rounds indicates that anywhere between ten and fourteen of the banks being scrutinized are likely to be instructed by the government to raise capital, shares of all nineteen participants jumped on Monday. At least a dozen increased by more than 10 percent, with even the worst performer, Morgan Stanley, gaining 4.7 percent.

  • 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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