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  • 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.

  • Fortune 500 – Honoring Top Performers - 20 January 2011
  • Started by the Time Publishing Group in 1930, Fortune magazine has earned a reputation for providing reliable, up-to-date information relating to the fast-moving world of investment and finance. It was in 1955 that Fortune magazine began compiling and printing a list of the top 500 US companies rated by gross revenue (excluding excise taxes), with financial data available to the public. This list of top-notch private and publicly-held companies, referred to as the Fortune 500, has become a much anticipated source of information regarding economic activity of US based companies, as well as being a valuable tool for investment making decisions.

  • Moral Hazard – Part 1 - 27 December 2010
  • Renowned in financial circles for his work on incentives relating to asymmetric information, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Bengt Robert Holmström defines the term 'moral hazard' in the 1979 Bell Journal of Economics as follows: "It has long been recognized that a problem of moral hazard may arise when individuals engage in risk sharing under conditions such that their privately taken actions affect the probability distribution of the outcome." Economist Professor Paul Krugman put it in a nutshell by describing moral hazard as being "any situation in which one person makes the decision about how much risk to take, while someone else bears the cost if things go badly."

  • Investors Look Ahead With Cautious Enthusiasm - 7 September 2009
  • With stocks see-sawing over the past two weeks and trading volumes being light, stock market traders are no doubt looking forward to the weeks ahead as fall campaigns for Congress get underway. While the week ahead will see a range of economic reports being released, including readings on weekly jobless claims and consumer sentiment, President Obama’s speech to the nation scheduled for Wednesday night with address an issue which affects both Wall Street and Main Street – that of health care reform.

  • Lives Depend on Such Stocks - 4 June 2008
  • Does your portfolio have Biotechnology & Drugs Industry stocks? It seems to be a risky business for some. The industry stock price index is up just 1% for the 12 months ended mid-May 2008. This is against a 2.5% corresponding gain for the S&P500.

  • A Stock That Looks Inside Young Minds (Part 1) - 5 February 2008
  • Since every generation is so different from its predecessor, we witness entirely new enterprise models on the stock market from time to time. Some veteran investor groups heap scorn on stocks representing values entirely different from their own, but there is undeniable stock investment merit in spotting dramatic new social trends. We are pleased to start a new series with this piece, looking for outstanding new stocks that represent tomorrow’s market opportunities. As always, we hope that this will stimulate dialog, and would love to interact with you on all stock investment, personal finance, and business management issues.

  • The Green Crescent on Stock Horizons (Part 1) - 10 January 2008
  • The stock market is a part of American business culture. It was in the United States that the practice of raising and offering funds for commercial and industrial was born in our stock exchanges. There may have been earlier forms of money lending that some historians claim as precursors of a stock trading ring, but the modern world has largely copied the United States in establishing national stock trading systems. The United Kingdom has many credits in terms of representative democracy, systems of justice, and bureaucracy, but the United States can take pride in being the prime mover of the stock market phenomenon.


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