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  • Overview of American Stock Exchange History - 23 December 2008
  • Stock exchanges all over the world continue to undergo changes in an effort to keep up with rapidly advancing technology. The stock markets of today bear little resemblance to the first stock market in recorded history – the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The Dutch East India Company established the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, then known as the Amsterdam Bourse, in 1602 and became the first company to issue stocks and bonds through the exchange.

  • Rapid Turnaround from Bull to Bear - 10 June 2008
  • The optimism on Wall Street on Thursday 5 June 2008, brought about mainly by some retailers turning in surprisingly good sales figures, as well as strong worker productivity in the first quarter, resulted in the Dow Index climbing 214 points. This bullish outlook was abruptly turned around to become bearish on Friday when the rate of unemployment surged, speculation ran rife with regard to the possibility of Israel attacking Iran, and the biggest one day oil price increase in history (more than $10 per barrel) sent the Dow plummeting by 400 points. This dramatic change serves to remind investors of the extreme volatility of the current market.

  • Can We Outsource the Fed? - 5 March 2008
  • Imagine 40 million foreclosures being forgiven. That is what the Indian government has proposed to do in its latest budget. Poor farmers need not pay back outstanding loans. There are other measures on the anvil to help the country’s poor.

  • Iroquois Confederacy Fundamentals for National Financial Planning (Part 1) - 10 February 2008
  • The Declaration of Independence could not have matched the applause that a 2008 State of the Union address or a campaign speech evokes! Is this a pointer to how the United States has evolved over the past two hundred years? Independent observation can be confusing because the lines between a healthy and a sick economy are so blurred! This article brainstorms on alternative financial planning options, using the distant past to chart course for an equally nebulous future. This piece follows from one we have published earlier entitled “Alternative Financial Planning to Revive a Flagging National Economy”.

  • Mind Games with Your Stocks (Part 2) - 28 January 2008
  • Mind Games with Your Stocks (Part 1)

    Nationalism and Stock Investment

    Nationalism is a special form of stock market behavior that transgresses business management principles. India has a particularly destructive stock market culture, where tons of value may be lost for no good business reason. The media, public, and government, all support stock market moves on grounds of social relevance without any regard to economics and profitability. The country’s colonial past results in fundamental opposition to some Anglo-Saxon countries, and acquisitions of European companies are especially celebrated, whether they are judicious in business terms or not. The United States enjoys a special relationship with the Indian stock investment community, since Washington supports outsourcing in the face of mounting unemployment in its own country.

  • Invaluable Stock Holding Rights (Part 1) - 22 January 2008
  • Skilled and experienced professionals do not use scare cash to repurchase stocks! The motives for delisting must reside in the belief that stocks have values that executives and owners wish to hide from others. Never believe the baloney that someone you neither love not perhaps even know, will buy stocks from you in order to make losses!

  • Has the Vietnam Stock Market Come of Age? (Part 1) - 16 January 2008
  • Do Vietnamese stocks deserve your attention? This engaging country lacks the gargantuan sizes of India and China, but its average 8% GDP growth deserves careful consideration. Cheap labor and a sound agricultural base have always attracted envious foreign attention in Vietnam, so it could be time to divert some part of portfolios to the local stock exchange. It has been many months since this web site last reflected on the positives of the Vietnam stock market, and the recent instability of some first world markets indicates that it may be time to consider Vietnamese stocks afresh.

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