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  • Ponzi Schemes Remain a Threat to Investors - 4 September 2014
  • Hi-yield investment and Ponzi schemes remain among the top threats to investors and small business owners according to a list compiled by security regulators in the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Despite the name-and-shame publicity given to various scammers, investors continue to be drawn in by promises of high rates of returns, giving scam artists the opportunity to fleece investors.

  • 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.

  • Foreclosed Homes Group Investment Booming - 19 March 2013
  • In March 2012 it was reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency was considering selling off foreclosed homes in bulk, with high-profile investors, private equity and hedge fund firms apparently keen to buy up these properties, some with the intention of cashing in on the growing market for rental accommodation by becoming landlords. Having lost their homes to foreclosures, many Americans are forced to pay rent for alternative housing and the FHFA's first offering of 2,500 foreclosed homes in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Phoenix drew a response from more than 4,000 investor groups that appeared undeterred by the possibility of being branded as vulture investors.

  • Europe Resolution Boosts Investor Confidence - 27 October 2011
  • Tuesday saw a sharp drop in US stocks ahead of the EU summit to be held the following day. By Wednesday afternoon investors began gaining confidence that European authorities would agree upon a workable solution to Eurozone woes. Following an uneasy day on Wall Street, all major indexes ended the trading day higher with the S&P 500 moving up 13 points, the Dow Jones industrial average adding 162 points, and the Nasdaq composite climbing 12 points, being 1 percent, 1.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. Although details of the plan to bring Europe's debt crisis under control, and to assist its banking sector, still need clarification and fleshing out, the very fact that an agreement has been reached on how to move forward was enough to boost investor confidence to a degree.

  • Third Quarter Earnings High on Wall Street Agenda - 17 October 2011
  • Following a two-day meeting in Paris, finance ministers from the G20 countries revealed that they will take whatever action deemed necessary to ensure sufficient capitalization of banks and to stabilize wavering global financial markets. This pledge from the world's most powerful and influential economies comes hot on the heels of pledges by France and Germany to work together to rescue Eurozone countries in crisis. In a statement by US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner he noted that delegates at the weekend meeting heard encouraging things from European authorities regarding a comprehensive strategy to deal with Europe’s financial crisis.

  • 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.

  • New Addition to Dow Family - 27 June 2011
  • Widely respected as the provider of valuable information for stock market players of all levels, Dow Jones Indexes are reportedly making a new addition to its already well rounded family. The new Dow Jones Global Commodity Equity 100 Index will monitor and measure the performance of companies focused on the development and production of renewable and scarce commodities in sectors including energy, water, agriculture, metals and precious metals. Four sub-indexes relating to the Dow Jones Global Commodity Equity 100 Index will also be launched - the Dow Jones Global Equity Agriculture Index; Dow Jones Global Equity Scarcity Index; the Dow Jones Global Equity Energy Index; and the Dow Jones Islamic Market Global Equity Commodity Index. The Equity Scarcity Index is devoted to natural resources that have no way of being replenished, with the Islamic Equity Commodity Index measures companies meet Shari'ah criteria.

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