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  • Ethical Investing and Shareholder Activism - 18 September 2014
  • A growing number of investors are building investment portfolios that include companies considered to be ethical – in their products, services, carbon footprint, social responsibility and other criteria relating to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) . While it's clear that the whole point of investing is to make money, there is a group of investors who believe that there is money to be made while sticking to their principles. Moreover, with the increased demand for transparency in publicly traded companies, dodgy dealings are difficult to get away with and can result in billions of dollars in litigation and payouts that inevitably have an impact on shareholders.

  • King Digital Entertainment IPO Disappoints - 27 March 2014
  • With a reported net worth of $76 billion, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates is back at the top of the annual Forbes Billionaires list, having held that position for fifteen of the past twenty years. Second on the list, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison has a reported net worth of $48 billion, followed by Google CEO Larry Page at $32.3 billion. Fourth in line is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with $32 billion, followed closely by Google's Sergey Brin with $31.8 billion and Facebook CEO Mark Suckerberg with $28.5 billion – an noteable comeback after Facebook's disastrous 2012 IPO. Interestingly, at number eight with a net worth of $17.5 billion is Michael Dell, who removed his company from the stock market in October 2013.

  • Talk of QE Withdrawal Impacts Wall Street - 13 June 2013
  • Stocks on Wall Street fell for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, driven by uncertainty and speculation on how US central banks will go about ending stimulus measures. Analysts think it likely that in the coming months the Federal Reserve will reduce its monthly bond purchases, thereby removing one of the pillars that has been supporting the rally stock markets have been enjoying this year. The Dow lost more than 200 points, as it has done seven times since Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's May 22 congressional testimony where he implied that the Fed may start to reduce its quantitative easing in coming months.

  • Learning Life Skills with the Stock Market Game™ - 18 August 2011
  • As the only stock market simulation program endorsed by the New York Stock Exchange, the Stock Market Game ™ is an education tool aimed at teaching essential life skills such as decision making, critical thinking, independent research, cooperation, communication, saving and investing, with the latter being especially appropriate in the current economic climate. Launched in 1977 the program has been used in thousands of classrooms across the United States, not only to encourage the life-skills already mentioned, but also to add an exciting dimension to other critical academic subjects such as social studies, mathematics and language arts. It is estimated that more than ten million students have played the Stock Market Game ™ since its inception.

  • Publicly Traded Utilities Increase M&A Activity - 20 June 2011
  • While utilities are generally considered to be essential services for which demand should increase as the population grows, making publicly traded utilities a reasonably safe option in an investment portfolio, recent reports have revealed that this is not the case with the demand for electricity. It seems that alternative power sources such as rooftop solar panels, and technology such as low-power processors and manufacturing businesses, has caused electricity demand to all but level off. The annual increase in electricity usage during the 1990s was around 2.4 percent, whereas during the current decade the annual increase in usage has been approximately 0.5 percent. Moreover, a recent study by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions revealed nine out of ten businesses and up to 70 percent of consumers polled have set reachable goals to decrease their electricity costs.

  • 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.

  • Stock Market Simulators - 6 September 2010
  • Few would disagree that being a stock market player must be one of the most stressful, but also the most exciting, career paths to follow – especially in light of the global financial turmoil over the past two years or so. Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to win, or lose, a fortune as a result of a single decision? Or if slow and steady is your way, how would you best go about building up a comfy nest-egg by investing in the stock market? Before you leap into the world of high finance, you can test your aptitude for stock market trading, without any of the financial risk, by means of a stock market simulator.

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