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  • Markets Boosted by Fed's Interest Rate Stance - 10 April 2014
  • Markets responded positively Wednesday to minutes of the Federal Reserve's recent policy meeting which revealed that the central bank aims to keep interest rates low. This came as somewhat of a surprise to many investors and served to boost fragile investor sentiment. All three of Wall Street's major stock indexes closed the day up more than 1 percent, with eight of the ten Standard & Poor's 500 stock index sectors closing higher. The S&P 500 rose 20.22 points (1.1 percent) to close at 1,872.18, while the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 181.04 points (1.1 percent) to close at 16,437.18. The Nasdaq composite index increased by 70.91 points (1.7 percent) to close at 4,183.90. The day's biggest increases were among biotechnology and internet stocks.

  • Wall Street Reform Remains in Spotlight - 14 June 2012
  • In a published interview ahead of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon's testimony before the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday, outspoken advocate for Wall Street reform and candidate for the Massachusetts Senate, Elizabeth Warren, gave her viewpoint on a number of issues on Wall Street, that directly or indirectly impact Main Street America. Warren continues to push for the strengthening of financial reform, and has voiced her concern that Congress and financial regulators may let the opportunity for using JPMorgan's multibillion-dollar trading loss as a motivating factor for tightening Wall Street regulations pass them by.

  • A Brief History of Competition Law – Part 1 - 30 September 2010
  • It is readily accepted in modern times that vigorous competition is healthy for a country’s economy. As competitors focus their efforts on persuading consumers to buy their particular product or service, suppliers are obliged to live up to certain standards and to honor their warranties and promises, because failure to do so will send the consumer to their competitors. Competition also ensures that customers are getting the best value for their money, and antitrust laws enforced by regulating authorities prevents competitors from colluding to set prices.

  • 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.

  • A Brief History of Trade – Part 2 - 5 August 2010
  • (Cont.from Part 1)Between the 8th and 11th century the Varangians and Vikings used their prowess at sea to dominate trade in the Scandinavian countries, as well Western Europe and Russia. Between the 13th and 17th centuries the Hanseatic League, also referred to as the Hansa, was an alliance of trading cities which monopolized trade along the coastlines of Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea and the Northern Sea, as well as inland at various points.

  • Investing in IPOs - 5 November 2009
  • The price of any financial asset traded on the stock market is determined by the age-old forces of supply and demand. Regarding initial public offerings (IPO) that have no trading history the question may arise as to how an analyst may value an IPO share price. There are at least two schools of thought regarding investing in IPOs, one being that the lack of historical information on share price performance provides a buying opportunity, and the other being that because IPOs have not yet been tested on the market, they present a higher risk factor.

  • Gather in the Stops: An Investment Strategy - 26 October 2009
  • While large numbers of stock market investors leave their portfolios in the hands of investment advisors while remaining passive with regard to stock market manipulation, these very investment advisors and active stock market players have a number of investment strategies they employ to manipulate the market, hopefully to their advantage. One of these strategies is to "gather in the stops", referring to stock market stop orders – an arrangement to buy or sell a stock when it hits a predetermined price.

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