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Macroeconomic analysis: impact of the big picture

Macroeconomics affects your annual pay rise, weekly shopping bill, the taxes/civic charges you pay, house prices and the interest rate your bank delivers or charges – and much more.

Neil Dennis
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Investing in the internet using exchange traded funds

Internet companies – Amazon, Google, Apple – are among the hottest sector buys, and have been during the past five years, but it can be confusing, time consuming and costly picking the individual stocks for your portfolio

Neil Dennis
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A history of Euronext, the leading pan-European euro exchange

Euronext describes itself as the leading pan-European exchange in the eurozone. It had nearly 1,300 listed issuers worth some €3.5 trillion in market capitalisation at end March 2017.

Brian Bollen
Frankfurt Stock Exchange History

Frankfurt Stock Exchange from medieval trade fairs to today

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Börse Group traces its roots to 1585. It is one of the largest exchange organisations worldwide. It has an integrated business model.

Brian Bollen
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Disposition effect: holding bad stocks, selling good ones

The disposition effect is when an investor, or investors, hold on to losing stocks too long and sell winning stocks too soon. It is based on fear of making losses.

Chris Wheal
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A history of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China

This is a history of the short life so far of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), established in China on 1 December 1990 under the supervision of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

Brian Bollen
Interest rate movements

Interest rates and bonds

Bonds can be highly sensitive to interest rate movements. When a given central bank decides to raise interest rates, it quickly translates into higher yields on the nation´s sovereign bonds.

James Hester

Securities trading in Hong Kong dates to mid-19th century

Securities trading in Hong Kong has an exotic history with taipan-era reports dating back to the mid-19th century. The first formal market, the Association of Stockbrokers in Hong Kong, was not established until 1891

Brian Bollen
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Leveraging (borrowing) for outsized returns

Using leverage presents an opportunity to make bigger returns but also amplifies losses. In short, borrowing money to increase the power of your investible funds is a doubled‐edged sword.

James Hester
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Introduction to counterparty risk

Counterparty risk is simply the uncertainty, until a derivatives contract is settled, that one of the participants in a trade will fail to meet their payment obligations.

Neil Dennis
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How to adapt to a bear market

Long-running bull markets makes many an investor wary because it seems as Newton’s Third Law states that for every action in nature there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So one would think surely a bear market is on its way.

Claire Hunte
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How companies are using derivatives to hedge

Hedging, in terms of corporate finance, means to offset risk – often risks that cannot be insured against or budgeted for.

Neil Dennis
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Game theory’s impact on business and investment

Game theory is a concept in applied mathematics that can be used to study and interpret a variety of behaviour. In business and economics game theory is most commonly used to study aspects of decision making – particularly between competing parties in activities that involve bargaining.

Neil Dennis
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Exchange traded funds (ETF) – an intro to speculation

Exchange traded funds (ETF) are a collection of assets built into a single fund that can be traded on a stock exchange, much like the shares in a company. The price of an ETF moves depending on the average value of the underlying assets within.

Neil Dennis
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Due diligence: the essentials in 9 steps

Due diligence is the process of a thorough and comprehensive investigation of a business. It can be carried out for various reasons: investors will do it as part of their fundamental analysis of a stock; venture capitalists may carry it out before they invest in a business.

Claire Hunte