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The pros and cons of hypothesis testing and backtests

Hypothesis testing is an instrument in the financial market trader's toolbox to help guide investment strategy by statistical means. The use of charts and historical data is commonplace, but the use of statistical mathematics is rare among private investors.

Neil Dennis
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The impact of mergers and acquisitions on companies

Anecdotal evidence from the investment banking industry suggests that 70% of all mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail and destroy value, sometimes spectacularly.

Brian Bollen
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Understanding call and put options in share trading

Call and put options can be used to maximise profits or limit downside risk, having become some of the most popular types of derivatives available to investors. But what exactly are they, and how do they work?

James Hester
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Sector Analysis - Industrial Engineering

Can the old style industrial engineering metal bashing companies become more flexible like their smaller component makers?

Hilaire Gomer
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The future of cryptocurrency

Are cryptocurrencies the future of international financial transactions? Can they be traded? Will the supermarket shopper use a digital currency to buy their groceries any time soon? To answer those questions, it’s necessary to look at exactly what a cryptocurrency is.

Richard Reed
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SRI funds: 6 reasons why you could double your money

Socially responsible investing (SRI) seeks to get a big bang for your buck while bringing about social change. It is also called social investment, sustainable, socially conscious, ‘green’ or ethical investing. SRI funds do better than you think.

Adrian Holliday
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Should employees be compensated with stock options?

Employee stock options are schemes to enable workers to buy stakes in the companies they work for. They can be an effective way of rewarding, retaining and incentivising staff, and were historically seen as a highly desirable staff benefit.

Richard Reed
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The program trade: Perks and pitfalls

Program trading – the computerised exchange of vast sums of assets – has champions and critics in equal measure

Neil Dennis
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Short selling versus put options: a guide for investors

Short selling and buying put options can be used to profit from falling share prices. But what differentiates the two approaches and how do they stack up against each other?

James Hester
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Nine reasons why deflation is a central bank nightmare

Deflation fires off a tonne of things central bankers don’t want in a grown-up economy

Adrian Holliday
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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