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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 Video
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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
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
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
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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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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 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