Impact investing involves individual targeting of investment cash and often personal involvement in the businesses backed. You invest to make a difference.
Generic drug manufacturers are a painful thorn in big pharma’s side. Once a top-selling drug loses its exclusive patent, the launch of rival versions can lead to severe losses in sales and profit for the innovator company. But generic drugs makers could be just what the doctor ordered for investors.
Given the geopolitical shocks of the past 18 months, you’d expect 2017 to prove a bumper year for commodity prices. Yet while most have moved higher, often the picture has been more one of recovery rather than boom.
Short selling is still aiming to buy low and sell high but just in the reverse order to traditional investing
Short trading enables investors to profit from potential falls in an asset price, though without even having to buy the given asset in the first place. The advent of trading through Contracts for Difference (CFDs) means short trading is now easy and accessible.
Scroll through the opening pages of a company annual report and you will find glossy pictures of the company’s best features, happy smiling customers and slightly awkwardly posed shots of the company’s key personnel.
What’s the most important factor when you’re trading stocks – making £1,000, or not losing £1,000?
Nothing creates a split camp more in gambling circles than the Martingale system. One side will say it is amongst the oldest and simplest ways to ensure a profit, whilst the other will mutter darkly about it being one of the most expensive ways to learn a lesson.
Essentially a cryptocurrency is a digital currency. Think of it as electricity converted into lines of code with monetary value. The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is with little doubt the biggest disruption to the monetary system for centuries.
Securities lending is when an owner of a fixed income stock or other security lends it to someone else. The borrower must stump up collateral while they hold the borrowed security – this might be in cash but it might be another security or a mix of securities.