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  • Financial Planner Versus Financial Advisor

    Achieving one's corporate or personal monetary goals takes strategy, discipline and dedication. In order to craft a robust gameplan designed for the long-haul, many people commission the help of an independent third party for guidance. Of these entities, there are two primary types: financial planners and financial advisors. There is no one-size-fits-all money management service. They come in various forms, each with specific qualifications and specialities. However, through the performance…

  • How To Determine A Trading Range

    Placing price action into a manageable context is an essential part of crafting strong trading decisions. To accomplish this task, many traders rely upon technical analysis. Through the study of past and present price action, technicians can build strategies designed to capitalise on favourable market conditions. Range trading is an exceedingly popular category of such strategies. Market structure comes in two basic forms: trending and range bound. Trending markets are…

  • A Guide To Fintech Companies

    What Are Fintechs? "Fintech," which is short for "financial technology," refers to companies that have infiltrated the financial services industry. Typically, they offer electronic banking, investments, payment and budgeting services and products to consumers and businesses through the internet and mobile phones, and not through traditional brick-and-mortar branches. Fintechs that offer banking products such as checking and savings accounts and debit and credit cards are also called "challenger" banks, particularly…

  • Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)

    What Is A SPAC? A special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is a shell company that raises money in an initial public offering (IPO) with the purpose of eventually buying an as-yet-to-be-determined private company. Essentially, investors provide money to the sponsors of the SPAC so that they can quickly acquire a company they believe is a good investment. SPACs are often called "blank check" companies because investors really don't know what…

  • Zero Coupon Bond

    What Is A Zero Coupon Bond? Zero coupon bonds are bonds that pay no interest at regular intervals like traditional bonds do. Rather, zeros are sold at a deep discount to their maturity or face value. As the bonds get closer to their face value over time, they accumulate interest, and the investor receives the full face amount at maturity. For example, a zero coupon bond with a face value…

  • Write Down

    What Is A Write Down? A write down (also written as "writedown") is an accounting procedure in which a company reduces the value of an asset on its balance sheet to reflect its current, lower market value. A write down is also included on the company's income statement as an expense, which reduces its operating income. Write downs occur in all types of companies, although they may occur more often…

  • Trading The 2020 U.S. Election

    Political uncertainty is a key forex market driver, stimulating participation, order flow and volatility. Whether it's a forced regime change or democratic election, politics can quickly sway currency valuations around the globe. Accordingly, one of the most important forex market fundamentals is a U.S. General Election. Held on Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the U.S. General Election will decide the American government's makeup for years to come. Seats in the Senate…

  • 5 Steps For Trading Stocks Online

    The global equities markets are opportune environments for active traders and investors alike. Whether you're building a retirement portfolio or pursuing profitability from speculative endeavours, online stock trading could be a viable way of achieving any number of financial objectives. Fortunately for aspiring stock traders, getting started in the markets isn't all too difficult. In fact, it is possible to begin your journey into the marketplace by completing five basic…

  • How To Day Trade Stocks

    For individuals new to the stock market, it is a little-known fact that there is an enormous difference between day trading and investing. Television and internet ads often promote each discipline with very similar tactics, suggesting that success is a foregone conclusion for almost anyone in the market. Elementary mantras such as "buy low and sell high" insinuate that making money is straightforward, even easy. While profit is the reason…

  • Loan Loss Provision

    What Is A Loan Loss Provision? A loan loss provision is an amount of money a bank charges to its expenses on its income statement in anticipation that some of the loans it made will default. As a result, loan loss provisions reduce the bank's operating income. In 2020, loan loss provisions have been much in the news as many of the world's banks have announced major loan loss provisions…

  • Investment-Grade Bonds

    What Are Investment-grade Bonds? Investment-grade bonds—also known as "high-grade" bonds—are debt securities issued by corporations and municipal governments that are generally considered to have a low risk of default. Bonds in this category are generally rated Baa or better by Moody's Investors Services and BBB or higher by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, the three main credit rating agencies. By contrast, bonds rated below these designations are called non-investment…

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