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The Difference Between Stock Market Investment & Speculation

The issue of successful stock market investment affects us all. Even if we are not directly engaged in the industry, all of us will need som e form of pension to fund our retirement. Whether we like it or not most of our retirement funds will find their way into the financial markets.

Introduction to Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is a tool to gain insight into market price behaviour and so enable you to more profitably judge investment entry and exit points. In essence Technical Analysis, correctly used, will motivate investment action that brings a higher probability of success than decisions made through the mechanism of pure random choice.

Quant Trading: The Ever Changing Market

The markets in mainland Europe are going through something of a revolution particularly since the MiFID directive in 2007 from the European Commission. The purpose of this initiative was to promote competition in the financial markets throughout the Euro zone. As a result all European exchange venues are promoting themselves as the battle for market share heats up. As these exchanges reinvent themselves the installation of new technology and new relationships has led to many unanticipated developments.

 

Three Elements of Investment Success

Success in a career in investing requires knowledge, patience, focus and discipline. It is not a path to “getting rich quick”. When you see such “quicky” schemes advertised for any investment “product” you should run a mile. “Quick rich” schemes aside, disciplined investing can offer excellent returns when married to the “magic” of compounding.

 

Understanding “The Flash Crash” of May 6th. 2010

Following quite a number of requests this note deals with my understanding of what transpired Thursday the 6th. May when just after 2.30 PM the Dow Industrials collapsed by nearly 10% and then suddenly recovered in 11 minutes. The implications of what occurred are far reaching and unless the regulatory issues are resolved we can expect similar “events” of like nature.

 

Successful Day Trading

Judging from the contents of an increasing number of emails more and more investors are choosing to "actively" trade the market rather than "buy and hold." In the main, this is due to the fact that in a bear market the latter strategy creates losses that are difficult to accept long term. However another reason is that with limited business opportunity available investors are seeking "income" rather than capital gain from their investments.

 

Understanding Contracts For Difference

ONE of the most innovative financial instruments that has been developed over the last decade or so is the CONTRACT FOR DIFFENCE, better know as a CFD. The explosion in the use of this product is one of the reasons why London, as opposed to New York, is becoming the financial location of preference for many financial managers and hedge traders. CFD's are not allowed in the U.S. due to legal restrictions imposed by the American Regulators...

 

Pension Strategy

Given that hyper inflation is here to stay any long term investment strategy must achieve good growth in order to protect future buying power. Most people do not have the ability to devote a great deal of time and energy to the management of their financial affairs thus any system must be simple to use. One of the best ways for a company to prove its "value" is to declare a solid and dependable dividend return.

 

Dow Theory

The Dow theory has been around for almost 100 years. Developed by Charles Dow and refined by William Hamilton, many of the ideas put forward by these two men have become axioms of Wall Street...

 

Elliott Wave Theory

Hundreds of theories have been advanced concerning the ups and downs of the so-called business cycle. Pigou an English economist reduced the fluctuations to the human equation. He believed the upward and down-ward swings were caused by excesses of human optimism followed by excessive pessimism. The pendulum swings too far one way and then there is a glut; it swings too far the other way and there is a scarcity...

 

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)

Developed by Gerald Appel, MACD is one of the simplest and most reliable indicators available. MACD uses moving averages, which are lagging indicators, to include some trend following characteristics. These lagging indicators are turned into a momentum oscillator by subtracting the longer moving average from the shorter moving average. The resulting plot forms a line that oscillates above and below zero...

 

McClennan Indices: The McClennan Oscillator And Summation Index

In developing a view on the overall condition of the stock market it helps to use the information distilled in equity indices. Two such indices are the McClennan Oscillator and the McClennan Summation Index, both of which were developed by Sherman McClennan in 1969...

 

Stochastics Made Simple

Stochastic indicators were first developed by George Lane, a physician with a keen interest in technical analysis. Like many popular technical tools stochastic indicators are best learned through detailed and patient observation. You can read a book about them and feel you understand the subject pretty well, but nothing will multiply the value of what you've learned as quickly as watching how the indicators play out on a real-time chart and through live trading...

 

Venture Capital: A Strategic Planning Process

Over the past decade Wealthbuilder.ie has built up a substantial network of high net worth investors. Commencing the 4th. August 2014 Wealthbuiler.ie will be launching a service whereby chosen venture projects will be presented to key clients on a quarterly basis with a view to allowing them directly invest in high risk, high growth business concepts and start-ups. /p>

Sound Money Sound Society

The World's developing financial crisis is totally inter-connected with a crisis of monetary theory and until we change how money works we will change nothing. What is required is a return to a solid monetary standard that is also a return to a more moral standard, which protects real work and long-term monetary value...

 

Monetary Theory Of E.C. Riegel

In a life spanning over 70 years, one of the greatest students of money, and its meaning, was the American E.C. Riegel. Many regarded him as a genius for his understanding of the nature and functioning of money as a human and social institution. This essay is a direct introduction to his main ideas on this subject, as, increasingly, people are beginning to realise the need for a more stable monetary unit...

 

The Riegel A New World Monetary Unit

MORALS MATTER. The financial crisis currently unfolding in America and Western Europe will eventually morph into a social and political crisis unless the Federal Reserve's option of endlessly inflating the dollar is re-evaluated and stopped. The powers that be must realise that their monetary policy is regressive and socially flawed...

 

The Oscar Iden Lectures-The State of Individuals

Over the past 20 years or so I have been reading, studying, talking and writing about the work of my namesake: Prof. Carroll Quigley. For forty years he lectured, finally obtaining a Professorship at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington...

 

Re-Evolution And The Steady State Of M. King Hubbert

Integrity, intellectual honesty, courage, focus, foresight, leadership, belief in the goodness of the American people. These are descriptions that spring to mind when thinking of M. King Hubbert. He was a visionary who believed in the power of ideas and the need to use intellectual rigour to analyse and manage change. As a research geophysicist he understood the problems posed by the reality of peak oil and the cultural catastrophe that lay before humanity unless it realised the non-recurring historical nature of the growth phenomenon....

 

On the Evolution of Civilizations

The essence of the myth of the Western tradition is the ideal of an independent life lived in liberty and dignity through family and community. This liberty and independence promotes enterprise and action. Such a myth engendered the human initiative which gave birth to such epoch-changing developments as paper money, financial credit, steam power, the combustion engine, steel hull shipping, electricity, wireless communication, television, air flight, nuclear power, the micro chip and the Internet....

 

Gold and Economic Freedom

An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other...

 

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