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Corliss Group Online Financial Mag Share features explained

eroshawkins eroshawkins writes  |  about a year ago

eroshawkins (3388417) writes "The phenomenon of share prices moving up or down is a dynamic process worth looking into and understanding in order to appreciate what is happening and how it affects one’s investment. The website attributes the movements to “supply and demand” – the ubiquitous main players in the whole economic or business world.

And so, a share price goes up when certain conditions are present. Let us discuss them one by one. “When a firm is making big profits”, the demand for it goes up and the price follows suit. Obviously, people would want to become part owner of a company that is making it big. But who decides the price should go up? The company or the market? The website does not explain further. Perhaps, it is a secret or an unnecessary information for the investor. Really? We all have the right to know.

The second reason is that “many people want to buy the shares to get the rewards of the profits.” This is not so obvious a reason as the first. It seems similar or the very same first reason above. This probably applies to companies that are already highly valued.

Third, “few people want to sell the shares.” Again, this is merely the reverse of the second and which could be a result of the first reason. We seem to be going around in circles here. So far, we only have one viable reason for prices to go up.

Last reason provided is “only a few shares are available to buy.” Now, that looks like a different reason. But then again, it an indirect result of the first reason.

Looking at the other side of the picture merely presents a mirror image of what we just went through above. In short, supply and demand, even for shares, totally depends on the profitability of companies. Nothing more.

One wonders if this simple survey of the stock market is overly simplistic or is it that we can look at the whole process as a simple one and that somewhere the complexity is an artificial characteristic that is manufactured to confuse or deceive people? And the plot thickens."

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Tokyo sijoittajien keskittyä Yhdysvaltain velkahuolien vuoksi by Corliss On

eroshawkins eroshawkins writes  |  about a year ago

eroshawkins (3388417) writes "http://berthegrian.weebly.com/#/20131008/tokyo-sijoittajien-keskittya-yhdysvaltain-vel-3270304/

Tokyo investors to focus on US debt woes this week

Tokyo sijoittajat oleskelu keskittyi Yhdysvaltain hallituksen shutdown tällä viikolla pelot kasvaessa voisi johtaa tuhoisa velka default ja maailmantalouden valtava iskua. Nikkei's 0.94 prosenttia luistaa perjantai kuukauden alhainen päättyi viikossa, että näin menettää 4,98 prosenttia eli 735.76 pistettä, 14,024.31, niin juuttuneena Washington vertailuindeksi hallitsi otsikoita. Laajempi Topix indeksi ensimmäisen osan osakkeista laski 4.41 prosenttia eli 53.70 pistettä, viikolla 1,163.82. "Pelaajat pitää silmällä Yhdysvaltain talousarvion pattitilanne ensi viikolla," sanoi Kenzaburo Suwa, strategi Okasan Securities. "Mutta näemme pikainen loppu umpikujaan (presidentti Barack) Obama näyttää vakavia peruuttamalla keskeinen konferensseja ulkomailla" Suwa lisätty.

Obama lakkautettu aikoo osallistua Aasian Tyynenmeren taloudellisen yhteistyön (APEC) huippukokousta Balissa ja sekä East Asia Summitin Brunei tällä viikolla syyttää poliittisia halvaantuminen Washington peruutuksen. Vaikka shutdown on vauhdittanut hermostuneisuus sijoittajien keskuudessa, analyytikot ovat yleensä huolissaan yhä syvemmälle tammikuu määräaika nostaa Yhdysvaltain velka kattoon. Kansainvälisen valuuttarahaston toimitusjohtaja Christine Lagarde varoitti torstaina Yhdysvaltain epäonnistuminen nostaa luoton raja voisi aiheuttaa tuhoa globaalissa taloudessa, kun valtiovarainministeriö sanoi oletusarvoisesti voi olla "katastrofaalinen" vaikutus. Wall Street Dow päättyi 0,90 prosenttia vähemmän viime viikolla. "Yhdysvaltain hallitus shutdown viihtyisyydelle tuntuvat jo nyt," SMBC Nikko arvopapereiden pääjohtaja osakkeisiin Hiroichi Nishi kertoi Dow Jones Newswires.

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Getting out of credit card debt by Corliss Online Group Financial magazine

eroshawkins eroshawkins writes  |  about a year ago

IT'S time to come clean about our dirty credit card habits and how we can avoid them eroding our wealth.

While we've all been slowly reducing our outstanding credit card balances, with $34 billion still owing, they remain the scourge of most families.

It's fair to say credit cards are the most potent weapon of mass financial destruction since the loan shark. Their convenience and flexibility means it's so easy for them to get out of hand and lead to serious financial distress.

We need to be vigilant in ensuring our credit cards work for us and don't destroy our finances. To avoid getting into trouble in the first place, or get back in control of an existing debt, here are our five golden rules for using credit cards.

1. Pay off the most expensive debt first

This is a basic part of financial management, but still so many people put their money in different piles without realizing it's costing them in interest. When you have a high interest debt, such as an big credit card balance, paying it off must be your priority.

If that pile of expensive debt looks like it'll take a while to pay off, consider moving the balance on to your lowest interest rate loan. If this transfer carries a fee, you can use an online calculator to do some rough sums to make sure the interest savings are worthwhile.

2. Repay more than the minimum amount

To reduce credit card debt you have to make more than the minimum repayment.

The minimum just means you avoid late charges and can continue using the card. It might not even cover the interest accrued each month, and that's trouble.

Compound interest (interest paid on interest) is a powerful thing when you're saving, and when it's going against you it's just as powerful in blowing out your debts. If you're really struggling to make repayments, set up a direct debit so that each pay cycle the credit card gets paid off first.

3. Get the best deal

Don't get sucked into rewards programs or account keeping fees if you're not benefiting from them. A common misconception is that fees on financial products mean a better service or features, but that's not right. There are plenty of fee-free cards that offer similar credit limits, flexibility and terms.

4. Be aware of interest-free periods

No doubt you've seen credit cards offering interest-free periods for new purchases or balance transfers, but do you know what they mean and how to take advantage of them?

Usually the interest-free period starts at the date of your last statement, not when you make a new purchase, so it's important to know your billing cycle to avoid paying interest.

Also, in most cases you only get the purchases interest-free if you pay off your entire credit card balance by the due date each month.

5. If you can't afford it, don't get it

For a lot of plastic-happy shoppers, the debt spiral ends in the pretty simple realisation that they can't afford to have a credit card. So if you lack the financial capacity or self-control to service a high interest debt, cut up the credit card before it becomes a problem and ask the bank to stop offering extensions. With debit cards able to perform a lot of the functions that were previously only available to credit cards, you can get by all right with the savings based alternative.

By sticking to these five rules when swiping your credit card, those soft drinks and comfortable shoes won't end up costing much more than the marked price.

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