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Investing in the current environment is difficult. Most, if not all, asset classes have high nominal prices, suggesting low nominal expected returns...not exactly exciting. And for many investors who are retired and/or have near-term liquidity needs, investing in equity exposures–while necessary to generate higher expected returns–also prevents many investors from…
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We just put out of a list of 50 Cent and other celebrities that have filed for bankruptcy protection. The question, though, is “Why do they do it?”  Is it simply because they have debts that they can’t pay, or is there a strategic aspect of declaring bankruptcy? What does…
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Line Chart This is the simplest chart, commonly recognized by the public and used most often in financial media. A line chart is created by connecting all the closing prices (the last trade price at the end of the day) over a certain period. These are plotted onto the chart,…
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Back in 1790, Ben Franklin created his Last Will and Testament, and set forth his wishes for the disposition of his property: …I devote two thousand pounds sterling, of which I give one thousand thereof to the inhabitants of the town of Boston, in Massachusetts, and the other thousand to the…
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If a company can generate a good net profit relative to the assets it invests in, its return on assets (ROA) is strong. ROA is a measurement that matches the way a manager thinks about business - What assets do I need? What do I get in return? The decision…
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As discussed in different financial forums, market capitalization, or market cap, is among the most essential economic indicators that can help investors make wise choices. Market cap is instrumental in determining diversification of stocks, calculating risks, and identifying returns in a share. For individual investors, the results of market capitalization…
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Do You Have the Discipline of a Trader? The rules of stock trading are simple, but because of our personality quirks, everyone still tends to behave differently. The average person’s psychological behavior does not match the behavior of the market. Greed, on one hand, and fear on the other cause…
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Previously, we looked at how the basic mechanics of trading stocks work through prospective buyers and sellers offering their bid and ask prices and finding each other to execute trades. We also observed that this part of market mechanics, while essential, has also been made largely invisible to most investors.…
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Foreign markets can offer plenty of benefits to investors. If you're not sure whether this is the right opportunity for you, consider these four reasons why you should invest in foreign markets. 1) Emerging Markets Have Plenty of Room for Economic Growth Image via Flickr by Thomas Locke Hobbs The…
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At equities.com, we’ve always been focused on building an active community among the leading voices within the world of finance. As with many other fields, in finance, we’ve noticed a significant shift away from traditional sources of financial news, tips and predictions, and toward a growing number of financial bloggers.…
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There are certainly plenty of people out there who have an interest in the stock market. It’s easy to get involved in trading stocks, you just pick out a stock, get an online account, click “buy,” and boom, you’re a stock trader! But what is actually happening when you buy…
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Making a living requires an advantage. Do you have some kind of advantage in your profession? Of course you do! If you had no advantage to offer, your client would go to your competitor. As with every profession, the same is true for stock traders - for success in the…
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