Monday, July 6, 2015

Is Suretrader Good? Yes!

Troy A. Paredes has served as a Commissioner o...
Troy A. Paredes has served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) since August 1, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Internet has made stock trading easy for most people. However, a high percentage of Internet investors think they are entering a get rich quick scheme; hence beginner investors lose millions of dollars a year. Investors recognize the need for professional web-based training and the SureTrader brokers have risen to the challenge.

SureTrader was founded in 2008 and it is part of Swiss American Securities Ltd. Guy Gentile, the founder, based the business in the Bahamas. This means the business is regulated by the Bahamas Securities and Exchange Commission rather than the US Security and Exchange Commission. SureTrader investors are not bound by PDT (Pacific Day Trader Rule) which places restrictions on investors who have less than $25,000 on account. Furthermore, SureTrader investors don't require large amounts of money to commence trading. So, is Suretrader good? The answer is a resounding yes!

The SureTrader website is a little outdated which can make it difficult to navigate, however, the pricing is competitive. The company offer a live customer support service which can be accessed by clicking a link.

Traders who wish to sign up with SureTrader must scan proof of identity including a current utility bill and new accounts are activated in a couple of days.

SureTrader operates from three investment platforms, hence investors can check their accounts wherever they can access the Internet.

NSA To Implement Surveillance On Stock Market

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The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's database tracks investors subject to investigation for wrongdoing. However, it was recently revealed that the National Security Agency can review private financial information of these investors. They can track and access this information in real-time. Even trades can be seen as soon as they occur. Therefore, the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System seems to have welcomed such a development. Corporations and high-volume traders are known to fix the stock markets. 

Then again, the government is known to manipulate the markets to avoid crashes and other issues. Research has shown that the NSA is more than willing to influence transactions on the market. Documents have revealed the NSA could be accessing financial institutions and changing around the funds in bank accounts. Its widely agreed upon that no government entity should engage in such practices. 

The NSA uses various databases in order to accomplish these illicit acts. Likewise, this particular agency is known to monitor credit card transactions through various companies. It's highly likely that the CARDS database will be used to influence the Stock Market. Unfortunately, the repercussions of this development could be huge. There is no reason that the government should stick its hand in the markets in this day and age.

Warmer Weather Helps Accelerate Economic Growth

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English: United States consumer Confidence 1978-2010 from University of Michigan survey. Data source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Consumer Confidence [UMCSENT] ; U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics; accessed August 14, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Springs thaw aiding economic revival

All recent business and government reports are indicating that the U.S. economy is on the rise from the cold season.

The economic experts are projecting that in 2014 there will be accelerated growth happening after two years of slow but steady improvement.

The economy continues to gain momentum as the temperatures continue to rise. Factories are hiring as they get busier and busier. Consumers are spending much more and the banks are easing up on their restrictions of loans to businesses. These positive signs are appearing throughout the United States.

TD Economics' senior economist, Michael Dolega has pointed out how the economy suffered due to the chilling winter but is poised for a revitalization as the consumers are emerging from hibernation.

For the third straight month, a popular index based on factors such as interest rates, stocks, employment and consumer confidence has gone up.

Ken Goldstein points out a 0.8 gain to 100.9 on the index indicated rising growth through spring and summer.

During the first quarter, there was a 1.3 percent growth in the economy and experts anticipate a 3 percent growth from April to June.

The Federal Reserve has happily shown that manufacturing continues to pick up.

Batesville Tool & Die has been releasing data showing increased sales.

Employers all over are anticipating much stronger growth in the coming days.

As the U.S. economy improves, binary options and swing trading options are expected to increase as well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Google's Tax Avoidance Move

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Google Appliance as shown at RSA Expo 2008 in San Francisco. It was only a computer case with no parts inside.-Daniel A (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bermuda has no corporate income tax, and one of the companies that has most recently benefited from this is Google. The company moved around $10 billion on profits to the small island country, and managed to avoid around $2 billion in income tax.

Both the US and the UK government have frowned upon this method of tax avoidance, perhaps because both countries are fighting huge deficits at the moment. A recent move which may go some way towards dealing with these tax avoidance measures is one by the European Union to blacklist certain tax havens, and to promote anti abuse rules.

Most European governments disapprove of the tax avoidance strategy that Google and other companies have adopted, according to Richard Murphy, of UK based Tax Research LLP. He went on to say that either services will need to be scaled back, or other taxpayers will somehow have to pay more to compensate for Google's non payment of their taxes.

On the other hand, Google points out that it has invested in several European countries with great success, and that it is complying with all the tax laws. In addition, Google has invested heavily in east London tech companies and currently has around 2,000 employees in the UK.

Netflix Has Plans To Avoid Share Takeover

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Netflix has integrated its streaming player in many consumer electronics devices including the XBox 360 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Monday, some shareholders of Netflix announced a plan to gain majority shares of the company but Netflix has a plan to stop this event from occurring.

The plan is simple and is called the poison pill. If anybody tries to purchase a large amount of Netflix shares without consent of the board, Netflix can create more shares, making the takeover attempt much too costly.

Several days ago Carl Icahn bought 10% of the firm, which immediately sent up red flags at Netflix. He said the company would be great bait for many of the technology giants of the internet, including Amazon, Google, Verizon, and Apple.

If any group or investor tries to buy more than 10%, the poison plan will be put into action. Carl Icahn has a 9.98% stake right now.

Carl Icahn was not happy with the decision by the Netflix board. He said it was a bad ruling, discriminatory, and that the shareholders actions were too decided by the board.

Netflix does agree that they make a juicy target for other big companies, even thought they did poorly last quarter. Such a takeover might actually boost profits.

Larger companies might offer financial and technological support so  Netflix can give cheaper content to their customers.

The Yahoo CEO - Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In October 2012, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, made her first report on earnings during a conference. She reported that she was happy with the company's progress in the third quarter. She also shared that Yahoo has been working with Microsoft to improve the search capabilities. However, the folks on Wall Street are still interested in the plan for reviving the company's revenue growth.

The former CEO had a more media centric approach but today, the company is revamping its products and underlying technology. Just last July, one day before the company's second quarter earnings were released, Mayer was hired. Therefore, she was not a part of Yahoo's review of the second quarter results. Mayer has recruited a Google advertising executive, Mr. Castro who is to start work in January 2013 as the chief operating officer. Mayer has also hired a new chief financial officer. In addition, this new CEO will be giving employees free meals, like Google does, and free smartphones. She has also been considering revamping Yahoo's home page. Compared to the previous year, Yahoo ended this third quarter with 12% less employees.

Mayer has been working hard to keep stockholders contented by distributing some of the proceeds from Yahoo's $7.6 billion deal for selling half of the company's stake in the Alibaba Group. It is projected that Yahoo will have earnings of 26 cents per share on a revenue of $1.08 billion. Therefore, Mayer seems to be doing a good job with Yahoo and is seeking to continuously improve the site.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Candy Crush Is Going Public

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English: A view from the Member's Gallery inside the NYSE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Candy Crush Saga, the gaming phenomenon, is about to go to the New York Stock Exchange in the form of a stock offering. The IPO paperwork was submitted to the Securities Exchange Commission by King Digital Entertainment.

Over the last three years King Digital Entertainment has made millions of dollars, and this is thanks to games such as Papa Pear Saga, Farm Heroes Saga and Pet Rescue Saga. 

Users of the Candy Crush app has made it the most popular app associated with the website Facebook. Candy Crush is expected to become the largest, as well as the most successful interactive online franchises of all time. 

There are frequent, small transactions that help make Candy Crush a major success. Gaming sessions are played individually, and they are designed to be quick and free. However, if players want to receive additional lives, as well as be able to beat levels quicker, then they can pay a small fee to receive an item within the game, and this item will help them move quicker throughout the game. Users can choose to play Candy Crush whenever they want to, as the game provides that convenience. The best thing about Candy Crush is that it does not show any signs of losing popularity.

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