Financial Reviews

Will Obamacare be gone for good?

There has been an ongoing appeal to change and replace Obamacare, and the republicans have shelved their plans to repeal Obamacare, so the sweeping health reform act remains that law of the land. There is great turmoil in the white house and it is about Obamacare on the brink of its abolishment and many people…
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Growing threats on Ireland’s economy

Ireland’s economy is considered as a modern knowledge recession which focuses mainly on high-tech industries and dependent on investment, trade and industry. We’ll take a glance on Ireland’s economy and some of the challenges it is facing. Being a trade-dependent economy, Ireland belongs to the initial group of 12 EU nations that started circulating the…
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Why Canada is the best place for stock exchange

Canada is one of the prosperous nations in the world with a GDP of $1.827 trillion in 2013. This is the reason why investors see Canada as a perfect place for stock exchange; they can bargain Canadian stocks in a lot of ways. One of the benefits in buying stocks in Canada is its low…
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CME’s journey from egg and butter to stock index futures

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) operates a futures exchange in Chicago, Illinois. It administers futures contracts for its financial products like stock indexes, commodities and foreign exchange. CME started as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board in 1898, namely because it only traded futures contract on eggs and butter. In December 1919, it changes…
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Exchanging differences using CFD trading

Ever wondered how trading starts? The bridge that connects a client and a broker is called a Contract for Differences, this is where exchanging of the current value of a share, currency, commodity or index happen. A CFD is a form of agreement that can be found in a futures contract. This is where we…
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The Stock Market for the Uninitiated

The stock market is the place where public shares of the company are traded through exchanges. The stock market is one of the most important parts of a free-market economy because it gives companies access to capital in return for a small ownership of the company. A Closer Look With the stock market, investors can…
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Citigroup

Citigroup is a global investment banking and financial services corporation located in New York City. Citigroup was the result of a gigantic merger between Citicorp and Travelers Group. Citigroup has two major segments: Citicorp and Citi Holdings. History Citigroup was formed between the merger of Citicorp, a banking giant, and Travelers Group, an insurance company,…
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IBM Performance in 2016

The once-prominent business software services and computing tech icon, IBM has been having a rough time as its clients slowly switch from using self-managed, onsite servers with installed software to taking up offsite, cloud-based computing and software services. This slow shift in the business IT market has disturbed IBM’s product lineups and has forced the…
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Microsoft in 2016

It seems that people of certain backgrounds like to make fun of Microsoft. It has dated and sometimes bloated software. Having released an operating system intensely hated that most of its clients did not upgrade until they came up with another one. How has the company performed this year? Performance Microsoft reported earnings from its…
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The Brexit Economic Impact

Brexit – a word that has become a shorthand way of saying the UK leaving the EU, merging the words Britain and exit to get Brexit. British citizens voting on June 23 to leave the European Union, with a turnout of ‘leave’ winning by 52%, was a surprise that echoed through the financial markets. The…
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The Caspian Sea’s Oil and Gas

Known as an active area for those engaged in the oil and gas industries, the Caspian Sea is sought after by companies in search for energy sources. The sea has been divided by the many different countries within the vicinity such as Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. Development within the sea causes difficulties and…
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Russian Ruble and Oil

The Russian ruble has recently strengthened thanks to an oil price rally that has helped ease the pressure that has been weighing heavily on the economy of the world’s largest known energy exporter. A shift in the price of oil sends ripples across the financial market world. But among the currencies of the world, it…
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Out with the Old, In with the New

Nothing is indispensable; the same thing can be said with the economies of the world. An example can be seen last 2015 with the continuing decline of economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China who earned the moniker the “BRIC economies.” The onset of 2016 dealt a substantial blow to the Chinese economy, while…
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China’s Economic Challenge

While others welcomed the year 2016 with the goal of starting over, one country‘s goal for the year is to prevent an economic decline. The onset of the year has provided China with economic difficulty. This difficulty was brought about by two factors; the first is the weakening of the Chinese yuan and the second…
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Nonfarm Payroll (NFP)

The Nonfarm payroll or NFP is report that is presented every month to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics with the purpose of representing the totality of the number of workers the United States has. Despite having the name nonfarm payroll, the report does not cover those who have jobs in the general government,…
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Greece in Hot Water

The year 2015 did not bode well for Greece; this was evident with the debt crisis that threw the country into Chaos. It is interesting to note that despite the crisis taking center stage last 2015, trouble began brewing 5 years prior. This cam in the form of the country receiving a large multibillion dollar…
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Federal Open Market Committee

The Federal Open Market Committee or FOMC is a branch of the Federal Reserve Board, who is responsible for determining which direction the monetary policy will take. The FOMC is governed by the board of governors, which is composed of seven members and five Reserve Bank presidents. Among all the presidents that govern the FOMC,…
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Consumer Price Index

What is it? Also referred as “headline inflation”, the Consumer Price Index or CPI is a means to measure the weighted average of the goods and services that are purchased by consumers. The goods and services can be categorized in to eight groups and these are: Apparel Education and communication Food and Beverages Housing Medical…
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Canadian Dollar and Oil Prices

Canada had been in a six month bind last 2015, with the Canadian dollar declining by 12 percent which was relative to the U.S. dollar. Coincidentally, the prices of oil plummeted by 48 percent. This shows that the drop in oil prices has a correlation with the value of the exchange rate between the Canadian…
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