What Are Rare Earth Elements?

By Edwin Tucker If you are using a computer screen to access this article, rare earth elements are involved. Europium, Terbium and Cerium all play key parts in the production of flat panel screens. These essential elements have made possible most of the devices that we associate with modern life. While the mainstream press has … Read more

Introduction to Trading IPO’s

There are basically two types of companies: private and public. A private is just that, a company that is wholly owned by a group (or individual), that makes the decisions for the company without having to get approval from any sort of outside agency, i.e. board.  A public company is a company that has issued … Read more

What the end of 2007 showed

by Giorgos E. Siligardos The end of 2007 was characterized by extreme values in various indicators of stock market analysis. In this article I will review and analyze four of them. I will use the term “indicator” here not necessarily according to the technical analysis jargon but rather as a set of clues (either measurable … Read more

Interest Rates And The Stock Market

by Giorgos E. Siligardos As of this writing (March 17, 2008), the status of interest rates sends some important messages to the stock market investors. This article aims at reading and decoding these messages. DEBT SECURITIES AND THE STOCK MARKET In his book, “Intermarket Technical Analysis” (see [2]), John Murphy stresses the positive relation between … Read more

How to Interpret the Data in Stock Tables

The stock tables in major newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal or online finance portals such as Yahoo Finance contain a wealth of information for the astute stock market investor. The following is an explanation of the various columns in a stock table that describe a particular company: 52 Week High: The highest price … Read more

How to Buy Stocks Directly without using a Broker

It is indeed possible to buy shares of a company directly from the company itself – avoiding typical transaction costs such as brokerage commissions. Direct Purchase Programs (DPP) Several hundred companies now offer direct purchase programs (DPPs) which allow an investor to buy stock directly from the company. These programs are also sometimes referred to … Read more

Everyone Out of the Pool

By David Silverman This material is copyrighted to the author, David Silverman, and may not be reproduced without the express written approval of Mr. Silverman. As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1987 market crash, the eighteenth anniversay of the 1989 market crash, the fifteenth anniversary of the collapse of the European Monetary Market, … Read more

The Relationship Between Stocks and Bonds

Bond prices have an inverse relationship with interest rates. As bond prices rise, yields will fall. Typically this is bullish for stocks as investors move to the equity markets to look for better returns. In this situation the stocks and bond markets generally trend in line with one another. In a deflationary situation, this situation … Read more


Beta is value that reflects the amount of risk of a single or combined group of securities measured against the market as a whole. A beta value of 1 suggest that the security or portfolio will move in line with the overall market. A beta of less than 1 suggets that the security will be … Read more