I know what you’re thinking; “Oh no, not another article about the FTSE 100 reaching 7,000”. Well, okay, yes it is. But it’s more of a story of how we got here and where we might be going.
Former trader Andrew Hecht, who spent 35 years on Wall Street with the likes of Salomon Brothers, Cantor Fitzgerald, HSBC and commodities hedge fund Global Advisors Ltd, writes about the issue of greed in the world of finance.
To many, the industry of finance is a culture built on greed and known for the scandals that this greed creates. As the bad behaviour continues, the anger of the masses grows, and more and more people wonder: are there any solutions?
Furnishings and wallcoverings supplier Colefax has weathered the weak global economy while continuing to make a profit and it is set to grow profit and earnings per share over the next few years.
Colefax focuses on the luxury end of the furnishing fabrics and wallpapers and operates an international decorating business.
Equity market cycles provide opportunity in every phase of liquidity. The greatest possibilities are evident when expansion-of-range-and-volume (XRV) price activity propels a stock rapidly higher or lower when institutions have directed their traders to buy or liquidate large equity positions.
The stock in trade overwhelms supply or demand, pushing price in a rapid directional move higher (in the case of buying), or lower (in the case of selling). The resulting XRV chart pattern affords traders the opportunity to capitalize on institutional activity, which tends to continue over the course of several trading sessions.
Steve Ruffley is a professional market strategist and trading mentor. He has been involved in financial markets for well over a decade and is author of the soon to be published “Ruff Guide to Trading” .
Ruffley (@SteveRuffleyInter on Twitter) is the CEO of iViewcharts.com and is chief market strategist and head of education at Intertrader.com where he has presented over 800 live trading webinars over the last four years. He is in the running for FXStreet.com presenter of the year 2014.
Brownfield land developer Inland Homes (INL) has changed its strategy in the past year or so and it is building more homes rather than selling the land on to other developers. That is enabling it to generate additional profit from the land, yet the share price suggests the underlying value of the land is being largely undervalued by investors.
The continued need for more housing in the UK puts Inland in a strong position, particularly as brownfield sites are generally more likely to be favoured in the planning process than greenfield ones.
Britvic PLC BVIC is the company behind famous soft drink brands such as Robbinsons, R Whites Lemonade and Tango. It also has lucrative long-term agreements to manufacture, market and sell PepsiCo branded soft drinks such as Pepsi and 7Up.
That combination makes it one of the most defensive yet fast growing companies in the UK today. However, despite its attractive features I won’t be investing in the company just yet.
The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on 19 February, when the year of the Horse comes to an end and 2015's year of the Goat begins. We look at a new special report from CMC market strategist Colin Cieszynski that looks at historical data comparing the year of the Horse and the year of the Goat.
Cieszynski examines three key areas and outlines what this could mean for stock markets around the world in the year ahead. This report focuses on: historic market returns for the year of the Horse and the year of the Goat, the outlook for commodities and key stock markets as during the year of Goat, the role central banks around the world are playing in spurring growth, Chinese years and market returns.
One is a more volatile option for a short-term tryst, one is better suited to settling down for richer for poorer, and the third is undergoing a tough time at the moment and probably just needs a little time.
Jens Rabe is a noted trading coach in Germany, who specialises personally in options writing. Here, he is interviewed on how he started trading and how he developed his skills in order to leave work and trade on his own full time.
He first made a trade on the markets in the 90s when the dotcom frenzy was building up around the world, with his own interest being sparked while feeling bored doing his national service in the German army.
Thu, 1st Jan - * The Liberal Democrats announced plans to triple paternity leave from 2 weeks to six weeks during a visit to a play centre in East Dunbartonshire.