Category Archives: Investments

Things to invest in 2019 – 6 Markets to Keep a Close Eye On

The year 2018 is behind us. And, if we were to describe its effect on the global economy in one word, then you’ll probably agree with us that turbulent fits it perfectly just by looking at the facts.

An endlessly ongoing trade war. Cannabis shares surging in price. Cryptocurrencies hitting record lows. A seemingly disjointed UK parliament failing to progress the Brexit negotiations. All these events sent mixed signals to investors and forced them to constantly re-update their portfolios in the hopes of catching up with the racing market trends.

Will the same thing happen in 2019? Let’s find out.

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Should You Trust Market Crash Forecasts?

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Incredibly low interest rates over the past decade. Surging debts on a global scale. Escalating trade tensions between leading economic powers. Extreme currency volatility.

These are all troublesome signals that immediately raise red flags in everyone’s minds about an impending financial crisis. And rightfully so since, if history has taught us anything, it’s that the markets go through repeated economic cycles of expansions and contractions.

But while most of us can sense that an economic downturn is probably coming, trying to come up with an accurate market downturn prediction can be a real brain-twister. With that said, what makes a market crash so notoriously difficult to predict in spite of all the “obvious” clues?

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When to Opt for a Financial Advisor (and How to Find One That’s Worth Your Time)

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In the vast world of finance, it’s easy to find yourself lost without an experienced guide to light your path. And by guide here, of course, we refer to a certified financial consultant.

Whether you seek sound pension advice, need help with picking a suitable health insurance plan, or are looking to capitalise on what is still an untapped market niche, you’ll only benefit from someone who is able to manage your finances in a well-informed and ethical manner.

So, how does one go about finding an advisor? We’re going to dive right into it, but first…

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The cannabis stock craze—a boon for the global economy or a dotcom in disguise?

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Depending on who you ask cannabis was, up until recently, one of two things—a medical drug or a laziness-inducing opiate. This all changed when Canada recently announced out of the blue that it’s going to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.

Suddenly, what was once an illegal substance has since become a highly sought-after asset for many professional investors and common folk alike as both attempt to cash in on a multibillion dollar business. But will this industry be here to stay?

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Apple’s 2018 Keynote: What’s New on the Tech Front, How Fans Reacted, and What All This Could Mean for AAPL Stocks

 

  • The latest Apple event revealed 3 new iPhones for 2018 and a smart watch
  • The company quietly removed iPhone X and other devices from their store
  • Many thought the event lacked the polish and enthusiasm of previous releases

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After initial bouts of excitement preceding the most anticipated 2018 event for Apple fans, many were left largely disappointed by what the company had in store. Naturally, this sentiment was instantly picked up by the global markets and negatively impacted the company’s stocks.

Now that the latest Keynote is behind us, was the public’s response warranted and was its reaction to Apple’s 2017 event really any different?

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The 4 Types of Investors Behind Almost Every Successful Startup

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Pre-seed stages. Seed stages. Venture capital rounds. In just a handful of years, startup financing in Europe has transformed from mere bank loans to an elaborate, multi-layered system.

Because of this, today we distinguish 4 main tiers of startup investors based on how far the company has evolved at the time of funding, how big is the investment, and other factors.

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Why it’s a smart move to invest in the long term

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Perhaps you’re planning to set aside some money for a new car, or want to provide a care-free future for your children. Or maybe you simply wish to retire on some tropical island (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?).

However, after studying all your available options on the market, you probably came to the conclusion that you’re not likely to achieve anything worthwhile. At least not without a substantial initial investment on your part.

But is this really the case?

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