• Investment Funds: An Investor’s Investment

    Many people who are seeing low return on their savings accounts often look to other ways they can increase the returns on their hard earned cash. And why not, money does not grow on trees or anywhere else, and it is only natural that those of hours of toil put in at the workplace should translate as a nice profitable return. Subsequently, many people have looked at the stock market and its various investment vehicles as a way of making the money do the work. One method which is often favoured by all types of investors is investing via an investment fund. Unless you have an exceptional insight into the stock

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  • Gold: Getting Ready For The Coming Correction

    I've learned many things about investing over a career that has spanned 30 years. One of the biggest lessons is that not a single investment goes either straight up or straight down. When an investment is rising in price (bull market), there are usually dips and corrections on the way up. Just look at the long-term secular bull market in stocks that started in the early 1980s and ended in 2007-there were many times stocks "took it on the chin" during that 25-year bull market run. On the other side of the equation, not a single investment goes straight down either during a bear market. Just look at the U.S.

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  • Precious Metals Sector Deal-making Padding Investor Wallets

    There have been a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the mining industry lately and the consolidation is only going to increase with gold over $1,800 an ounce and silver over $40.00. The buying and selling of entire companies adds to the attractiveness of the mining sector, with the bonus of a potential takeover of one of your holdings at a premium price. According to Ernst and Young, which compiles a lot of research on the metal and mining industry, the first half of 2011 saw a total of 19 megadeals in the mining industry, each worth over a billion dollars. This is twice the number of deals compared to the first half

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  • China or Japan? My Investment Choice

    So... will it be sushi or dim sum? A friend said he was looking at investing in Japan and felt the country could return above-average returns along with moderate risk. He asked my opinion. Quickly, before he was able to finish his question, I said "China" without any hesitation. Buy Chinese stocks I said. In my view, China is a far superior choice for capital than Japan. China overtook Japan as the world's second largest economy and, in about 15 years, the Chinese economy is expected by pundits to become the world's largest economy. Clearly, in Asia, it has become a tale of two cities. While China continues

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  • Gold Information You Probably Did Not Know About

    Have an understanding of the current market value of gold before you sell it. You can call a jewelry store for this information. Gold value changes often, sometimes from day to day, and you want to make sure your buyer is offering you a fair price for your pieces, based on current market value. Schedule for a proper delivery before buying gold from any seller. If your seller doesn't give you an immediate deliver, get it in writing confirming when you are to expect your piece. This should include the date the gold will arrive to you buy. Don't order anything without this document. Know you're going to have to show

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