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Study:Google Earnings Stock Manipulation EVERY Time?

Today, I came across this damning paper from Jerry Liu, a Finance professor at Cal State on the overt manipulation of Google’s share prices around earnings and options expiry timeframes.  Despite occasional grammatical errors throughout, this is the most influential paper of its sort I’ve read in years, including the assigned literature of this sort […]

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2009 Stock Market Returns by Country YTD

While historical stock market returns are no guarantee of future results, it is instructive to evaluate which stock markets are holding up in the current economic downturn/hobbled recovery close to the mid-point of 2009 (UPDATE: See Full-Year 2009 Market Returns).   We certainly saw our share of shocking 2008 market events and 2009 portends to […]

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Will Resveratrol Benefits Create the Biggest Blockbuster Drug Ever?

Upon watching 60 Minutes tonight and conducting further research, it’s evident that the benefits of Resveratrol may result in both the most prominent advance in human medicine in decades, as well as provide investors with the right player a substantial return on investment. I somehow manage to turn every hot topic into a finance/investment idea […]

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Start an Investment Club: How To, Rules and Reality Checks

A few years back some coworkers and I started an investment club.  We were an ambitious bunch (still are), but perhaps too much so for the realities we’d face in trying to run an investment club.  There was a group of five of us and our stated goal was to return 15% per year on […]

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Start Investing Today: An Amazing Comparison of 25 vs 35 Year Old Starters

When I was in my late teens, my father shared with me some retirement savings advice that was so compelling that I said, “I need to start investing today!” and I while I didn’t really know how to start investing, I did some basic research with “Value Line”, sought out an actual broker (this was […]

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Swine Flu Stocks: Novavax CEO Interview on Vaccine Progress

Following the recent post on all swine flu stocks and other non-stock swine flu investments and how they stand to benefit or suffer under various scenarios, I’ve been keeping my eye on Novavax (NVAX) news especially.  Today, a series of interviews were provided by the Novavax CEO Rahul Singhvi to discuss the swine flu vaccine […]

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Swine Flu Investment Ideas

On Sunday, the US declared the Swine Flu as a public health emergency in the US, which inevitably will leave traders and investors wondering whether there are some swine flu stocks and investment ideas that make sense now.  This article is not meant to trivialize or denigrate the people impacted, but rather, simply provide some […]

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A Lesson in Volatility prior to Earnings Releases: Google Options

For investors that follow the options prices of tech stocks and other volatile companies, they may have noticed that the stock options seem to get “expensive” and “cheap” during certain periods, namely, before and after earnings announcements or other major events.  Since the primary tenant of investing is buy low and sell high, how about […]

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How to Invest in Cuba – Does Obama’s Cuba Deal Spell Gains?

Following the Obama administration’s projected removal of Cuba travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans to Cuba, the allowance of Cuban money transfers, and easing the commercial embargo by allowing U.S. telecoms to apply for licenses to operate in there, Cuba vacations may become a common phrase in the American lexicon.  While it’s premature to declare a complete […]

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