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Investor Fraud On The Internet Investor Fraud On The Internet

“The Net has become the new wild wild West...years ago those of us online were bombarded with ‘spam’ or junk e-mail for X-rated Web sites. . . now it seems like the X has morphed into a dollar sign.”— Peter Hildreth, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association Every year the Securities and Exchange Commission files Internet fraud charges against companies. As recently as February 1, 2011, the SEC filed fraud charges against the operators of a $33 million international ... Read More

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Nine Investing Behaviors That Undermine Investment Performance Nine Investing Behaviors That Undermine Investment Performance

The Library of Congress’s Federal Research Division recently prepared a report on the behavioral traits of U.S. investors, at the request of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. The Library of Congress’s report identifies common investing mistakes that can undermine investment performance. The report is based on research and analysis adhering to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity.  The undermining behaviors are·Active Trading:  An investor using an active trading investment strategy engages in regular, ongoing buying and selling of investments.  This kind ... Read More

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Gold Gains on Geopolitical Unrest Gold Gains on Geopolitical Unrest

Prices edge higher as inflation concerns and continued unrest in the Middle East prompt investors to seek stability. By TheStreet Staff on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 2:00 PM Gold prices were moving higher Monday as unrest in the Middle East continued to make gold an attractive investment for stability-seeking investors.  Gold for April delivery was rising $2.20 at $1,411.50 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold has traded as high as $1,417 and as low as $1,407.90 during ... Read More

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Small Cap Newsletters: How to Make Them Work for You Small Cap Newsletters: How to Make Them Work for You

By Kent J. Broussard  Favorable recommendations from investment newsletters can have a measurable impact on small and micro capitalization companies, resulting in immediate price appreciation and increased trading volume. The addition of this credible third-party endorsement adds significant value to emerging companies that often have little or no analyst following. There are an increasing number of newsletter editors who focus on smaller companies due to the segment's exceptional potential for high returns. Most editors are more than willing to review new ... Read More

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Beware of the Land Mines When Investing in Micro-Cap Stocks Beware of the Land Mines When Investing in Micro-Cap Stocks

Investing in a micro-cap stock can be both an exhilarating and terrifying experience for any investor, regardless of experience level.  Many people get their first look at a micro-cap stock by hearing about some “under the radar” thinly traded stock on the Pink Sheets or the Bulletin Board from a trusted friend, family member, or broker who has access to an “inside” source for information.  Investors are typically informed that stock will likely double or triple within a short period ... Read More

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The Zen of Franchising The Zen of Franchising

The ancient philosopher, Lao Tzu said “As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.  The next best, the people honor and praise.  The next, the people fear, and the next the people hate.  When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves!” So with franchising, in the best franchise systems, the franchisees say, “We did it ourselves!” There is no franchise industry.  There is a franchise community.  Franchising is a marketing concept, a ... Read More

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Funding Fundamentals: How To Turn Stock Into Cash Funding Fundamentals: How To Turn Stock Into Cash

By Rick Stephan-President, Quanta Corporation A business that fails is always a company out of money. And though there are any number of factors contributing to an empty bank account, inadequate capitalization tops the list. Countless studies have proved that, as Edward Roberts reported in Technology Review, "the larger the amount of initial capitalization and the larger the number of founders, the greater the likelihood of the company's later success." So, once you've run through your own money and the savings of ... Read More

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STOCK FRAUD ON THE INTERNET STOCK FRAUD ON THE INTERNET

WHY THE INTERNET? The Internet allows individuals or companies to communicate with a large audience without spending a lot of time, effort or money. Anyone can reach hundreds of thousands of people by building an Internet web site, posting a message on an online bulletin board, entering a discussion in a live "chat" room, or sending mass e-mails. It’s easy for fraudsters to make their messages look real and credible. But it's nearly impossible for investors to tell the difference between fact ... Read More

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SEC Gives Advice On Selecting Newsletters SEC Gives Advice On Selecting Newsletters

The SEC provides the following advice on selecting newsletters for investment purposes: Find out whether the newsletter received payment to “tout” or recommend the stock and, if so, what it received and from whom. Because the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the SEC cannot simply prohibit newsletters from recommending or touting particular stocks.  But when newsletters receive payment for touting, the securities laws require them to disclose specifically who paid them, the amount, and the type of payment (cash, ... Read More

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How To Choose A Broker How To Choose A Broker

What type of broker are you looking for? Full service or discount. Which one should you use? In the old days a person would often locate a stock broker through a friend. The friend would claim his broker was a genius. More often than not, the friend would eventually lose money. If you are just beginning to invest in the market, and you don't know a lot about it, then a full service broker is the best way to go. You'll ... Read More

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