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Security Series-Frankfurt Listings 101 Security Series-Frankfurt Listings 101

Frankfurt Listings 101 In the past few years more than 3,200 United States companies have obtained listings on the FSE (“FSE”). The FSE is owned and operated by Deutsche Börse, which also owns the clearing company Clearstream. The FSE is the largest stock exchange in Germany and boasts a share turnover of over 90% , the world's 3rd largest trade-place for stocks, as well as the world's 6th largest by market capitalization. FSE facilitates advanced electronic trading, settlement, information systems, ... Read More

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Acorns to Oak Trees-Maxim Integrated Products Acorns to Oak Trees-Maxim Integrated Products

1990: $.56/Share 2011: $25.32/Share Maxim Integrated Products is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products. Maxim developed integrated circuits (ICs) for the industrial, communications, consumer, and computing markets. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California (USA), Maxim has design centers, manufacturing facilities, and sales offices throughout the world. In 2010 Maxim had $1.9 billion in sales, 9,200 employees, and 35,000 customers worldwide. Management is estimating revenue of $2.5 billion in FY2011. Maxim designs, manufactures, and sells ... Read More

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Scams, Schemes & Shakedowns-Bertha Heyman Scams, Schemes & Shakedowns-Bertha Heyman

Bertha Heyman was a 19th-century American criminal, also known as “Big Bertha” and the “Confidence Queen.” She was described by famed New York City detective Thomas F. Byrnes as “one of the smartest confidence women in America,” and was considered by the New York City police to be “the boldest and most expert of the many female adventuresses who infest the country.” She managed to swindle several men out of many thousands of dollars — even while behind bars. She was ... Read More

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Options Writer Series — The ETF known as XLF, A Financial Stocks Fund Options Writer Series — The ETF known as XLF, A Financial Stocks Fund

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 October 4, 2011 For this week, I looked at the financial stocks. No one loves them except maybe the value investor Warren Buffett. He owns a chunk of Goldman Sacks (GS) and recently bought a chunk of Bank of America. Did you know that Bank of America (BAC) owns Merrill Lynch? The fund, which reflects the stock prices of the shares it holds, sold for a high of nearly $38.00 in 2007. Now, it ... Read More

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Clamping Down on Rapid Trades in Stock Market Clamping Down on Rapid Trades in Stock Market

Excerpt from Graham Bowley | Published October 8, 2011 | NYTIMES.COM Regulators in the United States and overseas are cracking down on computerized high-speed trading that crowds today’s stock exchanges, worried that as it spreads around the globe it is making market swings worse. The cost of these high-frequency traders, critics say, is the confidence of ordinary investors in the markets, and ultimately their belief in the fairness of the financial system. “There is something unholy about them,” said Guy P. Wyser-Pratte, a ... Read More

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Going Public by “Direct Filing” vs. Reverse Merger Going Public by “Direct Filing” vs. Reverse Merger

By: David T. Shaheen, Esq. - Partner, Burk & Reedy, LLP Self-Filing To Become Public If the objective of your company is to be public and you are not large enough to attract a big-time Wall Street underwriter for a traditional IPO, you need to consider the significant benefits of a direct filing with the SEC as an IPO alternative. Often referred to as a “self-filing” or a “direct public offering”, when you file directly with the SEC (either on Form ... Read More

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Options Writer Series — UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UNH) Serving 75 Million People Worldwide Options Writer Series — UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UNH) Serving 75 Million People Worldwide

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 October 18, 2011 The request to set an option program for this security came from one of our readers. The reader had previously bought the stock below $40, sold a call at $46 and it was called away when it reached $50. The stock has since retreated to the low $40s and now stands at $47.22. The investor really likes the company and likes it long term. However, the current yield is 1.38% ... Read More

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Security Series–Going Public 101 Security Series–Going Public 101

Going Public Methods The creation of publicly traded securities has created more millionaires than any other venture. Even in a down economy companies seek the benefits of being publicly. While there are a variety of ways to become publicly traded each has its own unique requirements and risks. Initial Public Offering An initial public offering (“IPO”) is where an investment banking firm assists an issuer with raising funds from an offering of securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as ... Read More

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Options Writer Series — Medtronics (MDT) – The Products You Need. Options Writer Series — Medtronics (MDT) – The Products You Need.

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 October 25, 2011 This is a medical products company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of our readers asked me to look into the company and to come up with an option writing strategy. I did not research the company as I let my clients do that. I just layed out an option writing plan so that they can get the most out of the stock’s movement. In this case, the reader is an ... Read More

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SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS 1% TAX AT ALL BANKS SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS 1% TAX AT ALL BANKS

( We All Better hope and pray this never passes) Can we understand that it is not how our government was originally structured but how the politicians, lawyers, progressive movement, etc have helped changed the way we look at our Constitution AND taxation, etc. It may be called a fee - but it is still a tax. Can you find a few good people who will stand up and help us get our country back before it is ... Read More

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