Monthly Archives: May 2013
May 25, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended Friday with an 8.6-point gain, up 0.1% at 15,303.10 after losing 95 points early in the session. It lost 0.3% for the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index  dipped 0.91 point, or 0.1%, to 1,649.6. Among S&P sectors, utilities, energy and telecommunications were the biggest losers. The index lost 1.1% […]




May 23, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

Despite economic upsides, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, together with other Fed officials, announced Wednesday that they might pull back on their efforts to stimulate the economy. Mr. Bernanke suggested in Congress that they should begin tapering the monthly government bond purchases as early as next month. However, minutes of the Fed’s meeting on […]




May 22, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

On  May 22, Sony shares reached their highest level in two years as it mulls over Dan Loeb of Third Point hedge fund’s proposal to spin-off Sony’s movie and music division. Currently, Dan Loeb is one of Sony’s largest stockholders with 6% stake. First of all, what is a spin-off? According to Brian Kohl, spin-off […]




By Vlad Karpel

What is High Frequency Trading? High speed trading or high frequency trading (HFT) is when investors use computer algorithms and advanced technology to trade securities quickly throughout the trading period. In order for high frequency trading to be executed, investment positions may be held only for seconds or even less than a second. Traders engaged […]




May 21, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

The US Senate lead by Senator Carl Levin, released a memorandum that alleges Apple’s (AAPL) deliberate tax avoidance. Apple has constantly pulled in billions of sales in the recent years with cash reserves of over $100 billion. Recently, Apple issued bonds to finance dividends to its investors. Many analysts were perplexed why Apple needed to borrow […]




May 20, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

Yahoo recently voted to pay $1.1 billion to acquire popular short-form blog and social networking platform, Tumblr. Tumblr was created in 2007 by David Karp, a 26-year old software consultant from New York City. Tumblr currently host over 108 million blogs and is valued at about $800 million. Tumblr’s growing usage can create a synergy […]




May 4, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

There are two types of trading that gives the investor control over their investment according to their investment goals. An investor can decide whether to use swing trading and day trading. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. Day Trading Day trading is any investing position where the trader opens and closes the trade within one […]




May 3, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

When used effectively, traders can earn huge amount of profits at such a short window of time. When a distinctive market gap is spotted due to the overbuying or overselling of an a given security, a sudden and strong rise or fall in the price normally follows. This phenomenon is known as “the market correcting […]




May 2, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

Gold prices rose Wednesday, with investors anticipating a continuation of monetary stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve and possible additional stimulus from the European Central Bank. Gold for June delivery fell $19.50, or 1.3%, to $1,452.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Silver futures is not as lucky, with […]




May 1, 2013
By Vlad Karpel

Apple announced its very first bond sale on Tuesday, April 30. It plans to sell $15 billion to $17 billion worth of bonds as part of its strategy to return more profits to shareholders. Many financial advisers think investors stay away from Apple bonds because the yield is so meager. Also, with the dynamic and […]