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California Stock Fraud

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California has been the target for several stock and investment frauds in the past. 2004 was a particularly devastating year for investment frauds. The biggest scam that was perpetrated was an insurance agent securities fraud. This fraud involved life insurance agents and their clients. The insurance agent sold their clients high risk investment products that they were not licensed to sell. In return the agent received a large commission while their clients lost their money. Other investment frauds that targeted California residents included: senior investment frauds, variable annuity scams, mutual fund business practices, Ponzi Schemes, Promissory Note scams, affinity frauds,…

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Globalization and Corporate Finance

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What is corporate finance? In the United States corporate finance refers to the strategies, techniques and financial processes used to acquire, manage, and utilize capital assets. Some of the financial activities that are involved in corporate finance include: fundraising for start up ventures, securing investors, merging with other companies, orchestrating acquisitions, and selling company stocks. As this list illustrates there are a lot of business activities related to corporate finance. In order to perform all of these activities a lot of financial professionals need to be involved. Some of the professionals that are involved in corporate finance activities include: private…

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Mergers and Acquisitions

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Mergers and acquisitions, also known as M&A, are corporate processes of acquiring new assets by buying taking over other business or by merging with them. Like any type of business activity there are pros and cons for both mergers and acquisitions. Some of the pros include: the potential to add value to a company’s bottom line, the potential to increase a market share, and the potential to add assets to a company’s holdings. While M&As have several pros, they also have several cons. Some of the cons include bad public reaction to hostile takeovers, resistance from the targeted company and…

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Make a Living Investing in Penny Stocks

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If you are interested in making a living in penny stocks then you will first need to ask “what are penny stocks?” The answer to this question is going to vary depending on who you ask. Some people say that a penny stock is any stock that is sold for under $5, while others claim that it is a stock that sells for under $1. No matter which definition you subscribe to penny stocks will generally be offered by small cap companies. The attraction that penny stocks offer to investors is the potential to make a large profit in a…

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Stock Market Terminology

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1 Year Target Estimate: An estimated value of a particular stock that has been calculated by an investment expert who has been tracking the performance of the stock or investment product. 12(b)1 Fee: A fee charged by a mutual fund to cover the fund’s promotional expenses. In order for a mutual fund to charge this fee they must disclose to investors that it charges a 12(b)1 Fee and they must also register it with the SEC. Common Stocks: An investment product that allows an investor to purchase a share of equity ownership in a public company. Deleted: When a security…

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Reverse Mergers

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A reverse merger, also referred to as a reverse takeover, is a business transaction that converts a private company into a public company without having to go through the traditional paperwork and initial public offering processes. A reverse merger starts by a privately held company establishing a public shell company. The shareholders of the private company then sell their shares in the private company to the public shell company for shares in the public company. By going public in this manner the shareholders of the private company are able to maintain their ownership and control of the company after it…

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Business Plan for Real Estate Investors

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If you are considering starting a real estate investment company then you need to put together a business plan for real estate investors. This business plan will be your blueprint for success. It will not only help you to identify the pros and cons of different real estate investments, but it will also help you to identify financing options, successful investment strategies and real estate investment resources. Your real estate investment plan should also be used to focus your investment activities and goals. Now that you know what a business plan for real estate investors is you should next learn…

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Stock Investment Guide

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How does the stock market work? This is a question that most novice investors ask their financial advisors. If you want to know the answer to this question then you should first learn what the stock market is. The stock market, simply put, is a market where companies and entities can finance their operation by offering shares of company stocks, bonds and derivatives to the public. Currently there is a huge worldwide investment market valued at over $350 trillion U.S. This market is made up of about $300 trillion in derivatives, $45 trillion in bonds and $22.5 trillion in worldwide…

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Stock Market Timeline

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The history of the stock market begins back in the 11th century in Cairo, Egypt. It is believed that during this period of time Jewish and Islamic merchants established a trade association that incorporated most of what we consider modern day credit and payment methods. By the 12th century agricultural debts were managed and regulated by French courratier de change. The courratier de change could technically be considered the first “stock brokers” because they not only managed debt and payments, but they also traded in debt products. Another century passed and the development of the modern stock market continued. At…

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B2B Business Investments

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A b2b business is basically a buying and selling relationship between businesses. If this is the type of business that you are interested in setting up then there are several different ways that you can finance your b2b business investment. If you don’t have any assets to offer as collateral for your b2b financer then you can utilize venture capital. If you have some assets then you may want to consider utilizing subsidized business loans such as the SBA small business loan. If you have assets to use as collateral for financing your b2b venture then you can utilize these…

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