Just Eight Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As 3.6 Billion People

The World Economic Forum 2017 holds it annual meeting of the global elite in Davos, Switzerland. This meeting is for the wealthy and powerful to get together in a beautiful country to talk about all  the world’s problems among themselves and with the media. To coincide with this pow pow, British charity Oxfam released a report …

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British American Tobacco ADR: Upcoming Stock Split

UK-based tobacco giant British American Tobacco PLC(BTI) has announced a stock split in the ratio of 2:1 with a ADR Record Date of 02/06/17.  The ADR closed at $115.21 on Friday. Last year, competitor Imperial Brands PLC(IMBBY) had a 2 for 1 stock split. 5-year return chart: Click to enlarge Source: Google Finance As a sin …

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The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns 2016: A Review

Callan Associates has published their “The Periodic Table of Investment Returns for 2016”. This fascinating chart shows the returns of various of classes such as stocks, bonds, US and foreign stocks, etc. The importance of diversification among asset classes is vividly illustrated by the Callan chart each year. The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns for 2016 is shown below: …

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Why Cutting Severe Losses Is Important

In the world of stock market investing, cutting losses is more important than holding on to gains. The courage to cut and protect remaining capital is especially critical when a stock plunges heavily leading to sever losses in portfolio. It is much easier for anybody to hold on to stocks that continue to go higher. …

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Dividend Yield by Country January 2017: Chart

The chart below shows the latest dividend yield for select countries.: Click to enlarge Note: The values shown above are trailing 12- month yields. Source: Star Capital Among the developed countries, New Zealand and Australia have the highest yields at over 4%. That figure is double that of the yield for US. Among emerging markets, India …

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US Minimum Wage Adjusted For Productivity

The minimum wage increased in 19 US states from the beginning of this year. For example, in California the minimum wage increased by 50 cents to $10.50 an hour. In the state of Massachusetts, it increased y $1 to $11 an hour. The chart below shows the rate increases by state: Click to enlarge Source: Minimum …

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