Category Archives: Glossary

Weedonomics

Marijuana is going to turbocharge the economy. Pot is entirely legal in a number of US states. This givies us the perfect opportunityto examine the effect it has had in those areas, allowing us to see what we can expect if marijuana were legal across the entire country. Colorado In 2015, Colorado collected more than Read More…

The Nuts and Bolts of How Hedge Funds Work

You may have heard a lot about hedge funds on television and perhaps, in newspapers. What exactly is a hedge fund, and what do they do? Hedge funds have been in existence for several decades since the launch of the very first ever fund in 1949 by A.W Jones & Co. Since then, their popularity Read More…

What Is a Short Stock

A short stock is an expression used when you sold shares of a company that you did not own beforehand. Let’s say you expect a stock’s price to drop. Shorting a stock would involve a strategy where you borrow shares from another party (usually a broker) and sell it on the market. Borrowing from a Read More…

What Is A Long Stock?

Long Stock What is a long stock?             A long stock is an expression used when you own shares of a company. It represents a claim on the company’s assets and earnings. As you increase your holdings of a stock, your ownership stake in the company increases. Words such as “shares”, “equity” and “stock” all Read More…

Price Controls

Definition “Price Controls” are artificial limits that are put on prices. If the limit is put in place to prevent prices from getting too high, they are called Ceilings. If they are in place to prevent the price from getting too low, they are called “Floors”. Price Ceilings Price Ceilings are controls put in place Read More…

The Business Cycle

What Is The Business Cycle? The Business Cycle is the broad, over-stretching cycle of expansion and recession in an economy. The Business Cycle is concerned with many things – unemployment, industrial expansion, inflation rates, but the most important indicator is GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth. Below you can see a graph of the GDP growth Read More…

Credit Cards

What are Credit Cards? Credit cards is a form of unsecured credit (meaning a loan without collateral) that you can use to make everyday purchases. All credit card purchases are made using a loan – you borrow money from your credit card issuer, and later pay it back with interest. Credit Cards Vs Debit Cards Read More…

Credit Reports

Credit Reports are basically a report that contains your credit history – both the good and bad. If you watch late-night TV, you have probably seen a few commercials offering free credit reports, so you might know that these are important. Most people, however, don’t know just how big a role a credit report can Read More…

What is Economics?

Definition “Economics” is often called the Dismal Science – it studies the trade-offs between making choices. The purpose of economics is to look at the different incentives, assets, and choices facing people, businesses, schools, and governments, and see if there is any way to improve outcomes. This is done by looking at how supply and Read More…

Contract

Definition A “Contract” is a legally binding agreement between two parties (people, companies, or both). Having a contract means that if one party does not keep their word, the other can sue them in court to either force them to fulfill their side of the agreement, or pay back compensation. What Makes A Contract Binding? Read More…

Janene’s March Trading Strategy

Contest: March Trading Contest Final Portfolio Value: $131,022.78 Trading Strategy For This Contest I’ve watched the market as it fluctuates, learning to buy and short gold as it adjusts. I tend to go with my gut instinct when buying stocks. Sometimes it works, sometimes, not so much. The best thing you can do, to help you Read More…

Wealth

Definition of Wealth “Wealth” means having an abundance of something desirable. This can be tangible, like money and property, or intangible. Intangible Wealth Just because something does not have a monetary value does not mean it is worthless. Having strong connections with friends and family is often considered a major component of wealth – since Read More…

Money – Types of Stored Value

Definition When we think of money, stored value means anything that isn’t cash, but you can still use to transfer value – checks, debit cards, gift cards, and forms like that. These are used to transport some dollar amount which we can later exchange for goods and services. Each of these forms of stored value have their Read More…

Spending Plan

Definition of Spending Plan A “Spending Plan” is exactly as it says – a plan of what you will be spending each month. There are usually two parts – your “fixed” spending and your “variable” spending. The fixed part is usually the same every month, with things like rent/mortgage payments, grocery bills, insurance, and car Read More…

JamesAquino’s Trading Strategy

Contest: December Trading Contest Final Portfolio Value: $117,803.89 (+17.80%) Trading Strategy For This Contest I’ll be general with my strategy so what I have done is I kept a max 5 stocks so it is easy to manage and chose which stock to buy wisely. (BUY WHAT YOU KNOW) that’s pretty much it 🙂 Final Read More…