April 17, 2019

NOPEC and the De-dollarization of Oil Trading

NOPEC and the De-dollarization of Oil Trading

The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC) has dominated the headlines in recent months, threatening to cause a global diplomatic and economic impasse between the concerned parties. The bill seeks to limit the powers of The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), with reference to oil production as well as the consequent…

[Read more]
April 10, 2019

History of Money

History of Money

The concept of money is almost as old as human civilisation. Money, as we know it now, derives its value from being a trusted medium of exchange, unit of measurement and a store of wealth. Over the course of human history, money has taken various material forms: from cowrie shells, coins and notes to the…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Warren Buffett’s Risk Taking Experience

Warren Buffett’s Risk Taking Experience

People look at the rich and powerful and sometimes feel that they’ve always been that way. What many don’t see are the struggles and failures endured in the early years, and sometimes even in the middle years, of these wealthy traders’ careers. It is understood that there are bumps in the road when you consider…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Unicorn Companies and Their Magical Touch

Unicorn Companies and Their Magical Touch

People tend to appreciate rare objects, and the rarer they get the more valuable they become. Unicorn companies obtain their status by following one criterion. As simple as it may seem, it’s not an easy one to achieve. In order to become a Unicorn, the privately held company needs to be valued at over $1…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Trading: back to the roots

Trading: back to the roots

Trading goes back further than 3000 BC when we began to trade goods and services with each other. It can be as simple as trading a piece of wood for a gallon of water. Let’s see how the building blocks for modern trade began. Open your trading account at AvaTrade or try our risk-free demo…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Contrarian Views in Trading

Contrarian Views in Trading

Sir John Templeton was arguably one of the greatest investors to ever walk the earth. A true contrarian, he knew well what it was to take on risk and manage that risk successfully. One of his famous quotes is: “To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are avidly buying requires…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Facebook: The Fall of Giants

Facebook: The Fall of Giants

Facebook belongs to an exclusive group of companies, often referred to as FANG (short for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google). Until recently, the group effortlessly maintained its stable global domination; but cracks are starting to show. On July 25th Facebook endured a fall when its revenues fell short of expectations by $322 million, causing shares…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

Robin Hood and Black Monday

Robin Hood and Black Monday

Paul Tudor Jones is an American investor and founder of ‘The Robin Hood Foundation’, a foundation that has donated over $3 billion for various causes aimed at poverty reduction. The foundation was formed in 1988, and while its philanthropic efforts have been appreciated, its founder is perhaps more famous for what he did only a…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

OPEC – A Hidden Message

OPEC – A Hidden Message

In 1960, at a conference in Baghdad, the countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq and Venezuela resolved to form The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Today, OPEC has grown to encompass a total of 14 oil-producing states. The organisation possesses 80% of the world’s known oil reserves and, as a result, they have…

[Read more]
January 22, 2019

The BackRub That Could

The BackRub That Could

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google, are definitely big fans of wordplay. They seem to be attracted to company names which are ‘goofy’ but still hugely significant at the same time. An example of this came in the summer of 2015 when they rolled out Google’s new operational structure under a new…

[Read more]