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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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January 22, 2019

Amazon and the Mystery ‘Cadaver’

Amazon and the Mystery ‘Cadaver’

If you’re a parent, then you know just how hard it is to name your kids – You don’t want them to be made fun of by other kids or constantly tell people how to correctly pronounce their name. Naming a company can sometimes be just as tricky: You don’t want to confuse your customers…

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January 22, 2019

Short on Stocks, But Not on Funds!

Short on Stocks, But Not on Funds!

Jesse Lauriston Livermore is probably the most famous stock trader in the history of the business. This is because, early in the 20th century, he single-handedly made and lost millions of dollars by shorting the stock market. Today, many traders know the name ‘Jesse Livermore’ thanks to the similarly-named Twitter account. Although the modern “Livermore”…

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January 22, 2019

Global Companies CEOs – Elon Musk (Tesla)

Global Companies CEOs – Elon Musk (Tesla)

While the fictional Marvel Universe has Tony Stark, there is a real-world equivalent: Elon Musk. In fact, after Time Magazine named Musk in its ‘Time 100 List of 2010’, the director of the Iron Man film, Jon Favreau, claimed that Stark’s character was based on Elon Musk. This wealthy tech enthusiast, entrepreneur and philanthropist has…

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January 22, 2019

Bill Gates – The Birth of Microsoft

Bill Gates – The Birth of Microsoft

Sometimes, it all starts with a name; Bill Gates literally means: ‘the gate of money.’ Bill Gates has been one of the wealthiest people on earth for some time now and has ranked as number one for more than half of the years Forbes has been tracking and ranking the wealthiest individuals of the planet….

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January 22, 2019

Jeff Bezos – The Man Behind Amazon

Jeff Bezos – The Man Behind Amazon

Jeff Bezos is the CEO and founder of Amazon, the world’s largest retailer. He owns 16% of the company, and as of November 2018, Jeff remains the richest man alive. In 2018 he became the world’s first centre-billionaire as well as the only person to surpass the $150 billion mark in net worth, since Forbes…

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January 22, 2019

Tim Cook – An Apple A Day

Tim Cook – An Apple A Day

Tim Cook is the man behind Apple, the world’s largest company in market capitalisation and actually the first US-based firm to hit $1 trillion, a feat it achieved only in 2018. Tim was born in 1960 in Alabama. His upbringing was a modest one; his father was a shipyard worker whereas his mother worked at…

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January 22, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg – Head of the Facebook Giant

Mark Zuckerberg – Head of the Facebook Giant

Born on May 14th, 1984, Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder and CEO of the social media behemoth, Facebook. Only founded in 2004, Facebook has now simply grown too big to ignore. As of Q3 2018, Facebook averaged 2.27 billion active monthly users. Throughout Facebook’s existence and meteoric rise, Mark has remained the company’s product visionary…

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January 22, 2019

John C. Bogle – An Investment Genius

John C. Bogle – An Investment Genius

If you asked most people who they thought was the world’s most successful investor, you could expect many of them to say, Warren Buffett. However, there is someone else who has had a more profound effect on the investment world than anyone else, and his name is John C. Bogle. As founder of Vanguard, the…

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January 22, 2019

The World’s Biggest Traders Series – George Soros

The World’s Biggest Traders Series – George Soros

George Soros is a world-renowned Hungarian-American stock investor, currency speculator, businessman, social activist and philanthropist. He is also one of the wealthiest living individuals in the world. With his net worth currently estimated at $24 billion, Soros can exert a tremendous amount of political influence. He is also able to sway both stock and currency…

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January 22, 2019

Carl Icahn – One of the World’s Biggest Traders

Carl Icahn – One of the World’s Biggest Traders

You need to be a very tenacious individual in order to muscle your way into the most exclusive group in the world – the Billionaires’ Club. Seventy-eight-year-old investment guru Carl Icahn is someone who has exhibited this trait from an early age, and it is one of the key reasons for his success. In interviews,…

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