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What You Need to Know About Stock Markets Today
By Anne Kates Smith | October 2010
Thanks to electronic trading, the stock market is wilder than ever.
Editor’s Note: We are re-featuring this guide to understanding the markets in light of the announcement on February 15 that the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has agreed to merge with Deutsche Boerse. The merger would create the world’s largest operator of financial markets. Deutsche Boerse shareholders would own 60% of the merged company; NYSE Euronext shareholders, 40%. The text below has been updated since publication in the October 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the data is as of February 16, 2011.
1. There’s no “there” there. You may picture a bustling exchange, where commerce begins and ends with the clang of a bell. But the “stock market” is an increasingly fragmented collection of more than 50 trading platforms, almost all electronic, with various protocols, rules and oversight.
2. The Big Board has shrunk. Images of the New York Stock Exchange still dominate business-news broadcasts. But, in fact, just 34% of the trading volume in stocks listed on the NYSE actually occurs on the exchange, down from 79% in 2005. Nasdaq, the first electronic exchange, accounts for about one-fifth of all U.S. stock trading. Newer exchanges, such as Direct Edge, in Jersey City, N.J. and BATS Exchange, in Kansas City, Mo. each account for about 10% of trading volume. About 30% of U.S. trading volume takes place off exchanges.
3. ECNs are the new matchmakers. Electronic communication networks match up buy and sell orders at specified prices for institutional investors and brokers. This is where “after-hours” trading occurs. In addition, hundreds of broker-dealers execute trades internally, filling orders out of their own inventory.
4. Some trades are shrouded in mystery. You’ve heard of dark stars. Now there are dark pools — private networks, sponsored by securities firms, where professionals trade without displaying price quotes to the public beforehand. Such dark pools account for more than 10% of stock-trading volume. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to make dark pools more transparent to avoid a two-tier market that denies the public important pricing information.
5. You’re sure to get the best price — most days. According to an SEC rule, your trade is supposed to be routed to the platform with the best price at that moment. But when some venues aren’t functioning as normal, exchanges may override the rule. The rule didn’t apply during the “flash crash” of May 2010, when an intentional slowdown on the NYSE caused orders to be routed elsewhere, at lower prices.
6. There are fewer traffic cops. In the old days, specialists and market makers kept markets liquid by stepping up to buy — or sell — when a stampede of investors headed the other way. Now, not all exchanges require market makers. High-frequency traders, who program computers to profit from minute price discrepancies and can execute trades in milliseconds, were supposed to fill the void. But they don’t have to, despite the fact that they often account for 50% or more of total trading volume.
7. Stoplights are coming. A pilot plan, recently extended until April, calls for stock-by-stock circuit breakers that would be applicable across all trading platforms. The plan currently applies to stocks in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, the Russell 1000 index and certain exchange-traded funds, and calls for a trading pause if the share price changes by 10% within a five-minute period. Since December, market makers in exchange-listed securities have been required to maintain continuous buy and sell quotes within a certain range of a security’s most recent share price, putting an end to occasionally ridiculous quotes, far removed from prevailing prices, that were never meant to be executed.
14 Amazingly Free Stock Photo Websites
October 20, 2014
If you ve ever tried searching for free stock photos on the Internet, you probably know what a ridiculous hassle it can be.
As a general rule, free stock photos are extremely difficult to find. A huge portion of the stock photo market is owned by professional companies like Shutterstock and 123RF, who charge $20 or more for a single photo. Even when you can find free stock photos, most are low resolution, watermarked, blurry and, at best, uninspired.
Lucky for you, there are a few ways to access high-quality stock photos without any hassle or significant cost.
Here s a lovingly curated list of the world s best free stock photo websites for designers, business owners and anyone else:
Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days and they re almost always of breathtakingly attractive beautiful landscapes. Just scroll down the home page to see foggy rivers, faraway mountain ranges or even battered signs in all their high-resolution glory.
Dutch artist Folkert Gorter and his graphic-design peers at SuperFamous curate this collection of incredibly high-resolution images, perfect for use in website design or as desktop backgrounds.
Picjumbo is a personal favorite of mine due to its easy navigation and extremely high-resolution photos (with no attribution required). This site also happens to sport a great collection of food shots, so if you re running a restaurant or nutrition-themed startup, you might find it worth your while to take a browse.
Attribution required? No, for almost all images
Pixabay is a web designer s dream. Not only does this site offer an easy-to-use search feature, the images are absolutely brilliant. And most don t require any attribution at all.
Attribution required? No, for almost all images
5. IM Free
IM Creator. which also offers an online website building tool, put together this small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it s well worth it: These pictures are of the same, if not better, quality as those of paid sites.
Gratisography s collection is, in a word, incredible. Built by the talented Ryan McGuire, an artist and web designer, this site features some of the most evocative images on the web and they requires no attribution whatsoever.
One of the simplest sites on this list, MorgueFile has a streamlined layout and carefully curated list of photos. Its selection isn t as large as that of some of the other sites on this list, but the photos included cover a wide range of topics. You can find images of everything from wildlife to antiques.
One of the most exhaustive directories of open-source images, FreeImages is my go-to resource when I m working on new web projects. While most stock-photo sites focus on a small niche (usually landscape photography), FreeImages offers thousands of pictures from a diverse set of categories. Most important, it s searchable, which is an incredible time-saver when you re working on a project.
Attribution required? Sometimes
9. Little Visuals
LittleVisuals is a unique site, run according to more of small-scale, handpicked approach than most stock-photo sites. Sign up for its email list and you ll receive seven high-resolution pictures via a zip file every week.
10. New Old Stock
New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos, many taken by government agencies or discovered in estate sales. You can scroll for hours without growing bored.
The simplest site on this list, Picography is a scroll-through gallery of random shots offered by a handful of professional photographers. You can t search it but this site is perfect for designers looking for evocative photos.
If you need architectural or landscape photos fast, GetRefe is ideal. There are no frills, no categories on this site, just beautiful, natural images taken by a series of photographers traveling throughout Europe.
13. Jay Mantri
One of Southern California s finest designers, Jay Mantri offers this eponymous collection, Jay Mantri. with free, inspiring photos that s updated every Thursday.
14. Public Domain Archive
Eclectic vintage pictures join ubermodern scenes at Public Domain Archive. an expansive online collection of images, many with striking symmetry and muted colors.
Attribution and licenses explained.
When you do a Google Images search, the resulting photos are not necessarily ones that you re free to immediately use. In most cases, the photos are still covered by photographers copyrights.
If you re looking for photos to use for a design and want to keep yourself out of copyright trouble, you need to locate websites that explicitly define the copyright license of each image. For all the sites listed above, the license is generally pretty easy to find. There s typically a description of the license on every page or at least a link to a description. Here are two license types you re likely to find on these sites:
Creative Commons zero means that you can use the photos in any way you d like, without asking permission.
Creative Commons with attribution means that you can use the photo in any way you want, as long as you credit the creator of the photo.
Attribution is simple: If you include a photo on one of a web page, add text that cites the photographer ( Photo by John Smith ) and be sure to include a link to his or her site, if there s one.
Be sure to check each website s license page for specific details.
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At present, around three-fourths of the revenues of telcos operating in India are generated from voice calls. With its unlimited free calling offer, Jio is hitting the telcos where it hurts most. The biggest threat, therefore, is the possibility of customers migrating to Jio.
DLF had in May entered into an amended agreement to sell its 32 screens of DT cinemas to multiplex operator PVR at a revised consideration of Rs 433 crore.
Playing spoilsport for the RJIO ultra cheap 4G offer are the existing market players. Telcos including Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone India are locking horns with RIL.
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Ask yourself this: Which stock is more likely to double in the next two years — a company in the ASX 50 or a rapidly growing small to medium size business?
There is turbulence ahead. Markets are bracing themselves for a bumpy ride. In Europe, Britain is moving ahead with their separation from the EU.
The more interest you can take in your investments, the better. However, while that’s fine, it’s what most investors do next that’s the problem.
These stocks were the ones considered to stand up in an environment of low interest rates, wild swings in global currencies, and all different types of economic growth.
Under the heading ‘where do we go from here’, Janet Yellen discussed the Fed’s options for dealing with recessions when interest rates are already so low.
Has the Federal Open Market Committee vowed to stop printing money? Has the loosest monetary policy in US history given way to a tight policy?
Technical analysts will tell you that an RSI over 70 suggests an index or security is ‘overbought’. An RSI under 30 suggests an index is ‘oversold’.
Technology companies are exerting more control over the US stock market than any time since the internet bubble. Valuations are high too…
Most don’t know John Paulson made $5 billion more betting on gold in 2010 — and now he’s got another $1.2 billion gold bet in place.
The bull needs to calm down a bit. With the volatile month of September around the corner, there might be a ‘bull-calming’ selloff in the market on its way.
So you should factor in the way in which ‘role model’ investors like Soros and Buffett benefit from manipulating and guiding public investment decisions.
If sounds like the perfect trade, doesn’t it? Whether the share price goes up or down, one of the options will be in the money. But there’s a catch.
With the reporting season in full swing, investors are keenly waiting to see how their stocks have fared. Will profits be up or down.
Earnings down for five straight quarters. Stocks up for five straight quarters. Do stock market investors know something the rest of us don’t?
The US market continues to flirt with higher ground. What will stop this market? Lower earnings? Not if the latest results are anything to go by.
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The stock market is vanishing
The stock market isn’t what it used to be.
As noted by Steven DeSanctis, equity strategist at Jefferies, the sheer number of companies listed on stock exchanges has been dropping off precipitously.
The number of firms with shares publicly listed in the University of Chicago’s Center for Research in Security Prices aggregate index has fallen to 3,267 from a peak of 6,364 in 1997.
This, in fact, is the lowest number of listed stocks since 1984.
There are a number of possible reasons for this. Here’s DeSanctis’ breakdown:
“Between the lack of IPO activity. the pick-up of M A, and buybacks, the US equity world is becoming smaller and smaller, and this could be one of many reasons why active managers are lagging behind their indexes. Companies may not want to come public due to the additional cost of Sarbanes-Oxley or the fact that the private market has become a bigger source of financing than it has been in the past.”
While the answer is probably some combination of these factors, DeSanctis also thinks that the declining number of stocks may be affecting the performance of many professional stock pickers.
The argument is that with fewer companies to choose from, active managers are forced to crowd into certain stocks. Crowding makes it impossible to differentiate returns and causes these managers, in DeSanctis’ mind, to fall short of their benchmarks.
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The Indian markets had a rather volatile trading session today as the indices oscillated to either side of yesterday’s close. At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 29 points, while the NSE Nifty finished down by 12 points. The S
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