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5 Common Accounting Mistakes To Be Aware Of

Owners of small businesses will often undertake most, if not all, of the day to day accounting tasks in their business. It’s a laborious process and one that can take vital time away from increasing new business and as the business does grow the accounting procedures can become more complex as well as increasing in sheer volume. When this happens it’s usual to either hire someone to handle the accounts or outsource the work. Quality chartered accountants in London and across the country offer outsourcing facilities, and bring a wealth of experience to the job. Often when work is outsourced the professionals...

Getech: Bad News, Good News

It's a funny old game, investment. Stripped back to the basics, sound investment really is a matter of choosing a company which produces more good news than bad. Most of the the time that is, there are exceptions. Open a release where the company is "pleased to announce", well, anything really, from a contract win to above expected results and chances are you're in for a good day. If that release throws up the dreaded "below market expectations" or "difficult market conditions" within the first paragraph or two, you're almost inevitably in for a day in which the price will finish down. That...

Does Automated Trading Really Work?

Automated trading can be used for a number of different types of trading and it is used to make trades on behalf of a person by using software to perform the trades. It is often used because trades can be made quicker than if they were being done manually, but there are a number of other advantages too. These advantages, along with any disadvantages, should be considered before any conclusion is drawn about whether automated trading really works. Advantages Rules can be set so that trades are only made when certain conditions are met such as the price of the asset that...

Berkeley Mineral Resources

There's been some nice price action on an equity I'd almost forgotten I owned in the past few days. Not that I'm running with a portfolio overflowing with holdings, far from it, it's just that this equity in particular has been a bit of a slow-burner. In my opinion it's always been big on potential but without earnings it was always going to find the going tough in the current market. But possibly, that's all about to change...

City Index Review

Having more than one spread betting or CFD account at your disposal makes good investment sense. It's not just individual spreads that differ between providers, often market coverage (for AIM shares in particular) and margin requirements, vary dramatically for a share from provider to provider, so it's well worth doing a little homework before hitting the buy or sell button with a particular provider. Today I'll be taking a little look at the City Index platform. I won't delve too deeply into the fundamentals of their platform, rather I'll look at some of the aspects that may differentiate it from other top...

2014 Set To Be A Strange Year For Gold Investment

We last touched on gold investment back in 2011 and presented the precious metal as a generally appealing and generally positive means of "alternative" investment. Often presented as one of the lowest risk options for investors, gold investment remains a popular choice for those looking to diversify and/or stabilize their portfolios. Just to recap, here are a few specifics on why gold is a highly regarded investment among so many. The most important factor is that gold is seen as a financial "hedge," in that it is not susceptible to sudden drops in value in the same way that currency (and...

AIFMD – A Tough Road Ahead

For fund managers falling within the scope of Alternate Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD), 2014 is expected to be a busy year. The industry, which managed to stay out of the regulatory spectrum, came into focus following the events like financial crisis and the Madoff scam. These events brought to light the fact that the risks associated with AIFMs have been under estimated and are not sufficiently covered under regulations. In response to this, European Union (EU) under the guidance of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in July 2011 brought out AIFMD, a comprehensive and harmonised regulatory structure to cover...

Crowdfunding – Is the Fun Really Back in Funding?

If there is one thing in the investment world that is causing a stir at the moment it is crowdfunding. While many companies are still finding the high street banks difficult to persuade, crowdfunding goes from strength to strength. With hopes of landing a share of the next Google or Facebook crowdfunding is fast becoming the hip way to speculate, and despite this being such a risky area of investment it is attracting people to the world of finance far quicker than other, more traditional, markets. What is it? It essentially does exactly what it says on the tin. A crowd of...

Staffline

As an investor there's a lot to like about any company that has a sturdy business model. A company designed to prosper in the good times and outperform in the bad. A defensive share that wont lag during a bull market. If you can find a handful of these shares then get in touch with your financial investment advisor, they're a great basis on which to build a robust, diverse portfolio. Staffline's business model is designed to prosper in a range of different economic conditions. I'll tell you why, but perhaps first a little introduction is in order. Staffline's primary operating segment provides...

Alternative Investments for Beginners

With interest rates at record lows and economic uncertainty still surrounding banks and various other financial institutions, finding alternative investment opportunities is more important than ever. If you are prepared to take some calculated risks with your capital, there are some exciting ways to grow your capital for a more secure financial future. Alternative investments may involve a level of risk, but the rewards can far exceed those currently being offered by mainstream institutions. If you are new to investing, here are some of the more popular alternative investment opportunities currently out there. Peer to Peer Lending If you are worried about...

Moving Money Overseas

In the modern world, more people than ever before are sending money to and from countries, and for a variety of different reasons. The problem is, many still don't really know how the whole process works and, when it comes to large amounts of money, that lack of appreciation and understanding can come at a cost. It pays – literally – to be aware of the circumstances in which you may need to transfer money internationally. There are steps you can take to protect your money. Regular visitors to Investor Trader will already be fully aware of the foreign exchange, or...

AIM Soiree Facelift and New Functionality

A super quick post today to update you on the latest happenings over at AIM Soiree. For those of you who are non au fait with AIM Soiree, here's the one-paragraph take on what we do: Everyday, at just past noon, the AIM Soirée Equidisculator™ heads off on to the Interweb and ranks all 850+ shares on London Stock Exchange's AIM Market based on the amount of Interactive Investor and LSE combined discussion they attract. As well as the daily rankings for each of those shares we provide a stack of information on the one page - aggregated bulletin board discussion and...