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Capital Markets Information, Definition, News, Research, Articles, Journal - Accountability Central

Capital Markets – a formal definition -- 

The capital markets are the markets for long-term loans and equity capital. Companies and the government can raise funds for long-term investments via the capital markets. The capital markets include the stock market, the bond market, and the primary market. Securities trading on organized capital markets is monitored by the government; new issues are approved by authorities of financial supervision and monitored by participating banks. ...

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September 15, 2014 Nasdaq slumps to worst day since July; S&P 500 dips

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday as the tech sector dragged the Nasdaq to its worst day since July and kept the S&P 500 near the unchanged mark as investors cleared the decks for Alibaba's debut planned for later this week.

September 15, 2014 Energy: What Americans really want

Source: Boston Globe

The energy crisis America faces today is unlike energy crises we faced in the past. There is no supply crunch; energy prices are not skyrocketing. US cities are not choked with smog. We don’t face energy-driven security threats,...

September 15, 2014 Dollar Rises as Commodities Decline on China; Ruble Falls

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar strengthened to a 14-month high and commodities declined to the lowest in five years after data added to evidence China’s economy is slowing. Russia’s ruble weakened to a record after the European Union and U.S....

Research & Insights

September 15, 2014 Column: Investing for positive change in the world

Source: West Fair Online

All around us, there’s growing awareness and concern about the impact of business practices on our environment and society. Increasingly, civic-minded consumers are interested not just in the quality and cost of the goods and...

September 12, 2014 How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs

Moyers & Company - The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) estimates that to stabilize the global average temperature at its current level of around 60.3° Fahrenheit, which is...

September 10, 2014 Ignore geopolitical risk at your peril, investors warned

Source: deVere Group

Investors are being urged by a leading global analyst to review their portfolios more regularly and to include a small exposure into real assets, such as commodities and precious metals, as a precaution against rising...[more]

Commentary & Opinion

September 8, 2014 Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

Source: Blue & Green

Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research.

September 4, 2014 Study Shows Socially Responsible Investing Improves Performance

Source: New Amsterdam Partners

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 - A recent study by New Amsterdam Partners has demonstrated that asset managers can create better portfolios weeding out stocks with low ESG ratings. It also found that stocks with higher ESG ratings...[more]

August 8, 2014 The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is Pitiful

Source: Huff Post

Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burdens holding back large segments of the economy, according to a new Federal...


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Tim Quast is a fifteen-year Investor Relations veteran and founder and managing director of ModernIR.com, which parses and categorizes over a half-billion shares per week with its trading intelligence system, Equity Analysis. Click here for Tim's Columns.

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