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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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October 24, 2014 Amazon posts huge loss, warns of more

Source: USA Today

Amazon had warned that it would lose bundles of cash in the third quarter, and it didn't disappoint. But the size of the loss and a forecast that warned of more red ink by year's end chilled investors, who had already sent shares...

October 24, 2014 Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway’s equity portfolio loses $5 billion

Source: The Economic Times

It's not been a good time for Warren Buffett wannabes. Sharp drops in many of the stocks owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in recent weeks hit the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio hard. The loss on seven of those...

October 24, 2014 Death and taxes: Is the corporate tax rate killing the U.S. economy?

Source: Reuters

The IRS and the U.S. Treasury last month announced plans to squelch the trend for businesses to seek foreign tax shelters through corporate inversions. But why are companies fleeing? Because the current corporate tax rate is...

Research & Insights

October 24, 2014 Survey: Half Of Surveyed Financial Professionals Have Offered SRI Options To Clients

IT Business Net - according to the findings of the first annual "First Affirmative Survey on the Views of Financial Professionals About SRI" released today by îFirst Affirmative Financial Networkî. The major new...

October 23, 2014 How to Divest Your University from Fossil Fuels

Source: The Seattle Globalist

Last week Glasgow University became the first academic institution in Europe to commit to pulling all investments out of fossil fuels. They will phase out $29 million in investments over the next ten years.

October 23, 2014 Market Structure Map - Perspective

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 2013, according to the Investment Company Institute, net US inflows to mutual funds were $152 billion, of which $52 billion went to target-date hybrid funds (mixes of bonds and equities based on one's age), and about $53...[more]

Commentary & Opinion

September 29, 2014 Pledges To Divest From Fossil Fuels Are Pocket Change To Oil And Gas Industry

International Business Times - The nearly 1,500 exchange-listed oil and gas companies are together valued at $4.65 trillion, according to a recent paper by Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî. "Fossil fuels are investor...

September 16, 2014 It's clear that prosperity and climate change action can go hand in hand

Source: Guardian (UK)

The link between economic growth and action to reduce the risks of climate change is the focus of the New Climate Economy report issued on Tuesday. Its credentials are impressive and its findings emphatic.

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.


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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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