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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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News & Updates

October 30, 2014 While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

Source: Bloomberg

After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016, according to a Deutsche...

October 30, 2014 Royal Dutch Shell’s Adjusted Earnings Rose in Third Quarter

Source: NY Times

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that earnings for the third quarter rose as it started to benefit from cost-cutting and from its large liquefied natural gas business.

October 30, 2014 Fed ends bond buying, shows confidence in U.S. recovery

Source: Reuters

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects. In a statement after a...

Research & Insights

October 28, 2014 Who is pushing – and buying – socially responsible investments

Source: Investment News

Socially responsible investing is on the rise, and women advisers are leading the way in offering clients opportunities to invest in a personally meaningful way. Sixty-one percent of female advisers say they have offered SRI...

October 27, 2014 12 Ways to Play the Energy Slump

Source: Barron's

After a sharp selloff, the energy sector is looking attractive. Energy stocks are 15% or more below their early-summer highs. The decline has accelerated since late September, as West Texas Intermediate oil has fallen $14, to $81...

October 27, 2014 The Financial Case For Fossil-Fuel Divesting?

Source: Forbes

There’s a financial case for divesting from funds with holdings in the fossil fuel industry, according to an advisor and author on socially responsible investing, but most activists don’t make the financial case.

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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