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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 26, 2015: “Jeremy Siegel on Stocks: This Is a Correction, Not a Bear Market”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “A lot of people think that China is really only growing at 3% or 4% right now instead of the official 7% that came out in the last quarter. Something else that’s a little disturbing about China is that in the earlier years, China would grow because of … tremendous growth in productivity. Now they seem to have to build bridges and dams and all the rest. They want to stimulate consumer [spending], but the only way you’re going to stimulate the consumer is with productivity [gains]. They’re trying to get the consumer to buy more, and he and she is not doing that, so they’re sort of doing a last-resort type of stimulus. All these things are adding to this idea that China — which is either the biggest economy in the world or the second to the United States, we’re just about co-equal — is faltering, and that obviously is going to effect world outlook.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, June 29, 2015: “Greece to introduce capital controls” from Nikkei Asia Review

From Nikkei Asia Review – ” Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.  After bailout talks between the leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down at the weekend, the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece’s banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing.   Banks will be closed and the stock market shut all week, and there will be a daily 60 euro limit on cash withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. Capital controls are likely to last for many months at least.”

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Podcast # 15: Creating Wealth

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie: “There are so many specific activities that one can choose to pursue to create wealth. Whichever activities one chooses to get into, one must pour in serious energy, commitment, discipline and patience to make it work. I think these values that make persons successful in reaching their economic goals make up the high principle of wealth creation.”

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day, March 17, 2015: “ASEAN on the Rise” from Knowledge@Wharton

From Knowledge@Wharton – “With 610 million people, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is less than half the size of China’s market, but the region’s quicklygrowing — and relatively big spending — middle class has become increasingly attractive to multinationals and foreign investors. The ASEAN bloc — which includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — is nudging Chinese manufacturers aside as China’s labor force begins to shrink and wages rise. Moreover, the planned launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 is likely to help sustain rapid economic growth in the medium term, analysts say.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, March 4, 2015: “The 15 Happiest Economies in the World”

From Bloomberg – “Thailand and Switzerland are expected to enjoy unusually low unemployment and inflation this year”

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Podcast # 10: Invest in Companies with Business Edge

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From BusinessMango with Frank and Jamie – “If you are investing in stocks for the long run, you are betting into the future of the company for the next 5, 10, 20 or 50 years. You are essentially picking winners among a group of companies. The return of your investment over the long period of time will largely be determined by the size of revenues and profits of the company in the future. Over a period of 10 years, one can typically distinguish between the winners and the losers. But what is business edge and how does it affect the business outcomes of companies?”

 

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Podcast #6: How to Invest in Stocks

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Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – “The secret to stock investments is selecting the right companies. To do this, you must first look for trends in the market. Trends refer to changes that are happening in industries or economy, which present opportunities for some businesses… Not all companies are equal. Only choose the best companies with excellent management. The third step is to determine the price you should buy the stock. The general rule is buy only when the current price represents a fair value of the company.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 8, 2015: “As Oil Drops Below $50, Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?”

From Bloomberg – “Cheaper oil is still creating more winners than losers. Far more people live in oil-importing countries than live in oil-exporting countries. The U.S., for one, remains a net importer. The well-publicized travails of U.S. shale oil producers are small compared with the gains by American consumers and businesses that are paying less for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, and the like. With fuel prices down, people are driving more miles and buying more cars and trucks.”

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