Bart Ward
“Since the 1980s, the number of independent banks has again been reduced by half or more by mergers, acquisitions, failures and other types of disappearances. To a great extent, the giant financial holding companies that now dominate the US financial system, and whose genealogies are featured her...Read More
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This article is a bit of a departure from the title of this column. However, it is going to deal with an important ingredient on Wall Street — success. Every year I referred to this topic in my New Year’s column. ...Read More
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The ticker tape parade is a celebration unique to the New York City financial district. As the parade winds its way up the canyons of lower Broadway toward city hall, office workers pour streams of paper from the windows above, creating an otherworldly, preposterous and ultimately festive environmen...Read More
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Chasing past positive performance has been American investors’ favorite past time. This was especially true during the late stages of the giant bull market of the late 1990s. As people read financial magazines and newspapers or listened to financial commentators at the beginning of a new year, the...Read More
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Over the years program trading has gotten a fair amount of attention. This article is going to explain the basics of stock index futures. These are the investment vehicles which are used in both stock derivative trading and portfolio insurance and is only intended to deal with the generalities of th...Read More
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When you purchase securities, you can, as many investors do, hold and store the certificates yourself. Other alternatives include having the securities registered in your name and held by someone else or kept by a broker in a custodian account. Or you can do what tens of thousands of investors do as...Read More
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Located on the lower side of Manhattan in New York City, is the financial district known as “Wall Street.” Wall Street itself is about seven blocks long, running west from the South Seaport and deadening at the Trinity Church, located at 75 Broadway. The financial district is about fifteen block...Read More
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Years ago the famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith, said to me that “The only thing new in the stock market is unlearned history.” In response I said that, “Additionally, all sins are forgiven in a bull market and no sins are forgiven in a bear market.” All of this talk came out of the di...Read More
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The end of the year is upon us. It’s often a time to reflect about who we are and where we are going. Most often, we say that we are going to make changes—but we don’t. ...Read More
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Have you noticed all of those statistics in the financial section of the newspapers or on a financial station and wondered what they all mean? Well, I will try to give a little insight into these numbers. ...Read More
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We have all heard that “institutions” or the “big boys” are the major influence in the stock market. This concept gives way the nebulous idea that somehow and someway these “professional investors”, who influence large amounts of money, act in concert to drive stock prices up and down. W...Read More
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