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December, 2014

OPEC enters a price war with the US for market share

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Oil prices are currently at the center of every discussion: The prices seem to be on a never-ending decline: The Brent ended the week at 61.85$ a barrel. This is going to have a worldwide effect: US, Russia, the Middle East… every one will be affected by this free-fall. The […]

Are we inside a tech bubble ?

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  Every day, we hear from an insane IPO, offer or purchase in the sector of Technology. It seems like each time, bids get higher and higher, and the equities have incredibly large capitalizations. There are plenty of examples, such as the acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook for 22 billion […]

International money flows

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Since the explosion of international trades and the success of capitalism in the last two centuries, international money flows have become very important. These flows are materialized as foreign investments and trades. At the international scale, the issue is that we deal with more than one currency (for example Euro […]

Swiss people reject the Gold Initiative

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  On the 30th of November, we, the Swiss people, voted on the popular initiative « Sauvez l’or de la Suisse » of the UDC. It was massively rejected with 77.3% against it. What were the possible consequences of this initiative in case of approval? Were we right to refuse it? The […]

Investment Banks – IPO

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The first thing you have to know about investment banks is that they are not banks. The role of such a structure is to help firms to sell securities to public. These securities can be stocks (parts of the equity of a firm) or bonds (debt of the firm). More […]

Monetary Policy – The Federal Reserve

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The Federal Reserve (often called Fed) is the central bank of the U.S.A. responsible for the american currency: the U.S. dollar. Its goals can be summarized in three points: – guarantee the stability of prices and currency. – reach full employment. – help economic growth. To achieve these goals the […]