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Weekly Market Recap – Week Ended May 8

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Reassuring labor market data sparked a major rally on Friday and helped most of the leading benchmarks overcome steep losses earlier in the week to end modestly higher. On Wednesday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen appeared to derail those hopes by opining that “market valuations at this point generally are quite high,” which might lead to

Market Recap – Week Ended May 1, 2015

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The major U.S. equity benchmarks retreated from the record highs they had established the previous week due to some disappointing earnings reports and as investors reacted to mixed economic data. A strong rally on Friday helped mitigate the losses, however. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite trailed the large-cap indexes, weighed down by poorly performing social media

New Series – Thinkorswim Tutorial – Setting up the platform

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Welcome to our thinkorswim tutorials. Thinkorswim is a powerful platform that members of UIS use for trading competition, equity research and other investing activities. We will guide you through the basics of how to trade stocks, options, forex and more. We hope this series will help introduce you to the fascinating world of trading. Setting up

Market Recap – Week Ended April 24, 2015

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Stocks handily recouped the previous week’s losses and moved into record territory. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the smaller-cap benchmarks established all-time highs at the end of the week, helped by some better-than-expected earnings reports. More notable was the performance of the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite, which finally managed to surmount the record closing

Market Recap – Week Ended April 17, 2015

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As large cap stocks have seen record highs this mid week, a sharp decline quickly followed that was mainly driven by the uncertainties in Greece as speculation grew that it would be unable to make scheduled payments on its bailout loan. The news heightened speculation that Greece might default on its debt and abandon the

Inversely Diverse Selection

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Upon looking around at the other Investment related clubs available on campus, a few interesting themes have become quite clear. Chief among which is somewhat of an inverse selection which can be quite dangerous to the average individual. By this, I mean the process through which something which group A should have is taken up by

Investment Society Trading Competition Round 1 Results

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I would like to congratulate the winners of the first Round of the UCLA Investment Society Trading Competition. Placing in the top four is no easy task, so great job! Places: 1st – Kevin X 2nd – Tyler Williamson 3rd – Hanphenie Zhou 4th – Michael Evans

Getting Started with R

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Getting Started with R

In this post I will give you just a few quick hints, tips, and links to get started using R in Finance. R is available at http://www.r-project.org. This website gives you the base program, R. This is a console-like application, which means that you type, and it listens. That is all. There is very little in

Finding a Tree in this Forrest

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Finding a Tree in this Forrest

It’s the Holidays, once again. And, as it turns out, Santa Gekko has left us all a lump of pure gold. It is easy; I understand. Getting lost among all the economic data is something that even the most seasoned of Wall Streeters will do repeatedly. For example, many Wall Streeters will report things like

Leverage is the Name of the Game – Minh Le

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Leverage is the Name of the Game – Minh Le

s we all know, the U.S. markets have been going straight up lately; and we’re all wondering why this is. Here’s a closer look at the several markets driving this rally to the moon.   Bond Market: Yield on the 10-year treasury spiked from 1.66 to 1.96 in just two weeks. Market participants are selling

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