Stock Market Essays


Autodine Restaurants Business Plan

become a publicly traded firm and listed in the stock market (Spadaccini, 2007). A chart of accounts is defined as a record of the names of the accounts that a firm has ascertained and made accessible for recording business and financial transactions. A chart of accounts specific to Autodine Restaurant, including a rationale as to the selection of each account is detailed below. AUTODINE RESTAURANTS A CHART OF ACCOUNTS With Autodine Restaurant being based in the United States, the business will make use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). GAAP can be delineated as the rules and standards that… Continue Reading...

My Life

dedicate my free time to analyzing and studying different financial aspects such as the stock market, and financial reviews. I constantly watching channels such as Bloomberg and the financial news give me not only more insight into the financial world but also give me more inspiration to achieve my goals and dreams. On the other hand, I am cognizant of the fact that life is not easy and cannot be deemed as a bed of roses. I know that I am bound to face several challenges and hardships along the way. However, these are simply a fundamental component of… Continue Reading...

A Concise Analysis Of Financial Performance Of Companies

latter firm's ratings are counted among the first and highly prominent ones, particularly within the American stock market. They are also most commonly employed by research scholars in comparisons with more recent, global ratings like GES and ASSET4. The year 2009 witnessed the alliance of financial and ESG data providers for a wide collection of users including research scholars, stockholders and financial analysts. Riskmetrics Group acquired esteemed ESG rating firms like Innovest Strategic Value Advisors and KLD; these firms were subsequently acquired by MSCI, an organization providing performance and risk data analysis and stock market indices. ASSET4, the recognized… Continue Reading...

Scott Fitzgeralds Babylon Revisited

I Saw Paris. Set just a year after the 1929 stock market crash and the 'Jazz Age', some flashbacks within the story take place within the Jazz Age. The story references some instances of the Great Depression and how someone would have adapted their life in that era. In fact, the story is based on many of Fitzgerald's own experiences. For example, 'Scottie', his daughter is one of the people the story is based on along with his sister-in-law and husband. The story lends to the various feelings and thoughts of someone that feels and lives within an era… Continue Reading...

Better Relationship with Russia a New U.s. Policy

that the sanctions have not really hurt Russia in the long run. Its stock market has risen over the past year; its renown around the world has increased as it has taken a leading role in fighting ISIS, which is a known plague around the world. Russia has also shown that it does not want to dictate policy to anyone but that it wants to work with world leaders to find mutually-beneficial solutions to problems that they all face. In other words, Russia has shown a spirit of cooperation and it is the U.S. that has shown a spirit… Continue Reading...

Starbucks Financial Assessment

risk, but an indicator of volatility regarding the way in which the share price moves compared to the stock market as a whole (Myers & Majluf, 1984). However, the performance of the firm is relatively lacklustre, especially compared with the S&P 500, a common index used to assess share prices. This is shown below in figure 3. Figure 3; Comparing Starbucks performance with the S&P 500 January 2016-January 2017 (Morningstar.com, 2017). The movement of the Starbucks stock is reflective of the stock market as a whole, with peaks and troughs at the same time, but the period between April… Continue Reading...

Analysis Of Zain Telecommunications Kuwait

shares of the company are traded on the Kuwait Stock Exchange. It was listed on 9 March 1985. The stock market symbol for the company is ZAIN. At the present moment, the shares of the company are trading at 480 Kuwaiti Dinar. Zain has 4,327.06 million shares outstanding with a market capitalization of $2,076.99 million Kuwaiti Dinar. The company presently employs 2,659 personnel. Its principal activities consist of the purchase, delivery, installation, management and maintenance of mobile telephone and paging systems. It also takes into account investing in financial portfolios managed by specialized companies and institutions (Boursa Kuwait, 2017).… Continue Reading...

Key Concepts in Economics

Chinese economy has been experiencing a slowdown, the increasing risks in the emerging markets, and also volatility in the stock market (Schwartz, 2016). In addition, the significant improvement in the economy can be perceived in the increase in the number of jobs as well as a major decline in the unemployment rate from 2009. Application of Economic Concepts There are various economic concepts that can be applied to the points highlighted above. The first economic concept is unemployment. Unemployment takes into account a circumstance where factors of production are willing and capable of being employed at the ruling market… Continue Reading...

Pope Concerns and Theology Of Book Of Amos

Pope Francis and Theology of Book Of Amos On 27 November 2013, Pope Francis made a declaration denouncing a new idolatry for money pointed out that present way of running the economy resembles the ancient idolatry way of worshiping golden calf in the old testament According to Pope, the present world economy lacks truly human purpose, and the worldwide crisis is affecting economy and finance leading to imbalance and lack of concern for human. Pope also shows a concern for income equality revealing how elderly homeless people die of exposure to cold and the stock markets in most countries loses… Continue Reading...

Swot Analysis to Develop Strategy

a real possibility in recent years and especially the current environment. After a long run, the stock market might collapse, or withdrawal from NAFTA could increase ingredient prices. There are a host of economic and political risks in the external environment that have to be taken into consideration. All told, there are a lot of threats. The business has to think about how it can counter those threats, and carve out a piece of this market. It is important that we are aware of the treats, their scope and likelihood. Any given threat could be existential, but chances are… Continue Reading...

The History Of American Social Welfare

without any government control on monopolization or trusts, but the proximate cause was of course the stock market crash of 1929. Bank failures and crop failures due to environmental conditions and land misuse were also problems ("5 Causes of the Great Depression," n.d). References "5 Causes of the Great Depression," (n.d.). Retrieved online: http://www.cland.k12.ky.us/userfiles/13/Classes/441/5%20causes%20of%20the%20great%20depression.pdf?id=8459 9. The Social Security Act of 1935 was part of FDR's New Deal and was the hallmark and cornerstone of social welfare in the United States. The significance was a shift in social values and norms in America, leading to an understanding that quality of… Continue Reading...

American History During Early 20th Century

been unregulated in spite of Progressive attempts to reform it through anti-trust laws. The stock market crash of 1929 precipitated many of the most notable New Deal acts. Among the most important New Deal decisions included the creation of the Works Progress Administration, which created massive amounts of jobs for unemployed Americans during and after the Depression, the Social Security Act, which remains one of the biggest legacies of the New Deal, and the creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which helped protect the investments and savings of ordinary Americans. Like Progressive policies, the New Deal legislations… Continue Reading...

Enron Ethics and Leadership Failures

culture that enables unethical decisions to proliferate. The unethical decisions and behaviors mainly have to do with stock market manipulation and the falsifying of information related to the actual performance of the firm. By fooling the market into believing that Enron was making money, it attracted increased shareholder revenues and proceeded to bull its way through the system unnoticed by regulators. The organizational culture at Enron was actually oriented towards manipulating the market almost as if it were the company mission -- the culture was also strictly oriented towards performance because the bottom 15% of employees would be fired… Continue Reading...

Fundamental Analysis Vs Technical Analysis

company. The three basic assumptions of technical analysis include the stock market considers everything while fixing the price, history repeats itself, and movement of stock prices is governed by principles of demand and supply (Chauhan, 2013). The most suitable approach for selecting stocks for investment purposes is a combination of fundamental analysis and technical analysis. A combination of this strategy is the most appropriate approach since these valuation methods provide different information to guide investment decisions. Even though these techniques are considered as opposing approaches to evaluating securities, they have been utilized by many successful investors in selecting stocks… Continue Reading...

The Role Of Sarbanes Oxley Act in Curbing Corporate Fraud

inflation of its profits by £250 million (Colson, 2017). Consequently, the stock market value of the company was reduced by £2.2 billion (Colson, 2017). Among the executive suspended were Chris Bush, the Managing Director in the United Kingdom and Kevin Grace, former director for commercials. Following an investigation by Deloitte, the accountancy firm, the exaggeration of the profit was reviewed up to £263 million (Colson, 2017). Moreover, Tesco failed to pay the suppliers to enhance its performance in sales and hence the inflated profit figure. It was also determined that the company encourage the suppliers to pay if they… Continue Reading...

The Secret to Success in Stocks Investing

stock market Investing stock market investing is not new to me. In fact, I plan to invest in the stock market in future because I have adopted the overly cautious investment approach for too long. It is now time for me to move into risky investments that will help me cash after a large fall. However, I will be risking making a temporary loss to be permanent. The global direction taken by many stock market investors is one showing relentless efforts: their continual rise is valuable over a long time.… Continue Reading...

Repealing Of Glass Steagall a Mistake

that these cycles would continue if capitalism were to be left unfettered. Following the latest bust, the stock market crash of 1929, the Glass-Steagall Act was passed in order to restructure the banking system (Heakall, 2015). Setting up a structure for the US economy was a work in progress – indeed at that time this was a work in progress for many industrialized nations. Some of the other, prior, steps had been the creation of Federal Reserve and the introduction of monopoly protections under the Clayton Act. The objective of these different elements was to bring about some semblance of… Continue Reading...

Federal Reserve and Interest Rates

of funds are chasing yield in risky markets (the stock market is at an all-time high this year) because they cannot earn enough in interest by purchasing bonds (since rates are so low). As for Dodd-Frank and regulation policy, this is not likely to have much impact on the Fed or constrain it in any way (Lodge, 2011). The real issues are what the Fed intends to do with rates and its balance sheet—that’s what the market cares about. The Fed attempted to stimulate the economy with its unconventional monetary policy known as QE—quantitative easing—from 2008 to 2013. It… Continue Reading...

Apples Stock Movement 2017

tweeted out on numerous occasions the significant rise in the stock market and has taken credit for its rise. The seemingly pro-business Administration was, therefore, giving stocks a boost and it did not look like the boost was going to stop anytime soon, especially with a tax plan still in the works that would essentially seal the deal. For a company like Apple in particular with so much money held offshore because of the high taxation rate in the U.S., a tax plan that lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% would be very welcome news and… Continue Reading...

Apple's Human Resources Strategy

year of $229 billion and profits of $48 billion. Apple is one of the most highly-valued companies in the stock market, with a market cap of $870 billion. The company has the world's most valuable brand, as ranked by Interbrand (Beer, 2017). This value reflects not only the reputation of the company and its products, along with its profits, but also the belief from the market that Apple as a company is capable of building on its successes, and being a market leader for the foreseeable future. The company has 123,000 full-time employees (Yahoo! Finance, 2017). Most of Apple's… Continue Reading...

How to Understand the Stock Market

As with any of the big questions worth asking, there is no easy answer to whether the stock market is rigged. The real answer is both yes and no. On the one hand, the market has rules and regulations, oversight boards like the Securities and Exchange Commission, and is open for all investors to participate in on a potentially equal basis. On the other hand, the way the market works is clearly “unfair,” as Tepper puts it (1). Unfairness is built into the system because the actual point of sale is not something the ordinary investor is… Continue Reading...

Enron Fraud

and the biggest, as Enron was one of the stars of the stock market during its ride up, and crashed to worthlessness almost instantly. Key Players As with most cases of stock market fraud, the key players were the senior executives. At Enron, the key players were Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, Andrew Fastow and the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Kenneth Lay was the CEO until 2001, and remained on the Board afterwards. Skilling replaced Lay as the CEO. Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer. Arthur Andersen was Enron’s external auditor. As external auditor, its role was to ensure that… Continue Reading...

Apple

new dollars and propping up the bond market with them. The spillover effect of bond purchases into the stock market has been well documented (Zhang, Zhang, Wang & Zhang, 2013; Yavas & Rezayat, 2016), but the real story is the rising inflation in various asset classes as a result of QE (Heller, 2017): stocks, bonds, housing, food, precious metals—the price of nearly everything has gone up since the central bank began heavily diluting the dollar (which is currently plunging in value as well): Source: Goldprice.org (2018) The unemployment rate sits at 4.1% as of October of 2017 and is… Continue Reading...

Economics and Global Capitalism

supporting one another. What happens in the commodities market will have an impact on the stock market, and what happens in the bond market will impact equities and vice versa. Markets are useful in that they allow us to trade and to obtain things that we might not otherwise have access to—but at some point, trading became an end in and of itself: instead of trading in order to obtain something useful, trading became an enterprise by which traders sought to capitalize wholly on mismatches (i.e., identifying inequalities in the marketplace and exploiting them through trade). That development has… Continue Reading...

United States Markets Essay

could make it become less efficient is inability of the stock market to mobilize adequate investment in corporate growth and innovation (Burgess, Grant & Demos, 2011). Generally, stock markets play a crucial role in economic growth through channeling individual's wealth to businesses that need money to expand. An unprecedented slowdown in companies that list publicly on stock markets would affect the ability of these markets to mobilize sufficient investment that stimulates economic growth. Secondly, U.S. markets could become less efficient because of increased unemployment, which is one of the major factors that hinder or affect economic growth. The absence… Continue Reading...

Genentech Book Analysis Business Science

Boyer and Swanson enjoyed watching a startlingly high IPO that led also to the “largest gain in stock market history,” (Hughes 4). Some of the gains were speculative and artificial, but it showed how hungry investors were for new ideas, and especially for the potential that genetic engineering science seemed to offer to reinvigorate a potentially stagnant pharmaceutical industry. Prior to Genentech, celebrity biologists like Watson and Crick still remained firmly attached to their identity as pure scientists, as unwilling to sell out to corporate interests. The concept of a pure science divorced from business interests created challenges for… Continue Reading...

Should We Get a Basic Income

Basic Income To understand why the concept of basic income would not work, it is necessary to understand the meaning of money and how it has value. Money has value because of two things: 1) confidence—as in the confidence that is placed in the currency by those who use it, and 2) the fact that it represents a store of worth—for example, if a person works ten hours on a roof, he expects to be compensated. He could theoretically be compensated with wheat, or milk, or beef, or gas, or some other goods or even services in exchange; but to… Continue Reading...

Tesla Stock Analysis and Recommendation

profit—it actually has yet to make any profit. Its momentum in the stock market has been fueled by speculation and what can only be described as a bubble in the tech sector. This is the sign of a cult stock that will soon have the air let out of its tires. Compared to a care company like Ford, which actually makes a profit, TSLA is way overpriced. While its beta is less than 1, implying that the stock is less volatile than the market, this beta is likely to rise in the coming months as financial pressures rise to… Continue Reading...

The Problems Of Funding Basic Income Programs

Proposal Essay for Basic Income Introduction This paper provides a proposal essay on the subject of basic income. The aim of the paper will be to show why basic income is not a good solution to the problem of stimulating the economy or of providing people with the necessary income needed to maintain their quality of life as consumers. The essay will focus on why basic income will not work and it will do so by examining the problems associated with increasing the money supply, taxation, and debt monetization, which are the three ways in which basic income can be… Continue Reading...

Economic Outlook Of the Us Economy

will also be influenced by the establishment of policies that improve business fundamentals to enhance growth in the stock market and the overall U.S. economy. The U.S. dollar has significantly underperformed against other major world currencies, but value of the currency is expected to strengthen in the first and second quarter of 2018 due to increased interest rates. The U.S. has recently adopted fiscal and monetary policies that have significant implications on the economy, especially in terms of boosting economic growth. At the beginning of 2018, the U.S. Congress approved fiscal policy that lift government spending in 2018 and… Continue Reading...

Banking and Blockchain Technology

and trade cryptocurrencies, they can do so in the crypto exchange. A stock market similar to the NASDAQ, popular crypto exchanges are kraken, GDAX, and BINANCE (Heston, 2018). Tech pioneers, teenagers, and venture capitalists have invested and enabled cryptocurrency to thrive. Some example of these investors is Eddy Zillan, Peter Thiel, and the Winklevoss Twins. Eddy Zillan for example, invested his entire life savings of $12,000 into Ethereum and other similar currencies and made a return on investment of $350,000. From there he founded an investment advice company (Heston, 2018). Many examples of him exist and have led to… Continue Reading...

Tesla and the Porter Forces

around the necks that is Tesla’s mounting debt. Tesla has been able to become a stock market darling thanks to its growth story and its narrative as a company of the future. That narrative may soon come to an end if the company fails to become profitable in the near future. Indeed, Tesla is already stretched as thin as it can possibly go. It had to meet its 5000 car production deadline recently by erecting a makeshift tent to facilitate the production line. A company that has based its narrative on state-of-the-art designing and manufacturing should not be piecing… Continue Reading...

The Global Economic Crisis

as quantitative easing (QE). QE led to significant asset inflation ( stock market at all-time highs, bond yields at all-time lows, the housing bubble re-inflated, precious metal prices soaring, food costs soaring, and so on). If this were rational self-interest, the argument could surely be made that those players who had adopted foolish strategies in the marketplace should be made to take it on the chin and accept the repercussions, even if it meant pain for the global economy as a result. What resulted however was not this but rather the prevailing of a concept known as “privatized gains and… Continue Reading...

What Is Causing Inflation

go up again. Such a fear is not necessarily warranted however. The cost of everything (from the stock market to education to medical services to food to housing to precious metals) has skyrocketed in recent years because of loose monetary policy coming out of the Federal Reserve (Claeys & Darvas, 2015). This policy became so loose following the Global Economic Crisis of 2008 that the Fed kept interest rates low (which punishes savers), started buying Treasury bills hand over fist (like the rest of the world’s central banks—with the ECB even dipping into corporate bonds) in order to keep the… Continue Reading...

Investment

I will give a hypothetical example. Panic sets-in in the stock market, and panic stricken long-term investors start dumping stocks. Without intervention, prices could tank to unimaginable levels. Active money managers would identify an opportunity in the falling prices and intervene – thus effectively averting a complete crush of the market. Passive investment managers are not likely to participate in chaotic markets and therefore, their intervention in this case would be unlikely. Part 4 I do not believe in efficient market theory. I am more inclined towards behavioral finance theory. My assertion is largely founded on the fact that… Continue Reading...

Reasoning Logic and How to Argue

were immigrants too. The person also spoke about how the stock market was performing well and they supported Trump because of that, too. I believe the person actually meant what they were saying, and they noticed I was getting upset so I did take the time to listen more actively using the principle of charity. When I did, I realized that it was possible to understand that from that person’s point of view, having immigrated using the standard means of paperwork processing made them believe that the “illegal” immigrants were somehow “cheating.” Realizing this is what they meant, I… Continue Reading...

What Is the Economy

the money it printed went into the economy, propping up the stock market and sending it to all time highs, leading to inflation across various asset classes (from gold to equities to real estate), higher rents, higher food prices, and so on (Heller, 2017). As a consumer, the worry of inflation is one, again, that makes me think it is necessary to get my money into real assets because the dollar is going to lose value as more money is printed. As a manager, I want to be sure to keep an eye on what the central bank is… Continue Reading...

The Great Gatsby and Jazz

like Jay Gatsby, made their millions from bootlegging or from the stock market or from both. Nothing captured the essence of the post-war 1920s like jazz, which was a new kind of music in America—a music that was fast and loose and flowing: it had no care or concern for the old world culture and was primarily its own thing—good for dancing (ragtime) and good for drinking (anytime). This paper will describe the significance of the jazz age in The Great Gatsby and show how the excess and superficiality that characterized Gatsby’s world was best represented by the superficiality… Continue Reading...

The Great Depression

Causes One of the primary proximate causes of the Great Depression was the stock market crash of 1929, but even the market crash was the culmination of years of speculative banking and investments leading to the economic downturn. For example, also during this time, American banks—as well as some foreign ones—actually capitulated, causing many people to lose their savings and many businesses to lose their access to financing as well. Responding to initial fears of a financial crisis, several policy initiatives exacerbated the situation. For example, when banks reduced or curtained entirely the number and value of loans offered to… Continue Reading...

President Roosevelt New Deal Era

in existence and proved essential for regulating the banking industry and the stock market. However, the First New Deal did not address unemployment. The Second New Deal did, and led to the WPA and the Social Security Act, which provided not just jobs but also long-term financial security for Americans. New Deal vs. Progressive Legislation The New Deal echoed some of the Progressive sentiments, particularly in that both reflected the needs of the common person, and also in that both aimed to reduce corruption in the banking and corporate sectors. For example, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was… Continue Reading...

The Enron Trial and Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - Section 10(b) provides anti-fraud regulations to deter deceptive and manipulative practices in the stock market. "Rule 10b-5: Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive Practices” is the commonly quoted provision in charging people engaging in insider trading. Deception, misrepresentation, materiality, scienter, and connection with the sale/purchase of security are fundamental to prove to claim Rule 10b-5. At the heart of the Enron scandal was deception through fraudulent publicly reported financial statements that misrepresented the financial health of Enron Corporation. SEC argues that even with knowledge of deteriorating financial performance of Enron, Lay persistently represented Enron… Continue Reading...