Rob Renaud

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  1. Investing

    In an IPO, who is a greensheet distributed to and for what ...

    One of the most talked about documents that arises in the process of introducing a new issue is the greensheet. This is an internal marketing document prepared by the underwriter and intended for distribution ...
  2. Investing

    Is a Canadian resident allowed to participate in a direct ...

    There is no law that prevents Canadians from participating in direct stock purchase plans offered by U.S. companies. There are also no laws preventing Canadians from participating in dividend reinvestment ...
  3. Investing

    What is the difference between investment banks and merchant ...

    Merchant banks and investment banks, in their purest forms, are different kinds of financial institutions that perform different services. In practice, the fine lines that separate the functions of merchant ...
  4. Investing

    Do convertible bonds have voting rights?

    Convertible bonds usually have no voting rights until they are converted. Even after conversion, they may not be granted voting rights. A convertible bond is a form of debt that features an embedded stock ...
  5. Retirement

    How can I purchase stocks directly from a company?

    There are a few circumstances in which a person can buy stock directly from a company. The following is meant to cover some of these instances, which include direct stock purchase plans, dividend reinvestment ...
  6. Investing

    What is the difference between IAS and GAAP?

    To answer this question, we must first define what IAS and GAAP are, in order to get a better grasp of the function they serve in the world of accounting.The acronym "IAS" stands for International Accounting ...
  7. Investing

    What does 'froth' mean in terms of the real estate market?

    On May 20, 2005, while addressing the Economic Club of New York, the now former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan commented on the state of the American real estate market. "Without calling the overall ...
  8. Investing

    If I reject the tender offer for acquisition of the stock ...

    Since the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a significant number of public companies have chosen to go private. The reasons why companies make this choice are as varied as the companies themselves, but ...
  9. Options & Futures

    What is the difference between convertible and reverse convertible ...

    The difference between a regular convertible bond and a reverse convertible bond is the options attached to the bond. While a convertible bond gives the bondholder the right to convert the asset to equity, ...
  10. Forex

    What will happen to my U.S.-based stock portfolio if the ...

    The effect of a significant depreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar on the value of an investor's U.S-based portfolio is very much a function of the portfolio's contents. In other words, if the dollar ...
  11. Investing

    What does the 'FIG' at an investment bank refer to?

    The 'FIG' at an investment bank usually refers to the financial institutions group - a group of professionals that provides investment banking and merger and acquisition expertise to financial institutions. ...
  12. Options & Futures

    What does the term "stock-for-stock" mean?

    The term "stock-for-stock" is popularly used in two different contexts, and it regularly makes business news headlines in both."Stock-for-stock" most commonly appears in headlines in reference to the stock-for-stock ...
  13. Investing

    Why do companies issue debt and bonds? Can't they just borrow ...

    Companies issue bonds to finance operations. Most companies can borrow from banks, but view direct borrowing from a bank as more restrictive and expensive than selling debt on the open market through a ...
  14. Investing

    Why won't my broker allow me to sell one stock and buy another ...

    There are two likely reasons why a customer would be unable to buy and sell a stock in the same trading day. For simplicity's sake, let's assume that you are trying to sell a stock that you own and buy ...
  15. Investing

    What's the difference between short-term investments in ...

    Most of the time, when an investor or analyst searches through the financial statements of a publicly traded company, he or she will run across a reference to short-term liquid assets, or cash and cash ...
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