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. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  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

    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 ...
  7. 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. ...
  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. Investing

    How does an IPO get valued? What are some good methods for ...

    The price of a financial asset traded on the market is set by the forces of supply and demand. Newly issued stocks are no exception to this rule - they sell for whatever price a person is willing to pay ...
  10. Investing

    Why do companies merge with or acquire other companies?

    Some of the reasons for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) include:1. Synergy: The most used word in M&A is synergy, which is the idea that by combining business activities, performance will increase ...
  11. Budgeting

    Which is a better measure for capital budgeting, IRR or ...

    In capital budgeting, there are a number of different approaches that can be used to evaluate any given project, and each approach has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages.All other things being ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Investing

    Where does the stock come from when convertible bonds are ...

    First, let's define convertible bonds. A unique combination of debt and equity, they provide investors with the chance to convert a debt instrument into shares of the issuer's common stock, at a set price ...
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