Rob Renaud

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  1. Insurance

    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. Financial Analysis

    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 ...
  3. Bonds / Fixed Income

    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 ...
  4. Financial Analysis

    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 ...
  5. Investing Strategy

    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 ...
  6. Career / Compensation

    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 ...
  7. Trading Instruments

    What is dilutive stock?

    Dilutive stock is any security that dilutes the ownership percentage of current shareholders - that is, any security that does not have some sort of embedded anti-dilution provision. The reason why dilutive ...
  8. Investing Strategy

    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 ...
  9. Small Business

    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 ...
  10. Investing Strategy

    What should I consider financially when choosing to work ...

    Globalization has made working abroad an option for many skilled workers, and the benefits of working abroad can be very enticing. However, bringing money back home from a different country is a complicated ...
  11. Bonds / Fixed Income

    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 ...
  12. Mutual Funds

    What's the difference between institutional and non-institutional ...

    There are a number of differences between institutional investors and non-institutional investors. If you are considering an investment in a particular stock that you've seen publicized in the financial ...
  13. Insurance

    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 ...
  14. Forex & Currencies

    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 ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    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. ...
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