Nicola Sargeant

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  1. Does marrying someone with bad credit affect my credit score?

    Married couples generally maintain two separate credit records and histories. However, if you decide to take out a loan with ...
  2. Financial Analysis

    What is the difference between a broker and a market maker?

    A broker is an intermediary who has a license to buy and sell securities on a client's behalf. Stockbrokers coordinate contracts ...
  3. Mutual Funds

    What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

    Hedging involves taking an offsetting position in a derivative in order to balance any gains and losses to the underlying ...
  4. Forex & Currencies

    How do companies benefit from interest rate and currency swaps?

    An interest rate swap involves the exchange of cash flows between two parties based on interest payments for a particular ...
  5. Financial Analysis

    How does leverage affect pip value?

    A standard forex account has specific lots and pip units. A lot is the minimum quantity of a security that may be traded, ...
  6. Forex & Currencies

    How do central banks acquire currency reserves and how much are they required to hold?

    A currency reserve is a currency that is held in large amounts by governments and other institutions as part of their foreign ...
  7. Politics & Money

    Why is the U.S. stock market doing well despite the recent U.S. economic downturn?

    The U.S. economy is one of the largest and most important economies of the world. With the continual growth of its GDP, the ...
  8. Investing Strategy

    What risks do organizations face when engaging in international finance activities?

    When an organization decides to engage in international financing activities, they also take on additional risk as well as ...
  9. Financial Analysis

    What is the difference between principles-based accounting and rules-based accounting?

    Almost all companies are required to prepare their financial statements as set out by the Financial Accounting Standards ...
  10. Financial Analysis

    What are the determinants of a stock's bid-ask spread?

    Stock exchanges are set up to assist brokers and other specialists in coordinating bid and ask prices. The bid price is the ...
  11. Financial Analysis

    Are domestic and foreign subsidiaries included on a company's financial statements?

    A subsidiary is a company that is controlled by another 'parent' company. The subsidiary acts and operates like its own entity ...
  12. Forex & Currencies

    Can I trade a currency when its main market is closed?

    In the forex market, currencies from all over the world can be traded at all times of the day. The forex market is very liquid, ...
  13. Trading Strategy

    What does "buy on the cannons, sell on the trumpets" mean?

    All the events and news that happen around the world can have a great impact on the stock market. Very often, if a war breaks ...
  14. Mutual Funds

    How are futures used to hedge a position?

    Futures contracts are one of the most common derivatives used to hedge risk. A futures contract is as an arrangement between ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    What is the difference between a compiled and a certified financial statement?

    All publicly-traded companies are required to provide financial statements, including a balance sheet, cash flow statement ...
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