Elvis Picardo, CFA

Elvis Picardo, CFA

Elvis Picardo is Vice President-Research and a portfolio manager at Global Securities Corporation in Vancouver, Canada. He brings a global perspective to investment research and portfolio management, obtained through more than two decades of international capital markets experience in Canada, India and Hong Kong. His experience spans a wide range of asset classes – equities, options, fixed income and currencies. Elvis is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation; he also has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master's in Management Studies. Opinions expressed herein are his own.

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  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Five ETFs for Contrarian Investors

    Here are five ETF ideas that can be used by the contrarian investor.
  2. Economics

    Don't Hide From The Reality Of How Terrorism Affects The ...

    After major terror attacks, most people don't want to think about economics. But the post-terror economy affects the lives of the whole world, so it's important to be knowledgeable.
  3. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Why All of the World's Top 10 Companies Are American

    The top 10 companies in the world by market capitalization are all American, but history shows that such dominance in the ranks of global titans does not last for very long.
  4. Economics

    How The Unemployment Rate Affects Everybody

    Depending on how it's measured, the unemployment rate is open to interpretation. Learn how to find the real rate.
  5. Trading Strategies

    Why Short Sales Are Not For Sissies

    Short selling has a number of risks that make it highly unsuitable for the novice investor.
  6. Trading Strategies

    Know When To Hold, Know When To Fold A Short Sale

    Consider making a short sale in the following circumstances: Bearish trend is developing rapidly, fundamentals are deteriorating, technical indicators are signaling "Sell," and there is an abrupt change ...
  7. Trading Strategies

    How Do Silicon Valley Traders and Wall Street Traders Compare?

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  8. Investing

    Invest through Equity Crowdfunding: Risks and Rewards

    Investing through equity crowdfunding carries risks such as risk of failure, fraud and doubtful returns. But it also offer a number of rewards.
  9. Personal Finance

    4 Ways Simple Interest Is Used In Real Life

    Simple interest works in your favor when you're a borrower, but against you when you're an investor.
  10. Economics

    Why Deflation Is The Fed's Worst Nightmare

    The measures taken by central banks seem to be winning the battle against deflation, but it is too early to tell if they have won the war.
  11. Personal Finance

    Dissecting the Simple Interest Formula

    Simple interest ignores the effect of compounding: it's only calculated on the principal amount. This makes it easier to calculate than compound interest.
  12. Investing

    4 Ways to Avoid Penny Stock Scams

    Penny stock scams continue to trap unwary investors. If you want to avoid losing your hard-earned money, live by these four rules.
  13. Investing

    The US Is Becoming More Energy Independent

    Rising production and abundant shale oil and gas reserves are moving the US towards energy independence, which could happen by 2020
  14. Investing

    Comparing Spin-offs, Split-Offs and Carve-Outs

    Spin-offs, split-offs and carve-outs are three methods a company can use to divest certain assets, a division or a subsidiary. Here's how they differ.
  15. Investing

    A Guide For Calculating The Dividend Payout Ratio

    Dividends are a significant contributor to total equity returns. That makes dividend payout ratios—which are key indicators of dividend sustainability—doubly important.
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