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. Trading Strategy

    Pros & Cons Of Day Trading Vs Swing Trading

    Day trading involves making dozens of trades in a single day, based on technical analysis and sophisticated charting systems. Swing trading is based on identifying swings in stocks, commodities, and currencies ...
  2. ETFs

    Investopedia's Guide to Smart Beta ETF Investing

    Smart Beta may be one of those financial terms that raises the ire of many market participants, but its success in spawning a new class of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is indisputable.
  3. Asset Allocation

    Why Short Sales Are Not For Sissies

    Short selling has a number of risks that make it highly unsuitable for the novice investor.
  4. Investing Strategy

    Buying Stocks When the Price Goes Down: Big Mistake?

    Averaging down is a trumpeted strategy that has merit, but can amount to throwing money away when used carelessly.
  5. Forex & Currencies

    The Money Market Hedge: How It Works

    Investopedia explains how to hedge foreign exchange risk using the money market, the financial market in which highly liquid and short-term instruments like Treasury bills, bankers’ acceptances and commercial ...
  6. Trading Strategy

    You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) makes it important for industry professionals to come up to speed with HFT terminology.
  7. Investing Strategy

    How To Be The Perfect Copycat Investor

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett has attracted copycats over the years, and that could be because copying Buffett’s strategy has made people money.
  8. Financial Analysis

    Total Debt-to-Capitalization Ratio

    An indicator that measures the total amount of debt in a company’s capital structure. The total-debt-to-capitalization ratio is a gauge of a company’s financial leverage.
  9. Markets & Economy

    The Great Recession

    The steep decline in economic activity during the late 2000s, which is generally considered the largest downturn since the Great Depression.
  10. Asset Allocation

    Portfolio Investment

    A holding of an asset in a portfolio. A portfolio investment is made with the expectation of earning a return on it. This expected return is directly correlated with the degree of risk associated with ...
  11. Financial Analysis

    Law Of Large Numbers

    In statistical terms, a rule that assumes that as the number of samples increases, the average of these samples is likely to reach the mean of the whole population. When relating this concept to finance, ...
  12. Markets & Economy

    The GDP and its Importance

    GDP is an accurate indication of an economy's size. Few data points can match the GDP and its growth rate's conciseness.
  13. Markets & Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Business and the Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance between cooperation and competition, and is very useful for strategic decision-making.
  14. Trading Strategy

    The 10 Worst Mistakes Beginner Traders Make

    Traders generally buy and sell securities more frequently and hold positions for much shorter periods than investors, which can result in costly mistakes.
  15. Investing Strategy

    Winners and Losers of Low Natural Gas Prices

    Chemical and fertilizer manufacturers benefit from a low price for natural gas, while utilities and natural gas producers are adversely affected by it.
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