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. Forex Education

    How To Lock In An Exchange Rate

    Currency risk can be effectively hedged by locking in an exchange rate through the use of currency futures, forwards, options, or exchange-traded funds.
  2. Savings

    The 5 Countries With The Lowest Interest Rates

    Interest rates in many nations are at record low levels as of May 2015. We look at the five nations with the lowest rates.
  3. Economics

    What Is Deflation And How Do Central Banks Fight It?

    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.
  4. Economics

    Arbitrage Strategies With Changing Interest Rates

    Changes in interest rates can give rise to arbitrage opportunities that, while short-lived, can be very lucrative for traders who capitalize on them.
  5. Personal Finance

    Risk-Free & 20% Return? More Like 100% Scam

    An investment that promises a risk-free return of 20% is 100% likely to be a scam.
  6. Term

    Iraqi Central Bank

    The main banking entity responsible for supervision and management of the monetary system in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq.
  7. Term

    Head-Fake Trade

    A trade where a stock or market appears to be making a move in one direction, but then reverses course and goes the opposite way.
  8. Term

    Crowded Short

    A trade on the short side with an overwhelmingly large number of participants, which greatly increases the risks of a short squeeze.
  9. Term

    Asset Disposal Plan

    A plan that documents the activities and costs associated with disposal of infrastructure assets
  10. Term

    Agency Swap Program

    A form of securitization whereby single-family residential mortgages are swapped for mortgage-backed securities issued by government agencies.
  11. Term

    Placement Agent

    An intermediary who raises capital for investment funds.
  12. Term

    Discounted Future Earnings

    A method of valuation to estimate the value of a firm.
  13. Term

    Factor Market

    A marketplace for the services of a factor of production.
  14. Term

    Accelerated Return Note (ARN)

    A short- to medium-term debt instrument that offers a potentially higher return linked to the performance of a reference index or stock.
  15. Options & Futures

    Writing Covered Calls On Dividend Stocks

    Writing covered calls on stocks that pay above-average dividends is a strategy that can be used to boost returns on a portfolio, but it carries some risk.
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