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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Short Selling Tutorial

    Short selling makes it possible to sell what one does not own, by borrowing an asset, selling it, and then buying it back to replace the borrowed asset.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Term

    Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. A zero-sum game may have as few as two players, or millions of participants. ...
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    7 Best ETF Trading Strategies for Beginners

    Exchange-traded funds are ideal instruments for beginning traders and investors. Learn the seven best strategies for trading ETFs.
  10. Trading Strategies

    Who Actually Trades or Invests In Penny Stocks?

    Although penny stocks are highly speculative, millions of people trade them daily. Here are 10 different types who do.
  11. Term

    Record Date

    The cut-off date established by a company in order to determine which shareholders are eligible to receive a dividend or distribution.
  12. Trading Strategies

    How To Buy Penny Stocks (While Avoiding Scammers)

    Penny stocks are risky business. If want to trade in them, here's how to preserve your trading capital and even score the occasional winner.
  13. Personal Finance

    Careers: Equity Research Vs. Investment Banking

    Equity research is sometimes viewed as the unglamorous, lower-paid cousin to investment banking. In this article, we compare the two careers.
  14. Forex Strategies

    How To Avoid Exchange Rate Risk

    What are the best strategies to avoid exchange rate risk when trading?
  15. Economics

    Is OPEC The World's Unofficial Oil Central Bank?

    Could OPEC ever function as a central bank for crude oil? Not likely.
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