Steven Nickolas

Steven Nickolas has nearly ten years of experience working on the sell-side and buy-side, as well as consulting retail and institutional clients on hedging and risk management solutions. Steven holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics, and a Master's degree in Economics. His writing is primarily drawn from experience in multiple fields.

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  1. Banking

    What is the difference between tier 1 capital and tier 2 capital?

    Tier 1 capital is a bank's core capital, whereas tier 2 capital is a bank's supplementary capital. A bank's total capital ...
  2. Markets & Economy

    What is the Difference Between a Capitalist System and a Free Market System?

    Learn about capitalist and free market systems, how these economic systems function and the main difference between capitalism ...
  3. Markets & Economy

    What is the Difference Between Economies of Scope and Economies of Scale?

    Learn about economies of scope and economies of scale, the difference between the two economic concepts and how they offer ...
  4. Financial Analysis

    What Does it Mean if the Correlation Coefficient is Positive, Negative, or Zero?

    When a coefficient is greater than zero, it is a positive relationship; when the value is less than zero, it is a negative ...
  5. Financial Analysis

    How do you calculate shareholders' equity?

    A company's shareholders' equity is calculated by subtracting a company's total liabilities from its total assets, and can ...
  6. Markets & Economy

    What is the Difference Between Real and Nominal Interest Rates?

    Learn what nominal interest rates and real interest rates are, how real interest rate takes into account the inflation rate, ...
  7. Financial Analysis

    What are Some Examples of Stratified Random Sampling?

    Stratified random sampling divides a population into subgroups or strata, and random samples are taken, in proportion to ...
  8. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    What is the difference between compounding interest and simple interest?

    Simple interest is calculated by multiplying the principal amount by the interest rate and the number of periods in a loan. ...
  9. Markets & Economy

    What is the Difference Between a Forward Rate and a Spot Rate?

    Learn about spot and forward contracts, how spot and forward rates are used for spot and forward contracts, and the difference ...
  10. Financial Analysis

    What items are considered liquid assets?

    Learn what a liquid asset is, some examples of liquid assets, what a non-liquid asset is and what determines whether as asset ...
  11. Financial Analysis

    What is the formula for calculating beta?

    Find out more about beta, what a stock's or portfolio's beta measures, and learn how to calculate a security's or portfolio's ...
  12. Investing Strategy

    What is the difference between the rule of 70 and the rule of 72?

    Find out more about the rule of 70 and the rule of 72, what the two rules measure and the main difference between them.
  13. ETFs

    Comparing VIX ETFs/ETNs (XIV, SVXY)

    These two exchange-traded products offer exposure to short-term VIX futures, but have a different degree of credit risk. ...
  14. ETFs

    ProShares UltraPro QQQ: 6-Month Snapshot (TQQQ)

    TQQQ experienced a high degree of volatility between January and July 2016 due to these key drivers that caused its price ...
  15. Stocks

    GM: General Motors Dividend Analysis

    General Motors offered attractive dividend yields during the first half of 2016 and has a healthy dividend based on its earnings ...
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