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A Day in the Life of a Stock Trader

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May 31, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
A Day in the Life of a Stock Trader

Section 1 – What does a stock trader actually do The life of a trader is often glamorised by films such as The Wolf of Wallstreet and Margin Call – a view that is shared by many who have no direct experience with the wider investment industry. It is also true that different types of traders have very different workloads. Trading emerging markets is not the same as trading FTSE stocks or...

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Investment in Macroeconomics

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May 23, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Investment in Macroeconomics

INTRODUCTION This post will examine the various post WW2 theories on macroeconomic policies in Britain during the 1945 to the 2018 time period. This includes the developing economic theory, policy developments at both a national and international level, and the developments of political ideology and its impact on the economy of the United Kingdom. The term economics has been adde...

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How to start investing in stocks: A comprehensive guide

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Apr 21, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
How to start investing in stocks: A comprehensive guide

This guide will look at the strategies accessible to new investors, and how to apply it in a way that makes sense for you. From Reddit to Quora. I have seen first hand the common mistakes new investors make when buying shares (or any other asset) for the first time. I have seen how good advice from sophisticated investors can be taken out of context and lead to the newbie making bad, and ...

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Growth of the FinTech Sector in Wales:

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Apr 21, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Growth of the FinTech Sector in Wales:

Why Wales? A decade ago it was all but non-existent, today it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Welsh economy, worth an estimated £8.2bn and employing over 44,000 people in Wales today (Secretary of State for Wales, 2018). FinTech is trail-blazing across Wales, which has led to Cardiff becoming an alternative FinTech capital outside of London. The substantial reductions...

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Binary Options Education

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Apr 16, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Binary Options Education

Binary options have been around for a very long time, it is now 2018 and every 6th message on Quora is still for IQ binary options, questions such as Is IQ Option a scam or a trustworthy broker? pop up daily. Lets take a few steps back, what is binary options trading and how does it work? Binary Options Defined: There is usually a proposition, such as stock A w...

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Free Stock Trading Training

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Apr 9, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Free Stock Trading Training

At the Horizon Institute, we like to share some of our best content with our loyal readers and subscribers and today we continue in the spirit of free stuff. So many people enter the world of finance (and specifically, the financial markets) for the first time every year, and this is understandable given the long term returns on investments at between 8-10% on major stock indexes such as the ...

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Investing 101: Stocks & Shares Basics

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Apr 1, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Investing 101: Stocks & Shares Basics

Defining Shares: The most common and widely accepted definition of shares is that they “are units of ownership in a corporation or financial asset” (Investopedia, 2018). This is to say that you can divide a company into equal parts, and each part constitutes a single share. In modern times, the first company to have its shares traded was the Dutch East India Company, the globe sprawlin...

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Spiritus Animalis

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Feb 22, 2018
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Karl Ahlstedt
Spiritus Animalis

The Psychology of Animal Spirits and how to manage this risk Coined by the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes, the term broadly describes how in the most uncertain times it would take a hardened, analytical and probably crazy person to have the backbone to invest capital at a time of such high volatility (and thus risk). This is to say when the consensus of the ‘animal spirit’ is a...

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