Money Matters: Firstline Securities Blog

Bitcoin, Cryptography and Blockchain Technology…

15 September 2017

..ARE  THESE REALLY COMPONENTS OF  THE INTERNET OF VALUE? – PART III

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Maxine King

Blockchain as the Future Internet of Value

Goldman Sachs believes that blockchain technology holds great potential especially to optimize clearing and settlements, and could represent global savings of up to $6bn per year.

The blockchain gives internet users the ability to create value and authenticates digital information. Users currently transact business directly with one another. It is said that Bitcoin transactions in 2016 averaged over $200,000 US per day. With the ‘so called’ security brought by the blockchain it seems that new internet business can evolve to compete with the traditional institutions of finance, health care, supply chain management and logistics and the list goes on.

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Bitcoin, Cryptography and Blockchain Technology…

14 September 2017

…ARE THESE REALLY COMPONENTS OF THE INTERNET OF VALUE? PART II

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Maxine King

In the first Part of this Blog, I explored a concatenation of topical issues surrounding Bitcoin especially as it related to regulatory pronouncements in various parts of the world, allegations of fraud and illegal fund raising activities and the general performance of the cryptocurrency market. Read more…

Bitcoin, Cryptography And Blockchain Technology…

13 September 2017

…Are These Really Components Of  The Internet Of Value? Part 1

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Maxine King

BITCOIN ACCEPTED HERE”.  That was the sign on the front door of a popular sports bar in Port of Spain, which my friend and I visited for a Friday evening ‘lime’.  I receded and re-read the sign and found it curious that no one paid it any attention; not even my friend who works in the financial sector. I enquired what the procedure was if I wanted to pay via Bitcoin and I was not surprised when the Attendant replied that I had to speak with the Supervisor. My friend said she thought it was some kind of a token for some game.

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The Risk and Return Relationship – Part Two

4 September 2017

A Firstline Securities Blog by: Mike

Introduction

In the first part of this series of blog entries we looked at the definitions of risk and return and how they interconnect in the investment arena. In this blog entry, we expand on this by extending our analysis to include an introduction to basic portfolio theory. There is some maths involved but we have tried to keep it as simple as possible. Read more…

The Risk and Return Relationship – Part One

1 September 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

Introduction

In the first of a two-part series we look at the concepts of risk and return and the relationship between them.

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EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS…ARE YOU FAMILIAR?

30 August 2017

 

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Jody Hernandez

Doing a quick survey with family and friends, I realised that there was very little known to the average investor about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and how they compare to Mutual Funds. When on the hunt for better returns the typical investor normally looks to Mutual Funds. Let’s take a look at these two and examine their similarities and differences.

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3 (PERHAPS UNCONSIDERED) REASONS YOU’RE NOT STICKING TO YOUR BUDGET…AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIX THAT!

25 August 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Maria K. Lewis

 

Quick question: is your name by chance, Oprah Winfrey…Bill Gates…or Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud?

If your answer is ‘no’ to each of those names above, chances are you’re like the millions around the world whose lives are dependent on a monthly pay cheque, which is usually best guided by a (sensible) budget!

Now, several of you may be aware of the general reasons proffered as to why it’s so difficult to stick to a budget.  These can range from one’s inability to set a realistic budget, to one’s incapacity to keep proper track of one’s spend…to well…not even setting a budget to begin with.

In addition to these however, this blog offers three (3) additional – and possibly, very real reasons – as to why you’re scratching your head in frustration, as yet again, another month has arrived, and you still can’t understand where (and how) your money has gone!

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Investors

16 August 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited blog by: Alicia Hernandez

 

I came across this article on Bloomberg recently, written by Business Journalist, Suzanne Woolley, and thought it was a perfect idea for a blog at this time.

While most of us understand that our finances, like every area of our lives, need to be planned, managed and executed to allow us to reap the benefits in the future, just thinking about investment management engenders feelings of stress.  What if we make a mistake and lose our hard-earned savings? What if I have an emergency and have to access cash quickly? I don’t understand how the stock market works?  I am afraid to put my money at risk.

I’ve taken the liberty to adapt the article to our local conditions so that it can be more relevant to our investors.

Here are seven simple ways to increase the odds of getting in, and staying in, good financial shape.

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Getting Ready for the New Impairment Requirements – Part 3 of 3

11 August 2017

   A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

Introduction

In the first of this three-part series of blog entries on impairment and the new IFRS 9 we laid the groundwork and introduced the reader to the intricacies of the new standard. In the second, we looked in detail at a worked example of the three-stage approach demanded by the new standard. In this final blog entry, we consider some of the ancillary issues.

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Getting Ready for the New Impairment Requirements – Part 2 of 3

9 August 2017

               A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike    

Introduction

In the first of this three-part series of blog entries on impairment and the new IFRS 9 we laid the groundwork and introduced the reader to the intricacies of the new standard. In this blog entry, we expand by looking at a worked example.

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