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The 2018 National Budget of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

10 October 2017

Changing the Paradigm: Putting the Economy on a Substantial Path – Part Two

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

The Energy Sector

Despite low oil and gas prices the Minister believes the energy sector has a “very positive outlook” as a result of new projects coming online in the next three years. Moreover, a new tax regime designed to incentivise increased exploration and production should provide a fillip for additional oil and gas output.

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The 2018 National Budget of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago – Pt. 1

9 October 2017

…Changing the Paradigm: Putting the Economy on a Substantial Path

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Michael Sims

The 2018 budget represents what the Minister of Finance refers to as a new paradign shift, and a new opportunity to “get things right”, by diversifying the economy away from a reliance on the gift – or is it the curse – of bountiful supplies of oil and gas.

Over the next 5 days we look at the main items in the budget. We would be very interested to hear your views on the 2018 budget. Has the Minister got his sums right?

Feel free to drop us your feedback in the comments below; or on our Facebook,Twitter or Linkedin pages.

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DO YOU SEE US? An Open Plea from a Frustrated T&T Passenger!

22 September 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Winston Gordon

 

Ask anyone, and you can almost guarantee that the general consensus regarding the inter-island transportation between Trinidad and Tobago, be it via sea or air, is that it is nothing short of a royal nightmare!

Citizens are plagued daily by stresses of vessel breakdowns, travel-time irregularities, and all-round lamentably poor customer service.

Today, Firstline Securities Limited’s Executive Manager: Business Development, Winston Gordon, a resident of Tobago, issues (yet another) cry to the powers-that-be, laying bare the frustrations and unbearable inefficiencies which desperately require a speedy and unequivocally sustainable solution!

What is your take on the inter-island transportation issue in T&T?  Feel free to drop us your feedback in the comments below; or on our Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin pages.

Photo Credit: View Link

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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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