Tag: investment

5 Steps to taking back Control of your Finances

26 April 2018

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A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Maria K. Lewis

How often do you find yourself uttering these five words: Where does my money go?  How often do you find yourself wishing that the end of the month would just hurry up and get here?  How often do you find yourself praying that you would finally…once and for all… no longer have to live paycheque to paycheque?

If you identify with the questions above, then it’s time to seriously consider (re)gaining some much-needed power – much needed financial power.

You may feel overwhelmed, and as though you’re drowning in the mire of your situation, without any window for rescue.  However, just like getting a healthier body, or living a happier life, turning your financial circumstances on its head can be possible with first and foremost – a change of mindset, because after all – anything can be possible with the right mental approach…and well, some of the helpful tips below:

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Common Pitfalls in Building Wealth

19 March 2018

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A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Alicia Hernandez

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The Risk and Return Relationship – Part Two

4 September 2017

A Firstline Securities Blog by: Mike


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


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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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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Do Sovereign Credit Ratings Really Matter?

31 July 2017


As the dust settles on the recent sovereign downgrades of Trinidad and Tobago and the Minister of Finance’s vexation levels recede, we take a look at the wider issue of sovereign downgrades. Are we alone and does it matter?

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The TTNGL’s Additional Public Offering: June 5th – June 28th, 2017 (4:00 p.m.)

5 June 2017

Following the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s announcement by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, on October 17th 2016, in his budget statement that it intends to further divest some of its ownership in TTNGL, the company has officially launched an Additional Public Offering (APO) this Monday, June 5th, 2017. Read more…

Firstline Team Wins the Lotto Jackpot!

31 May 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Dalia King

We only wish! Every time the National Lotteries Control Board tantalises us with multi-million dollar jackpots, we get to thinking, planning and organising…for when we strike it rich.

We asked our Firstline compadres what they would do if they won just $2 million in Lotto (we didn’t want to get people overheated with excitement, thinking about a larger jackpot than that). There were a lot of similarities in the answers and of course, the majority of us said we’d have the Firstline Portfolio Management Team structure a sweet investment portfolio for our retirement needs.  As we do.

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3 April 2017

News of the financial markets grace our electronic media devices each and every day, and one thing that is certain is that there is volatility. Do you understand the intricacies of arriving at a price for a commodity, a security, a company, a Fund? Today’s blog explores some of the methods


I visited Disney World for the first time, in mid-2016. With great apprehension and extreme uncertainty, I joined the line for my first ride (see above) and soon enough found out there was no turning back. The line was long and my anxiety mounted, culminating in a ride which started and ended, before I could say “Jack Robinson”. I could not help but think, as I clutched the sides of the roller coaster, practised deep breathing and  treated my eyes like a shutter, on that man-made mountain side, that I was crazy enough to pay for pain, uncertainty, and risk  and that this was the last ride I was taking in this week long stay at Disney. Like a masochist, I went back repeatedly, to experience the surges, the tumbles, the ups and the plummeting downs!

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21 March 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Jody Hernandez

Generally speaking, you may need to consider accepting more risk if you want to pursue higher returns. If you decide to seek those potentially higher returns, you face the possibility of greater losses, including some or even all of your investment.

The longer you invest, the more time that riskier investments, such as equities, have to recover from any falls. Bear in mind, however, that long-term investing does not guarantee that you will meet your investment objectives.

Based on this historic performance, investment professionals tend to rate the different types of investments according to a risk/return hierarchy. This generally means that if you want greater rewards, you may need to accept greater risk. Read more…