The DAX (Deutscher Aktien Index, formerly known as the Deutscher Aktien-Index (German Stock Index)) is the principal market index consisting of the 30 most significant German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The DAX index includes stock listings for Deutsche Bank, Adidas and Bayer.
Traded on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (i.e. Industrial Average, Dow Jones, Dow 30, Dow) lists the index to measure the output of the industrial sector as viewed within the American economy.
DUBAI FINANCIAL MARKET GENERAL INDEX (DUBAI)
The Dubai Financial Market is a stock exchange in Dubai, UAE. The market was launched on the 26th of March 2000. As of today, there are 57 companies listed (circa August 2007) on the DFM, most of which are Emirates-headquartered, with others dually listed for companies based in other areas of MENA (Middle East and North Africa). Throughout 2004 and 2005, the volume of traded shares and share prices for a number of these companies greatly increased. Yet, towards the end of 2005 and running into 2006, there was a major burst and the overall share values dropped by approximately 60% on the Dubai Financial Market, along with similar movements downwards in a number of other Persian Gulf, regional stock exchanges. The DFM Index includes companies such as the Dubai Islamic Bank and the Emirates Telecommunication Company.
FTSE 100 (UK)
The FTSE 100 Index, also referred to as the FTSE 100, FTSE, or informally, the 'footsie' is a share index of the 100 most highly ranked and capitalized companies in the United Kingdom as listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Due to the fact that the FTSE includes large, global and multinational companies such as HSBC, BP, Vodafone and Unilever, it is defined as a Global Index, and accordingly, is followed by investors and traders all across the globe.
KUWAIT GENERAL INDEX (KUWAIT)
The Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) is the national stock exchange for the Gulf nation of Kuwait. Although several share-holding companies (such as NBK in 1952) had existed in Kuwait prior to the implementation of the KSE, it was not until October 1962 that a law was procured to organize the state stock market. The Kuwait Stock Exchange was among the first and is currently one of the largest stock exchanges in the region of the Persian Gulf. Currently, it is gaining rapid prominence as one of the most potentially important exchange markets in the world.
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The NASDAQ composite is a stock exchange index of the major securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market. Compiled 3,000 different stocks. It is revered in the United States as a marker of performance and technology stocks. Both American and non-American based companies are listed on the NASDAQ, meaning that this is not exclusively an American (US) index.
S&P 500 (US)
Traded on the (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), Standard & Poor is a value-weighted share index of 500 massive-cap mutuals, that are currently traded in the United States. Stocks listed on the S&P 500 are those of large, publicly held corporations that trade on one of the two largest American stock market exchanges: the NASDAQ OMX and the NYSE Euronext.
TADAWUL (SAUDI STOCK EXCHANGE)
The Saudi Stock Exchange, or as it is called locally, Tadawul, is the only stock exchange market located in Saudi Arabia. The Capital Market Authority is the exchange supervising body. The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) reached its apex at 20,634.86 on the 25th of February 2006. It has the listings for 115 publicly traded companies (circa April 2008).
A ductile metal with very high conductivity, copper is a very popular asset to trade.
Throughout history, gold has been a prized commodity primarily used as an international and local currency. With the introduction of paper money, gold became redeemable from the money that functioned essentially as a receipt. There is an economic system known as the Gold Standard; this means that the weight of gold is used as a unit of currency. For decades, the government of the United States set the total value of the US Dollar so that one troy ounce of gold was equal to $20.67 to $664.56/kg. However, in 1934, the dollar was devalued to $35.00 per troy ounce ($1125.27/kg). By 1961, gold was becoming hard to maintain at that price, and such, a group of US and European banks agreed to adjust the market to prevent the further devaluation against the increased demand for gold. On March 17th 1968, certain economic and financial circumstances caused the collapse of the gold market, and as a result, a multi-tiered pricing system was established in which gold was still utilized to settle international accounts at the old price of $35.00 per troy ($1.13/kg). However, the price of gold on the private market system was allowed to fluctuate. This multi-tiered pricing solution was abandoned in 1975, and from here on, the price of gold was left to discover its free-market level. In todays global economy, gold is meant to serve as a natural hedge against global inflation in the last few years, together with crude oil prices and other metals. Over time, gold prices hold a high correspondence with international global growth, especially within developing markets.
OIL (LIGHT SWEET CRUDE)
Sweet crude oil is a type of petroleum. Petroleum is designated as 'sweet' if and only if it contains less than 0.5% sulfur compounds, compared to higher levels of sulfur in what is called sour crude oil. Sweet crude oil contains micro amounts of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. High quality, low sulfur crude is mainly used for processing into gasoline and is always in top demand, particularly among industrialized nations. 'Light sweet crude oil' is the most searched for version of crude oil since it contains a disproportionately large amount of these fractions which are used to create gasoline, high-quality diesel and kerosene. The term 'sweet' crude originated due to the low levels of sulfur, which provide the oil with a remotely sweet taste and pleasant smell. In the 19th century, purchasers would smell and taste small amounts of the oil as a means to determine whether or not it was a quality product. This oil type is recognized as the gold-standard for oil and is traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Sweet Crude Light is considered a natural barrier against inflation as has been seen in the last few years. It is directly correlated to the growth of world markets.
Silver is a high-price alloy, which originated as a use for money around 700 BCE across the Near East. Later, silver production was refined and it was coined in its pure form. Silver was used internationally by nations as a basic unit of currency and monetary value. In todays world, silver bullion has the ISO currency code of XAG. The United Kingdoms name for its monetary unit, 'pound', reflects the fact that it originally represented the total value of one troy pound of sterling silver. Starting in the 1800s, many nations, like Great Britain and the United States moved in the direction of switching silver currency with gold standard monetary value. In the 20th century, it moved to flat currency. Similar to gold, it is recognized as a natural hedge versus inflation and has been correlated to global growth in the last few years.
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Bitcoin (sign: BitcoinSign.svg; code: BTC or XBT) is a virtual currency, also known as a crypto-currency, in which the creation and transfer of Bitcoins is based on an open-source cryptographic procedure, independent of any central authority or government. Bitcoins are transferred via a computer or smartphone without any intermediate financial organization. The concept was introduced in a 2008 manifesto by a pseudonymous developer by the alias of 'Satoshi Nakamoto'. He called it a peer-to-peer, electronic cash platform.
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Bavarian Motor Works, more commonly known as BMW, is one of the largest German manufacturing companies of cars, motorcycles, and engines. It is among the three highest selling companies of luxury automobiles in the world. As of March 4, 2015, the BMW stock was trading at 112.85 EUR per share.
Daimler AG is a German car manufacturer. To date it is the thirteenth largest car manufacturer in the world, having sold 2.5 million vehicles in 2014.
Founded in 1870, the Deutsche Bank (the German Bank), headquartered in Frankfurt, providing services across 70 countries, holding an over 21% market share.
Founded in 1991, the London headquartered multinational communications company provides services to over 400 million subscribers in 21 countries.
Barclay's is a bank and a financial services company headquartered in England. It operates in over 50 countries and their customers number in the tens of millions. They have US $2.42 trillion worth of assets, placing them in the top 10 of largest banks in the world.
Exxon Mobile is a texas based Oil and Gas company. Formed in 1999 by the merger of the Oil and Gas giants Mobile and Exxon, Exxon Mobile is now the 5th largest company in the world. Total equity is over 174 billion USD.
JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the USA. Founded in 2000 by the mergers of Chase Manhattan and J.P. Morgan & Co., JP Morgan Chase provides personal, corporate banking and financial services both inside the USA and abroad. It is headquartered in New York. Revenue is ~$94 billion and total assets top $2.6 trillion.
The social media giant with the household name. Formed in 2004 with over 1.4 billion users currently. Facebook's yearly revenue is over $12 billion and it has over $40 billion in total assets.
Intel Corporation is one of the largest semiconductor chip manufacturers (widely known for computer processors). Founded in 1968 and is now one of the 100 most valuable businesses in the world. Intel produces components and hardware for networking, computers and electrical transmission and generation. Annual revenue is ~$55 billion and total assets are ~$91 billion.
Commonly known as 'GE', General Electric produces aircraft engines, electric motors, gas and oil, energy, locomotives, software, wind turbines and other industrial and standard of living products. GE is commonly ranked on of the best companies in the world (profitability, largest revenue, largest workforce, most profitable, green, etc.). Located in Fair field Connecticut GE has over $650 billion dollars.
Founded in 2006, TWITTER is an online social network, allowing over 300 million users to send 140 charachter short messages, or "tweets".
Swiss based, UBS is a financial services company, operating world wide.
The multinational California based technology company, was established in 1995, providing web services, such as the Yahoo! search engine, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! mail and many more.
eBay Inc. is one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world. Founded in 1995, it has now reached huge proportions, with over 34,000 employees.
Founded in 1955 in California with over 35,000 stores in 119 countries around the world, McDonald's is one of the largest fast food restaurant chains today.
Founded in China, in 1999. ALIBABA is one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world, which provide sales services worldwide.
International Business Machines (IBM) (NYSE: IBM) is an American multinational consulting and technology firm with its headquarters in Armonk, New York. IBM produces and distributes computer software and hardware while offering, infrastructure, hosting and consulting services across multiple fields including nanotechnology and mainframe computers.
Apple Inc. is an American multinational company that produces and designs computer software and electronic products. Its most recognized products include the renowned Macintosh computer, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple's most famous software is the Mac OS X operating system. It has also changed the industry with its iTunes media browser and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity platforms. Apple operates more than 250 licensed stores, in nine countries across the globe, as well as its online store where consumers can purchase all of its products.
BP (BRITISH PETROLEUM)
BP PLC is the 3rd largest energy company internationally, the United Kingdom's largest company and the 5th overall largest company in the world. Its headquarters are in London, England. BP is among the largest private sector energy corporations across the globe and one of the six massive 'Super Majors' (vertically integrated oil exploration, natural gas extraction and petroleum marketing companies within the private sector). It is listed on the LSE (London Stock Exchange) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100.
Citigroup Inc. (CITI) is a primary American financial institution based in New York. Citigroup was formed from one of the world's largest merger deals to date. Citicorp and the financial conglomerate Travelers Group came together on April 7, 1998. Citigroup holds the globe's largest financial services network, and spans 140 countries across the globe with approximately 16,000 international offices. Citigroup boasts a staff of 322,000 across its global institutions. It is the world's largest bank in terms of total number of customers, and international branch networks according to statistics from 2009. CITI is a major dealer in US Treasury securities; however, huge losses were incurred during the financial crisis of 2008, yet was bailed-out by the U.S. Government the following November.
COCA COLA (US)
Coca Cola is a world-renowned and historically famous carbonated soft drink sold across the globe in stores, restaurants and vending machines. The Coca Cola Company claims that the beverage is sold in more than 200 countries worldwide. It is produced by the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia and is often referred to as either Coke or Cola. Originally, the elixir was created as a patented medicine when John Pemberton invented it in the latter part of the 19th century. Eventually, it was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing and advertising prowess led Coke to its world dominance in the global soft drink market during the 20th century. Coca Cola is often viewed through a prism of US culture and global influence.
HSBC HOLDINGS (LONDON)
HSBC is listed on the London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Bermuda Stock Exchanges, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and the Hang Seng Index. HSBC Holdings PLC is the world's largest banking group and the globe's 6th largest company according to a 2009 composite measure issued by Forbes Magazine. It is incorporated in both England and Wales and holds its headquarters in London. The HSBC group was created from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporations, both based in Hong Kong and HSBC is an acronym from the combination of those two separate companies. Hong Kong is continuously a significant source of the company's income; however, HSBC has influential status across the globe. A string of acquisitions and expansion projects throughout China have helped bring HSBC back to its home base. The company has a gargantuan operational foundation in Asia as well as significant investment, lending and insurance activities across the globe. HSBC possesses a strong international reach while also providing key financial fundamentals matched by only a few other financial and banking institutions worldwide.