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Fundamentals of the Options Market [Book]

Authors: Michael Williams, Amy Hoffman
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Options are an investment vehicle that can enhance virtually any investment philosophy. Fundamentals of the Options Market provides a clear, concise picture of this global marketplace. Using examples drawn from contemporary financial news, this completely accessible guidebook describes why and how these versatile tools can be used to hedge risk and enhance return, while explaining popular products including listed stock options, index options, and LEAPS.

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The Economic Ferris Wheel

Author: Roxanne Militaru
Date: December 2014

The following essay is as much a summary as an opinion of the positions of certain countries economically and in what stage of development or economic power these countries are relative to others. The attempts to take a country and categorize it based on what stage or cycle it reflects is based on the certain criteria and information expressed in the paper “Why Countries Succeed and Fail Economically” by Ray Dalio.

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The Export-Import Bank of the United States

Author: Roxanne Militaru
Date: October 2014

The Exim Bank, or the Export- Import Bank of the United States, is the export credit agency of the United States. Established in 1934 (Cameron, 2014), the Bank assists US exports by “financing the export of US goods and services to international markets…”, therefore enabling “…US companies-large and small- to turn export opportunities into real sales…” This is done by providing, among other things, loans and credit guarantees to buyers, along with insurance to protect against situations of non-payment (Exim.gov, 2014).

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The Mysteries of the VIX

Author: Michael Williams
Date: February 2013

The VIX is a highly touted index on CNBC and in financial circles, but what is it and what does it represent? You may hear it called the “Fear Index”, but that too is a misnomer and not an accurate representation of  what it is. Certainly there are times based on the price of this index that it construes FEAR, but other times it may reflect Compliancy.

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Government Math

Author: Michael Williams
Date: November 2007

We rely on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as guide for inflation and also setting Social Security benefits. The government has made vast changes to the model over the years, which has changed it from measuring inflation to measuring the cost of living. What is the difference between inflation and the cost of living?

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