Hedge Fund Strategy – Motif Investing Raises $25 Million

Hedge Fund Strategy – Motif Investing Raises $25 Million

iStock_000000679590Small New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Motif Investing, the company that pioneered ideas-based stock investing, has raised an additional $25 million in financing from a group of investors including Goldman Sachs & Co. and existing Motif
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Where to Invest in a Poor Stock Market

When stocks are plunging and/or times are unsure, it is time to get creative and discover option investments that can deliver higher returns than you can get at the financial institution. In fact, intelligent investors invest in shares and bonds, as well as in Alternative investments.

Alternative investments include the likes of oil, gold, actual estate, other commodities and tangibles, and foreign investments.

Bonds, money marketplace securities and cost savings products like bank CDs might provide traders refuge in tough times, but they don’t provide growth. This is particularly true these days when interest rates are at or near historical lows.

These days you do not even need to go outdoors of the stock marketplace to find opportunities when equities (shares) in general are obtaining defeat up. You can find investments that have the ability to buck the pattern correct on your discount broker’s internet site.

Let’s appear at current history as an example. The stock market misplaced more than fifty% by early March of 2009 in a brutal bear market. Less than three months later on it was up 40% from its March lows. What should prudent traders do in June of 2009? How a lot ought to they be prepared to wager that equities in common will carry on to climb at this point in time? After all, even in a great market it generally requires more than two many years for the Dow or S&P five hundred to go up forty%.

When you commit in a selection of U.S. equities, you are betting on the American stock market in common, and the market tracks future investor expectations for the economy in general. In other word, if the economic recovery begins to look dim, most domestic equities throughout the board will take another hit.

The key here is that not all equities are necessarily vulnerable. Some sectors can prosper whilst the other people tank. These are the option stock investments you need to look for out. Let us look at some prospects.

Oil prices and oil stocks have proven in the previous that they can go up as the economy declines. The easiest way to wager on increasing oil prices is to purchase oil ETFs in your brokerage account. ETFs trade on major exchanges just like GE and Microsoft do.

It is feasible that some foreign markets will recover before the U.S. does. You don’t require to choose person foreign stocks to participate in these markets. Just purchase an ETF or two that invests in an whole index of foreign equities.

Think about gold, basic supplies and actual estate as alternative investments as nicely. They do not always track the U.S. stock market, and at occasions can be undervalued. As soon as once more, the simplest way to commit in these sectors is with the appropriate ETF.

In unsure occasions it’s a great idea to mix it up and invest in financial sectors that at occasions march to the defeat of a different drummer. These option investments can go with the flow in good markets much more importantly, they can also act as a counterbalance when the economy and U.S. markets stumble.

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Your Questions About Disadvantages Of Gold

James asks…

Positive effects of the 1849 gold rush and migration on Native Americans, California and the environment?

I have a geography assessment, and we have to write about this. I know a lot of disadvantages for the indians but not any positives! Any one give any suggestions, links or help?!

Justin answers:

Do you understand that some historical events have no “positives” for certain populations?

It would be like saying, “We all know about the disadvantages of chattel slavery for Africans, but what were some ‘positives?'”

It simply doesn’t need to be framed like that. If anything, historical events should be put in proper CONTEXT. But grasping for “positives” in all cases can be naive and simplistic.

Michael asks…

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the Troy unit?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this unit?


Justin answers:

During the early days of the Roman empire payment was made in pieces of gold. These were not yet shaped into coins. At that time the Roman Emperor decreed that there would be a system of measurement for the weight of precious metals. This system was called the Troy System and it is still used today for measuring gold, silver, platinum, and any other precious metals with which I am not familiar.

There is no advantage to this method. It has just been done for more than 2000 years and nobody has the authority to change it.

Obviously it is not mainstream, but then I live in the United States where we use ounces and pounds instead of kilogram and grams, etc., so we don’t really have much to gripe about. In 1960 then-President Eisenhower tried to get the United States to go metric. The only countries that still (foolishly in my opinion) refuse to go to metric are Great Britain, it’s territories, and it’s ex-territories.

In answer to your question I would say that there are absolutely no advantages to Troy measurement.


Chris asks…

What were some disadvantages that Europeans and non-Europeans acquired through the Colombian Exchange?

This question is hard being that theyre are so many advantages to the exchange. So far I have really only determined what disadvantage, and that is of course, diseases causing certain cultures and populations to dissappear.

Please help, I have to debate this topic in a round table on Wednesday, Febuary 3rd!

Justin answers:

Disadvantages for non-Europeans included disease, which wiped out some cultures and killed many people, slavery, in which many of the native populations were enslaved, cultural destruction, in which Spain attempted to erase native religions and cultures. Diseases were not limited to people — dutch elm disease wiped out many trees, and brown rats and zebra mussels were a new plague.

Potatoes from the New World enabled Europeans to survive the Hundred Years War. That sounds like an advantage, but if the peasants weren’t able to persist, the war would have been resolved a lot faster and caused much less destruction (decisive victory instead of a long stalemate). Potatoes also directly enabled the militaristic Prussians to lead the unification of Germany, instead of the Austrians. Prussian leadership eventually resulted in two world wars. (The Prussian potato connection was that the Prussians recognized the advantages of the potato in terms of supporting the peasant population in times of war. By requiring their peasants to grow potatoes in addition to the more traditional wheat, they were able to retain their peasant populations despite multiple invasions during the Napoleonic period.)

Gold from the New World caused inflation and over-extended Spain’s economy, ultimately resulting in them becoming a second-rate European power while still being a first rate colonial power.

The disease exchange was not one-way. Syphilis and hepatitis originated in the New World. Syphilis had many famous European victims, including Henry VIII, and Ivan the Terrible. Napoleon, Tolstoy, and Hitler are all suspected of having the disease.

Paul asks…

What are the advantages and disadvantages of trike motorcycles versus two wheeled?

Gold Wing

Justin answers:

Lol. Trikes are for sissy’s, okay. Give me your name and address, I’ll send the Turk over to your house. Tell him that to his face, I’ll send flowers.

The advantage of course, is that a trike won’t fall over. The Turk has only one leg, he rides a trike. Trikes have a stronger frame and can carry more cargo. The disadvantages are, over all cost to operate and they don’t maneuver very well. They can flip over, if you corner to fast.

When the time comes, that I can no longer ride two wheels, I’m going for three.

Richard asks…

Does each gender have advantages and disadvantages in society?

Would you say that it’s harder for one gender to live in the world? Or do both have an equal amount of advantages and disadvantages?

Justin answers:

Definitely in western society women have privileges over men and middle eastern countries men have privileges over women. It’s backwards.

America is the gold mine of female privilege. Feminists will deny it.

Ken asks…

Why did Ancient China not interact with other cultures and what possible advantages and disadvantages r there?

while the fertile crescent egypt and the indus river valley were constantly interacting with other cultures, with both positive and negative outcomes, ancient China did not have much contact with other groups. Why was this and what possible advantages and disadvantages did this state afford?

Justin answers:

Because they had everything they needed and they were technologically advanced for their age. They ivented paper, printing, gunpowder, and all sorts of medicines. They had no need to interact with other people ot get what they needed. It was also one of the first and oldest civilizations built around rivers with a large land mass. Language (chinese language is very different from the rest of the other nations) and customs were also differehnt. Plus, some other things that you have to remember is that china tried to defend it’s borders against invaders (hence the great wall of china). The mongols wern’t the friendliest of neighbors. So for this reason, the leaders of china largely wanted to keep it isolated.

it was self sufficient for several hundreds of years. Trade secrets and such were kept within china. Even in the days of Colombus, China was considered one of the “rich” establishments with gold.

Since they didn’t interact with other countries, when europe and the u.s. Developed greater connections and technology past the 1800s china was not a part of that and was considered a “late” developer.

William asks…

What were the south’s disadvantages during the civil war?

And can you give some detail on why they were disadvantages?…..

Justin answers:

Smaller population, and therefore less men of combat age available – 1,140,000 – compared to the North’s available 4 million men of combat age.

Less factories – 20,000.
The North had 100,000 factories

less railroad – 9000 miles, only 4% of US rail equipment.
North – 20,000 miles of railroad, 96% of US railroad equipment

Less money – $47 million of bank deposits, $37 million in gold.
North – $189 million of bank deposits, $56 million in gold.

Less agricultural production – The Union outproduced the Confederacy in every agricultural category except cotton.

Almost all the coal mines, and the canals for transporting coal, the vital raw material for producing steam power for industry, were in the North.

Charles asks…

what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a Private Duty Nurse?

please give me the advantages and disadvantages of Private Duty Nursing. Thanks!

Justin answers:

Advantages: the patient “should” get one on one care which gives the nurse time to do a through evalution, give consistent care, perform physical therapy, good ones who work nites are worth their weight in gold. They can do all the personal things that are difficult for most family members to perform and allows them more quality time with their loved one, and they are good company. Disadvantages: Expensive, have to perform through background checks, find one that suits the family dynamics, as they will be around other family members at any time it can be an invasion of your privacy and so you must have a certain level of trust which is hard to come by. Sometimes when you both are lucky they re like a member of your family.

Joseph asks…

What motivated the Spanish to colonize in the 16th century?

Was the spanish arrival good or bad for the new world? What advantages and disadvantages did the Spanish have as colonizers?

Justin answers:

They wanted gold and to further their world dominance that they held at that time. Cementing a large number of colonies in the “new world” would give Spain a leg up on the competition, mainly England. And there were absolutely no advantages for the natives because they were wiped out as a result.

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Your Questions About Investing In Gold

Joseph asks…

What are the benefits of investing in gold?

Anyone investing in gold that can tell me the pros and cons?

financi4 answers:

Gold is a standard so that is a pro but it is an investment like anything else, it can go up and down, gold will never go out of business and when the dollar gets weaker the gold goes up. But just because the dollar is down doesn’t mean the price of gold is not over inflated.

Like any investment you need to be comfortable with what you are buying.

Getting the hot stock is not necessarily the best thing to invest in, looking at undervalued stocks can make you a healthy profit, especially if you are investing over the long term which is the smartest way to do it

David asks…

What kind of market am I investing in if I invest in Gold Savings?

What kind of market would I be investing in if I keep part of my wealth in gold. Is it the commodity market? But in commodity markets, people buy and sell Contracts. Therefore, I don’t think keeping part of my savings in gold is similar to investing in commodity market. Any ideas?

financi4 answers:

To learn about gold investing, try this site


To get free tips from Wall Street Professionals and receive reports, charts and strategies on investing in gold.

Paul asks…

What are the risks of investing in gold and silver?

For those in the US fearing high levels of inflation, many are turning to commodities, especially gold and silver. Silver has been making some great gains overall in the past few years. I’m just wondering what the risks are of investing in precious metals, specifically gold and silver. Or are these considered one of the more riskless investment options?

financi4 answers:

Firstly investment in commodities have the risk / return profile compared to any other open market investment such as bonds / equities etc.

The value of a bond can also severely depreciate depending on credit rating risk , default risk , reinvestment risk , maturity risk etc

Focusing on your question the two metals gold and silver have very different investment characteristics. Gold is know to act like an “hedge” to inflation and a safe heaven during times of economic stress and hence has appreciated in value over the last two years.

Silver on the other hand has a lot of industrial uses and the performance of silver is highly correlated to economic activity of the globe. If there is a down turn in the global economy silver as an investment will bare the brunt and correct sharply and like wise if the economy is growing it will appreciate sharply. There is a lot of speculative interest in sliver when compared to gold and hence it is considered a more risky asset.

If you ask me , please do not invest into a commodity with an aim to benefit out of its appreciation in value. There are multiple factors such as interest rate , demand, geo -political issues , government policy etc that a average investor will not be able to quantify and more often then lot loose out on.

John asks…

How can I get started investing in physical gold and silver?

I’m 15 and would like to start investing in gold and silver because the dollar seems to keep going down and down and I think it would be wise to get started now. I have a couple of silver dollars from 1803 but I would like to get gold and silver bullion coins and when I have enough money start buying the bars. I do not wish to buy online so would going to different coin shops be ok??
Thank You=]

financi4 answers:

Buying from coin dealers, is a good way to go. That’s where I buy my Krugerrands. Tho I buy my Morgan silver dollars from ebay. It’s hard to make much money buying the physical metals. Each coin dealer has to mark these up to make any money. And then when you sell them back, they buy at a discount.

Gold & silver is not a very good investment, since they pay no dividends, or interest. What your doing here is speculating, that the precious metals will continue to go up. Personally I think the metals are in a bubble here.

I’ve made much more money on my mutual funds, than I’ve ever made on my Kruggerands, and Morgan’s.

Ken asks…

What can you tell me about UTMA and investing in gold, silver, aluminum, and oil?

I understand the UTMA regulations prohibit minors from directly owning equities. Do these same restrictions apply to gold, silver, oil, aluminum, steel, etc.? If not, what would you suggest to invest in, and is this strategy better than investing in such other means as mutual funds, bonds, or money market accounts? Thanks!

financi4 answers:

I’m not sure I understand your statement “UTMA regulations prohibit minors from directly owning equities”. A UTMA account CAN own stocks. I suppose that technically the minor doesn’t own the stock since it’s the account’s “trustee” (normally a parent or guardian) that has legal responsibility for the account, but the account is for the benefit of the minor and can legally only be used for things that benefit the minor (e.g. College tuition, summer camp, etc.) so for all practical purposes it’s the same thing.

I don’t know of any rules that prohibit ownership of things like gold and silver, though I suppose it’s possible. I’ve never read the UTMA rules word for word and have never invested in commodities in my kids’ UTMA accounts.

I personally would question the wisdom of buying into things like that now anyway. Nearly all commodities have risen dramatically in price over the last year or two. While a certain amount of that is basic supply/demand, I think a lot of it is speculation (i.e. People looking to make a quick buck buying into the latest fad investment). We’ve seen what happened with tech stocks about 7 years ago and real estate over the past couple years. I think there’s a good chance that the same thing (a price collapse) could happen in the commodities that have run so far up in price. As soon as there’s a period of declines, I suspect that many of the speculators will bail out driving prices down even more. I personally think commodities are a high risk investment at this point.

As for what the best thing to invest in, that will vary depending on how soon the money is needed, risk tolerance, etc. Over long periods of time, however, stocks have historically provided the highest returns of any asset class, so that’s my preferred investment for long-term gains.

Charles asks…

Need more information on Chinese Gold Investing?

I have been a non-professional investor for almost two decades and have been hearing good things about China Mineral Company recently. I am interested in investing in gold, and am especially interested in China Mineral Company because of the location and the success of their first fiscal year. In addition, I was told that they have a unique partnership with the Chinese Government involving “exclusive mineral rights.” Does anyone know anything about this? Do you know when China Mineral will open up shares to non-Chinese citizens?

financi4 answers:

I recommend looking at this BBC Newsnight video:

Donald asks…

How do I start investing in Gold?

Hello I live in U.S.A Georgia, and I would like to start investing in Gold… Is there a way I can?

financi4 answers:

I wouldn’t buy gold directly. Try using an ETF. Much easier way to invest in gold. Trades like a stock.

“GLD” is the popular favorite.

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Make This Your First Rule of Investing

Make This Your First Rule of Investing

Psychology and finance overlap in some debatable ways. One way, technical analysis, in which traders attempt to analyze past prices and volume to determine the future, can be likened to palm reading. Another debate centers on the value of gold; "it is
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