Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Importance of Horse Racing News

Those interested in horse sports are aware of the importance of getting current horse racing news regularly. Equestrian sports have become a money making business for those involved in the sport as well as individuals who enjoy watching the sport. When Thoroughbred racing was first introduced, it was regarded as the King's sport because only those of royal blood could enjoy it. With time however, it became a sport open to all and it was quickly coupled with gambling. Many governments worldwide were opposed to the idea of placing bets on the races. In America especially, the government banned gambling and those who were caught participating were arrested. A few years later though, betting was re-introduced and it is now a major part of the game.

Horse races attract people by the thousands to race courses. There are those who enjoy the dynamism of the sport while others take pleasure in the financial stake they stand to gain. Horse racing news is important to both parties because it provides information necessary to determine the general outcome of a race or to establish what bet to make. The news provides a breakdown of a day's events, it gives a chart that has a listing of leading horses, their trainers, jockeys, as well as the different finish times for each horse. Some information may be more detailed than others so it's advisable to look into various avenues that offer these details.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sharetrading From Home

Trading stocks and shares from home has become ever more popular with the advancements in technology over the last decade or two. Where once the home based trader would be reliant upon using the telephone to call a broker and have them relay a price before a transaction could be executed, nowadays a transaction can be completed swiftly and accurately within the comfort of your own home. So how do you set yourself up to trade stocks, shares or even a whole host of other financial markets?

Firstly, it is important to make sure that you can be as well-informed as you can be. Happily with cable television channels and broadband internet, keeping up to date with breaking financial news stories and breaking economic data doesn't need to break the bank. If you have a cable TV subscription, make sure that you have access to the two main specialist financial news channels. Both Bloomberg Television and CNBC run 24 hours per day and shift around the world, following the financial markets as they open and close around the world. With breaking news headlines and the latest economic data from the major financial centres around the world flashed up onto the screen as it breaks, you can keep up to date with news and reports that have the potential to move the markets. Obviously, you can't be expected to watch news feeds 24 hours per day waiting and wondering what economic news is coming next, so it's good to have access to a simple economic calendar which lists times, and perhaps more importantly, a rating of their possible impact on the markets.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Stock Market and Stock Market News

A stock market or equity market is a public entity for the trading of company stock (shares) and derivatives at an agreed price. The stocks are listed and traded on stock exchanges which are entities of a corporation or mutual organization specialized in the business of bringing buyers and sellers of the organizations to a listing of stocks and securities together. Participants in the stock market include individual retail investors, institutional investors such as mutual funds, banks, insurance companies and hedge funds, and also publicly traded corporations trading in their own shares. Their orders usually end up with a professional at a stock exchange, who executes the order of buying or selling.

The purpose of a stock exchange is to facilitate the exchange of securities between buyers and sellers, thus providing a marketplace (virtual or real). The exchanges provide real-time trading information on the listed securities, facilitating price discovery. Some exchanges are physical locations where transactions are carried out on a trading floor, by a method known as open outcry. This type of auction is used in stock exchanges and commodity exchanges where traders may enter verbal bids and offers simultaneously. The other type of stock exchange is a virtual kind, composed of a network of computers where trades are made electronically via traders. Actual trades are based on an auction market model where a potential buyer bids a specific price for a stock and a potential seller asks a specific price for the stock. When the bid and ask prices match, a sale takes place, on a first-come-first-served basis if there are multiple bidders or askers at a given price.