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'According to Bettel, Luxembourg's prospective coalition partners, the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP), and The Greens (Déi Gréng), have agreed that the future coalition Government will adopt the same FTT stance as the outgoing Government. Therefore, Luxembourg will continue to rule out the idea of such a tax, as currently envisaged by 11 European Union (EU) member states, within the framework of enhanced cooperation, Xavier explained.'
'Join us on Thursday, November 28, 2013 (11:30-1:00pm) for the FREE Chiang Mai Money Club monthly meeting. The Money Club is a new initiative aimed at expats, retirees, and investors, or anyone with an interest in money.
NOTE: To accommodate more club members we are meeting at a new location. All future meetings will be held at THE AIRPORT GREENERY, (see attached flier for details)
Membership is FREE.
Some of the keys topics I will discuss in detail in 2014 are listed below:
EDUCATIONAL TOPICS TO MAKE BETTER INVESTMENT DECISIONS
YEAR 2014 TOPICS
How Expats can save and invest in Thailand with minimal risk
How to buy winning stocks that double and triple in price
How to sell stocks and take emotion out of your investing decisions
Understanding bull and bear markets- a historical look at the financial markets
5 Free online resources you can use to manage your portfolio and research stocks/funds
Globalization – Keys to understanding emerging markets and current bull market
The Technology Revolution- What it is and how to invest in technology stocks
Market Bottoms- An in depth look at human psychology and why most investors sell at the wrong time.
4 Advantages of Exchange Traded Funds and why they are the fastest growing investment vehicle
Ten ways to protect your money from scams in Thailand
Why expats need to avoid offshore savings schemes-such as Royal Skandia and Friends Provident (high fees, lock in periods, low performance)
Tax Reporting Requirements for US expats
Transferring your UK Pension savings into an overseas pension scheme (QROPS)
This month we will discuss the global markets , give a review of the major indexes and leading stocks and sectors. The US markets have been hitting new highs consistently this year and destroying anyone trying to "short" the market. Yesterday the Nasdaq closed at 4000, a 13-year high and closing in on the year 2000 high. Also since our last Money Club meeting the Japanese stock market has broken out of a trading range and is headed higher. We will discuss these topics and more such as charts of Google, Priceline.com (both over $1000 a share), Apple, and emerging market ETFs.
I will detail the Finance / Investment Banking Sector and detail 4 stocks that have doubled in price in the last 12 months. See attached PDF file showing charts of TD Ameritrade, Etrade, Interactive Brokers and Ameriprise Financial. This is a good sign investors are slowly returning to invest in the equity markets and buy stocks and funds again. After the last 13 year consolidation we are now seeing brokerage service providers increasing their earnings due to much higher trading volume. This is a good sign for the economic recovery as it shows investors are returning and once again investing in the global economy.
The bull market is alive and well and as you can see from the attached long term chart of the Nasdaq (US Technology stocks) the last five years have been very profitable but you had to invest while the news every day was gloomy. "Bull-markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria."
The Money Club meets on the last Thursday of each month.'
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