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How to identify value traps?

Apr 2, 2014

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Emerging markets, a challenging path ahead
Emerging markets have been an attractive hotspot for investors until recently. But the partial withdrawal of stimulus measures by the US Fed coupled with domestic macroeconomic woes have taken some sheen off the emerging markets. Going ahead emerging markets continue to face challenges in the form of weak global recovery impacting exports, increased competitiveness from the developed world and structural economic woes. Read on to know more.....(Valuewalk.com)

Have we taken lessons from the Lehman fiasco?
The Lehman Brothers bust five years ago, that led to the eruption of the Global Financial crisis, was a by-product of unbridled government patronage to large financial corporations. However its seems that the painful lessons have been forgotten as pointed out by an International Monetary Fund study. Read on to know more about this critical observation.(Nytimes.com)

Will this be a game changer for the US oil and gas sector?
It is well known that the US leads the world in green house gas emissions. A large part of the blame for this falls on the energy sector. Now a new proposal by the US government aims to target methane gas emissions emanating from the oil and gas drilling and extraction process. Methane is the most powerful green house gas contributing to global warming. The proposal has the potential to significantly increase the cost of gas extraction. Will this be a serious problem for the booming US energy industry? Read on to find out more.(Safehaven)

How to identify value traps?
Value investing is buying stocks less than their fair value. Though the process appears seemingly easy, it is not and many investors fall prey to false bargains and ultimately lose money over the long term. Such stocks are known as value traps. These stocks appear cheap and investors buy them assuming they have value. However, more often than not they turn out to be traps. Read on to find out how one should identify such value traps and steer away from them.(Stockopedia)

How to decipher financial Information?
Everyday investors are inundated with loads of financial information by the so-called experts in financial news reporting. However information so dished out may be contradictory and misleading at times. This insightful article points out ways of culling useful information from the deluge of financial information. Read on to know more....(Huffingtonpost)

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