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  • Panama Canal Expansion: A Potential Supply-Chain Game Changer
    Many investors, public and private alike, are making big bets on U.S. infrastructure projects tied to expansion of the Panama Canal, which started moving supersized container ships through its wider, deeper channel and locks on June 26.
    By Harold Sirkin.  Forbes.  Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:26:00 GMT.
  • Fair Game: A Profit Bump for Companies, and Tax Transparency for Investors
    A shift in the way companies deduct stock options will raise reported net earnings, but it could also rekindle a debate about low U.S. corporate taxes.
    Gretchen Morgenson.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:39:33 GMT.
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  • Central Pacific Financial Corp. To Present At The Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Community Bank Investor Conference
    HONOLULU, July 22, 2016 -- Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF), announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer A. Catherine Ngo and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer David S. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:32:00 EDT.
  • Hunger for Turkey’s energy investments unlikely to ebb: IEA
    It will be better if energy growth steps are supported with market-friendly structural reforms, says Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:13:00 +0200.
  • Human Rights Body Calls for ASEAN Land Reforms
    An international human rights umbrella says the Southeast Asian region faces the threat of growing conflicts over land between investors and local people unless legal and institutional reforms are put in place. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:02:00 -0400.
  • Hinkley Point expected to 'get go-ahead'
    French energy giant EDF is expected to make its long-awaited investment decision on a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset next week.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:15:08 GMT.
  • Africa: New Initiative to Give Africa Cheap Electricity
    [SciDev.Net] Nairobi -A new initiative, Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, will invest US$36 million to empower entrepreneurs and investors to connect 20 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid energy by 2030.
    All Africa.  Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:16:51 GMT.
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The world of investing can be a confusing place for most, especially when you consider that multiple investment avenues are available, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and other vehicles. That is why it is important to know what kind of information you will need to make your decision, as well as when it may be better to hire others to help you. This article covers a few of the most popular investment options available to you.

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Ownership investment is a strategy that enables you to own a piece of a company or other assets including stock, real estate, or a small business. This strategy is not without risk, but has the potential for greater returns than other "safer" investments and can be very profitable as long as you diversify your assets. Stocks represent shares of ownership in a company and can be purchased through a brokerage firm or sometimes directly from the company itself. Owning and managing real estate is another way to build wealth but does require more diligence. Business ownership is another means of investment which can have big rewards if you are passionate and willing to take on the big risks and potential hardships that can come with entrepreneurship. However, you also have the option to be less involved by investing in someone else's business start-up.

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Another popular type of investment strategy is to make what are known as lending investments. The most well-known type of lending investment is placing your money in a savings account or certificate of deposit (CD) through your bank. Your bank can loan out the money you place there and in return you gain some interest. This is often thought of as a "safe" investment, however, you will not build capital very quickly on the small amount of interest which is offered. Bonds are another form of lending investment which will yield a predictable return after a specified amount of time; often small, but usually larger than a savings account.

Another type of investment is the cash equivalent. A cash equivalent is any investment that you can quickly convert to cash at no cost to you. Money market funds are an example of a cash equivalent, as are short-term government bonds.

Gold, silver and other precious metals are stable investments which often provide a good return for investors during times of economic instability. Precious metals are only available in limited quantities and as such hold intrinsic value. Paper money, on the other hand, is subject to inflation because more can easily be printed.

With all the investment choices out there, it is imperative to do your research and consult with an experienced financial planner if you are unsure of the best investment strategies for your needs.

Investing-related organizations include the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the National Association of Investors, and the American Association of Individual Investors, as well as other, more specialized or localized, organizations.

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  • Money Market Funds
    A money market fund is a collection of short-term debt investments held by a mutual fund. Learn about how money market funds work by reading this helpful article.
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    Location is one of the most important factors influencing real estate. Learn more about the importance of location and find real estate information for all 50 states.
  • Buying a Loose Diamond
    A diamond purchase is a major financial investment and should be thoroughly researched. This diamond buying overview and guide includes links to selected diamond suppliers.
  • Nanotechnology Industries
    Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge science that is being used in many industries. Learn about the industries utilizing nanotechnology and find links to newsworthy nanotech companies and scientists.
  • Government Investments
    Nanotechnology is a science devoted to research and development at molecular or atomic levels. Find an overview of nanotechnology and learn about government investment into nanotechnology.
  • Mortgage Application (Photograph)
    A mortgage application is a document that virtually all homeowners are familiar with, but the number of home owners applying for a second mortgage is also on the rise.

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