Finance Attitude - 5 common types of financial swaps
A swap is an act of exchanging one thing for another. In finance, swaps are derivatives wherein two counterparties exchange financial instruments. The swaps can involve an exchange of a series of cash flows of one party’s financial instrument for those of the other party’s financial instrument over a specific period of time. Swaps are mutual agreements that are easy to design and customize over the counter. They offer great flexibility that leads to many swap variations with each serving a given purpose.  
Finance Attitude - 5 Key Benefits of a Robo-Adviser
Robo-adviser is an automated online wealth management service or a class of digital online financial institutions that offer financial advice or investment management tips online with minimal human intervention. The algorithms are executed by software to allocate, manage and optimize clients’ assets. Being online, however, does not make it less effective and ideal financial institution as it has almost all the aspects of the physical human involvement.
Finance Attitude - 6 Key Factors to Consider Before Making a Private Equity Investment
Private equity refers to investments funds structured as limited partnerships that are not listed on a public exchange and its investors include large institutional investors, wealthy individuals, and university endowments.  
Finance Attitude - 8 Best Stock Investment Apps for Beginners
8 Best Stock Investment Apps for Beginners
Investing is a daunting task and sometimes could be confusing especially for a beginner. In the past, an investment process began by making a call to a brokerage firm to obtain an advisor who would advise the investor throughout the process. However, the technological advancement has made it easier for beginners who want to start trading. Now, they can just download an app on their PC or Smartphone and use it to trade securities. Different apps offer automation, low cost and high-security measures to make investing easy and exciting for all. Here are 8 best investment apps to download and use to invest in stocks: 1.    Stash Stash lets the investor trade with as little as $5. It recommends a collection of investments based on the investor profile details as well as such factors as managed risk, low fees, and historical performance. It also has tips and articles to help the user scale up their investment know how each time they access the account. 2.    SigFig SigFig is yet another interesting investment app. It has investment tools that can track, manage and maximize the investor’s portfolio. It also allows users to manage their entire investment through the app.  Users can receive latest market news and statistics on relevant companies. 3.    Yahoo Finance Yahoo Finance app allows users to synchronize portfolio and quotes across different devices track commodities, stocks, currencies and more. It has an easy to navigate user interface and the users can easily conduct a quick stock check and allow push notifications to get instant updates which help them make informed investment decisions. 4.    Acorns Acorns is yet another investing app for first-time investors. It allows investors to invest their balances where it rounds up investors’ regular purchases on credit and debit transactions linked to it every day. App instantly trades with the remaining balance into a diversified portfolio of index funds chosen by Harry Markowitz. It is an easy, quick and automatic way to invest. It charges a percentage of the user account balance as a monthly service fee and thus the user should avoid leaving a lump sum amount in the account over a long period of time. 5.    Stock Market Simulator This app gives the investor the ability to attempt trading before they make an actual trade. Users can play with a simulated model of the real market by investing virtual funds before they can start the real trading process. It is a good way to get a dummy account that lets an investor learn how stock market work without using actual money. 6.    TD Ameritrade This app is by TD Ameritrade which is one of the largest brokerage firms in the US. It focuses on the essentials of investing such as streaming quotes, real-time balances, mobile access to trading, fund transfers, and getting latest news and market research reports. It has a Snapstock feature which allows users to snap a barcode or a picture on any item to get the company name ticker symbol and stock quote as well as related news and visuals. 7.    Stockpile This app allows the user to trade but also to gift single shares of stock or rather purchase fractional shares with as low as 99 cent trade fee. This allows the investor to buy fractional shares of high-valued stocks such as Google, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway without spending $1000 or more per share. It is also a great app for kids’ teens and family because it allows the investor to buy and gift shares of stock. 8.    Robinhood Robinhood app allows an investor to trade US-listed and OTC securities such as in stocks, options and ETFs for free. Robinhood account gives an investor an access to instant deposits. Key Takeaway Investment apps have helped automate the investing process and first-time investors can obtain massive benefits from using them.

Locus Chain Foundation prepares to launch the company's first digital asset exchange platform in Dubai, the Locus Chain Digital Asset Exchange (Locus DAX)
Locus Chain Foundation prepares to launch the company's first digital asset exchange platform in Dubai, the Locus Chain Digital Asset Exchange (Locus DAX)

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