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What is the business case for laying off staff durring the holiday season?

The business case for firing personnel during the holiday season is a mixture of all of these:
1. New year start coming soon and companies want to show lower no of headcounts on their books, and thus higher productivity (sales/headcount etc);
2. Avoiding bonus payments or pension plans – although severance costs come in – but bear in mind that whilst bonuses and salaries are above the operating profit, thus affecting the companies’ official performance, severance goes below, so one more incentive to do so;Read More »What is the business case for laying off staff durring the holiday season?

Adventures of a Trader in the Forex Land (7) – EUR USD

eurusd-image-doitinvestcom-currency-trading-adventuresAt the beginning of the month we were talking a bit about the EURUSD currency pair and its evolution. We have anticipated a bit then by saying that the most traded currency pair in the world, as known as the cable, might not grow further, despite the boiling in the market.
By now, any decent currency trader has found out that the cable pair went down from the resistance level at 1.42 to 1.3, with a good chance to break the latter too. Well, yes, some traders might say that noone could anticipate the Ireland problems and its $85 billion bailout, huge by any means. Especially when you compare the amount with the Ireland GDP, this is one of the largest bailouts ever in the financial history of the world.Read More »Adventures of a Trader in the Forex Land (7) – EUR USD

Book review – “Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production: A Guidebook for Growers, Processors, Traders, and Researchers” – Editor Jean Nicolas Wintgens

Since quite a while I was looking more and more to something different outside the traditional investments. I played with derivatives based on shares, forex, indices. Yet, recently another area attracted my attention.

Yes, the periodically forgotten and rediscovered treasures of the commodities. They tend to be in fashion and then exit, then enter again into people’s favours. I decided that persistence is the key to success, therefore I started to look more into commodities.

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Quantitative Easing Big Scale – Definitions and US Study Case

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photography www.doitinvest.com possible rising of the us economy

One of the latest causes of the Euro spiking up above 1.42 versus the USD was the quantitative easing policies applied by FED. If you are not familliar with the term, here’s the definition:
Quantitative easing represents the injection of money from a central bank into the economy, via the banking system. It works like this:
1st stage: the Central Bank tries to push the economy by lowering interest rates, which should encourage lending and therefore the consumption. In our case, FED interest rates are already at 0% and publishing negative interest rates would be a bit Japanese, meaning strange (what would it mean to put your monry on the bank and get less at the end of the deposit?!)
2nd stage: Central Bank pushes up the public expenditure, in the hope that money spent like this will push up consumption and persuade firms to invest. In US this is impossible too – because the public debt is huge.Read More »Quantitative Easing Big Scale – Definitions and US Study Case

2010 Nobel Prize in Economics vs Ig-Nobel Prize…On Economics Too, of Course

Everybody’s obsessed with finance and the flow of money these days. No wonder that we at doitinvest.com go for the same theme and now wonder that the Nobel committees are looking at the same stuff.
This year the Nobel prize for economics was shared by three gentlemen. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2010 was awarded jointly to Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides “for their analysis of markets with search frictions”. The guys looked actually at the imperfections of the markets – why are they not frictionless but full of hidden costs?Read More »2010 Nobel Prize in Economics vs Ig-Nobel Prize…On Economics Too, of Course

Book Review – “Search Engine Optimization” by Jerri L. Ledford

SEO is one of my latest concerns, especially since Google and Bing started to change a couple of years ago so much the search engine landscape. My worries translated recently in some readings about the search engine optimization semi-science. I call it so since it is a relatively young field of knowledge and still has a long way to go to become a mature field.Read More »Book Review – “Search Engine Optimization” by Jerri L. Ledford

A Book Review – “Anyone Can Do It” by Sahar and Bobby Hashemi

There are few books on entrepreneurship written from the authors’ own experience – and this is just one of the things which makes “Anyone Can Do It” very enjoyable reading. “Anyone Can Do It” is a book about building a republic of successful coffee shops and about making it sustainable. `15 years later, Coffee Republic has become a solid old brand in the market – and the owners some of the most successful entrepreneurs in UK.Read More »A Book Review – “Anyone Can Do It” by Sahar and Bobby Hashemi