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The UK Stock Market this week (for those learning about stocks and shares)

The FTSE was slightly down yesterday, closing at 7338.99 (-0.15%)

The west’s leading economic think-tank (OECD) has raised its outlook for the UK this year. The pairs based organisation has predicted the UK economy will grow by 1.6% this year. The forecast has increased from the 1.2% predicted in November 2016. The increase growth percentage is a positive for the Share Market
Research has shown that the most successful investors are those that invest for the long term. Not everybody is going to be like Warren Buffet – the world’s greatest investor; a leaf that should be taken out of his book is that he is a long-term investor.
As we know, we have traders and investors, and I believe a person’s temperament would determine if a person would be an investor or trader or even both.
For people that don’t like to be stressed out, trading should be something that they think about twice . I don’t think trading is the best route for creative people, I would say medium to long term investing, is a better option.
The reason is simple, stress dissipates energy, and energy is needed to be creative. A long term investor would follow the market, research on opportunities and take action, such an individual, would have a long-term mind-set when picking opportunities and making decisions.
Talking about long-term investments, I saw some interesting news today about a company called Just Eat, it’s on the FSTE 250 index, and it is the second best performer, it is currently trading at 545.50 pence up by 5%.
Just Eat are online takeaway delivery, and as we all know, food is something that people can’t do without,  This factor alone could indicate that it could have good long-term prospects. Obviously, other factors have to must be taken into consideration such as competition, but looking at it logically, it should be on people watch list.

It’s pre-tax profit in 2016, more than double by 163.8%, from £34.6 million in 2015 to £ 91.3 million in 2016. Just Eat are based in the UK, and also have an international market, and there is strong growth in both markets.

So do your research, – fundamental analysis, have a look at the appropriate ratios such as Net profit margins, Price to book value, Long-term debt ratio, etc., Then have a look at the Charts to guide you in the right timing in stepping into the market if you so desire. Try to be patient if the stock/share trading in an old bought territory.

Also in the Financial news is General Motors Europe makers of Vauxhall and Opel are being sold to the company that owns Peugeot and Citroen, for £1.9bn.
Vauxhall and Opel have not made a profit since 1999, so it makes sense in a way, that what they have been doing is not working, and they have finally come to that realisation.
Let’s hope that current employees wouldn’t lose out on this new takeover. Peugeot’s chief executive Carlos Tavares has promised not to shut any Opel and Vauxhall plants after the brand’s acquisition.

Until Next time, keep Believing, Keep Hoping & Keep Loving

Peace Daniel

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Futuretrend Training Academy
Financial Training Department.

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and this is some feedback from those that have taken the plunge just recently…

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Futuretrend students are crushing CeMAP!

Some inspiring feedback and  excellent results from  some students on David Airs Weekday Fast Track CeMAP classes.

I attended the CeMAP 2 and 3 course of recently and just wanted to thank you as I passed CeMAP 2 and 3 just before Christmas.  CeMAP 2 I achieved merit on the first module and then 3 distinctions on the remainder and I achieved merit on CeMAP 3.

I feel that I would not have achieved this without your course so thank you for your excellent training. Now the even harder part for me as I just need to find myself a job now!!

Helen

Hi David

I did the CeMAP 1 today and was absolutely gobsmacked to discover that I got distinction for both units – I thought I’d done okay on the 1st unit and was hoping to scrape a pass on the 2nd, so am absolutely delighted – it must be down to excellent tutoring! Let’s hope 2&3 go well too.

Thanks again for a great course and for your patience.

Best regards
Sue

Well done both of you and thank you for the kind words. It’s always great to see candidates shaping their careers by staying focused and working hard.
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New Work Experience and Mentoring Project for Business Analysts and Software Testers

We are currently rounding up our Project which started  in November. This project covered the building of  a software application for a client who is a health/protein food (raw material) manufacturer. The raw material  is sold to companies where it undergoes processing and dilution.  The software application would cater to the needs of the client’s employees who work in the areas of manufacturing, merchandising, logistics and others.. It was quite demanding for the Business Analysts and Software Testers who had to utilise their skills to the fullest as it was a complex application. The students  and their Project Manager (Chetan) have worked very hard on this and  a lot has been learnt. We’re now looking forward to a new project which will kick off on February 6th 2017.

Project Charter

The new project  involves building an e-commerce platform where Corporates, Individuals, and families can interact digitally with Professional & certified Interior designers to create custom concepts with a view to obtaining bespoke design solutions for their home or office. The Project also includes the build of an a module which will include assigning of Designers, sharing concepts, User interaction, choosing designer packages etc

There is huge scope for the BA/QAs to develop  a wide range of skills being involved in a project like this.

We are now taking registrations from aspiring Business Analysts and Quality Assurance Analysts for this programme. If you want to be part of this exciting team please sign up before January 31st 2017.

For more details of what our work experience and mentoring program involves please visit  our dedicated web page for this here:
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Financial Market Outlook 11.1.2017

financial analystThe FTSE 100, made history yesterday, not only did it close at another  record high at 7275 up 37.7 points  +0.37%,  but it was also the  9th day in a role of closing at a new high. This has never happened before in the history of the FTSE.

The reason behind it is that the British pound has been falling since the BREXIT, as a weaker pound will increase profits of multinational corporations that are listed on the index, when they convert their earnings to pounds.

It is kind of a catch 22 situation, because as the pound goes down the FTSE goes up.  If you are currently investing in the UK stock market, it’s great, but not too good if international business needs to be done. A weaker pound, will give you less for your money in a foreign country.

The Mining, Banking and Health Care Equipment & Services had a good trading day.

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Futuretrend Training Academy
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Financial Market Outlook 10.1.2017

exam analystThe FTSE closed at a new high yesterday, at 7215 up 5.90, 0.08%.

Morrison Supermarkets was one of the main gainers of the market as the fourth largest supermarket in the UK did better than expected in the Christmas trading. The results indicate that the recent Christmas trading was the best performance in the last seven years. The Share price was up 4.2 %.

However, Tesco, the UK’s number one supermarket has emerged the winner with the fastest growing sales among the sector over the Christmas period. Tesco was up around 5% at the close of yesterday’s trading.

In New York, USA, THE Dow Jones did reach 20,000 – a new high but closed below the figure at the end of yesterday’s trading.

President Elect Donald Trump met with Jack Ma – CEO of Alibaba and promised to bring 1 million jobs to America. I believe trading deals and brining jobs back America as well as creating Jobs will be a strong point for Mr Trump.
Alibaba’s earnings for last quarter are due out on January 24.

Back on President Elect Trump; he has appointed his son in law Jared Kushner as his senior adviser. Mr Kushner played a key role in Mr Trump’s campaign for the election, and is married to Ivanka Trump.

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Daniel Joseph MBA
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Futuretrend Training Academy
Financial Training Department.

Financial Market insight from our stocks and shares trainer

The FTSE closed at 7198.41 on Friday up 0.04%, I must say the index has started much stronger than this time last year.

Also from America, the Dow Jones Industrial Index closed just below 20,000, which is an all-time high, I believe the week approaching, we will see the Dow  go above the 20,000 mark for the first this in history. This could be classed as a positive for both the outgoing President Obama, and for President elect Trump.exam analyst

The figures that came out on last Friday (Non-farm payrolls) show that 156,000 jobs to the labour market, but the real good news was that the wage growth was the strongest since 2009. Good news for the outgoing President Obama, which would add to his legacy.

Remember, what happens in the US Market has an impact on the UK Market.

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Daniel Joseph MBA
see Daniel’s Bio here

Futuretrend Training Academy
Financial Training Department.

WHAT IMPACT WILL PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP AND BREXIT HAVE ON THE STOCK MARKET IN 2017?

The US and the UK Financial Market have both started on a positive note. However, there are a lot trumpstocksof factors to take into consideration, such as BREXIT and the President elect Trump presidency.  What happens in America will have an impact on the UK’s Financial Market. So far so good, the Market seems to be positive about the new President.  Everybody is waiting, for Trump to take office and see how his policies will affect the Market.

We have started to see a little bit of what his plans are for job creation – lowering taxes for corporations, and bringing American jobs back home. So from a business point of view, it looks potentially good.

Some uncertainty with BREXIT, but it all seems to be priced into the Market, we have a similar stance with President elect Donald Trump, which is placing the country first, and that’s why the people voted out of the EU, and the Americans on other hand, voted Trump because he has promised “to make America great again”.

Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with President elect Trump in spring, which is good, because coming out of the EU, which Donald Trump himself was in favour of, we now have to build and improve relations with our number one ally, in ways that will benefit both countries and as a result, this will give a positive outlook to the Financial Market.

As the world at large is  counting down the days for the inauguration of President elect Trump, and most people like me are wondering what the world will be like as Donald Trump takes office of the most powerful country on earth, which would obviously make him the most powerful man on earth.

Donald Trump has picked top wealthy businessman as his economic advisers, most fall in the category of the Billionaires club, the “know how” that made them personally successful, could now  possibly, help America as a country, and they may have the Answers to their  trade deficit, National debt  ( 14 Trillion), and other economic issues.

Some of his wealthy Advisers are:

Carl Ichan who will be the special adviser on Regulatory Reforms. He is aged 80 years, he has a conglomerate holding company in New York and he is the majority shareholder.  He started out as a stockbroker on Wall Street in the early 1960s and started his own firm in the late 1960s. His firm (Securities) focused on risk arbitrage and option trading.
Harold Hamm, self–made oil billionaire,
Dan DiMicco, a former chief executive of steelmaker Nucor;
Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national finance director, who is chairman and chief executive of the hedge fund Dune Capital Management;
Steve Roth, founder and chief executive of Vornado Realty Trust;
John Paulson Hedge fund billionaire ;
Howard Lorber, chief executive of the Vector Group;
Tom Barrack Real estate investor ;

To reiterate, Donald Trump has so far brought a positive vibe to the Financial Market both here in the UK and the US, and we here at Futuretrend Training Academy wish him the very best as the 45th  President of the United States of America.

We offer monthly classes on Stocks, Shares and investments for beginners and advance classes.  To learn how to start investing in the market or take control of your financial destiny enroll on one of our courses or  read more about our stock market training hereshares_training_ad

Daniel Joseph MBA
see Daniel’s Bio here

Futuretrend Training Academy
Financial Training Department.

CeMAP questions from our virtual learning zone (part 5)

Every month we go through our CeMAP forums at http://www.cemap123.co.uk   and  http://www.futuretrend.org.uk/vle/(which our students have access to as part of their CeMAP Training programme) to see what interesting queries have been dziners-org-discussionposted.

This months CeMAP query comes from Mansi currently studying CeMAP 2.

Mansi Question:

Hi,

I need help with mock papers -Payments and products B.(no 11)

question is “Ian and Sandra are buying a new house and have been offered a £120,000, 25 year repayment mortgage at 6%,giving a monthly payment of £6.52 per £1000 borrowed.How much would the total payments compare with an interest only mortgage at the same rate,backed by an Nisa with monthly contribution of £200?

ans is “The interest only mortgage would be £18 month more expensive”.

But cannot work it out .

Kindly help.

David’s answer:

Good morning Mansi,

Easy peasy!!!!

The question is testing whether you know how to work out the costs of a repayment mortgage compared to interest only.

So, Repayment – the mortgage costs 6.52 per thousand, so 6.52 x 120 (thousands) = £782.40 per month

Interest only – 120,000 x 6% = 7,200 PER YEAR. Divide by 12 gives the monthly payment of £600. Then add the cost of the ISA = £200. So Interest mortgage will cost £600+£200 = £800

So, £800 – £782.40 = £17.60 which gives the closest to the answer of £18

I hope this answers your query. Should you need any further explanation please let us know

Regards

 David Airs (Futuretrend CeMAP Tutor)

New Work Experience and Mentoring Project for Business Analysts and Software Testers

We are currently rounding up our Project which started  in June. This project covered the building of an application for trading and auctioning of seafood and aquatic products in the international market. It was quite demanding for the Business Analysts and Software Testers who had to utilise their skills to the fullest as it was a complex application. The students  and their Project Manager (Chetan) have worked very hard on this and  a lot has been learnt. We’re now looking forward to a new project which will kick off on September 19th.

Project Charter

 

The new project is about developing a software application for a client who is a health/protein food (raw material) manufacturer. The raw material  is sold to companies where it undergoes processing and dilution. It is then used as an ingredient for manufacturing edible products like protein food, digestive medicines, health drinks etc. The software application would cater to the needs of the client’s employees who work in the areas of manufacturing, merchandising, logistics and others. There is huge scope for the BA/QAs to develop  a wide range of skills being involved in a project like this.

We are now taking registrations from aspiring Business Analysts and Quality Assurance Analysts for this programme. If you want to be part of this exciting team please sign up before September 19th 2016.

For more details of what our work experience and mentoring program involves please visit  our dedicated web page for this here:
http://www.careertesters.com/work-experience-mentoring.html