Monthly Archives: March 2014

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

Based on the chart below it looks like 2014 is gearing up to be the most active IPO market since 2000. The image shows the year-to-date US IPO (Initial Public Offering) activity from the year 1999 to March 7 of the year 2014. The image is a graph, showing number of US IPOs on the y axis and years on the x axis.

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

In 1999 the IPO market showed average activity with an amount of forty one IPOs being offered. This was countered in the next year, the year 2000, with an above-average surge of IPOs. In 2000 there were eighty three IPOs, much more than in any consecutive year. This made 2000 a very remarkable year.

For the next three years, IPO activity diminished with twelve, ten and four IPOs offered in 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively. IPO activity then realized a resurgence to near average levels between 2004 and 207. In 2006 there were 35 IPOs, which was the most activity experienced during any one year in that period.

In 2008 and 2009 IPO market activity once again entered a slump, as neither year produced more than ten IPOs.

Growth was slow in 2010 with only fourteen IPOs offered, an d eventually IPO activity averaged in the early to mid twenties for the next three years. In 2014, IPO market activity approached the high levels once seen in 1999, when forty IPOs were offered.

Grpahic: Number of IPO’s With 100%+ First Day Returns by Year

This chart shows you the first day returns years at a time starting with the year 1999 through 2014.

Number of IPO's With 100%+ First Day Returns by Year

You can see that in 1999 and the year 2000 IPO’s did very well, compared to the year 2006 and 2014. The year 2014 which compared to the previous years results were not as good and showing after the year 2000 IPO’s have never really been the same.

The percent rating is a lot lower now and companies are struggling to compete in this new market and succeeded but showing that some companies do succeeded but its much lower percentage then in the latter years.

Best Free Technical Analysis Charting Software for Investing

The old saying goes “technical analysis is a great way to part traders from their money.” However to some it is still a helpful trend to see market trends and to hopefully buy and invest while it’s still on it’s way up and not when a stock is about to drop in price. Technical analysis has also been called a great tool to see historically where you should have bought and sold. As a predictor though it is often faulty at best and of course if it worked will then everyone would be rich by now.

With that said technical analysis increases your probability of seeing where the market is headed. It provides you some background into how an asset is doing and what might come next and is far better than going into an investment blind.

When you using technical analysis software “uptrends” are marked by seeing at least three successive rising troughs and peaks. While “downtrends” occur when you have at least three successive troughs and peaks.

The four best free technical analysis charting software for investing are below.

EclipseTrader: (http://www.eclipsetrader.org)

eclipse trader
EclipseTrader is an ​Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) application focused on the building of an online stock trading system. featuring shares pricing watch, intraday and history charts with technical analysis indicators, level II/market depth view, news watching, and integrated trading.

Main features of EclipseTrader include:

  • Realtime Quotes
  • Trading Accounts Management
  • Integrated Trading/li>
  • Intraday Charts
  • History Charts
  • Technical Analisys Indicators
  • Price Patterns Detection
  • Financial News
  • Level II (Book) Market Data

 

Qtstalker: (http://qtstalker.sourceforge.net/)

Qtstalker

Qtstalker is a user friendly Technical Analysis package for GNU/Linux (and hence other Unix-like systems). Similar to commercial wares such as Metastock, Supercharts and Tradestation. Keeps to a lean, simple design for speed, portability, and low resource usage. Because it uses a plugin model, Qtstalker can easily be extended.

Main features of Qtstalker include:

  • A point-and-click object-oriented graphical user interface.
  • Chart types include line, bar and candlestick.
  • Customizable colors. Logarithmic and linear arithmetic scaling. Scale to screen.
  • Indicators plugins include MACD, MAs, Bollinger Bands, RSI, and dozens more. Provides access to the TA-Lib library of common functions.
  • A simple scripting facility to create custom indicators. This powerfully enables combination of different plots in one indicator and combining of other indicators and calculations.
  • A special indicator “ExScript” enables external scripts to pass indicator data in.
  • An “Indicator Summary” tool shows a table of all indicator parameters from all active indicators. It also writes the data to XML output for use by external programs.
  • Chart drawing objects: trendlines, buy/sell arrows, horizontal and vertical lines, Fibonacci retracement lines, text and cycles.
  • Quote plugins download data from online sources such as Yahoo, CME, NYBOT.
  • Data import plugins for plain-text CSV files.
  • The “Plugin” architecture for quotes and indicators enables easy future extensibility.
  • Minute, daily, weekly and monthly chart compression options.
  • Various data classes to support for investment types such as stocks, futures, indices, ratios and spreads.
  • A back testing function allowing indicator performance tests using actual trading data.
  • A very basic portfolio manager. Good for tracking open positions. (Suggestions welcome.)
  • A Scanner that can scan the qtstalker database for charts that meet a user defined criteria.
  • A paper trading mode enabling users to practice trading without risking capital.

Free Chart Geany: (http://freechartgeany.sourceforge.net/)

Chart Geany Logo

Free Chart Geany is the free and open source edition of Chart Geany, a commercial solution for market technical analysis and charting.

Main features of Free Chart Geany include:

  • Support for major technical analysis indicators like: Simple Moving Average, Exponential Moving Average, MACD, Relative Strength Index,  Bollinger Bands and Parabolic SAR.
  • Support for various Comma Separated Values  (CSV) formats like Metastock 7, Metastock 8, AMI Broker, Yahoo Finance, Google Finance and Standard CSV.
  • Support for various drawing and text objects like Labels, Trailing Text, Horizontal Lines, Vertical Lines, Trend Lines and Fibonacci Retracements.
  • Line, Bar, Candle and Trend Candle (Heikin-Ashi) charts.
  • Linear or semi-logarithmic price scaling.
  • Zoom In and Zoom out.
  • Time-frames: Day, Week, Month and Year.
  • One click screen shots for charts.
  • Spreadsheet-like data manager.
  • Single file local storage.  You can work offline if needed.
  • Self-contained software, independent from other software back-ends like Java Virtual Machine or .NET Framework.
  • Easy download of quotes from Yahoo Finance or Google Finance.
  • Free Chart Geany is a tab based application. You can manage the charts the same way you manage the pages of your web browser.

AIOTrade: (http://aiotrade.com/)

AIOTrade

AIOTrade (former Humai Trader) is a free, open source (under the terms of BSD license) stock technical analysis platform with a pluggable architecture that is ideal for extensions such as indicators and charts. It’s built on pure java.

Main features of AIOTrade include:

  • Pull stock price from Yahoo
  • Runs on your PC
  • Is built on Java

Let us know if you have any other suggestions for free technical analysis charting software for investing in the comments section below.

Examples of Passive Income

A lot of people wonder about what is passive income and how they too can start earning it. Passive income come’s in all shapes and sizes and if you have a normal portfolio today you most likely are already privy to some.

examples of passive income

Check out the most common examples of passive income below:

1. Stocks that pay dividends and, every quarter, send you a dividend payment.

2. A real estate investment through a partnership. The general partners manage the properties and you, as a limited partner, just collect the rent and any capital gains from property sales.

3. Savings account that accrues interest. Every year or monthly your account will be sent interest payments.

4. Patents or copyrighted material such as songs. Entities that license this intellectual property pay out fees or royalties on a quarterly basis.

There are plenty other types of passive income but the above four are some of the most common examples of passive income and one’s you might already be utilizing today. People’s most common income though is earned income, which is what you get from working a job.

Graphic: How Much Should You Have Saved Up for Retirement Today

Check out the handy table below from JP Morgan Asset Management’s 2014 “Guide to Retirement” that details how much should you have saved up for retirement today based on your current age.

How Much Should You Have Saved Up for Retirement Today

The chart details the amount of money a person must have in retirement funds saved to have sufficient funds to maintain their lifestyle after retirement. The chart clarifies that if people begin saving at a younger age for retirement the funds will grow greatly because of compounding interest. The chart is used with a intersection of both age, and yearly earnings.

Albert Einstein once called compounding interest the “8th wonder of the world”, and this chart demonstrates this maxim is true. The chart assumes a retirement age of 65, and allows for 7% growth in pre-retirement fund earnings, and 5% growth in earnings after the retirement age of 65. The chart assumes a annual contribution of 5% from the working person for their retirement. It also forecasts an average of thirty years retirement after the age of 65.