By Helix Investment Management:For years, regular investors have been locked out of being able to invest in the booming social media, networking and gaming sector. All of the leading companies in the sector were private, available only to venture capitalists and accredited investors.
By Helix Investment Management:Few sectors are as alluring to invest in as the social media and networking sector. However, it is important to keep fundamentals in mind. Many of the IPO's in this sector, especially that of Facebook (FB), serve as a stark reminder that fundamentals and valuations should not be ignored in long-term investment planning and selection.
It has given the man on the street a voice, helping to bring down governments (as shown by the Arab Spring), change or delay legislation, and force apologies from errant celebrities (like Ryan Giggs) and politicians.
In the same way, it has empowered small businesses, and given them much greater controlover their marketing budgets and activities.
No longer do they have to rely on advertising in their local newspaper or phone book, orprint thousands of leaflets which are rendered useless within seconds of hitting the doormat.
By Helix Investment Management:One of the prime benefits of the revolution in ETF and ETN investing is that investors have access to a range of investments that were once virtually impossible to invest in. There are ETNs for commodities such as coffee, sugar and cotton.
Two major events in May continue to dominate the direction of technology stocks in a negative way. The 20% drop in Facebook (FB) shares after its IPO is leading the decline on the Nasdaq. Worry in the eurozone is also highlighted, with higher bond yields in Spain and a rising likelihood that Greece will need to leave the eurozone.
JPMorgan (JPM) has raised $1.22 billion for a new fund to invest in the hot social media sector, above the $500 million to $750 million it had been expected to raise, The New York Times said on Wednesday.