Investment Portfolio Performance

4 April 2015
Examines hypothetical international portfolio & activity over six weeks in late 1995, using information from [Financial Times]. Tables & charts.

Money as a means of exchange has been in existence for thousands of years. Since kingdoms and nations issue their own money, and the rate of one nation’s currency can be measured in another’s, the concept of trading in currency, rather than the goods that currency can purchase, arose centuries ago. Astute traders could buy currency in one nation and sell it in another for a profit. With the telecommunications revolution that has taken place in this century, this type of trade has given rise to an entirely new type of transaction, which some observers liken more to gambling than to strict financial trading. These new traders use computers to conduct business without regard to time zones, and great sums can be made–and lost–in the space of a few seconds. This research explores a hypothetical international investment portfolio…
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