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Investors are individuals or entities that allocate capital or resources with the expectation of receiving a return on their investment. Investors can come in various forms, including individual investors, institutional investors, private equity funds, and venture capitalists.

Individual investors are typically people who invest their personal money into various assets such as stocks, mutual funds, and real estate. They might invest in a company’s equity shares, which represent ownership in the business, or a company’s debt, which allows the investor to lend money to the company in exchange for interest payments.

Institutional investors are organizations that invest and manage large sums of money on behalf of their clients or beneficiaries. They can include pension funds, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, and universities. These investors usually have a professional team of analysts who are responsible for their investment decisions, and they often invest in a wider range of assets than individual investors. Institutional investors can also provide strategic guidance to the companies in which they invest and influence their policies and practices.

Private equity funds are investment funds that invest in privately held companies or public companies that are looking to be taken private. They are typically managed by a team of professionals who have expertise in identifying undervalued companies, improving their operations, and selling them for a profit. Private equity funds typically have a longer investment horizon than other types of investors, and they are known for taking a more active role in the management of the companies in which they invest.

Venture capitalists are investors who provide capital to startups and emerging companies that have the potential for high growth. They are typically more willing to take on higher levels of risk than other investors and provide funding to companies that are in the early stages of development. Venture capitalists may also provide guidance and support to these companies in terms of business strategy, marketing, and operations.

Investors can also be classified based on their investment strategies. Value investors, for instance, focus on investing in companies that are undervalued by the market and have strong fundamentals. Growth investors, on the other hand, look for companies that have the potential for high growth, even if they are not yet profitable. Income investors seek to invest in assets that generate a steady stream of income, such as bonds or dividend-paying stocks.

Investors can also play a role in corporate governance and social responsibility. Some investors, often institutional investors, may use their ownership in companies to advocate for changes in corporate policies or to push for environmental or social goals. Shareholder activism, for instance, involves using shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and other methods to influence corporate policies and decisions.

Investors can also have an impact on financial markets and economies. When investors allocate capital to certain assets, it can affect the price of those assets and the availability of capital for businesses and governments. In extreme cases, investor behavior can lead to market bubbles or crashes, which can have a significant impact on the overall economy.

In conclusion, investors play a critical role in the economy by allocating capital to companies and assets that have the potential for growth or provide a steady income stream. There are various types of investors, including individual investors, institutional investors, private equity funds, and venture capitalists. Investors can also differ in terms of their investment strategies and their approach to corporate governance and social responsibility. Ultimately, investors can have a significant impact on the economy and financial markets and should be considered an important stakeholder in the businesses and industries in which they invest.

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Indian shares set to open lower on weak cues amid profit booking


23-05-17 02:50

Indian stocks are expected to open lower after Wall Street closed lower amid the debt ceiling negotiations in the US; Asian markets were also affected. Investors are also expected to be booking profits after a 5% increase in the benchmark Nifty 50 since the beginning of the fiscal year in 2024. The National Stock Exchange reported that foreign institutional investors have extended their buying streak for the 14th consecutive session, adding $172.1m worth of shares in the period. Analysts are watching the results of companies including Jubilant FoodWorks, Whirlpool of India and Devyani International.
Case involving B.C. mortgage broker heads back to court as investors fear for their savings


23-05-17 02:41

Greg Martel, a controversial Victoria-based mortgage broker, owes over CAD 226m ($182m) to hundreds of investors who bought investments that, according to documents, may not have been real. Martel is the sole director of My Mortgage Auction Corp. (MMAC), which did business as Shop Your Own Mortgage, and the chief creditor, identified by a civil suit as 1548199 Alberta, claims it is owed CAD 17.6m. Two weeks ago, MMAC and Martel were put into court-appointed receivership overseen by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Neil Bunker, PwC's vice-president, said in a virtual town hall meeting with investors that procedures have not yet unveiled the missing millions or indeed, proof the investments ever existed. The case will resume in a Vancouver court on 5 May. Martel was accused of running his business like a Ponzi scheme. He claimed his investment arm provided annualised rates of between 50 and 100 per cent on bridging loans, when bank interest rates were at a historic low.
Hong Kong stocks fall as investors look to earnings reports for positive signs

South China Morning Post

23-05-17 02:38

Hong Kong stocks have slipped amid investor caution about China's recent economic data and anticipation of updates from tech giants' quarterly earnings. HSBC and logistics firm Orient Overseas International were among companies facing losses as the Hang Seng Index fell by 0.3%. While the Tech Index displayed only minor movement, the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.3%. Baidu's first-quarter results came out on Tuesday, with sales of CNY 31bn ($4.78bn) and a net income of CNY5.4bn beating expectations. Despite recent stock fluctuations, online retailer Alibaba has gained 1%.
Australia wage growth hits decade-high, quarterly gains miss forecasts


23-05-17 02:11

Wages in Australia grew at their fastest annual pace in a decade in Q1 2008, with the wage price index up 0.8% on the quarter, although this missed expectations for a 0.9% increase, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has said. Annual pay growth rose to 3.7%, compared with revised growth of 3.4% the previous quarter. However, with the central bank already hiking rates 375 basis points to an 11-year high of 3.85%, analysts believe it is unlikely policymakers will increase interest rates.
What to know about the ATO’s coming crackdown on crypto

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-17 01:10

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is focusing on capital gains or losses from cryptocurrency assets for the upcoming tax season, according to Koinly head of tax Danny Talwar. He noted that those who frequently trade between cryptocurrencies need to report this to the ATO as it is a taxable event. Talwar said the ATO was all over cryptocurrencies and exchanges are required to provide information to the authority. Taxpayers with cryptocurrencies also needed to ensure they properly disclosed any gains they made and consider using an accountant, particularly if they are new to taxation.
Decoupling Is the Ultimate Missed Expectation


23-05-17 04:24

The pandemic has created the wrong sort of decoupling for emerging markets, hurting their performance over the past three years, warns John Authers in Bloomberg Opinion. However, he added "none of this means that there won’t be a decoupling; but it’s not going to be the panacea that many have long wanted it to be". If China becomes the pole of what is effectively a different financial system, reshoring and deglobalisation will create opportunities in the emerging world, but it will also make them much harder to take advantage of, warns Authers. Nevertheless, these markets are experiencing some signs of recovery after a decade of underperformance, following the brief bull market which came to an end in the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

Meanwhile, there is concern over the budget strategies of the US. Ted Decker, CEO of Home Depot, expects comparable sales to drop as much as 5% this fiscal year — the first annual decline in 14 years. Despite problems so far being driven by unusual conditions such as the price of lumber falling, according to Authers, if the recession risks loom larger over the US economy, and workforces normalize with new return-to-office policies, then support will fade for such firms that have been doing so well during the pandemic’s economic conditions. This would spell the end of the trends that Authers calls the home-building boom, e-commerce and working from home/home improvement.
Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund set to boost spending in year ahead

Financial Times

23-05-17 04:20

Indonesia's sovereign wealth fund has said it is gearing up to increase spending this year due to the rise of the nation's significance in the green energy transition and metrics pushing investors to diversify away from China. Indonesian Investment Authority (INA) had deployed just over $2bn by the end of April, but its CEO Ridha Wirakusumah said that it will have disbursed $3bn by the end of the year. President Joko Widodo launched INA in February 2021 to enable global institutions to access potentially higher returns in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
M&G European tracker fund closure leaves investors exposed to CGT hit

Financial Times

23-05-17 04:19

The planned closure of the M&G European Index Tracker Fund might incur big potential tax problems for UK retail investors. The fund managers have shut the fund as they believe it is too small to be financially viable. A reader of the Financial Times has raised the issue of tax for retail investors whose stakes are held outside an individual savings account and may have to crystallise capital gains, incurring a tax liability. Morningstar data reveals that close to 4,500 open-ended funds have merged or closed since 2013, indicating an increasing rate of consolidation.
Rising tide for $1bn water start-up

Financial Times

23-05-17 11:20

As responsible investors weigh up their approach to artificial intelligence (AI), Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT creator OpenAI, spoke of his belief in regulatory intervention to minimise risks introduced by powerful AI models. Speaking to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Altman suggested a combination of licensing and testing requirements could help avoid "quite wrong" results from the technology. As concerns of widespread water shortages grow, richly valued start-ups working in water technology have become a focus. Gradiant, which develops new ways of treating industrial wastewater, became the WaterTech sector's first "unicorn" this week, following a $225m funding round led by New York family office BoltRock Holdings and Centaurus Capital. Boston-based Gradiant has attracted interest from chipmakers, miners and carmakers looking to secure water supplies and avoid pollution. However, pharmaceutical companies are also facing pressure to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Venture capitalists are investing in start-ups developing new ways to tackle AMR as the AMR Action Fund, which aims to create two to four new drugs against drug-resistant bacteria, has already invested in two start-ups.
Analysis: Amgen's antitrust woes spur wider pharmaceutical deal fears


23-05-17 10:07

Investors are assessing the potential consequences of the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit challenging Amgen’s planned $27.8bn acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics, speculating it may lead to regulatory opposition to other big deals in the drug sector. Following the FTZ’s suit, the shares of Seagen, which Pfizer agreed to acquire for $43bn in March, dropped 6% to $187.64, as concerns mounted US regulators might challenge the deal too.
Premarket: World stocks wobble, U.S. dollar at six-week high, on debt impasse

The Globe and Mail

23-05-17 09:49

Global shares have dipped as the US dollar strengthens, reflecting the risk aversion of investors. Despite an hour-long discussion between US Democratic President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy, the two sides remain far apart on an agreement to lift the spending limit, or debt ceiling. Economists warn that without an agreement, the government may not be able to pay its bills and the chance of a recession could be raised.
Soaring gas prices send explosives maker out of east coast gas market

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-17 09:30

Incitec Pivot intends to halt its involvement in east coast energy markets that tormented gas prices by securing a deal to fortify energy development in the Bowen Basin. The move is in response to attempts globally to secure alternate supplies after sanctions, imposed on Russia for human rights abuses, stifled Europe's energy supply. Shares in the company fell 8% to A$2.94 ($2.22), following the release of its half-year earnings, reporting a 8% drop in profit to A$354m. Incitec sought an innovative solution, striking a ten-year deal to sustain energy supply from the nearby Bowen Basin's Moranbah field.
Tencent’s Sales Grow Most in Over a Year After China Reopens


23-05-17 08:35

China's Tencent Holdings reported an 11% uptick in revenues to $21.4bn for Q1, better than forecasts, but net income of $3.99bn fell short of predictions. The firm grew online advertising 17% and profits from investment gains rose 23% in the first quarter, however, it faces competition in its core gaming and social media markets, as well as from fintech newcomers. Tencent intends to fill its empty pipeline with hits such as Valorant and will integrate artificial intelligence across its suite of products from WeChat to online media. In March, Tencent debuted Honor of Kings in Brazil, paving the way for a global roll-out.
EU watchdog says asset managers should be fined for overcharging


23-05-17 15:57

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has called for EU rules on investing and hedge funds to be revised to ensure that investors are not overcharged. ESMA's proposal includes issuing fines for penalties, as well as clear guidance on what costs equate to being unjustified. The watchdog hopes this will make it easier and faster to deal with any violations. ESMA is confident that its proposal will be included in next week’s “retail investment strategy”. Fund managers who intentionally or negligently breach the guidelines will be fined in proportion to any harm caused to investors; “ESMA deems appropriate to ensure that fund managers reimburse or indemnify investors without undue delay where undue costs have been charged, including cases where costs have been wrongly calculated to the detriment of investors," the authority said in a statement.
How to protect your bonds in the debt ceiling standoff


23-05-17 13:05

US Treasury bond investors should prepare for increased volatility as a scenario where lawmakers refuse to increase the debt limit approaches, forcing Treasuries to become riskier assets. However, a lack of a compromise is not an automatic trigger for investors to expect US Treasuries to default on repayments, said Collin Martin, director and fixed income strategist at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. Rather, the risk investors might face is scheduling the flow of payments, Martin noted. Yield rates on one-month Treasury bills have spiked since investors want to be paid more to take on higher perceived risks.
The Lex Newsletter: Mikitani should admit Rakuten Mobile has flopped

Financial Times

23-05-17 12:21

Japanese e-commerce group Rakuten has outlined plans to raise up to $2.5bn by issuing new shares. About 500 million new shares will be issued, resulting in a 30% dilution of existing shareholders' equity if they choose not to buy more shares in the business. Rakuten will use the funds to support its ailing mobile telecoms unit, which reported a JPY102.6bn ($940m) loss in Q1 2022, offsetting profits in its lucrative fintech and e-commerce divisions. The fundraising move followed a 17% share price fall on Monday, when rumours of the share issue began to circulate.
‘America will not default’: ASX set to rise as Biden sparks Wall Street rally

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-17 19:21

Wall Street rallied on Wednesday on hopes that the US government will avoid defaulting on its debt. The S&P 500 was up 1.2% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up over 1.3%. The Nasdaq composite was also up roughly 1.3%. Despite the recent optimism, fears that the US may default on 1 June continue to grip markets. If Congress does not allow the government to borrow more money by this date, it could be disastrous for Treasurys, likely leading to a wider damage across the US economy.
Robinhood: 24-hr trading cannot deliver a stonking recovery

Financial Times

23-05-17 18:19

Robinhood is testing an all-hours trading facility on selected stocks and exchange-traded funds, with the aim of launching it for anyone in June. However, commentators suggested the move was insufficient to recapture the younger traders who boosted the app's popularity in the first place. The new service will allow trades from 8pm Eastern Time on Sundays until 8pm on Fridays, but investors can already place overnight trades on Interactive Brokers, TD Ameritrade and E*Trade. Robinhood's monthly active user numbers fell to 11.8 million in Q1 2021, down from 15.9 million a year earlier.
How to invest in artificial intelligence


23-05-17 16:30

Japanese investment firm Softbank sees potential for investment opportunities in artificial intelligence (AI), whose potential for rapid growth is akin to the early internet, according to founder Son Masayoshi. Yet experts are questioning whether investors will be able to distinguish between the upstarts backed by venture capital and the existing tech giants best placed to deploy the innovation for their existing customers. Analysts cite the earlier examples of Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft and chip makers nvidia and Micron, whose use of machine learning have helped generate their current market dominance.