Thursday, April 13, 2017

A1 Trade Shares Excellent Ideas

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When it comes to investing, it is important for you to be familiar with the various investment asset classes. When you understand the pros and cons of each asset class, you would be able to make more informed investment decisions that suit your wealth management goals. We shall briefly discuss some of the common asset classes.


Shares
A share represents part ownership in a publicly listed company. The share price growth and dividends income are highly dependent on the company’s performance. The pros of share investment include liquidity and accessibility. While shares can yield high returns, share prices can be volatile and subjected to short-term market conditions.


Fixed Interest
These investments include debentures, government and corporate bonds. The return is generally in the form of regular interest payments over the life of the investment with the capital amount repaid when the investment matures. Although they usually offer lower potential returns, they have potentially lower risk than shares. The attractiveness of the return depends on the interest rate movements.


Cash
Cash include bank accounts, bank deposits and similar securities which have a short investment time horizon. They provide stable and low-risk income in the form of regular interest payments. They are highly liquid and have low capital risk. However, they have one of the lowest potential returns of all asset classes, particularly in a low interest rate environment.


Property
This asset class includes direct investment in physical property as well as investments in listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other property securities. The value of property can increase substantially over the medium-to-long term, generating higher returns than cash or fixed interest. This illiquid investment usually involved high capital outlay and on-going costs.


Whatever your wealth management goals are, it is important not to put all your eggs into one basket.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

4 tips for investing in offshore funds

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4 tips for investing in offshore funds

Prepare an investment policy statement (IPS)
A respectable wealthmanager should prepare an IPS document for their client, which is vital in order for the investor to make an informed investment decision. The investment policy statement should outline your investment objectives and risk tolerance, among other things. It should state your motives for investing in the offshore funds and that tax minimization or deferral is not one of the main factors behind your decision to invest offshore.
Document discussions
It is important to clarify with your wealthmanager what your objectives are and, if reducing taxes is not one of the primary reasons for investing offshore, explain that to your wealth manager.
Choose local if you can
If there’s an investment fund in your region that is equivalent in all important respects to the offshore fund you’re considering, you may want to choose the local investment instead in order to avoid any questions from the applicable tax authorities. It’s more than likely, that you may have difficulty finding an equivalent localized fund if the investment adopts an alternative strategy (something esoteric, and not simply a fund that purchases stocks on a long-only basis). If there is no localized equivalent investment fund that you’re aware of, be sure to document that fact.
Watch your cost amount
In general, if the value of your offshore investment is less than $100,000 USD in aggregate, you won’t have to report these assets to your tax authority. It is likely that your local tax authorities will raise this threshold, so it is advised that you keep abreast of all relevant tax laws and any changes to them pertaining to offshore investment.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Topeka, KS  – Demonstrating their ongoing commitment to drag racing and the motorsports industry, Aeromotive Fuel Systems and Waterman Racing Components have agreed to increase their marketing partnership with the Fastest Drag Strip in the World, Heartland Park Topeka, for the 2017 racing season.

“It’s refreshing to be a partner with Heartland Park Topeka and create an positive and expanding environment for brand exposure and growth with a dedicated team of executives that truly understands motorsports marketing,” says Steve Matusek, President of Aeromotive Inc. “We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Chris Payne, Scott Gardner, Ron and Darla Conner and the entire HPT team. We’re especially excited to be a part of bringing the NHRA’s J&S Services Pro Mod racing back to Aeromotive’s home track during the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals event in May.”

In a joint announcement back in December, the NHRA confirmed that its Pro Mod Series will grow from 10 to 12 races in 2017, including the race at Heartland Park Topeka. Both Aeromotive and Waterman Racing Components are actively involved in the NHRA series.

“We are very pleased with Aeromotive’s decision to increase their level of sponsorship and marketing for the 2017 race season,” says Scott Gardner, president and general manager of Heartland Park Topeka. “This is a great partnership made even better because of Aeromoitve’s Lenexa, Kansas location and the fact that so many in the company are directly involved with professional and grass-roots level racing. Both Aeromotive and Waterman’s products and brand recognition represent a great partnership for racers and fans here at the track.”

Expanded “Racer Appreciation Party”

As part of the renewed partnership, Aeromotive will once again host and expand the Racer Appreciation Party for all racers and their crews during the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Double Divisional event, July 27-30. In 2016, more than 600 race teams and their crews participated in the after-racing event.

About Heartland Park Topeka

Heartland Park Topeka is a multi-purpose motorsports and outdoor events facility located in Topeka, Kansas. The facility opened in 1989 and features a championship NHRA ¼-mile drag strip, a recently repaved 2.5-mile, 14-turn road course, a 3/8-mile clay oval and an all-new motocross track. The facility also hosts autocross, drift and rallycross events and is owned by Shelby Development, LLC who purchased the 750-acre facility in early 2016.
Visit us online at: www.HeartlandPark.com

Sunday, March 5, 2017

GEICO $2,500 Achievement Awards go to 36 outstanding college students

Business Newswire


WASHINGTON - (BUSINESS WIRE) - GEICO recognized 36 students from colleges and universities across the country, each earning $2,500 GEICO Achievement Awards for their exceptional academic accomplishments and campus leadership.
A complete list of winners is posted on the GEICO Achievement Award Program page. More than 25 years ago, GEICO launched the Achievement Award program to recognize undergraduate students for their accomplishments inside the classroom, around campus and in their communities. The program is designed to encourage continued academic success and a commitment to leadership and community service, and to provide some relief from school-related expenses for deserving students.
"The Achievement Awards program is a GEICO tradition that we are proud to uphold in support of outstanding undergraduate students across the country," said Bill Roberts, GEICO president and chief operating officer. "Each one of this year's recipients has proven that they have what it takes to be among the next generation of great leaders. We look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in their futures and careers."
To be eligible for the GEICO Achievement Award Program, students must be currently enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program at an accredited four-year college or university, possess sophomore or junior status, have at least a 3.0 overall GPA, and be majoring in business, computer science, mathematics or a related program, including Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Statistics or Actuarial Science. At this time, our program is not open to students pursuing degrees in liberal arts, the natural sciences or most engineering programs. For more information, please visit the GEICO Achievement Award page.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Stock Circles Announces the Beta Release of its Smart Auto-Trading Application to TradeKing® Customers

Los Angeles, CA: StockCircles announces the beta release of its Smart Auto-Trading application to TradeKing® customers.
The new application ‘trades on the news’ by using street sentiment and market data to screen and auto-trade elite stocks”, says Clemons, Stock Circles CMO. “The new application was trained over the course of 2 years to identify trading opportunities and to auto-trade elite stocks."
"We are very happy with the results we are seeing", said Clemons. "The application simplifies stock investing to a few steps. It truly lowers the barrier to entry for customers interested in short-term stock investing."
Stock Circles’ management anticipates that Fintech innovations like Smart Auto-Trading will eventually replace personal investment workflows. “This technology virtually eliminates the need to pay someone to watch over your portfolio", says Clemons. "With this innovation, gone are the days of staring at a Bloomberg terminal for the purpose of identifying trading opportunities."
If you are interested in short-term stock investing or just curious about how this innovation can help you become a better investor, you can try Stock Circles Smart Auto-Trading in simulation mode at http://www.stockcircles.com. "Best of all, it's free" says Clemons.
New robot ‘trades on the new’,
copyrights Stock Circles Inc. 2017

About Stock Circles

Stock Circles is a Los Angeles software company with the mission to simplify stock investing. For further information, please contact Ms. Clemons via email at: jana@stockcircles.com
Artificial Intelligence robot ‘trades on the new’,
copyrights Stock Circles Inc. 2017

About TradeKing

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Casey's Shareholder Letter - 2nd Quarter of Fiscal 2017

A recent investor (below) letter from Casey's:

Ankeny, IA, December 7, 2016—Casey's General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CASY) today reported diluted earnings per share of $1.44 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended October 31, 2016, compared to $2.00 per share for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $3.14 versus $3.57 a year ago. "The second quarter fuel margin was 6.1 cents per gallon lower than the 24.7 cents per gallon record quarterly fuel margin from a year ago, which impacted the second quarter diluted earnings by approximately $0.52 per share," said Terry Handley, President and CEO. "For the second quarter, gross profit dollars excluding fuel were up 7.5% and total fuel gallons sold increased 7.1%. Given the ongoing challenges in the broader convenience and food service industries, we are pleased with the performance of our stores. In addition, we are well-positioned for future expansion as the number of sites under contract for new-store construction has grown to 84, which is nearly double from a year ago."

Fuel
—The Company's annual goal for fiscal 2017 is to increase same-store gallons sold 2.0% with an average margin of 18.4 cents per gallon. For the quarter, same-store gallons sold were up 3.7% with an average margin above goal at 18.6 cents per gallon. "Same-store gallons sold for the quarter were well ahead of the annual goal as retail fuel prices remained low and the fuel saver programs continued to drive incremental gallon sales," said Handley. "Fuel margin per gallon for the quarter was lower than the same quarter in the prior year due to decreased volatility in wholesale fuel costs." The Company sold 17.8 million renewable fuel credits for $15.9 million during the second quarter. For the six months ended October 31, 2016, total gallons sold were up 7.0% to 1.1 billion gallons. Gross profit dollars for the same time period were down 3.3% to $203.5 million primarily due to a lower margin. Year to date, same-store sales were up 3.3% with an average margin of 19.1 cents per gallon.

Grocery & Other Merchandise
—Casey's annual goal for fiscal 2017 is to increase same-store sales 6.2% with an average margin of 32.0%. For the quarter, same-store sales were up 3.1% with an average margin of 32.0%. "A slowing of in-store traffic and tightening of consumer spending caused by the ongoing pressures in our operating area adversely impacted same-store sales throughout the quarter," said Handley. "However, the Company continues to be an industry leader in same-store sales growth of many key products within the category, including cigarettes." Year to date, same-store sales were up 3.8% with an average margin of 31.8%. Total sales for the first six months were up 6.5% to $1.1 billion while total gross profit dollars increased 5.8% to $353.7 million.

Prepared Food & Fountain
—The goal for fiscal 2017 is to increase same-store sales 10.2% with an average margin of 62.5%. Same-store sales for the quarter were up 5.1% with an average margin of 62.9%. "Consistent with reports from other food service operators, we continued to experience a softening of in-store traffic that resulted in same-store sales below our annual goal. Total sales for the second quarter were up 8.3%, while our same-store sales remained consistent with first quarter results," said Handley. "The growth programs continue to provide strong sales lifts, and we are encouraged by the growth in sales coming from on-line orders." Year to date, total prepared food and fountain sales were up 8.7% to $492 million, and total gross profit dollars were up 8.5% to $309.4 million. For the first six months, same-store sales were up 5.1% with an average margin of 62.9%.

Operating Expenses
—In the second quarter, operating expenses increased 10.2% to 295.3 million. Year to date, operating expenses increased 10.5% to $587.4 million. "Both the quarter-to-date and year-to-date increases were in-line with our expectations, and primarily driven by an increase in wages due to operating more stores this year compared to the same period one year ago, the continued rollout of the various growth programs, and wage rate increases," said Handley. "The Company remains committed to offering competitive wages and benefits in an effort to be the employer of choice in our industry." Store-level operating expenses for the quarter were up 4.9% at stores not impacted by growth programs.
Expansion—The Company's annual goal for fiscal 2017 is to build or acquire 77 to 116 stores, replace 35 existing locations, and complete 100 major remodels. Through six months, the Company built and opened 11 new stores, acquired six stores, completed 12 replacements, and remodeled 24 stores. In addition, the Company currently has 39 new stores, 22 replacement stores, and 37 major remodel stores under construction. Finally, the Company has 84 sites under contract for future new store construction and 15 acquisition stores under contract to purchase. "We have made strides in ramping up store growth as the number of sites under contract for new builds continues to accelerate," said Handley. "There has been increased dialogue with acquisition targets compared to a year ago; however, we will remain disciplined in our evaluation of these opportunities. We are excited about the Company's future growth."

Dividend— At its December meeting, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share. The dividend is payable February 15, 2017 to shareholders of record on February 1, 2017.


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Certain statements in this news release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by those statements. Casey's disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Corporate information is available at this Web site: http://www.caseys.com. Earnings will be reported during a conference call on December 8, 2016. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9:30 a.m. CST via the Investor Relations section of our Web site and will be available in an archived format.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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