2021: Year in Review

As 2021 ends, Up Next Finance wanted to use the December post as a recap of all eleven posts throughout this year. Thank you all for supporting the website and blog, we hope you will keep reading in 2022!

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January: What is a dividend? // Dividends are cash payments made to shareholders by a company. All companies do not pay dividends; however, most well-established companies do.

February: What is shorting a stock? // Shorting a stock is a way for investors to bet on a declining stock price. When shorting a stock, investors sell shares they do not already own, and buy them back later, hopefully at a lower price than they sold them at. The difference is profit.

March: What is an IPO? // An IPO is when a private company makes its shares (ownership) available to the public. IPOs gain much attention from investors and the media.

April: What is cryptocurrency? // Cryptocurrency is digital money that is not controlled by a centralized entity. Bitcoin and Ethereum are the two largest cryptocurrencies at the time of this writing.

May: What is inflation? // Inflation is the general increase in the costs of goods and services over time. Inflation decreases purchasing power as consumers cannot purchase the same amount of goods at the same price.

June: What are mergers and acquisitions (M&A)? // M&A occurs when companies merge or acquire each other. Companies pursue M&A when looking to grow or enter new markets.

July: What is insurance? // Insurance is protection against unforeseen events. Car insurance, home insurance, and health insurance are a few examples of the various forms of insurance.

August: What are meme stocks? // Meme stocks are stocks that fluctuate in price significantly based on social media or popularity. GameStop and AMC are two prime examples of meme stock as their prices moved dramatically during 2021.

September: What are the different types of economies? // There are three main types of economies: market, command, and mixed. Market economies have no government intervention. Command economies have 100% government intervention. Mixed economies are a combination of market and command economies.

October: How do stock market investors make money? // Stock market investors can make money through stock appreciation, dividend payments, and stock buybacks.

November: What is supply and demand? // Supply and demand is a foundational economic concept that shows how the availability of items and desire for them are connected.

And that’s a wrap! Best wishes to everyone in 2022!