Wednesday, November 25, 2009


1.What do you think about Bovespa? Did you enjoy the visit? Was its purposes clear for you? It is nice, I was interested in buying some stocks but after my visit, its all gone.
2.What does a company have to do to enter the stock market?
Companies have to meet the requirements of the exchange in order to have their stocks and shares listed and traded there. Any business that wants to sell shares of stock to a number of different people does so by turning itself into a corporation. The process of turning a business into a corporation is called incorporating.
3.What is an IPO?IPO:Initial Public Offering. An initial public stock offering (IPO) referred to simply as an "offering" or "flotation," is when a company issues common stock or shares to the public for the first time. They are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking capital to expand, but can also be done by large privately-owned companies looking to become publicly traded.

In an IPO the issuer may obtain the assistance of an underwriting firm, which helps it determine what type of security to issue (common or preferred), best offering price and time to bring it to market.

An IPO can be a risky investment. For the individual investor, it is tough to predict what the stock or shares will do on its initial day of trading and in the near future since there is often little historical data with which to analyze the company. Also, most IPOs are of companies going through a transitory growth period, and they are therefore subject to additional uncertainty regarding their future value.

4.What is a Stock Index? Give some examples and explain them. (ex. Dow Jones, IbrX-50)
A stock market index is the delineation of the relative value of stocks that make up a particular market sector such as heavy industry, technology, telecommunications, healthcare, etc. A stock market index is, therefore, composed of the combined performance of a certain aggregate of individual publicly-traded company stocks best representing that specific sector of the market. Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), which tracks large- and mid-cap U.S. stocks, is one of the better-known examples of a stock market index. Perhaps the most widely quoted stock index is the Dow Jones Index. MSCI World is another popular one.
5.What kinds of stock are there in Brazil?common stock
preffered stock
different class stocks
6.What is the difference between “ações” and “opções”?
The opções market is to protect investors from volatility of stock prices. The opcoes market gives an option to automatically sell or buy shares after a particular period of time. Ações buys rights to buy or sell a stock at a certain time of exercise and pre-established price.
7.Why do stock prices go up or down?
Because it is dependent to the supply and demand laws. When there are many demand the price goes up but when there are less demand it goes down
8.What do you need to do to invest in stock?
using brokerage, or buy through Direct Investment Plans or Dividend Reinvestment plans
9.Explain how the recent financial crisis affected the bovespa index.
Increasing in selling movement, which that hurt the Bovespa index.

10.What are some strategies used to decide how, where and when to invest?Some research about the companies are extremely required to invest. By looking at the companies past couple month's reports, the decision can be made more easily.

TED video

We have watched TED videos in the class and one of the videos is about AJ Jacobs, living biblically.
It tells about how he is changed through the project, from the beginning to the end. The purpose of the project was interesting for me because I had never thought about it before and his experiences as well.

I enjoyed some specific parts of the video like: the part when he tells about his experience during the project that he had to buy his own chair because he could not sit where a woman sat.



We went to a coca-cola factory and watched a presentation about the history of Coca-Cola Company and the steps of making Coca-Cola.

Also, we were available to watch the factory machines actually making the Coca-Cola. It was interesting for me to watch the unfamiliar stuff like making coca cola. The most interesting part was to watch a capless coca cola can filled with a soft drink.

The field trip was nice and memoriable, but I believe it would be nicer if we could go with the whole class

Emperor's Club

Description of the Activity: In the portugues class, we have watched a movie called Emperor's Club.
The movie was interesting since it reminded me of South Korea by showing how strict is the school. Another thing that was interesting was there is a troublesome student who cheated on a honorable competition; The student became an adult and asked for a rematch with the same members, however he cheated again. The professor told him the last lesson, but he doesn't agree; His son Robert listened the conversation between him and the professor. This part was interesting for me because I think the director had expressed the concept of the consequence very well.
The movie was nice but I think it would be much better if it was in English speaker and Portugues subtitle.