Investor invested, Consumer consumed
In the interests of balance and completion, it does to go high and low, good and bad. While you are unlikely to become either an usher or a neurologist for the money, it is useful to know the value society places on different occupations: a pharmacy assistant and a veterinary nurse are working in the broader healthcare field that profits pathologists and pharmaceutical giants like McKesson.
In the same spirit I began to wonder how companies figured in the absence of those features like stocks and bonds and inventory capital. Sure, you have bankruptcies and failed ventures but - just as the "commodities" links on those super companies don't always indicate that the they deal in commodities - a scan over absence may reveal
For instance, ASIC warns you of the unlicensed companies you shouldn't deal with.
Both Fortune and Investopedia advise us that it is better to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO though blue chips persist in combining them
The Finance Base list the advantages and disadvantages of issuing bonds to raise capital.
Capshare blog on why private companies don't need to issue stock certificates.
Investor.gov from the US giving a detailed rundown on the issuing of stocks; why companies offer them and why we invest.
Yahoo on the same search reminding us there are some very large companies that don't pay dividends
Lectlaw cautions that debentures carry risk
See what Demonocracy.info thinks of derivatives
A word on warrants straight from Stock Warrants HQ
If you ever got serious about investing - I could be talking to myself here - you'd be forever taking notes
There's the grind of trading in futures
What were we saying about commodities?
What options are there?
An overview of trusts in Australia
All aboard for fund time
Cuffelinks asks us not to judge all small companies by their poor index returns
Australian health food companies doing well on the stock exchange
Companies with no revenue still valued highly! A holding company with no operating income
Re-bursting the dot com bubble to illustrate companies with no profit, no equity or no assets (but presumably, for a time, still had reasonable brand value to attract the unwise investments)