The stock market is one of the most important ways for companies to raise money, along with debt markets which are generally more imposing but do not trade publicly. This allows businesses to be publicly traded and raise additional financial capital for expansion by selling shares of ownership of the company in a public market. The liquidity that an exchange affords the investors enables their holders to quickly and easily sell securities. This is an attractive feature of investing in stocks, compared to other less liquid investments such as property and other immovable assets. Some companies actively increase liquidity by trading in their own shares. History has shown that the price of stocks and other assets is an important part of the dynamics of economic activity, and can influence or be an indicator of social mood. An economy where the stock market is on the rise is considered to be an up-and-coming economy. In fact, the stock market is often considered the primary indicator of a country’s economic strength and development.
Clayton Perlman, a long time real estate developer, knows exactly what goes on behind the scenes in our country’s stock market. After years of working as a real estate developer, Clayton Perlman used his extensive knowledge of how to run a business, along with his experiences in finance, to operate as a Futures Trading Clerk. Clayton Perlman got his clerk’s license and worked for a trading company located in New York, New York between October 1992 and October 1993. It was Clayton Perlman’s duty to manage the company’s eighty-acre residential real estate development, and also to work on the trading floor.
Clayton Perlman worked in crude oil futures, heating oil futures, and crude options pits. His duties included the reconciling of trading activity, arranging trade between pits and tracking positions of trades. In just a short period of time, Clayton Perlman gained a thorough and complete understanding of the trading positions. Clayton Perlman left the trading industry after 1993. However, by1999 Clayton Perlman was back in New York with his clerk’s license, working for a new trading company. His new role of Principal included such duties as performing technical and risk analysis. While many people are aware of the risks involved in stock market investment, Clayton Perlman knew from his former position that investment in commodities carries risks also. While commodities are considered more stable investments, Clayton Perlman knows there are various factors that contribute to risks, such as production and politics. Clayton Perlman works to assess the risks his company faces when investing in the commodities trade.