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Archive for August, 2016


How Profitable Is Stock Investing?

If you are looking to put some money away for a rainy day or save for retirement it would be nice to have that money work for you as well. The stock market is often touted as the best place to put your money and have it earn a profit. But just how profitable is stock investing? In the stock market quality begets profits over the long term. This is the world of buy and hold investing. In the short term research into specific stocks can lead to tidy profits which you often will want to take back out and […]

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Top Stocks to Buy and Why

Profitable investing always comes down to what are the top stocks to buy and why. Is intrinsic stock value the best indicator? Should you be studying up on technical analysis in order to stay out step ahead of evolving market sentiment? Here is what The Street says about five stocks that are poised to deliver big gains and then our thoughts on the subject.
These stocks have both short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential.
We’re still experiencing a tale of two markets as we round the corner for the final week of August – while the S&P is up a bit […]

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When Yellen Speaks Stocks Fall

Janet Yellen, Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Reserve has spoken and U.S. stocks are lower. Speaking at the yearly Jackson Hole economic symposium sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Yellen said that the case for a rate increase has gotten stronger and then stocks headed down. The Wall Street Journal comments on Yellen’s remarks about interest rates.
The remarks, which had been anxiously awaited all week, sparked an initial reaction to sell stocks that quickly reversed itself. Later in the session, stocks again fell, as investors’ expectations for a rate rise later this year climbed. Treasury yields and the […]

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What Are Secure Retirement Investments?

When retirement approaches you do not want to have your investments in vehicles that crash like the stock and real estate markets did in 2008. But what are secure retirement investments in today’s world and what sort of returns can you expect. Phy.org discusses the current lack of secure investments and how it is hindering global growth.
Unless you’ve been following the subject closely, you may not have heard of one of the biggest barriers slowing the revival of global economic growth over the last decade. That would be the “safety trap,” a problem arising from a lack of low-risk investments […]

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Should I Buy Chinese Stocks?

Over the last few decades China converted itself from an isolated state run economy into an economic powerhouse. Along the way many who were able to invest in Chinese companies did well. But the question for new investors is should I buy Chinese stocks today? A glance at an article in Bloomberg Markets indicates that this might not be the time while Chinese stocks fall their most in three weeks as traders bet on a weakening Yuan.
Chinese stocks dropped the most in three weeks, led by industrial companies and small-cap shares, amid concern that a weaker yuan will limit prospects […]

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Beware of the Resource Curse of Boom and Bust Cycles

Brazil rode high during its commodity boom and has been licking its wounds ever since. Venezuela bought friends in the Caribbean with discounted oil and now its citizens cannot find milk, diapers or toilet paper in the stores. Beware of the resource curse of boom and bust cycles in commodity dependent economies. Bloomberg writes about the economic meltdown in one resource rich economy, Mongolia.
Mongolia, a mineral-rich and landlocked $12 billion economy bordering Russia and China, is staring at a full-blown balance of payments crisis. It’s caused barely a ripple in global financial markets, but the nation’s economic meltdown offers instructive […]

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What Are Safe Investments for Retirement?

Everyone dreams of a comfortable retirement doing the things that they never had the time or money to do when they were younger. What are safe investments for retirement? If you want to live comfortably in retirement there are three things to consider:

Investing for retirement
Investing in retirement
How fast you draw down your asset pool

Investing for Retirement
We wrote about how to invest for retirement years ago.
In the up and down markets of today many investors are simply concerned with not losing money rather than putting away something for their so called golden years. The way to invest for retirement has commonly […]

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Why Buy Penny Stocks?

Penny stocks are cheap but are they good investments? Why buy penny stocks? For that matter what is a penny stock? According to Investopedia:
A penny stock typically trades at a relatively low price and has a small market capitalization, usually outside of the major market exchanges. These stocks are generally considered highly speculative and high risk because of their lack of liquidity, large bid-ask spreads, small capitalization and limited following and disclosure. They often trade over the counter through the OTCBB and pink sheets.
So, why buy penny stocks? Most penny stocks deserve their low price but there are diamonds in […]

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How Low Will Energy Stocks Go?

Although the S&P 500 is trading at a record high energy stocks are not part of the rally. In fact energy stocks are heading lower as oil prices skid according to The Wall Street Journal.
U.S. stocks edged higher Monday, but energy shares dropped as the price of oil fell back toward $40 a barrel.
Energy stocks in the S&P 500 fell 2.7% and U.S. crude oil lost 3.3% to $40.25 a barrel. A glut of fuels and growing global production has weighed on crude prices recently.
How low will energy stocks go? So long as production remains high and demand off of […]

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