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Archive for October, 2017


Is It Time to Sell GM?

GM was the biggest corporation in the world back in its heyday. And then, decades later, it went into bankruptcy during the first days of the Great Recession. GM is back on its feet but what is its future? We asked is GM a good investment in an article 7 years ago.
Despite expectations of an opening stock price for the GM IPO of $33 the stock opened at nearly $35.50. The question, “is GM a good investment,” seemed to be answered with a resounding, “yes.” The stock rose to nearly $36 within minutes until profit taking took the new General […]

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How Do Events in Japan Help or Hurt Your Investments?

In the investing world it helps to pay attention to what is going on throughout the world. When Japan was the economic powerhouse of the 1980s they were buying up properties in the USA and their stock market threatened to eclipse that of the USA. Even after the economic collapse caused by hidden debt and subsequent deflation Japan´s currency has remained a safe haven and events in Japan still affect Asia, Europe and North America. How do events in Japan help or hurt your investments today? Reuters provides a small example after a victory of Prime Minister Abe´s ruling party […]

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Are There Any Sleepers You Should Invest In?

The stock market just keeps going up. In the depths of the Great Recession you could have bought Amazon.com for $37 a share and now it trades close to $1,000. Amazon.com also has a P/E ratio of 250. In fact the tech darlings that are still driving the rally are all overpriced by historic standards. Are there any bargains left? Are there any sleepers you should invest in? CNBC writes about 5 stocks that have gone nowhere in 2017 but are stocks that may be worth buying.
In the midst of a raging bull market, some stocks in the S&P 500 […]

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How Long Will the Economic Sweet Spot Last?

The stock market seems to be overpriced but every times earnings come in they are positive and stocks keep going up. So long as the economy keeps chugging along it supports earnings but how long will the economic sweet spot last? CNBC writes that the economy may soon lose its power to boost stocks. Then what?
Closely followed strategist Jim Paulsen told CNBC on Monday he’s worried that economic data could stop supporting the stock market’s bull run.
“The economy has been doing so good for so long now that even if it continues to do well, it won’t any longer be […]

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Should You Be Investing in Defense Contractors?

Every day seems to bring more bad news about possible conflict on the Korean Peninsula. As the dictator of North Korea and the American President trade insults and threats should you be investing in defense contractors? CNBC writes that the specter of war has driven defense stocks up.
On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to attack Kim Jong-un, saying that negotiating with the North Korean chairman is a waste of time. While social media mudslinging may not be the best way to deal with a hostile leader, there’s at least one group who may not mind […]

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Is Pension Money Keeping the Rally Alive?

Everyone says that the stock market is overpriced but it keeps going up. One reason is that earnings are pretty strong for the market leaders and nothing seems to scare investors when earnings are good. But there is more to the story. When there is a lot of money to invest it tends to go into the market. Market Watch makes the point that money managers are being forced to buy stocks as pension contributions pour in.
Their point is that while many factors drive the market, forced buying is a real driver when huge pension fund contributions roll in, usually […]

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How a Stronger Dollar Creates Winners and Losers

A strengthening US economy and the prospect of more interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve have helped the US dollar stop its recent slide. But how does a stronger dollar affect the economy and the stock market? Today we look at how a stronger dollar creates winners and losers. CNBC writes that stocks could take a hit as the dollar strengthens.
The U.S. dollar is beginning to enjoy a bullish turnaround after declining for much of this year, and some strategists are watching for how its recent gains will impact equity markets domestically and abroad.
Should this bounce continue, domestic markets […]

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Do Events in Countries Like Spain Really Affect Your Investments?

Separatist movements in Europe threaten the stability of the second largest economy in the world, that of the European Union. The most recent issue is a vote for independence from Spain by people in Barcelona and the province of Catalonia. But, do events in countries like Spain really affect your investments? There are two factors here. One is that if you have foreign direct investments in nations like Spain you should pay attention. And if you are invested in European stocks you should care also. But what if your investments are entirely onshore? Then do events in countries like Spain […]

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