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Archive for August, 2018


Are Marijuana Companies Good Investments?

Tilray is the second largest publicly traded marijuana company. Their sales have doubled in the last year and the stock recently went up 17%. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical or even recreational purposes, are marijuana companies good investments? Business Insider writes that weed stocks are surging.
Shares of Tilray – the second-largest publicly traded marijuana stock – were up more than 17% Wednesday after the Canadian company posted quarterly sales nearly double a year ago.
But, is it the growth of sales that drives the stock price up, or something else?
Tilray is now valued at $4.9 billion, despite […]

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Why Are Health Care Companies Good Investments Today?

As the bull market continues to age, many investors are re-balancing their investment portfolios. Some are buying bonds as a way to invest without losing any money. These folks are willing to accept safety in return for giving up the opportunity for more profits if the market keeps going up. Others are staying in the market but looking for safe investment niches. One such relatively safe investment niche is health care. Why are health care companies good investments today?
Signs That a Correction Is Getting Closer
Stock traders watch the market for technical signals and long term investors look at stock fundamentals. […]

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Will Trump’s Problems Cause You to Lose Money?

No matter what is going on in the world of politics, the business of investing is to make money. Smart investors are apolitical. Their only concerns with politics have to do with the effects of laws and regulations on investing profits. We just wrote about whether or not the mid-term elections could cause you to lose money. But, now the question comes into closer focus with the legal troubles of those close to Donald Trump. What is going on and should you be concerned? In short, will Trump’s problems cause you to lose money?
Fraud Convictions for Manafort and Guilty Plea […]

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Could the Mid-Term Elections Cause You to Lose Money?

In just a couple of months the country will vote in the mid-term elections. This is the election that falls between presidential elections. On the Federal level, all seats in the US House of Representatives are up for election every two years and a third of US senate seats as well. There is a tendency for the party that did well in the presidential election to lose seats in this “off year” election. Because of the potential for a significant shift in political power on the Federal level, investors are wise to pay attention. Could the mid-term elections cause you […]

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What Is the Most Profitable Way to Invest Your Money?

At any given moment in time, some investments are making money and others are losing money. Too many investors buy in a bull market, only to see their investments decline as the bears take over. Successful investors are either very good at market timing, or dedicated to long term value investing based on intrinsic investment value. What is the most profitable way to invest your money?
How to Pick Winners
There are investments that we wish we had made. Microsoft today is a huge and stable company with a nice dividend. Anyone who bought it when the company went public thirty years […]

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What Happens to Your Investments When the Trade War Is Resolved?

The threat of an ever-expanding trade war has been dragging down many investments in stocks. There are lots of doomsday scenarios out there predicting not only the collapse of the stock market but of the global economy. But, nobody wants a total disaster. Rather the Americans, Chinese, Europeans, and others all want the best deal they can get, short of creating a situation in which everyone loses. So, what happens to your investments when the trade war is resolved?
Economic Growth with Fewer Trade Worries
CNBC reports that Goldman Sachs sees a possible stock market surge. In response to questions from investors, […]

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Could Your Investments Lose 30% of Their Value Next Year?

Earnings have been driving growth in the stock market. A trade war is developing and we are entering the 9th year of an economic expansion. CNBC writes that 20% earnings growth is not sustainable and predicts that stocks could plummet 20% to 30% next year.
“You could be looking at the first 20 percent-plus decline in the S&P since the financial crisis,” the firm’s chief U.S. strategist said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Futures Now.”
His worst-case scenario is a 30 percent plunge next year.
“Our primary list of concerns is on the earnings front,” Clissold said. “Earnings growth north of 20 percent isn’t sustainable, […]

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Is This Going to Be a Painful Correction for Unwary Investors?

If you have ridden the bull market to higher and higher levels, is it time to take a little off the table and realize profits? The old saying is, by the way, that you do not have a profit until you take a profit. Is this going to be a painful correction for unwary investors? Market Watch notes one warning indicator which says that serious pain awaits investors.
One of those measures, in particular, has popped up on investor radars lately, and that’s the “Buffett indicator.” The Berkshire BRK.A, +2.83% boss called it “the best single measure of where valuations stand […]

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How to Profit When Other Investors Lose Their Shirts

Whoa! What happened to Facebook? The stock lost just over twenty percent of its value in four days between July 25 and July 30. If you invested in the stock a few months after the IPO in 2012 you bought Facebook for $18 a share. And, if you had sold at the peak on July 25th, you would have gotten $217.50 a share for an eleven-fold, 1,100% profit. We all wish we had the foresight to spot every Facebook opportunity in order to buy and sell at the right times. But, successful investors live in the “now” and not in […]

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