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Switch Your Investment Focus from Growth to Value

Unless the stock market stages an unexpected late rally, the month of February 2018 will be the first February since the 2008 market crash where stocks have gone down instead of up. Inflation is gaining momentum and interest rates are about to go up from years of historic lows. The unique financial conditions of the last several years have been ideal for high tech growth stocks, the FANG group especially. But, now that conditions are changing, growth stocks are overpriced and at risk for a major correction. The better choice for many investors is to move into value stocks and […]

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End of Bitcoin or an Opportunity to Buy?

Is this the long-predicted end of bitcoin or an opportunity to buy before the price skyrockets again? A couple of weeks ago we asked will bitcoin survive the crackdown. Governmental regulation has always been a background threat to cryptocurrencies as the feeding frenzy continues and we asked what should bitcoin be worth. Now, it would appear that investors are taking seriously the risk of governmental intervention and regulation. Reuters reports that the cryptocurrency selloff intensifies as bitcoin and others fall.
The currencies have come off their lows but analysts said the sell-off was probably not over.
This week’s slump brought the total […]

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Will Bitcoin Survive the Crackdown?

Most of our concern about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has been the fact that they have no intrinsic value to fall back on when the bubble pops. Now another factor has been added to the bitcoin equation. Regulators in China and South Korea are talking about shutting down cryptocurrency exchanges. That news threw bitcoin and others into a tailspin as investors pulled their assets from the world of cryptocurrencies. Nations like China are trying to keep wealthy investors from moving assets offshore. Unfortunately for the governments, investors can use bitcoin to move millions without government oversight, taxes or regulations. As […]

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Hackers Create Fake Bitcoin Wallets

Our attention to the current bitcoin feeding frenzy has been focused on how closely it resembles previous boom and bust cycles. (Could You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire, What Should Bitcoin Be Worth?) But there is another concern as more and more investors pile into cryptocurrencies. Hackers create fake bitcoin wallets to steal your money. How does this work?
A Virtual Currency
If you have money deposited in a bank in the USA your money is backed by the full faith and trust of the US government. Your deposits are insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) up to $250,000. And, instead […]

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Will The Tax Code Overhaul Really Help Your Investments?

As Congress votes on the first major tax code overhaul in three decades, stock markets across the globe are in rally mode. After details of the final product came out it is clear that pass through tax benefits to real estate investors, like Mr. Trump, may be substantial. But will the tax code overhaul really help your investments? Apple may get a downgrade because analysists think the iPhone product cycle may be getting old. And, do all stocks benefit from changes in the tax code? The New York Times tallies up the winners and losers of the tax bill.
President Trump […]

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Could You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire?

Bitcoin just keeps going up despite repeated comparisons to the Dutch tulip bulb mania and crash centuries ago. Now, according to the news, there are two bitcoin billionaires, the Winklevoss twins. These guys successfully sued Marc Zuckerberg for $64 million claiming that he stole the idea for Facebook from Harvard Connection, of which they were co-founders. That is where the money came from to buy bitcoins. Business Insider notes the billionaire statues of the Winklevoss boys as bitcoin goes above $11,500.
Bitcoin’s rise comes amid continued interest in the digital currency from both ordinary investors and institutions. Last week it emerged […]

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Should Investors Be Scared as Markets Cool Off?

Did you lose a lot of money in the 2008 stock market and real estate market crashes? If so you probably wish you had listened to that little voice in your head that said it was time to take profits and sit on cash for a while. It was not like there was no warning. Look at Google Finance and you can see how the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust peaked in late 2007! For the next twelve months the market was in an ever-steeper decline.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
Anyone who listened to that little voice and got out saved […]

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What Are Some Safe Investment Options Today?

Where should you invest today as the stock market reaches new highs and vehicles like bitcoin sky rocket? Are you into market timing or long term investment? Either way the best advice comes from legendary investor, Warren Buffett. His two rules for investment are these. Rule one: Do not lose money. Rule two: Remember rule number one! If you have made some money in the market in the last few years or if you have sat on the sidelines and want to get in, what are some safe investment options today?
The Promise of Trump or Not
The shock of Trump winning […]

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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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Who Is Right about Tax Cuts, Republicans or Economists?

The same folks who jumped on the stock market bandwagon the day after Trump’s election are excited again. Bloomberg writes that the possibility of tax cuts is making waves in the stock market.
Amid FANG flu and another trash rally, a trade tied to Donald Trump has come quietly back into vogue with U.S. equity investors.
The rally reincarnates a trade that ascended after the November election and then died. Arousing interest is Trump’s focus on one of his signature campaign promises to domestic businesses. He and Republican congressional leaders plan to preview their bill on Wednesday and the president said he […]

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