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Why Apple Will Not Be Hurt in a Crash

As the stock market moves higher, more and more analysts are predicting a correction if not a stock market crash. If you have made money in this bull market is it time to make some adjustments just in case? Last year we wrote about how to prepare for the next stock market crash. Tech has been the leader in driving the market. Consumer stocks are the traditional refuge when the market tanks. If tech has been the leader then we might expect tech stocks to take the biggest hit with a correction or a crash. One of the tech leaders […]

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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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Are Banks Ready to Break Out?

Hopes of deregulation are part of why financial stocks are up. And investors may be moving some money out of an overvalued tech sector. The bottom line is that US bank stocks hit a post-crisis high according to The Financial Times.
US financial stocks closed at the highest level in nearly 10 years on Tuesday as hopes for deregulation of banks grow and investors ditch technology stocks for the previously unloved banking sector.
Shares of some of the country’s largest lenders, including Citigroup, Bank of America and JPMorgan, climbed more than 1 per cent on Tuesday, pushing the S&P 500 financial index […]

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Do Technical Signs Predict a Crash?

The stock market keeps going up despite what would appear to be overpriced stocks. But eventually every rally ends, sometimes with bang and sometimes with a whimper. Market Watch writes that a technical flag indicates the market may just have entered a danger zone.
The S&P 500 keeps closing just short of a critical level in the high 2400 range. This is similar to what happened going up to the 2000 dot com crash and the 2007 crash that ushered in the Great Recession.
This is investing via technical indicators. And if you are buying into an index fund that tracks the […]

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Are Coal Companies a Good Contrarian Bet?

Despite the conversion of many electric plants to natural gas and away from coal, the USA still consumed 800 million tons of coal in 2015, the last year for which totals are available. We wrote recently about the bleak future of coal.
Electric companies have been switching plants from coal to natural gas and closing coal plants. Big consumers like GM and Toyota insist on clean energy and won’t use coal even if environmental regulations are relaxed. That is the bleak future of coal.
Peabody Energy is the largest coal producer in the USA as well as in Australia. The stock sold […]

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Is the Economy Strong or Weak?

The stock market is a forward looking institution. That is to say investors and traders buy and sell based on their beliefs about what tomorrow will bring. However, the eventual price of any given stock always moves toward its intrinsic value, its value based on forward looking earnings. Looking forward the market has moved up with the election of Donald Trump because investors have expected to see tax cuts, infrastructure spending, repatriation of offshore corporate cash and a lot of deregulation. But not all sectors of the economy are doing well so the stock market advance is not spread out […]

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Do You Want a Safe Investment That Yields a High Return?

Profitable investing may not always require that you analyze stocks. The most practical and profitable investments often have to do with paying off debts! We wrote about this in our article about How to Invest Your Inheritance.
The first step before you start investing your inheritance is to get rid of any high interest debts such as credit card debt. It is not easy to make a return of eighteen percent per year per year on your investments. But that is what you are probably paying on credit card debt. Pay off your credit card debt first and foremost.
Also consider buying […]

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How Can Investing in Stocks Be Profitable?

We recently asked the question, should you sell Apple stock after the stock price fell. The stock sold for $130 a share a year ago and sells for $95 a share now. How can investing in stocks be profitable when a stock like Apple falls more than 25% in a year? If you look at the last five years of Apple you will see that the stock was selling for $50 a share five years ago, $100 a share four years ago and $60 a share three years ago before the stock rose steadily to the $130 range a year […]

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First Signs of a Market Correction

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The stock market has risen this year with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting an all-time intraday high of 18,232.02 on May 19. However, there are some concerns. One is that the […]

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Fundamental Stock Analysis

Successful investors use fundamental stock analysis in order to determine the intrinsic value of a stock. What is intrinsic value? The dictionary definition of intrinsic stock value is its fundamental value. It is obtained by adding up predicted future income of a stock and subtracting current price. It can also be seen as actual value […]

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