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Beware of Investing When Illusion Replaces Reality

The stock market just keeps going higher. The voices of contrarians are being drowned by a chorus of analysts predicting endless growth. Does this sound familiar? If you were paying attention in the late 1990s you heard about how the stock market was now different and that old rules did not apply. Of course then the dot com bubble led to the dot com crash and a lot of money was lost. You would need be more than 100 years old to have been an investor when the market crashed in 1929 but there was the same unbridled optimism running […]

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Time to Reallocate Your Investments as Trump Agenda Weakens

You may have been one of the lucky ones who jumped into the market with both feet the day after Donald Trump was elected president. If so you have probably made money. Investors were excited about the prospect of economic stimulus from infrastructure spending, lower taxes, deregulation and a mountain of offshore corporate cash coming back home. After spiking downward the night of the election the S&P 500 has gone up 400 points or 20%. And if you picked your stocks well you have done even better. But, it is apparent that despite lots of hype that the Republican president […]

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Which Retailers Will Survive in the Era of Amazon?

Amazon.com has discovered a formula for success in the world of retail sales. They skip having a whole host of bricks and mortar stores and sell online. The cost of their success has been borne by retailers far and wide. Many have gone out of business and CNBC discusses large department store stocks heading for zero due to losing business to Amazon.com.
Retail could be one of the best contrarian plays out there, as long as investors steer clear of the nation’s department stores.
Eaton Vance chief equity investment officer Eddie Perkin is making that call.
“You have to be careful with the […]

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Will the New Mass Market Model Help Tesla?

The new Tesla Model 3 is intended for a mass market unlike previous models. The basic car will be listed at $35,000 although buyers who have already reserved their cars are reporting paying closer to $50,000 for various bells and whistles. Tesla is aiming to produce 240,000 cars a year, up from about 100,000 right now. You will have to take a test drive to see if you like the new model but how about the stock? Will the new mass market model help Tesla?
Will the Stock Go Down?
CNBC is skeptical that Tesla can make a profit mass producing this […]

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Why Do People Make Bad Investments?

There are people who invested a few thousand dollars in Microsoft when it went public and saw their investments multiply in value 890 fold. And there are folks who invested millions with Bernie Madoff and lost everything in his Ponzi scheme. Ten thousand dollars in the initial Microsoft IPO would be worth $8.9 million today while ten thousand with Bernie would be long gone. Today we consider why do people make bad investments? Partly it has to do with the suitability of investments. CBNC features comments by Jim Cramer of Mad Money who says suitability is an investment concept critical […]

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Herd Effect on Global Investing

We recently asked why aren’t you investing offshore. US markets are overpriced and Europe and other regions may have more room to grow.
Buy low and sell high is the age old mantra for investing. With all the hype about bringing jobs back home, reducing taxes and spending on infrastructure, the best deals in stocks today are not in the USA but in foreign markets. Why aren’t you investing offshore?
But can you really get better results outside of the USA? Harvard Business School discusses the issue and says that global investments are still a good bet but there is more to […]

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What Do You Do When Market Winners Start to Lose?

The stock market rally this year has been largely driven by the high tech darlings known as the FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google). The first take of many investors after Trump’s election was that industrial, construction related and bank stocks would benefit from his proposed economic stimulus measures. However, all of that has been slow to come if not absent as scandal and inefficiency drag the White House into the muck. Now the realization seems to have hit the market that the high tech darlings may be a little too highly priced and they have all dipped together. […]

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How to Make Money and Not Lose Your Savings

Anyone who has a little extra cash should be routinely putting something away for a rainy day, college for the kids, retirement or simply a better life. Traditional advice is that you can accept more risk and invest entirely in stocks when you are young and you should convert to less risk as in buying bonds as you age. But what are people really doing to make money and not lose their savings? CNBC writes about the way to invest in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
Needs change over time, and the investment mix that worked in your 20s […]

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Investing When There Are Too Much Oil and Steel and Too Many Workers

Proponents of automation envision a world of plenty with resources shared by all. But the real result of automation has been increased production coupled with fewer jobs. Workers produce products and they get paid. Then they use their money to buy products. And manufacturers turn around and produce more products. But when fewer workers make products there are fewer people with money to keep the cycle going. Today we look at investing when there are too much oil and steel and too many workers, many without jobs. The New York Times writes that we may be in a long term […]

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