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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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Does Following Warren Buffett’s Investments Really Do Any Good?

Every so often we read an article about how you should invest like Warren Buffett in order to achieve success in the stock market. But, does following Warren Buffett’s investments really do any good or is it simply better to imitate his approach? After all when Buffet invests a few billion in a company its price commonly goes up. And, investing just after the stock price goes up is not an especially good idea. The Street just published an article about how to invest like Warren Buffett.
In a letter to his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A – Get Report) (BRK.B – Get […]

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Weakening Dollar Makes Some Investments Attractive

The US dollar is on a persistent downward slide. Investopedia notes that the greenback has broken a technical support level and could fall a lot more. The dollar’s plunge is, however, good for other investment opportunities.
The U.S. dollar Index has broken a critical technical support level that could lead to a sharp decline, according to a technical analysis, falling as much as 13 percent from current levels. That retreat promises to boost stocks, oil, gold and affect other asset classes.
This is a dramatic turnaround from a few months ago when U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar jumped following the election […]

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What Happens to Your Investments in a Leadership Vacuum?

There are times when foreigners may have a better perspective of the USA and its stock market than Americans. The US stock market has had a good run but many stocks are getting pricey. That by itself is a good reason to pull a little money out of the market. But another insight comes from a private sector pension fund in Finland. Bloomberg reports that these folks are selling US stocks because there is no president in the U.S.
A leadership vacuum in the world’s biggest economy has driven the largest private-sector pension fund in Finland to cut the weight of […]

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Are There Any Investment Bargains These Days?

The stock market keeps going up and many big name stocks seem overpriced. Are there any investment bargains these days in overlooked stocks, sectors or markets? USA Today writes about small cap stocks, their promise and their risks.
If you don’t currently have holdings in these stocks or related funds, it might be time to add some to your portfolio. Small caps can diversify portfolios and bring higher growth potential albeit with higher risks.
Because small cap stocks are often new companies with growth potential they may be investment bargains or they may be death traps because of their narrow focus. As […]

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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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