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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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Can You Hold an Investment for Too Long?

A recent article from The Motley Fool about 3 stocks to buy and never sell got us thinking. Can you hold an investment for too long? The three stocks they mention are Walt Disney, Amazon.com and Activision Blizzard. Each is a strong brand in its respective market. We wrote recently about how many years are required to make an investment long term.
Just how many years are required to make an investment long term? We can get a hint from the so-called Oracle of Omaha who says that he cannot outguess the market in the short term but has a pretty […]

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Are We Seeing the Demise of IBM?

IBM was once the most admired company in the world. It was the main frame computer powerhouse. Then along came laptops followed by the internet that IBM has been in a recurring downward spiral. Nevertheless, the most successful investor, Warren Buffett, is the largest shareholder of IBM. And IBM has just completed twenty consecutive quarters of revenue decline. CNBC discusses Buffett taking a mega million dollar beating on IBM.
The billionaire Oracle of Omaha is the largest shareholder – through his Berkshire Hathaway – of the information technology behemoth, whose stock has been sliding since it recorded its 20th-straight quarterly revenue […]

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Should You Invest in Defense Contractors as War in Korea Looms?

Defense stocks have outperformed the broader market by 15% to 10% since Trump was elected. These companies are in the news after the USA attacked a Syrian air base with cruise missiles and dropped the MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Blast) bomb on an ISIS mountain tunnel complex in Afghanistan. Many believe that the weapons were used to send a message to North Korea regarding its nuclear and missile programs. The end result has been a huge elevation of tensions on the Korean peninsula while the US sends an aircraft carrier group to cruise off of Korea. Meanwhile Trump wants to […]

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Will United Airlines Survive Their Public Relations Nightmare?

Airline stocks were doing so much better and airline stocks were better investments than they used to be. Then a paying passenger was dragged from a UAL flight to make place for 4 United employees who wanted a ride. The video that another passenger took of the incident went viral and the whole world knew what rats the United Airlines people were. The stock fell three dollars a share and then recouped half of its losses. Will United Airlines survive their public relations nightmare? Market Watch thinks they will.
PepsiCo Inc. and United Airlines have recently come under fire from consumers, […]

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Why Aren’t You Investing Offshore?

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? USA Today says investors should look outside the U.S.
With U.S. stocks trading in overvalued territory after their long rally, investors are likely to reap better returns going forward in places like the eurozone, and in emerging markets like Brazil, and Central and Eastern Europe. These foreign markets now have characteristics that suggest future […]

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