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Archive for June, 2016

What Are Discount Stocks?

In regard to the Brexit vote there is reference to discount stocks in the news. If you are looking for a fire sale on stocks because they are clearing out to make room for the next model, good luck. Then what are discount stocks? These are stocks that have been unjustly dragged down by a falling market and are likely to outperform in the short to medium term. A set of examples is offered by USA Today in their reference to a Brexit discount on 13 specific stocks.
The Brexit shock isn’t just making traveling to London a bargain. Savvy investors […]


How Will the Brexit Vote Affect Your Investments?

As the Brexit vote sends new shocks through financial markets how will the Brexit vote affect your investments? Reuters describes the current financial chaos caused when British voters choose to leave the European Union.
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union sent new shockwaves through financial markets on Monday, with the pound falling despite the country’s leaders’ attempts to ease political and economic turmoil unleashed by the move.
But sterling later sank to its lowest level against the U.S. currency for 31 years, continuing the fall that began last week when Britons confounded investors’ expectations by voting to end 43 years of […]


When to Start Investing in Stocks

Over the long haul money invested in the US stock market tends to provide better returns than other investment vehicles. When to start investing in stocks is early in your life. How good are stock investing returns? quotes Warren Buffett who says you can expect a 6-7% annual return from the stock market over the long term. Where does 7% come from?
Buffett describes the analysis that led him to that kind of conclusion:
“The economy, as measured by gross domestic product, can be expected to grow at an annual rate of about 3 percent over the long term, and inflation […]


Which Stocks Are Safe to Buy?

The point of investing is to make money, not to lose it. Many who were hurt badly in the 2008 market crash have never returned to the stock market because they simply don’t know which stocks are safe to buy. There is a lot of advice out there about safe stocks but what can you believe and how should you proceed? As an example of current advice on this topic the Motley Fool suggests 3 safe stocks you can buy right now.
As recent events have clearly shown, even large-cap stocks that were thought to be stable can crater in the […]


How to Invest in British Stocks

Depending on the results of the Brexit vote you may want to consider how to invest in British stocks. What is a Brexit and what does that have to do with British stocks? The United Kingdom will soon vote in a referendum to decide if the nation should stay in the European Union or leave it. Brexit = British exit from the EU. Would an exit from the EU be a good for bad thing from a UK perspective? Business Insider UK is starting to think that a Brexit is a good idea. This is despite numerous dire economic projections.
Seeing […]


Do Penny Stocks Work?

Every so often stock analysts offer a list of penny stocks. Our question is do penny stocks work in general and do penny stocks work for your stock portfolio? Let’s start with an article from Money Morning, How to Find Good Penny Stocks to Buy Today.
The key to how to find good penny stocks to buy today is knowing what you are buying and if it fits your needs.
The first thing you want to do as a penny stock investor is figure out how much money you have to work with. Basically, don’t invest anything you can’t afford to lose.
We […]


Why Does the Economy do Better under Democrats?

Election year is upon us and the nation will pick a Republican (Donald Trump) or a Democrat (Hilary Clinton) as its next president. From an investor’s point of view which party is better in the White House for the economy? Despite the association of the Republican Party with business it would appear that having a Democrat in the White House is better for the economy. Salon demonstrates with charts that the economy does better under Democratic presidents.
The right likes to argue that [economic] conditions mark a clear failure of progressive policies, and in particular of the Obama administration. In the […]


How Addiction to Debt Came Even to China

The last recession from which much of the world’s economy has not yet escaped was caused in the USA by US debt. The next and possibly worse recession will likely be caused by hugely excessive Chinese debt. Common thinking in the US is that China owns vast amounts of US debt and is economically “eating our lunch.” As one commentator remarked recently that way of thinking is “so last decade!” Prior to the 2008 market crash and onset of the Great Recession China indeed used to manipulate its currency to maintain a prosperous trade balance with North America, Europe and […]


How to Short the Chinese Economy

After decades of impressive economic growth China’s economy is not only slowing down but may be in danger of collapse. The question one might ask is how to short the Chinese economy. Profit Confidential addresses the issue of a possible China economic collapse.
The billionaire short seller, Jim Chanos, has often worried that China’s economic collapse is right around the corner. Last year’s stock market crash proved he may have a point, but how would we know when the economic collapse is here?
He says China’s problems are eerily similar to what went wrong in the United States a few years ago: […]


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