Sometimes it takes a while, but financial markets almost always test a new incoming Federal Reserve Bank Chairman. On Wednesday, Jerome Powell faced his test and passed with flying colors. Of course, a glance at the stock market averages at the end of the day on Wednesday, would have the casual observers scratching their heads.
The demand for sustainability investments is growing. Companies that offer measurable social and environmental impacts that address issues like world hunger, climate risk, poverty and access to health care, seem like a good investment for those socially-minded. Finding companies that also provide a good financial return at the same time is not so easy.
It has been some time since we have had even a tiny decline in the stock market. Human behavior is such that we expect what has come before to continue into the future. When it doesn’t, a whole host of emotions arise and most of them will be detrimental to your financial health. A new survey by E-trade Financial, a discount broker dealer, reveals that well-heeled investors (those with $1 million or more in equity investments) are as bullish as they have been all year. Almost 75% of million dollar players are now bullish as we enter this final quarter…
Chances are you have heard the name. Some may have even considered investing in it. But for most of us buying into this new “cryptocurrency” called Bitcoin (BTC) is still a problem.
How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.
Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multi-level marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing?
Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move?
The business of financial news reporting has achieved a high level of sophistication and timeliness. Almost anything noteworthy that happens around the world is instantaneously transmitted to you from a variety of sources. The question is should an investor act on that news?
In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically.
Skynet, move over. The dawn of intelligent portfolio services is rising across the globe. Depending upon your individual circumstances, this trend could be an answer to many investors’ problems.
A common perception on Wall Street is that October is the worst month of the year for the market. It is true that the month has historically failed to provide stellar returns, but it is actually September that deserves the title of the worst market month of all.
“The ES_F can’t get above the vwap and high volume node.” “SPY –a perfect symmetrical triangle on the one minute.” “Obama jobs report baked in. I’m short until tomorrow’s real report then we get a fluff rally.” The above comments were lifted from a daily internet trading service peopled by day traders and other speculators. There are hundreds of them. Their comments make little or no sense to most readers, nor should they. Yet, in order to compete in today’s stock markets as an individual investor, this kind of investing behavior is required. Is it any wonder that individual investors…
In my 28 years on Wall Street I’ve lived through over thirty stock market corrections worldwide. Not once have I been able to call a market bottom. I gave up trying long ago and it has not hurt my performance at all. Here’s why.
I am about to say something heretical, even life threatening to the investment community. As markets continue to decline and trillions of dollars of retirement money evaporates, an increasing number of investors, myself included, are taking issue with the argument that a Buy-and-Hold investment philosophy is the best approach for all individual investors over the long term.
By now most companies have probably sent a memo or e-mail reminding us that it’s time to decide how much we plan to contribute to our 401(K), 403 (B) or 457 plan for this year. Most likely many of us will stall until the last day and then contribute as little as possible or nothing at all. What is it about saving that bothers us so much?
Over the last six years foreign stock markets have been the place to be if you wanted to capture double digit investment returns. This year overseas markets especially emerging markets have pulled back along with the U.S. markets. I see that as a buying opportunity for long term investors.