One of the hottest trends on Wall Street today is special purpose acquisition companies or SPACS. There is hardly a day that goes by without an announcement of a new SPAC, or the acquisition and merger of a private company by one. It works like this. Although they are called “companies,” SPACs have no commercial operations, no sales, profits, or losses. All they have is a pile of cash. They received that money from investors in an initial public offering (IPO) with the promise that they would invest that money down the road into a private company with good prospects….
According to AAII’s calculations, the Russell 1000 Growth Index posted an average annual gain of 17 percent for the entire decade of the 2010s. That compares to a 10 percent return for the Russell 1000 Value Index. Holding a balanced portfolio throughout that decade would have been prudent. A balanced portfolio would have been more diversified and, theoretically, safer. However, that prudent, safer portfolio would have underperformed its more reckless counterpart. It is a worthwhile exploration to elucidate why this occurred. At least two of the reasons that drove the outperformance of growth relative to value are still applicable today. Those…
One sure sign that stocks are getting overdone, is the actions of overconfident investors that bid up stocks in a euphoric frenzy, only to dump them at the first sign of trouble. These behavior patterns normally usher in a corrective stage in the stock market, but exactly when that will occur is anyone’s guess. Investopia’s definition of froth “refers to a market condition where an asset’s price begins to increase beyond its intrinsic value.” Wall Street’s “Reefer Madness” event this week is just such an example. Certain stocks in the Cannabis sector saw their share prices double and then triple…
COVID-19 Vaccination Update As of February 2, 2021, 32.8 million Americans have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That was more than those who tested positive for the virus. The average daily rate of vaccinations has reached 1.34 million doses per day. The average daily rate may be affected by the snowstorms of last week, but it seems to be trending upward. Trading a Pullback Valuations are staggeringly high. Nonetheless, I remain invested in equity for the portion of my portfolios intended for that. Despite sky-high valuations, I am hesitant to take bold defensive moves. I…
What a difference one week makes! Stocks recouped all their losses this week, and then went on to make new highs. The outcome of President Biden’s proposed stimulus bill will determine the market’s next move. Let me set the record straight. Last week, I wrote that I expected stocks to stumble, hopefully preparing readers for a possible decline of 10-15%. That was a mistake. Instead, traders bought last week’s 3% dip, and, at this point, we are now back to square one. Well, not quite. The U.S. dollar, the Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Bond, and the price of gold have all…
With the new year in full swing, it’s a great time to take stock of your personal finances. From building a budget and saving for retirement to getting a jump on this year’s taxes, here are some of the smart money moves to consider to help brighten your financial life in the new year. 1. Build a budget Creating a monthly budget can help you better understand your spending and identify how much money you can put toward your financial goals. First, take your monthly salary or wages after taxes are taken out. Next, tally your necessary expenses for each…
An initial public offering of a stock, called an IPO, can be either a sucker’s game or a chance for instant riches. Determining the outcome requires a great deal of work, knowledge, and luck. Most investors have none of the above when it comes to IPOs.
Cannabidiol is popping up all over the country. Local drug stores, supermarkets and health food shops, among other retailers, can’t seem to get enough of this stuff on the shelves. Is this a fad, a fake, or does it have some real health benefits?
Attendance is down, as is viewership, as we head into the 2019 season. Major League Baseball is hoping some rule changes will turn around the decline. Will it be enough, and does it matter anyway?
The European Community is beset by worries. Brexit, trade threats, a slowing Chinese economy, and internal politics at home have all conspired to slow growth, employment, and positive sentiment.
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.
As you finish your turkey and prepare to get an early start on Black Friday shopping, you might wonder how shopping became such an integral part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The term has followed a circuitous route through our financial history.
True to form, the opposition party regained control of the House, while the ruling party, in this case the GOP, retained control of the Senate. If history is any guide, this means that little in the way of legislation will be coming out of Congress for the next two years.
It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9% decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.
Chances are, if you are over 50, you have probably never heard of “Fortnite,” a video game that boasts over 40 million players worldwide. Those with children, however, may not only know it, but are playing it themselves.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Statue of Liberty poem