Did you notice that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ/MSFT) is a hot commodity once again? After essentially trading in a sideways channel since late 2009 to April 2013, the stock broke out to a new 52-week and multiyear high of $35.10 on Monday, according to my stock analysis. With the move, Bill Gates has recaptured his title... More »Has Microsoft Found Its Savior?
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Do you want to save more or less by the time you reach 65? It might seem like a question with an obvious answer, but… Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Americans on the cusp of retirement had their defined pension plans to look forward to and didn’t really worry too much about saving for... More »The Ultimate Retirement ETFs for Conservative Investors?
While there’s a significant amount of talk among investors about inflation being ahead in the U.S. economy, the indicators are, against all odds, currently showing the complete opposite. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), the most quoted indicator of inflation, declined 0.4% in April, continuing its slide from the previous month, when it decreased 0.2%. (Source:... More »U.S. Next to Witness Long Period of Deflation?
One of the most interesting debates regarding monetary policy is emanating from the Federal Reserve members themselves. The Federal Reserve’s current monetary policy program includes an $85.0-billion monthly asset-purchase program. Recent comments made by many of the Federal Reserve members indicate that they are as unsure about the current monetary policy program as the rest... More »How the Coming Shift in Monetary Policy Will Affect Your Investments
The U.S. banks may have had a strong hand in the Great Recession; taxpayers may have bailed them out; and the banks may have shrugged off the scorn of a frustrated nation—but that doesn’t mean investors should turn a blind eye to their recent performance. Thanks to the Federal Reserve’s $85.0-billion-per-month quantitative easing policies and... More »Fed to Tell These Companies to Give More Money Back to Investors?
As companies in the key stock indices, like the S&P 500, reported their first-quarter corporate earnings, some of the most notable names showed concerns about the eurozone. Conglomerate General Electric Company (NYSE/GE) said, “We planned for Europe to be similar to 2012, down again, but it was even weaker than we had expected.” (Source: “Earnings... More »Eurozone Troubles Starting to Show in Corporate Earnings of American Companies
All of the talk about the negative impact of the sequestration on consumer spending appears to have some validity. While the rich consumers are continuing to spend on luxury items, those who are making less money and are influenced by the fragile jobs market and flat income levels continue to worry, which could likely impact... More »Consumers Spending Less; Just Ask Wal-Mart
There continues to be mixed data regarding the strength of the economic recovery in America. This is creating an interesting divergence between the level of the S&P 500 and the growth rate of the economic recovery, which is far less than many had expected so far. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia recently released its... More »Divergence Between the S&P 500 and Current Economic Recovery Grows; Are Investors Too Optimistic?
General Electric (GE) was once revered as one of the bluest of all blue-chip companies in the world. During its glory days, GE was respected as an industrial conglomerate that manufactured some of the world’s best jet engines, locomotives, appliances and even the highly regarded General Electric light bulb. However, as best I can determine,... More »General Electric Looks Like It’s Becoming The Shareholder-Friendly Company It Once Was
There is simply nowhere else to put your money to work, which is why the stock market continues to edge upward to new record highs. You can earn a yield of 0.23% on a two-year U.S. Treasury, 0.79% for five years, 1.90% for 10 years, and up to 3.13% if you extend it to 30... More »Why This Market Is Reminiscent of 2000
We all know that the stock market has moved up significantly over the past few months. The real question is: is the move up based on the belief that there is enough economic growth available for corporate earnings to continue rising, or is it simply due to a flow of funds? Let’s analyze this question... More »Is Wal-Mart Stock in Danger of a Pullback?
The stock market has only one direction in mind and that’s up. I sense there’s froth building up. This current market action reminds me a bit of what happened in 1999, but the situation is different in that interest rates are at record lows, the Federal Reserve is providing liquidity, and the valuation of stocks... More »How to Create a “Do-It-Yourself” Fund for Diversification
It’s been strange watching the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 continue to march higher for the last few months, moving in direct contrast to the underlying economic indicators. It’s hardly news to anybody that unemployment has remained stubbornly high for years. Personal debt is high, student loan debt is crushing, and the largest... More »Will Raft of Bad Economic Data Change Investor Behavior?
When it comes to buying stocks for long-term investing, the short-term gyrations can be difficult for investors. It’s important from a long-term investing viewpoint to look out onto the horizon over many years, and search for short-term pullbacks and opportunities that might allow attractive entry points. We are all aware of the troubled situation economically... More »Changes to International Tariffs Giving This Stock a Boost
If you invested all of your money in the stock market, you would be exposed to extraordinary risk of a market retrenchment. Of course, you could also make a lot of money, especially with how well things are going in the current bullish stock market that continues to somewhat defy gravity. Yet this is also... More »How Understanding the Investment Climate Equals Stock Market Success
Meet the entrepreneurs who lined up to pitch to casting directors of the ABC reality TV show. More »Behind the Scenes: What It's Really Like to Pitch for a Spot on 'Shark Tank'
The disconnect between the stock market and the U.S.economy continues to grow, as the key stock indices run way ahead of reality. The fundamental reasons behind the rise in today’s key stock indices are missing. For a real rally to happen, there has to be rising demand in the U.S. economy, consumers must be confident... More »Warning: 79% of S&P 500 Companies Issue Negative 2Q Guidance