What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin, the virtual crypto-currency that is somewhat mysterious and extremely volatile, is a decentralized virtual currency that relies on cryptographic mathematics to determine its creation and trade. If you’re not totally confused yet, hang on, it get’s better. Bitcoin (BTC) is a digital currency first described in a 2008 paper by... More »Is Bitcoin the Next Generation of Online Payments?
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Being a solo entrepreneur has many challenges. On top of the list perhaps is the money management. If finances go wrong, there is no business to run! Outright is a bookkeeping service for sole entrepreneurs and helps with cash flow management. Here are some tips we suggest: Take responsibility The first step to managing your... More »5 Tips for Managing Cash Flow
We all know that McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD) is the reigning king of the fast food sector and one of the top performers over the past decade, based on my stock analysis. In fact, my stock analysis suggests that McDonalds’ rivals are trying to emulate what is working at the company rather than compete against the... More »Denny’s Serves Up Grand-Slam Returns
After a decade of consecutive gains, it looks like gold’s reign as the precious metal darling could be in jeopardy. Between early 2002 and September 2011, the price of gold soared over 590% to an all-time high of $1,923.70. Since then, gold has lost some of its luster, down almost 18% since the beginning of... More »Top Three Places for Bears and Bulls to Invest in Gold
Climate change has emerged to become a major issue as society progresses, but remember: in the world of investing, where there are troubles, there are opportunities. Governments around the world are trying to figure out ways to reduce their impact on the environment, and a significant amount of research is being conducted on possible effects.... More »One Basic Strategy for Making Money from Water
While testifying in front of the Joint Economic Committee in Washington regarding monetary policy and the economic outlook of the U.S. economy, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, said yesterday, “…the committee has said that it will continue its securities purchase until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a... More »Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing Making U.S. Economy Fundamentally Weak?
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?
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