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
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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
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
In the first quarter of 2013, the eurozone continued to witness an economic contraction. The gross domestic product (GDP) of the 17-nation region declined 0.2%. This decrease in the GDP marked the sixth straight quarter of economic contraction in the eurozone and the longest since 1995. (Source: Reuters, May 15, 2013.) The debt-infested countries in... More »Recovery? Eurozone GDP Now Down Six Straight Quarters
“Opportunity cost”—it’s a phrase used in microeconomic theory to denote the costs that are forgone by not having your resources in the highest returning assets. It is a phrase that’s pertinent to the stock market. Without question, I remain completely taken aback by what has transpired with the stock market since the beginning of the... More »This Stock’s 24% Year-to-Date Gain Signaling a Buy Opportunity?
The stock market rally that began in March of 2009 is gaining attention once again. The key stock indices have surpassed the highs they registered before the U.S. economy was hit with a financial crisis and the ones made at the peak of the tech boom. With all this, the direction in which the key... More »Key Stock Indices Soaring Higher; Will They Hit the Ceiling?
Complacency among investors is extremely dangerous. Many investors, both retail and institutional, have very short memory spans. It wasn’t too long ago that the eurozone was in the midst of a financial crisis. While the worst appears to be over—at least temporarily—economic growth still remains elusive for the eurozone. Yet in spite of all the... More »The New Hidden Eurozone Risk
A diverse retirement portfolio should contain stocks from a number of different sectors. With America in the throes of unpredictable spring weather, now is the perfect time to consider agricultural stocks. Not just because it’s the beginning of the seasonal growing period, but also because agriculture is one of the most diverse sectors. One good... More »Two Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Grow from the Ground Up?
Something is starting to smell in the bond market… Since their peak in July of 2012, 30-year U.S. bonds have declined in value—they are down almost six percent. Trading above $153.00 in mid-2012, 30-year U.S. bonds now hover around $144.00, as depicted in the chart below. Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com Keep in mind that bond... More »Bond Market Shows Signs of Weakness Ahead
Before analyzing a company for investment, it’s important to have a perspective on how well the business has performed. Because at the end of the day, if you are an investor, you are buying the business. The FAST Graphs™ presented with this article will focus first on the business behind the stock. The orange line... More »Chicago Bridge & Iron Co: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis
Didn’t the government say the economy is getting better? Why do I question what they’re saying? Because consumer spending is going the wrong way. Core retail sales declined 0.1% in April—and that’s after they already fell 0.4% in the previous month! (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, May 13, 2013.) When compared to the first four months... More »A Froth Called the Stock Market
The recent devastation of the garment building collapse in Bangladesh was both horrific and a reminder that many of these sweatshop operations that make your clothing are not operating according to American standards. But the fact is that many of these operations in Bangladesh and other low-cost labor markets in Asia produce the clothes you... More »A Real “Made in the USA” Retail Stock That Supports Your Portfolio, Not Sweatshops
Portfolio management is the key to growing savings over time. The implication behind this is that if an investor manages their portfolio regularly, adjusting asset classes based on market and economic conditions, they can reduce their risk and earn a decent rate of return, as well as peace of mind. That said, investors need to... More »Why Knowing the Currency Risk Can Pay Off
Viewabill enables clients to monitor their contractors' work hours and expenditure in real time, helping them to keep bills under control. More »Platform helps clients track contractor billing in real time
Even experienced business owners can fall into counterproductive habits. The premier episode of CNBC's new small business reality show aims to solve them. More »3 Lessons for Seasoned Entrepreneurs From CNBC's 'Crowd Rules'
This has caught some by surprise… The U.S. government reported a budget surplus (money coming in was more than money going out) of $112.9 billion for the month of April. (Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury; Financial Management Services, May 10, 2013.) It’s a surprise, because April’s surplus is the biggest monthly government budget surplus... More »Who Will Buy Our Bonds When Fed Stops Funding Government?
The Dow Jones industrial average sits above 15,000, an all-time high. But don’t be fooled, this doesn’t mean that stocks are expensive. I understand that it seems logical to assume that if the Dow Jones industrial average, what many believe to be the bellwether index of the stock market, is at an all-time high, then... More »The Dow Hits All-Time Highs, But The Truth Is It Remains Cheaply Valued