Gold prices on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange have jumped 7.8% since April 4, when the central bank of Japan announced its new and aggressive round of asset purchases. (Source: Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2013.) The Bank of Japan has become notorious for printing extreme amounts of paper money. It wants to end the economic... More »U.S. Dollar to Become Next Japanese Yen?
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Introduction There is a growing trend towards doing-it-yourself (DIY) portfolio management. Many individual investors have become disillusioned with professional investment management at various levels, to include mutual funds as well as custom-designed professionally-managed portfolios. Consequently, they have become motivated to take their financial futures into their own hands and manage their own portfolios. Generally, I... More »The Truth About The Impact of Dividend Reinvesting
Central banks around the world have opened the floodgates with massive levels of quantitative easing in an effort to try to stimulate their respective economies. Turning on the quantitative easing tap is easy; putting the genie back in the bottle will be extremely difficult for central banks globally. I am not alone in sharing this... More »How Central Banks’ Easy Solution Could Devastate the Global Economy
Last week, the new governor for the Bank of Japan (BOJ), Haruhiko Kuroda, announced a game changer for that nation’s quantitative easing policies. The BOJ now plans to initiate monthly bond purchases in the amount of 7.5 trillion yen (US$77.8 billion) per month in an attempt to increase inflation to two percent within the next... More »How to Profit from Bank of Japan’s Aggressive Money Printing
Through its third round of quantitative easing, the Federal Reserve is essentially printing $85.0 billion a month in new money and buying government bonds and mortgage-backed securities with the newly printed money. The Bank of Japan has been taking similar measures for some time now and is failing to move the Japanese economy toward growth.... More »Quantitative Easing: Essentially a Line of Credit for the U.S. Government
I think maybe it’s time to start putting your money in the piggy bank to avoid any major investor mistakes. With the Dow and the S&P 500 at record highs, I’m trying to find reasons to want to buy in this market. However, I’m finding it difficult to even want to buy, as I still... More »Is the Only Safe Investment Your Piggy Bank?
Fewer private U.S. venture-capital funds are raising money to invest in startups, the National Venture Capital Association says. The biggest players are at the top, the smallest are at the bottom and the midsize firms watch the clock tick. More »Venture Capital's Big Boys Getting Bigger
Not a long time ago, binary options were not available to all retail investors and could mostly be traded over-the-counter (sold directly by the issuer to the buyer). That all changed in mid-2008, when the binary options market was deregulated, and the first Binary Options trading websites started to appear; from that moment, their ease... More »Binary Options – The Future of Online Trading or Just an Overhyped Instrument?
If you’re familiar with the finance and philanthropy world, chances are you’ve heard of Warren Buffet or Abigail Johnson. These billionaires are some of the most famous financiers in the world. But some of the most philanthropic leaders of the finance industry are not household names. Here are four financiers that you probably haven’t heard... More »4 Financiers You Haven’t Heard of (But Whose Names You Should Know)
In periods of economic growth, the jobs market is filled with opportunities. Individuals are able to quickly find jobs at competitive wages. But today, we have the exact opposite. The average civilian labor force participation rate for the U.S. economy in 2012 was 63.7%—the lowest rate since 1979. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis... More »Labor Force Participation Rate Falls to 1979 Low
Banks are expected to make $23.9 billion available to franchise businesses this year, according to a new report by the International Franchise Association. More »Lending to Franchises Reaches the Highest Level Since the Recession
Playing the new energy boom isn’t as easy as it might seem. A growing company like Heckmann Corporation (NYSE/HEK), which is moving water for fracking (a natural gas or oil extraction method), is having a tough time on the stock market. Heckmann is expected to more than double its revenues this year, and earnings are... More »This is an Investment Theme Worth Paying Attention To
You have one week left to get your taxes done, but that doesn't mean you have to scramble. Here are some simple strategies to make the process go smoothly. More »Simple Strategies for Last-Minute Tax Filers
Mark my words: the eurozone’s economic problems are here to stay, and the economic slowdown in the common currency region will get worse as we move forward. The Netherlands, the fifth-biggest nation in the eurozone, is the new victim. The country, once looked upon as one of the strongest in the eurozone, is experiencing a... More »The Netherlands Becomes Next Casualty of the Eurozone Crisis
The U.S. economy is certainly not running at 100% capacity, but one sector that is operating at levels not seen since before the financial crisis is the automotive industry. In March, automotive sales increased substantially to an annualized rate of 15.3 million vehicles per year, compared to 14.1 million vehicles this time last year. (Source:... More »Commodity Price Cycle Bringing These Two Metals to the Forefront
Market research data shows that 308 active crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion last year. In 2013, the industry is expected to raise $5.1 billion. Here's a look at where the rapidly-evolving industry is heading. More »Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch
Small business owners often would rather look for ways to increase revenue than talk about cutting costs and being more efficient. In today’s economy, changing your mindset can open you up to thinking about creative ways to increase your revenue. This is a good time for small businesses to look for opportunities to save without... More »5 Ways To Increase Revenue By Reducing Expenses
Just like maintaining a good credit score is important for your overall financial health, the same is also true for maintaining a good business credit score. This is easier said than done, however, as your personal credit will be linked to your business until you’re established. As a new business, you need good credit for... More »7 Essential Actions To Improve Your Business Credit Score