The party hats came flying out on Wall Street last Thursday after the S&P 500 broke above its record close of 1,565.58, following numerous failed attempts. But hold on to those party hats. Now the real fun begins, as we’ll see if the broader market can continue to move higher after this break, or if... More »Put the Party Hats Away; S&P 500 Move Boring
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If you’ve ever been into horses, you know that you can spend as much money as you’ve got—and plenty more—on their care. Personally, I like draft horses; Clydesdales, in particular. But the thing about a draft horse is that it can eat a lot of food. And during the drought last year, hay costs soared.... More »Agriculture the Key to Real Portfolio Growth?
Many of the home loans originated today contain higher loan to value percentages. These loans contain inherent “risk based pricing” higher rate for higher perceived level of risk causes rates offered to be higher. Loan To Value Defined The loan to value (LTV) is defined as the amount of loan you’re borrowing against the value... More »How Your Mortgage Rate Is Affected By Loan To Value
You never know whether you’ll be audited by the IRS. The potential always exists. Some companies keep financial documents forever — just in case. In the past, hanging on to every little receipt could be burdensome for a small business, but that has changed as more move to paperless systems and automatic data backup. Many... More »Should You Shred Or Save Business Financial Documents?
Restaurants are seeing a comeback. McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD) was a stock market darling in 2010 and 2011. The company reported an improvement in global sales, but as things slowed in 2012, the position drifted. McDonalds has regained all its stock market weakness from last year, and it’s looking set to break its all-time record high.... More »Fast Food Breakout: New Names Crushing the Competition
NetVerify uses laptop webcams or smartphone cameras to confirm users' identities by scanning official documents in real-time. More »Real-time remote identity verifications through smartphones
With tax deadlines fast approaching, here's an important look forward at the tax implications of Obamacare on your business. More »Tax Dilemmas Add to Burden of Healthcare Reform for Entrepreneurs
Have you ever watched the popular show, Shark Tank where budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas, products/services to “shark” investors? It’s entertaining to watch how passionate the owners are, and to see the variety of business ideas blooming. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit that burns in many of us, and got us where we are today. But... More »Looking for Investors? Lessons from the Shark Tank
The Single Euro Payments Area – you’re steadily seeing talk of it everywhere. The new financial structure for banking in the Eurozone will mean changes for every business based there. Here we present the practical information you need to get a grip on things, and take the right steps to make sure European businesses are... More »SEPA – What Should You Be Thinking About? (3/5)
As the old adage goes all good things must come to an end. This is hard to visualize when it comes to anything that has to do with taxes, but this happens to be the case with itemized deductions. As part of the bipartisan agreements of the 2012 American Tax Relief Act the Pease Rule... More »“Itemized Deductions” … All Good Things Must Come to an End
Introduction For a lot of reasons, dividend growth investing is becoming more and more popular every day. The historically low interest rate on fixed income is perhaps one important reason for this trend. However, an equally important, and perhaps even the most important reason, might just be that investors are better informed on the dividend... More »Why Accomplished Dividend Growth Investors Can Ignore Price Volatility
The Consumer Confidence Index tracked by the Conference Board plummeted 14% in March 2013 from the previous month. Of the respondents, 36.2% believed jobs are hard to get and only 9.4% thought there were enough jobs out there in the U.S. economy. As consumer confidence goes the wrong way, I am seeing consumer spending edge... More »Flat Sales for Wal-Mart Warning Sign of Even Weaker Consumer Spending Ahead
The current market action continues to be headline-driven, according to my stock analysis. Stocks moved lower on the initial banking concerns in Cyprus, but rallied after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its program of low interest rates and monthly bond buying. Stocks then bounced on the Cyprus resolution. This headline-driven market makes it difficult, based on... More »Market Action Driven by Headlines; Investors Should Be Nervous
Introduction A significant portion of all the great advantages that the world has received through the promise of technology can be credited to the Big 3: Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), Intel Corp. (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT). Great gratitude should be attributed to these technology titans, because, thanks to them, the world enjoys a functioning Internet and... More »Looking For Value, Growth And Income After The Recent Market Run Up, Check Out These Tech Titans
The so-called “recovery” in the jobs market isn’t sustainable. I don’t disagree that there has been job creation in the past few months, but when I look at the spectrum of the jobs created in the U.S. economy, I become skeptical. Jobs growth in the U.S. economy has been in the low-paying retail sector. Consider... More »Jobs Market Growth? 1,422 Mass Layoffs Took Place In February 2013
Entrepreneurs have different risk profiles than everyone else -- and that's especially true when it comes to investing. More »Why You Shouldn't Invest Like Your Brother-In-Law
Some prefer to call him the Oracle of Omaha while others prefer to call him simply Buffet. But among all these, one thing is for sure. Everybody in the world who knows him appreciates the fact that Warren Buffet is the best money-maker in the world. He is simply amazing when it comes to investing.... More »10 Crucial Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet
It has been a few months since the launch of the highly anticipated “BlackBerry 10” (BB10) operating system and products by Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/BBRY). I have tried the new “BlackBerry Z10” smartphone, and my early thoughts are that it looks good and is faster than the company’s previous phones. But based on the... More »RIM Replacing Apple as the Stock Market’s Tech Darling?