The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied for 10 straight days and, in the process, established several record highs. And while the Wall Street bulls are glorifying the upward move, I continue to believe a correction is on the way—I just can’t tell you when or by how much. The thing I would warn you against... More »Dow’s “Dogs” Could Be Key to Success in This Market
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One of the biggest concerns I have regarding the current monetary policy program implemented by the Federal Reserve is the cost that will need to be paid once the program ends. While the Federal Reserve believes it can bring monetary policy back to normal levels without severe adjustments in the market, I don’t believe this... More »Dangerous Investments Fueled by the Federal Reserve
For many entrepreneurs looking to start a business, getting access to capital can be the make-or-break moment to a successful launch. More »10 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Investors (Infographic)
As “chief cook and bottle washer,” America’s small business owner has enough on its plate. Tax time only increases the workload as many frantically pull together their financial records so that they can maximize their deductions. While I’m not a tax professional (this is my disclaimer that this is for educational purposes and to not... More »Tax Tips for America’s Entrepreneurs
When developing an investment strategy for a given market sector, you need to consider numerous variables. Increasingly, the variables are becoming far more complex due to the global nature of business these days. One market sector that many analysts pay close attention to is the steel industry. Because steel is used in so many parts... More »Demand for Steel Unexpectedly Jumps; and These Stocks Now Look Good
Looking at the long-term chart of gold bullion and the U.S. dollar, there is an interesting technical chart pattern developing that may help us predict the next move in the greenback and the yellow metal. In the chart below, the red line represents the U.S. dollar index and the golden line represents gold bullion prices.... More »What This Chart Says About the Future of Gold Bullion and the U.S. Dollar
The retail sector is showing decent growth driven by jobs growth and the improvement in the housing market, which is adding some confidence to consumer spending. The number reported last week was excellent, and it bodes well for the retail sector. Retail sales in February grew 1.1%, well above the 0.2% estimate made by Briefing.com.... More »Fed’s Easy Money Reason for the Rise in Retail Sales?
Truth #1: At the beginning of 2008, there were 28.22 million people in the U.S. economy on food stamps. Fast-forward to 2012, and the number has increased to 46.60 million—an increase of more than 65%. (Source: United States Department of Agriculture, March 8, 2013.) The number of Americans now on food stamps represents almost 15%... More »Four Truths About the U.S. Economy All Investors Should Know
When it comes to long-term investing, one factor that needs to be considered is that the dividend yield can provide a large portion of the total return. While everyone likes to pick the highflier that will move up a tremendous amount, the truth is that having a portfolio of stocks that continually increase their dividend... More »Growing Dividends, Stock Buybacks Helping Investors Beat Market Gyrations
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE/DIS) latest flick about a character named Oscar Diggs who is a con artist. He finds himself in the Land of Oz, where he is a magician that’s ethically challenged. It’s quite the analogy to what’s happening today in the U.S. economy. The U.S. retail... More »“Oz: The Great and Powerful” Perfect Analogy of the Fed
The U.S. Department of the Treasury reported that the U.S. government incurred a deficit of $204 billion for the month of February 2013. So far, we are into the first five months of the government’s fiscal year (started October 1, 2012), and the U.S. government fiscal deficit has already grown by $494 billion. (Source: U.S.... More »U.S. Debt-to-GDP Ratio This Year to Surpass Greece’s 2009 “Danger” Level
The recent pullback in gold bullion has certainly hurt gold mining stocks. While one can develop a sound investment strategy, if the price of the stock continues moving downward, it makes it extremely difficult to step in and buy. Gold mining stocks have seen a serious sell-off over the last few months. So what about... More »Correction in Gold Mining Sector Close to a Bottom
Entrepreneurs looking for a funding boost can learn a few tricks from the cult favorite's Kickstarter success story. More »'Veronica Mars' Secrets You Can Use in Your Kickstarter Campaign
Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth. More »Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)
One of the biggest debates amongst American economists these days is whether the Federal Reserve’s continued $85.0-billion-a-month expansion of the money supply is making the U.S. economy more vulnerable, as opposed to helping strengthen the economy. One of the main reasons the central bank took on quantitative easing in the first place was to revive... More »Concern: Who Will Buy U.S. Treasuries if the Fed Exits Quantitative Easing?
Forecasting Future Earnings Is The Key To Successful Stock Investing, Consensus Analysts’ Estimates Provide A Solid …Business 2 Community - Thu, Mar 14, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
Looking for good dividend paying stocks to add to your retirement portfolio? You might want to try trusting analysts’ estimates to aid in your selection process. Putting Analysts’ Estimates Into Perspective I believe that estimating future earnings growth is a major key to successful long-term stock investing. If you’re a true investor, then you are... More »Forecasting Future Earnings Is The Key To Successful Stock Investing, Consensus Analysts’ Estimates Provide A Solid Starting Point
This is an exciting time of the year if you are a fan of baseball. With the start of the Major League baseball season starting in a few weeks, I’m raring to go. The interesting thing about baseball is its similarities to the stock market. Success in baseball circles around the abundance of statistics, as... More »The Best-Kept Secret for Stock Market Success
The action in the stock market has been pretty good the last little while, and nobody knows what’s going to happen with first-quarter earnings season. I suspect it will be similar to the last two earnings seasons, with big-cap companies showing single-digit growth in constant currency revenues and just a little earnings growth. Current aggregated... More »Tills Ringing for Costco, Cabela’s—Obama Effect or Big New Trend?