With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 climbing into new territory almost daily and a large number of great stocks running in step, many investors are wondering if the markets are going to continue to run higher. And if so, should they sell, take some profit, or average up? Normally, investors want to... More »Three Reasons to Average Up in the Current Economic Climate
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Gambling is akin to trading, but with much more risk of failure. Everyone knows Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the United States, but Macau is hot and growing. Macau is designated a special administrative region of China, which means the area has the backing of the Chinese government for the purpose of casino... More »Macau Is Hot: China’s Version of Vegas Providing Excellent Prospects for These Entertainment Stocks
The buy low/sell high investment strategy requires a ton of resolve. Going against the stock market that just proved an asset is not attractive is not only risky, but it is counterintuitive to the emotional decision-making that takes place in financial markets. I always scan the stock market for positions at their 52-week lows. The... More »Buy Low/Sell High the Best Way to Conquer This Market?
Lately, I’ve been reading about all of this buying of gold bullion by central banks around the world. Some would say the move is bullish for the precious metal, but I’m not convinced. I was encouraged by the recent bounce after the price fell below $1,400 an ounce, but it has since stalled, based on... More »Is It Time to Look Away from Gold?
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 »Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis
Introduction It seems like I’ve been writing only about dividend growth stocks for what seems like forever. Therefore, I felt it would be a refreshing change to alter my focus from dividend income to pure unadulterated growth. Although I’m a major proponent of investing in dividend growth stocks, unlike many of my fellow dividend growth... More »Super-Fast Growing Mid-Cap Growth Stocks With Explosive Returns
Chinese stocks are a disappointment in 2013 and, at this point, are looking to underperform the U.S. stock market for the fourth consecutive year. But while China sorts out its growth issues, across the East China Sea, Japan has been on a tear. The massive infusion of liquidity into the Japanese monetary system has driven... More »Why Japan Is Now on a Tear Toward Economic Recovery
If you want investors to be confident in financing your business, show them you know the risks your business is up against and are working to avoid them. Here are five ways to get started. More »5 Ways to Minimize Risk for Investors
When it comes to money, more is better. But when it comes to your retirement portfolio, less might be more. With over 8,000 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs); roughly 3,000 stocks traded on the NASDAQ, 2,800 on the NYSE, and 3,800 on the AMEX to choose from; and 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and... More »Three Stress-Free Strategies for a Streamlined Retirement Portfolio
In the fourth quarter of 2012, companies on key stock indices purchased $93.8 billion worth of their own shares back from investors. This represented an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period in the prior year. For the entire year of 2012, companies spent $384.3 billion to buy back their shares. (Source: “S&P 500... More »Profit from Share Buybacks with This ETF
The latest data on job creation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are interesting for several reasons. While there are some glimmers of hope, there is still much more work that needs to be done. For April, job creation improved by 165,000, with the 12-month average now at 169,000 per month. The long-term unemployed... More »What the Latest Job Creation Data Indicate for This Market Sector
Wow! Seems like the stock market is the place to be again. We broke 15,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average yesterday. I hear traders in the pits are wearing hats that say Dow 15,000. Recently, we even wrote about how central banks and bond mutual funds are buying stocks now, too. Looks like everyone... More »Why I Feel Like It’s 2007 All Over Again
The Intuit Consumer Spending Index is the latest index from Intuit Inc., which also produces the Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue indexes. These indexes provide a unique view into the economy based on data from those among the 45 million customers Intuit serves through connected services like Mint.com and QuickBooks small business accounting software.... More »New Intuit Data Confirms Americans’ Spending Up 9 Percent Since 2009
The eurozone has sent waves of confusion through the global economy, and investors are concerned about what it could do to their portfolio. To say the very least, investors have all the right to be worried—bulls and bears are creating noise, making investment decisions even more difficult to make. Bears’ Argument The eurozone is in... More »Can the Eurozone Crisis Really Make a Dent in Your Portfolio?
Pop the champagne; it’s time to rejoice and toast this month’s jobs numbers, isn’t it? The S&P 500 edged up to another record high above 1,600, while the Dow is seriously eyeing 15,000. I did think those targets for the two indices were achievable, but not this early in the year. You can thank the... More »When It Comes to Jobs Numbers, the Market Is Trading on Anything but the Truth
Even with some better economic news, it’s very important that investors not lose sight of the fact that the stock market is due for a massive correction. The run-up since the beginning of the year is pronounced, but the stock market has basically been going up since the March 2009 low. Corporate earnings are still... More »Why This Lofty Stock Market Requires an Abundance of Caution
A bill which would end tax-free online shopping moves on to the House of Representatives, where it is likely to be met with resistance from anti-tax Republicans. More »The Internet Sales-Tax Bill Takes a Step Forward
In its latest meeting minutes, the Federal Reserve said it will continue with quantitative easing, creating $85.0 billion in new money monthly, in order to bring economic growth to the U.S. economy. (Source: Federal Reserve, May 1, 2013.) The Federal Reserve, once again, didn’t provide any clear indication as to when it will end the... More »U.S. Dollar to Become the Next Yen?
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