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In Praise of Identifying Strong Returns
Investors likely prefer companies that own dependable structural advantages, which can be a source of profits.
The Trouble with Bonds Right Now
Should You Care About China’s Evergrande?
Most of us had never heard of Evergrande until it showed up in the headlines in recent weeks. Evergrande is one of the largest real estate development companies in the world.
Is the Housing Market Too Bubbly?
A quick glance at the price of homes might make you think it’s 2008 all over again. But in my opinion this housing market is a different animal.
The US Economic Waters Look Choppy in The Second Half
Normally, accelerated growth would be viewed by investors as positive and attract more capital. However, investor sentiment is dampened by the recent outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant, as well as elevated inflation readings.
Investing in Companies That Share Your Values
Inflation Outlook Is Key in the Second Half of 2021
The crucial area for investors over the next six months will be inflation-related data in my opinion. Historically, wage growth is a key inflationary component.
Protect Your Portfolio From Fed Policy Surprises
In a shift, Fed officials now expect to raise interest rates by late 2023, sooner than the signaled in March, thanks to a rapid US economic recovery and rising inflationary pressure.
Sizing Up the Market as We Head into Summer
If you size up this stock market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) is up 12.9%, while the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has advanced 11.8% and the Nasdaq Composite Index is up about 6.6% year-to-date as of June 1.
Why the Media Landscape is Shifting
Last week, AT&T Inc. agreed to spin off its media operations with Discovery Inc, in a deal valued at about $130 billion.
What the Jobs Number Miss Really Means
A number is an important datapoint that shows you the relative standing of x in relationship to as many variables as you want. Let’s consider the disappointing April jobs report last week.
What Biden’s Tax Proposals Miss
Earlier this month, the market took a hit on reports that the Biden Administration will propose raising capital gains tax rates to 39.6% for people earning over $1 million dollars a year.
Archegos and the Tale of Two Banks
Over the last few weeks, as the financial world learned about the blow up at Archegos, the bread crumbs have been followed to the banks which financed the hedge fund.
Archegos Meltdown Reveals Leverage Risk
Then like other famous blow-ups such as Long Term Capital Management and Lehman Brothers, too much leverage led to a downfall. Archegos had too much debt relative to its equity.
Why You Should Max Out on Your 401(K) Plan
In 2021, you can contribute $19,500 to a 401(k) plan — or $26,000 if you’re 50 or older. But for most savers, that isn’t easy to do unless you really plan it out.
Why Investor Trust Is A Scarce Commodity
We live in a society where very few traditional institutions enjoy a great level of trust in my view. In the financial world, nearly every major institution is viewed suspiciously, and for good reason in my opinion.
A Quick Tax Guide for Stock Gains
2020, for all of its chaos and upheaval, ended up being a fantastic year for many investors, and particularly first-time investors. But now that we’ve entered tax season, a great many of them are finding that they have to pay taxes on the wild gains from their stocks.
As Vaccines Arrive, There’s A Whiff of Inflation In The Air
With an increase in vaccinations taking place, the newly approved Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) vaccine should help supply expand and distribution pick up even more over the next few months in my view.
When Market Swoons Can Be Buying Opportunities
As some of you may have experienced, owning the stock of a company that misses an earnings number results in a dropping stock price.
Staying Zen When Stock Prices Wobble
Why do so many investors sell, and then lose money on the asset, only to discover that if they would have waited, the price of the asset would have recovered?
Stay Diversified in an Uncertain Covid World
From a market perspective, as investors see improvement on the Covid front, in my view, investor sentiment will change.