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Financial Savvy: Investment Risk vs. Market Volatility

David Rae | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
David Rae

When the stock market goes crazy, people go nuts. The ensuing insecurity has them thinking that stashing their money in a mattress at home is safer than investing it anywhere with anyone. But one should know the differences between risk and volatility to avoid silly and irrational investing mistakes. Let's clear the confusion once and for all.

4.6 Million Customers Affected in Scottrade Breach: Are You One of Them? | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it's off to a pretty dismal start. Following the Experian breach announcement on Oct. 2 that affected 15 million T-Mobile customers, retail brokerage Scottrade announced it had discovered a breach in one of its systems.

Losing $180,000 in a Day & Other Millionaire Lessons

Timothy Sykes | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Timothy Sykes

It still stings a little bit, but my biggest all-time, one-day loss was a whopping $180,000. I thought I was in the right position shorting a stock, but after it kept getting higher and higher, I had to get out and take a loss on it.

Is the Market Being Pushed Down to Help CNBC, Trump, and a Few Speculators?

Terry Connelly | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

There has been really bad news on the Chinese economy almost daily as its industrial profits fall to the lowest level since 2011, when the US stock market had its last 10 percent "correction."

Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

This week the Atlantic Magazine published "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" by Graham Allison. I have a great deal of respect for Graham Allison and he lays out a series of compelling arguments. But I believe he will be proven wrong in this case.

China Bear Jim Chanos: The Emperor Is in His Underwear

Lynn Parramore | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

For the past several years, well-known hedge fund manager Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates has been an outspoken China bear. He explains how he became concerned that the world's second largest economy is headed for trouble.

Tear Stocks Plummet After John Boehner Announces Resignation

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.25.2015 | Comedy

Tear stocks and crybaby futures hit a record low on Wall Street Friday just minutes after Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that ...

Too Big To Nail?

Highline | Jade Walker | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business

By fall 2013, the government and Johnson & Johnson had settled on a new number: $2.2 billion—$500 million in criminal fines and forfeitures...

Five Ways to Beat Others in the Stock Market

Timothy Sykes | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Timothy Sykes

The stock market is a difficult and often competitive game, and one that can come with its fair share of letdowns. Approximately 90% of traders will lose money; 70% or more of mutual fund managers fail to beat the S&P 500 each year.

What Should You Do in a Bear Market?

Ken Weber | Posted 09.21.2015 | Money
Ken Weber

You've probably heard the advice to ride through market turbulence. That is good advice, but it needs to be repeated regularly because too many folks don't heed it - even people who should know better.

Fed Keeps Interest Rate Steady, Giving Leeway To Job Market

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

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Big Investing Mistakes: Learn How to Avoid These Three Now

David Rae | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
David Rae

Many novice investors often think being a successful investor is just about picking the "best" investments and maybe even timing the market perfectly. Realistically investing is about making smart decisions and avoiding making the big mistakes that can drag down you long term returns.

How Market Volatility Impacts Millennials

GVH Live | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

In late August, stock markets around the world saw one of the biggest declines since October 2008. Experts and economists are pointing towards China as the main culprit as they've dealt with a stock market slide for most of the summer.

Watching China Wobble

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Mary Buffett

Regardless of the policy choices that Chinese leaders must face, the average Chinese citizen will not be able to go to the polls. How they choose to voice their frustration and how Chinese policymakers react will be a very interesting dance over the next 18 months.

Mercury Retrograde Sep 17 to Oct 9th - 3 Predictions You Should Not Ignore!

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Larry Schwimmer

Even if you haven't paid attention to the effects of the 3-week period when Mercury goes retrograde, this time you should, because major events are about to happen. I have some important predictions for you to consider that may change your life, on a personal, relationship, financial and political level.

Smart Beta: Sometimes Smart, But Not Exactly Beta

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

So-called "smart beta" is having a day in the sun. Pioneered by the very smart Rob Arnott, the basic idea is: don't invest in an index weighted by market cap -- invest in one that weights according to a non-market fundamental value measure, or even equally.

The Fed's Modern Day Parenting

Sara Zervos | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

When did we all turn into a bunch of babies that need to be coddled, with our policy maker parents smoothing volatility and promising a world of full employment and a perfect 2.0 percent inflation rate? It's normal for economies to experience cycles, both expansions and recessions.

The Stock Market Versus the Economy

MoneyTips | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business

If the U.S. economy really is getting stronger, why are U.S. stock markets so volatile? The broad answer: the economy is much more than the stock market, and vice versa.

Jobs, Higher Productivity Could Mean 3.5 Percent GDP

Harlan Green | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It looks like we are returning to the goldilocks economy that prevailed for much of last year -- low inflation plus continued good job growth. But it also could mean better economic growth that has stayed in the 2 percent range during the Great Recession recovery to date.

3 Action Steps for Nonprofits and Services Organizations to Take Advantage of the Stock-Market's Sell-Off

Kim Harris | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Kim Harris

It's impossible to predict the future, and as long as there is capitalism our economy will be in a state of constant fluctuation. Taking steps to use the information given to create a funding plan to work for your service organization or business will help soften the blow of any downturn in market conditions.

The China Syndrome: Bubble Trouble

Dean Baker | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The financial markets have been through some wild and crazy times over the last two weeks, although it appears that they have finally stabilized. The net effect of all the gyrations is that a serious bubble in China's market seems to have been at least partially deflated. After hugely overreacting to this correction, most other markets have largely recovered. Prices are down from recent peaks, but in nearly all cases well above year-ago levels. But the stock market is really a sideshow; after all, back in 1987 the U.S. market fell by almost 25 percent for no obvious reason, with little noticeable effect on the U.S. economy. The more serious question is what is happening with the underlying economy, and there are some real issues here.

Risks to U.S. Economic Growth and Implications for the Fed

Ross DeVol | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Ross DeVol

China's weight in the world economy has been rising and was made excruciatingly apparent by the turmoil in U.S. equities markets over the past few weeks. Much of current stock market anxiety was at least "assembled" in China.

Taming the Elephant on Wall Street

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dave Pruett

We're witnessing, I'm fairly certain, market chaos associated with the end of the era of fossil fuels.

The Free Market Doesn't Have to Be Short Term

Ben Goldsmith | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Ben Goldsmith

LONDON -- It is often said that we live in a culture of instant gratification -- and this is especially true of financial markets. The debt crisis was a spectacular example. Upfront profits blinded over-confident investors to long-term risk -- with disastrous consequences. Since the crash, lack of confidence has given rise to a different type of short-termism.

No, Mom and Pop Investors Did Not Predict The Market Crash

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Beware of journalists bearing big numbers. Bloomberg and Marketplace reported on Friday that individual investors pulled an estimated $14.9 billion fr...