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So You Think You Can Go Public? (Re)Meet the OTC

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

I believe, if you run a modern company, your stock options should be worth money and you should be able to turn around and sell or exercise them. In other words, your company stocks should be able to become your own currency.

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

I've stated repeatedly that a massive amount of stimulus has been required to generate GDP growth of just 2.0%-2.5% annually since the end of the Great Recession (June 2009). We have further said that the removal or reversal of some of these stimulants will be a tough hurdle for the economy to overcome.

Poking Holes in the Strong-Dollar Thesis

Michael Farr | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The dollar began its ascent against other major world currencies in mid-2014. The move higher was fast and furious, but the greenback ran into some resistance beginning in the middle of March.

Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

AP | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, on Thursday filed for an initial public offering worth up ...

Celebrating the Flash Crash with a Wall Street Sales Tax

Dean Baker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

For those who don't remember, the Flash Crash was when the stock market lost almost nine percent of its value from its opening level, with most of this decline occurring in a five-minute period. The market quickly recovered most of this loss. But the crash did reveal something extraordinary.

Leverage Fandango

Joel Judd | Posted 05.01.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

PERA (the Public Employee Retirement Association) is the embodiment of our promise to teachers and driver's license clerks that instead of social security, we will give them a pension when they retire.

Financial News on Twitter: Who to Follow? Mapping and Ranking the Top 100 Twittersphere Accounts

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

The good folks at Captain Economics did a great post a couple of weeks back on 'The Economics Twitosphere Top 100 Influential Users'. We followed up with our own post, Mapping the Financial / Media Twittersphere, an illustration of the Twitter accounts that are most central for financial news.

Fed Near the Cliff

Michael Farr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The incessant parsing and analysis of each and every Fed utterance is becoming quite comical. God love Steve Liesman and Mark Zandi, but are they really adding much value by trying to read between the lines of each statement from each Fed member?

Are Banks Open on Good Friday? Guide to Holiday Bank Hours

GOBankingRates | Posted 04.06.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

As a major Christian holiday, many will observe the day by fasting and attending a service. But is Good Friday a public or bank holiday?

Millennials, Stop Being Afraid of Investing

Kevin Yu | Posted 03.31.2015 | Money
Kevin Yu

Technology these days has really changed the way we invest. It's amazing to see how new tech companies are disrupting this market. From robo-advisors to commission free brokerages, investing isn't as daunting as it used to be.

Why Do Interest Rates Keep Decreasing?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The market's response to Wednesday's economic data was somewhat perplexing at first blush.

The Federal Reserve Runs the Economy, Not Congress or the President

Tom Mullen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Mullen

We can argue whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that a small, unelected group of bankers is in complete control of all meaningful economic outcomes. But let's at least face the reality that they are. That said, can't we at least get a full audit of what they're doing?

Hoarding Cash Like Apple?

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Are you sitting on a pile of cash? Does cash make you feel better or safer? Whatever your reason, I'd like to take you through the discussion of why you shouldn't hoard cash.

The Best Investing Sites For Beginners

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

With the Dow at a record high -- more than double since 2009 -- some first-time investors are concerned that it might be too late to jump into stock trading. The truth is that no investment comes with a guarantee, and experts disagree about where the market will go next.

Nasdaq Hits Major Milestone

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday, with the Nasdaq moving above the 5,000 mark for the fir...

What's the Real Value of Twitter?

Steve Harmon | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Steve Harmon

Twitter o Twitter, what's a Twitter worth? A tweet or a song? Investors have been debating this the past month and I'm not sure anyone has it right just yet.

The End of the Gravy Train?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

In the summer of 2013, a sharp spike higher in interest rates caused by the "taper tantrum" (fear that the Fed will soon end monetary easing) reduced both housing affordability and the opportunities to lower mortgage rates through refinancing.

The Taxman Cometh

Michael Farr | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Triggering capital gains taxes is just one of the risks associated with market timing, but it is a very important one. Whimsically selling out of positions and paying capital gains taxes can cause dramatic damage to your portfolio's long-term performance.

Ben Walsh

Meet The Man Who Wants To Build The ESPN Of Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business

Inside Keith McCullough's Hedgeye Risk Management: “For better or worse, I’ll die here."

Riding Your 401(k) Through the Market's Rollercoaster Ride

Catherine Golladay | Posted 04.05.2015 | Money
Catherine Golladay

In such volatile times, it's important to remember that panic isn't a strategy, especially with an investment as long-term in nature as a 401(k).

A Race Against Time

Michael Farr | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The year 2015 may yet produce solid returns for investors in US stocks. However, it's looking more and more likely that TINA ("There Is No Alternative"), more than any other factor, will be responsible rather than strong earnings growth.

10 Best Apps for Timid First-Time Investors

GOBankingRates | Posted 03.30.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

As a first-time investor, even if you understand how the stock market works, you might not know how to play the market wisely. Luckily, there are apps designed specifically for novice investors, and the technology is simple to understand.

Here's Why Investors Are Now Facing Another 'Lost Decade' in The Stock Market

Jesse Felder | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

At best, equity returns over the coming decade will simply reflect earnings growth, assuming valuations can remain elevated. Historically, this has averaged about 3.8 percent over time.

Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.

The Single Greatest Mistake Investors Make

Jesse Felder | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

Rather than fixate on recent history and extrapolate it into the future, you must abandon this natural tendency. And as I said earlier you also need to analyze the conditions that allowed for those returns to see whether they are still relevant to today's market.