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Lights Go on Part XVIII: Allow

Thomas Bähler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

How many opportunities have I passed up because I did not allow my self to act upon clear instincts and give attention to what was being presented to ...

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them - Private Equity's New Strategy?

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

The PE industry's bread and butter -- using lots of debt to buyout companies (LBOs), take them over, and sell them a few years later at a huge profit -- is taking a back seat to PE's new strategy of betting on the stock market.

Economists Are Wrong

Michael Farr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

To boil things down, there are really only two roads we can follow in an environment of such as this. The economy will either muddle along at a sub-par rate of about 2 percent until balance is restored, or we go down the path of running up debt in an effort to produce higher growth rates in the near term.

Divest Now: Clayton Williams, the Oil Corporation That Loves the NRA (Even More Than its Own Shareholders)

Naomi Seligman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Naomi Seligman

Oil and gas giant Clayton Williams Jr. is, of course, under no obligation to change his opinions. But he has no business using his publicly traded corporation to further his political agenda.

Well That Wasn't Pretty

AP/HuffPost | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower following weaker earnings from U.S. companies. Home builders fell after data provider CoreLo...

Making Greed Great: How Hedge Funds Can Help Save the World

Chris Manthey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Manthey

There is no shortage of prescriptions designed to cure what ails progressives, but most suggest a specific course of action or attitude rather than addressing the structure of the enterprise, which resembles the planned economies of communist governments.

Do Your Finances Resemble a 'Game of Thrones' Plot?

Richard Barrington | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

The stock market stumbled into April with four losses of more than 100 points on the Dow in the first two weeks. There's been enough bloodshed lately ...

Institutionalized Fraud: How Wall Street Survives on Predicting the Past

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Jeff Schweitzer

We can just make stuff up with aplomb. One day we say the market rises as "investors cheer" good employment numbers; the very next day we attribute the decline to "structural problems" and look forward to a long decline! Were those structural problems not present yesterday when investors were cheering?

Is The Stock Market Rigged?

Brian Schreiner | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Brian Schreiner

In this post, I address the assertion by Michael Lewis during his 60 Minutes interview and in his new book, "Flash Boys," that the market is "rigged" by high-frequency traders.

Market Noise and Fed Messaging

Michael Farr | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So far this year, the mid-cap banks are outperforming their behemoth cousins, and we now may know why. The big question, though, is how detrimental have these new regulations been to the economic recovery?

Avoid the Freak Out!

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Remember, market corrections are a part of investing, like it or not. Stick with your plan.

Can a 12-Year-Old Boy Really Play the Stock Market? An Interview With Author Ginger Heller

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

When I learned of Ginger Heller's new release, The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa, it piqued my interest... could a 12-year-old really pl...

5 Myths About High-Frequency Trading

Bob Swarup | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

For better or for worse, high-frequency trading is a part of our financial landscape today. This is an economic arms race, and there are risks involved.

Nasdaq Closes Below 4,000 As Tech Stocks Drop Again

AP | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are dropping for a second day in a row as investors flee highflying Internet and biotechnology companies. T...

The Most Dangerous Time in the Stock Market

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

We are in a dangerous time in the stock market. It's not a dangerous time because of a crisis or volatility. It's dangerous time because investors start to become overconfident.

April Showers Hit Markets: Bring an Umbrella to Trade

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Forces at work from Tokyo to Kiev have been roiling the U.S. stock market for a couple of week. But the financial sushi that is now on the menu in Japan, and Russia's "Crimea of the Century" are only part of the story.

Nasdaq Just Plummeted And Everyone's Asking The Same Question

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business

The stock market got completely kerslammered on Thursday, and the kerslammering might not be done. The punishment started on the Nasdaq, which sank...

Warning: Is Your Risk Tolerance Increasing?

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Sometimes investors will confuse recent successes and tend to be more aggressive. It can give you a false sense of investment prowess. Then things turn south, and you pay for it. So how does a poor investor figure out their risk tolerance?

Five Surefire Ways to Torpedo Your Investment Portfolio

Jason Gordo | Posted 06.04.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

No investment method is foolproof; if anyone tells you otherwise, hold onto your wallet. Taking the right precautions, however, keeps risk to a minimum.

Flash Boys Puts a Flashlight on Dark, Predatory HFT Trading

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

The industry counters by denying these facts and boldly claiming that they provide liquidity and lower costs, but it has been demonstrated that HFT is more often a liquidity taker than a liquidity provider and, if anything, raises the costs of trading.

Heard About Bitcoin? Nah, Been There, Done That

Bob Swarup | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Bitcoin enthusiasts today are very much recreating the digital equivalent of the California Gold Rush. The currency is the answer to all our modern day problems, they claim. I hear all that. It is still a rerun, because it is human.

Pyramid or Brokerage Scheme? Herbalife vs. Bill Ackmaan

Food Politic | Posted 05.21.2014 | Home
Food Politic

By Aly Miller Originally published in Food Politic How did Herbalife, a company that sells nutrition and energy supplements, become the center of a ...

Sam Nunn: Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Since 2001 Sam Nunn has served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and since 1999 he has chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies' board of trustees. He sits on the steering committee of the "Fix the Debt" campaign led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.

Here's Possibly The Worst Financial Advice Ever

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business

Little by little, the crazy is returning to financial markets. Borrowing money against your overpriced home in order to gamble in the stock market ...

Why Equities Sold Off Despite a Dovish Fed

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Equities sold off while the yield curve flattened as a result of a selloff in shorter maturities. Why?