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Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Michael Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The widespread expansion of credit to car-buyers, especially to sub-prime borrowers, is beginning to cause some industry observers to cry "bubble." Is this economic progress?

Malaysian Airliner Crash Sends Stocks Tumbling

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business

* Malaysian Airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead * Morgan Stanley profit more than doubles, beats estimates * M...

The Dow May Be Above 17,000, But Not For Long

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

The rise in the stock market has been relentless. We are living through the greatest macroeconomic experiment in the history of the U.S. Never was so much printed and spent by so few. And I continue to believe that the Dow will see 5,000 before it sees 20,000.

3 Reasons Investors Fail and the Solutions

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

We have all made investments that we'd like to forget about. You know the one. The one that had such great promise only to plummet like a runaway elevator in a horror flick!

Powering the Revival of the Greek Economy

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

New perspectives are opening for Greece as the country slowly emerges from the debt crisis. Last week, after five long years, the Hellenic Capital Ma...

Michael McAuliff

Elizabeth Warren's Trust Question Poses Problem For Wall Street Exec

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It seems like a simple question. With only 15 percent of Americans trusting the stock market and a declining percentage who invest in it...

Why Buy-and-Hold Is Dangerous in Retirement

Brian Schreiner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Money
Brian Schreiner

In today's market conditions, investors should be looking at shorter time frames. They should be shifting their portfolio in and out of markets based on which assets classes offer the best short- and intermediate-term opportunities.

First Half in Review: Melt Up!

Chris Wang | Posted 07.08.2014 | Money
Chris Wang

I've been in the business for almost 17 years now and I can't remember a time when virtually all assets classes went up together. Needless to say these are highly unusual times.

Jack and the Bean Stocks

Robert L. Wolke | Posted 07.07.2014 | Money
Robert L. Wolke

On the way to the market with the cow, Jack met a livestock broker. "Nice little cow you have there," he said. "I can invest it for you and make you rich."

Buying Up the Planet: Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree

Ellen Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Whatever power plays are going on behind the scenes, it is increasingly clear that they are not serving we-the-people.

4 Reasons to Dump Your 401(k)'s Stable Value Investment

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Are you afraid of losing money in the stock market? Lots of 401(k) participants are terrified of losing money after the 2008 credit crisis. The ve...

5 Steps to Get $18 Billion for Your Business

Gene Marks | Posted 06.19.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Is Uber worth $18 billion? Hey, why not? But that doesn't matter. What matters is that a lot of smart people believe it's worth $18 billion and there are a lot of smart pundits and analysts will back up this belief too.

More of the Same

Michael Farr | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As expected, the Federal Reserve stuck to its pattern of reducing asset purchases by another $10 billion. The monthly pace is now down to just $35 bi...

How Much Will Iraq Cost U.S.?

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.17.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

This week, as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) soldiers pushed into Iraq, seizing cities, U.S.-made war supplies, Central Bank cash and gold bouillon, oil prices jumped to almost $107/barrel.

The Over-Caffeinated Economy

Richard Barrington | Posted 06.06.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

The U.S. economy seems sluggish today, but ironically, it may also be over-stimulated. Like someone who has had too much caffeine but is on the last reserves of strength, the economy is showing some effects of fatigue.

Day Trading Your 401(k)? 6 Reasons To Stop Now

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Are you day trading your 401(k) at work? Shame on you! We all know that day trading is a recipe for disaster. Or do we?

What's Going on With Interest Rates?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

An aggressive rally in the Treasury market this morning has resulted in the lowest 10-year Treasury yield since June of last year.  Nearly everyone is looking for an explanation as to why longer-term interest rates continue to fall in the face of reduced Fed support and better economic data.  So what is going on?

The Dow Will Hit 5,000 Before It Hits 20,000

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

Is it time for me to surrender and join the bullish herd? No.

What If You Cannot Afford to Be Hit by the Next Stock Market Crash?

Andrew Wang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Hawaii
Andrew Wang

The great thing about investing is that there is not one right way to do it.

Tracking Earnings

Michael Farr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

While the overall quality and composition of earnings in the 1Q may have improved somewhat, index earnings growth remains highly dependent on margin expansion.

How the One Percent Is Stealing Your Money in the Stock Market

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You think that the broker has your best interest at heart. They are, after all, working for you. You are paying them a commission. And you are living in America, the land of "everyday low prices." But you have been misled.

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.