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2016
Dec 09
Is Gold Ready to Shine from an Islamic Tailwind?
The launch of a Shariah Standard on Gold could result in an Islamic tailwind on gold prices. Should you embrace the religious shine of 1.6B new investors? Read More
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Dec 09
Does taking a money risk give you a rush?
It's not unusual to see buying and selling based on emerging trends and developments that traders expect to unfold in the coming weeks, months and years. In fact, this strategy of playing momentum can pay off pretty handsomely. Read More
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Dec 08
Black Swans, Gray Swans & Orange Swans
A black swan is a significant, unpredictable event. But what about "gray swans" and "orange swans"? Here are some we see swimming our way in 2017 under Trump. Read More
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Dec 08
This Unique IRA Lets You Own Gold, Real Estate & More!
Move over cash, bonds, stocks, mutual funds and ETFs. You can also hold real estate, gold and other precious metals in your self-directed IRA. Read More
Dec 07
SoftBank, Masa to Invest $50B in U.S.
SoftBank's Masa plans a $50 billion investment in U.S., and Trump says it will create 50K new jobs. Is there more to come? Read More
Dec 07
4 Perfectly Legal Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Rip You Off:
Don't let insurance companies rip you off when it comes to Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance. Here are four ways they can overcharge you -- and it's all perfectly legal! Read More
Dec 06
A Few Ways to Play Oil’s Next Big Move
Oil is in play, but what are the best ways for investors to play oil's next big move? Here are crude oil ETFs that bulls and bears can buy. Read More
Dec 06
Readers weigh in on Trump and Social Security
Lots of Americans are passionate about Donald Trump and Social Security. Put them together, and you can get fireworks. Read More
Dec 05
Italians Vote ‘No,’ Equities Shrug
Italians voted "no" to Constitutional changes, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned. Is the EU now in danger of an "Ita-leave"? Read More
Dec 05
Reading the Market’s Tea Leaves (a.k.a. “Charteography”)
Now, I can’t say I’m the perfect fortune teller but I do my best at interpreting patterns in other things — like the markets. Let’s call it charteography. (Yeah, I just taught Wikipedia a new word!) Read More
Dec 03
How to stop your winter cold dead in its tracks
During the holiday season when all your friends and family get together from around the country, who knows what germs they’re bringing with them? Read More
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Dec 02
The Politics of Investing in Gold
Gold has a reputation as being an investment for conservatives and libertarians. But even liberals may buy gold because of Donald Trump. Read More
Dec 02
Would You Pay the IRS to Do Your Taxes?
Sure, we send the IRS zillions of dollars every year. But what does Uncle Sam do with all those contributions? Read More
Dec 01
Waiting for Jobs While Talking Issues
If the November jobs report is too hot, it could push the Fed’s “dots” higher, and that would become a headwind on the current rally. Read More
Dec 01
Not All Dividends Are Created Equal
When everyday investors think about dividend stocks, the first thing they think of is the yield. In a rising-rate environment, that's the wrong approach. Read More
Nov 30
OPEC Finally Reaches a Crude Production Cut
OPEC agreed to cut production to 32.5 million barrels per day, the first cut by OPEC in eight years. Oil prices spiked, but will it last? Read More
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Nov 30
Factor Roulette …
“Smart Beta” Can Double the S&P Returns Long Term. Here are 4 picks to consider... Read More
Nov 29
What’s Going on with India’s Cash Crisis?
India’s decision to scrap the 500 and 1,000 rupee note by declaring the bills no longer legal tender causes upheaval, puts growth at risk. Read More
Nov 29
What Might Trump Mean for Social Security?
The more I think about it, the more convinced I become that the next big Social Security surprise is going to be bigger than anyone else may currently believe possible. Read More
Nov 28
The Real Cyber Monday Shopping Winners
Analysts expect Cyber Monday shoppers to spend a record $3.36 billion in a single day. That’s big for retailers, and cyber-security stocks. Read More
Nov 28
The Purge After the Feast?
With stocks at record highs in November 2016, will we see a purge after the feast? Read More
Nov 26
3 Simple Ways to Fight Your ‘Food Hangover’
Post-feast, you can find your body devastated, your mind foggy, and your overall psyche lethargic. The side effects can last for hours, or even days. Read More
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Nov 25
RIP Black Friday?
Has Cyber Monday become the new Black Friday? Adobe's team expects that $3.6 billion will be spent online on Cyber Monday alone, making it the largest online shopping day of all time. Read More
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Nov 24
Why It’s Easy to Be Thankful Today
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, and to remember how lucky we are. And even after a stressful 2016, it's still easy to be thankful today. Read More
Nov 23
When in Doubt, Diversify…
What can you do to protect your portfolio from a possible bear market ... or an era of potential lower returns from traditional asset classes? Read More
Nov 22
Goldman Gets Giddy on Commodities
Goldman Sachs upgraded its outlook on commodities and basic materials. Is the Trump reflation trade the reason, or are their other causes? Read More
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Nov 22
A better shopping list for Black Friday
Look for gifts that can truly enrich their recipients’ lives for the better. Any present that can help someone achieve financial independence is a great choice. Read More
Nov 21
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in a Musky Basket
I am a fan of Elon Musk, but I'm not a fan of putting all my investment capital in TSLA shares like one investor just announced. Read More
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Nov 21
Bring Out the Pitchforks … and the Champagne!
Will there be a Trump bull market? Andrew's Pitchfork suggests the S&P 500 could see an 18% more upside over the next year and a half. Read More
Nov 19
Upgrade your drinking water. Your body will thank you
The best way to hydrate your body isn't with tap water. Rather, it's time to upgrade your drinking water to include essential minerals. Read More
Nov 18
The Virtue and Harmony of Retirement Balance
Passion is essential to a happy retirement. But even more important is a sense of harmony and balance. Here are more tips from some of the happiest retirees. Read More
Nov 18
Some Thoughts Before the Holiday Season …
While you may not have any control over the long lines at airports, train stations or the massive traffic jams on the highway — or over your uncle, cousin or family friend who is either very happy or very upset about the recent election outcome — you do have control over how you react to these things. Read More
Nov 17
When ‘Relatively Soon’ Means a December Hike
Janet Yellen made her first appearance since the election. The takeaway is the Fed's hiking rates "relatively soon," i.e. December. Read More
Nov 17
3 Secrets Your Insurance Company Uses to Rob You Blind
Our research of 2016 Medicare Supplement insurance found over 3,500 examples of insurance providers grossly overcharging for premiums. Read More
Nov 16
What Really Matters When Building a Winning Team
President-elect Trump is looking for key advisers, so what qualities should he be looking for when filling the nation's top Cabinet slots? Read More
Nov 16
Obscure Precious Metals Tax Loophole Revealed
Did you know you can turn your precious-metals loss into immediate tax savings, without technically losing possession of the metals? It’s a loophole under the … Read More
Nov 15
Silicon Valley Tells Trump What It Wants
In a letter for the president-elect, big techs told Trump that immigration, encryption and liability protections are big priorities for Silicon Valley. Read More
Nov 15
A guaranteed way to lose money next year…
Some advisers and financial planners are worth their weight in gold. In fact, I just got back from a cross-country trip to speak with one … Read More
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Nov 14
How to Make $1 Trillion Disappear in a Week
Bond values fell $1 trillion in anticipation of policy changes likely to come from president-elect Trump, and the Republican Congress. Read More
Nov 14
Trading Idiots
Traders are idiots. They make irrational decisions all the time. And you can use their bad decisions to help you beat the stock market, time and again. Read More
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Nov 12
Sleep Less, Eat More? Plus, 5 More Trends Affecting Your Health
Losing sleep can make you eat more. Gut bacteria can alter your brain health. Learn more in this health research roundup. Read More
Nov 11
A Financial Battle Plan to Honor Veterans
Today is Veterans Day, so what better time to thank a service member for their service, and to offer them some sound financial wisdom? Read More
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Nov 11
Is There Really Power in Positive Thinking?
Does the power of positive thinking actually have any real power at all? You can attract positive results, yes. But only if your optimism is grounded in reality. Read More
Nov 10
Are You Committing Financial Infidelity?
Financial infidelity issues sabotage otherwise-healthy relationships. It's the top "money turn-off," according to a recent survey. Read More
Nov 10
Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know
There's a secret your insurance company doesn't want you to know. And it's that you can save a lot of money shopping around for Medigap coverage. Read More
Nov 09
Binding the Wounds of Division
Donald Trump will be the 45th U.S. president. While some rejoice, others remain distraught. Now let the healing of the wounds of division begin. Read More
Nov 09
3 Dividend-Paying Stocks That Could Turn Into Dividend Disasters
In this challenging interest-rate environment, yield-starved investors are moving big dollars from fixed-income assets into dividend-paying stocks. Fund companies, of all varieties, have answered … Read More
Nov 08
Let’s All Hope the Next Vote is to Heal
After today's vote, my hope is the that divide that's taken place in America over the past year-plus will finally begin to heal. Read More
Nov 08
Golden rules ahead of today’s election …
Gold is like a dividend stock, in that you can buy a few large mining companies that pay regular dividends. And owning bullion itself can buy a lot of peace of mind. Read More
Nov 07
Is ‘Hacktivism’ the New Cyber Enemy?
Twitter and WikiLeaks outages raise conspiracy claims; the rise of "hacktivism," and how to prep your portfolio for cyber-attacks. Read More
Nov 07
Barack Obama and Donald Trump walk into a bar …
Candidates are disconnected from you. But you can vote for the most-tangible impact a presidential election can have on your personal situation: your money. Read More
Nov 05
The most relaxing way to live longer
Researchers in Finland just found that 30 minutes of relaxing sauna time may have the same cardiovascular and metabolic effects of intense aerobic exercise. Read More
Nov 04
The Biggest Loser This Election is Free Trade
Free trade has been this election cycle's favorite whipping boy, but is the anti-trade rhetoric warranted? Aren't cheap imports a benefit? Read More
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Nov 04
The Big Business of Buying U.S. Citizenship
Express entry into the U.S. will cost you … maybe that's why they call it a "green" card? Read More
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Nov 03
This California Ballot Initiative Could Whack Your Wallet
California Proposition 61 is an attempt to put caps on drug prices. This potential new regulation is worrisome for a whole lot of pharma CEOs and shareholders. Read More
Nov 03
Do Professional Women Investors Behave Differently Than Men?
Vanguard analysts found women outperformed men by 3% during the 2008-'09 financial crisis in their IRAs. It pays to "invest like a girl"! Read More
Nov 02
Are Markets Prepping for an ‘Orange Swan’ Event?
Markets slumped after new polls showed Trump and Clinton in a dead heat in the 2016 presidential race. So, is this an "orange swan" event? Read More
Nov 02
Five Big Reasons to Own Tiny Stocks
It pays to think small when it comes to big stock returns. Consider that just $1 invested in microcaps over the last 90 years could have become $28,831! Read More
Nov 01
If Trump (or Clinton) becomes president, I’m outta here
Planning to flee the country on Nov. 9 if your candidate doesn't win? Get ready to pay (even more) in taxes from afar. Read More
Nov 01
Democrats, Republicans & the Stock Market
Which political party has been better for equities? Data from 1928 through Sept. 20 of this year and encompassing 22 full presidential terms plus one year under Coolidge, two things were apparent … Read More
Oct 31
The One Halloween Treat Everyone Needs
This Halloween, I’m giving trick-or-treaters a $1 bill and a lesson on how to think about money. Like the Marshmallow Test, think of this idea as the sweet taste of a dollar saved. Read More
Oct 31
Call Options on the Chicago Cubs?
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon credits their recent success to managing the process rather than fearing the outcome of the game. This is also an excellent trading discipline. Read More
Oct 29
Meditation in the 21st Century
The ancient practice of meditation, by modern measures, can mindfully impact our immunity, our digestion, our hormones and our cardiovascular health. Read More
Oct 28
Passing Love Down Through the Generations
Having an heirloom passed down the generations is a great way to celebrate love, and family cohesion. Here are some great collectible ideas. Read More
Oct 28
Why Does ‘Successful’ Welfare Reform Keep Costing More?
Will requiring welfare recipients to meet higher standards, such as working, make a difference? We will find out if this new House bill passes … Read More
Oct 27
This Man’s Advice: ‘Just Say No’ to 401(k)
You probably shouldn't ditch your 401(k). But rather than focusing on saving, author Grant Cardone says you should focus on earning to build wealth. Read More
Oct 27
60% of Americans to Pay Up as Prescriptions Get Pricier
Big pharma is the biggest spender on federal lobbying. And it's price-gouging Americans on prescription drugs to pay for it. Read More
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Oct 26
Notes on a ‘Toppy’ Market, and Sounding Off on the ACA
Stocks may not be headed for correction territory. But the catalysts for a big wave of buying are non-existent. Read More
Oct 26
Do Stocks, ETFs With Clever Tickers Attract More Investors?
What's in a name? For companies with clever stock and ETF tickers, it can spell bigger profits for investors than their less-creatively named peers. Read More
Oct 25
Obamacare is the Mess We Knew It Would Be
Was there any doubt that Obamacare wasn't going to work? Rising premiums, fewer insurers, big losses and the public option are next. Read More
Oct 25
When all the marshmallows have been eaten
Nobody else can/will look out for you better than you. Invest conservatively & save aggressively to avoid a pension crisis like we're seeing on the public level. Read More
Oct 24
Mixing It Up on the Latest Merger Mania
Merger mania ramped up with Reynolds, AT&T ($T)/Time Warner, TD Ameritrade /Scottrade and HNA Group/Hilton. But does that mean the bull run is done? Read More
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Oct 24
My Thoughts on Their Next-Decade, ‘Outside-the-Box’ Predictions
Many "out-of-the-box" thinkers predict the EU disintegrates in the next 10 years, and politics implode. Here's what else economists say could shock the world. Read More
Oct 22
$340B spent on healthcare for hormone-disrupting chemicals
Chemicals in everyday items like plastic containers, cosmetics and pesticides are causing endocrine-system damage, and over $340B in healthcare costs. Read More
Oct 21
How to Simplify a Complex Investing Decision
Knowing when to buy a stock is easy; knowing when to sell is the hard part. The key is managing expectations, as we saw with Reynolds American ($RAI). Read More
Oct 21
Price-gouging; the senator’s daughter; cover from Washington
The EpiPen has been around since 1977. This device precisely calibrates the dosage of epinephrine needed to treat emergency allergic reactions to foods and bee stings. Without it, a patient could die. Read More
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Oct 20
Be Skeptical When You Hear This Term Applied to the Economy
Is the sharing economy really "Dickensian," or is that term simply a critique on capitalism and freedom? Read More
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Oct 20
Dividend Growth Trumps All – Then and Now
If you want to get rich by investing in the stock market over multiple decades, buy companies that consistently grow their dividends ETFs like $SMDV, $NBL and $REGL. Read More
Oct 19
This One Decision Could Split-Up Your Retirement
Divorce can wreak havoc on your emotions and your finances. And this big decision can have a negative effect on your retirement. Read More
Oct 19
An Investment ‘SHE’ Will Love, but ‘He’ Should Be Interested In
It pays to invest like a woman. And the Gender Diversity Index ETF ($SHE) provides an interesting way for anyone to benefit from female decision-making. Read More
Oct 18
The Revolution Will Be FB Live Streamed
Facebook Live lets you watch war in real-time. So, it certainly seems as though the revolution will be live streamed. Read More
Oct 18
More ripples in the public pension crisis
Our state and local retirement systems are underfunded. These public pension problems are weighing on employers -- i.e., taxpayers. Read More
Oct 17
Is This Election Really Different Than Others?
Markets perform well in presidential election years. But this year, more people are in cash. Read More
Oct 17
U.S. Inflation Goes Ballistic. What will gold and silver do?
Inflation is in Fed-friendly territory. But don't buy gold if you're afraid of a dollar collapse. There are better reasons to buy gold and silver now. Read More
Oct 15
Prescription drug prices are out of control
Big pharma is the biggest spender on federal lobbying. And it's price-gouging Americans on prescription drugs to pay for it. Read More
Oct 14
Coping with a Case of High Economic Anxiety
We're anxious about the election and our personal financial situations. That's the subject of a new survey by Marketplace-Edison Research. Read More
Oct 14
Should the government decide what’s ‘fair’?
There's growing interest in the "fair tax." But who exactly decides what's fair for you? Read More
Oct 13
A Most Unlikely Stock for the ‘War on Terror’
Facebook has increased its efforts to assist in the war on terror with a help wanted post for what FB calls a “Counterterrorism Researcher.” Read More
Oct 13
Is Your Health a Threat to America? You’d be Shocked Who Could Decide
The CDC wants to quietly amend its domestic and foreign quarantine regulations. If you value your freedom, however, you will want to take action TODAY because by Friday, it will be too late. Read More
Oct 12
The Fed’s Now Afraid of Recession?
Fed officials seem afraid that their rate-hike strategy could trigger a recession. Read More
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Oct 12
Use This ETF Tag Team to Beat the S&P 500
Next time you're ready to "Sell in May and Go Away," consider this "Switch in May and Stay" stock strategy to beat the S&P 500. Read More
Oct 11
A ‘Golden Week’ Price Manipulation
The "Golden Week" holiday meant China was away from the gold markets last week. In its place: rampant price manipulation. Read More
Oct 11
What will a new president mean for stocks?
The presidential stock market cycle says to expect relatively muted gains from stocks in 2017-'18. Time for less risk and more income-producing assets. Read More
Oct 10
Get Ready for the Q3 Earnings Recession
FactSet expects S&P 500 companies to post their sixth straight quarterly decline, so what does this mean for investors and markets? Read More
Oct 10
Are Markets Calling the Fed’s Bluff?
Last month, markets were hit with meetings at both the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve. And the emerging markets lived to tell about … Read More
Oct 08
Are We Literally Sitting Ourselves to Death?
With autumn already upon us, I can’t help but think about where the time has already gone this year. I think we can all agree … Read More
Oct 07
A hand in each pocket, and neither one is yours …
The Treasuries in the Social Security trust fund are backed by the full faith & credit of the gov't. But that doesn't guarantee you a decent retirement. Read More
Oct 06
The What (Asset Allocation) & Where (Asset Location) of Investing
Asset allocation accounts for 90%-plus of your investment returns. As you probably know, asset allocation means implementing an investment strategy that seeks to balance risk … Read More
Oct 05
Thoughts on a Golden Pullback
The big news in markets yesterday was the big plunge in gold prices. The yellow metal sank to a three-month low in Tuesday trade. This … Read More
Oct 05
Where Does Your Money Go?
Do you know where your money goes … every day, week, month and year? If you haven’t done the calculations yourself, you may be in … Read More
Oct 04
Cultivating a ‘Preparedness Mindset’
Hurricane Matthew reminds us how most people never think disaster will strike. But it does. The key to thriving is with a "preparedness mindset." Read More
Oct 04
The Fed’s dilemma: A crash or 20 more years of stagnation
We may be going the way of Japan ... with another 10 or 20 years of low interest rates and economic stagnation still ahead of us. Read More
Oct 03
What You Can Learn from Trump’s Taxes
We just learned something about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's tax returns. And it's something all Americans can learn and benefit from. Read More
Oct 03
OPEC Production Cut: Should We Have Been Surprised?
OPEC made its first production cut in eight years. But will crude oil prices surge as intended? Several factors say we could see the opposite response. Read More
Oct 01
5 dangers to avoid this cold season
Here's how to prevent catching the common cold … and the steps you should take if you feel that coughing, sniffling, sneezing feeling coming on. Read More
Sep 30
Summers Wants the Feds to Buy Stocks Direct
The creep of big government into the economy never really ceases to amaze me. After all, since the Progressive movement in the early part of … Read More
Sep 30
Didn’t we do this yesterday?
"Didn’t we do this yesterday?" is a line from the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day." In it, Bill Murray plays a cynical TV weatherman out to … Read More
Sep 29
Elon Musk Wants to Take You to Mars
Elon Musk and SpaceX want to send us to Mars in the next decade, and make humans a multiplanet species via public-private partnerships and reusable rockets. Read More
Sep 29
What You Might Have Missed Even if You Watched Monday’s Debate
Monday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched in modern history. Nielsen reported that more than 84 million people watched it … Read More
Sep 28
Did OPEC Just Light a Fire Under Markets?
OPEC's crude oil production cut announcement is bullish. And the news from Algiers could continue to fuel the buying fire that we saw today. Read More
Sep 28
Stress Test Your Portfolio — and Other Tips — to Survive the Next Bear Market
Here are seven tips to help you stress-test your portfolio so you can stay protected in the next bear market and positioned for the market's better days ahead. Read More
Sep 27
Is Deutsche Bank Europe’s Lehman Bros.?
Deutsche Bank ($DB) shares fell 7% Monday to close at a 33-year low. Is this Europe's Lehman Brothers, and is its financial sector headed for the same fate? Read More
Sep 27
In defense of having fun and making money
Money represents the freedom to do what we want, when we want. And our work-life balance of having fun and making money helps us to help you do the same. Read More
Sep 26
Gen ETF: Why Every Generation Should Love One-Click Diversification
Millennials love one-click diversification (i.e., buying ETFs). That's according to the most-recent survey by brokerage firm Charles Schwab. Read More
Sep 26
Why I Am Scared for the Markets Right Now
Central bankers care about capital flow & asset prices, not economic growth. Be scared for markets, especially emerging markets and bonds. Read More
Sep 24
New study exposes the truth about wearable fitness devices
A new Pitt study shows people without wearable fitness devices lost twice as much weight than those with activity trackers like Fitbit. Read More
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Sep 23
Saving Money is a Serious Problem
According to a new survey, 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. And, the tough times for savers also applies to many with six-figure incomes. Read More
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Sep 23
How to Not be an Investing Cheapskate
The issue of "frugal vs. cheap," with respect to one's spending habits and general use of money, is one we explored in yesterday's Edition. As promised, today we'll delve deeper into this subject and look at how best to be frugal with your investing ... and how to avoid being cheap. Read More
Sep 22
Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Save the World
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan want to save the world, so they just pledged $3 billion to "cure, manage and prevent all disease." Read More
Sep 22
How to Not be a Cheapskate
I’m sure you know people who boast about the amount of money they saved on the car they just bought … or the deal they … Read More
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Sep 21
The Day the Central Banks Stood Still
The Fed and BOJ left benchmark interest rates as-is for now. But central banks are running out of bullets and the stimulus high is wearing off. Read More
Sep 21
Americans’ Biggest Fear is a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’
Cyber attacks could cost $2.1T annually by 2019. That's equal to 21 Hurricane Katrinas every year. If you fear a cyber Pearl Harbor, consider buying $HACK now. Read More
Sep 20
More Thoughts on the Appeal of Confidence
In Monday's Afternoon Edition, I wrote about "The Power & Appeal of Confidence" when it comes to leadership. Here are a few follow-up thoughts on the subject. Read More
Sep 20
How much do you know about Social Security?
Here are seven truths you need to know about Social Security, all its complications, and the very real challenges it faces right now. Read More
Sep 19
The Power & Appeal of Confidence
Despite Trump's lack of policy knowledge on most issues, he is running neck-and-neck with the former First Lady. One reason: confidence on fighting terrorism. Read More
Sep 19
‘Holistic’ Crude Oil Sets Up Markets for Election Fallout
The team of analysts and editors here at Uncommon Wisdom Daily have already been holding internal discussions about all the ways a new President might … Read More
Sep 17
3 Delicious Ways to Improve Your Gut Health
One of the fastest-growing areas of research in the medical field is gut health. That’s because the health of your gut has a direct … Read More
Sep 16
Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies
Lying is a repugnant habit. Lying to others causes irreparable rifts in relationships. It also creates an enormous distrust in those upon whom we … Read More
Sep 16
The power to tax is the power to destroy
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, as one of 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. Read More
Sep 15
The Lehman Collapse and the 8-Year Balloon
Do you remember what you were doing on Sept. 15, 2008? If you were like most Americans with some financial skin in the game, you … Read More
Sep 15
RIP Capitalism?
When a politician talks about capitalism … and how it’s not meeting the challenges of the time … I usually start to worry. Why? Well … Read More
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Sep 14
Wells Fargo Outrage Rankles Readers
When someone abuses your trust, you’re justified in being angry. That anger was certainly reflected by readers yesterday in their responses to our article, " … Read More
Sep 14
PRNT: A Brand-New ETF with Big Investment Potential
General Electric (GE) just spent $1.4 billion on two acquisitions. Why is this big news? First, GE has been more of a seller than a … Read More
Sep 13
Fear returns to the markets …
Talk about weird timing! In last week’s column, I told you that investors were acting overly complacent and that fear gauges like the VIX … Read More
Sep 13
Wells Fargo Has One Giant Trust Problem
If I were one of the victims of the deceitful actions taken by some Wells Fargo (WFC) employees, I would be really angry. In fact, … Read More
Sep 12
‘Prudence’ Provides a Buy Signal for Bargain-Hunters
On Friday, stocks got crushed, with the Dow Industrials plunging nearly 400 points, or 2.1%, on heavy trading volume. Today, we saw a reversal of … Read More
Sep 12
Mario Draghi is Now a Poet; Doth ‘Tomorrow’ Beckon?
"It’s morning again in America." And in case you’re wondering, T.S. Eliot did not speak or write that quote. Neither did Mario Draghi. Ronald Reagan … Read More
Sep 10
The ancient fat-burning tea you need to start drinking
Most Americans have never heard of pu-erh tea before. However, a small number of devotees within the tea-drinking community enjoy this Eastern delicacy. Pu-erh … Read More
Sep 09
Class Warfare Heats Up at Burning Man
Financial markets were burning up Friday, as the Dow Industrials closed off some 394 points (-2.1%) to end the holiday-shortened trading week. The selling in … Read More
Sep 09
An overreach of presidential power?
With 60 days left until Election Day, the two major-party candidates are raising questions about whether their opponent "looks presidential" or is "temperamentally fit" enough … Read More
Sep 08
Formula One Goes American as Europe Stalls
Two things happened over the course of the past 24 hours that illustrate the very tough time the European Union is having. On Wednesday, the … Read More
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Sep 08
Money for Nothing…
From "free stuff" to other money-saving deals, it's easy (and smart) to get something for nothing. As Dire Straits put it, here's how to get some "money for nothing." Read More
Sep 07
No Jack City: Apple Unveils the iPhone 7
Apple unveiled the next-generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and this time around the headphone jack is absent. Will this be good for AAPL stock? Read More
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Sep 07
How to Play the IPO Market if You’re Not Part of ‘the 1%’
If you're a "little guy" looking to get into the big world of IPO investing, the $FPX and $IPO ETFs may offer just the opportunity you've been waiting for. Read More
Sep 06
An ‘Alien’ False Alarm Brings Out the Thinkers
Alien "signal" turns out to most probably have earthly origins. Yet should that damper the optimism and wonder of the "what ifs"? Read More
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Sep 06
What to Do if Volatility Returns This Fall
Whenever the VIX is rising, investors are collectively growing more worried. When it’s falling, they are feeling more complacent. Read More
Sep 05
You Can’t Trust Crazy. Or Can You?
Negative Interest Rates Are Good for the Economy - Just not this economy. Read More
Sep 03
Could eating spicy foods help you live longer?
Spicy foods are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Plus, capsaicin in peppers can help fight inflammation and stave off cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Read More
Sep 02
This Could Be the Greatest Discovery in the History of Human History
What discovery would represent the greatest finding ever? I think it would be the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Read More
Sep 02
Third-party support growing
The chance of a third-party candidate winning in November is small. But if history repeats itself, they could have a big impact on the results. Read More
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Sep 01
Caution: Stocks Are Slippery in September
Historically speaking, September has seen the worst returns for the broad U.S. stock market of any other month. But why? Read More
Sep 01
The VA Bought $20 Million in Art While Vets Died
The Veterans Administration spent $20 million on art even as vets died waiting months for appointments. This is government waste in action. Read More
Aug 31
Final Thoughts on Bonds, Friends and Getting Rich
My friend Porter Stansberry shares a strategy of investing in distressed corporate bonds that gives investors a way to make very big gains. Read More
Aug 31
Be Careful Choosing a Financial Adviser
Are you in the market for a professional financial helper? Someone to handle your investments, tax planning, retirement strategy, estate work, etc.? Here are 10 guidelines to consider during your search. Read More
Aug 30
Apple Gets an EU Shakedown
A ruling by the EU to make Apple retroactively pay some $14.5 billion in back taxes and interest is basically a government Read More
Aug 30
Making the math work for your portfolio
Nilus Mattive offers five tips to help you win at Monopoly. He also shares five common investing mistakes to avoid, which can help you compound your real-life cash. Read More
Aug 29
This Is Not Your Husband’s Growth Policy
Hillary Clinton has rejected many of the policies of past Democrat administrations, especially those of her husband President Bill Clinton. Read More
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Aug 29
I’m Thinking … Gold
We're getting close to a new buying opportunity in gold. We could even buy on a dip to about $1,300 as an investment in monetary disorder. Read More
Aug 27
Fluoride could be giving you diabetes
Another new finding links fluoride consumption to adverse health effects like type 2 diabetes. Read More
Aug 26
These Bonds Will Energize Your Wealth
Porter Stansberry agreed to let me share some of the details of his recent research showing the opportunity for investors in energy bonds. Read More
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Aug 26
Come 2017, will your name be on this list?
The White House is open to all and especially to companies like Google, Comcast, Facebook, Amazon, Oracle and Verizon. Read More
Aug 25
Bonds: The Easiest Way to Get Rich?
Bonds may not be the easiest way to get rich. But investing in distressed corporate debt could lead to a big increase in wealth. Read More
Aug 25
Plan an Escape, and 10 Other Ways to be Happier Each Day
Being happy requires specific action. Add sleep, sun and short bursts of exercise to your daily routine. And plan a vacation in detail -- even if you aren't yet able to take it. Read More
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Aug 24
Eerily Quiet Markets Make Me Edgy
After periods of low volatility, stocks tend to fall. That's why these eerily quiet markets have me worried. Is this the lull before a market storm? Read More
Aug 24
Five Big Reasons to Own Tiny Stocks
It pays to think small when it comes to big stock returns. Consider that just $1 invested in microcaps over the last 90 years could have become $28,831! Read More
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Aug 23
Capitalism 2.0 Gets Readers Riled
Sen. Mark Warner's thoughts on Capitalism 2.0 elicited some great reader response. Read More
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Aug 23
The least-understood part about selling options
You don't have to wait until expiration day to take profits on a short put or call. Buying to close early is the least-understood part about selling options. Read More
Aug 22
What on Earth is Capitalism 2.0?
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner doesn't think capitalism today is working like it's supposed to. So what is Capitalism 2.0, and what does it mean for you? Read More
Aug 22
Bringing Back Traditional Mongolian (Beef)
Mongolia hiked interest rates to 15%, hoping to prop up its currency and stabilize price levels. Now it's going to need a miracle that's not austerity. Read More
Aug 20
New bill requires labeling of GMO foods.
Have a weird food allergy? You be reacting to an unexpected ingredient in it. That's why we need food labels that tell us if GMOs are present. Read More
Aug 19
Rich Enough for Bonds, Part 3: The Method
Get ready to screen for diamonds in deeply distressed rock because there's a big opportunity coming in corporate bond investing. Read More
Aug 19
Time to expel the government from the college loan business
College cost has been a hot topic among the presidential hopefuls. It’s no wonder why, really …  Americans are shackled with over $1.3 trillion in … Read More
Aug 18
Rich Enough for Bonds, Part 2: Binary Opportunities
Over the next three or four years, there should be a tremendous amount of distress in the corporate credit markets ... as the credit cycle has turned, and credit is tightening. Read More
Aug 18
7 Reasons Why Gold (and Gold Stocks) are Set to Soar
Doug Casey told us about some pretty spectacular gains on small resource stocks. Discover exactly why this 40-year gold trading veteran thinks gold is set to surge… and how to get ready for it. Read More
Aug 17
Are You Rich Enough for Bonds?
This is the first in a series on bond investing created by Porter Stansberry, one he has allowed to share with Afternoon Edition readers. Read More
Aug 17
An Unusual Investment That Could Help You Retire Richer
A third of Americans have zero dollars saved for retirement. Another third have >$50K. But if you invest in an interstate move, you may be able to retire richer! Read More
Aug 16
Stirring Up the Social Security Pot
The raw deal that Social Security represents for taxpayers generated a lot of heat with our readers. Read More
Aug 16
Instant Income from Any Stock You Own
Don't be afraid of the power of options. Harness it! You can sell options to generate instant income from almost any stock you own. Read More
Aug 15
The Raw Deal That is Social Security
AARP asked Clinton and Trump their positions on Social Security. Neither calls the economics what they really are: a raw deal for Americans. Read More
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Aug 15
A Choice You Can You Can Feel Good About Making This Year
Slow Money, Investors' Circle and Invest with Values can help you put health ahead of wealth in the sustainable/responsible investing part of your portfolio. Read More
Aug 13
The top 3 reasons liver is essential in your diet.
Eating liver offers many benefits. Just one weekly serving helps you load up on Vitamin A and many other vital nutrients that boost brain and body health. Read More
Aug 12
Don’t Lose Friends Over Trump or Clinton
We covered the Trump and Clinton economic plans this week, but we don't want you to lose friends over disputes about the candidates. Read More
Aug 12
A Spoonful of Sugar Won’t Make This Tax Go Down Any Easier
Nothing says “nanny state” like Philly’s new tax on sodas. And even if you want the diet variety, fuggedabout it. They’re taxing you too! Read More
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Aug 11
Clinton Lays Out Economic Plan
Hillary Clinton laid out her economic plan for America. Here are some things the Democratic candidate wants to "invest" in with your hard-earned tax dollars. Read More
Aug 11
One Easy Way to Spend Less at the Gas Pump
Pulling up to the gas pump on a Tuesday or Wednesday could save you $75 a year in some cities. Here are even more ways to save money on gas prices. Read More
Aug 10
Life Lessons from the Rio Olympics
Here's what investors can learn from gold medalist Michael Phelps and other teams competing in the Rio Summer Olympics. Read More
Aug 10
A Convenient Way to Play a ‘Stupid-Cheap’ Fragment of the Stock Market
It's slim pickings for value investors right now. But airlines are stupid-cheap. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) offers a direct flight to collective profits. Read More
Aug 09
Trump’s Economic Plan Gets Huuuuge Reaction
Donald Trump's economic plan, and his speech, generated a huuuuge reaction among our readers. Read More
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Aug 09
Selling Put Options: More income, less risk!
You could enter limit orders on stocks you want to buy. Or you could get paid to wait. That's why selling puts is the cornerstone of smart income investing! Read More
Aug 08
Trump Lays Out Economic Plan
Donald Trump outlined his economic plan in Detroit. He talked of new tax breaks, less regulation and the borrowed fallacy of the rich not paying their fair share. Read More
Aug 08
Ignore This Gas Gauge at Your Own Peril
Gasoline prices are ripe for a rebound. It's time to prime the pump for gains with the U.S. Gasoline Fund ($UGA). Read More
Aug 06
Was flossing for dental health just debunked?
The government now says there's insufficient evidence that flossing prevents cavities and gum disease. Was dental floss a health hoax that's just been debunked? Read More
Aug 05
When Your Jobs Porridge is Just Right
The economy added 255,000 new jobs in July. This Goldilocks' just-right jobs porridge sent the S&P and Nasdaq to new record closing highs. Read More
Aug 05
3 Laws Congress Created That It Doesn’t Have to Follow
You might think Congress doesn’t get anything done. That’s not true. They pass plenty of laws. They even find additional ways to make sure those laws don’t apply to them or their staff! Read More
Aug 04
Just Waiting on a July Jobs Report
Markets are stalled in front of the July jobs report, as that number could be key to the next move in stocks. Read More
Aug 04
FINRA Study: Americans Getting Smarter About Money
New FINRA study says Americans are getting smarter about money. But they still worry about running out of money in retirement. Read More
Aug 03
Nobody Ever Said Stocks Have to Make Sense
When it comes to the direction of the stock market, "Nobody ever said it had to make sense." That’s the profound observation of David … Read More
Aug 03
Dividend Growth Trumps All – Then and Now
If you want to get rich by investing in the stock market over multiple decades, buy companies that consistently grow their dividends ETFs like $SMDV, $NBL and $REGL. Read More
Aug 02
The VA Bought $20 Million in Art While Vets Died
The Veterans Administration spent $20 million on art even as vets died waiting months for appointments. This is government waste in action. Read More
Aug 02
Laddering CDs and other fixed-income investments
You can buy all sorts of new and "gently used" CDs from your broker that can put your cash to work at various points across the interest-rate spectrum (i.e., laddering). Read More
Aug 01
When a Bond King Says ‘Sell Everything’ …
DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach is telling investors that they should "sell everything" -- the house, kids, car and, of course, stocks and bonds. Read More
Aug 01
Here Comes $40 Oil …
Wait before buying into a rally in crude oil and energy stocks. If crude lingers at $40, stocks could break down further from here. Read More
Jul 30
Cinnamon can help you take back control of your blood sugar
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day could help keep the diabetes … and stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease and metabolic syndrome … away. Read More
Jul 29
Japan: A Canary in the Central Bank Coal Mine
The BOJ only increased its ETF purchases to a "modest" annual pace of ¥6 trillion from ¥3.3 trillion. Is it out of monetary bullets now? Read More
Jul 29
A reaction to aggressive globalization …
Americans see a similarity between the EU and our own unaccountable federal government, where our leaders can’t pass a budget -- let alone a balanced one. Read More
Jul 28
Apple Hits the Billion iPhone Mark
Apple just sold its billionth iPhone unit. This milestone shows the power of the smartphone revolution and the power of $AAPL stock. Read More
Jul 28
Happy Half-Birthday, Boomers! Now Pay This Tax …
If you turn 70.5 after July 1, the government has a surprise for your half-birthday. Time to start paying taxes on some of your tax-advantaged accounts. Read More
Jul 27
The Fed Gets Upbeat on the Economy
The FOMC left interest rates unchanged. But its positive outlook of the labor market and economy suggests a 2016 hike could happen. Read More
Jul 27
Asset Management: A Fantastic Business to Run and Invest In
Asset managers make big money for their companies and their clients. And you can make a nice profit investing in their stocks! Read More
Jul 26
A ‘Severely Oversupplied’ Gasoline Market Could Blow Up Stocks
Morgan Stanley ($MS) says we're in a 'severely oversupplied' gasoline market. This could put pressure on crude oil prices, energy stocks and the major indices. Read More
Jul 26
Just get on base and the rest will take care of itself …
You can profit nicely from swinging for a steady series of singles and doubles. In other words, don't pursue grand slams at the expense of everything else. Read More
Jul 25
Forget Philly, These Meetings are What Really Matter to Your Money
The DNC is the big news this week. But investors should be looking at the Fed and the BOJ, as both will have a bigger impact on our money. Read More
Jul 25
When the Pursuit of Greatness Leads to Inevitable Failure…
Global corprate debt is set to rise by 50%. Yet, the amount of money pouring into high-yield corporate bonds is staggering. Consider shorting HYG or buying SJB. Read More
Jul 23
The ultimate testosterone-boosting stack for men (Part 2)
A vitamin D deficiency can lead to lowered "T" levels. But sunlight isn't the only solution. Here are even more ways to boost your testosterone naturally. Read More
Jul 22
How to Be Frugal, Not Cheap (Part II)
Be frugal, not cheap with your investing. Pay for value stocks/ETFs, don't overpay your broker and never skimp on quality research and expertise. Read More
Jul 22
Campaigning with the stars
When Hollywood celebrities take a dumb political position, they aren’t the ones who suffer when things go horribly wrong. Read More
Jul 21
Here’s How to Be Frugal, but Not Cheap
We all want to be smart with money, and that means being frugal vs. cheap. Here are key differences so you can spend your money and time wisely. Read More
Jul 21
Move to Your Dream Destination BEFORE You Retire …
Virginia is for lovers AND pre-retirees, says LPL Research. It offers an attractive quality of life and other financial advantages to many age groups. Read More
Jul 20
Guess Who Just Got Smarter About Money?
New FINRA study says Americans are getting smarter about money. But they still worry about running out of money in retirement. Read More
Jul 20
Apple and the ‘Four Percent Club’
Apple ($AAPL) had a 4% weighting in the S&P 500 twice before. And with its low P/E, it seems poised for a third shot at the four percent club. Read More
Jul 19
More Thoughts on Who Business Wants for President
There was a big response to Monday's Afternoon Edition, "Which presidential candidate does business want?" Here's what readers had to say. Read More
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Jul 19
Why the Fed is stuck in place
It seems like there’s always a new reason why interest rates should stay lower for longer. And income investors feel it when the Fed is stuck in place. Read More
Jul 18
Which Presidential Candidate Does Business Want?
The RNC starts today, but business leaders are lining up to support Clinton and the Democrats. So, what does this mean for your money? Read More
Jul 18
You Can’t Force Love. Or a Good Trade.
If you have to force love or a trade, it’s probably crap. Trust me — I know. And so does Jeffrey Gundlach. Read More
Jul 16
The ultimate testosterone-boosting stack for men
Build the ultimate natural testosterone-boosting stack for men with ashwagandha root, stinging nettle and eurycoma longifolia. Here’s how they combine to combat low “T.” Read More
Jul 15
Investors Just Got a Bit More Bearish
E*Trade ($ETFC) says the majority of investors (55%) are bullish about Q3. But that StreetWise survey number is down 6% from last quarter. Read More
Jul 15
At the breaking point…
A Clinton presidency could result in a Venezuelan-like economy that pulls away from capitalism. But a Trump administration would be as controversial as Chavez’s. Maduro’s country is at a breaking point; is ours next? Read More
Jul 14
Bank of England Surprises on Rates, Hints at Stimulus
The Bank of England was supposed to cut interest rates post-Brexit. Yet the BOE opted to leave rates unchanged at 0.5% and hinted at August stimulus. Read More
Jul 14
See the Brexit’s Future in One Telling Image
Global markets now are just about where they were before the post-Brexit sell-off began. But the future of the EU and UK remains cloudy. Read More
CHICAGO - JANUARY 31: Traders at the Chicago Board of Trade signal trades in the Ten Year Treasury Note options pit following an announcement by the Federal Reserve that it would hike the Fed Funds rate by a quarter point to 4.5 percent, the highest it has been in nearly five years, on January 31, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The rate hike is the final for outgoing Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan who has been at the helm for nearly twenty years. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Jul 13
Is Wall Street Suffering from ‘Mass Psychosis’?
DoubleLine founder Jeff Gundlach says the market is dealing with a case of “mass psychosis” that can’t continue. Read More
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Jul 13
Spend Less Time Shopping and More Time Investing
Do you spend more time picking a restaurant than an investment? These food, travel, electronics and other deal-related sites can help you save cash to invest. Read More
Jul 12
Forget the UK; Italy is the Real Trouble Zone
The IMF says Italy’s economy will remain below 2008 levels until the mid-2020s. And then there’s Italian banks, which need a bailout amid two ‘lost decades.’ Read More
Jul 12
The dangers of investing without a leash…
Surfboards have leashes for a reason. Protect against a portfolio wipeout with inverse ETFs, stop-losses and other defensive strategies. Read More
Jul 11
Nintendo: Big Profits in this Pokémon Go Stock
The Pokémon Go augmented reality app release helped Nintendo ($NTDOY) shares gain some $7.5B in market value — just today! Read More
Jul 11
It’s Like Deja Vu Four Years Ago
While I’m not telling you to buy the British pound, the euro or the iShares Europe ETF ($IEV), I see a lot of reasons why you should. Read More
Jul 09
A soda a day can age you five years…
Drinking just one 20-ounce soda daily can shorten telomeres by 4.6 years. This loss of protective DNA can be as harmful as smoking cigarettes. Read More
Jul 08
How to Add a Little ‘True Grit’ to Your Life
Angela Duckworth says true grit (i.e. courage and resolve) is a quality that can be learned, practiced and increased. Today these tips feel especially needed. Read More
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - NOVEMBER 09: A Pakistan People's Party (PPP) supporter sits in the back of a police truck after his arrest near former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto's home on November 9, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Bhutto was placed under house arrest to prevent her from participating in a planned rally by her political party, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Bhutto broke through police lines outside her home to address the media and condemn the move by President Musharraf and urge him to stick to his commitments of removing his uniform and holding elections. The president declared emergency rule on Saturday, just days before the Supreme Court was to decide on the legitimacy of Musharraf's presidency. (Photo Warrick Page/Getty Images)
Jul 08
‘Pennies from heaven’
Imagine this happening to you: The police stop you because your car looks similar to one that was involved in an armed robbery of a convenience store. The officer gets you out of the car, puts you in handcuffs, and escorts you to the back seat of his vehicle. Read More
Jul 07
Wall Street’s Waiting for Goldilocks
Wall Street is looking for a just-right June ADP and BLS jobs report, not too many, and not too few. This is the “Goldilocks” scenario. Read More
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Jul 07
Why are So Many Saying ‘No’ to Retirement?
BLS data shows that more Americans are opting to continue working past age 65. That's the highest number since the country first enacted Medicare. Read More
Jul 06
Goldman: Get Ready for a 10% Plunge in Stocks
Is flat the new up? Goldman Sachs analyst expects a pullback of as much as 10% in the S&P 500 before it makes a comeback to 2,100 later this year. Read More
Jul 06
‘How Should I Invest?’
“How Should I Invest” Google searches surged post-Brexit. But if you have a well-diversified portfolio, taking no action would have been the best action of all. Read More
Jul 05
A Post-Holiday Wave of Brexit Blues for Stocks
U.S. stocks fell in post-Independence Day trade as a wave of Brexit blues washed over markets. Read More
Jul 05
Housing bubble 2.0?
Rents and housing prices are soaring in California, Florida and other “hot” coastal cities. Yet incomes haven’t kept up the pace. And that’s the perfect storm for a bubble 2.0. Read More
Jul 04
Ah, yes — Independence Day
The UK technically had its independence. The Brexit was a vote for its sovereignty. Read More
Jul 02
Why all fruits AREN’T created equal
Raspberries, blueberries and cranberries are among the best for your health. These fruits are low in sugar and can keep cancer cells and brain disease at bay. Read More
Jul 01
The Future of Brexit in One Telling Image
Global markets now are just about where they were before the post-Brexit sell-off began. But the future of the EU and UK remains cloudy. Read More
Jul 01
How to crush the S&P 500
What if you could outperform the S&P by actually trading the S&P? Read More
Jun 30
Tech Profits Send Housing Market Hip-Hopping Higher
Silicon Valley real estate is so high, even hip-hop stars can’t afford it. With Oakland fast becoming a housing market hotbed, is this the new bubble in town? Read More
Jun 30
Do you need financial therapy?
What exactly is financial therapy? One source from the FTA described it as “the integration of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational and economic aspects that promote financial health.” Read More
Jun 29
Aging Parents Fear Not — Your Kids Want to Help
A new study by Fidelity shows adult children want to help their aging parents with retirement issues. Family and finance go hand-in-hand. Read More
Jun 29
My Top 13 Quotes from the 28th Annual Morningstar Investment Conference
The “financial rock stars” at the 2016 Morningstar Investment Conference offered a lot of great advice. Today I’d like to share the top 13 investing quotes I heard at this event. Read More
Jun 28
The Baby Boomer Tax Bill is About to Come Due
At age 70½ boomers must take required minimum distributions (RMDs) on tax-deferred accounts. Here’s how that affects 401(k)s, IRAs, savings and more. Read More
Jun 28
More Bad News on Social Security …
Retirees counting on a decent Social Security cost-of-living (COLA) increase will be disappointed again in 2017. Although the 0.2% increase beats 2016’s zero. Read More
Jun 27
Brexit Fallout: What to Buy, What to Sell
Sellers are in firm control during the Brexit fallout. Bonds, gold and utilities have done well, while banks, commodities and Europe-focused stocks are hurting. Read More
Jun 27
What Will Happen When Markets Get Over Brexit Shock
The Brexit shocked global markets. Oil and currencies fell. Gold was the only thing that gleamed amid the constant selling. But what happens when it finally ends? Read More
Jun 25
Add this ingredient to coffee and watch your productivity soar
Boost your brainpower, alertness, productivity and creativity when you add L-theanine to your coffee cup. It’s a natural one-two health punch! Read More
Jun 24
Making Sense of the Brexit Fallout…
The Brits have spoken, and UK citizens have voted to leave the European Union. So, what does this Brexit mean for your money? Read More
Jun 24
Legal bubble popping around the world, and not soon enough!
Law school graduates are bellyaching that they can’t find jobs. So the solution is to pay them for the degree they aren't using. Right? Read More
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Jun 23
It’s D-Day for Brexit … But What Happens Next?
It’s decision day for the Brexit. While it looks like remain will win, that doesn’t mean markets aren’t facing multiple headwinds. Read More
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Jun 23
‘Magic Number’ Suggests Gold is for Real
The amount of ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold, or the Gold/Silver Ratio (GSR), has proven to be a "magic number" in buying at a bottom. Read More
Jun 22
What Happens If the UK Votes Brexit?
Here's what will the day after a Brexit could look like for currency, bond and equity markets, if the UK votes to leave the EU Read More
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Jun 22
A Bright Spot During a Dark Year of Dividend Cuts
Dividend cuts hit a 7-year high in April 2016. So there's no better time to discover 4 Reality Shares ETFs that feature dividend growth via their revolutionary methodologies. Read More
Jun 21
Will ‘Shy’ Britons Determine a Brexit?
Shy "Brintroverts" might change the fate of the 2016 Brexit vote like they did in the 2015 general election, which handed Conservatives a surprising victory? Read More
Jun 21
A sure-fire way to get richer …
Have you compared car insurance rates lately? It can be cheaper to boost your liability coverage with another company. Shop around now and see what's changed since you last switched. Read More
Jun 20
Britain: Will They Stay, or Will They Go?
The big news fueling global financial markets is the vote by Great Britain whether to stay in the European Union (Bremain) or go (Brexit). Read More
Jun 20
Don’t Get Crossed Up by Brexit
How should you invest in the Brexit? If I had to choose between British pounds or Japanese yen, I'd pick both. That is, to buy pounds and sell yen. Keep calm and carry pounds! Read More
Jun 18
New study makes case for HIGHER Cholesterol
Last year the government finally admitted it was wrong about cholesterol when the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its new recommendations. Read More
Jun 17
Do These 11 Things Each Day, and Be Happier
Being happy requires specific action. Add sleep, sun and short bursts of exercise to your daily routine. And plan a vacation in detail -- even if you aren't yet able to Read More
Jun 17
3 ways Congress hides its voting record from you
With voice and standing votes, there's no official record of whether your Congressman acted in taxpayers' interest on certain bills. That is, if they even went to work! Read More
Jun 16
Are Social Media Sites to Blame for Terrorism?
The father of a woman killed in the Paris terror attacks filed a lawsuit that charges Google, Facebook and Twitter allow their platforms to help recruit jihadists. Read More
Jun 16
Buffett Says ‘CNBC’ is the Ultimate Threat to Markets
Warren Buffett warned that "CNBC" represents the one gigantic threat to the global markets ... but he's not talking about the TV network. Read More
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Jun 15
The Fed Rolls Back Dots, Growth Outlook
The real-money bets (Fed Funds futures) say there's zero chance of a summer hike. Stocks, bonds, the dollar and gold had a volatile day post-Fed. Read More
Jun 15
The What (Asset Allocation) & Where (Asset Location) of Investing
Asset allocation accounts for 90%-plus of your investment returns. And their location (i.e., account type) can be what determines how much more value you get. Read More
Jun 14
German Bond Yields Just Went Negative
Germany is the strongest single-country economy in Europe. Yet its benchmark 10-year German bond (bund) just went negative for the first time. Read More
Jun 14
My dumbest tax move ever?
It may be worthwhile to live in a high-tax area for the lifestyle. But to stretch your retirement dollars, a small interstate move can help you save big and pad your estate. Read More
Jun 13
Microsoft Gets LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion
Microsoft just got said LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash. So, why would Microsoft want to own LinkedIn? Start with integration and CRM. Read More
Jun 13
WTF: ‘We The Feds’… to the Rescue… sans Bazookas?
The U.S. bailout bazooka left some nasty gunshot residue, so the Feds smartly stepped off the firing line and made way for, well, the Fed. We the People say WTF to We the Feds "rescues." Read More
Jun 11
The top 3 joint supplements of 2016
Forget harmful meds to relieve joint pain. There are several natural, plant-based supplements that promote good joint health. Here are three to consider. Read More
Jun 10
What Should We Make of This Toppy Market?
The market seems toppy here. But conflicting opinions (George Soros goes short; Marc Faber gets bullish) on what's next for stocks means all bets may be off. Read More
Jun 10
The Gov’t Error That Cost Us $15.6B Last Year
The U.S. government improperly paid out $137 billion last year. These federal fiscal errors produce a giant sucking sound on your wallet and our economy. Read More
Jun 09
George Soros is Betting Big Against Stocks
When iconic market players such as George Soros get active by shorting stocks and guying gold, investors had better take notice. Read More
Jun 09
Clinton, Trump and the $1 Million Investing Bet
Want to invest like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Clinton uses an index fund. Trump prefers hedge funds. The differences reveal a lot about the candidates' characters. Read More
Jun 08
The World Bank Sours on Global Growth
The World Bank revised its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4% from the 2.9% projected in January. So what does this mean for investors? Read More
Jun 08
Financial Lessons Learned from Pro Athletes
The stories of pro athletes making millions of dollars and ending up broke are plentiful. The NFL, for one, is trying to help its league members avoid ruinous financial decisions in a couple different ways. Read More
Jun 07
How Regulation is Killing American Companies, Jobs, Economy
Regulation is killing American job and economic growth. Fewer new businesses forming, and more companies dying, means fewer new jobs being created. Read More
Jun 07
Do you invest for like or love?
It's entirely possible to start earning relatively safe annual returns of 3%, 4% or 5% right now. But while we like dividend-paying stocks, we love the dividend growers. So should you. Read More
Jun 06
It’s Time to Get Something for Nothing …
From "free stuff" to other money-saving deals, it's easy (and smart) to get something for nothing. As Dire Straits put it, here's how to get some "money for nothing." Read More
Jun 06
Exploiting Failure
The same technical patterns — ones overflowing with failure — were in play every time the consensus got fooled by oil and gold prices. It's time to exploit them this time around. Read More
Jun 04
Get more fit with HIIT: Run less, burn more fat!
Feeling the burn from running? You might be burning less fat than you might think. And you might burn more if you take it easier! Here's how you can get more fit with HIIT. Read More
Jun 03
Anemic Job Growth & Future Rate Hikes …
A very weak May jobs report may have just taken a summer rate hike off the table. So, what does this mean for your money? Read More
Jun 03
It’s the Rich Who Jump Ship the Fastest
Paper shows investors from the highest income group bailed out of stocks disproportionately during the worst of the financial crisis. Read More
Jun 02
Mind Control is the Key to Great Investing
If we want to become really good investors, we need to control our minds and overcome our existing biases. Read More
Jun 02
Will Zika become a worldwide health disaster?
150+ health experts that the Rio Olympics could accelerate the spread of Zika internationally. But the WHO finds no justification to move/delay the event. Read More
Jun 01
Is the World Ready for a Rate Hike?
The U.S. can handle an interest rate hike in July. But is the rest of the world 25 basis points away from another big market meltdown? Read More
Jun 01
5 Ways to Make Money When Stocks are Going Nowhere
The world's top investors are predicting lower returns over the next decade. Here are five ways they will be making money when stocks are going nowhere. Read More
May 31
Buffett Says ‘CNBC’ is the Ultimate Threat to Markets
Warren Buffett just warned that "CNBC" represents the one gigantic threat to the global markets ... but he's not talking about the TV network. Read More
May 31
Why I’m Looking at TIPS and I-Bonds…
The best time to buy insurance is after a long stretch of uneventfulness. If you're in the market for some pre-election inflation protection, consider buying TIPS or I-Bonds. Read More
May 30
Hello, $50. Goodbye, $50…
The draw on crude stocks is not as bullish as it seems. And Goldman is rethinking its "rethink" on oil prices. So, you could bet on black gold at $50 … as long as it's to the downside. Read More
May 28
Boost your productivity by 46% using this simple hack
A Texas A&M finds that we could boost our work productivity by nearly 50% if we just take a stand -- literally. Here are even more ways a treadmill desk can boost your health. Read More
May 27
Yellen Speaks, Readers React…
Fed Chair Yellen confirmed a possible summer rate hike if it's "appropriate." So, how did markets react? Basically, they didn't. Read More
May 27
NO to forced unionization!
Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker's right-to-work law could end up with him in another recall election. Yet, you'd be surprised how many presidential hopefuls are in favor of this kind of forced unionization. Read More
May 26
Is the World Close to a 2008-Like Crisis?
Is the world close to a 2008-like financial crisis? Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a comparison that warrants a closer look. Read More
May 26
It’s Time to Take Profits in This Once-Overlooked Sector
Everyone is bullish on defensive stocks like $GD, $RTN and $NOC. It's hard to find anyone who is bearish these days. And that's usually a signal to take profits and run. Read More
May 25
3 Signs to Tell Us if a Bull Market is Back
Does the price action in stocks mean a new bull is on Wall Street? Here are three signs to tell if the next leg is going to be bullish. Read More
May 25
Change the Day of the Week You Buy Gas and Save — and Other Pump-Saving Tricks
Pulling up to the gas pump on a Tuesday or Wednesday could save you $75 a year in some cities. Here are even more ways to save money on gas prices. Read More
May 24
No More Valedictorians? Bye, Bye, Excellence…
Wake County, N.C., principals want to do away with valedictorians due to "unhealthy competition." This creates an unhealthy environment for achievement. Read More
May 24
Is a bank or broker shortchanging you?
With rates near zero, many savers are losing money. So are investors who get nickel-and-dimed on "load fees" before their broker even makes the first trade with their cash! Read More
May 23
The ‘Biggest Loser’ Scandal & the Weight Loss Dark Side
"Biggest Loser" contestants say they were encouraged to take diet drugs like Adderall and "yellow jackets," starve, lie about their weight loss, and throw up. Read More
May 23
It’s Time to Start Making Money in Currencies Again
Currencies are heating up again thanks to China, emerging markets and interest rates. And if you trade the U.S. dollar, rather how it will fare against other currencies, you'll literally be following the money right now. Read More
May 21
Is this popular painkiller destroying your sense of empathy?
If someone asks whether you've taken a cranky pill today, say yes! They might have to excuse any lack of empathy if you took Tylenol or another form of acetaminophen. Read More
May 20
Hedgies Sell While ‘Doom and Gloom’ Buys
Hedge funds are running away from stocks. Meanwhile, a doom-and-gloom prophet likes stocks right now. So, what the heck is going on? Read More
May 20
Do You Remember Moving to the Nanny State?
While the national election grabs headlines, local lawmakers are turning neighborhoods into nanny states. See how four are chipping away at their citizens’ ever-dwindling privacy. Read More
May 19
How to Avoid the ‘Tyranny of Compound Costs’
Index-investing maven John Bogle says investors must avoid the "tyranny of compound costs." But is this "investing math" really a worry? Read More
May 19
Here’s Why Stocks Could Pull Back 15% Over the Next Few Months
Stanley Druckenmiller says stocks could fall sharply from here and investors should buy gold. Here's what else you can do if stocks pull back 15% from here. Read More
May 18
The Fed Gives a Rate Hike Heads-Up
The Fed is still the wild card capable of turning markets inside out, and we saw that with the release of the April FOMC minutes. Read More
May 18
Should the Investment World Be Run by Women?
Vanguard analysts found women outperformed men by 3% during the 2008-'09 financial crisis in their IRAs. It pays to "invest like a girl"! Read More
May 17
Prepare for a Cruel Summer for Stocks
Are stocks in for a cruel summer? That's the opinion of a trio of big investment banks, including Bank of America, Goldman and JPMorgan. Read More
May 17
5 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
The FICO score that lenders use in 90% of credit decisions may not accurately reflect your creditworthiness. Here are five ways to boost your credit score. Read More
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May 16
Why are So Many Saying ‘No’ to Retirement?
BLS data shows that more Americans are opting to continue working past age 65. That's the highest number since the country first enacted Medicare. Read More
May 16
Why the ‘Pros’ Will Probably be Wrong About China Again
Some big investors blew it big-time betting on China. Now that China's showing strength, they're betting against it. But perhaps they shouldn't. Yet. Read More
May 14
Zika Virus Threatens 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Tourism
Harvard scientists say the Zika virus could spark a "full-blown health disaster" at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, set for Aug. 5-21 in Brazil's capital city. Read More
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May 13
The Retail Rout Rolls On
Retail is in a world of hurt as consumers move from department stores to sellers like Amazon ($AMZN). Investors may want to buy some $XRT puts to play the trend. Read More
May 13
Let’s cut tax-happy Congressmen off at the knees!
Did you know that Social Security benefits are taxed, and once again middle-income Americans get hit the hardest? We think it’s time Washington provides tax relief for middle-income seniors. If you agree, here’s what you can do TODAY … Read More
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May 12
The World’s Insatiable Golden Appetite
World Gold Council data showed a 21% spike in gold buying last quarter amid 'swirling uncertainty.' So, what can we expect next for gold? Read More
May 12
Why Hyatt is My Favorite Stock Idea from the Ira Sohn Conference
The talk of the Ira Sohn investment conference was Hyatt ($H). The hotelier caters to high-end consumers and business travelers, and its stock is heading higher because of it. Read More
May 11
Hillary the Tortoise vs. Trump the Hare
Want to invest like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Clinton uses an index fund. Trump prefers hedge funds. The differences reveal a lot about the candidates' characters. Read More
May 11
Sell in May and Go Away? Not This Year! Here’s Why …
The "Sell in May" strategy is weakest during presidential election years. And we've had an unusual November-May leading up to it. Those are two big reasons not to sit this season out. Read More
May 10
Don’t You Forget About Mister Softee
Microsoft ($MSFT) just hit a fiscal milestone: $1 trillion in all-time revenue. It joins Apple ($AAPL) in that club but far surpasses the iPhone maker in profits. Read More
May 10
4 Ways You Can Fish for, and Net, Some Great Stocks
The Internet has brought stock screening to the masses, and it's easier than ever to fish for good valuation, cash flow, profit margins and low debt. Read More
May 09
Does Testosterone Cause Stock Market Bubbles?
Are high testosterone and cortisol levels responsible for stock market bubbles? New research indicates the answer could be "yes." Read More
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May 09
From Sigmund Freud to China
Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, helped usher in the consumer class. But a similar debt-driven system isn't working as planned in China. Read More
May 07
Do you have the attention span of a goldfish?
The average human's attention span is down to 8 seconds, compared to a goldfish's at 9 seconds. Smartphones and information overload are to blame. Read More
May 06
A Week Fit for a Polymath
What makes the Afternoon Edition such a great forum is that it's not just me telling you what I think. It's also what you have to say. Read More
May 06
What is the U.S. economy telling us?
There are deep cracks in the economy that could halt the market's next move higher. Read More
May 05
No More 500-Euro Bills for You, Dear Citizen
The European Central Bank just moved to put the kibosh on high-denomination cash, specifically the 500-euro "bin Laden" note. And that's good for gold. Read More
May 05
If You’re Within 20 Years of Retirement, It Might PAY to Read This
Forget retiring in Florida or overseas. A new survey of pre-retirees says states like Virginia, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa and Michigan suit them better. Read More
May 04
Bill Gross Now Wants ‘Helicopter Money’
In his Investment Outlook, Bill Gross raised more than a few eyebrows with his call for greater government stimulus via "helicopter money." Read More
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May 04
‘Mr. Pink’ Warns of Hedge Fund Washout
There's trouble in hedge fund land, as they lose billions and close their doors at a record rate. Even the star money managers are struggling. And ETFs are benefiting from those outflows. Read More
May 03
It’s the Rich Who Jump Ship the Fastest
Paper shows investors from the highest income group bailed out of stocks disproportionately during the worst of the financial crisis. Read More
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May 03
The Best Annuity Available Today?
New rules ended some of my favorite Social Security filing strategies. But future filers still have options available to delay benefits and enjoy the best "annuity" available today. Read More
May 02
Is Puerto Rico About to Go Bust?
Puerto Rico will not make a $422 million debt payment due today. This marks a new level of worry over the commonwealth's fiscal crisis. Read More
May 02
What in the World is China Smoking?
It's time to talk about China's debt problem. Expectations seem ripe for reversal. And concerns about China's bad debt and superficial growth could be just the catalyst to do it. Read More
Apr 30
Deadly sugar discovered to alter hundreds of genes in your brain
Fight fructose with fish oil. A new UCLA study links fructose with brain disease. Researchers also found that DHA can help reverse cell damage caused by added sugars. Read More
Apr 29
Jeff Bezos and the Game-Changing Brain
Amazon.com ($AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos became $6 billion richer today, thanks to a big rise in the share price of his game-changing brainchild. Read More
Apr 29
It’s Time to Start Hedging
Risk is at a high level that could have force a larger downturn than normal. Here are several hedging strategies that can help you give your stock portfolio a "hedged edge." Read More
Apr 28
ExxonMobil Gets a Credit Haircut
ExxonMobil ($XOM) just had its credit rating cut by Standard & Poor's. Does this reflect just oil prices, or are the agencies changing? Read More
Apr 28
How to Make Money Investing in the $500 Billion Robotics Industry
Robotics is a $500 billion megatrend where small stocks in the medical, automotive, electronics and food & beverage industries could get a big piece of the action. Read More
Apr 27
The Fed Fades While Apple Tastes Bitter
The Fed decision on rates and Apple's historic earnings miss dominated market news. Plus, your feedback on recent topics such as Prince, Goldman Sachs. Read More
Apr 27
6 Big Reasons to Own Tiny Stocks
Sometimes, it pays to think small. Here are six reasons why owning microcaps and small-cap stocks can offer investors a sizable advantage over buying mid- and large caps. Read More
Apr 26
Goldman: A Penny-Plus for Your Cash
Goldman Sachs will pay you 1.05% on every dollar you save with them. Why so generous? The answer is all about new regs and big bonuses. Read More
Apr 26
Social Security: Time almost gone to act!
May 1 is just around the corner. After that day, several popular Social Security file-and-suspend strategies will no longer be available to retirees and near-retirees. Read More
Apr 25
Wills and Estate Plans aren’t Just Fit for a Prince
Music icon Prince left behind no children, spouse or estate plan before his death at age 57. Now a court may have to decide what happens to his millions. Read More
Apr 25
Should You Prepare for the Yen Carry Trade Rewind?
Markets have sort of become one big currency carry trade. And the technical picture in USD/JPY looks buy-worthy. Read More
Apr 23
A new health threat that could kill more than cancer
People are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics for some of the most common injuries and infections. A terrified IMF is says we need a cure for the current cures. Read More
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Apr 22
Are Investors Becoming Way Too Optimistic?
E*Trade ($ETFC) tracks sentiment among experienced stock investors. They say they have high optimism about the "dazed and confused" market in Q2. Read More
Apr 22
Another Miami Condo Crash Ahead?
We all know what happened to the housing bust of the late-2000s. But in recent years, there's been a robust rebound in the Miami condo market ... but is Miami facing another condo bust? Read More
Apr 21
Compensation Nation: Big Pay, Big Meddling
The top 25 highest paying companies include consultants and technology, but curiously there wasn’t a single too-big-to-fail bank. Read More
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Apr 21
Don’t Buy Oil Stocks Without Looking at These Charts First
More than 60 oil companies have declared bankruptcy since 2015, and 175 more could follow suit. If their earnings are declining, their profits and stocks will likely follow. Read More
Apr 20
China’s Capital Flight vs. Share Buybacks
China has just cashed in all of its U.S. equity chips. Meanwhile, U.S. companies themselves are going “all in” in terms of share buybacks. Read More
Apr 20
3 Ways You Can Avoid the Next Valeant
Any investor can make a bad decision. But you can avoid mishaps of Valeant's ($VRX) magnitude. Let's walk through three of them today. Read More
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Apr 19
Big Banks: A Microcosm of this Market
If you want to know the status of the market, look at banks. Today, Goldman Sachs (GS) reported Q1 results, and they didn’t impress. Read More
Apr 19
Winning with singles and doubles …
If swinging for the fences with stocks is your thing, great. But don't pursue grand slams at the expense of everything else. You can win bigger with frequent singles and doubles than occasional, and often elusive, home runs. Read More
Apr 18
Digesting the Dip from the Doha Dud
Over the weekend oil traders, equity investors and just about everyone eagerly awaited the OPEC and Non-OPEC meeting in Doha, Qatar. Read More
Apr 18
Gold is Still the Old Normal
The new normal isn't that new. Gold is still the best way to measure the money-value of currency. Read More
Apr 16
Leg Strength: The Key to Longevity No One is Talking About
The strength of your legs has been found to be a key predictor of your longevity, both how long you will live and the quality of life as you age. Read More
Apr 15
Welcome to the Teenage Job Wasteland
Is the teen job a thing of the past? Judging by the statistics, the answer could very well be "yes." Welcome to the teenage job wasteland. Read More
Apr 15
Airline Stocks: Take Flight Without Ever Leaving Home
Delta ($DAL) had a great Q1. If you want your portfolio to fly higher, consider buying that stock or even an ETF like the U.S. Global Jets ($JETS). Read More
Apr 14
Bernie’s Very Dangerous Rhetoric
This presidential election is filled with the silliest political rhetoric I've ever heard. Yet one statement from Bernie Sanders really stands out as the worst. Read More
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Apr 14
Why Big Money is Pouring into This Left-For-Dead Sector
2015 was a rough year to own steel stocks. But they've risen from the dead in 2016 and keep heating up. Buy stocks like Steel Dynamics ($STLD) while you still can! Read More
Apr 13
28 Classified Pages America Deserves to Read
Calls ramp up to declassify the "28 pages" of documents pertaining to the troubling Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks. Read More
Apr 13
Are You Happy With Your Online Broker?
You can't control the markets. But you can control your brokerage costs, make more trades, get air miles and even enjoy a cash bonus in some cases. Read More
Apr 12
The Zika Virus is Coming to Your Neighborhood
The Zika virus is back, and the CDC says the situation is "scarier than we initially thought." Read More
Apr 12
Questions on Social Security, tax rebates, and more …
Want to owe the tax man less and maybe even take home more than you expected? If you're at or near retirement age, we have several ideas. Read More
Apr 11
Global Misery: ‘No End in Sight’
The World Bank says there is "no end in sight" to the current global economic situation, and that a "dull, throbbing slowdown" is upon us. Read More
Apr 11
Inside the Fed’s Alternate Reality
The Fed creates an alternate reality, one they can control. And the more we believe it, the truer it becomes. Read More
Apr 09
4 nutrient-packed mushrooms to super-boost your health
Each "super" mushroom on its own could boost your health. But our ultimate mushroom blend could provide you with a wide range of benefits. Read More
Apr 08
Stirring Up Discontent on Banks, Regs & Taxes
We stirred up the pot with stories on offshore banks, regulation nation and on America being far too overtaxed. Here are your responses. Read More
Apr 08
The Stock Market & Presidential Elections
If it comes down to Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump in the general election, history tells us that the stock market does better under Democratic presidents. Read More
Apr 07
When Taxes Cost You More than Bare Necessities
Feeling overtaxed? The Tax Foundation says Americans will collectively spend more on taxes than on the bare necessities of life in 2016. Ouch! Read More
Apr 07
Huge Opportunity in This ‘Future Predicting’ Sector
Predicting the future is one of the biggest trends in technology. And several little stocks are finding new ways to use big data for huge profits. Read More
Apr 06
Regulation Nation: Feds Target Inversions, Advisers
New rules on tax inversions, and new regulations for financial advisers, are reverberating through the corporate world, and the financial industry. Read More
Apr 06
‘Investing’ in Charities
Want your charitable donations to keep on giving? Something called impact investing can pay you back for paying it forward. Read More
Apr 05
Big Banks the Biggest Stars in Panama Papers
Turns out the biggest stars in the leaked Panama Papers documents are many of the world’s biggest and most prominent financial institutions. Read More
Apr 05
When Uncle Sam Wants Your Dividends
Looking for favorable tax treatment on your dividends? Uncle Sam has different rules for different kinds of distributions. And the federal government sure wants its share. Read More
Apr 04
‘Panama Papers’ Link Putin, Global Elites & Corruption
The Panama Papers give us new insight into the extent and sordid affiliations offshore banking. And there's a whole lot of dirt on a whole lot of rich global elites. Read More
Apr 04
Commodities’ “Head-Smashed-In”
Investors have pushed commodities off a cliff. But crude oil and copper may have even more downside ahead. Read More
Apr 02
Naturally defeat allergies this springtime
Avoid the doctor and skip the expensive over-the-counter allergy meds. We have five natural ways to combat allergy symptoms that you can use all year long. Read More
Apr 01
Elon Musk’s Dream is One Step Closer to Reality
Elon Musk and Tesla Motors (TSLA) just revealed its latest superstar, and its name is the Model 3. Here's why it's a game-changer. Read More
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Apr 01
What Isn’t the Fed Telling Us?
Little is crystal-clear where the Fed is concerned. But it was never going to hike interest rates four times this year. There's no chance of a hawkish Fed in 2016. But why? Read More
Mar 31
Is This Another Venture Capital Bubble?
Venture capitalism is alive and well. Startup investing is at highs not seen since the dot-com bubble days. Read More
Mar 31
How to Make Triple-Digit Returns in Today’s Market
Yamana Gold (AUY) has soared 70% in six months' time. And it could easily have another 40% more upside in store. Read More
Mar 30
Is Miami the Canary of the Real Estate Coal Mine?
Miami is a beautiful place. The restaurants, nightclubs, cultural milieu and upscale vibe give the city a Latin-inspired sense of luxury, energy and excitement that … Read More
Mar 30
Sage Advice for a ‘King’
If you want a slam-dunk strategy even LeBron James would be proud of, consider how his friend Warren Buffett invests. Even better, follow our ETF take on it by buying $ITOT or $SCHB. Read More
Mar 29
What to Make of the Fed’s Recent Flip-Flop
Four Fed officials essentially did a 180-degree turn from FOMC's flip-flop. Welcome to the schizophrenic world of the Federal Reserve. Read More
Mar 29
Retiring Abroad: Ever Thought About It?
Something to think about ... Spending your golden years in a foreign country. Read More
Mar 28
How the Elites Made Your Dollar Less Valuable
A secret meeting at the G-20 in Shanghai just caused the value of the dollars in your pocket to be worth less than they were before. Read More
Mar 28
What to Do with the 4 Winners I Gave You
Weyerhaeuser ($WY), Nucor ($NUE), PolyOne ($POL) and Applied Materials ($AMAT) have risen 34%, 16%, 17% and 20% since we published them. It's time to take profits. Read More
Mar 26
New study proves organic meat is better for you
Organic meats, milk and eggs may be better for you than non-organic. They offer up to 50% more Omega-3 fatty acids. These "good fats" offer many physical and mental health benefits. Read More
Mar 25
A 14% approval rating, and darn proud of it!
Appointing a Supreme Court justice isn't the only thing Paul Ryan and his fellow Senators are punting. They aren't in a rush to pass a budget, either, for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 Read More
Mar 24
What Can Millennials Teach Us About Investing?
What can millennial investors teach baby boomers about investing? As it turns out, the answer is a lot — and vice versa. Read More
Mar 24
GE: This Once ‘Old and Boring’ Industrial Still Has Huge Upside
Last year I said to sell Apple and buy General Electric. Since then, $AAPL is down 30% and $GE is up 25%. If you want growth and dividends, stick with GE stock. Read More
Mar 23
‘Rich Dad’ Says Stocks are Ready to Plummet
Robert Kiyosaki is still out there giving investment advice, and he's predicting that 2016 will see the worst stock market crash in history. Read More
Mar 23
The ‘In the KNOW’ ETF
Corporate insiders know their businesses and industries better than anyone. And the Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares ETF ($KNOW) makes it a point to know THEM. Read More
Mar 22
Don’t React to Brussels in Your Portfolio
When terror strikes, investors want to take action. But, this is the wrong tack to take, and Wall Street now understands this, too. Read More
Mar 22
Get schooled on Coverdell ESAs…
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts function like Roth IRAs for young students. Here are a few reasons why they beat 529 plans hands-down. Read More
Mar 21
Does Your Portfolio Have a High ‘Reputation Quotient’?
Does your portfolio have a good "Reputation Quotient"? It may if you own the stocks of companies with the best reputations in a new Harris Poll. Read More
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Mar 21
Gold Just Punched Me in the Face
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. And it hit a short-term gold short idea pretty hard … for now. But it's still scary to go long gold right now. Read More
Mar 19
Your 5-Step Springtime Cold-Fighting Protocol
Echinacea, Black Elderberry Syrup, NAC, Vitamin C and Lactoferrin can help you prevent an oncoming cold and help you fight an existing one. Read More
Mar 18
Readers Hit the Hot Buttons
Politics isn't everyone's cup of tea. But economists and readers have strong opinions about Trump, Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, etc. Read More
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Mar 18
Fear, Greed & Even More Gains Ahead
The market should move higher from here before we see a pullback. Investor greed is high, and it will really kick in as the fear of missing out becomes too great. Read More
Mar 17
Economist Calls Trump Top Global Risk
If you were to make a list of the biggest risks facing the world today, would you call out GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as one of the top 10? Read More
Mar 17
It’s Time to Buy America’s Most Hated Sector
Natural gas use should surpass coal and oil in the coming years. But fewer companies are drilling for it (fracking) right now. This could help propel several "hated" stocks higher. Read More
Mar 16
The Fed’s Dovish Talk, and More Reader Response
The Fed has spoken, and they told the world today that expectations for rate hikes this year are now half as much as they were yesterday. Read More
Mar 16
This ‘Bridesmaid Strategy’ Beats the Market by 5% Per Year
Leuthold's bridesmaid investment strategy dates back to 1973: Buy last year's second-best performer & hold for 12 months. In 2016, consider courting T-bonds and healthcare. Read More
Mar 15
What’s at Stake on This Super Tuesday 2.0
It's Super Tuesday 2.0. With a lot of delegates on the line, we look at why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders dominate the free (or managed) trade conversation. Read More
Mar 15
Your Questions on Retirement Accounts
When you leave an employer, what should you do with your 401(k) plan? You have many options, like starting a money market IRA. Read More
Mar 14
Chess Champ Kasparov Talks Socialism & Capitalism
Chess champ Gary Kasparov lived through socialism in Russia. He says freedom and capitalism are the real solution to a stagnant economy in search of job growth. Read More
Mar 14
Hindsight Squared: My Take After Europe, New Zealand Cut Rates
Europe and New Zealand cut interest rates. Look for another cut from Australia, and consider the ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar ($CROC) as a way to play it. Read More
Mar 12
This Natural Treatment Aims to Help Fight Alzheimer’s
Withanamides, derived from the plant Ashwagandha, have been shown to fight the progression of, and even prevent, Alzheimer's. Read More
Mar 11
The Root of the Trump, Sanders Appeal
Ever wonder why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been so successful? It’s because both are touching on truth about trade. Read More
Mar 11
Is this market rally for real?
The bull market turned 7, and the party was low-key. If the rally is for real, energy and financials could help keep the celebration going. But that's a big "if." Read More
Mar 10
The Iranians Aren’t Going to Stop Oil Production
Iran isn't about to stop oil production, especially not after decades of economic sanctions. A new steel pipe deal with Russia is part of the proof. Read More
Mar 10
The Beat-Down in Biotech Stocks is Not Over
Biotechs got beaten-down 22% since I told you to sell your stocks in that sector. And with presidential candidates on the attack, pharmas big and small face even bigger troubles ahead. Read More
Mar 09
The Secret Bid That’s Shining Gold
The ECB and U.S. may want to take big bills out of circulation. This chatter is giving a secret bid to gold as investors swap cash for bullion. Read More
Mar 09
Americans Say a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ is Their Biggest Fear
Americans fear a cyber Pearl Harbor. One way to profit from the $400 billion cyber security business is with $HACK, an "ETF for the people." Read More
Mar 08
What Investors Can Learn from Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning retired from the NFL at the top. But what I like most is not his success, but the way in which he achieved that success. Read More
Mar 08
Why I no longer like Roth IRAs
You can still fund an IRA until April 15th for the previous tax year. To go for maximum tax savings, consider a self-directed, SEP or Solo IRA instead of a Roth. Here's why. Read More
Mar 07
This Could Be the Biggest ‘Negative’ for Banks
Negative interest rates hurt banks and financial stocks. But lower net interest margins (NIM) are a rabbit hole central banks are falling deeper into. Read More
Mar 07
This Historic Chart (Still) Foreshadows a Stock Market Surge
If you're a nimble investor and prudent with risk controls, you can buy the market right now with the initial intent of making some short-term profits on a test of the highs. Read More
Mar 05
Exercise more for better mental health
Exercise uses sugar and carbs to create more neurotransmitters in your brain. This goes a long way in combating stress and depression, as well as burning calories. Read More
Mar 04
Big Demand, Transaction Delays for Cash Alternative Bitcoin
Bitcoin has technical issues that have caused big delays. This could spell the end of the promising cryptocurrency as we know it. Read More
Mar 04
How to Play This Aging Bull Market
Investors are speculating less than ever. They are buying "safety" -- stocks with strong balance sheets and dividends. This is a sign of a bull market in its latter stages. Read More
Mar 03
5 Bits of Wisdom from Buffett’s 2016 Annual Letter
Warren Buffett served up his annual plate of advice for investors via the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter. Here's my analysis. Read More
Mar 03
This Unloved Retailer Has Huge Upside Potential
Based on these concerns, most analysts expected J.C. Penney (JCP) to also report weak earnings. After all, the department store chain has underperformed the market for years. Read More
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Mar 02
The Fed Story vs. Reality
When it comes to the markets and the economy, the Fed has one story to tell. Unfortunately, market reality tells a very different tale. Read More
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Mar 02
A Pilot — or Co-Pilot — for Stormy Weather
The Pacer Trendpilot 750 ($PTLC) brings the "granddaddy of moving averages" (200-day SMA) to the $2 trillion ETF market. It's a rules-based momentum fund. Read More
Mar 01
Will you be the next Lyndon McLellan?
Security breaches, insider deals, rehiring the worst of the worst, bullying hard-working taxpayers … the IRS is clearly out of control. There are, however, a few political types who want to do something about it … Read More
Mar 01
Investing in Collectibles
Guns, stamps, art, wine, action figures, watches and even sports cars could be worth far more than you paid for them … and many can appreciate whether they're new or well-used! Read More
Feb 29
Protect Yourself — and Profit — from the World’s Greatest Threat
One clear-cut, optimal way to profit from the demand for cyber security is to buy the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF ($HACK). Read More
Feb 29
One Anomaly, Two Currency Trades to Profit from It
You could buy GBP/JPY to play the current anomaly in the pound and yen, or use currency ETFs like the CurrencyShares British Pound ETF (FXB) and ProShares UltraShort Yen ETF (YCS). Read More
Feb 27
Fluoride classified as a neurotoxin
Neurotoxins lead to brain disorders, especially in children. And now, researchers say fluoride is contributing to the next pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity. Read More
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Feb 26
ETF Boomtown!
Experts reveal what's behind the "ETF boomtown" in wealth management. We'll also look at six reasons why ETFs are taking market share away from mutual funds. Read More
Feb 26
Why Technicals Belong in Every Trader’s Toolbox
Technical indicators give us a clearer picture of how stocks will trade next. Understanding charts could save you thousands, if not millions, of dollars over time. Read More
Feb 25
Artificial Intelligence Comes to Life
Google X and Boston Dynamics have big plans for Atlas, the robot that is aware of its environment enough to react to it. They just upped the ante on the robotics revolution. Read More
Feb 25
Hillary Clinton Just Gave Us an Opportunity to Make Triple-Digit Returns
Hillary Clinton is watching misbehaving student loan companies. But Navient ($NAVI) isn't one of them. And Vanguard, BlackRock, Fidelity, State Street, Goldman and Omega agree. Read More
Feb 24
Will Your Next Burger Be Grown in a Lab?
Several startups are on the cutting edge of the cultured meat business. And taste tests show they are on the cusp of changing the culture of animal agriculture. Read More
Feb 24
‘Shark Tank’ for Stocks
Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary often tells contestants, "You're dead to me." With his O'Shares ETFs, he also says it about non-dividend-paying stocks. Read More
Feb 23
Welcome to the Ex-Billionaire Boys Club
For many Wall Street bankers and CEOs, getting kicked out of the three-comma club is a reality reflective of the tough 2016 stock market. Read More
Feb 23
The Ongoing Case for Dividend-Paying Stocks
Forget bonds. Stocks are the best income investment. The combination of capital appreciation and dividend income — total return — gives you the best of both worlds. Read More
Feb 22
What’s Behind China’s Corporate Buying Spree?
China is on a corporate buying spree, targeting $GE, $TEX, $IM, $SYT, the Chicago Stock Exchange and many more U.S. companies. Read More
Feb 22
4 Attractive Companies and Their Good-Looking …
Basic materials and commodities stocks have been on a tear lately. Weyerhaeuser ($WY), PolyOne ($POL), Nucor ($NUE) and Applied Materials ($AMAT) are looking particularly good. Read More
Feb 20
New study proves organic meat is better for you
Organic meats, milk and eggs may be better for you than non-organic. They offer up to 50% more Omega-3 fatty acids. These "good fats" offer many physical and mental health benefits. Read More
Feb 19
Is There Really Power in Positive Thinking?
Does the power of positive thinking actually have any real power at all? You can attract positive results, yes. But only if your optimism is grounded in reality. Read More
Feb 19
The Market’s Next Move Will be a Volatile One
Investor sentiment has changed since December. Traders are now using any rally to sell. That's the opposite of last year when they used the dips to buy. Read More
Feb 18
Biting Into Apple’s Fed Refusal
The battle between privacy and security is on, with Apple vs. the FBI. Which side of this issue do you embrace? Read More
Feb 18
Royalty Companies: A Safer Way to Invest in Mining
Royalty companies like Royal Gold ($RGLD), Franco-Nevada ($FNV) and Silver Wheaton ($SLV) offer one of the lone bright spots in the mining industry to play a rebound in resources. Read More
Feb 17
Apple Defies Feds, Says No to ‘Overreach’
The feds want access to the iPhone used by a San Bernardino terrorist. Apple CEO Tim Cook is not prepared to give them that access. Read More
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Feb 17
ETF Boomtown! 6 Reasons Why ETFs are Gaining Market Share
Experts reveal what's behind the "ETF boomtown" in wealth management. We'll also look at six reasons why ETFs are taking market share away from mutual funds. Read More
Feb 16
Is This the Real Cure for Cancer?
A breakthrough in the battle against blood cancer has been uncovered involving a patient's immune system T-cells to combat invading cells. Could a cure be that much closer? Read More
Feb 16
Credit Scores and Gender Inequality
Men tend to have better FICO scores than women. Why does gender inequality exist in an already questionable credit world? Read More
Feb 15
Playing Crude
The charts suggest crude oil is at a near-term bottom. A rebound would take it into the low $40s and then to the upper $40s. If you're feeling lucky, consider $USO, $UCO, $XOM and $EOG. Read More
Feb 13
There’s more than meets the eye to Valentine’s Chocolate
There’s a reason why the most-given gifts every Valentine’s Day are roses and chocolate. It’s because they work. Almost everybody loves roses and chocolate. But … Read More
Feb 12
Financial Stocks in the Crosshairs
The two Democratic Party presidential candidates squared off in Wisconsin to debate the issues last night. Rivals Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders sparred … Read More
Feb 12
What’s Going on in the Economy, Really?
When the Federal Reserve raised rates in December, it gave Americans hope that the economy was changing for the better. Unfortunately, it was false hope. Read More
Feb 11
The Global Angst Monster Gets Bigger
The global equity markets, oil market and bond yields did today what they have become so accustomed to doing in 2016. That is, make a … Read More
Feb 11
Don’t Go Bottom-Fishing Here
The market is not short on bad news these days. Oil prices continue to plummet. This is pushing every stock … Read More
Feb 10
Ms. Yellen Goes to Congress
I almost felt sorry for Fed Chair Janet Yellen today as she delivered her semi-annual Humphrey-Hawkins testimony to the House Financial Services committee. I say … Read More
Feb 10
FINRA Takes Another Bite Out of Financial Crime …
FINRA's Securities Helpline for Seniors (HELPS) answers questions about annuities, taxes, REITs, brokers and more to help protect you from financial exploitation. Read More
Feb 09
‘Big Short’ Says Banks Aren’t the Problem
Steve Eisman, who inspired "The Big Short" character Mark Baum, says we don't need to break up the banks. We need to fix the real problem of income inequality. Read More
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Feb 09
The only stocks to buy right now?
Rising interest rates may not be that bad for all dividend-paying stocks. Since 1954, dividend stocks outperformed non-payers 58% of the time, even in times of Fed tightening. Read More
Feb 08
Chesapeake Energy Turns Blood Red
Chesapeake Energy ($CHK) shares plummeted some 35% on rumors and speculation that the once-mighty energy firm was about to go bankrupt. Read More
Feb 08
3 Reasons to Own Gold (and these ETFs) … Soon!
Many of the larger gold miners have done a bang-up job at reducing their costs. Consider buying $IAU, $OUNZ and $GDX. Each of these ETFs offers a different kind of exposure to gold. Read More
Feb 06
Doctors caution the use of wearable health devices
Is your wearable tech device really helping you to get healthier? Doctors aren't so sure. Read More
Feb 05
Super Bowl Ads Get Financial
If you want to get away from finances this Super Bowl Sunday, you're out of luck. Fortunately, at least the financial ads are entertaining. Read More
Feb 05
Beware the Head Fake: 3 Major Market Headwinds are Still in Play
Just last year, we saw economists predicting the U.S. economy would grow at 4%. Yet, we have seen a decrease in growth over the … Read More
Feb 04
A Smirk of Defiance, or Just Dumb Hubris?
Former Turing Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli smirked and took the Fifth in front of Congress. Is this defiance or just dumb hubris? Read More
Feb 04
Chipotle Still Has Big Problems
Chipotle's ($CMG) most-loyal customers say they are staying away from the restaurant. The stock is still overvalued, even with a national investigation into E. coli in its stores. Read More
Feb 03
Are You Committing Financial Infidelity?
Financial infidelity issues sabotage otherwise-healthy relationships. It's the top "money turn-off," according to a recent survey. Read More
Feb 03
Tracking Asset Flows in 2015: Where Did the Money Go?
Big, positive international equity flows ruled in 2015. Here's where else the money flowed, from commodities to taxable bonds to long-term ETFs/mutual funds and more. Read More
Feb 02
Is This the New Global Fear Disease?
The WHO turned up the fear on the Zika virus. It designated the mosquito-born pathogen a public health emergency. Here's what it means for you and your stocks. Read More
Feb 02
When the marshmallows have all been eaten…
Retirement saving is perhaps THE biggest real-world example of delayed gratification. Don't count on the government to bail you out. Save and/or invest your marshmallows now! Read More
Feb 01
A Moment of Truth for Iowa, Markets
Tonight's Iowa caucus is a moment of truth for the presidential race. February may also be a moment of truth for the markets and where they will head. Read More
Feb 01
Score Profits in an Asset Class that Goes Nowhere
Currencies are the ultimate pressure valve of the markets. And trading them via the spot market or exchange-traded products is a good way to make a lot of money. Read More
Jan 30
Choline: Eat More of This Brain-Boosting Nutrient
Cut through brain fog with choline with some simple additions to your diet. Beef liver is best. But egg yolks can be a tastier way to improve your memory function. Read More
Jan 29
On Facts, Tax Plans and Reader Passions
After a story on the presidential candidates' tax plans, readers offered their take on my subject selection, and on the substance in the plans. Read More
Jan 29
Why Earnings Matter More Than Ever
Two weeks ago, we said that earnings season could turn markets around. Not just "good" earnings. Companies needed to beat Street expectations. And … Read More
Jan 28
The Facts on the Candidate Tax Plans
The primary races are really heating up, but what's in the candidates' respective tax plans, and is there a big difference for investors? Read More
Jan 28
Should You Buy Apple After its Historic Quarter?
If you want to buy Apple ($AAPL) after its historic quarter, consider buying put options. That's because the stock could fall another 10% before the iPhone 7 arrives in September 2016. Read More
Jan 27
The Fed Wasn’t Dovish Enough
The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged today, but they didn't rule out a hike in March. That sent stocks tumbling down. Read More
Jan 27
Bank on this Play for Rising Rates
Markets climb about 7% the year after an inaugural Fed interest rate hike. With regional banks set to be the biggest beneficiaries of rising rates, we like the ETF $KRE. Read More
Jan 26
Trump, Time and Global Elites
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump generates a lot of feedback among our readers. Here are your thoughts on the boisterous billionaire and the global elites in Davos. Read More
Jan 26
Create monthly income with just 3 stocks
A well-structured income portfolio can take care of all your regular bills and recurring expenditures. Read More
Jan 25
Resist the Seduction of a Market Bounce
The market may have put in a "low." But it hasn't yet put in THE low. So, try to resist the siren song of the bulls, as it could just be a head fake. Read More
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Jan 25
5 Contrarian Items to Keep in Mind While All H-E-Double Hockey Sticks Breaks Out
Some $8 trillion was wiped out of the world stock market in January, yes. But here are five contrarian reasons the markets could, and should, head higher from here. Read More
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Jan 23
Valuing time over money leads to a happier life
Skip the "stuff." If you have to choose between making more money and having free time, a new study out of the University of British Columbia says time is the more valuable choice. Read More
Jan 22
Trump: The Enemy on the Right?
The National Review is blasting Donald Trump for being a menace to conservative values in its newest issue, titled "Against Trump." Read More
Jan 22
Oil, Fear and Reality
Oil has fallen 70% and taken the entire market lower. But there's a big opportunity in the destruction. That is, you can now buy the world's strongest stocks at pre-run-up prices. Read More
Jan 21
Leadership Secrets of ‘The Eagles’
The loss of another great of the music industry, Eagles guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey, is a chance to learn a lesson in leadership. Read More
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Jan 21
Stocks are a Strong Buy Based on this Market Indicator
Contrarian logic says to sell stocks when investors are confident, and buy when they are fearful. Right now, the Fear & Greed Index shows they are downright terrified to own stocks. Read More
Jan 20
Davos Fiddles While Wall Street Burns
The 2016 market sell-off provides a unique backdrop to the World Economic Forum in Davos. There, world leaders are talking about top global risks. Read More
Jan 20
A Shopping List of ‘Millennial’ and ‘Boomer’ Stocks
The greatest wealth transfer ever is under way. Over the next 30 years, $30 trillion will be passed from "Baby Boomers" to "Gen-Xers" and "Millennials." Read More
Jan 19
On ‘Rice Theory’ and China’s Collective Stimulus
China's move to stimulate its economy represents collective impulses that may, in fact, have agricultural roots, according to rice theory. Read More
Jan 19
Social Security and the Lottery: When winning is losing
So you paid your money in. And now you’re ready to collect some cash back out. But the amount you were promised on all the posters has suddenly been cut in half as various government entities claw back the money before it even hits your hands. Read More
Jan 18
Seriously, Crude Oil is Funny. Buy it before everyone else does.
Crude oil is about 70% lower than when I told my readers to prepare for trouble. But this time it's different because it's TOO low here at $30. It may be coming time to buy $USO! Read More
Jan 16
Relieve Stress naturally with the Ashwagandha herb
Studies show the Ashwagandha herb can relieve stress, anxiety and depression naturally. It also offers a variety of physical benefits, if you use the right kind. Read More
Jan 15
Broke America: Why Half of Us Only Have $1,000 to Our Names
It was another week of bloody trade, and it's probably not over yet. Plus, your feedback on why so many Americans are "broke." Read More
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Jan 15
This One Thing Could Turn Markets Around
Markets are off to their worst yearly start ever. Out of the first nine trading days, the broader U.S. markets have only closed higher about … Read More
Jan 14
When More Than Half Have Less than $1,000
A new survey shows that more than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in their bank accounts. That explains a lot in this election year. Read More
Jan 14
Intel Journeys from Chip-Maker to High-Growth Innovator at CES
Intel's ($INTC) latest technology blew me away at CES. It was like seeing Apple unveil its first iPad or next-gen iPhone! This boring chip-maker is back as a high-growth innovator. Read More
Jan 13
What Will It Take To Stop The Bleeding?
What will it take to stop the bleeding in stocks this year? Here are a few developments that must take place before this decline can stop. Read More
Jan 13
Can You Afford to Live to Age 142?
Don't let advances in life expectancy crimp your bottom line. Here are a few tips to help you invest for a 30-year (or more) retirement. Read More
Jan 12
The Folly of Too Much Consensus
Too much consensus is bad for truth … and your stocks may be suffering because of it. That's why contrarian indicators are often correct. Read More
Jan 12
What to buy as the market dips…
There are over 100 dividend-paying ETFs in the marketplace. But $NOBL and $SDY are two that focus on unbroken, long-term dividend growth. Read More
Jan 11
What Investors Can Learn from David Bowie
The world lost an iconic musician when David Bowie passed of cancer. This multi-talented star was even a financial innovator. The lesson of his life is one for us all. Read More
Jan 11
George Soros is Right
George Soros says 2016 feels like 2008 all over again. While that feels true, there's one reason why it won't turn out the same way. It comes down to two numbers: $225 trillion and 0.25%. Read More
Jan 09
2015 Year in Review
Here are seven of our most-popular healthy ideas, habits, foods and practices from the past year. These could help you to have your happiest and healthiest year yet. Read More
Jan 08
‘Alternative’ Thoughts on a Crazy Market
Approaching your investment picture does not have to involve stocks. I am thinking "alternative thoughts" on how to put money to work. Read More
Jan 08
Don’t Get Too Spooked by This Sell-off
The key to the market in 2016 will not be the global economy, but U.S. companies' earnings. We have a good foundation of undervalued stocks that can carry the market higher. Read More
Jan 07
Will Circuit Breakers Get Triggered on Wall Street?
China suspended its circuit-breaker system after it caused more distress than it curbed. Here's how much selling has to happen before U.S. trading is halted. Read More
Jan 07
This Industry-Leading Growth Stock Could Fall 20% This Year
Nike ($NKE) is one of the all-time great athletic apparel and footwear companies. Shares surged 31% last year. But my research suggests selling shares before they lose their stride. Read More
Jan 06
Another Harbinger of Things to Come?
Stocks picked up where they left off on Monday. And despite Tuesday’s calming session, Wednesday saw the major U.S. averages wallowing yet again in a … Read More
Jan 06
A Deeper Look at a Flat Year in Stocks
Today we look at the top 10 stocks in 2015 … and their meteoric rise from the bottom of the S&P 500 in 2014. Might today's energy losers become this year's winners? Read More
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Jan 05
The Deep Strain of Government Distrust
Gallup found Americans consider big government the greatest threat to the future. I say this strain of distrust is reason to celebrate. Read More
Jan 05
New Year’s Resolution: Cut Your Investment Fees!
Penny stock scams, Ponzi schemes or other esoteric maneuvers are the least of your worries. Fees and expenses are eating away at your nest egg right along with just plain lousy trading ideas. Read More
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Jan 04
A Blood-Red Start to 2016
Stocks launched 2016 with red screens nearly across the board, thanks to bad China data. Read More
Jan 04
This Week Makes the Whole Year … And It Could Be Ugly
The first trading day of 2016 might as well be the last. In the first five days of 2015, the S&P 500 finished trading practically unchanged. Here's what we think is in store for this year. Read More
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Jan 02
Here’s to your health in 2016
It's easy to set resolutions. But your intentions have to match or else you won't reach your personal goals for 2016 and beyond. Read More
Jan 01
Our Favorite Ways to Have a Healthy & Wealthy New Year
We hope these ideas can help you improve your finances, health and general well-being. Not just now, but also long after the New Year's ball (and holiday pounds) have dropped. Read More

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