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Which Real Estate Markets Should You Speculate In?

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  Notice the title of this article: I did not say, “invest,” I said, “speculate.” There is a big difference between the two. In terms of investments in the real estate space, we already know where the hotspots are. These are markets like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco that have shown very robust growth rates in average home ... Read More »

Strong Dollar Creates Volatility Risks

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Volatility has come back to Wall Street in a big way. Thanks to Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) soft earnings, the threat of the strong dollar to the U.S. economy is now the center of many analysts’ and market watchers’ attention. This should not be a surprise. If there is any one factor that the market prizes, it is stability. With stability comes ... Read More »

Why Are Americans Feeling More Financially Secure?

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According to a recent survey conducted by Bankrate.com, a personal finance website, Americans have registered feelings of financial security at the highest level in the past four years. This flies in the face of the fact that the median household income in the United States has declined. In fact, the median household income is at the same level as it ... Read More »

Do Boring Stocks Make for Better Buys?

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According to a recent MarketWatch report, banks and utilities are actually better stock buys than software and pharmaceuticals. Software and pharmaceutical stocks have always been the darling of Wall Street. These stocks tend to appreciate fairly quickly. There is a lot of buzz and hype regarding these companies. However, if you are looking for long-term value, in terms of market-to-book ... Read More »

Be Cautious of Dollar-Sensitive Stocks

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It is easy to conclude that the stock market is going to go on a decline, at least for the short term, because of the strong dollar. If you think this way, you are leaving a lot of money on the table. The conventional wisdom is trending this way. This is also precisely why there is a lot of opportunity ... Read More »

Real Talk about Greece and the Euro

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With the triumph of the ultra-leftist Syriza party in Greece, it would seem that forces are in motion to eventually resolve Greece’s role, if any, in the Eurozone. A lot of traders got a boost of confidence when statements from Greece’s prime minister-elect were released, regarding Greece’s future role in the Eurozone. According to the incoming prime minister, Syriza has ... Read More »

Are Activist Shareholders Truly Beneficial?

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If you are going to look at the press releases of activist shareholders run by big funds or hedge funds, you would come across a familiar line. This line is so common, among these types of financial trading outfits, that you would think that they are working off the same script. The party line among activist shareholders is that they ... Read More »

Expect The Strong Dollar to Hurt Corporate Earnings Reports

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It is easy to get excited about a strong dollar. When the dollar is strong, imports are cheaper. This means input costs are more manageable, thereby freeing up a lot of space in terms of profits. This is great if your company is completely domestic. If you are dealing with a company that does most of its business within the ... Read More »

Huawei Smartphone Strategy Puts Pressure on Apple

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One of the open questions regarding the future of the global smartphone market involves two paths. Path one: the market becomes a race to the bottom. In other words, smartphones are primarily bought and enjoyed as interchangeable hardware devices that run on generic software. According to this thinking, smartphones are nothing but interchangeable cheap devices that enable you to access ... Read More »

Hedge Fund Bets Indicate Oil May Fall Even Lower

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There are a lot of smart people in the global financial markets. They have to be smart; otherwise, the funds and the financial institutions they work for won’t make any money. One particular segment of the global financial market that tends to attract more than its fair share of unusually intelligent people is the hedge fund industry. Pay close to ... Read More »

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