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December 12, 2019
During a time of trade war tensions, China reportedly wants the U.S. to 'step back' so Beijing can rise in power on the world stage.   Today's Stocks & Topics: O - Realty Income Corp., Warrant vs. Common Stocks, 401k and I-R-As, SMG - Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Inflation, Mistakes on Retirement Goals.   TRIVIA QUESTION: The S&P 500 is on pace for its best year since 2013. As we go to break, here is my very current trivia question: "How did S&P 500 sectors perform in 2019-- and which sectors showed the least.... and the greatest growth?"
December 11, 2019
The chief strategist for Morgan Stanley thinks the greatest risk in the equity market remains in growth stocks-- where expectations are too high.   Today's Stocks & Topics: How Much Money You Should Own in Stocks for Retirement, Risks Paying Off Your Mortgage, Jobs, Investing Patterns, Index Funds, Life Insurance, TAP - Molson Coors Brewing Co. Cl B, Delaware Statutory Trust, CCL - Carnival Corp., SMG - Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Stock Indicators.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields and Small Business Sentiment, Streaming Wars.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "Which companies had the stock that performed best with REINVESTED dividends over the past decade from 2009--- until now?"
December 10, 2019
Market volatility is fueled, in part, by the uncertainty of the unresolved U.S.-China trade dispute-- and one analyst says there is "no end in sight".   Today's Stocks & Topics: U.S. Manufacturers, Inherited I-R-As, D - Dominion Energy Inc., Shorting, OXY - Occidental Petroleum Corp., ULTA - Ulta Beauty Inc., DIS - Walt Disney Co., Next Year Earnings.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields and Bitcoin.
December 7, 2019
According to one of the largest housing statistic databases, home sales will drop in 2020 and the housing shortage could become the worst in U.S. history.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), S - Sprint Corp., Jobs Report, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, FCEL – Fuel Cell Energy Inc., AAPL - Apple Inc., Dow Futures, New Investor, LB - L Brands Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "Today, in the United States, our GDP is equal to about $20.5 TRILLION. Looking back over time, WHAT was our GDP in 1933 when President Roosevelt took office? And, for the years 1960 through 2018, WHAT was the AVERAGE size of the U.S. GDP?"
December 6, 2019
Since the financial crisis in 2008, corporations have splurged on debt and experts are warning that ballooning figures could worsen a future economic downturn. Today's Stocks & Topics: Overall earnings are in decline, Earnings vs. book value, Investing in real estate, URI - United Rentals Inc., HCA - HCA Healthcare Inc., UNG - United States Natural Gas Fund L.P., OXY - Occidental Petroleum Corp., SPHD - Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF. Inc
December 5, 2019
In 2018, we saw the worst December decline since the Great Depression-- but there are safe sectors if you know where to look. Today's Stocks & Topics: CSCO - Cisco Systems Inc., F - Ford Motor Co., ZTS - Zoetis Inc., At age 50, how do I allocate my retirement funds?, IRA distributions?, '529' plan?, Stop-loss order?, STEVE comments on: How overseas 10-year treasury rates compare with the U.S., STEVE reveals: 3 things in 2020 that might affect the market. Inc Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. TRIVIA QUESTION: "Today, in the United States, our GDP is equal to about $20.5 TRILLION. Looking back over time, WHAT was our GDP in 1933 when President Roosevelt took office? And, for the years 1960 through 2018, WHAT was the AVERAGE size of the U.S. GDP?" Answer will be included on Friday's (12/6/19) program.
December 4, 2019
The average Wall Street estimate expects corporate earnings to grow by 10% next year, but strategists at Morgan Stanley are forecasting flat corporate profits.   Today's Stocks & Topics: STZ - Constellation Brands Inc. Cl A, Retirement Plans?, EA - Electronic Arts Inc., OPEC oil prices, Company debt, Road to riches, T – AT&T, tech stocks-- buying dividend stocks or growth stocks?   TRIVIA QUESTION: "Looking at U.S. e-commerce penetration, as a percentage of TOTAL RETAIL sales, how do today's numbers stack up against the early days? In the "retail pie", what was the percentage of online sales in the year 2000-- and in year 2007?"   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
December 3, 2019
In the first trading day of December, stocks started down as investors digested disappointing economic data along with the latest trade news.   Today's Stocks & Topics: UGI - UGI Corp., Electric Vehicles, Investing in the Stock Market, International Funds, WBA - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., BME – Black Rock Health Sciences Trust.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, ONLINE sales for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
November 29, 2019
Today's Stocks & Topics: Mutual Funds, Technical Analysis, How to Start Investing, 529 Plan, Roth I-R-A, Investments & Taxes, Retirement, 401k & Mortgage, Pension Plan, New Investor, Large Caps, Dividends, Saving for College, Sectors, Interest Rates, Annuities.
November 28, 2019
If you had invested $100 in Netflix shares at the beginning of this century, your position would be worth far more today. Today's Stocks & Topics: Search Engines, Tesla's Profit, 401k Contributions, Interest Rates, Investing in the Market, Trading Platforms, Investing with KPP, Mutual Funds, Insurance, Money Management, The Market, International Investing, I-R-As, Triple-Double Tops, Earnings.
November 28, 2019
A coalition named 'Athena' is working to confront Amazon on issues like digital surveillance, antitrust concerns and working conditions in warehouses.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Economic Statistics, Small Caps, Retirement Accounts, Unprofitable Companies, Holiday Sales, TEVA - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ADR, CVS - CVS Health Corp., SNH - Senior Housing Properties Trust, Beating the Market, Portfolio Re-Balance.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "In the U.S., HOW MANY people IN TOTAL are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday period? AND WHAT ARE the Top 10 U.S. travel destinations?"
November 27, 2019
JP Morgan analysts are predicting that retail investors might rapidly switch from bond funds to equity funds.   Today's Stocks & Topics: CSCO - Cisco Systems Inc., Consumer Confidence Index, Qualified Withdrawals from Roth IRAs, PEAK - Healthpeak Properties Inc., SPY - SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, UGAZ – Velocity Shares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return, Investing in the Bull Market, DLTR - Dollar Tree Inc., Peer-to-Peer Lending, SCHW - Charles Schwab Corp. Buying AMTD - TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "If you had invested $500 in the Boeing IPO back in 1962, and let your money ride, WHAT would those shares be worth today? AND-- a bonus fact: Do you know WHAT major U.S. airline was formed from Boeing assets?"
November 26, 2019
The CEO of 3M company says the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement would ensure access for American businesses into the Canadian and Mexican markets.   Today's Stocks & Topics: ROKU - Roku Inc. Cl A, Retirement Accounts, SNH - Senior Housing Properties Trust, MIDD - Middleby Corp., The Silver Tsunami, KL - Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd., VBR - Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF, AMRN - Amarin Corp. PLC ADR, INTC - Intel Corp., Online Privacy.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Market Cap Evaluation.
November 23, 2019
Economists have expressed concerns that a global slowdown, and the trade war, could tip the U.S. into recession-- but a prominent voice sees a rising GDP in 2020.   Today's Stocks & Topics: WM - Waste Management Inc., China, Tesla Truck, UXIN - Uxin Ltd. ADR, Real Estate, 401k, Jobs Report, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, SCHW - Charles Schwab Corp. Buying AMTD - TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., Most Profitable Company in the World, T - AT&T Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "When adjusted for inflation, what are the highest grossing movies of all-time? And what title is at the TOP of the list?"
November 22, 2019
Business is booming for Target thanks to investments that make it easy for shoppers to buy items online and get them that same day.   Today's Stocks & Topics: AAN - Aaron's Inc., Roth 401k vs. Regular 401k, Stocks to Buy When Democrats or Republicans Win, AVGO - Broadcom Inc., COUP - Coupa Software Inc., CVX - Chevron Corp., XOMExxon Mobil Corp., Renewal Energy, KMI - Kinder Morgan Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin.
November 21, 2019
Amid lower mortgage rates, the latest data demonstrates strength in the housing market.   Today's Stocks & Topics: 401k, Federal Reserve, Leading Indicators, CHK - Chesapeake Energy Corp., AEO - American Eagle Outfitters Inc., OXY - Occidental Petroleum Corp., Portfolio Re-balancing, Recession, AAPL - Apple Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
November 20, 2019
Digital money is already a key battleground in finance-- with big tech, banks, and processors all vying to become a gateway into the platform-based economy.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Joe Davis - Vanguard's Global Chief Economist, Universities With Best Returns On Your Money, Mortgage Rates, Retail Sales, Withdrawal Rates, F - Ford Motor Co., 401k Holders in America, Utilities, NEE - NextEra Energy Inc., FCAU - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Semiconductor Sector, GLD - SPDR Gold Shares, FDX - FedEx Corp., Consumer Sentiment.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "What is the little known FAMILY connection between Walgreens and one of its legendary competitors?
November 19, 2019
The current market boom, which started in March of 2009, has enabled a whopping 468% gain for the S&P 500.   Today's Stocks & Topics: XOM - Exxon Mobil Corp., Military Defense, Renewable Energy Market, SLV - iShares Silver Trust, GILD - Gilead Sciences Inc., Buying a Stock, Hong Kong, CHRS - Coherus BioSciences Inc., NILSY - Norilsk Nickel Mining & Metallurgical Co. ADR, College Tuition.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
November 15, 2019
The next battle for central-bank independence is already unfolding-- and this could potentially destabilize the entire global financial system.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Investing in Real Estate, The Stock Market, Credit Scores, How Old is Old?, Grant Deed, Resistance, The Dow Theory, Payroll Numbers, New Investor, Cash Reserve Fund, Retirement, Variable Annuities, Statistics, Book Value, Economic Value.
November 15, 2019
Previous financial plans by Apple and Facebook faced obstacles, but the search giant will become the latest Silicon Valley leader to reach into the banking space.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Disney+, Amazon and Virginia, WELL - Welltower Inc., NOK - Nokia Corp. ADR, WBA - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Investing Your Money, ORI - Old Republic International Corp., XOM - Exxon Mobil Corp., CVX - Chevron Corp., GFF - Griffon Corp.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields and Bitcoin.
November 14, 2019
Fifty-five percent of 3,400 'high net worth' investors report they expect a significant drop in the markets at some point next year. Today's Stocks & Topics: P.E. Ratio, CCR - CONSOL Coal Resources LP, Don't Be Too Bullish, ATVI - Activision Blizzard Inc., NOK - Nokia Corp. ADR, ETFs, Inflation, Bullish or Bearish, GE - General Electric Co., CHK - Chesapeake Energy Corp. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. TRIVIA QUESTION: "Can Investors Time the Market With a Presidential Election Cycle?"
November 13, 2019
Banks are already struggling as investors steer clear of hefty private-equity debt packages.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Mutual Funds Cash Levels, Rate Cuts, Costco & Black Friday Deals, AAPL - Apple Inc., OXY - Occidental Petroleum Corp., IART - Integra Life Sciences Holdings Corp., Swing Trading, MCD - McDonald's Corp., HAS - Hasbro Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.   TRIVIA QUESTION: "How many subscribers does Netflix have today-- in quarter 3 of 2019? And how many subscribers does Amazon Prime have today?"
November 12, 2019
For decades, economic growth has slowed in the West—and more recently in China—owing to technological and demographic trends and bad economic policies. Today's Stocks & Topics: Tariffs & The Economy, Auto Industry & Loans, Hong Kong, MLHR - Herman Miller Inc., Swing Trading, Invest in ETFs or Keep Saving, Rollover I-R-A, RIG - Transocean Ltd. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin.
November 8, 2019
Stronger economic data has signaled a continuation of the 3% growth rate from the fourth quarter of 2017 to Q4 2018.   Today's Stocks & Topics: The Housing Market, Fun Performance, Becoming a Trader, Short Sale vs. Put, Gold Coins, 200 Day Moving Average, Caps, New Investor, Credit Card Debt, Roth I-R-A, Annuities.
November 8, 2019
If you had invested $100 in Netflix shares at the beginning of this century, your position would be worth far more today.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Search Engines, Tesla's Profit, 401k Contributions, AMD - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., REGN - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., NRZ - New Residential Investment Corp., Investing in the Market, ENPH - Enphase Energy Inc., Trading Platforms.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin.
November 7, 2019
Chipotle stock, which has a market value of $20.9 billion, is up 74% this year. Today's Stocks & Topics: PAA - Plains All American Pipeline L.P., VOO - Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, Bond Funds, TSLA - Tesla Inc., TNK - Teekay Tankers Ltd., Financial Independence, Market Forecast. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin.
November 6, 2019
A decade after the global financial crisis, a security with some of the same high-risk characteristics is starting to take off. Today's Stocks & Topics: Where to Retire, Enterprise Value vs. Book Value, 401k Rollover, ISM Service Sector Report, MSFT - Microsoft Corp., SPCE - Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., Long Term Care Policy, Value vs. Growth Stocks, Bonds, VTR - Ventas Inc. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. TRIVIA QUESTION: Which state has the most expensive COMMUTE? And which city in that state tops the list for costliest commute?
November 5, 2019
55% of workers are choosing to keep their assets in their former employer’s 401(k) plan a year into retirement-- should you?   Today's Stocks & Topics: Federal Reserve Survey, No Spend November, 401k, OZK - Bank OZK, ACB - Aurora Cannabis Inc., MCD - McDonald's Corp., I-R-A, China, Social Security, MA - Mastercard Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin, S&P 500, The Dow.
November 1, 2019
The economy grew at 1.9% in the third quarter and the Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose to 3.6% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. Today's Stocks & Topics: ISM Report, Is The Market Overvalue?, Holiday Spending, INTC - Intel Corp., SCHW - Charles Schwab Corp., COP – Conoco Phillips, BGS - B&G Foods Inc., Roth I-R-A & Capital Gains Tax, Vaping, AUY - Yamana Gold Inc. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr fixed mortgage rate, Consumer Sentiment Index, Job Participation Rate and Savings Rate. TRIVIA QUESTION: How many people are currently IN the U.S. "labor force"? And what was the SIZE of our labor force back in 2010-- and way back in 1979?
October 31, 2019
The job market is tight and companies are looking for productive talent wherever they can find it.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Earnings Season, Europe's Economy, SPXS - Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bear 3X Shares, Silver & Gold Ratio, TRIP - TripAdvisor Inc., GDP Report, Real Estate Market, BRKB - Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B, Banking System.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
October 30, 2019
With stocks at new highs, the Federal Reserve continues to pump money into the U.S. economy--yet a set of unique indicators signal a bull market. Today's Stocks & Topics: The Fed Cut, Tesla's Q3 Profits, Jobs Report, Best and Worst Candy for Halloween, Loans From Other Countries, W - Wayfair Inc. Cl A, Economic Activity, Roth I-R-A, VIAB - Viacom Inc. Cl B, Best Countries to Retire, BA - Boeing Co. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. Trivia Question: Approximately, how many users does Facebook have today--worldwide? AND-- how much revenue did Facebook collect-- as measured for quarter 2 of 2019?
October 30, 2019
The hiring slowdown comes as more businesses are reporting slower growth of sales and profits. Today's Stocks & Topics: KB Home – KBH; Herman Miller Inc. - MLHR; Nokia Corp. - NOK; Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. - IIPR; Macerich Co. - MAC; Big Lots Inc. - BIG; What's next for the Federal Reserve?; Things you should stop doing online; In the market, what is the typically the single best/worst day? Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. Trivia Question: “On 'Black Tuesday’, October 29, 1929-- how MANY shares were traded as the PANIC selling reached its peak? And HOW LONG did that record stand?”
October 28, 2019
Apparently, little is settled when it comes to the fates of the two companies that underpin much of the housing finance market in the United States.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Global Economy, Manufacturing Sector, Gross Margin, FREL - Fidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF, MPW - Medical Properties Trust Inc., Mortgage, SNH - Senior Housing Properties Trust, BGS - B&G Foods Inc., VKTX - Viking Therapeutics Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields and Bitcoin.
October 26, 2019
The continuing U.S-China trade conflict has disrupted the global economy, left business scrambling for new suppliers and dampened investment.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Is $1 Million Dollars Enough to Retire On?, Tariff War, Capital Gains Taxes, BAC - Bank of America Corp., Japanese Like Collapse, Consumer Sentiment Report, VMW - VMware Inc., 529 Plan, Dividend Payout Ratio, Investing in the Market.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: "In terms of market valuation, how much money did Bezos lose yesterday? And what is his approximate net worth today?"
October 24, 2019
While some analysts say Facebook’s plans have put crypto on the map, they have also brought new scrutiny to the technology.   Today's Stocks & Topics: WMB - Williams Cos., AYX - Alteryx Inc. Cl A, ORI - Old Republic International Corp., APPS - Digital Turbine Inc., Pension Plans, Fractured Shares, Zero Commissions, OLD - Long-Term Care ETF, Looking for Good Company Fundamentals.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Treasury Yields; Mortgage Rates, TRIVIA QUESTION: "In the U.S., which company has the BIGGEST market capitalization? AND-- which company has the HIGHEST profit margin?"
October 23, 2019
Due to escalating tariffs and weakening demand, the International Monetary Fund predicts the Chinese gross domestic product will grow slowly at a rate of only 5.8% in 2020.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Bitcoin, Basic Valuations, Quantitative Easing (QE), U.S. Economy, Real Estate, OEC - Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., PM - Philip Morris International Inc., Retirement Plan, TSLA - Tesla Inc., WeWork, MCD - McDonald's Corp., Pessimistic Or Optimistic About The Market.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: "By year's end of 2019, HOW MANY BILLIONS of dollars will have been spent for digital advertising? AND-- for Google and Facebook--WHAT is the dollar value of their COMBINED digital advertising revenue?"
October 22, 2019
Throughout 2019, S&P 500 cash spending is expected to drop by 6%-- the sharpest annual decline since 2009.   Today's Stocks & Topics: EGO – El Dorado Gold Corp., Earnings, SPLK - Splunk Inc., PFFR - InfraCap REIT Preferred ETF, Universal Life Insurance, MYGA: Multi-Year Guarantee Annuities, Gold.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: "Can you name TWO 2019 IPOs that have done very well-- and TWO IPOs that have proved, so far, to be horrible investments?"
October 22, 2019
The second half of 2019 has seen steady gains in single-family construction, and this is mirrored by the gradual uptick in builder sentiment over the past few months.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Foreign Stock Ownership, Corporate Bonds, Social Security Benefits, OXY - Occidental Petroleum Corp., NTC - Nuveen Connecticut Quality Municipal Income Fund, Oil Companies, AXAS - Abraxas Petroleum Corp., TGT - Target Corp., WMT - Walmart Inc., CSCO - Cisco Systems Inc., FDX - FedEx Corp.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
October 18, 2019
The IRS has issued final rules blocking attempts by certain states to work around the new cap for state and local tax deductions.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Why Not Buy a House, Mandatory 401k Distribution, Yield Curve, Interest Rates, Treasury Bills, Reverse Split, APRN - Blue Apron Holdings Inc. Cl A, AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., UBER - Uber Technologies Inc., Facebook Products & Users, 401k, Equity Indexed Annuities, Bonds, Stock Evaluation, 401k & Roth I-R-A.
October 17, 2019
Housing costs, debt, and the Great Recession of 2008 are all to blame-- but there are ways for millennials to get their finances on track. Today's Stocks & Topics: Is the Bond Market in a Bubble?, Investors Should Be Optimistic, Mortgages With a Negative Interest Rate... in Europe, Retirement Money, When to Invest in the Market, Universal Basic Income, College Savings, I-R-A, Stock Limits, Individual Business Operations, Where Does the Money Go.
October 17, 2019
One long-time market bull acknowledges the market is in a late-stage economic growth cycle, but he isn’t going into "recession countdown" mode. Today's Stocks & Topics: Silver, REITs, Gold, Job Report, 401k, Bonds Funds, 529 Plan, Trust Deeds, Investing with KPP, Mutual Funds, Insurance, Pension Plans, Level 2.
October 16, 2019
The global economy is wobbling and the big question in financial markets and executive suites now is this: Will it tumble over?  HOST: Steve Peasley. Today's Stocks & Topics: iShares MSCI Germany ETF (ETF)--EWG; Exxon Mobil Corp.--XOM, Chevron Corp. --CVX; Fidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF (ETF)--FREL, iShares Residential Real Estate ETF (ETF)--REZ; Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc.--COKE. ALSO:  U.S. Housing investment is high, why?; American consumer is confident; Amazon's security cameras may be watching you if...; What should I do now with my investing funds?; Berkshire-Hathaway's $122 billion cash reserve, why is Mr. Buffett holding so much cash?; Investing opportunity of a lifetime may be here. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields. Today's TRIVIA question: "If you are a Costco investor, you might like their rotisserie chickens... but do you know how many they sell in one year? And do you know how much money Costco LOSES on the sale of their chickens?" (Steve has the answer in the show.)
October 15, 2019
As concerns about slowing global growth increase, how much of an impact will the trade wars have on corporate profits? Today's Stocks & Topics: Medical Properties Trust Inc.--MPW; PepsiCo Inc.--PEP, B&G Foods Inc.--BGS; IAC/InterActiveCorp.--IAC. Also: Trade talk analysis--what's really going on here?; Uber (UBER) is laying off more employees-- 1,200 total-- to cut costs; Where to invest for LOW RISK?; Federal Reserve buying more T-Bills, why? Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields.
October 11, 2019
The 3-month Treasury has been in an inverted yield curve since May, and one opinion argues that assets can be better managed when the economy is booming.   Today's Stocks & Topics: HABT - Habit Restaurants Inc. Cl A, Treasury Debt, Where Do Your Paycheck Go?, Annuities, CBLK - Carbon Black, Inc., VMW - VMware Inc., MO - Altria Group Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr fixed mortgage rate, Consumer Sentiment Index; TRIVIA QUESTION: "Over the 119 years since the beginning of the 20th century (which was 1900), what percentage of that time has the U.S. been IN A RECESSION?"
October 11, 2019
This opinion argues that small-cap valuations are presenting investors with a big buying opportunity for the long haul.   Today's Stocks & Topics: Retirement Expenses, NBA & China, PG&E Shares, Market Cap and Revenue, MDR - McDermott International Inc., Marijuana Sector, AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., Real Estate, VLO - Valero Energy Corp.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr fixed mortgage rate and Bitcoin.
October 9, 2019
Many mainstream economists have long taken the position that deficits and the nation’s $22 trillion national debt are unsustainable. Today's Stocks & Topics: The Importance of October 9th, Cash Levels Are Rising, UBER - Uber Technologies Inc., LYFT - Lyft Inc. Cl A, Insider Buying, NOK - Nokia Corp. ADR, GEO - GEO Group Inc., BGS - B&G Foods Inc., BAGIX - Baird Aggregate Bond Fund Institutional, GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, GDL - GDL Fund. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr fixed mortgage rate; TRIVIA QUESTION: "If you had invested $1,000 in Google 10 years ago-- and let it ride-- HOW MUCH would that investment be worth today?"
October 9, 2019
Citing the U.S.-China trade war, this opinion says the economic conditions in the U.S. are not conducive for risk-taking.   Today's Stocks & Topics: BIG - Big Lots Inc., Return on Equity, CVS - CVS Health Corp., China Trade Deal, Investment Choices, U.S. Produce Prices, Books, GE to Freeze Workers Pensions, STLD - Steel Dynamics Inc.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Taxes; TRIVIA QUESTION: "Mortgage rates TODAY are at or near historic lows. What were the rates in the 1940s and 1950s-- during the time of the FIRST mass suburban migration?"
October 7, 2019
High-profile investors are assailing the proven most powerful source of economic and social advancement in human history--capitalism.   Today's Stocks & Topics: NLY - Annaly Capital Management Inc., Tariffs, Most Tax Friendly States, Job Numbers, UBER - Uber Technologies Inc., Real Estate, T - AT&T Inc., Streaming War, 401k Rollover, PAGP - Plains GP Holdings LP.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline and Treasury Yields.
October 4, 2019
The services sector continued its expansion in September-- but at a considerably slower pace than anticipated.   Today's Stocks & Topics: The Downside of Free Trading Fees, Mortgage Re-Defaults, IBOC - International Bancshares Corp., What to Look Before Buying a Stock, SONO - Sonos Inc., XLE - Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: "Can you name the LAST auto manufacturing company to be publicly listed in a U.S. stock market? And before that event, which was the NEXT MOST recently listed car company-- and in which year did it go public?
October 3, 2019
Is the Federal Reserve headed down a monetary path like Japan and Europe-- creating the problem they are trying to solve?   Today's Stocks & Topics: Stock Trades Commissions, 401k, ABMD - Abiomed Inc., TCEHY - Tencent Holdings Ltd. ADR, Mortgage Rates, MRK - Merck & Co. Inc., BHF - Brighthouse Financial Inc., Forever 21, LSCC - Lattice Semiconductor Corp.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields and 30-year FIXED mortgage rates.
October 2, 2019
Advocates of the direct listing option say it offers companies a better alternative than the initial public offerings underwritten by investment banks.   Today's Stocks & Topics: NOK - Nokia Corp. ADR, ADP National Employment Report, MSFT - Microsoft Corp., 401k, TSLA - Tesla Inc., Where to Invest, Stock Market Manipulation, AGG - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF.   Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: "How many WOMEN are on this year's Forbes 400 list?... and what PERCENTAGE of people on the list are 'self-made' billionaires?", FTEC - Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF, AMZN - Amazon.com Inc.
October 2, 2019
While Facebook, Amazon and Netflix have slumped, Google parent Alphabet has soared. ++++ Today's Stocks & Topics: 3M Co.-MMM, Apple-AAPL, Cummins Inc.-CMI, Aurora Cannabis Inc.-ACB, Nike Inc.-NKE, GEO Group Inc.-GEO; Verizon-VZ, Recession coming?, Bonds vs. funds?, PMI index UP but ISM number down?, Coming changes to credit cards-- such as more rewards programs. Plus: Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields; TRIVIA QUESTION: How many 4G cell phone towers are there now, and how many 5G towers will be needed? (Cost projections for Verizon 5G capital expenditures).
September 30, 2019
The future of hydrocarbons is bleak if plans presented by 130 international banks to decrease their support and investments in the oil and gas sector are fully implemented. Today's Stocks & Topics: Bad Things About Early Retirement, The Dollar, PAGP - Plains GP Holdings LP, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr Mortgage FIXED Rate, Bitcoin, Forever 21, ABBV - AbbVie Inc., Indexed Universal Life Insurance, OSK - Oshkosh Corp., PM - Philip Morris International Inc., Things That Hold You Back in Life, VALE - Vale S.A. ADR.
September 27, 2019
To stabilize short-term lending markets and keep the Fed's target borrowing rate in check, a $315 billion balance sheet expansion is projected over the next months. Today's Stocks & Topics: TEVA - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ADR, Good Retirement, Scams, Number One Best Job, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr Mortgage FIXED Rate, ETFs Bubble, BE - Bloom Energy Corp., VIG - Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF, ETFs vs. Mutual Funds, FKDNX - Franklin Dyna Tech Fund A, Dividends, BAM - Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Cl A, Neighbor - Airbnb of Storage, SNH - Senior Housing Properties Trust.
September 27, 2019
Home equity has increased at an annual rate of 4.8% giving the average homeowner a $4,900 reward-- but most people are leaving their gains in the house. Today's Stocks & Topics: Tax Planning, Elderly Fraud Scams, The Repo Market, ETRN - Equitrans Midstream Corp., PTON - Peloton Interactive Inc., REITs, BP - BP PLC ADR, TALO - Talos Energy Inc., ROKU - Roku Inc. Cl A, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Oil, Gasoline, Gold, Treasury Yields, 30-yr Mortgage FIXED, GDP.
September 25, 2019
Can the members of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) be blamed for not starting retirement savings early? Today's Stocks & Topics: Plan Your Investments, New Home Sales Report, Markit PMI, Paying Off the Mortgage, PCG - PG&E Corp., New Investor, Online Investing, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, 30-yr Mortgage FIXED, Student Loan vs. 401k, Revenue to Market Cap, CTL – Century Link Inc.
September 24, 2019
A market bull says the economy is doing fine and the fundamentals for stocks moving higher are still intact. Today's Stocks & Topics: GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, Stock Market Rally, Utilities, Index Funds, The Economy and Recession, GLD - SPDR Gold Shares, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Consumer Confidence Index, Gold, Oil, Gasoline, Year Treasuries, NFLX - Netflix Inc., WeWork, MNR - Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. Cl A, Bonds vs. Preferred Stocks, Investing in the Market, FDX - FedEx Corp., Emergency Fund, BA - Boeing Co., Where to Investment, Municipal Bonds.
September 23, 2019
According to one longtime market bear, the economy is slowing down, earnings are contracting, and a recession will result. Today's Stocks & Topics: Buying and Selling a House, Repo Market, Parents Financial Advise, Economic Cycle, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Oil, Gas, Gold, Treasury Yields, Bitcoin, Housing, GME - GameStop Corp. Cl A, GFF - Griffon Corp., Investment Magazines, INGN - Inogen Inc., FENY - Fidelity MSCI Energy Index ETF, GM - General Motors Co.
September 20, 2019
One long-time market bull acknowledges the market is in a late-stage economic growth cycle, but he isn’t going into "recession countdown" mode. Today's Stocks & Topics: Silver, REITs, Gold, Job Report, 401k, Bonds Funds, 529 Plan, Trust Deeds, Investing with KPP, Mutual Funds, Insurance, Pension Plans, Level 2.
September 19, 2019
Despite trade tensions with China and weak demand for chips, semiconductor stocks have rallied this year as investors look to the next generation of network technology known as 5G. Today's Stocks & Topics: Drug Industry, Repo-Market, PFE - Pfizer Inc., Social Security, The Economy, Gold and Silver, Housing Market, FDX - FedEx Corp.
September 18, 2019
One objective for the U.S. would be to widen credit spreads to help reverse an inverted yield curve trend. Today's Stocks & Topics: The Repo Market, FedEx Earnings, Parents Financial Plans, COST - Costco Wholesale Corp., TVIX - VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN, Key Benchmark Numbers and Market Comments for: Oil, Gasoline, Treasury Yields, Unemployment, Bitcoin, Industrial Production, PRU - Prudential Financial Inc., VGPMX - Vanguard Global Capital Cycles Fund Investor, Shorting Crude Oil, GME - GameStop Corp. Cl A, WMT - Walmart Inc., Negative Interest Rates, FENY - Fidelity MSCI Energy Index ETF, BA - Boeing Co.
September 17, 2019
Opinion: China has been restrained in its tariff retaliation thus far-- but investors should not underestimate its ability to both endure and deliver economic pain. Today's Stocks & Topics: BUD - Anheuser-Busch In Bev S.A. ADR, Oil Prices & Recession, Unions, Student Loan vs. 401k, Gold: $1,509 per ounce, 2-yr treasury yield: 1.731%, 10-yr treasury yield: 1.805%, Oil: $59.02 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.59 per gallon as a national average, Life Insurance, AAPL - Apple Inc., Life Insurance, ETFs, KHC - Kraft Heinz Co., Compensation Plan.
September 16, 2019
Can high oil prices cause recessions or are they simply a proxy for other determinants of the business cycle? Today's Stocks & Topics: Yields, Value vs. Growth, Parents' Financial Advice, EFX - Equifax Inc., 2-year treasury: 1.765%, 10-year treasury: 1.86%, Gold: $1,508, Oil: $61.63, PM - Philip Morris International Inc., GM - General Motors Co., United Auto Workers, JPM – JP Morgan Chase & Co., Automatic Indexing, EWZ - iShares MSCI Brazil ETF, GLPI - Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc., NAVI - Navient Corp.
September 13, 2019
Housing costs, debt, and the Great Recession of 2008 are all to blame-- but there are ways for millennials to get their finances on track. Today's Stocks & Topics: Is the Bond Market in a Bubble?, Investors Should Be Optimistic, Mortgages With a Negative Interest Rate... in Europe, Retirement Money, When to Invest in the Market, Universal Basic Income, College Savings, I-R-A, Stock Limits, Individual Business Operations, Where Does the Money Go.
September 12, 2019
The president has been against higher rates-- arguing that increased borrowing costs will put the brakes on economic growth. Today's Stocks & Topics: CVS - CVS Health Corp., Trade War, ECB Cut Rates, Market Rotation, 2-year treasury yield: 1.711%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.70%, 30-year FIXED mortgage rate: 3.56%, Gold: $1,504 per ounce, Oil: $55.14 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.57 per gallon on a national average, WMT - Walmart Inc., STT - State Street Corp., Banks, VIX - CBOE Volatility Index, AAPL - Apple Inc., The Stock Market, PDBZX - PGIM Total Return Bond Fund Z.
September 11, 2019
Some value stocks — those with low multiples and stable fundamentals —have significantly outperformed their growth counterparts. Today's Stocks & Topics: MNK - Mallinckrodt PLC, Retirement Savings, Inflation, PRU - Prudential Financial Inc., Yield on the 10-year Treasury note: 1.73%, 2-year Treasury: 1.662%, GOLD: $1,497.96 per OUNCE, Oil: $57.53 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.56 per gallon, Bitcoin: $9.984 per coin, AAPL - Apple Inc., Investing in the Market, Antitrust Problem for Google and Facebook, CMG - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Investing in the Market, DNR - Denbury Resources Inc., EWI - iShares MSCI Italy ETF, Labor Participation Rate, T - AT&T Inc., EFX - Equifax Inc.
September 10, 2019
Weak exports are adding pressure to China’s already-slowing economy, and this points to an increased need for its policy makers to increase stimulus measures. Today's Stocks & Topics: Gold, European Central Bank Rates, Millenials & Lower Mortgage Rates, Jobs Report, GLD - SPDR Gold Shares, Portfolio Management, Yield on the 10-year Treasury: 1.644%, The yield on the 2-year Treasury: 1.601%, Yield on the 30-year Treasury bond: 2.23%, Gold: $1,506 per ounce, Oil: $58.10 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.56 per gallon, Bitcoin: $10,200 per coin, KHC - Kraft Heinz Co., Dividends, ETFs & Recession, Preferred Stocks, T - AT&T Inc., DEM - Wisdom-tree Emerging Markets High Dividend Fund.
September 9, 2019
Two federal agencies believe the housing finance system should be reformed-- the era of conservator-ship for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could end. Today's Stocks & Topics: States Getting Hit The Hardest By Trade-War Tariffs, Housing Market, ETFs vs. Mutual Funds, Investing for Kids, 10-year Treasury: 1.594%, 2-year Treasury: 1.565%, 30-year Treasury bond: 2.069%, Gold: $1,515 per ounce, Oil: $58.10 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.56 per gallon, Bitcoin: $10,300 per coin, JNJ - Johnson & Johnson, PCG - PG&E Corp., MDP - Meredith Corp., Banks, New Investor with a Plan.
September 6, 2019
One long-time market bull acknowledges the market is in a late-stage economic growth cycle, but he isn’t going into "recession countdown" mode. Today's Stocks & Topics: Silver, REITs, AMT - American Tower REIT, FREL - Fidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF, PPLT - Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF, 2-year treasury yield: 1.52%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.56%, Gold: $1,532, Oil: $54.89 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.57 per gallon as a national average, Bitcoin: $10,903 per coin, Gold, RIG - Transocean Ltd., BLNK - Blink Charging Co., Job Report, ENPH - Enphase Energy Inc., 401k.
September 5, 2019
With more than $16 trillion in negative yielding debt around the world, former 1980s Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is warning that U.S. rates may follow the trend. Today's Stocks & Topics: Index Funds vs. ETFs, Interest Predictions, Money Talk, Retail Credit Cards, MDP - Meredith Corp., GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, 2-year treasury yield was at 1.54%, 10-year treasury yield was at 1.56%, Gold: $1,546 per ounce, Oil: $56.80 per barrel, 30-year FIXED mortgage rate: 3.49%, SHOP - Shopify Inc. Cl A, Negative Yield, AAPL - Apple Inc., SQ - Square Inc. Cl A.
September 4, 2019
Hedge fund titan Ray Dalio is worried that the current landscape is starting to resemble Depression-era conditions that could hammer investors. Today's Stocks & Topics: U.S. vs. World Currency, Executor of Estate, Beige Book Report, Bad Sectors, Gold: $1,549 per ounce, 2-year treasury yield: 1.47%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.47%, 20-year treasury yield: 1.77%, 30-year treasury yield: 1.95%, Bitcoin: $10,414 per coin, Oil: $55 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.57 per gallon-- national average, TM - Toyota Motor Corp. ADR, PODD - Insulet Corp., Interest Rates, REITs & Dividends, SLS - SELLAS Life Sciences Group Inc.
September 3, 2019
Today's Stocks & Topics: KR - Kroger Co., Gold: $1,549 per ounce, Bitcoin was at $10,400 per coin, Oil: $53 per barrel, 2-year treasury yield: 1.50%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.44%, Uber & Lyft, VOO - Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, SPY - SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, How To Measure Company's Debt, AMD - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Reasons Why You Drop Stocks, Diversification, VHT - Vanguard Health Care ETF, Hong Kong Protests.
September 2, 2019
Housing costs, debt, and the Great Recession of 2008 are all to blame-- but there are ways for millennials to get their finances on track. Today's Stocks & Topics: Is the Bond Market in a Bubble?, Investors Should Be Optimistic, Mortgages With a Negative Interest Rate... in Europe, Retirement Money, When to Invest in the Market, Universal Basic Income, College Savings, I-R-A, Stock Limits, Individual Business Operations, Where Does the Money Go.
August 30, 2019
The Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of the most powerful chief executive officers in the U.S., announced this month that the era of 'shareholder primacy' is over. Today's Stocks & Topics: Social Security Changes, Worst Month of the Year, The Most Expensive And Affordable States To Buy A House, Recession, 2-year treasury yield: 1.53%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.52%, Gold: $1,527.82 per ounce, Bitcoin: $9,583 per coin, Oil: $56.24 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.58 per gallon on average, Consumer Sentiment Number: 89.8, EWZ - iShares MSCI Brazil ETF, Young Investor & Retirement, REITs, Real Gold Bars with Fake Labels, DIS - Walt Disney Co.
August 29, 2019
Today's Stocks & Topics: DWDP - DuPont de Nemours Inc. CEDEAR, MO - Altria Group Inc., PM - Philip Morris International Inc., 2-year treasury yield: 1.51%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.48%, 30-year treasury yield: 1.97%, 30-year FIXED rate mortgage rate: 3.58%, Gold: $1,550 per ounce, Oil: $56.29 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.57 per gallon on average, Vacation Rentals, Housing Market & The Recession, Properties in 401k, Flipping, Buying Real Estate.
August 28, 2019
With a system as complex as Social Security, it’s hard to distinguish between truth and fiction. Today's Stocks & Topics: S&P 500 Sectors, Regrets You Don't Want To Have In Your 60s, Solid Dividends, Stock Evaluation, 2-year treasury: 1.49%, 10-year treasury: 1.44%, Gold: $1,554 per ounce, Bitcoin: $10,200 per coin, Oil: $56 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.68 per gallon on average, DIS - Walt Disney Co., ALB - Albemarle Corp., VMW - VMware Inc., FL - Foot Locker Inc., Roth I-R-A, Amazon & RING, AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., SLV - iShares Silver Trust.
August 27, 2019
The prediction is that a warmer winter season, shorter holiday calendar, reduced tourism spending, and higher inventory levels could hurt fourth-quarter retail sales. Today's Stocks & Topics: Book Value, Gold & Silver, Top Paying Jobs By Degree, 3 Social Security Mistakes, 2-year: 1.52, 10-year: 1.48%, 30-year yield: 1.96%, Oil: $54 per barrel, Bitcoin: 10,166, Gold: $1,541 per ounce, ENPH - Enphase Energy Inc., Emergency Funds, Double Tax Free, MBUU - Malibu Boats Inc. Cl A, Home Sales Report, CI - Cigna Corp., UBER - Uber Technologies Inc.
August 26, 2019
Google Stadia, the company’s cloud-based video game streaming platform, is poised to launch this November in 14 countries. Today's Stocks & Topics: Elon Musk, Gita Gopinath - Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, BGS - B&G Foods Inc., 2-year treasury: 1.5%, 10-year treasury: 1.532%, 30-year treasury: 2.021%, Gold: $1,540 per ounce. Bitcoin $10,300 per coin, Oil: $55 per barrel, Housing Market, Dividends, SMG - Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
August 23, 2019
Consumers are choosing to spend more of their budget on dining out-- sales at eating and drinking establishments are up over 4% this year. Today's Stocks & Topics: BGS - B&G Foods Inc., Leading Economic Indicators, Negative Rates, Joint Retirement, 10-year treasury yield: 1.57%, 2-year treasury yield: 1.55%, Gold: $1,536, Oil: $53.84 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.60 per gallon on average, Bitcoin: $10,200 per coin, 30-year FIXED rate: 3.55%, Interest Rates, LK - Luckin Coffee Inc. ADR, Portfolio Yield, Solar Stocks.
August 22, 2019
The smoldering U.S.-China trade war creates problems for retailers because it makes it more difficult to plan and manage their businesses. Today's Stocks & Topics: Elder Financial Abuse, US-China Trade War, Brokers, 2-year treasury yield: 1.598%, 10-year treasury yield: 1.593%. Gold: $1,499, Bitcoin: 10,000 per coin, Oil: $56 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.60 per gallon on average-- down for more than 30 days in a row, 30-year FIXED rate: 3.55%, EFOI - Energy Focus Inc., Student Loan Debt vs. Stock Investing, CLB - Core Laboratories N.V.
August 21, 2019
With varied performances for 'FAANG' stocks in recent weeks, the prospect of increased regulation is coming back to haunt Big Tech. Today's Stocks & Topics: Housing Market Data, 500 Thousand Fewer Jobs Created, Deflation, Roth I-R-A, Gold: $1,512 per ounce, Oil: 57.03 per barrel, 10-year Treasury Yield: 1.56%, 30-year FIXED Mortgage Rate: 3.6%, Bitcoin:$9,951, Day Trading, BLPCX - American Funds Moderate Growth and Income Portfolio C, Mortgages, Recession & Interest Rates, BABA - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADR, ATVI - Activision Blizzard Inc.
August 20, 2019
A new ranking has revealed the up-and-coming metro areas, where job markets are strong and high-earning millennials are increasingly putting down roots. Today's Stocks & Topics: People Over 60 and 401k, Retirement, Wasting Money Instead of Investing, ARWR - Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc., Gold: $1,506 per ounce, Oil: $55 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.60 per gallon on average, Bitcoin: $10,000 per coin, Negative Interest Rates, CAT - Caterpillar Inc., Consumer Food Behaviors, Cruel Oil, Withdrawal Rate, Inverse ETFs, Mortgages, HD - Home Depot Inc., AVGO - Broadcom Inc.
August 19, 2019
In spite of what has been a rewarding strategy for much of the long-running bull market, at least one analyst says there’s something investors need to know. Today's Stocks & Topics: Medical Expenses, Retirement and Death, CEOs Salaries, Real Estate, Gold: $1,507 per ounce, Oil: $55.83 per barrel, 2-year Treasury Yield: 1.75%, 10-year Treasury Yield: 1.63%, Bitcoin: $10,708 per coin, JCP - J.C. Penney Co. Inc., AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., HD - Home Depot Inc., Mortgages, Real Estate Agent Certification.
August 16, 2019
One high profile investor is predicting bad things ahead for anyone betting in favor of online real estate site Zillow. Today's Stocks & Topics: Interest Rates, GE - General Electric Co., Yield Curve, GT - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., European Bonds, T - AT&T Inc., SH - ProShares Short S&P 500, Z - Zillow Group Inc. Cl C, Gold: $1,523 per ounce, Oil: $54 per barrel, Gasoline: $2.63 per gallon on average, 10-year treasury: 1.544%, 2-year-- 1.517%, Bitcoin: $10,000 per coin, VIX - CBOE Volatility Index, The KPP Premium Newsletter, MO - Altria Group Inc., CGNX - Cognex Corp., Gold Stocks.
August 15, 2019
WeWork, now re-branded as the 'We Company', is widely expected to hold its IPO as soon as next month. Today's Stocks & Topics: BIDU - Baidu Inc. ADR, Europe's Economy, Yield Curve, Retails Sales for July, Gold: $1,524 per ounce, 2-year Treasury Yield: 1.569%, 10-year Treasury Yield: 1.581%, 3-month year Treasury Yield: 1.9%, 30-Year Bond: 2.004%, Oil: $54 per barrel, 30-year FIXED Mortgage Rate: 3.6%, Bitcoin: $9,961 per coin, GE - General Electric Co., AUY ; Yamana Gold Inc., PFE - Pfizer Inc., MO - Altria Group Inc., CCJ - Cameco Corp., URA - Global X Uranium ETF, CTL - CenturyLink Inc., T - AT&T Inc., Retirement, Shorting the Market, TILIX - TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth Index Fund Institutional.
August 14, 2019
What the delay might mean for investors who are nervous about the escalating tensions between the U.S. and China. Today's Stocks & Topics: U.S. Exports and Imports, Yield Curve, Defensive Stocks, Hold or Sell, F - Ford Motor Co., Gold: $1,526 per ounce, Oil: $55.14 per barrel, 30-year Treasury Yield has fallen to an all-time low, 10-year Treasury Yield: 1.588%, 2-Year Treasury Yield: 1.608%, Low Interest Rates, UBER - Uber Technologies Inc., Cash Flow, Investing, CEQP - Crestwood Equity Partners LP, Tracking the Market, HAL - Halliburton Co.
August 13, 2019
Housing costs, debt, and the Great Recession of 2008 are all to blame-- but there are ways for millennials to get their finances on track. Today's Stocks & Topics: Gold: $1,510 per ounce, Oil: $54 per barrel, Bitcoin: $11,700 per coin, Is the Bond Market in a Bubble?, Investors Should Be Optimistic, Mortgages With a Negative Interest Rate... in Europe, Retirement Money, DIS - Walt Disney Co., WBA - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., AAPL - Apple Inc., When to Invest in the Market, TWOU - 2U Inc., ITA - iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF, CCJ - Cameco Corp., Universal Basic Income.
August 12, 2019
With global uncertainty and a strong dollar weighing on major tech companies, software names might look attractive in an ongoing trade war. Today's Stocks & Topics: Potential Health Hazards of Early Retirement, Personal Loans, Cryptocurrencies, DBX - Dropbox Inc., M - Macy's Inc., Interest Rates, Gold: $1,513 per ounce, Oil: $54.82 per barrel, 10-year Treasury Yield: 1.69%, 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rate: 3.6%, Bitcoin: $11,352 Per Coin, AVP - Avon Products Inc., WY - Weyerhaeuser Co., Preferred Shares, PALL - Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF.
August 9, 2019
If the Fed’s mid-cycle correction turns into a full easing cycle, there could be a major convergence between U.S. and non-U.S. investment-grade yields. Today's Stocks & Topics: What Will Get You A Better Return, China Economic News, United Kingdom & Italy, Saving to Buy a House, ENDP - Endo International PLC, UBER - Uber Technologies Inc., AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., VEU - Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF, VWO - Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, MDR - McDermott International Inc., CC - Chemours Co., Average Daily Volume, ROKU - Roku Inc. Cl A, SPHD - Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF.
August 8, 2019
The spread between U.S. bond yields and the rest of the world is wide, but is it possible for the U.S. to get sucked into a negative yield trend? Today's Stocks & Topics: BTAL - AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund, GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, TEVA - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ADR, AMC - AMC Entertainment Holding Inc. Cl A, WBA - Walgreen's Boots Alliance Inc., KL - Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd., Elon Musk, Unmarried Couples & Taxes, GAIN - Gladstone Investment Corp.
August 7, 2019
China’s central bank claims the U.S. accusation has “seriously” undermined the international financial order-- and risked further market turmoil. Today's Stocks & Topics: Gold Stocks, Closing Retails Stores, Female Doctors vs. Male Doctors Schedules, AG - First Majestic Silver Corp., Oil Prices, CHK - Chesapeake Energy Corp., IAU - iShares Gold Trust, NFLX - Netflix Inc., GAIN - Gladstone Investment Corp., Amazon Delivery Service, AUY - Yamana Gold Inc.
August 6, 2019
Trade worries weighed on business orders and the outlook for the overall economy. Today's Stocks & Topics: PFE - Pfizer Inc., Disney Streaming, Good or Bad Debt, Best Job in America, Labor Market, Pension Funds, Dividends, Negative Interest Rates, China Tariffs, AES - AES Corp., Health Insurance, Student Loan vs. Investing in the Market, Minimum Wage, GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, UUP Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund.
August 5, 2019
Analyst says investors should note that we are in the midst of a structural slowdown driven by what’s really happening in China. Today's Stocks & Topics: TWTR - Twitter Inc., ETFs, Currency War Between U.S. And China, LUCRF - Lucara Diamond Corp., Real Estate Scams, Real Estate Investing, VLEEY - Valeo S.A. ADR, Down Payment for a House, Retirement, Global Economy.
August 2, 2019
The Fed just cut rates for the first time in more than a decade, and one sector could be the surprising winner. Today's Stocks & Topics: Why August is a Tough Month, Capital One Hack, Consumer Sentiment Index, Shorting, Rate Cuts, Japan's Negative Interest Rates, Apple, Jobs Report and The Stock Market, Commodities, The Price of Gold, Life Insurance, DOW - Dow Inc., LYB – LyondellBasell Industries N.V. Cl A, FBIOX - Fidelity Select Biotechnology Portfolio.
August 2, 2019
The advice counsels to make sure your financial foundation is sound by getting a handle on three factors before you start investing. Today's Stocks & Topics: Robocalls, Bearish Signals, BBBY - Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., 30-Year Fix Mortgage, SPY - SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, Yields, SQ - Square Inc. Cl A, FDIS - Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF, The Nasdaq stock Market, Index Universal Life Insurance, Cable Company “Cord Cutting”, Private Payrolls, AMD - Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
July 31, 2019
For the past two decades, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has told investors that long-term growth is more important than short-term profits. Today's Stocks & Topics: Financial Mistakes, Money Trick That Might Help You, VXX - iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN, SEDG - SolarEdge Technologies Inc., Mortgage vs. Investing in the Market, FXI - iShares China Large-Cap ETF, PYPL - PayPal Holdings Inc.
July 30, 2019
The theory is this: As the Federal Reserve considers lowering interest rates, it risks falling victim to its own dominance. Today's Stocks & Topics: Beyond Meat, Consumer Spending Report, How to Survive the Next Bear Market, Capital Gains, NAV - Navistar International Corp., The FED Meeting, Capital One Data Breach, Facebook's Libra & Congress, Where to Invest?, GDX - VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, Beating the Market, PHR - Phreesia Inc.
July 29, 2019
His view cites a 'clash of cultures' and claims the Communist Party doesn’t want to submit themselves to anything measurable or enforceable. Today's Stocks & Topics: Tesla's Earnings, Smart Habits to Obtain Financial Freedom, IWN - iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF, Investing in Real Estate, DIS - Walt Disney Co., Strong Dollar, VYM - Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF, ALB - Albemarle Corp., Investing for Kids, Where to Invest, TWCUX - American Century Ultra Fund Investor, Bitcoin.
July 26, 2019
When investors are excessively bullish, it means two things — both bad for stocks. Today's Stocks & Topics: Durable Goods Report, Best Countries for American Expats to Live Abroad, GDXJ - VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, AMZN - Amazon.com Inc., GOOG - Alphabet Inc. Cl C, MCD - McDonald's Corp., QIWI - QIWI PLC ADR, Defensive Sectors, How Much Money to Invest, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, BABA - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADR, Screening for Earnings.
July 25, 2019
Since the big tech stocks are the market leaders, any negative impact on them has the potential to slow the rally or even kill it. Today's Stocks & Topics: SDIV - Global X SuperDividend ETF , Tesla's Earnings, Currency Crisis, LUV - Southwest Airlines Co., DPZ - Domino's Pizza Inc., GOOG - Alphabet Inc. Cl C, Investing in the Market, SMPL - Simply Good Foods Co., LB - L Brands Inc.
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