Rank #1: 12-25-18: How HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) Offer A Triple Tax Benefit
An HSA might make sense for you--especially if you are a high-income earner. Today's Stocks & Topics: Bonds, Goldman Sacks, Credit Card Debt, Yield Curve, Regulation Fees, HSAs, Undateable, 401K and Mortgage, Personal Finance, 529 Plan, Stock Evaluation, Pullback, Short Ratio, Mortgage, 401k.
Dec 25 2018
Rank #2: 02-12-20: Federal Reserve: Household Debt Jumps The Most In 12 Years
According to the Federal Reserve, total household debt balances increased by $601 billion last year surpassing $14 trillion for the first time.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Is The Market Tired, Big Tech Companies, Warren Buffet, IP - International Paper Co., SSTI - ShotSpotter Inc., SRE - Sempra Energy, Traditional I-R-As, VZ - Verizon Communications Inc., PACW - PacWest Bancorp, TSLA - Tesla Inc.
TRIVIA QUESTION: "Over the past 30 years, HOW MUCH of an increase has there been in the average cost to attend a PUBLIC, four-year, institution--- AND...
By the end of 2019, in dollars, WHAT was the total outstanding student loan debt?"
Feb 13 2020
Rank #3: 05-09-19: Opinion: Here's What Will Cause The Next Recession
The Federal Reserve’s active manipulation fosters a wealth effect, but it also sets up an 'asset bubble'.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Saving More, STMP - Stamps.com Inc., IP - International Paper Co., IBM - International Business Machines Corp., Leveraged ETFs, CTSH - Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., OUSA - O'Shares FTSE U.S. Quality Dividend ETF, BFTHX - Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund Retail, Early Retirement.
May 09 2019
Rank #4: 12-31-18: 4 Things to Know About the Future of American Energy
Surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia, the United States is now the world's largest energy producer. Today's Stocks & Topics: Jobs Report, IMF President, Uber & Lyft IPO, Limited Partnership, Buying Foreclosures, Retirement, Retirement Contributions, Roth I-R-A, Investing.
Dec 31 2018
Rank #5: 07-04-18: Index Funds vs. Mutual Funds
Encore Presentation: The difference between index funds and mutual funds and why an index fund will almost certainly be a better investment than an actively managed mutual fund. Today's Stocks & Topics: Capital Losses, The Market in 2018, Index Funds, Proffered Stocks, Roth I-R-A & Taxes, House Prices, International Markets, Residual Value, When to Sell., I-R-As, Triple-Double Tops, How to Start Investing, Mutual Funds, Technical Analysis.
Jul 04 2018
Rank #6: 05-17-19: Opinion: How To Protect Your Money From This Stock Market’s Wild Volatility
There’s a surprisingly easy and profitable trading strategy to use during extraordinary stock-market volatility.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Bills and Trusts, Getting Married, Be a Bear Not a Bullish, Trade War, ILMN - Illumina Inc., I-R-A, MMM - 3M Co., Employee Stock Purchase Plan, WTR - Aqua America Inc., PMT – Penny Mac Mortgage Investment Trust, Leading Economic Indicators, TEVA - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ADR.
May 17 2019
Rank #7: 05-06-19: Verizon Wants To Sell 'Tumblr' After Never Really Put Much Into It
Tumbler is currently part of Verizon Media Group which owns the blogging platform after acquiring all Yahoo assets in 2017.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Three Different Retirement Income Strategies, Pros and Cons of Mortgages, SDS - ProShares UltraShort S&P500, Inverse Stocks, TSLA - Tesla Inc., MMM - 3M Co., Tax Efficiency, Roth I-R-A & Taxes.
May 07 2019
Rank #8: 02-11-20: Analysis: REIT Tax Myths
REIT investors were big winners from recent tax reforms and an investor’s experience with REITs shouldn’t be any different than a typical dividend-paying stock.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Marijuana Stocks, T-Mobile & Sprint Merge, Job Openings, China, WB - Weibo Corp. ADR, USMCA Trade Agreement, Coronavirus, SPG - Simon Property Group Inc., Utilities in China, LMRK - Landmark Infrastructure Partners L.P., MEDIF - Medipharm Labs Corp.
TRIVIA QUESTION: "Back in 1870, John D. Rockefeller established the Standard Oil Co. Inc.-- but the company was declared a MONOPOLY and broken up by the federal government... WHAT YEAR was it split up-- and WHAT do you think the Standard Oil Co. DIVIDEND payout ratio was at the height of its power?"
Feb 12 2020
Rank #9: 01-08-19: Opinion: Why The Housing And Mortgage Crisis Is Far From Over
The delinquency rate for major metro areas that suffered a significant housing collapse is almost certainly much higher than widely believed. Today's Stocks & Topics: Caps, TSLA - Tesla Inc., Five Days of January Indicators, Investors Ugly Truth, Why 2019 Could Be A Good Year, CVS - CVS Health Corp., Portfolio, HMC - Honda Motor Co. Ltd. ADR, Market Performance, HBAN - Huntington Bancshares Inc., Market Correction.
Jan 09 2019
Rank #10: 04-29-19: Opinion: In Spite Of A Strong GDP Number, The Real Economy Is Slumping
The heart of the real economy — private-sector consumption and investment — slowed sharply in the first quarter to a 1.3% annual rate, the slowest in nearly six years.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Earnings Season, Australia, Financial Advice, FLIN - Franklin FTSE India ETF, GSK – Glaxo Smith Kline PLC ADR, FSDAX - Fidelity Select Defense and Aerospace Portfolio, VZ - Verizon Communications Inc., NWL - Newell Brands Inc., AGNC - AGNC Investment Corp.
Apr 29 2019
Rank #11: 05-22-19: Google Sister-Company 'Verily' Is Teaming With Big Pharma On Clinical Trials
Clinical trials have long been an expensive processes, so pharmaceutical companies want to leverage technology to get drugs approved more quickly.
Today's Stocks & Topics: Retirement, Gold, Retirement Magic Number, QCOM - Qualcomm Inc., BGS - B&G Foods Inc., Acorn Shares, IPOs, EXAS - EXACT Sciences Corp., Core Holdings, Interest Rates.
May 22 2019
Rank #12: 05-03-19: Outplacement Consultant Challenger Reports ‘Troubling’ Rise In Auto Layoffs As Vehicle Sales Slump To Four-Year Low
Layoffs in the auto sector are rising-- could this spell trouble for the overall economy?
Today's Stocks & Topics: GFF - Griffon Corp., Annuities, Market Direction, Futures, F - Ford Motor Co., Jobs Report, VHT - Vanguard Health Care ETF, JWN - Nordstrom Inc., Require Minimum Distribution.
May 03 2019
Rank #13: 06-07-18: What Bubble?: 7 Reasons to Buy a House Now
In the wake of the financial crisis, many Americans lost faith in the idea of a house as an investment. Today's Stocks & Topics: Retirement Accounts, Mortgage Rates, Blue Chip Companies, I-R-A, Investing, Financial Advisor vs. Financial Planner, Warrants, College Savings Plans, Buy & Rebalance, Roth, 401k, Hedge Funds.
Jun 07 2018
Rank #14: 01-04-19: Manufacturing Activity Survey Shows Biggest Drop Since 2008--Bad Economic Sign?
The last time the ISM index fell more steeply was at the height of the U.S. financial crisis. Today's Stocks & Topics: Sectors & Interest Rates, CVX - Chevron Corp., Jobs Report, Options, XLV - Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF, Quan Funds, CELG - Celgene Corp., CAT - Caterpillar Inc., KHC - Kraft Heinz Co., Financial Planning for the New Year.
Jan 05 2019
Rank #15: 07-06-18: Why Travel Stocks Could Be in Trouble Just as Vacation Season Begins
With prices climbing faster than wage gains, we have the makings of a slowdown in consumer spending.
Today's Stocks & Topics: $SPX - S&P 500 Index, Jobs Report, Trade War, Retirement for Couples, Roth I-R-A, The Power of ETFs – Exchange Traded Funds, BGS - B&G Foods Inc., Narrowing the Spread, GDOT - Green Dot Corp. Cl A, KLAC - KLA-Tencor Corp., DAN - Dana Inc., P.E. Range.
Jul 06 2018
Rank #16: 05-01-19: P&G Executive Sees A Coming Big Shift In "Cloud Services War" Among Combatants Amazon, Google, and Microsoft
Cloud computing has been the hottest growth business for some of the world’s largest technology companies, but a top corporate buyer of cloud services says a slowdown is coming.
Today's Stocks & Topics: The Fed Meeting, Credit Card Losses, Traditional or Roth 401k, UNH – United Health Group Inc., Bonds, WRK – West Rock Co., Investing, MSFT - Microsoft Corp., VGHAX - Vanguard Health Care Fund Admiral, VHT - Vanguard Health Care ETF, SNV - Synovus Financial Corp., PFF - iShares Preferred & Income Securities ETF, GOOG - Alphabet Inc. Cl C.
May 01 2019
Rank #17: 02-10-20: Report: Where The Jobs Are By Sector
The January 2020 jobs report showed U.S. companies added many more positions than expected during the month.
Today's Stocks & Topics: I-R-A Mistakes, January Effect in the Stock Market, The Dollar, PDCE - PDC Energy Inc., China & the Coronavirus, JNJ - Johnson & Johnson, BA - Boeing Co., Non-Deductible IRAs, MIK - Michaels Cos. Inc., GME - GameStop Corp. Cl A, HYRE - HyreCar Inc., Risk.
Feb 11 2020
Rank #18: 08-26-19: Google’s Giant Leap Into Video Game Streaming Could Disrupt A $135 Billion Industry
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.
Aug 26 2019
Rank #19: 05-21-19: Hedge Funds Bet The Sell-off Is Over-- ‘The Correction Has Run Its Course’
Today's Stocks & Topics: Cedar Realty Trust Inc. (CDR), ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (MORL), General Electric Co. (GE), Vodafone Group PLC ADR (VOD), B&G Foods Inc. (BGS), Bayer AG ADR (BAYRY)--Monsanto issues?, plus: Are You Emotionally Ready To Retire?, Will FAANG Stocks Attract Regulation?, Analyzing the Existing Home Sales Report; from News Digest section: Trade Tariff Concerns, Retailers like Kohl's hit hard, Disney's ESPN will 'stick to sports—not politics.
May 22 2019
Rank #20: 05-20-19: Microsoft And Sony Are Forming A Cloud Gaming And 'AI' Partnership
The companies are teaming up to compete with Google's gaming platform which will use YouTube to push its experience to the masses.
Today's Stocks & Topics: What Drives Stocks Up And Down?, Roth I-R-A, 401k Contributions, Spin off Companies, CVS - CVS Health Corp., SEP I-R-A, PBA - Pembina Pipeline Corp., Bio-Tech IPOs.
May 20 2019