While the Federal Reserve just raised interest rates again as expected, many Fed watchers believe that the central bank will not be as aggressive in raising rates next year as previously anticipated – and could even lower rates if economic growth slows. How could investors go about playing such a change in Fed policy? After a primer on what the Fed does (and doesn’t do) when it comes to stocks, today’s article identifies some strategies. For more, CLICK HERE.
In its last annual report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s overall infrastructure a dismal grade of D+. With much infrastructure work clearly needing to be done, and the changing political landscape with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, there may be movement on infrastructure spending. So is now the time to consider infrastructure investments – and, if so, which ones? Today’s article provides five specific infrastructure stock suggestions, looks at whether this is truly an “infrastructure moment”, and examines “the dark side of infrastructure investing”. For more, CLICK HERE.
Erik Finman, who started buying bitcoin at the age of 12 and became a bitcoin millionaire during the most well-known cryptocurrency’s astonishing run-up, is now calling its demise, stating bluntly that “Bitcoin is dead…It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, it’s dead.” For the young bitcoin superstar’s rationale for this assessment, another cryptocurrency he declares is on its way out – and which cryptocurrencies he believes have the best chance at success going forward, CLICK HERE.
Through the Vietnam War, the fall of the Soviet Union, the Dot-com bubble bursting, the Great Recession, and many other crises and calamities, just 26 companies in the U.S. have managed to increase their dividends consistently for at least 50 years – making them an elite group of dividend kings. Today’s article provides the list of dividend kings going into 2019 – including the most recent addition to the group – and identifies three companies which appear poised to join the list by the end of next year. For more, CLICK HERE.
Back in August, the author of today’s article saw a trade opportunity in a giant cable and broadband provider – and since that time, shares of that company have outperformed the S&P 500 by almost 12%. The reason he saw an opportunity in the company, as he explains, is that, while the “market isn’t wrong about the fact that cable customers are choosing to ‘cut the cord’ at a rapid pace… the market is very wrong about… how this is going to impact the cable companies” – and now he is eyeing shares of another undervalued cable and broadband provider. For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to finding investment opportunities, one approach is to use the options market and look for options with unusual activity. The author of today’s article notes that “Understanding how a company’s options usually move can prepare you to find moments where they’re making unusual moves. And by looking at options with unusual activity, you can get an idea of where larger investors in the options market are placing their bets.” For more, CLICK HERE.
It’s that time of year when many firms issue their top stock picks and favorite sectors for the year ahead – and Credit Suisse (which has the most bullish outlook for the S&P 500 next year amongst its peers) has added 11 companies to its Top Picks list, all of which are covered with Outperform ratings. For these 11 stocks – including three airlines – that are among the investment bank’s research team’s best ideas for next year, CLICK HERE.
“Whether we are talking about socks or stocks, it is better to buy them on sale,” declares the author of today’s article, who describes himself as “a long-term buy and hold investor in the accumulation phase.” He proceeds to outline a four-step process to screen the list of dividend champions for potential bargains worthy of further research – and identifies the 26 dividend champions that currently pass this screen. For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to where to put their money in 2019, investors may not want to pursue an “America First” approach. At least that’s the position laid out by Morgan Stanley in its recent Global Strategy Outlook report for next year, with the investment bank preferring “stocks in emerging markets to those in the U.S. because it is predicting stable growth in those economies in 2019, versus a slowing expansion stateside.” For the emerging markets Morgan Stanley is most bullish on, which types of stocks it prefers within those markets, and why, despite its preference for EM stocks over U.S. stocks, it is not overly excited about equities overall, CLICK HERE.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and 2008? The author of today’s article argues that “It really does appear that economic activity is starting to slow down significantly, but just like in 2008 those that are running things don’t want to admit the reality of what we are facing.” For three critical ways he sees the current situation as being “eerily similar to what happened just before and during the last financial crisis”, CLICK HERE.