From Boeing’s 737 Max safety scandal to Insys Therapeutics’ doctor bribing scandal to Wells Fargo’s fake account scandal and more, corporate misconduct appears to be on the rise. That’s concerning enough in and of itself, but it’s all the more concerning given that, as the author of today’s article notes, “Business scandals seem to peak at the end of every growth cycle.” So, on top of the recent inversion of the yield curve, is this apparent rise in negligence and misconduct at public companies another indicator of a coming recession? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to periods of high market volatility, as has been the case in recent weeks, the author of today’s article advises that “There’s a surprisingly easy and profitable trading strategy to use”. And interestingly, the strategy in question goes against what those playing the markets have long been taught about the relationship between volatility and returns. For more on this strategy – and why “panicking in the wake of market volatility spikes may not be a bad idea” – CLICK HERE.
When predicting where the stock market will go, the author of today’s article acknowledges that “It’s easy to see what’s happening now, compare that with what has happened recently, decide you see a trend and conclude that the trend will continue.” He further notes, however, that “When you do that, you’re sometimes correct. And you’re sometimes wrong. Oh, so very wrong.” He proceeds to outline several examples illustrating why investors should expect the unexpected – and what he sees as the best method for investing in the face of the unknown. For more, CLICK HERE.
“The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the cop on the beat, the housewife – all have one thing in common today: they’re pouring more and more dollars into mutual funds,” exclaimed a New York Times article published back in October of 1958. And now, over 60 years later, households still hold a substantial amount in mutual funds and index tracking mutual funds despite the advent (and increasingly popularity) of exchange traded funds. With that in mind, today’s article makes the case for investing in ETFs over index mutual funds. For more, CLICK HERE.
How can you buy stock directly and bypass using a broker (and paying said broker commission)? With dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) – which are being offered by an ever-increasing number of companies. Today’s article highlights “an excellent source of information for those who want to know how to buy stock directly and which companies offer this opportunity” and examines what to be careful of when buying stock directly, who should (and should not) buy stock directly, and more. CLICK HERE.
The S&P 500 could soon hit a new high – and keep on going from there, according to company analysts who see the benchmark gaining 7% over the next year. Which stocks do company analysts see leading the S&P’s march higher (including a biopharmaceutical stock that could double over the next 12 months) – and which stocks might be poised to suffer the biggest losses over the same period? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to pricing shares for an initial public offering, the author of today’s article notes that they need to be priced “high enough that initial investors can get out at a reasonable profit. And so that the company can raise capital from the stock sales to fund its needs for a while. But they also need to be priced low enough to move higher, to create market confidence. If they fall, it’s considered a ‘failed IPO’.” By this measure, then, it would appear that the recent Lyft IPO was a failed IPO – and that could mean that now is a good time to buy. For more, CLICK HERE.
Think of them as the building blocks of tech: application programming interfaces (APIs), which today’s article notes have experienced a “Big Bang” in the age of cloud computing. And while many API-focused companies remain private, there are a number of publicly traded companies in the space that have been generating impressive returns. For more on these companies that may be of interest to savvy investors looking to get in early on the API trend, CLICK HERE.
While the efficient market hypothesis suggests that one should not be able to beat the market consistently, fortunately for active investors this is not the case. In fact, a new, in-depth study has identified a number of investing styles that have demonstrated durable outperformance across a variety of market backdrops. For these six market-beating styles (including which one has proven to be the most effective), as well as some other important takeaways from the study for active investors, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article describes them as “offer[ing] investors a hassle-free way to purchase shares of international companies without having to deal with foreign markets or contend with hefty overseas banking fees.” We’re talking about American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), which can serve as an easy way to diversify a portfolio. How do ADRs work, and what do prospective investors need to understand about the different types of ADRs? CLICK HERE.