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Update
February 17, 2017

Despite End to Record SPX Streak, Markets Seem Resilient On Tax Policy Hopes

The streak of five record closes for the Nasdaq and S&P 500 (SPX) is over, but the market appears to remain resilient amid hopes for business-friendly tax policy.

Editor‘s Picks

Trading or Investment Idea? Consider Some Simulation

In the late ’90s, at the height of the dot-com bubble, it seemed as if there was a new stock-picking contest being launched every week. These contests were tailor ...

Year-End Review and Look Ahead with JJ Kinahan

JJ Kinahan gives his review of market activity in 2016, shares helpful tips, and discusses key stories that may shape 2017.

Latest Stories

Trading
February 17, 2017

M, WMT, HD Earnings: Hemlines, Housewares and Hammers in View

It’s no secret that traditional retailers have had a tough go of it as e-commerce competitors bag a bigger share of the market, and the holiday selling season, the most ...

Investing
February 17, 2017

Make SMART Goals Part of Your Financial Plan

You have several places you can put your money and competing priorities on what to save for. When you’re...

Money & Culture
February 17, 2017

New to Filing Income Taxes? Tips for Your First Tax Return

Is this the first year you’re filing an income tax return? Welcome to adulthood! While we all know that “adulting” can be challenging, filing income taxes ...

Options
February 16, 2017

Do Vertical Spreads Offer A Better Risk-Reward Than Single Options?

Many investors and traders venturing into the world of options begin by learning about single-legged options strategies. With education, persistence and ...

Trading
February 16, 2017

Earnings: How Much has the Farm Crisis Eaten into DE Results?

John Deere & Co. (DE) appears to have relied on what it calls “disciplined cost management” to plow through what has been widely considered the roughest period ...

Retirement
February 16, 2017

Bumpy Porch Swings: Wants, Needs Often Shift For Retirees

In the decades before retirement, those so-called “golden years” may seem like a calm oasis off in the distance where the years roll by with little change.

Trading
February 15, 2017

Earnings: The Yin and Yang of Vegas and Macau on MGM’s Q4

When MGM reports Q4 earnings ahead of the market open Thursday, some analysts say it’s in the cards for the casino and resort operator to turn in another strong ...

Trading
February 15, 2017

Can Big Jump In Metals Offer Stock Market Trading Clues?

The stock market is up since the start of 2017, but the metals sector is up even more. Heightened investor uncertainty about the health of the stock market ...

Retirement
February 15, 2017

A Sip of Flat COLA For Your Social Security? What To Consider

When it comes to Social Security, the government sometimes gives and often takes away. This year it's taking away a little more from workers while the ...

Retirement
February 15, 2017

The Rundown on IRAs: What They Mean for You

We need to talk about retirement. And yes, we know it’s the last thing you want to think about right now, but...