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July 29, 2016

Beyond Earnings: Plunging Oil and Surprisingly Weak GDP Take Center Stage

It’s a busy day to end a busy week on Wall Street, and it’s starting with a thud. Today’s first government estimate of Q2 GDP came in way below expectations.

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July 29, 2016

Future of Work: Robotic Process Automation and Human Roles

In the movie "Modern Times," Charlie Chaplin comically looked at the rise of machines taking over jobs and found that technology has its upsides and downsides ...

Options
July 28, 2016

Volatility Update: Looking Ahead With the VIX Curve

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) notched 2016 lows last week after falling below 12 for the first time since August 2015. The market’s so-called “fear gauge” is now ...

Trading
July 28, 2016

Earnings: Energy Insight on Tap from Giants CVX and XOM

As a busy week of earnings season winds down, two energy giants chime in on the state of the sector and the biggest online retailer might shed light on the consumer.

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July 28, 2016

Income Conundrum: Retirees Seek Higher Yields but Not Risk

Recent record-high U.S stock prices may be great for younger investors who are trying to grow their wealth. But when the stock rally coincides with record highs in ...

Trading
July 27, 2016

Managing Stress to Improve Trading Psychology

Sometimes the best starting point for a trading system or even a general approach to the markets is to look within. No matter what your trading style, the way you ...

Trading
July 27, 2016

Earnings: Can Ford Rev Up and Pharma Giants Grow Profits?

Earnings season keeps rolling along this week with automotive giants and a handful of pharmaceutical titans that will offer a distinct and noteworthy take...

Trading
July 26, 2016

Earnings: Can AAPL and FB Keep Technology Stocks Moving?

This is the busiest week for earnings season and some of the biggest corporate titans are coming out with results. Two technology giants are on tap Tuesday after...

Investing
July 26, 2016

Taking the Long View with Your Investments: DCA and DRIP

Long-term investors typically don’t try to time the market because it’s risky and can be expensive. Attempting to time the market can mean missing ...

Investing
July 26, 2016

IMF Rings Warning Bell, But U.S. Still Best House On The Block

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week issued an "urgent" call to the world's largest economies to implement more economic-growth boosting policies.

Trading
July 25, 2016

Earnings: What Can CAT and MCD Reveal about Economy?

There are manufacturing, fast-food, pharmaceuticals, and apparel companies in the earnings parade early this week. Caterpillar (CAT), McDonald’s (MCD)...