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Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook

Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook

Ebenezer who? Consumers have been on a buying binge and appear to be ready to swing open their wallets wide by the time the jolly old fellow wedges his way down any chimneys this holiday season, according to a bevy of economic and industry spending reports. “There’s no question consumers are out there spending when you look at every metric measuring it,” said ...

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Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?
November 15, 2017

Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?

Industrials make, transports take – it’s one of the foundational components to the technical analysis system known as Dow Theory, and to our economy in general.

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup
November 8, 2017

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup

As of the market close last Friday, November 3, we’ve now seen earnings releases from companies that make up 85% of the tech sectors’ market cap in the S&P 500.

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Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments
November 7, 2017

Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments

Socially responsible investments are trending among individual investors and businesses looking to promote environmental, social, and governance efforts (ESG).

What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing
November 2, 2017

What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing

Cookies and milk. Hansel and Gretel. Stocks and bonds. Some things just seem to go together. But as familiar as the phrase “stocks and bonds” might be, the truth is ...

Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season
October 30, 2017

Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season

However carefully you plan your investing strategy, there will always be times of uncertainty that can catch you off guard. But quarterly earnings seasons don’t have to be ...

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Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local
October 25, 2017

Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local

Many investors might be familiar with the “go global” mantra in which they’re encouraged to look outside the U.S. for opportunities and diversify their portfolios.

Yes, It’s Time to Think about Income Taxes: 10 Tax Planning Tips
October 23, 2017

Yes, It’s Time to Think about Income Taxes: 10 Tax Planning Tips

If you still find yourself asking, “where did the summer go?” this might be jarring: It’s time to start thinking about your taxes. Tax filing season officially begins Monday ...

Dividend Debate: Reinvest to Compound Returns vs. Other Uses
October 17, 2017

Dividend Debate: Reinvest to Compound Returns vs. Other Uses

To reinvest or not to reinvest—that is the dividend question. As a young investor going through the financial tug-of-war between current wants and needs, and ...

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Are We Still Eating Out? Why Did Restaurants Lead Job Losses?
October 11, 2017

Are We Still Eating Out? Why Did Restaurants Lead Job Losses?

Is the restaurant industry losing some of its spice? The economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s the first pullback ...

Millennials Borrowing and Lending from the Bank of Mom and Dad
October 9, 2017

Millennials Borrowing and Lending from the Bank of Mom and Dad

Plenty of parents are helping their adult children financially, but there seems to be a generational disconnect about the extent of that help. In the UK ...

Information Pending: A Fresh Look at the Housing Sector
October 4, 2017

Information Pending: A Fresh Look at the Housing Sector

The stock market is humming along, but the housing market hasn't been as exuberant of late.

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Consumer Price Index (CPI): How Inflation Affects the Markets
October 3, 2017

Consumer Price Index (CPI): How Inflation Affects the Markets

Whether you’re invested in bonds or considering a car loan, you should know what’s up with the consumer price index (CPI). The government puts together this data to ...

Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market
September 25, 2017

Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market

Some investment professionals encourage investors to diversify and balance their portfolios with bonds. But what are bonds, and what role can they play in your ...

Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?
September 20, 2017

Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?

Massive natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma take relatively little time to devastate entire cities; recovering and rebuilding of course takes a very long ...

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REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord
September 18, 2017

REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord

So you’ve inherited some property and don't particularly like the vision you’re having of your future self as a curmudgeonly landlord bent over a leaky toilet your ...

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