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Is the Fed Turning Dovish? Recent Remarks May Temper Rate Hikes

Is the Fed Turning Dovish? Recent Remarks May Temper Rate Hikes

Is the Federal Reserve moving toward a more dovish stance in monetary policy? After much cautionary discourse about the need to raise rates to keep the economy on an even keel and to create a cushion if it lost its balance, Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated to Congress earlier this month that the federal funds rates is nearing a “neutral” level. Investors are likely to see a ...

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At This Moment: A Look at U.S. Manufacturing
July 21, 2017

At This Moment: A Look at U.S. Manufacturing

The first “Made in America week” is coming to an end. The week kicked off with a product showcase at the White House, where American-made products...

Seeding Your Dividend Garden? Patience and Maintenance Needed
July 20, 2017

Seeding Your Dividend Garden? Patience and Maintenance Needed

In general, long-term dividend investors and gardeners seem to have a lot in common.

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Prime Numbers: Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Down but Far From Out?
July 19, 2017

Prime Numbers: Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Down but Far From Out?

By many objective measures, Amazon (AMZN) seems to be disrupting a number of established markets across the retail spectrum. Plus, the company announced a major ...

Group Chat: The Ins and Outs of Corporate Earnings Calls
July 17, 2017

Group Chat: The Ins and Outs of Corporate Earnings Calls

It’s often said that, the more informed you are as an investor, the more effective you can be in meeting your objectives. And one of the ways to stay on top of all ...

Gold, Oil, and Beyond: A Primer on Investing in Commodity ETFs
July 12, 2017

Gold, Oil, and Beyond: A Primer on Investing in Commodity ETFs

Bullish on gold? Bearish on oil? Think lean hog prices are going to rally in 2017? The average investor usually isn’t too focused on the outlook for lean hogs, but that isn’t...

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Secrets of Millennial Millionaires: Pointers to Build Wealth Early, Often
July 10, 2017

Secrets of Millennial Millionaires: Pointers to Build Wealth Early, Often

Every generation must lug around its own figurative baggage. For millennials, the stereotypes include an addiction to selfies and an inability to escape from ...

Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup
July 5, 2017

Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup

Trying to forecast what markets might face in the next six months brings to mind Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about ...

Behaviors of the Wealthy: 6 Powerful Habits of the Rich
July 3, 2017

Behaviors of the Wealthy: 6 Powerful Habits of the Rich

Financial success, and what it means to be wealthy, is in the eye of the beholder—what’s probably not in dispute is many of us want to learn the habits of the wealthy to ...

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Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs?
June 29, 2017

Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs?

“Buy what you know” is a common refrain you hear from some of the world’s most well-known investors. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is...

Investing in IPOs: Do They Live up to the Hype?
June 28, 2017

Investing in IPOs: Do They Live up to the Hype?

Our brains are wired to like new things, even when they aren’t necessarily better than the old. In the world of investing, nothing is newer or can generate more...

The Basics of IPOs: Some Things You Should Know Before Investing
June 27, 2017

The Basics of IPOs: Some Things You Should Know Before Investing

Stock markets at record highs can bring on initial public offerings (IPOs) and plenty of hype. Like most new things, it can be easy to get caught the excitement and IPOs...

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Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life
June 26, 2017

Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life

If you bought a home in the 1990s, take a look at your mortgage rate from back then and be prepared to do a double-take. Your rate might have been 7% or more. ...

Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite
June 23, 2017

Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite

Last Friday, in a move that few on Wall Street saw coming, Amazon (AMZN) stunned the street by announcing the acquisition of upscale grocer ...

Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments
June 19, 2017

Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments

A few years ago, several large U.S. and European medical companies found themselves embroiled in controversy. An international furor had erupted after ...

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Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?
June 15, 2017

Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?

Every year has its ups and downs. But many would say the first half of 2017 has had more than its share, from global turmoil to political controversy. A lot has ...

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