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Retail Sales Decreasing? Not in These Retail Sector Stocks

Retail Sales Decreasing? Not in These Retail Sector Stocks

Finance

Echoing the overall sentiments of the U.S. economy, U.S. retail sector sales fell (apparently) unexpectedly in January by the most since June 2012, as initial claims for jobless benefits rose... read more

What’s Happening in This Stock Market Reminds Me of 1999…

What’s Happening in This Stock Market Reminds Me of 1999…

Finance

What year is this—1999? Some of you might have been active investors in the bull market during the late 90s, as I was, witnessing the S&P 500 soar during that... read more

Audits Are Under the Microscope Again. Will You Pay the Price?

Audits Are Under the Microscope Again. Will You Pay the Price?

Finance

On October 23, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued a Staff Audit Practice Alert in the light of a significant number of audit deficiencies observed in the... read more

IR Before the IPO

IR Before the IPO

Finance

The crop of IPOs in 2013 made IR a priority well in advance of listing, say communications consultants.  While many management teams now consider investor relations a key strategic function,... read more

Think BlackBerry Is a Takeover Target? Read This Before Buying

Think BlackBerry Is a Takeover Target? Read This Before Buying

Finance

“I am going to buy BlackBerry Limited [NASDAQ/BBRY] and leverage heavily. Maybe buy options rather than the stock. I believe the company’s stock prices are going to go much higher... read more


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More Economic Indicators Show Next to Nothing Has Changed for U.S. Investors

More Economic Indicators Show Next to Nothing Has Changed for U.S. Investors

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Two things have been consistent this winter: bad weather and bad economic news. And both just keep on rolling. With spring just around the corner, the weather will clear up;... read more

Tesla Soon to Be the Biggest U.S. Automaker?

Tesla Soon to Be the Biggest U.S. Automaker?

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Every time I drive my SUV, especially when I have to fill up the tank with premium gas, I quiver and think about downsizing to a smaller gas-efficient vehicle or... read more

Where to Invest When Key Stock Indices Struggle to Climb Higher

Where to Invest When Key Stock Indices Struggle to Climb Higher

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Key stock indices were going through a rough patch from the beginning of the year until early February. Now, they seem to have some momentum to the upside. With this,... read more

Why Canadian Oil Plays Are More Attractive Than Their U.S. Counterparts Right Now

Why Canadian Oil Plays Are More Attractive Than Their U.S. Counterparts Right Now

Finance

While the U.S. economy is hardly on solid footing, the fact remains that as the world’s biggest and most influential economy, the U.S. doesn’t have to be running optimally to... read more

4 Questions to Ask Before Going Public

4 Questions to Ask Before Going Public

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More than 220 firms went public in 2013, the highest amount since 2000 when 406 companies offered IPOs. A study by BDO USA LLP, however, predicts even more companies will... read more

Top Two ETFs for When Interest Rates Increase, Investor Sentiment Plummets

Top Two ETFs for When Interest Rates Increase, Investor Sentiment Plummets

Finance

This past weekend, a friend of mine made a statement that there must be a large amount of economic growth coming shortly because of the booming stock market, driven by... read more

Why Analysts Can’t Just Blame the Weather for Poor Housing Numbers

Why Analysts Can’t Just Blame the Weather for Poor Housing Numbers

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No matter where you turn, bad earnings or economic indicators are being blamed on the cold weather. Weak January car sales figures were blamed on the weather; disappointing January housing... read more

Extreme Cold Weather Boosting Profits in This Natural Commodity

Extreme Cold Weather Boosting Profits in This Natural Commodity

Finance

Just like any other commodity, natural gas prices are affected by supply and demand metrics. If demand increases and supply remains the same (or declines), you have a perfect recipe... read more

How to Make a Bigger Impact with your Investments in 2014

How to Make a Bigger Impact with your Investments in 2014

Finance

Investing with the hope of gaining a good return is a given. But today’s investors are looking for returns that go beyond dollars and cents. Between 2010 and 2012, sustainable... read more

What Retailers Are Saying That Makes Me Believe Economic Growth Is Slowing

What Retailers Are Saying That Makes Me Believe Economic Growth Is Slowing

Finance

Conditions in the U.S. economy are deteriorating fairly quickly. The economic data suggests it’s slowing down. We already saw the U.S. economy decelerate in 2013 compared to 2012; now, investors... read more