Investing and Analysis

Resilient Tech Sector Continues to Set Records

When the trade war started at the beginning of 2018, most investors expected it to take a toll on certain sectors more so than others. Many expected it to hurt the industrial sector and the tech sector more than others. Despite the concerns, the tech sector has continued to climb and has doubled the returns of the overall market. Using ...

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Retail Sector in the Spotlight – Right Now

The American consumer has done a great job of propping up the economy. Corporate spending has been on the decline for the last few quarters, but spending at the consumer level has kept the U.S. economy growing. Over the next week or so the spotlight will be on the retail sector as retail sales for October are set to be ...

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Elizabeth Warren Spooks Energy Investors

The mean-faced, clipped haired polemic against capitalism is front and center again with her quest to socialize America. Remember her mantra, “Big Business Bad…Free Healthcare Good.” Just to jot off on a quick tangent, the sight of AOC lifting hands with comrade Sanders as she bestowed her endorsement (which should carry all of three dozen votes) forced me to hit ...

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Alpha: How to Gain an Edge on the Market

One of the words that you hear quite often in the investment world is “alpha”. Investopedia gives us this definition for alpha and what it means in investment terminology: “Alpha” (the Greek letter α) is a term used in investing to describe a strategy’s ability to beat the market, or it’s “edge.” As an investor and the editor of an ...

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Opinions on Stocks Diverge – Safe Bet? Or Lost Cause?

There were a couple of headlines that caught my attention on Tuesday morning and they seemed to be polar opposite theories regarding stocks. The first headline was from Yahoo Finance and it read, “Stocks a ‘no-brainer’ even without a trade deal.” The second headline was from Bloomberg and it was from a video on the network, “There Isn’t Much Upside ...

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2019’s Extreme IPOs

Heading into 2019, investors were excited about a number of potential IPOs. The debuts of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft were among the most touted along with names like Beyond Meat, Slack, and Peloton. Some speculated that Airbnb would launch its IPO in 2019, but it looks like that will take place in 2020 now. There is also the curious ...

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Just When you Thought it was Safe to Swim in the Bitcoin Waters

Perhaps you have wet your toes by speculating with bitcoin or its smaller brother on the CME, XBT. After all, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) offers very legitimate and highly regulated derivatives from energy and interests rates to agriculture. These markets allow producers the ability to hedge their underlying positions on products, such as cotton or a stock portfolio. I ...

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What Recession? Small Businesses are doing Great!

I was talking to one of my neighbors this week and she asked me about the looming recession and when the stock market was going to crash. I paused for a moment, and then remembered that she is a disciple of fake news, brought to her daily by her favorite alphabet news station. You have two choices of response here. ...

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Farming in the City? Vertical Farming Explained

When you traverse our nation by plane, train or car, you will notice that as soon as you get away from either coast, the country becomes much more sparsely populated. Hundreds and hundreds of miles of nothing. So I wonder why we worry about population growth and the ability to feed ourselves. Surely there is enough land available to grow ...

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