Investing and Analysis

Junk Bonds Suddenly Garnering Media Attention

Much has been written lately about junk bonds and how they are overvalued. Type “junk bond news” into a search engine and you will see what I mean. I did this earlier and saw articles from Barron’s, Bloomberg and The Financial Times, and all three had been published in the previous 24 hours. Go back a month, and you will ...

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Predicting the Impact of a Hurricane on Insurance Stocks is as Difficult as Predicting the Hurricane

The past month has seen three major hurricanes rip through the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean and hit the United States and or its properties in the Caribbean. This has led to a tremendous amount of speculation on how the storms would impact different property insurers and that has created a volatile environment for the sector, but predicting what will ...

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Oil for China – Massive Economy, Massive Energy Hog

China is the largest country on planet Earth and one whose economy is one of the fastest growing over the past couple of decades with growth rates reaching as high as 14%. This bodes well for this powerful but still third world nation as it engages more and more of its population into its booming tech and manufacturing sector. In ...

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Holy Moly! Western Digital and The New Face of Hard Drives

Western Digital recently introduced its fourth-generation, helium hard drives at the beginning of this year. You probably were to distracted that Trump became the 45th president around that time to notice age-old technology that had little impact on your or anyone’s life.The HGST Ultrastar He12 HDD can store up to 12 TB of data and its version based on shingled ...

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Brazil – Tomorrow Still Just a Day Away

Earlier this week (August 23), Brazil announced an ambitious plan to privatize ownership of some 57 state-owned assets in hopes of raising R$44 billion (about $13 billion US$.) Among the assets to be sold are fourteen airports, eleven electric transmission lines, and fifteen port terminals. Assuredly with advance notice of the government’s fiscal shape-up plan, S&P earlier this month removed ...

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The CRISPR Craze! Three Ways to Play in This Latest Biotech Innovation

CRISPR is a gene-editing technology that could help mankind eradicate some of the worst genetic diseases. The technology has only been around for approximately five years, it was discovered as a result of the work of Dr. Jennifer Doudna at the University of California-Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier of Umea University of Sweden. The duo discovered the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique ...

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McDonald’s Two Golden Arches

The traditional profit recipe for a dollar in the fast food burger business is that 30 cents should cover food costs, 30 cents should cover labor costs, 30 cents should cover occupancy costs, and ten cents should be left in profit. McDonald’s stock hit an all-time high in the summer and is well-positioned to go higher thanks, in part, to ...

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