Investing and Analysis

Railroads: Better Deals in Canada?

The railroad industry is sufficiently important to the US economy that it has the clout to have its own national “day” on Capitol Hill.   This year, Wednesday March 7, 2018, was “Railroad Day” on Capitol Hill.  While Railroad Day will never eclipse Mother’s Day in the national psyche, railroads are like mothers in that they can too easily be taken ...

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Can the Ten-Year Treasury Yield Be Used as a Stock Market Indicator?

With stocks soaring and bonds sliding, the relationship between equities and debt instruments is being looked at in a number of different ways. Investors are questioning whether stocks and bonds can move up at the same time, meaning bond prices are rising but yields are falling. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured statements from Bank of America ...

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Battery Power on the Grid

On Tuesday, February 13, 2017, the Wall St. Journal Business and Finance Section featured an article entitled “Sun + Batteries = Peak Power.”  The article pointed out that utilities are large buyers of lithium-ion batteries.  One of the uses of these batteries is indeed to store power produced by solar and wind energy sources. However, these giant batteries are also ...

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Don’t Look At Indicators In A Vacuum

I have been writing about the market and economy for the last 18 years now and I made a small mistake this past week. I made the mistake of making a trade based on one indicator and without considering other factors. Let me explain. First, I have been doing this for so long that I have developed an overall market ...

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Volatility and VIX Hottest Words in Investment News

The selling we saw last week and on Monday of this week caused the words “volatility” and “VIX” to become the hottest words in investment news. On Yahoo Finance’s home page, without even typing in any search words, there were more than 25 articles with “volatility” or “VIX” in the title of the article. For the time being, they have ...

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