Energy Investing

Best Investments 2014: How to Profit from the Budget Deal

The budget deal that passed the Senate yesterday (Wednesday) is a breakthrough for a Congress better known for its partisan gridlock, but hidden in the details is one of the best investments of 2014.

The deal represents a sharp shift for a Congress that experienced a shutdown earlier this fall and did little to compromise over values or spending for the better part of six years.

Here's a clue: It's energy-related...

Hot Stocks

General Motors (NYSE: GM) Stock Firing on All Cylinders

It's been a long, hard road for General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) since the depths of the Great Recession pushed the legendary automaker toward bankruptcy.

But over the past year or so, it's become clear that the company has turned the corner, and GM stock has not only lost the taint of a loser – more and more, it's taken on the shine of a winner.

there are six reasons why GM stock still has plenty of gas in the tank...

Investing Tips

This Big-Gain Spark Can Even Boost Your "Tax Refund"

New contracts are huge catalysts, or "sparks," for companies that land them with the government. When analysts get wind of the pending business, they can send earnings estimates – and stock prices – rocketing skyward.

Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing have been playing the game for decades, and winning it.

But the money isn't reserved just for the big boys. Hundreds of small companies get a piece of the pie as well.

You can find these sparks everywhere.

And some of them even give you a chance to boost your "tax refund," too… as you'll see.

In fact, the big-money contracts don't even have to come from the government.

In fact, the big-money contracts don't even have to come from the government.

The Fed

Why the Fed Meeting Today Ended in a Taper

At the Fed meeting today, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it will begin tapering its bond-buying program by $10 billion per month starting in January. The policy, which was designed to recharge economic growth, will be scaled back to $75 billion per month from $85 billion per month. The Fed will reduce its purchases […]

Here's why Wall Street is so thrilled, and what January's "taper" really means...

Hot Stocks

Is Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Stock a Buy?

Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock has climbed more than 28% in the past three months and is up 97% year to date. Now the tech company is planning to acquire a startup that helps people exchange pictures and downloads.

Since Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo's chief executive officer in 2012, the company has made more than 20 acquisitions, mostly startups.

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The Fed

What the Fed Taper Means for Markets and Your Money

I didn't think it would happen, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke up and did "it" a few minutes ago.

He announced the "Fed taper" – the Fed will cut its bond buying by $10 billion a month (to $75 billion) beginning in January.

I think there are a few points to consider about Bernanke's move. I want talk briefly about those, and then highlight what this news of a Fed taper means for your money.

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Hot Stocks

Dividend Stocks: These 20 Companies Just Boosted Their Payouts

Dividend stocks update: Perhaps MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was feeling optimistic about holiday shopping last Tuesday when it raised its quarterly dividend 83%, or $0.50 a share, to $1.10.

The world's No. 2 credit and debit card company also announced a 10-for-1 stock split and implemented a fresh $3.5 billion stock buyback program.

The stock split will make MasterCard shares more affordable for the average investor, while the dividend increase and share repurchase make shares more attractive to yield- and value-hungry investors.

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Global Economy

They're Planning the First Legal "Bank Robbery" in U.S. History

So-called "bail-ins," which give banks the right to dip into your savings to pay for their lousy financial decisions, have been on the table for years, ever since Cyprus tested the idea.

But they're moving beyond the "testing phase" now.

The latest clue came from a seemingly benign banking conference on December 2, when one man revealed some frightening central government intentions.

And anyone taking careful notes understands the consequences.

They're huge.

You see, the most direct impact will be felt by the biggest account holders. But the indirect impact will hit everyone.

401(k)s… IRAs… Individual brokerage accounts…

The market will not like the newfound acceptance for bail-ins. And it won't get any warning – neither will we. Not from the mainstream financial outlets, anyway.

They're not even covering it.

First, here’s the frightening – and all-too-real – scenario…

Hot Stocks

Will Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Get Boost from New Ads?

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock has more than doubled this year, but can it get another shot in the arm with a new ad strategy?

The company recently announced that it will begin using video ads that will automatically play on users' news feeds. While some users may find this annoying, it could be highly profitable…

While some users may find this annoying, it could be highly profitable...

The Fed

FOMC Meeting Today: Why the Fed Won't Taper

Fed-watchers are pretty sure they know what the word on a Fed taper will be when the official announcement comes following the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today and tomorrow (Wednesday)…

Wait a while longer.

While the U.S. Federal Reserve has hinted several times in the past six months that it is considering cutting back on its monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds and mortgage-backed securities (known as quantitative easing, or QE), most expect no Fed taper in the immediate future.

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