The end-of-year holiday season is a time for memories and reflection, and I found myself engaging in a little of both the other day.
I was alone at the house and was stringing up some Christmas lights and found myself drifting back in time... to middle school and high school.
In seventh grade, I got my first part-time job - changing lightbulbs at an apartment complex. I also began designing and building custom light boxes using colored bulbs controlled with staggered timing switches.To continue reading, please click here...
Stock Market News Today: Iran Reaches Nuclear Deal, Wal-Mart Names New CEO
Stock Market News Today, Nov. 25: Stocks are trading a bit higher this morning, with the Nasdaq topping 4,000 for the first time since 2000 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 primed for another record day.
The biggest market news today: Global leaders reached a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program.To continue reading, please click here...
Stock Market News Today: These Retailers Down Amid Poor Q3 Earnings
Stock Market News Today, Nov. 21: U.S. stocks are continuing to rally today as the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.22% this week from 4.35% last week, and despite the fact that data showed manufacturing activity slowed this month.
The Philadelphia Fed's manufacturing index for October was 6.5 last month, down from 19.8 in October and below economists' expectations for 14.5. That data indicates slowing, but still positive general manufacturing activity.To continue reading, please click here...
Stock Market News Today: Why These Stocks Are On the Move
Stock market news today, Nov. 4: Stocks are kicking off this Monday on a positive note. Investors will keep an eye on Friday's jobs report that could deliver clues on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will taper its bond-buying program.
In other economic indicators, factory orders for September were roughly in line with expectations.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up about 0.17% at 1,764 points, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.1% to 15,629 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index (INDEX Nasdaq: .IXIC) is up 0.2% at 3,929.To continue reading, please click here...
This 3.5% Payout Is "High Yield" in Disguise
If I offered you an investment that pays 3.5% a year, and one that pays 12% a year, which one would you choose?
All else being equal, we'd be fools not to take the 12% offer.
Of course, "all else" is rarely equal... especially in a rising interest-rate environment. "Growth," as you'll recall, is the new "income."
That's why we need to look well beyond yield to evaluate a dividend payer, and focus on total return.
The first company we'll look at today, for example, will pay you $12 a year for every $100 you invest in its stock. That certainly seems appealing.But this second company - despite its lower payout - is a far better investment, for three reasons...
The Only Number You Need to Time – and Beat – the Market
It certainly seems as though the political gamesmanship that rules Washington, D.C., also rules the markets. But this isn't really the case.
In fact, there's one single "magic" number that far outweighs everything else when it comes to long-term influence.
This number's predictive power has saved me from some of the steepest market drops of the century, and it's given me everything I need to position myself for maximum gains in bull markets.
And the best part is, it's widely available - access to it costs nothing.It's how you use this simple number that counts...
Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Roundup
Last week's best stocks to buy were influenced by several crises building on Capitol Hill - the 2014 fiscal budget and looming government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and mounting anxieties over the Federal Reserve's QE taper timing.
As a result of these factors, many concerned investors turned to cash.
But with money market instruments yielding next to nothing, you will miss out on 100% of market gains if you are just sitting on cash. Money Morning keeps reminding readers that savvy investors make money in all kinds of markets - and we found just the right stocks to buy to make the most of current conditions.
Here's a recap of our picks for the best stocks to buy now, culled from last week's Money Morning daily articles, videos, and insights from our in-house experts:To continue reading click here...
Why Stocks Fall in September
Thanks to two major crashes, October usually is pegged as the worst month for stocks - but that's not the case.
It's actually the current month that has delivered the worst performance, leading to the question: Why do stocks fall in September?
Shah Gilani on What's Really Moving the Stock Market Today
Money MorningCapital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."to talk with host Stuart Varney about the ill winds blowing across Wall Street and the country at large.
The Dow is down nearly 100 points on the day, rhetoric and violence are ratcheting up in Syria, and we've heard both parties' warning shots over the looming October debt ceiling vote.