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Markets Up Despite Cyberattacks; Who’s Next?

February 5th, 2015

All major sectors were up today with materials and healthcare taking the lead. Another Cyberattack Hits. Anthem (ANTM), the second largest health insurer in the US was hit by a massive cybersecurity breach. Investigators suspect the intruders obtained personal financial information including social security numbers, for nearly 80 million customers. The company stated: Anthem Blue … READ MORE

Dow Falls 291 Points After Companies Give Bleak 2015 Outlook

January 27th, 2015

Stocks end the day down as disappointing earning reports roll in. The Dow ended the day down 291 points, Nasdaq fell 90 points and the S&P 500 was down 27 points at the end of the trading day. Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Caterpillar (CAT) cut their sales and profit forecasts for 2015, signalling a … READ MORE

Mattel’s CEO Resigns, Shares Fall; Stocks End Flat

January 26th, 2015

Stocks end the day barely up, basically flat, as the east coast prepares for Snowmageddon. Despite forecasts predicting upwards of three feet of snow, the New York Stock Exchange is currently planning on being open on Tuesday. A couple stocks have the potential to benefit from the impending snow storm. Generac (GNRC), a company that … READ MORE

Crude Oil Continues to Fall; Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

January 23rd, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up U.S. stocks had a 4-day winning streak snapped on Friday, but on the bright side they did post weekly gains. Crude oil continues to fall and fell another 5% on Tuesday to $46.13 a barrel. While falling gas prices is putting more money into consumers pockets, there are many people who are … READ MORE

Box Up 66% During IPO Deubt; 4-Day Winning Streak Snapped

January 23rd, 2015

All good things must come to an end and it couldn’t have be more true today. After four straight days of gains, the U.S. stock indexes ended mostly down, but still posting weekly gains. The tech industry was one of the few bright spots on the day which is why the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index … READ MORE

U.S. Stock Indexes Up After Announcement of European Central Bank Bond-Buying Program

January 22nd, 2015

After a series of relatively small gains, U.S. stocks shot up today with the Dow soaring 260 points. The announcement of the European Central Bank launching a bond-buying program sent U.S. stock indexes up 1.5%, to finish their fourth straight day in the green. Lower oil prices are proving to be extremely beneficial to airlines. … READ MORE

Netflix Soars 17%; Third Straight Day of Gains for U.S. Stocks

January 21st, 2015

U.S. stocks end the day in the green for the third straight day as the Dow rose 41 points and the S&P 500 rose 10 points. Netflix’s (NFLX) shares soared as high as 17% today after the video-streaming company delivered fourth-quarter that met expectations. 4.3 million new subscribers were added in the fourth quarter and … READ MORE

Stocks Eke Out Gains After MLK Day

January 20th, 2015

U.S. stocks were closed yesterday in observance of Martin Luther King Day and barely finished in the green today, with the Dow up only 4.5 points. Crude oil fell another 5% to $46.13 a barrel today, causing investors to be concerned yet again. Baker Hughes (BHI) announced today plans to lay over 7,000 employees, nearly … READ MORE

Dow Ends 5-Day Losing Streak; The End of Bitcoin May Be Near

January 16th, 2015

After closing down all the week the Dow snaps a 5-day losing streak and ends the day up around 200 points. Despite the rebound, both the Dow and the S&P 500 are down 1.3% for the week. While Swiss Franc has been getting all of the attention this week, the real problem is Bitcoin. In … READ MORE

Oil Falls to a 6-Year Low; The Fed Rate Hike Discussion Continues

January 16th, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up Falling oil prices continued to drag stocks down, as crude oil prices fell to $45 a barrel this week – a 6 year low. Many have begun speculating that oil prices will never return to the once common $100 a barrel price that it used to fetch. While falling oil prices are … READ MORE

Is an MBA in Finance Worth it?

January 16th, 2015

I graduated college last year with decent grades in economics, and I have an entry level investment firm job. I’d like to advance my career with an MBA in Finance, but my parents aren’t convinced this is necessary, so I need good reasons why MBA Finance degrees make sense. Financial managers are those who are … READ MORE

Is It Worth Purchasing a Car on Finance Alone?

January 16th, 2015

I just got a new job and need to buy a car to commute. Fortunately, I have enough saved to be able to buy either a used car or a new car on finance. The used car would cost considerably less, is the new car worth buying? The answer depends on whether you prefer to … READ MORE

Strategies For Investing in Solar Energy

January 16th, 2015

My dad and I were discussing alternative energy investing and were wondering if you knew anything about solar investment that you might be able to share. Solar investment represents one of the fastest growing areas of energy investing and has the advantage of being relatively new compared to other industries. Solar technology makes up the … READ MORE

Pitfalls and Strategies for a New Investor

January 16th, 2015

I have only recently come into enough money to begin investing, how can I avoid the pitfalls that a new investor might fall into and what kind of strategies do you recommend for a new investor? Knowing what strategies to use and avoiding pitfalls for a new investor does not need to be difficult. The … READ MORE

What Companies Should I Invest In?

January 16th, 2015

I’ve only bought stock once on a company that went bankrupt and my stock wound up worth pennies on the dollar. What I’d like to know is, what companies to invest in? I don’t want to make the same mistake twice. To answer the question of “what companies to invest in?” the first thing to … READ MORE

What is Investment Interest?

January 16th, 2015

I recently bought a bond for the first time ever, what I’d like to know is how does investment interest work and how can I start collecting? Basically, you most likely bought your bonds in some type of brokerage or other financial account, if the bond is a bearer bond, which means that the bond … READ MORE

Tips for Investing in Bonds

January 16th, 2015

My grandfather died and left me as executor of his estate which includes sizeable cash assets. I want to keep the money safe for the rest of the family through bonds investment. Can you give me some ideas on how to make bonds investment? Bonds investment makes up one of the most conservative investment strategies … READ MORE

Investment Strategies for Beginners

January 16th, 2015

I just inherited some money and want to make an investment in shares of stock. Do you have any advice for someone who has never invested in the stock market? Basically, the first thing to do would be to open a brokerage account with a reputable stock broker. Depending on how you want to go … READ MORE

What are the Best Strategies for Energy Investments?

January 16th, 2015

I think that given current global conditions, prices on oil, natural gas and solar power might be a good place to invest. What do you think about energy investments and what are the best strategies? A number of different strategies exist for people to make energy investments. The most traditional strategy has been in oil … READ MORE

Flat vs. Variable Finance Rates

January 16th, 2015

My husband and I plan to buy a house in the next few months and I would like to know the difference between flat vs. variable finance rates. Choosing between flat vs variable finance rates can be a crucial part in any major purchase such as a house or an automobile. Prevailing interest rates and … READ MORE