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How to Make Money by Investing with a Robo-Advisor

June 19th, 2015

Choose the right Robo-Advisor for your needs For those unfamiliar with what a robo-advisor is, it is an online investment service that selects a suitable portfolio and manages it depending on the investor’s risk. However, there are many different types of robo-advisors available each applying their own investment method. It’s important to understand the differences … READ MORE

C-Tracks Miller/Howard Dividend Reinvestor: New Strategies for Elevated Markets

April 13th, 2015

Stock markets in most regions of the world continue to press forward in their bullish trends, and this has left many investors wondering whether or not there are still opportunities to be found in equity markets. There are legitimate questions that should be asked here, because it was not long ago that benchmarks like the … READ MORE

How Will Interest Rates Influence the S&P 500?

March 26th, 2015

When markets started trading at the beginning of the year, one of the biggest questions on the minds of investors was: When will the Federal Reserve start raising interest rates, and what will be the overall impact on stock markets? There were widely varying forecasts on the total number of increases in interest rates that … READ MORE

HPQ’s Spin Off: Here’s Why Investors May Face Tough Challenges Ahead

March 16th, 2015

Hewlett-Packard may be at a disadvantage by focusing on selling to the consumer market in 2015. 2014 was perceived as a year of the corporate spin off in America, as enterprise companies such as Hewlett-Packard turned heads in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. This year, corporate spin offs are expected to deliver another success. … 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 Benefits of Investing in Stocks?

January 16th, 2015

Many of my friends have invested in the stock market over the years, some have done well while others have been less fortunate, is it a good idea to put my extra cash in stock, why invest in stock? Investing in the stock market has traditionally been how the affluent hedge inflation risks. The stock … READ MORE

Limit Order vs. Stop Order

January 5th, 2015

When trading stocks it is not always possible (or desirable) to monitor the prices of stocks you hold or are considering holding all the time. In these cases most brokerages will allow you to place conditional instructions with them to make certain trades when a price is reached, these are referred to as Limit Orders … READ MORE

BSE vs. NSE

January 5th, 2015

The two largest and most prominent stock exchanges in India are the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE). While the BSE has the distinction of being the oldest stock exchange in Asia, established in 1875, the NSE has quickly grown to prominence since its creation in 1992. While these two markets … READ MORE

Bond vs. Stock

January 5th, 2015

Bonds and stocks are two of the most common types of assets purchased by investors and most portfolios include one or both. The two investment vehicles are very different, however, and this article will explain the differences. Bonds Investing in bonds is essentially buying a portion of the debt held by a corporation, or sometimes … READ MORE

NASDAQ vs. NYSE

December 31st, 2014

The NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are both New York based stock exchanges and are two of the largest exchanges in the world. There are key differences between the two markets that can impact both the exchange a company would choose to list on and where an investor may prefer to put … READ MORE

Income vs. Revenue

December 31st, 2014

When evaluating a company from an investment perspective two of the key figures to look at are the revenue and income amounts generated by that company. This article will help you differentiate between the two and also understand how they each need to be assessed. Revenue Revenues refer to the total amount of money that … READ MORE

Common Stock vs. Preferred Stock

December 3rd, 2014

When setting up most types of corporations you have an option as to the difference classes of stock that you can set up, with many large companies having as many as a dozen difference classes of stock. Common stock and preferred stock are the two main types of stock that companies will use and many … READ MORE

ETF vs. Mutual Fund

November 20th, 2014

When approaching investing your savings the options available to you can be pretty overwhelming, especially with some investment products appearing to be the same. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and Mutual Funds are very similar investment products, but with some key differences that can have an impact on your taxes and your ability to buy and … READ MORE

Introduction to Stocks

October 29th, 2014

Stocks are among the most talked about and most popular investment opportunities available. But although virtually everyone has heard about stocks, many people don’t understand the basic concepts underlying them. Indeed, the starting point for any investor interested in investing in stocks should be to understand what shares of stock actually represent and why there … READ MORE

Will SodaStream Go Private?

September 9th, 2014

SodaStream (SODA) share prices have dropped 30% in 2014, while the S&P500 Index is up 7%. According to unnamed sources, SodaStream plans to divest for $40 per share. Reports have emerged that SodaStream International will soon be going private! SodaStream International (SODA) has sparked plenty of interest on the back of reports that it plans … READ MORE

Tiffany Gets Returned, but Bigger Returns Could Be Ahead

August 28th, 2014

Tiffany (TIF) rallied to more than $105 per share after a strong second-quarter report on Wednesday morning, but by the end of the day the stock had fallen back down to $101.75 to give up most of its gains. The jeweler still ended the day up by about 1%, but this came on the heels … READ MORE

The Fresh Market Showed Sales Strength, but Kroger May Offer a Better Opportunity

August 25th, 2014

The Fresh Market (TFM) closed out the week on a high note, as the stock was up 8.1% at the end of trading on Friday after earnings came out on Thursday afternoon. While the health food store posted strong top-line growth with a year-on-year improvement of 19.0%, a closer look shows that one important metric … READ MORE

With Canadian Retail Sales on the Rise, Time to Buy Tim Hortons?

August 25th, 2014

Tim Hortons ended the week on a high note. The Canadian coffee shop saw its share price jump 2.76% on Friday after a report from Statistics Canada showed strength in retail sales and limited inflation. Specifically, June sales showed a 1.1% rise from the previous month and an impressive 5.9% year-over-year gain. Food and beverage … READ MORE

How Will E-Cigarette Trends Affect Stocks?

March 19th, 2014

When we look at most of the global stock benchmarks, we can see that market valuations continue to hold at elevated levels. In some cases, like the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials, we continue to see stock values push into record territory. But while this is great for investors that are already long … READ MORE

Seadrill: Why A More Cautious Look Is Required

January 6th, 2014

Seadrill (SDRL) has around 16 semi-submersibles and around seven drillships under contract as of this year. The drillships and the semisubmersibles form Seadrill’s fleet of floaters. I expect the company may face some headwinds in the coming quarters due to oil companies’ reducing their capital expenditure in deepwater drilling. According to Seadrill’s fleet status report, … READ MORE