3 Stocks Worth Stuffing in Holiday Stockings This Year

3 Stocks Worth Stuffing in Holiday Stockings This Year

Trouble finding the perfect gift for someone special? Consider giving stock in that person’s favorite companies. Unlike electronic gizmos that may stop working after one use, or knick-knacks that disappear within moments of being opened, shares can be a gift that keeps on giving year after year. If you’re unsure which stocks to buy, read on → Read More

What Happens If You Miss a Mortgage Payment?

What Happens If You Miss a Mortgage Payment?

When times grow tight — maybe due to a job loss or an unexpected medical expense — making your mortgage payment actually becomes less urgent than paying other bills. Yes, you need food, clothing, and shelter, but skipping one mortgage payment actually has less immediate consequences than not paying other bills. Basically, if it comes → Read More

Classic Post-Election Stock Predictions That Failed to Deliver

Classic Post-Election Stock Predictions That Failed to Deliver

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 8, 2016. Alison Southwick: Now time for a history lesson. You’ve got a few examples, here, of some stocks that were supposed to take off after certain people were elected and then, spoiler … Robert Brokamp: It didn’t happen. Matt Trogdon: It didn’t work out that way. Southwick: Yeah. Trogdon: Going back to the → Read More

9 Artificial Intelligence Stats That Will Blow You Away

9 Artificial Intelligence Stats That Will Blow You Away

As the AI era continues to unfold, the idea of a future driven by artificial intelligence can evoke mixed emotions. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates referred to AI as the “holy grail”  in computer science. On the other hand, and taking a far more apocalyptic perspective, Tesla CEO Elon Musk likened the development of → Read More

Gaming Stocks: What to Watch in 2017

Gaming Stocks: What to Watch in 2017

The gaming sector has had some big wins in the last few months, including what looks like a rebound in Macau, stronger growth in Las Vegas, and casinos preparing to open in new regions. With each of the big names in gaming preparing for potentially major gains in the quarters ahead — including Las Vegas → Read More

Doubling Up on Deductions for 2016

Doubling Up on Deductions for 2016

Most people take the standard deduction, largely because they don’t have enough in itemized deductions in any given year to make it worth itemizing. But by doubling up on your deductions in a single tax year, you might be able to squeeze more in deductions than you otherwise would. In this clip from Industry Focus: Financials, → Read More

Wearable Tech Has a World to Grow Into

Wearable Tech Has a World to Grow Into

Sales of wearable device sales have been on the rise in the past few years, but a few companies have reported a slowdown as of late. Notably, makers of wrist devices like smartwatches and fitness wristbands notched a slowdown, but relief could come if the companies can gain traction in international markets. How wearables sales → Read More

What Happened to Interest Rates in 2016?

What Happened to Interest Rates in 2016?

Interest rates have stayed low far longer than nearly anyone predicted. That has been a major source of annoyance for bond-market participants, many of whom had placed their bets on a quick rise in rates once the economy started to pick up steam. Indeed, when the Federal Reserve made its first rate hike in more → Read More

3 Companies That Doubled in 2016

3 Companies That Doubled in 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for investors. The year started off with a sharp market correction. The rebound was interrupted by the Brexit vote and election-related worries. After all of that turbulence, here we are in mid-December with a 10% year-to-date gain in the S&P 500 index. Many investors absolutely crushed even these attractive → Read More

Tax-Loss Selling: 3 Stocks I'd Be Glad to Sell Right Now

Tax-Loss Selling: 3 Stocks I'd Be Glad to Sell Right Now

With the end of the year approaching, investors should review their portfolios and see if there are any beaten-down stocks that clearly aren’t getting back up. Selling these stocks at a loss to reduce your tax bill might be wiser than holding on and watching them plunge even further next year. Let’s take a look → Read More

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