What Are Index Funds?

What Are Index Funds?

The index fund may be the biggest invention in Wall Street history. From relative obscurity just a few decades ago, index funds grew to become more than a third of all stock fund assets under management. What exactly are index funds, anyway? In this segment of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and → Read More

Wikileaks mystery: How did town hall question get to Clinton campaign?

Wikileaks mystery: How did town hall question get to Clinton campaign?

Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention. How did the text of a CNN-TV One town hall question about the death penalty end up in the hands of the Clinton campaign ahead of time? In a hacked email published by Wikileaks, Democratic → Read More

Why Alcoa, Rent-a-Center, and Universal Display Slumped Today

Why Alcoa, Rent-a-Center, and Universal Display Slumped Today

Tuesday was a down day on Wall Street, with investors showing their concern about the potential for corporate earnings to come in weak during the earnings season that just started. In addition, worries about the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. presidential elections and the future fate of monetary policy across the globe continued to surface in → Read More

Why Shutterfly, Inc. Stock Fell 11.1% in September

Why Shutterfly, Inc. Stock Fell 11.1% in September

What happened Shares of Shutterfly Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY) fell 11.1% in September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, after Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) quietly launched a competing photo printing service.  So what More specifically on Sept. 21, Jeff Bezos’ brainchild launched Amazon Prints, describing it as a “new photo printing destination for Prime Photos and Amazon Drive customers.” Of → Read More

Here's Why the Media Is So Mad at Wells Fargo

Here's Why the Media Is So Mad at Wells Fargo

After writing glowingly about Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) for five years, I feel like a naive idiot. And I’m not alone; there are countless other analysts and commentators who did the very same thing — not to mention, of course, Warren Buffett. We succumbed to the bank’s propaganda. We believed chairman and CEO John Stumpf when → Read More

Baidu is bringing AI chatbots to healthcare

Baidu is bringing AI chatbots to healthcare

3 futuristic technologies that could change life by 2020 Baidu has created a virtual version of “turn your head and cough.” The Chinese search engine launched “Melody” on Tuesday, a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to help doctors care for patients over text. Baidu (BIDU, Tech30) aims to make medical consults more accessible and help → Read More

Netflix Will Continue to Burn Cash for the Foreseeable Future

Netflix Will Continue to Burn Cash for the Foreseeable Future

All those movies and television shows on Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) don’t come cheap. The streaming-video leader expects to spend $6 billion on content this year. It’s hard to generate any cash with that much spending when the company has generated only $7.6 billion in total revenue over the trailing 12 months. Indeed, CFO David Wells told → Read More

Sheryl Sandberg has no plans to join Hillary Clinton's administration

Sheryl Sandberg has no plans to join Hillary Clinton's administration

Lean In PSA encourages women to work together Even the prospect of holding a top government job may not be enough to convince Sheryl Sandberg to leave Facebook. Sandberg, Facebook’s (FB, Tech30) COO, said on Tuesday she has no plans to leave Facebook despite recent reports that she might be considered for the role of → Read More

Clinton wants to double the child tax credit

Clinton wants to double the child tax credit

Clinton vs. Trump on child care With just a month to go before the election, Hillary Clinton detailed a new proposal to help limit the burden of child care costs for lower and middle income families. She wants to double the child tax credit for children under 5 years old. Read More

Are Fitbit Inc's Corporate Wellness Figures Misleading?

Are Fitbit Inc's Corporate Wellness Figures Misleading?

Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) recently claimed that one of its corporate wellness programs, which placed fitness trackers on employees, reduced an employer’s healthcare costs by nearly 25% ($1,300 per person) after two years. While that figure looks great for future bulk sales of Fitbit devices to companies, critics quickly pointed out that the study had some glaring flaws. → Read More

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