Category Archives: General Tips

Why Mutual Funds May Not Be Your Best Option

Newly minted investors often turn to mutual funds to meet their financial goals and expectations instead of trading stocks on their own. The idea of taking the fate of your portfolio into your own hands can be intimidating and the availability of investment vehicles that offer diversification and automatic management all-in-one almost makes the decision seem … Read More

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What’s the Future of Alternative Energy?

The energy industry has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the past few years. Oil prices crashed in the summer of 2014 as the threat of new oil production from non-OPEC sources, like U.S. shale oil, triggered a price war. OPEC nations pumped out more oil than global demand called for, … Read More

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How IoT is Changing the Retail Paradigm

The technological revolution arguably began with the proliferation of the personal computer. From there global industries began to change incorporating technology into their everyday operations. Entirely new industries like telecommunications sprung up almost overnight and the world became interconnected in a way that had never before been seen in human history. A new emerging trend … Read More

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Don’t Panic! Turn an Unstable Environment Into Maximum Profits

Now that the election is over, investors have begun turning from hopeful optimism to nervous skepticism. The Trump administration was viewed as good for American manufacturing and investors began to buy industrials and materials, while commodity prices in metals like copper enjoyed similar gains. With the actions of the administration early in office, though, investors … Read More

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Stocks and Bonds: How To Allocate Your Portfolio’s Holdings

If you watch any financial news program or read investment-based articles, you might notice something interesting – they’re usually about stocks. There might be a bit about currencies, commodities and bonds, but by and large stocks get the most coverage. There’s a good reason for it: stocks tend to be the first type of asset class … Read More

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Should I Invest in Foreign Currencies?

If you’re looking for another way to make your dollar grow, you might consider doing away with the dollar entirely and investing in foreign currencies. The Forex market, once the home of large institutional brokerages and hedge funds, is now available to everyday investors through margin accounts. While it may sound risky and exotic, foreign … Read More

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Margin Levels and What They Mean for Investors

Investors have always looked for an edge in the marketplace. Any detail, no matter how small, is an advantage if it could predict future stock movements. Aside from the obvious, like economic data and stock returns, one element in particular carries a lot of weight when it comes to predicting stock market corrections and crashes: … Read More

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How to Play a Rate Hike

The markets have predicted a 50-50 chance that the Fed will raise rates again this December and investors are on the fence as to how this could benefit them. The election cycle has complicated matters leaving many investors on the sidelines until the vote comes in and uncertainty abates a little in the markets. Last … Read More

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What to do With Losers in Your Portfolio

There’s no worse feeling than watching a stock in your portfolio drop in value day after day with no end in sight. If it falls less than 10%, you say the markets are just going through a small correction. After it drops 20%, you tell yourself that it must have finally bottomed, but when it … Read More

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Are You Paying Too Much For Stock Trading Services?

Regulation Fair Disclosure drastically changed the Wall Street landscape by allowing both individual investors as well as institutional ones access to the same information at the same time. As a result, stock trading companies proliferated to meet the surging demand of investors who wanted to take charge of their own investment portfolios. Now, you can … Read More

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