Category Archives: General Tips

Where Will Interest Rates Go in 2018 ?

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates three times throughout 2017 with the current benchmark rate between 1.25 and 1.50 percent. The sharp uptick in bond yields towards the end of December could be a harbinger of things to come and investors are gearing up for a possibly volatile year. The yield on the 10-year treasury is … Read More

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The Business of Space Travel

Since the advent of the space program, the realm of space exploration and science has been almost completely government-led. But those days are over with a number of new ventures, including Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Amazon’s Blue Origin and of course Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. Private funding has greatly advance rocket science, leading to reduced … Read More

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Risk and Allocation Basics

Investing in the markets is a bit of a double-edged sword. The higher the potential for gain, the greater the risk becomes. It works the other way too – the less risk you take on, the fewer gains you’re likely to have. Striking the right balance is essential for building the ideal portfolio. Taking on … Read More

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Trading Futures: The Essential Guide for Beginners

Most investors are familiar with investment vehicles like mutual funds, stocks, bonds, ETF’s and even commodities, but few are knowledgeable about futures. A basic futures contract is simply an agreement between a buyer and seller to buy or sell a particular asset at a specified price on a specified date. Futures were originally designed for … Read More

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Here’s Why You Should Stay Far Away from Bitcoin

Regardless of whether you’re an active trader or just someone with internet access, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin. The crypto-currency can’t seem to avoid the headlines right now and it’s because of the incredible growth its undergoing. In the past three months, Bitcoin has risen nearly 400 percent, going from around $4,000 … Read More

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The Hidden Dangers of Defensive Stocks

Holding defensive stocks is important to even the most aggressive portfolio. They can help balance out volatility and returns through steady gains and dividend payments. If the market undergoes a correction, defensive stocks typically hold their ground relatively well – and could even go higher depending on the industry. But defensive stocks are often misunderstood … Read More

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What to Expect from the Markets in 2018

This late in the year, all eyes are already focused on what 2018 will bring to the markets. While the year isn’t quite over yet, we’ve seen the resurgence of the oil industry following the OPEC-led collapse, the continuation of economic expansion and a steady Fed policy of increasing interest rates. Will 2018 be more … Read More

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What the Holiday Shopping Season Says about the State of the Economy

The holiday season is here and businesses across the country are gearing up for their biggest year yet. Retail sales growth is expected to be up 3.8 percent from last year according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). And despite the popularity of online shopping, physical brick-and mortar stores are expected to contribute … Read More

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What the Fall of the Coal Industry Means for Your Portfolio

The energy sector might be a cyclical industry in terms of stock performance, but the need for energy is something that will always exist. But with so many various forms of energy available, traders are left with a hard choice to make about where to invest. The political climate seems to shifting away from fossil … Read More

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Is a Strong Dollar Good for the U.S.?

One of the most common rhetoric in American politics is the campaign promise to make the U.S. dollar strong. At face value, it sounds like anything that’s strong should be a good thing, but globalization makes the answer tricky. The short answer of whether a strong dollar is good for the U.S. or not is … Read More

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