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  • Wow Dow!
    Oct. 20, 2017, 12:13 p.m. by

    After getting close and even creeping above the mark Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23000 Wednesday on the strength of shares of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM C).

  • Taking On The Machines
    Oct. 20, 2017, 12:12 p.m. by

    It’s called High Frequency Trading (HFT) and a few years ago it was seen as the end of Wall Street as we know it by some. Today the use of computers to make trades is commonplace with roughly 40% of investment-grade corporate bond trading executed through computers up to about 90% of futures contracts computer-based.

  • Buying On The Dip
    Oct. 18, 2017, 11:44 a.m. by

    Based on age old Wall Street theory – buy low, sell high – buy the dip covers the first part. In other words, following a significant drop in the price of a security or index, investors should increase positions to capitalize on what is expected to be an eventual upswing.

  • Not all insurers will be harmed and not all will be helped under President Trump’s executive order on health care signed last Thursday. It will likely take months for the full impact of the order to reveal itself but in the meantime some guidance can be gleaned.

  • Equities Vs. Fixed Income
    Oct. 17, 2017, 9:51 a.m. by

    The continuum goes something like this: You make money. Some of it is used to pay bills and buy groceries. Some you spend for entertainment and some is saved to be invested. The whole point of investing is to use invested money to earn more money for some future purchase or (more likely) to live on in retirement.

  • Having access to 15 different Stock Market Risk Ratio Calculations on a Company that you are holding or considering trading, all on one Widget is another key Widget that should be selected and placed on your FinanceBoards dashboard(s).

  • Equity indexes have been hitting new highs. This, of course, inspires talk of stretched valuations. How long can the ride last? When will it end? If investors knew the answer for sure, they would all be millionaires.

  • What is Financial Modeling?
    Oct. 12, 2017, 11:35 a.m. by

    A financial model is a tool used to forecast a company’s future performance. The forecast (future) is based on historical (past) performance. That’s the easy part – understanding what it is and what it does.

  • Stock Screeners
    Oct. 10, 2017, 9:59 a.m. by

    A stock screener is an online tool used by investors and traders to filter stocks based on metrics they put in based on a profile or set of criteria. Screening for stocks enables you to find securities in which you may want to invest. Screeners are an important part of research for serious investors and traders.

  • Ramping Up Home Food Delivery
    Oct. 9, 2017, 7:52 p.m. by

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NSDQ:COST C) has decided to expand its home delivery service to include groceries. For customers, it means more convenience but less access to free samples.

  • Netflix Inc. (NSDQ:NFLX CB) said it would raise prices for both its midlevel and high-end plans in the U.S. for new and existing customers. The company needs to raise money to compete with a growing legion of companies trying to take market share away from the acknowledged streaming leader.

  • Brand Awareness helps you choose the right stock for you. This is one of the benefits why SEO data is important. When a company's website is on the top pages of search engines results (SERPs), this translates to more exposure thus making users think that the business is credible and trustworthy.

  • News that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS DC) was considering setting up a trading operation dedicated to bitcoin and other digital currencies, caught the attention of Wall Street. Cryptocurrency like bitcoin is controversial at best.

  • A market structure demonstrates how a market is organized. The characteristics that make up that structure help to define the market and how it works and how companies in that structure interact.

  • Having Access to the Company’s Most Correlated Stocks that you are holding, trading or researching ranked by how highly they correlate to the company that you are researching could be another set of metrics worth including on your FinanceBoards dashboards(s).

  • The Problem With Oligopolies
    Sept. 29, 2017, 11:35 a.m. by

    An oligopoly is a market structure in which a small number of companies have a majority of market share. An oligopoly is like a monopoly, just with more than one entity dominating that segment of the market. Oligopolies are not illegal but they can sway the market and investors are wise to recognize an oligopoly and its members and be on the lookout for anti-competitive behavior.

  • Trading Versus Investing
    Sept. 28, 2017, 9:57 a.m. by

    Investing and trading are not the same thing even though many people make the mistake of thinking they are. Investing is built on the premise of buying securities (stocks), holding them for a period of time and selling them for a profit. Trading involves much more frequent buying and selling of stock and other securities with a goal of outperforming buy-and-hold investing.

  • The Role Of The SEC
    Sept. 27, 2017, 10:03 a.m. by

    The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a simple (yet complex) 3-part mission:

  • Security Breaches And The SEC
    Sept. 27, 2017, 10:03 a.m. by

    Security breaches, such as at Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT C), LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) and more recently Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX C) are bad enough when they impact a single company. What about when they impact many companies? Such was the case with the recently revealed 2016 security breach at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • Knowing the Top TipRanks Bloggers Ratings Sentiment Stocks, the percentage of their Bullish Sentiment and Rating is another great non-classical FinanceBoards Sentiment Research Widget that you should consider adding to you FinanceBoards Dashboard(s).

  • Another one of those phrases that gets tossed around a lot is “stock market returns.” Obviously, stock market returns are an expected part of both trading and investing. Returns, after all, represent profit (or loss).

  • Understanding A Wrap Account
    Sept. 22, 2017, 10:04 a.m. by

    A wrap account is one in which a brokerage firm manages your portfolio for an annual fee, based on total assets under management (AUM). The fee covers all administrative, commission and management expenses.

  • The Kohls-Amazon Mashup
    Sept. 22, 2017, 10 a.m. by

    Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS C) and Amazon.com Inc. (NSDQ:AMZN C) have struck a deal that allows Amazon customers to return items to 82 Kohl’s stores in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. This move follows an agreement earlier this month in which Kohl’s agreed to sell Alexa-enabled Echo home speakers, Fire TV devices, tablets and other Amazon-branded devices in 10 of its stores.

  • Institutional investors are what “whales” are to the gambling world. Except they are not people. They are, well, institutions, i.e., pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, trusts, endowment funds and others.