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  • Using A Benchmark To Measure Risk
    Dec. 12, 2017, 9:26 a.m. by

    A benchmark is a standard or base used to compare the allocation, risk and return of a portfolio. The comparison can be for any period. Typically, benchmarks are represented by indices in the form of ETFs or mutual funds that represent an asset class.

  • Maybe You Should Bet On Banks
    Dec. 11, 2017, 1:54 p.m. by

    Some analysts are noting that investors have been moving away from the tech sector and toward financials. There have been suggestions that the momentum toward bank stocks will continue well into 2018.

  • Tax Reform Winning Stocks
    Dec. 7, 2017, 11:08 a.m. by

    What do Schlumberger NV (NYSE:SLB C), Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT C), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T C), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC D), The Hershey Co. (NYSE:HSY C), Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE:HRL C) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS C) have in common? According to CNBC, these stocks could be big winners once Republican-led tax reform becomes law.

  • Candlestick Charts
    Dec. 7, 2017, 11:06 a.m. by

    Candlestick charts, which originated in Japan, are popular with some traders and investors. They represent a wide-range of information, are easy to read and easy to interpret. The chart itself consists of a body that looks like the fat part of a candle. It typically has a tail or wick on both ends.

  • Understanding The Crypto Craze
    Dec. 7, 2017, 11:04 a.m. by

    With bitcoin trading at more than $11,500 recently, the cryptocurrency has attracted the attention of traders and investors worldwide. Because bitcoin was trading at $960.79 Jan. 1 of this year, the interest is not a surprise.

  • The health care space, despite the inability of Congress to enact legislation, is rolling along in dog-eat-dog fashion with mega-mergers the biggest weapon combatants are using to fight off the competition.

  • Gas station owners may want to take note. A relatively new service provided by several mostly west coast startups lets you cut out the middleman and get your car filled with gas at work or even at home.

  • Moore’s Law And Inflation
    Dec. 1, 2017, 1:02 p.m. by

    Moore's Law came into being in 1965 when Intel co-founder, Gordon Moore noticed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention.

  • Being able to research the 30 companies with the most Website traffic on one widget makes the Top Website Traffic Widget one of the new pieces of research data that are available on FinanceBoards and should be added to your FinanceBoards Research Dashboards.

  • The Role Of Share Buybacks
    Nov. 28, 2017, 9:33 p.m. by

    When a company decides to offer to purchase outstanding shares, that’s known as a buyback. There are many reasons companies do this. It may be to increase the value of shares remaining through the simple law of supply and demand. It might be to take shares off the market, so a single shareholder can gain control of the company.

  • Investing In The Supply Chain
    Nov. 28, 2017, 9:31 p.m. by

    The network between a company and its suppliers is called the supply chain. The suppliers are often public companies that investors consider either based on the companies they supply or, more often, on the role they play in an industry.

  • Is Impact Investing For You?
    Nov. 21, 2017, 11:14 a.m. by

    The term “impact investing” hasn’t been around a long time having been coined in 2007. It refers to investing in a way that generates a specific positive social or environmental effect in addition to creating financial gain for the investor.

  • Black Friday's Amazon Effect
    Nov. 21, 2017, 11:12 a.m. by

    Predicting and reacting to consumer sentiment about holiday shopping is big business, for retailers and for investors who buy retail stocks. Inc. (NSDQ:AMZN C) is quickly becoming a top place for holiday shopping. It has a clear impact on other stores and they are fighting back.

  • Efficient Market Hypothesis
    Nov. 21, 2017, 11:09 a.m. by

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) was created by Noble prize winner, Eugene Fama. It suggests that security prices always fully reflect all available information. In other words, you can’t beat the market because the efficiency of the market takes all available information into account.

  • Keeping an eye out for Insider Transactions for companies that you are researching or holding should be information and data that you have on your research Dashboard(s). This Widget created from Zacks data plus others like it on the FinanceBoards platform are ones that you should consider adding to your research dashboard(s).

  • Recent talk about increasing oil prices and a rising dollar has led to concern that the combination could be a double whammy for U.S. equities. As oil prices go up, business expenses go up. Rising expenses squeeze margins, lowering profits. A rising dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive, leading to declining revenue.

  • Should You Prepare For A Bear?
    Nov. 17, 2017, 11:08 a.m. by

    To be clear, nobody knows for sure when the current bull market will be replaced by a bear market. All anyone knows is that it will happen. There are signs that the final stages of the 8 ½ year bull run may be getting closer.

  • The latest IntraLinks Deal Flow Predictor, released Nov. 16, forecasts that worldwide M&A announced deals in Q1 2018 will increase by 2% compared to Q1 2017. Deals in North America, however, are expected to drop 11%.

  • How To Handle General Electric
    Nov. 14, 2017, 10:58 a.m. by

    Following the recent announcement by General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE C) that it would cut dividends by 50% and restructure to focus on aviation, health care and power, analysts and investors began to weigh in with proposed strategies to deal with the shake-up of this historical conglomerate.

  • With 30 companies to be able to research on one widget with huge percentage EPS Estimates Annual Changes this widget created from Zacks Data may make it an interesting one to place on your FinanceBoards Research Dashboard(s)because the top-ranked companies on it are the ones where the consensus is that they have the largest estimated EPS upswing potential.

  • The National Debt And Investing
    Nov. 13, 2017, 9:18 a.m. by

    We hear a lot about our growing national debt along with debate about whether it is really bad or just part of the landscape in government. There are arguments about the effect of our national debt but when it comes to investors and investing, there are several things worth considering.

  • Invest Better And Smarter
    Nov. 10, 2017, 11:38 a.m. by

    Becoming a more successful investor, unless you’re counting on luck to pull you through, involves becoming a smarter investor. Of course, there’s no best answer or even best way to become successful at investing. There are things you can do and know that can help.

  • Stocks To Watch In 2018
    Nov. 9, 2017, 11:10 a.m. by

    Investors looking ahead to next year seek companies that show growth potential. For some investors, the hunt concentrates mostly on low-priced stocks. Others are sector hunters in areas like tech. Most are interested in well-known names, priced right and ready to grow over the next 12 months.

  • There is a general belief among investors that passive index investing is smart, safe and more importantly, widespread. A recent BlackRock study challenges the last part of that belief by noting that passive investing occupies just 7.4% or just over $5 trillion of the $68 trillion invested in the market.