The U.S. Economy Is Getting Better — BUNK!

If you (like me) are one of those people who recently started to believe that the U.S. economy may, in fact, be on on the mend — well then, think again. On Independence Day (Independence Day!), the brave men and women serving our military — those willing to continue the fight for our “independence” and for […]

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Happy 4th of July!

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Companies Come And Go But Indices Are Here To Stay

Much the same way that living organisms have distinct lifespans, companies, too, come and go; and, like people, some companies live to be a ripe old age, while others die much too young. For investors, it can be a difficult choice whether or not to invest in our Blue Chip grandparent-like companies, ones that can […]

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When Should I Sell A Losing Stock Position?

This is always a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables that must be taken into consideration. For example, at what price point was the position entered into, and is there a gain or a loss on the position. If there is a loss then how much of a loss is there […]

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Synaptics For Your Synapses

Founded in 1986, Synaptics, Inc. (SYNA) is a developer of custom designed human interface products used in mobile computing, including mobile phones, notebook computers, PC peripherals, and portable entertainment devices such as MP3 players. A list of some of the company’s products, and its largest clients, are as follows: (Note: Click on the links to […]

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Durable Goods Order Results For May, 2013

For the month of May, transportation was the clear winner when it came to new durable goods orders. Overall, orders were up 3.6 percent, following a revised 3.6 percent increase in April. Excluding transports, orders increased 0.7 percent. Excluding defense, orders increased 3.5 percent. For the actual press release from the U.S. Census Bureau click here. […]

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Shorts Fall Short

This morning I received the following article from the Wall Street Journal. Even a 5% pullback in stocks hasn’t provided enough fuel for short sellers to start betting against the market again. Short interest, or bearish bets, on S&P 500 stocks fell to 2.3% of shares outstanding at the end of last week, the lowest […]

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Stock Market Cycles: Seven Reasons To Pay Attention

Have you ever noticed how the number seven seems to be a recurring theme in this world? Here are some examples: There are seven days in a week. There are the Seven Wonders of the World. People should avoid the Seven Deadly Sins. There is a place called “Seventh Heaven.” People sometimes suffer from a […]

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Using A Firefighter’s Approach To Making Money

Have you ever noticed that whenever and wherever a fire erupts most people head in the other direction while firefighters rush toward the fire (God bless ’em)? They know that whatever fear they may have inside themselves must be cast aside in order to save lives. Well, in a similar manner, the same can be […]

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Fighting Inflation With REITs

Following my recent posting on inflation, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at one of the more popular Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), Realty Income Corp. (O). Company: Realty Income Corp. (hereinafter RIC) advertises itself as “The Monthly Dividend Company” and , according to the description on its Web site: Realty […]

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