Best Short-Term Bond Fund ETFs for 2018

As short-term bond yields continue to rise, short-term bond fund ETFs may be an appropriate addition to an individual’s long-term investing strategy. Short-term bond ETFs invest primarily in investment grade corporate fixed-income investment vehicles with maturities between one and five years. In general, these ETFs are suitable for conservative investors because they are less sensitive […]

Analysis: Crypto Valuations Owe Much to Investor Fear and Greed — Just Like With Stocks

The end of 2017, just a couple of months ago, was a watershed moment for the virtual currency markets. The unprecedented appreciation of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies helped fuel the appetite for initial coin offerings, fundraising vehicles for new, untested coins. Though the direction of the cryptocurrency markets has not been influenced directly by […]

What Would Happen If Cash Disappears? Swedes Are Finding Out

An increasing number of restaurants and retail stores in Sweden no longer accept cash payments.  That has political leaders asking: What happens if money just disappears? Can an economy go completely digital and continue to operate? Most bank branches have stopped handling cash transactions, and “no cash accepted” signs have appeared at restaurants, stores and […]

Bank of America Just Revealed How Horrified Wall Street Is by Cryptocurrencies

Bank Of America, a massive financial entity by any measure, is warning that cryptocurrencies could potentially undermine its entire business.  In a 13,000-word regulatory filing, the United States’ third-largest bank by assets mentioned cryptocurrencies three times in the documents “risk factors” section. This is the part of a corporate filing where a company has to […]

Post-Election Stock Market Rise Not a Bubble: Study

After the election of Donald Trump, many economists predicted that increased uncertainty over economic policy would lead to a decline in the US stock market. Yet the exact opposite occurred. Since the election, the stock market has risen continuously — until the most recent volatility. The S&P 500 Index climbed dramatically, increasing by 25 percent […]

End of Easy Fed Money Points Toward Potential for Inflation

Since 2008 the Federal Reserve has maintained an easy money fiscal policy that has been responsible, in part, for the steady rise of the stock market as well as fostering an environment of historically low interest rates. Recent yields on Treasury bonds, however, indicate that the era of quantitative easing may be over, resulting in […]

Get On the Stock Dividend Train Before It Pulls Away, Experts Advise

Investors looking to maximize total investment return in 2018 should plan on buying companies that not only pay significant current dividends but will increase the dividend amount paid out each successive year. “If you want to clobber the market in 2018 — and beyond — then buying companies with accelerating dividends is an absolute must,” […]

Billionaire Investor: Recession Ahead, Stock Picker’s Market Again

Ray Dalio, a billionaire hedge fund manager followed closely on Wall Street, has laid out his case for a recession in the next 12 to 24 months. His core reasoning is that the economy is entering the late stages of an expansion, increasing risk that the Federal Reserve may commit a policy error by hiking […]

Analysis: If Bitcoin Isn’t a Hedge Investment, Who Wants It?  

Is Bitcoin a hedge against stock market risk, like gold, as some early investors hoped? Or something entirely unrelated to investing, a new, extra-official currency, as its creators seemed to intend? The answer could affect investment decisions valued in hundreds of billion of dollars and directly affect Bitcoin’s future valuation. Part of the appeal of […]

Volatility ETFs Wipe Out Leveraged Investors as Stocks Reel

The recent  swings in the stock market  have taken a heavy toll on investors, particularly those who were betting, some with borrowed money, that volatility would continue to remain low. After years of market stability, investment firms began offering ETFs that allowed investors opportunities to profit from a stable stock market environment. These funds were […]