Are Bitcoin Gains a Loss for Gold Investors?

Some people in the investment world have romanticized the lucrative and volatile nature of Bitcoin, comparing it to the California gold rush. Now experts now see a direct correlation between gold and cryptocurrency — and that might not bode well for gold long term. RBC Capital Markets researchers have detected a relationship between Bitcoin prices […]

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 […]

Kidnappers Now Accepting Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies promise to make all kinds of payments easier, including, it now appears, paying a ransom. In December the New York District Attorney announced an arrest in a kidnapping.  “This case demonstrates the increasingly common intersection between cyber and violent crime — the defendant is charged with coordinating an elaborate kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary to gain access […]

Opinion: Plain Old FOMO Pushing Wall Street Toward Crypto

Goldman Sachs, the venerated investment banking firm whose chiefs dominate policy and sit on important financial boards in government, may not have jumped into cryptocurrency market. Chances are, it was pushed. Wall Street already has a big problem with fear of missing out, or FOMO. Now it appears that a decision to enter the Bitcoin […]

Gundlach: Bond Bull Market Teeters as Stock Sell-off Signals Change

Bond guru Jeff Gundlach, founder of  DoubleLine Capital, not long ago said that the bond bull market would end if yields on the 10-year U.S. Treasury approached 3%. Yields already have crossed the 2.6% level, which Gundlach predicted would be a negative headwind for stocks. Currently, the 10-year is sitting just beneath this level due to […]