President Trump is at it again… on June 13, he again blamed OPEC for the rising price of oil. In a tweet he said, “Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!”. This follows a similar tweet on April 20 when President Trump said “oil prices are artificially Very High” due […]
Last week the Federal Reserve Board increased its Fed Funds Target rate for the second time this year, to 1.75%. The Fed Funds rate controls yields on the short end of the yield curve. Rate increases typically push fear-driven investors to sell the income stock categories like REITs and Utilities. Informed investors use these sell-offs […]
A look at the highest paying dividend stocks that are going ex-div this week.
There’s been no shortage of geopolitical news lately. While summer is usually the time when the news cycle slows down, so far it hasn’t been the case. In particular, there has been an unusual amount of discussion concerning international trade and tariffs. Regarding tariffs, the stock market has had plenty to digest. The US currently […]
I recently interviewed Jeff Clark about using gold as an inflation hedge. Jeff asked why I never write about gold stocks. I own several – time to fess up! Why don’t I write about gold stocks? I don’t recommend stocks, I know my limitations. You can make a lot of money with gold stocks, but you better […]
From being “on hold” one month ago, trade war fears just got reignited, following a bitter end to the G7 summit last weekend. Here’s one company with heavy exposure to one industry that could be hurt by rising tariffs on key metals.
For millennia now humans have known that a leopard cannot change its spots and a tiger cannot change its stripes. The same holds true when it comes to corporate behavior. . .Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) just can’t stop giving away your personal data for profit. Not surprising considering its corporate culture was laid down by Mark […]
Recently there have been two big, interrelated news stories coming out of the U.S. energy sector. The first is that the U.S. crude oil production continues to grow, and the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer of energy liquids. This growth has been led by the Permian Basin play in West Texas. The parallel […]
Most of the time when I highlight an interesting trade I’ve seen in the market, it’s something I’m looking at in terms of profit-making potential. That may seem obvious, but don’t forget, options make wonderful risk management tools as well. In fact, they’re probably the most efficient tools for portfolio risk protection out there. There […]
There is a general misconception that rising interest rates are always bad for real estate investment trust (REIT) values. However, history shows that REITs have outperformed 75% of the time during the last 16 periods of rising interest rates. One reason is that quality REITs will grow their dividends, and if the dividend increases keep […]
Please don’t tell President Trump about this article – I don’t want to be the subject of an angry tweet from him! But the future of transportation lies in China, whether we’re talking about conventional fossil-fuel vehicles or electric vehicles. Let me explain. . . . . China is the world’s biggest automobile market, both […]