The conversation started when daughter Holly asked, “Are you really going to drive for over six hours to meet a guy for lunch?” “Yep!” I said. My wife Jo chimed in, “Dennis is good friends with Chuck Butler who retired from EverBank and writes the Daily Pfennig. They will probably spend 1 1/2 hours solving […]
Under normal circumstance, iShares 20+ Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ: TLT), isn’t the sort of ETF you’d expect to highlight because of its potential to move more than expected. Long bonds, which TLT replicates, are tied to interest rates. And interest rates don’t tend to move that much over short periods of time. TLT still manages […]
In the wake of the United States imposing a 25% trade tariff on a host of Chinese imports, it’s terrible news for companies in the firing line who depend on raw materials at the heart of the battle. This small-cap food producer is one of them.
So far in 2018, cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, have been nothing more than a way to lose a lot of money. But that doesn’t mean that the technology behind bitcoin – blockchain – should be the ‘baby’ that is thrown out with the ‘bath water’. That is why I want to bring you a series […]
With my focus on higher yield investments, I often receive questions about various closed-end funds. CEFs are actively managed investment pools with shares that trade on the stock exchanges. A lot of these funds carry very attractive yields. The danger is that this is an asset class where it is hard to separate the good […]
Usually this is the time of year when I have to come up with creative market-related topics to write about. Normally, when the kids get out of school and the weather turns hot, many investors take a break from the market. Summer months can be slow and boring if you’re typically an active trader. Often […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]