The New York Fed Would Make The Godfather Proud!

The New York Fed Would Make The Godfather Proud!

Wikipedia tells us, “In the first Godfather movie, the ‘meeting of the Dons’ scene uses the Federal Reserve building exterior.” How appropriate! This Burning Platform “Quotes of the Day” grabbed me: “When we talk about company culture in the context of financial services, the first thing that comes to mind is the risky, unethical, and sometimes criminal […]

Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

The stock market can be a crazy place. The unpredictability of the financial markets is what makes them so exciting and challenging for traders (and investors). While the long-term direction of stocks has always been up, there are definitely significant periods of volatility over shorter time frames. For instance, this year we’ve already had a […]

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday July 29, 2008. Stocks rose Tuesday, rebounding a day after their steep tumble as a jump in consumer confidence offset some of the market's increasing concerns about the financial sector.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Short Guide to Dividend Investing With Coronavirus Spreading

China-centered Coronavirous outbreak has caused volatility and havoc in the financial and commodity markets. Last Friday’s 600 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) pushed the weekly decline to 733 points. This decline was the worst drop for the U.S. stock market since August 2019, when recession fears gripped investors. At this time, […]

The Yield Curves Strikes Again

The Yield Curves Strikes Again

The Futures Market Predicts the Fed Will Make a U-Turn Over the summer, the financial media went into a collective panic as the yield curve briefly inverted. By a yield curve inversion, I mean when short-term Treasury yields exceed that of long-term yields. Under normal circumstances, long-term yields are higher. Why is an inversion such […]

Illinois Tool Works Beats Earnings and Revenue Estimates

Illinois Tool Works Beats Earnings and Revenue Estimates

A strong earnings report from Illinois Tool Works (ITW) calmed investors worried about the impact of coronavirus on the global manufacturer. ITW addressed the issue, while reporting earnings and revenue in line with expectations. The company was able to grow earnings per share 9%, and 5% for all of 2019, while executing in a declining […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Amazon

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Amazon

Despite the market selling off, there was an unusual amount of options activity in Amazon (AMZN). The online retail giant crushed earnings and the stock was actually up over 7% on a day when most major stock indices were down 2%. The selloff was due to fear over the coronavirus and what impact it may […]