Reuters Capitulates, but Don’t Celebrate

Reuters has announced they will no longer release economic data to a select group of subscribers earlier than to the rest of their subscribers. In this case, you could pay more (a lot more) and get information early.

When I say an earlier release of information, I am literally talking about 2 seconds.

Henry Blodget comments on this developing story. He basically says the downside of this announcement is that ...

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Hedge Funds for the Masses – Don’t Fall for it

It is always disappointing to see an article like this. Investment banks are working on ways to sell hedge funds with a lower minimum investment. Will they never relent on their mission to screw you out of your money?

Investment banks have been working this way for quite some time now. That is, bringing vehicles that are typically used for larger accounts down to the small account level. ...

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The First Half of 2013 – Too Good to be Predicted?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has had the best first half-year since 1999. Had I told you at the beginning of the year this would happen, would you have believed me?

Right now there is quite a bit of concern in the markets. This is nothing new. In fact, there are always worries in the market. There never has been, and there never will be, a time when there ...

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Will China Follow Japan’s Fate?

History repeats itself, but nothing happens the same way twice.

This is certainly true for the investment markets. I often use history as a guide, but I also keep in mind there will never be a perfect repeat of the past.

Like with wars

When I hear market analysis, I am often reminded of historical commentary on conflicts and wars. No two military conflicts have ever been exactly the same, but there is also a lot that can be learned ...

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Investment Head Fakes can Take Years

Most REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) investments were down quite a bit yesterday. They have been taking some significant hits since interest rates started creeping up a few weeks ago.

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding real estate over the last few weeks. The real estate market seemed to have a nice  recovery going at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013. Now (as always) the future is looking uncertain.

Remember that real estate had ...

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More on the Shark Infested Waters of the Stock Market

Please click RIGHT HERE and watch this video from Yahoo! Finance.

I usually don’t do blog posts that are just links to other peoples’ posts, but on this issue I am making an exception.

Why? Because I think this video deals with the single most important concept that families must understand before they start investing. That is, 1) You are at a major disadvantage if you are an amateur active trader, but ...

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Capitalism is Stronger than Shady Traders

I agree with a post Paul Krugman wrote about the unproductive nature of a lot of the financial trading activity these days.

When it comes to investing, there are a few point where I respect Krugman’s stance.

First, he doesn’t give stock picks. He is clear about saying macroeconomic analysis is often disconnected from the behavior of stocks and the overall stock market. He’s certainly right about that.

Second, he is quick to point out ...

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Profiting from the Next Grumpy Cat

Corporate power is often maligned these days. But last night, as I was being introduced to Grumpy Cat, the fact that corporations will get the lion’s share of revenue from this viral sensation was oddly comforting — almost quaint.

It was Sunday night, just before bed, and my two daughters had something they absolutely had to show me on the Internet. It was Grumpy Cat.

Grumpy Cat goes viral

This cat has become a viral online sensation because it happens ...

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