Human Events

What’s the Favorite Book of the World’s Top Traders?

Ask the world’s top investors which book on investing influenced them the most, and they will likely mention “Securities Analysis” by Graham and Dodd. Published in 1934 and widely considered the bible of value investing, “Securities Analysis” is the safest “politically correct” choice. After all, …

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A Defensive Underlying Bid Fuels Appetite for Yield

When headlines cross the tape that the S&P 500 is pressing up against a new all-time high, it is important to note that five big-cap tech stocks make up around 12% to 13% of the index and are doing much of the heavy lifting. Shares …

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Fox News’ Parent Avoids Big Drop in Stock Price after Cutting Loose Bill O’Reilly as Advertisers Fled

The stock price of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (Nasdaq:FOX) proved resilient once its leaders chose to send highly rated Fox News host Bill O’Reilly away with a rich severance package reported to be as high as $25 million, after allegations of sexual harassment against him …

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Trump Courts Disaster Again, This Time with Tax Reform

“A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.” — Ben Franklin “For tax reform, keep it simple.” — Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer and Steve Moore Ben Franklin is famous for saying “Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes.” But some …

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Buying Investment-Grade U.S. Bonds

Investment-grade bonds have been surprisingly strong performers this year in defiance of conventional wisdom. One way to take advantage of rising bond prices is through the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that focuses on investment-grade U.S. bonds. As its …

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Your Choice: A Green America Or A Brown America

In celebration of Earth Day this Saturday, let’s review how the Sierra Club sold its soul and screwed the Earth for a $100 million donation. They must hate themselves for it, so why shouldn’t we hate them, too? After Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act began …

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Three Smart Beta Exchange-Traded Funds to Beat the S&P 500

Back in 2012, smart beta investment products stood at the cutting edge of investment innovation. Fast-forward five years and smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are among the most popular products in the investment world. Their growth has been impressive. ETFdb.com tracks over 500 smart beta …

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Delays on Trump Agenda Temper Investor Expectations

It has become rather clear this past week that President Trump has grossly miscalculated his ability to change things up in Washington with the kind of speed a multi-billion dollar merger can be put together President Trump quickly is walking back and dialing down on …

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United Airlines’ Stock Price Slammed after CEO Defends Violence against Passenger

United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) took the biggest blow to its stock price not from removing a paid passenger off a flight to open a seats for company employees but after its CEO defended a policy that allowed the customer to be bloodied and pulled off the …

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When Will the Music Stop on Wall Street?

“Our study reveals that the risk-takers who optimistically invested in equities [the stock market] were the group who triumphed in the long run.” — “Triumph of the Optimists” (2002), p. xi. I asked Jeremy Siegel last week if anyone has written a book on foreign …

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