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Rome Burns – Nero Worries About Pyrophobia

The latest Muslim terrorist attack ripped apart little girls at a concert in Manchester, England, on Monday, killing 22. The death and body-part count is still rising. This is not a game. When young British girls are the targets of a suicide bombing, can we …

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5 Cellar Dweller ETFs to Avoid Like the Plague

In the investment business, advisors, pundits and brokers like to tell you about the stocks, sectors and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) lighting up the scoreboard with big gains. Hey, I understand that. After all, it’s fun to read about the big winners and to speculate as …

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Risk-Tolerant Investors May Like this High-Yield Fund

Compared to other bond-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs) covered in the last few weeks, the iShares iBoxx $ High-Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) invests in equities that carry heightened risk but offer enhanced potential returns. HYG is one of the biggest corporate bond funds available, with …

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What Chess Master Garry Kasparov’s Loss to IBM’s Deep Blue in 1997 Can Teach You about Trading in Today’s Markets

A specter is haunting today’s financial markets — the specter of “algorithmic trading.” Today, quantitative or algorithmic trading is responsible for more than half of the trading in U.S. stock markets. This development signals a fundamental shift in the character of financial trading. It marks …

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Will Washington’s Elite Shoot the Messenger Before the Economy Shifts?

While there is much ado about the why and how, President Trump’s agenda will be the goose that lays the golden economic egg. At the end of it all, the bullish case for stocks looks to be standing just fine, based on the assumption that …

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Which Way to Beat the Market: Long-Term Investing or Short-Term Trading?

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run — Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is known to host great boxing matches. On Tuesday, May 16, at …

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On Markets and Self-Made, Manufactured Crises

It is said that man is a being of self-made wealth and self-made soul. By “soul,” I mean a man’s conscious contents (and by “man” I mean human beings). So, when I see what looks to me to be a set of consistent self-made, self-inflicted …

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Every Time I Try To Be Mad At Trump, The Media Pull Me Back

Every time I try to be mad at Trump, the media reel me back in by launching some ridiculous, unprovoked attack. This time, it’s the fake news story about Trump “leaking” classified information to the Russkies. The president can’t “leak” classified information: It’s his to …

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Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF Offers Sustainable Income

This week’s featured exchange-traded fund (ETF) is Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV). As its name implies, BSV tracks shorter-term U.S. government, investment-grade corporate and investment-grade international dollar-denominated bonds. All of the bonds in BSV’s portfolio have maturities in the duration range of 1-5 years. With …

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Catching the Panda Express from China’s Internet Economy

As the warmth of the spring air takes hold across America, so too are investors warming up to the notion of the stock market building on its post-election gains. There is even a rising measure of expectation that stock market gains could accelerate as the …

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