Which Is The Best Stock Sector?

By Arie Goren:

Identifying the best performing sectors can help investors in selecting the stocks that are most likely to outperform the overall market. In the following study, I have compared the performance of the different stock sectors in the last fourteen years. In addition to the returns by price appreciation, I also looked i…

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Nonlinear Thinking: Wireless Doctors

The wireless revolution in the delivery of health care services is coming,  folks.  We’ve been all over this story.  Click here, here, and here. Scanadu is a new company with a mission to give consumers affordable medical care alternatives and to take more control of their own health.  The company is about to unveil three […]

The FHA may not need a bailout after all

As expected, the FHA is having a tough time with its mortgage insurance fund (the Capital Reserve Account), which moved into negative territory this year (about $16bn in the red). The agency simply hasn’t been charging enough for insurance on the extremely low down-payment (almost 30x leverage) mortgages it guarantees (see discussion). The media and …

Sprott: Shorts May Need To Deliver 40 Million Ounces Of Silver

Today billionaire Eric Sprott spoke with King World News about key players on the Comex that may be standing for delivery of as much as a staggering 40,000,000 ounces of silver. This is the second in a series of interviews with Sprott that will be released today which reveals what is going on behind the scenes with the increasingly desperate Western…

No Easy Money in Munis

The market for these tax-exempt bonds has gotten pricey and risky at the same time. Patient investors should be rewarded, while the hasty could be sorry.

Great Yield Gamble

Low interest rates are forcing investors to take outsize risks. Here are some better alternatives.

Getting Technical: Weekend Update

Nov 30, 2012 Serge Perreault  Here’s the latest weekend update from Serge Perreault, a Chartered Professional Accountant and market technician located near Montreal, Canada. Serge has been following the U.S. market in a series of weekly charts. Here is his update on the S&P 500.More…

Some things never change

As Democrats and Republicans face off over what to do about our trillion-dollar deficits—raise taxes or cut spending?—I can’t resist posting this page from the New York Daily News, dated Nov. 4th, 1949. This debate is as at least as old as I am.(click to enlarge)I provided some important and worthwhile long-term perspective on this issue a f…

QE3 update: modest increase in bank reserves

US bank reserves at the Fed grew about $27bn, with the “other” category showing up in reserves this week (as Lee Adler discussed earlier). Overall the pace of reserves growth is still quite modest on a relative basis (currently reserves are at the level of early September.) Further increases are expected in December as more MBS purchases settle.Bank …

For Stocks, an Up and Down Month

After a month when markets were whipsawed by the presidential election and worries about the “fiscal cliff,” shares ended not far from where they started.

Gold And The Potential Dollar Endgame Part 2: Paper Gold, What Is It Good For?

Authored by Dan Flynn and Joe Yasinski of Gold Bullion International,
Part 2 of 3: “Paper Gold, what is it really good for?”
In our first installment of this series we explored the concept of stock to flow in the gold markets being the key driver of supply/demand dynamics, and ultimately its price. To briefly summarize the STF concept, the “sto…

China PMI Rises But Misses Expectations For Fifth Month In A Row As Uncertainty Prevails

China’s Manufacturing PMI missed expectations, coming in at 50.6 relative to a slightly expansionary 50.8 expectation, and up down from the 50.2 prior. This is the fifth month in a row of missed expectations but it has now risen for three months in a row, to the highest level in 8 months; but has now hovered within 0.6pts of the expansion/contraction…

KKR Can’t Crack Japan’s Deal Club

The story of how KKR was shouldered aside in a bid to acquire chip maker Renesas underscores the hurdles private-equity firms face in Japan.

Bill Ackman: "Everything You Wanted To Know About Finance (Except JCP) In Under An Hour"

Whether you believe he is a one-hit-wonder or an investing wunder-kind, the following 44 minute clip from the activist investor (who is early, not wrong, on JCP, right?) provides investors with some indepth insights into what it takes to finance and grow a successful business and ‘how to make sound investments that will lead to a cash-comfy retiremen…

The Ultimate Fiscal Cliff Cheat Sheet Infographic

The Fiscal Cliff is the name given for the 2013 increase of Federal Government taxes and budget cuts. The Bush-era tax cuts expire and the 2013 “Budget Control Act” kicks in, among other budget cuts & new taxes. The Fiscal Cliff is set to reduce the 2013 US Government budget deficit by roughly half; will remove $607 Billion from economy (GDP), re…

Encouraging Liquidity in New ETFs

When it comes to newly-launched ETFs, low trading volume can sometimes be an issue, raising the total cost of ownership for investors. David Mann explains how a new rule proposal from NASDAQ and NYSE ARCA could change things for the better.