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Vanguard, the second largest asset manager in the U.S., expects higher risks and lower returns in financial markets next year.
“We anticipate a bit more volatility and an uptick in inflation in the year ahead, accompanied by more muted equity returns,” said Joseph Davis, Vanguard’s chief economist and investment strategy group head, in a statement accompanying the firm’s 2018 market outlook.
In what it termed it “most subdued” market outlook in a decade, Vanguard forecast a 3% to 5% return in U.S. equities — down sharply from the 10% annualized rate over the past 30 years — and a 5.5% to 7.5% gain in foreign equities. Fixed income assets are expected to return 2% to 3%.
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Moreover, Vanguard sees more downside risks in equities than in the bonds despite the expectations for higher inflation and greater odds of a market correction in the U.S. rather than overseas.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Rand Capital Corporation(RAND)
Rand Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in venture capital and private equity investments. The firm prefers to make investments in early venture, expansion stage, and in small to medium-sized privately held companies. The firm does not prefer to invest in real estate sector. It invests in companies that are engaged in the exploitation of new or unique products or services. It seeks to invest in companies based in the Western and Upstate New York region and its surrounding states with focus on Buffalo and Niagara region. The firm may invest in region within three to five hour drives from Western New York including Canada. It typically invests between $500,000 and $1.5 million and the total investment in rounds is between $1 million and $5 million. The firm seeks to invest up to maximum of $3 million total per company as part of follow-on investments. The firm seeks to be a lead investor in companies within its geographical area and participates in syndicate with other investors outside it. It prefers to invest in businesses that are unique or possess proprietary right. The firm prefers to be a minority investor and seeks to take a Board seat in its portfolio companies. It typically holds its investments for a period of five to seven years. Rand Capital Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Buffalo, New York.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
TheStreet upgraded shares of Rand Capital (NASDAQ:RAND) from a d+ rating to a c rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.
RAND traded up $0.02 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $2.99. The company had a trading volume of 252 shares, compared to its average volume of 122,866. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 315.33 and a current ratio of 315.33. Rand Capital has a 12 month low of $2.05 and a 12 month high of $3.60. The firm has a market cap of $18.88 million, a P/E ratio of 100.00 and a beta of 0.05.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: AMREP Corporation(AXR)
The Company1was organized in 1961 as an Oklahoma corporation and, through its subsidiaries, is primarily engaged in two business segments: the real estate business operated by AMREP Southwest Inc. (“AMREP Southwest”) and its subsidiaries and the Fulfillment Services business operated by Palm Coast Data LLC (“Palm Coast”) and its affiliates. Information concerning industry segments is set forth in Note 20 in the footnotes to the consolidated financial statements included in this annual report on Form 10-K.
As of July 1, 2016, the Company employed approximately 455 full time employees. The Company’s foreign sales and activities are not significant. Many of the amounts and percentages presented in this Part I have been rounded for convenience of presentation. All references in this Part I to 2016 and 2015 mean the Company’s fiscal years ended April 30, 2016 and 2015, unless otherwise qualified. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Alexco Resource (NYSEAMERICAN:AXU) (TSE:AXR) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Tuesday morning.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: MFS Intermediate Income Trust(MIN)
MFS Intermediate Income Trust (the Trust) is a diversified closed-end management investment company. The Trust seeks to preserve capital and provide high current income. It maintains a portfolio that includes investments in short and intermediate-term United States Government and foreign high-grade securities.
MFS Intermediate Income Trust’s portfolio includes non-United States Government bonds, mortgage-backed securities, the United States Government agency securities, the United States Treasury securities, emerging market bonds, commercial mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage-backed securities and high-grade corporate securities. The Trust can invest in foreign securities, including securities of emerging market issuers. The Trust’s investment advisor is Massachusetts Financial Services Company.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Private Advisor Group LLC acquired a new position in shares of MFS Intermediate Income Trust (NYSE:MIN) in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 84,181 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $322,000. Private Advisor Group LLC owned approximately 0.07% of MFS Intermediate Income Trust as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Resonant Inc.(RESN)
Resonant Inc., incorporated on January 19, 2012, is a late-stage development company. The Company creates filter designs for radio frequency (RF) front-ends for the mobile device industry. The RF front-end is the circuitry in a mobile device for analog signal processing and is located between the device’s antenna and its digital baseband. The Company uses a technology called Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) to configure and connect resonators, the building blocks of RF filters. Filters are components of the RF front-end used to select desired radio frequency signals and reject unwanted signals. The Company uses ISN to develop new classes of filter designs. The Company is also developing a series of single-band surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter designs for frequency bands.
The Company is developing multiplexer filter designs for over two bands to address the carrier aggregation (CA) requirements of its customers. In addition, the Company is also developing reconfigurable filter designs to replace multiple filters for multiple bands. The Company is also involved in the development of a filter reconfigurable between three bands.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Resonant Inc (NASDAQ:RESN) CEO George B. Holmes sold 7,000 shares of Resonant stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.69, for a total transaction of $25,830.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 262,481 shares in the company, valued at approximately $968,554.89. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Resonant Inc (NASDAQ:RESN) CFO Jeffrey A. Killian sold 5,870 shares of Resonant stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $3.69, for a total value of $21,660.30. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 80,307 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $296,332.83. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Resonant (NASDAQ:RESN)’s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at National Securities in a research note issued to investors on Monday. They currently have a $8.00 price objective on the semiconductor company’s stock. National Securities’ target price indicates a potential upside of 72.04% from the company’s current price.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) and Resonant (NASDAQ:RESN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and earnings.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: First Bank(FRBA)
First Bank provides various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company accepts various deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as commercial checking accounts. Its loan products include commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans, such as commercial real estate owner-occupied and investor, construction and development, and multi-family real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising residential mortgages, first and second lien home equity loans, and revolving lines of credit; and consumer loans, which consists of auto, personal, traditional installment, and other loans. The company also provides investment, Internet and mobile banking, electronic bill payment, banking by phone, ATM and debit cards, wire transfer, and automatic and ACH transfer services. As of February 17, 2016, it operated 10 full-service branches in Cranbury, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Lawrence, Randolph, Somerset, and Williamstown, New Jersey; and Trevose, Pennsylvania. First Bank was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Hamilton, New Jersey.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Media coverage about First Bank (NASDAQ:FRBA) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Bank earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the bank an impact score of 43.7118873805192 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) and Marlin Business Services (NASDAQ:MRLN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.