The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning, noting a decrease of 0.5% in the group’s seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending June 29. Mortgage loan rate movements were mixed last week.
One of the problems with investing in companies, says Nassim Taleb in his book Antifragile, is that the interests of investors and company executives aren’t always aligned.
Because executives earn a salary and bonuses that often dwarf the value of stock that they own in the company, they generally benefit more from the upside of taking risk without suffering as much downside. The harm....More>>>
Warren Buffett is known for being a long-term investor, and that’s one of the reasons why it’s so rare to see the Oracle of Omaha make major sales from his portfolio of publicly traded stocks at Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). Yet Buffett also isn’t afraid to admit when he’s made mistakes. More frequently, when better investing opportunities come along, he’s....More>>>
Cryptocurrencies burst onto center stage in 2017, delivering what might very well be historic gains. For the year, the aggregate value of all digital currencies soared from a starting value of $17.7 billion to an ending value of roughly $613 billion. That works out to an increase of more than 3,300%! By comparison, the stock market has historically gained 7% a year, inclusive of dividend reinvestment....More>>>
Our newest recommendation offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for a wide range of customers, explains Nicholas Vardy, editor of Vardy’s Alpha Algorithm.
UnitedHealth Group (UNH) also provides Medicaid plans, health care programs and health services through a network of one million physicians and healthcare professionals at some 6,000 hospitals and other facilities.
At this point, the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show could be renamed Android-palooza, and few would complain. Though the product announcements made at MWC, which takes place this week in Barcelona, are by no means limited to Android hardware, it’s clearly now the biggest event of the year for showcasing new devices running on Alphabet/Google’s (GOOGL) mobile....More>>>
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) will report its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the biggest trend to watch for is the continued growth of digital revenue as a percentage of total revenue.
Digital revenue growth
Continued growth in full-game downloads, mobile games, and extra content has helped EA grow digital revenue and expand....More>>>
Blue-chip companies rightfully make up the bulk of most people’s investment portfolios. These large-cap firms possess considerable industry leverage, as well as a vast sum of financial resources. Their status and importance to the underlying economy means that they are the least likely to crumble, regardless of external pressures. Ultimately, blue chips provide the confidence and stability....More>>>
SOFIA, Bulgaria The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop threating it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss trade but not at gun-point.
In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on impo
Every day, Wall Street analysts upgrade some stocks, downgrade others, and "initiate coverage" on a few more. But do these analysts even know what they're talking about? Today, we're taking one high-profile Wall Street pick and putting it under the microscope...
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If you're not familiar with how Social Security works, you might assume that there's a single age at which eligible recipients have to file for benefits. Not so. You actually get an eight-year window to claim benefits that begins at age 62 and carries through until age 70. (Technically, you're no
The biopharma and drug supply chain sectors outperformed the market last week, even as Trump administration officials pressed the president's blueprint to lower drug prices, with tough rhetoric for drugmakers and public shaming of pharmaceutical firms for supposedly blocking competition.