Stock Reviews

2013 Best Online Broker Survey – Is Your Stock or Options Broker in the Top 10

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Barron’s has released their 2013 broker survey and it was good to see that most of the online brokers I use and recommend made the list. What’s interesting is the continuing shift towards mobile trading, particularly on the iPad and other tablet devices, which are being used by more and more investors for their online trading needs. You can see this […]

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2 Stocks To Keep An Eye On For 2013

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The United States Federal Reserve Bank just announced another round of stimulus for the economy, and it looks like it will last until 2015, by the Fed’s estimates. The Federal Reserve issued a statement indicating it would keep rates near 0% until unemployment fell below 6.5%. More specifically, they plan on buying $45 billion in […]

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5 Reasons I am Buying Apple Over $500 and Before $1000

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On and off over the last 5 years I have been a holder of Apple stock (AAPL). While a simpler and probably more profitable strategy would have been to accumulate and hold the stock, I instead traded AAPL as it continued to rise and occasionally pullback. However, I am now going in for the long […]

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What to Do In Times of Stock Market Mayhem – Your 5 Step Sanity Checklist

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It seems like 2008 all over again as stock markets around the globe continue to free fall against the backdrop of slowing economic growth and sovereign debt fears. I wrote a couple of posts back in ’08 on reacting to market volatility and it is eerily applicable to what we are going through today. The […]

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Don’t Trade Earnings For a Short Term Gain

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Short term traders love earnings season and much like all things investing, the opinions of what to do with earnings season are as varied as the direction of markets tomorrow. Although every trader says they’re making money, are they telling the truth? Is trading during earnings season really a profitable venture? Let’s narrow this down […]

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What Do Stock Buybacks Mean For a Company and Its Share Price

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The financial news media does it all of the time, don’t they? They assume that the millions of retail or part time investors know all of the terms used on a daily basis. When IBM announced another stock buyback, the financial news channels reported it leaving investors unsure of what that will mean for their […]

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Banks to Increase Dividends. Financial Stocks to Benefit Include JPM, BAC, WFC, GS, USB, STT and BNY

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The Federal Reserve will soon allow banks with strong enough capital cushions to raise dividends, making them much more attractive to local and foreign investors. Only banks that satisfy new capital requirements from global regulators (Basel III) and domestic regulators (Dodd-Frank), will be able to raise dividends.  The potential for a significantly increase dividend payout  […]

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10 Blue Chip Stocks Offering Strong Growth and Dividend Protection

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With the economic outlook uncertain to say the least, investors are now looking ahead to what the best stocks next year could be.  Investors need to ensure that they still have growth in their portfolios to deal with inflation and higher taxes, while also picking stocks that protect their portfolio from any domestic or international […]

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Cash Rewards on Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) Earnings With No Credit Card Needed

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Going into the earnings season, credit card transaction processing companies like Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) have been hit pretty hard due to adverse impacts of the recently approved financial reform regulation which limits the interchange fees they can charge banks and merchants for card transactions.  However the actual regulation in the financial reform bill was […]

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The Best Online Brokers For Stocks and Option Trading – Review and Ratings

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If you are thinking of investing in the rising stock market or just looking to start an IRA then you need an online broker. In today’s online world there are lots of good choices, but the key things to look for are still around cost, convenience and customer support. Luckily Barron’s, the leading investment magazine […]

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