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How Investors Can Make the Most of Earnings Season

“One of the key backdrops for investors is understanding the economic environment, and in these earnings results we are also looking for “real deal” data points on the economy” writes Chris Versace for thestreet.com. In recent writings, we shared that beginning this past week, the frequency of company reports skyrocket as we once again contend with earnings season.That means sifting through the litany of earnings reports and corresponding earnings conference calls and assessing numerous data points to determine those vectors and velocities.On its earnings call, CSX shared that its total…

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There’s a catalyst that could spark a new stock market rally, and it has to do with DC

“He likes small cap stocks, noting the group could emerge as big winners if tax reform is ultimately passed” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “Right now, we think non-U.S. developed equities look modestly more attractive than U.S. equity markets,” Gordon said, citing better valuations.He believes the odds of a Republican tax reform plan becoming a reality is rising, and the markets may just be starting to realize it. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Rio investors urge ‘strong response’ to fraud charges

“Investors are pressing for reassurance about corporate governance at Rio Tinto after the mining giant was hit with fraud charges by the US markets regulator last week” writes Jon Yeomans for telegraph.co.uk. Glass Lewis, one of the world’s biggest shareholder advisory groups, said it expected “a strong response” from the Rio Tinto board and its incoming chairman on how it would prevent future corporate scandals.It also urged the FTSE 100 group to shake up its audit committee, which monitors its financial reporting, and counts two of Rio’s longest-serving directors –…

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The US dollar could rally further

“If tax reform momentum can be sustained over the balance of this year and into next, further gains are likely for the dollar” writes Roger Hallam for businessinsider.com. Investors who want to remain overweight emerging market currencies would benefit from diversifying their funding base towards other developed market currencies, to mitigate the impact of a potentially resurgent US dollar.What to do in an environment where both the dollar and euro appear attractive, albeit for different reasons?. Much of the medium term outlook for the US dollar hinges on the delivery…

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Top ICO List Launches New Design to Improve ICO Discovery Process for Investors

“Top ICO List has released new website design (version 2.0) to aid investors discover the best initial coin offerings” reports newsbtc.com. Start discovering the best initial coin offerings by visiting Top ICO List.Top ICO List helps investors discover the best ICOs to invest in.Top ICO List is a regularly updated initial coin offering list where you can find the best upcoming ICO to keep your eye on, invest in the best currently active ICOs or simply check out past ICOs and how they performed. Source: newsbtc.com Share This:

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SoftBank’s big checks are stalling tech IPOs

“Increasingly, the big checks are coming from SoftBank, which in May closed a $93 billion investment fund” writes Alessandro Di Ciommo for cnbc.com. IPOs have fallen especially precipitously since 2014 – the year public market investors, including mutual funds, ramped up investment in private tech companies.Big cash infusions for startups from an ever-expanding group of financiers, led by SoftBank and Middle East sovereign wealth funds, have extinguished hopes that the technology IPO market would bounce back this year.Secondary transactions allow employees and investors to get some cash by selling to…

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‘It’s cool again to invest’: Americans are giddy about stocks as Dow tops 23,000

“Consider these stats: 63 percent of Americans believe the stock market will be higher a year from now” reports washingtonpost.com. If they missed only the five best market days, their portfolio would fall to just under $400,000.The U.S. stock market is soaring, as President Trump likes to point out on Twitter.Fifty-two percent of Americans have at least some money in stocks, according to data released in September from the Federal Reserve.Some worry that stock market euphoria is gripping the country. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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SoftBank Seen Climbing 36% as Son Clarifies Tech Vision

“Son has stepped up his deal-making since unveiling plans for a $100 billion investment fund, with backing from Saudi Arabia, Apple Inc. and others” writes unknown author for bloomberg.com. Chris Lane thinks investors haven’t quite gotten their heads around what Masayoshi Son is trying to do at SoftBank Group Corp.Investors still see SoftBank as primarily a telecommunications company, he says, even though its core business is investing in technology. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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‘The Trump trade has been reignited’ — analysts on what the Senate budget vote means for investors

“Tax reform is definitely back on – if it was ever off, thanks to the Senate approving of the Republican-backed budget Thursday night” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. Here is a roundup of what strategists and analysts are saying about the Senate vote and what it means for assets: “The Trump trade has been reignited, so it seems.In a late-night vote Thursday, the Republican-dominated Senate narrowly approved a budget blueprint for the next fiscal year, clearing a big hurdle for them to overhaul the tax code and enact tax cuts.The…

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Why are investors told to buy inflation protection, despite negligible risk since the recession?

“For those who want both an inflation hedge and higher returns, there are other options” writes Sunny Oh for marketwatch.com. The wealth-management industry continues to push clients to buy a product intended to hedge against inflation, an increasingly illusory threat.The interest payments of the bond are priced at the real yield, the interest rate adjusted for inflation.But the real yield is based on the breakeven rate, an estimate of how market participants expect inflation is likely to develop over the maturity of the bond. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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