Stock Markets
We cover the debt and loan markets, stock markets, bond markets, and commodities to brink you up-to-date information you may use in guiding your investment decisions. Our macro coverage includes overnight short-term loan rates, national and global debt levels, and all key economic indicators. No matter your investment choices, always exercise caution in the use of borrowed money to create leverage; while your margin loan fueled gains may be magnified, so will your losses.

Ominous Omens Build for a Stock Market Crash

Stock market crashes destabilize economies and make investors leery. When they happen, a recessionary period marked by slow economic growth usually follows. Because the markets face continuous exposure to risk, it’s tough to predict crashes. They are also impossible to avoid. In the past, stock market crashes have sent industry experts and investors searching for
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Calix, MaxLinear, First Interstate | Three IPOs doing well today

The initial public offering of a company is usually a very closely and carefully watched event. Today, three separate company IPOs have gone very well. Calix Networks, MaxLinear and First Interstate BancSystem have all shown better-than-expected stock earnings. Calix and MaxLinear are both companies focused on internet infrastructure and are doing very well on the

Volatile stock market driven by impulsive investor fears

The stock market forged ahead last week on news that the consumer confidence index rose. The markets went into reverse a short time later when the Fed released minutes from its latest meeting. The markets rose again on Wednesday, this time on data showing growth in American and Chinese manufacturing output.  This late burst of

Slow Economy Speeds up Worry

A Slow Recovery Reports dated 12/22/2009 state that the US economy is recovering at a rate of 2.2% over the last quarter, but this was below the earlier predicted figure of 3%. There could be a number of reasons for this particular slowdown, but no explanation has been offered as to what this will mean
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Hedge fund manager John Paulson: Crook or guru?

Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet against the health of the U.S. housing market by funneling money into credit default swaps against subprime mortgages, which effectively ensured that as homeowners defaulted he would receive a massive cash advance on his investment in failure. Thanks to the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble and some shrewd
Stock market ticker board, possibly on quadruple witching day.

Quadruple Witching: the stock market seasons change

Today is Quadruple Witching day on the stock market – the day where all four of the major linchpins of the stock market — market index futures, market index options, stock options, and stock futures — all expire. This “quadruple witching” happens the third Friday of every March, June, September, and December, and like the
Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett defends Goldman Sachs, Ben Bernanke

Over the weekend, investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett came to the defense of embattled investment house Goldman Sachs.  Goldman has been under fire for some time, for the role it played in the Wall Street meltdown and the recession.  Buffet asserted that the fraud allegations and investigations are unwarranted.  He also came to the defense of

Understanding mutual funds

After surviving credit card debt and paying off cash advance loans, some begin to wonder what a mutual fund is and how they can go about investing in one. Wealth education means researching these questions and others in order to gain a clear understanding of how to make money grow. Knowing what a mutual fund

The Ford money machine churns out profits

With new models and a reputation on the upswing, Ford Motor Co. is running strong, reports Automotive News. On Jan. 28, Ford revealed numbers that prove that 2010 was the company’s most profitable year since 2000. It is the second straight year under CEO Alan Mulally that Ford has announced a profit. Getting a 48-cent
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Flash Trading | More Funny Business on Wall Street?

Taming the oily Wall Street beast Ask any investor what the last thing Wall Street needs is these days. There will be some variety in the answers you receive, but most anyone will agree that a stock market crash (always a bad thing) would be horrible right now. Particularly since America is barely beginning to