Is Starbucks the Great Pumpkin or Not? Earlier this month Starbucks fans were treated to the annual arrival of Pumpkin Spice Latte. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks most popular specialty beverage of all time and marks the return of autumn for many customers. Starbucks has significantly revamped the beverage this year because of pressure […]
Since the financial crisis, we have been inundated with the idea that the private sector is to blame for the misery that has befallen the American public.
Are the Investment Markets All Acting the Same? If you have thought to yourself recently that there seems to be a rise in the number of days when all stocks are going up or all stocks are going down, with large moves in either direction…
The US unemployment rate now stands at 5.1% – the lowest since 2008. Market weakness on Friday, September 4th is being attributed at least in part to the reality that with the unemployment rate now in the Federal Reserve’s target window…
“Almost every portfolio has them: stinkers, losers, former golden boys that have been knocked off their thrones, investments that beg for more money to follow the bad…”
This idea of “risk tolerance” may seem simple on the surface, but it’s not really. And when used by the brokerage and investment world, it is grossly over-simplified and misused. So, let me try and make some sense of it all. You may have been given a questionnaire with six or eight or ten questions […]
After 30+ years of a bull market in bonds, we are now at or near historically low interest rate levels. That’s also meant an increase in bond prices over the last 30 years.
If you start with $1,000,000 and lose $200,000 you’ve lost 20%. To get back even you need to make back $200,000…the same amount of money, but it requires a bigger percentage gain…25%. If you lose 50% of your portfolio, you need to gain 100% just to break even.