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  • CalPERS, NYC pensions urge Exxon investors to back climate measure

    05/11/2016 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2016 | By Terry Wade
    Pension fund chiefs from California and New York City urged Exxon Mobil shareholders on Wednesday to back a measure that would force the company to finely detail how its business will be impacted as governments move to tackle climate change. CalPERS investment director Anne Simpson and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer also said in a letter they would engage other shareholders as they push the world's largest publicly-traded oil company to say more about how its revenues, reserves and operations could be hurt by the Paris Agreement that governments signed in December to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Their...
  • The Chicago Stock Exchange is being sold to a Chinese-led investor group

    02/05/2016 11:04:19 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 5, 2015 | Portia Crowe
    CHICAGO--The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (CHX) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group (the 'Casin Group'). The Board of Directors of CHX has unanimously approved the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2016. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
  • 60 Reasons Why Oil Investors Should Hang On

    01/26/2016 3:50:48 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies ^ | 26-01-2016 | doyle
    Inventories will continue to rise, but the momentum is slowing. The following are some observations as to how we got here and how we’re gonna get out. 9 reasons why oil has taken so long to bottom: 1. OPEC increased production in 2015 to multiyear highs, principally in Saudi Arabia and Iraq where production between the two added 1.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) to inventories after the no cut stance was adopted. 2. Russian production increased in 2015 to post Soviet highs. 3. Long planned Gulf of Mexico production began coming on in late 2015. 4. An overhang of...
  • Federal Court May Take Down Traders for “Spoofing” the Markets

    11/01/2015 7:43:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/1/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Are small, Mom & Pop traders who trust their hard earned dollars to Wall Street being abused? Does a bear wee wee in the woods? A very important trial just started in Chicago that will pull back the curtain on the hidden, high finance trading practice known as spoofing. What is spoofing? Well, the technique combines ultra-fast buys by brilliant computer geeks and smart money guys who make a ton of dough in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. One definition of spoofing says it’s “a fraudulent trading practice that occurs when a trader who owns...
  • China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages .... shorting stocks

    07/31/2015 6:42:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/07/31 | Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney
    China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages to find investors who are shorting stocks Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney Today at 6:06 PM HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) China is asking foreign and Chinese-owned brokerages in Hong Kong and Singapore to hand over stock trading records, sources with direct knowledge of the requests told Reuters, extending its pursuit of investors shorting Chinese stocks to overseas jurisdictions. Three sources at Chinese brokerages and two at foreign financial institutions said the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) had sought to identify traders and investors who had taken net short positions,...
  • The SEC Makes Believe It Regulates Wall Street

    04/30/2015 9:23:24 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 7 replies
    The SEC still hasnt stopped manipulative high speed traders from ripping off investors, even though the abuses have been self-evident for years to anyone paying attention. A series of events have brought the subject of high frequency trading abuses once again to the forefront of the financial news reportage. These events include: The recent arrest of Navinder Sarao, a British trader, who has been accused of being complicit in the infamous flash crash that occurred five years ago. Within minutes, the May 10, 2010 incident sent the Dow tumbling almost 1000 points before it recovered, sending shockwaves throughout our financial...
  • Icahn, Soros, Druckenmiller, And Now Zell: The Billionaires Are All Quietly Preparing For The Plunge

    09/04/2014 6:50:17 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9-4-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 09/03/2014 "The stock market is at an all-time, but economic activity is not at an all-time," explains billionaire investor Sam Zell to CNBC this morning, adding that, "every company that's missed has missed on the revenue side, which is a reflection that there's a demand issue; and when you got a demand issue it's hard to imagine the stock market at an all-time high." Zell said he is being very cautious adding to stocks and cutting some positions because "I don't remember any time in my career where there have been as many wildcards floating out there that...
  • Smith & Wesson Can Still Defy the Odds

    12/10/2013 4:58:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Spencer Jakab
    Ahead of the Tape Smith & Wesson Can Still Defy the Odds By Spencer Jakab Updated Dec. 10, 2013 12:17 a.m. ET America's largest gun maker will get some extra attention this week. Four days after it unveils fiscal second-quarter results on Tuesday, the nation will mark the anniversary of last December's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. The shooting's effect on Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.'s SWHC -0.08% financial fortunes shows how wrong the market's initial reaction was. The stock fell sharply as the grisly details of the rampage emerged, but it has bounced back by 58% since its trough...
  • [VANITY] Happy Enterprise Day!

    09/01/2013 10:39:35 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 4 replies
    September 2, 2013 | Self
    To Conservatives, today is Enterprise Day when the job creators -- the risk takers and investors -- put it all on the line for the uniquely American way of free enterprise and letting the marketplace rule. Through hard work, intelligence and innovation, the makers are those to be honored today.Instead a DemonRAT president, Grover Cleveland, chose to set aside a day to pay tribute to the socialist union goons of the labor movement. Along with its evil twin, the minimum wage, union thugs have deliberately put brakes on the American economic engine.
  • Obama Strengthens George Soros' Oil Interests In Brazil

    03/21/2011 9:02:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    check ^ | 3/18/11 | Dr B
    Obama left his lush golf get-aways and NAACP basketball sprees to depart for a Brazilian vacation. ... Obama abandoned the victims of genocide in Libya to help America's oil opposition. Why? Out with Western oil, in with Russian and Brazilian oil. Is it just coincidence that George Soros sold his Western oil stock and bought stock in Russia and Brazilian oil companies, about three months ago ? ... Last March, Soros invested in airport screeners. How did he know to do that? Insider info!
  • Surprise: investors shifting resources to avoid tax hikes next year

    12/11/2012 9:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the difference between static and dynamic tax analysis? The former posits that tax changes produces no change in market behavior, so that hiking taxes by 10% gets you 10% more in revenue. The latter assumes that changes in tax codes forces markets to adapt, so that rate hikes risk lowering revenues, and lowering rates in certain ways can produce a better revenue stream, especially over the long run. Republicans favor the latter analytical method, while Democrats insist that tax cuts “cost” revenue opportunities and cause deficits.Which is correct? Well, the Washington Post reports on a lot of dynamic activity...
  • Guns, Gold And Four More Years

    11/13/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Most conservatives believe that the re-election of President Barack Obama is going to bring dire economic circumstances over the next four years, which could possibly drive the Nation into total collapse.The belief is likely not far-fetched considering the current state of affairs in American economics as the United States hurls toward a “fiscal cliff” which will combine rising tax rates and government shutdowns, the government prepares to raise its debt limit again to the tune of $2.4 trillion and the number of Americans out of work continues to trend at dismal levels.All of the ominous headlines about the shape of...
  • Why Shale Gas will Exceed the Hype

    11/12/2012 10:26:11 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 11/09/2012 | James Stafford
    Risk perception isnt what it used to be. Ask the swelling ranks of Canadian junior oil and gas companies braving high-risk venues like Sudan, Iraq and even Yemen. Technological advances and the shale revolution are making risk easier to digest. And political risk is no longer limited to developing countries. Plus, risk is increasingly relative: Ask anyone whos been caught up in the politics of the Keystone pipeline. Sudan is a case in point. While instability and a very fragile peace with South Sudan remains a threat, there is also growing optimism. The philosophy is this: Sudan and South Sudan...
  • Our Greek Tragedy

    10/17/2012 6:55:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 17, 2012 | John Myers
    Regardless of who the President is after this close election, the equity markets and the U.S. economy are in trouble. Debt has spread throughout the Western world. The fallout is political dissonance, growing economic hardship and, in some places, mob violence.Ground zero for the spreading fear and panic is Greece, which was once the world’s greatest civilization and the birthplace of democracy, poetry and philosophy.There is violent evidence of the contradiction from what the ancients taught and what is unraveling in Greece. It would all just be another boring story at the end of the news day, except there is...
  • EU: French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" Hollande

    10/15/2012 10:17:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/15/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown hurricane as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the countrys business federation has warned. Francois Hollande is tightening fiscal policy by 2pc of GDP next year to meet EU deficit targets The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic, said Laurence Parisot, head of employers group MEDEF. The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. Its becoming really dramatic. MEDEF, Frances equivalent of the CBI,...
  • French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" Franois Hollande

    10/16/2012 6:51:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown hurricane as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the countrys business federation has warned. The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic, said Laurence Parisot, head of employers group MEDEF. The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. Its becoming really dramatic. MEDEF, Frances equivalent of the CBI, said the threat has risen from a storm warning to a hurricane warning, adding that the Socialist...
  • How Would Candidates Tax Plans Affect Investors?

    10/15/2012 3:24:23 AM PDT · by Son House · 3 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Daniel Wagner
    With the outcome of next months presidential election increasingly hazy, heres a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income such as stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change. Whether rates rise or fall could affect the prices of some dividend-paying stocks, experts say. Some, mainly Republicans, believe that lower rates would boost the economy and lift markets. Under the current system, people pay the government 15 percent on most dividends and capital gains, the profits from selling investments. Both candidates proposals would divide taxpayers into two categories: Those who...
  • Risk (Even Further) Off as Investors Await Government Stimulus

    05/19/2012 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Son House
    Asset International Inc. ^ | May 16, 2012 | Elizabeth Pfeuti
    Large investors have retreated further into their shells this month as they await action from governments around the world to kick-start economic growth and prevent collapses in the Eurozone, a survey has shown. Over a third of investors responding to the monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey said they were taking lower than normal risks in their portfolios. This was a significant shift from around a fifth of investors agreeing with this statement last month - which was already low. The BoA Merrill Lynch Risk and Liquidity Composite indicator, which measures market sentiment, has fallen below its...
  • Sitting Out Obama (The president has investors scared stiff)

    04/30/2012 6:10:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We recently saw lots of sit-down strikes and demonstrations the various efforts in Wisconsin, the Occupy movements, and student efforts to oppose tuition hikes. None of them mattered much or changed anything. There is a sit-down strike, however, that has paralyzed the country and has been largely ignored by the media. Most economists since 2009 have been completely wrong in their forecasts, reminding us that their supposedly data-driven discipline is more an art than a science. After all, a great deal of money is invested and spent or not based largely on perceptions, hunches, and emotions rather...
  • Investors flee Carbonite after Limbaugh announcement

    03/06/2012 3:13:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/6/12 | Jeff Poor
    On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his companys website declaring that Carbonite had decided to withdraw advertising from Rush Limbaughs radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse: Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse. However, it hasnt done much...
  • Dumb money keeping stocks afloat, catching the end of rally: Analyst

    02/19/2012 11:26:37 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 5 replies
    The ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael Baron
    'Dumb Money' Keeping Stocks Afloat: Analyst By Michael Baron 02/17/12 - 09:38 PM EST6 Comments Add Comment NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It wasn't the improvement in initial jobless claims or the growing likelihood that Greece will get another round of bailout money and stave off default that drove the stocks higher this week. And no, it wasn't Jeremy Lin either. Rather it was the so-called dumb money, according to Mark Arbeter, chief technical strategist at S&P Capital IQ, who was calling for a timeout for this rally a week ago. The bullishness just got to be too much to resist....
  • Low Voltage: Obama Failure as Investor-in-Chief

    02/01/2012 10:32:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 1, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Even before he took the oath of office, Barack Obama embraced the financial crisis of 2008. In the words of his then Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and Obama saw the recession as an opportunity for him to play investor picking winners and losers with hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars. This was his moment to transform the American economy to match his vision for a brave new world. Lavishing billions on green technology was high on Obamas list of favorites. In just three years, his Administration has pumped $80 billion into...
  • The BIG money behind Romney [Romney's top contributors]

    12/28/2011 3:16:41 PM PST · by Antoninus · 20 replies ^ | 12/28/2011 | Antonius
    I'm not sure if this has been posted on Free Republic. I am posting in case it hasn't been. Here are the top 20 contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign: Goldman Sachs $367,200 Credit Suisse Group $203,750 Morgan Stanley $199,800 HIG Capital $186,500 Barclays $157,750 Kirkland & Ellis $132,100 Bank of America $126,500 PriceWaterhouseCoopers $118,250 EMC Corp $117,300 JPMorgan Chase & Co $112,250 The Villages $97,500 Vivint Inc $80,750 Marriott International $79,837 Sullivan & Cromwell $79,250 Bain Capital $74,500 UBS AG $73,750 Wells Fargo $61,500 Blackstone Group $59,800 Citigroup Inc $57,050 Bain & Co $52,500 What does this tell you? Well,...
  • Federal Judge Grabs Bank Of America's $8.5 Billion Settlement

    10/21/2011 9:08:18 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/19/2011 @ 9:48PM | Nathan Vardi, Forbes Staff
    A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the approval process for Bank of Americas $8.5 billion mortgage put-back settlement should be moved to federal court, making it more vulnerable to attack from investors and public officials. William Pauley, a federal judge in Manhattan, said the case must be heard in federal court because it implicates core federal interests in the integrity of nationally chartered banks and the vitality of the national securities markets. Bank of America in late June struck the $8.5 billion deal with 22 big institutions like BlackRock that had invested in Countrywides mortgage-backed securities and claimed that...
  • 'There Aren't Many Places to Hide' for Investors

    10/05/2011 9:58:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Street ^ | 10/05/2011 | Frank Byrt
    There's nowhere for investors to hide. No safe haven. The fourth-quarter kickoff yesterday saw the S&P 500 Index slip below 1,100 to a one-year low, while oil and commodities extended their declines in a sign global economies may be headed toward a recession. And in the third quarter, which ended Friday, 45 of 46 countries' stock indices posted declines, and U.S. stocks had their worst quarter in three years. More importantly, many of the issues that prompted those miserable performances remain unresolved, which bodes poorly for the stock market for the rest of the year. What analysts and investment advisers...
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    How can the government help me? This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. The land of opportunity is quickly becoming the nation of the needy. Heres a question I received from a reader just last week: I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...
  • BofA chief meets top US officials - WSJ

    08/11/2011 9:51:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/12/11 | Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore
    Aug 12 (Reuters) - Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan met privately this week with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo amid the campaign to calm investors and employees about the bank's share price fall, the Wall Street Journal reported. The separate meetings took place on Wednesday in Washington, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the situation. The intent of the meetings with the two top federal officials was for Moynihan to discuss issues related to housing, consumer spending and the U.S. economy, two people familiar with the meetings told the Journal.
  • Moo-ing Contest Held at State Fair

    08/11/2011 7:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS19 ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Melissa Daigle
    Some of the best cow impersonators let their best bovine bellow out yesterday. They got two chances to showcase their moo and were judged on realism, style and originality. The winner turned out to be an 18-year-old moo-er. He walks away with $1,000, a year's worth of free subs, a coveted cow print jacket, and a golden cowbell trophy.
  • Dollar to drop on S&P move; safe-haven demand seen

    08/07/2011 3:57:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 8/7/11 | Saikat Chatterjee
    The U.S. dollar may weaken and Treasury yields rise when Asian markets reopen on Monday, though any selling in response to ratings agency S&P's downgrade of the United States is likely to be tempered by the escalating crisis in the euro zone. The S&P cut in the U.S. long-term credit rating by a notch to AA-plus is an unprecedented blow and results from concerns about the nation's budget deficits and climbing debt burden. It called the outlook "negative," signaling another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months. "The initial reaction will be a high degree of uncertainty...
  • Debt Ceiling Dilemma: The Foul Choice Facing Investors

    07/28/2011 11:27:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/28/2011 | Chris Martenson
    For the record, I still believe that there will not be a breach of the debt ceiling and no overt default for the US. Things will be worked out in the nick of time, like they always are.However, the media is full of articles wondering about what investors might do in response to a US default and/or credit downgrade. What will happen to Treasury prices? Will they go down as investors dump them en masse in response to a credit downgrade forcing interest rates to climb?Its a big question and the most likely answer is No, not really. Partly because...
  • End of QE2 Has Some Investors Fearing Fall in June

    04/18/2011 1:05:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/18/2011 | Matthew Craft
    Could the financial markets be heading for a June swoon? The answer likely hinges on what happens after the Federal Reserve's $600 billion effort to boost the economy expires. Some investors warn that the end of the program, known as QE2, will upend the stock market and push other markets in unexpected directions. Under QE2, the Fed buys Treasurys from investors who can then put the money in stocks and other investments. Economists call it quantitative easing, and it is the second time the Fed has used the tactic. Since last August, when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke outlined the plan,...
  • A New Trend in Fracking Emerges: The Recovery Factor

    04/05/2011 4:21:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies ^ | 05/04/2011 | Keith Schaefer
    Lower costs. Higher oil and gas recoveries. That's how Dan Themig, President of Packers Plus a privately owned, Calgary-based fracking (completions) company describes an interesting new development in fracking... ...A development that spells bigger profits for energy producers... You see, Themig's new QuickFRAC product is one great example of a new trend in fracking one that gets away from the traditional horsepower model and into one a Recovery Factor (RF) model. (The RF approach looks to increase the amount of oil and gas recovered from a well. It's estimated that most wells recover just 5% -20% of...
  • Why Investors Can't Get More Cash Out of U.S. Companies

    02/19/2011 10:38:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Earlier this month, Microsoft borrowed $2.25 billion in unsecured debt. What in the world possesses a company with $40 billion in cash and short-term securities to go out and borrow money? Rock-bottom interest rates are one reason. But the bizarre, byzantine U.S. tax code seems to be another. Microsoft declined to comment on whether its recent borrowing was partly driven by tax considerations. But, like many purportedly cash-rich companies, Microsoft can't bring home much of its cash without writing a fat check to the Internal Revenue Service. Politicians have been carping about the more than $2 trillion in cash sitting...
  • Credibility Shaken, Hedge Funds Are Punished by Investors

    02/17/2011 3:00:53 PM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/17/2011 | Jesse Eisinger
    Now for a bit of good news: Rationality may be breaking out in the hedge fund world. Investors are punishing funds that have engaged in questionable behavior and balking at ever-escalating fees. Regulators are showing uncharacteristic backbone, insisting that they will not merely fight the last war when it comes to new rules. Thats a big change from the old way of doing business in hedge fund land, which was to reward failure and ignore problems. Think back to Long-Term Capital Management. The multibillion-dollar hedge fund imploded spectacularly in 1998, presaging much of the larger financial crisis a decade later....
  • SEC Charges Former IndyMac CEO and CFO With Securities Fraud

    02/12/2011 3:10:39 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/12/2011 | Ash Bennington
    The Securities and Exchange Commission filed securities fraud charges against three former IndyMac executivesincluding the former CEO and two former CFOs of the company. The SEC complaint alleges that the former IndyMac executives made false and misleading claims in the company's 2007 annual reportas well as in offering materials for a $100 million stock offering. The SEC press release summarizes: "In early February 2008, IndyMac projected that it would return to profitability and continue to pay preferred dividends in 2008 without having to raise new capital. In late February 2008, Perry and Keys knew that contrary to the rosy projections...
  • Novelty-seekers and investors can swipe credit card for gold at ATM in swanky Florida mall

    12/18/2010 2:17:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 17, 2010 | Kelli Kennedy (Associated Press)
    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Shoppers who are looking for something sparkly to put under the Christmas tree can skip the jewelry and go straight to the source: an ATM that dispenses shiny 24-carat gold bars and coins. A German company installed the machine Friday at an upscale mall in Boca Raton, a South Florida paradise of palm trees, pink buildings and wealthy retirees. Thomas Geissler, CEO of Ex Oriente Lux and inventor of the Gold To Go machines, says the majority of buyers will be walk-ups enamored by the novelty. But he says they're also convenient for more serious...
  • What a Republican Win Would Mean for Investors

    10/16/2010 10:33:41 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/16/2010 | Brett Arends
    The Republicans seem headed for victory in next month's elections. Pollsters say they are likely to take control of the House of Representatives, after a four-year gap, and they might even win control of the Senate. What might this mean for investors? It's still early. What we don't know about the future is probably more important than what we do know. But one thing seems clear: A Republican victory makes it even more likely that the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts will get extended, perhaps indefinitely. While President Barack Obama and the Democrats want to extend the cuts for...
  • Investors, Brace Yourselves for Tax Hikes

    09/26/2010 3:26:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies · 1+ views ^ | Sep 26, 2010 | William Ehart
    As if battered investors needed more abuse, they are in for a rude awakening at the end of the year. SNIP The most dramatic change will be in the taxation of dividends. Who doesn't love big, stable dividend-paying companies in these uncertain times? Well, you may have to adjust your portfolio as the tax on dividends will rise from the current Bush-era maximum capital gains rate of 15% to a Clinton-era maximum income-tax rate of 39.6%. While Obama had proposed a 20% tax on dividends as an alternative, that now appears unlikely given budget rules enacted by Congress. Speaking of...
  • The 'Rich' Have Another Name: 'Employers'

    09/10/2010 2:18:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    The LA Times proudly proclaims, "Obama blasts continued tax cuts for the rich!" But every time you hear leftists refer to "the rich," remember that "the rich" are also known by these other terms: employers, investors, the self-reliant, self-starters. Attacking "the rich" is a direct assault on the people who invest and employ. Hate the rich if you must, but don't force them into poverty or offshore solutions. If you hope to bankrupt the rich, you have only seen the beginning of the economic collapse to come. From the LA Times article: "President Obama drew a sharp contrast with Republicans...
  • Who Are The Biggest Bubble-Makers? (HINT: They are not investors)

    09/08/2010 8:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/08/2010 | Jim Powell
    Amid signs that another financial bubble might be in the making — this time involving U.S. Treasury bonds priced at about 100 times their yield — it would be helpful to review what one might call bubble dynamics. That’s the subject of a new book, Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economics professor who famously warned about the housing bubble that began to break in 2007. He discusses “how and why markets fail.” He blames the financial meltdown on “the mantra of free markets” and “decades of free market fundamentalism.” He declares that “in the future, central...
  • Gold, silver rise as investors seek safer assets

    08/31/2010 2:02:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/10 | AP
    Wary investors are buying gold and silver despite signs of improving home sales and consumer confidence in the U.S. Gold for December delivery rose $11.10 to settle at $1,250.30 an ounce Tuesday, its highest level in about two months. Silver also settled higher. A new report shows consumer confidence is improving but concerns about unemployment linger. Another report says home sales are better, but much of the improvement was traced to government tax credits. The economic worries also are causing energy prices to retreat, while grains are mixed.
  • No One's Capital Is Safe in Obama's America (Message to Investors -- Keep Your Money Out of USA)

    07/01/2010 6:59:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 07/01/2010 | Claude Sandroff
    Obama's poorly coded message to investors is to take your money out of America and keep it out. Whether through excessive taxation, suffocating over-regulation, or thuggish confiscation, the lesson to be drawn by anyone with excess capital is to look for friendlier places to put it to work. The list of friendlier places excludes North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran for the time being, but almost everywhere else qualifies. Russia's president spent several days in Silicon Valley recently looking for adventurous investors and came away with a $1B commitment from Cisco Systems. For Cisco, sitting on a cash hoard of...
  • RBS: Equity Investors Are The "Worst Cult In History," Prepare For The "Cliff Edge"

    06/30/2010 6:06:05 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-30-2010 | The Pragmatic Capitalist
    RBS: Equity Investors Are The "Worst Cult In History," Prepare For The "Cliff Edge" The Pragmatic Capitalist Jun. 30, 2010, 4:59 AM Ive read some alarming research in recent weeks and months, but this one takes the cake. RBS is sounding the alarm on risk assets with a call that markets are at risk of falling off the edge of the cliff. They refer to equity investors as the worst cult in history.which has no basis in fact, or history, but yet seems universally accepted. (Theres actually a strange truth in that comment). They believe the current downturn could very...
  • Schwarzenegger Flexes Muscle for Moscow, While Obama Ignores Warnings from Russian Dissidents

    06/29/2010 2:37:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    "SCHWARZENEGGER FLEXES MUSCLE FOR MOSCOW, WHILE OBAMA IGNORES WARNINGS FROM RUSSIAN DISSIDENTS" International News Analysis Today June 29, 2010 By Toby Westerman SNIPPET: "California governor, and former film superhero, Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to lead a trade mission to Russia and assist "in any way possible" Russia's drive to develop its own high tech "Silicon Valley." U.S. president Barack Obama has also promised his backing in facilitating the flow of U.S. technology to Russia. The eager participation of Schwarzenegger and Obama in exporting U.S. technological capabilities came during Russian president Dmitry Medvedev's three day visit (June 22-24) to the United...
  • Why Uranium Will Make Someone Rich

    06/17/2010 11:40:08 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies · 307+ views ^ | 06/16/2010 | Dave Forest
    Uranium is a very unusual sector. For one, it's small. So small, that at one point in history top-producing nations like Canada and France tried to form a uranium cartel to control prices for the metal. The "uranium OPEC" failed. But production today is de facto controlled by a handful of companies. Consider this. The world's top ten uranium mines account for 59% of global production. (The top mine, Saskatchewan's McArthur River, alone puts out 15% of the world's supply.) This is very concentrated, compared to other sectors. In the copper sector, the top ten mines turn out just 30%...
  • Investor Fund Flows Have Never Been This Bearish Since Lehman Collapsed

    06/06/2010 8:42:37 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 530+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-6-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Investor Fund Flows Have Never Been This Bearish Since Lehman Collapsed Vincent Fernando, CFA Jun. 6, 2010, 8:45 AM It's a bit of a surprise that stocks didn't fall further. The last four weeks were actually the worst 1-month outflows since Lehman collapsed in 2008, as shown below in red: From a fund flow perspective, investors in mutual funds have now pulled money out of U.S. stocks during 2008, 2009, and now year-to-date in 2010. To us this should be read as a substantial contrarian indicator. The investor panic was enormous during the last four weeks, and on a multi-year...
  • BP seeks to reassure investors over oil spill cost

    06/01/2010 8:22:31 PM PDT · by mlocher · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters via ^ | June 1, 2010 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - BP will seek to patch up its battered share price by reassuring investors the cost of cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is manageable and will not affect dividends, British media reported on Wednesday. The oil major's Chief Executive Tony Hayward will tell investors in a call this week the cost of the clean up -- that has so far spiralled to nearly $1 billion -- can be easily absorbed by cash generated from its operations around the world, the Daily Mail said. BP's failure to stop the oil spill prompted a plunge...
  • Sophisticated investor debate takes on a new dimension

    05/12/2010 9:48:20 AM PDT · by mlocher · 7 replies · 203+ views
    FinancialTimes via ^ | May 7, 2010 | Gillian Tett
    This year I wrote a column that argued it was time to start a debate about the definition of sophisticated investor. That was sparked by a saga bubbling in Italy, where investment banks have flogged numerous derivatives trades to local governments, and other entities (including convents) - and some of the deals are now turning sour, sparking law suits. Now, however, this issue of investor sophistication has become doubly fraught, for reasons that have nothing to do with Italian nuns. Earlier this week, two Democratic senators filed an amendment to the US financial reform bill, that seeks to impose a...
  • Bond-Buyers Voting against Obamanomics

    04/19/2010 3:35:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 542+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    It's getting harder to trust Washington's numbers. There was, for example, the not insignificant matter of fuzzy health care budgeting. How it was possible for the CBO to budget six years of health care spending based on ten years of revenues is still a puzzle to me. There was also the little matter of restoring a 22% cut in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for physicians, a problem solved by shifting the expense to a separate bill. Then there was the odd coincidence of the autumn Labor Department jobs numbers coming in above what private-sector economists estimated they would be just...
  • Angry Schwab bond-fund customers win in court

    04/11/2010 7:17:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 560+ views
    cnn ^ | April 10, 2010 | Lisa Gibbs
    Charles Schwab lost a big court decision last week in a case that has significance for investors in mutual funds. A federal judge ruled that Schwab violated the law when its YieldPlus (SWYSX) ultra-short bond fund failed to get shareholder approval before loading up on mortgage-backed securities. When the market for those securities collapsed, the fund lost 36% a nasty surprise for investors who believed that YieldPlus was a safe alternative to cash. Left to decide is the amount of damages the investors should receive; lawyers say California investors alone lost about $170 million, the rest about $800 million....