October Surprise

Corporate results are one of the key indicators of economic growth. But, after consecutive quarters of near-record profit growth, companies are starting to lower expectations. With third-quarter earnings coming up in the next few weeks, US companies are cutting their...

The Shady World of Pink Sheets and Non-Tradeable Investments

There are stocks that are listed and trade on the main exchanges and then, there are Pink Sheets stocks or Penny stocks. These are speculative stocks that should legitimately represent a share of ownership in a company that is not yet list on public exchange. Pink...

Chasing Returns

Earlier this week, one of the most venerated venture capital (VC) firms – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced that it is splitting in two, a surprise rupture that reflects the struggle to balance making smaller bets on young startups and major...

Gone in smoke

By now, almost everyone has heard the latest in a series of weird behaviors from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. Earlier this week, he went on a video podcast to discuss technology and ended up taking a “hit” i.e. smoked a joint violating very publicly the rules that he...

Here come the fat bonuses once again

Earlier this week, Merrill Lynch announced that it is nixing a ban on charging commissions in retirement accounts, marking a reversal for the Wall street brokerage that just a few years ago said fee-based services are better for clients. It is now clear that the...

 Broken Biz But Not for the CEO

The worst kept secret in retailing is that Sears is going under and will eventually be relegated to the history books. Earlier this week, Sears Holdings Corp. provided a list of 46 unprofitable stores, across 28 states, that it will close in November. The number...

Onto Boring Stocks

Following a wild week in which the VIX (Volatility Index) had two 10 percent spikes, and high-priced tech stocks whipsawed, the move to safety has begun. With the markets getting choppy, despite the prospect of further upside, investors are slowly but surely moving...

And now, for a few more moments with Warren Buffett

Even as the major stock indices head toward all time highs despite the geopolitical issues that are hitting the news almost everyday, there is one person who appears to be taking a more sanguine approach. The sage – Warren Buffett, who rarely ever reveals what...

Damage tariffs have done to Emerging Markets

Ever since Trump started the rhetoric around tariffs, emerging markets stocks, bonds and currencies have been selling off with issues ranging from global political uncertainty to currency headwinds. Two popular emerging market ETFs – Vanguard (VWO) and iShares...

Smells fishy!

Dozens of meal-kit options are now on the market, but none of them are profitable and many are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The pressure is growing for the larger players – Blue Apron Holdings Inc., HelloFresh and others. Earlier this month, one of them...
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