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Stock Markets: Dow Gains 32% Under Trump Presidency

The latest rallies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average have placed the stock market benchmark firmly above the 26,000 handle.  This break of key psychological resistance suggests that the latest moves are the strongest since the Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). The stock market closed higher in all three of the major benchmarks, further strengthening the concept that investors are responding well to the pro-growth agenda that has been promoted…


Gold Prices: Precious Metals Rally to 5-Week Highs

The SPDR Gold Trust ETF is now trading at 5-week highs.  Stalling momentum in stock markets and the prospects of lower interest rates policies in the US suggest that precious metals could rally in the first half of 2018.  Generally speaking, there is a strong divergence between the activity that is seen in the stock markets and the precious metals markets so we will watch to see if this continues…


Entertainment Stocks: Disney Will Buy Marvel Comics for $4 Billion

Entertainment Stocks: Disney Will Buy Marvel Comics for $4 Billion Stock market activity continues to be sluggish in most sectors but we are now starting to see more activity in the consumer entertainment sector.  This month, we learned that Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) will buy Marvel Comics for $4 billion in a move to diversify its content base.  The company hopes to expand its outreach in age demographics in order…


China’s Move to Overthrow the Dollar: Will It Be a Success?

China’s Move to Overthrow the Dollar: Will It Be a Success? China is known as one of the fastest-growing major economies worldwide. Despite this, its currency is barely used in the global market, placing it just next to pound, euro, and yen. This year, the long-held desire of China to overthrow its competitors will likely get a boost. At present, China is considered to be the largest importer of oil…


AT&T: The Real Risk For Stock Investors

AT&T: The Real Risk For Stock Investors By Richard Cox Valuations in AT&T are now trading within striking distance of the 2015 lows. Heightened competition in mobile and diminishing demand for traditional cable services have only been exacerbated by the building concerns over the viability of potential deals in acquiring Time Warner. We believe the real risk here is that investors are so heavily positioned for a bullish outcome that…


Financial Stocks and Federal Reserve Monetary Policy

Bank of America: Financial Stocks and Federal Reserve Monetary Policy The financial sector is rallying strongly, and Bank of America is leading the pack higher.\ But all eyes are on US President Donald Trump in his next selection for leader of the Federal Reserve. These rallies could be at risk depending on the outcome, and shareholders in BAC could be some of the most deeply impacted if certain monetary approaches…


Stock Market Rallies Continue Setting New Records

Stock Market Rallies Continue Setting New Records By Richard Cox Stock markets have resumed their rallies after the summer sluggishness. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust could continue to benefit on multiple fronts. Donald Trump’s pro-growth agenda could get another shot in the arm once his Federal Reserve selections are finalized. Stocks are once again moving higher as markets have resumed their rallies after the summer period that was characterized by…


Medical Marijuana: Positive Growth Prospects and Investment Opportunities

Medical Marijuana: Positive Growth Prospects and Investment Opportunities Medical Marijuana Inc (OTC: MJNA) is the first cannabis company to be publicly traded in the United States. It is a diversified holding company that operates the industrial hemp sector and the legal medical cannabis industry.  It was incorporated in 2009 and is comprised of a well-positioned portfolio of cannabis brands that continues to expand and flourish.   From a broader investment…


Financial Markets: Securities Lending and Borrowing

Financial Markets: Securities Lending and Borrowing Securities or Stock Lending and borrowing (SLB) involves borrowing of shares by traders that they do not own.  Similarly, they can lend the stocks that they own but do not want to sell immediately.  SLB transactions carry an interest rate on the borrowing or lending of loans.  Moreover, the lending period/borrowing period is mutually fixed by the two concerned parties.  There are differences as…


Taxes, Insurance, and Portfolio Planning at Morris Retirement Advisors

Taxes, Insurance, and Portfolio Planning at Morris Retirement Advisors Retirement planning is one of the most important investment phases in the lifetime of any person, and there are several important issues that are often missed in the process.  Some of these issues include less-glamorous factors like investment insurance and taxes but the fact that they are often neglected makes them no less important.  In order to successfully structure your retirement…