Steve Mauzy: Housing starts are gaining momentum. After hitting a 50-year low in 2010, starts have moved meaningfully higher over the past three years. That said, they still have a way to go before hitting historical norms. NYSE:IYR May 9, 2014 2:40pm
Aaron Levitt: As many individual investors have taken a cue from professional and institutional money managers, alternative investments have gone mainstream – and commodities lead the trend. Interest in this asset class has exploded as individual retail investors NYSE:DBC December 18, 2012 11:44am
Justin Kuepper:Homebuilders and other housing industry stocks have been strong performers in 2012 as low interest rates offset higher underwriting standards for home loans. NASDAQ:WOOD December 9, 2012 1:03pm
Jared Cummans: In a low rate and relatively uncertain economic environment, dividend yields have been the saving grace of many portfolios. A steady stream of income goes a long way, especially when markets are rocky, as they have been for the latter part of this year. NYSE:GDXJ November 27, 2012 11:15am
Steve Mauzy: As someone who considers himself a contrarian, my interest is always piqued by alarmist headlines. Which is why I'm interested in housing. For the past two years, the sector has been a wellspring of head-for-the-hills Cassandraisms.
Don Miller: Chances are you've never considered timber stocks in your investing strategy. But if that's the case, then you've been missing out. Timber is a long-term investment that can reward your portfolio in good times, and protect it in bad. NASDAQ:WOOD February 1, 2012 1:10pm
Kevin McElroy: I’ve long been a proponent of timber as an asset class. It’s a great way to de-risk your portfolio with a timeless asset because it’s generally uncorrelated with stocks, bonds – and it’s positively correlated with inflation. NASDAQ:WOOD December 19, 2011 2:55pm
Kevin McElroy:I'm forcing myself to turn away from the obvious debt ceiling story that's playing out right now. For the record, I don't believe that the debt ceiling will have any long term effects that won't be completely superseded by the fact that our debts are already much too high.
So far, 2011 has been a pretty good time to be a commodity producer, as most natural resource firms have risen substantially to start the year. While some sectors of the market, such as rare earth NASDAQ:WOOD April 28, 2011 1:58pm