Commodities In Real Terms Aren’t Worth Any More Than They Were 142 Years Ago [iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN(NYSEARCA:DJP), The Longview Commodity Index(INDEXCME:LVX)]

commoditiesIts asset allocation strategy is based on holding and rebalancing a portfolio of large cap stocks, small cap stocks, foreign stocks, high grade bonds, high yield bonds, inflation-adjusted Treasurys, real estate investment trust and mining shares. Since we debuted the portfolio 12 years ago, it has
NYSE:DJP January 29, 2015 11:24am

Is Water More Valuable Than Oil? [Calgon Carbon Corporation(NYSE:CCC), Xylem Inc(NYSE:XYL), A. O. Smith Corp(NYSE:AOS)]

water etfsThere is no doubt there is a global glut of oil. In fact, because of the current oversupply, U.S. drivers are enjoying the lowest gasoline prices since May 2010. But there’s another liquid that’s even more important to the economy... and is in
NYSE:CGW December 29, 2014 12:42pm

The Surprising Connection Between Solar Stocks and Oil [Guggenheim Solar ETF(NYSEARCA:TAN)]

solarThe impact of the drop in oil prices can be seen across the market. But there’s one affected area that surprises investors the most: solar stocks. This week’s chart compares U.S. crude futures to the Guggenheim Solar ETF(NYSEARCA:TAN) over the

How I Avoid Paying Taxes [Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute(INDEXDJX:.DJI)]

taxAnybody who knows me knows my kids. I’m one of those guys. Stand beside me for too long and I’m bound to tell you what they’re up to and show you some pictures. Not only are they at the center of my life... they’re a heck of a way to slash my taxes. At The Oxford Club (the publisher behind Investment U), we believe one of the most important
NYSE:DIA December 24, 2014 10:58am

One Sector That Has Suffered But Should Be Insulated From Declining Oil Prices [JPMorgan Chase Capital XVI JP Morgan Alerian MLP ETN(NYSEARCA:AMJ), Alerian MLP(NYSEARCA:AMLP)]

oilFalling oil prices have captured headlines recently and generated headwinds for many stock sectors that have related businesses. Oil producers and refiners, as well as integrated oil companies, have experienced significant declines in their share prices over the past two months as their revenue streams come under pressure. One sector that
NYSE:AMJ December 18, 2014 11:33am

Women Want Big Boobs In Venezuela And There Are Not Enough Breast Implants To Go Around [Dow Chemical Co(NYSE:DOW), Allergan, Inc.(NYSE:AGN), InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc(CVE:MSC.H)]

implantsWe’ve had nothing but serious Slap in the Face Awards for a while, so here’s a funny one. It goes out to Venezuela this week for its attempts to control just about everything about its economy. But, especially how much its citizens spend outside the
NYSE:IHE December 17, 2014 1:23pm

What An Investor Should Do In This Oil Bust [Petroleum & Resources Corporation(NYSE:PEO)]

oil gas 600X300Whenever things heat up - or cool off - in the natural resource markets, the first man I turn to is Rick Rule, CEO, president and director of Sprott U.S. Holdings, a securities brokerage and asset manager specializing in natural
NYSE:OIH December 10, 2014 1:16pm

These Investments Stand the Test of TIME [S&P 500(INDEXSP:.INX), Materials Select Sector SPDR(NYSEARCA:XLB), Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF)(NYSEARCA:XLE)]

time1In March, I wrote about four sectors that usually do well during periods of economic growth. The acronym TIME is an easy way to remember them. The sectors are technology, industrials, materials and energy. All four sectors tend to outperform the broader market over long periods of time, though of course any of them could
NYSE:SPY December 9, 2014 12:20pm

Why the Fed Won’t Raise Interest Rates in 2015 [Euro (€) ⇨ US Dollar ($)(EURUSD), US Dollar ($) ⇨ US Dollar ($)(USDUSD), Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF)(NYSEARCA:XLE)]

Federal reserveU.S. short-term interest rates have stayed near zero for six years. But if there’s one thing investment analysts of all stripes can agree on now, it’s that the Fed will start gradually raising rates in
NYSE:XLE December 8, 2014 3:05pm

Energy Stocks Could Be Poised For A Rally [Seadrill Ltd, Transocean LTD, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips]

stock rallyEnergy stocks have been getting hammered lately. Our abundance of oil and natural gas is driving prices to rarely seen lows. That’s great news for manufacturers, transport companies, retailers, cabbies and consumers. But it’s bad news for energy-sector stocks, as the chart below

Microsoft’s Gamble on Free Office Apps for Mobile Devices [Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG)]

microsoftHave you heard the new app buzzword, “freemium?” Techies spawned it to describe apps that recruit consumers with free basic services. Then, consumers can easily upgrade at a cost. Even Microsoft Office isn’t immune to it, which is why Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) announced it would make
NASDAQ:QQQ December 5, 2014 12:14pm

What Will 11/7/2014 Mean for Berkshire Hathaway? [Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(NYSE:BRK.A), American Express Company(NYSE:AXP), The Coca-Cola Co(NYSE:KO)]

warren buffetThere’s no doubt that Warren Buffett knows how to make money. But the first day of trading following last week’s release of poor third quarter earnings for some of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(NYSE:BRK.A) major holdings is making some
NYSE:DIA November 5, 2014 9:26am

Your Most Important Tax Savings This Year

tax systemAccording to Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit taxpayer advocacy group, since taking office in 2009, President Obama has formally proposed 442 tax increases. That does not include the 20 tax increases he signed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act. If you're a high-income earner
ETF BASIC NEWS October 14, 2014 2:18pm

Silver Is A Potential 10-Bagger From Here [Goldcorp Inc. (USA)(NYSE:GG), Barrick Gold Corp.(TSE:ABX), Newmont Mining Corp(NYSE:NEM)]

silver pricesI attended a conference hosted by Eric Sprott in Toronto last week. Attendees got to pick Sprott Inc.'s brain trust, and there are some mighty big brains in that trust. We heard from Rick Rule, Peter Grosskopf and
NYSE:PHYS September 29, 2014 3:15pm

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