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November 2014

The Long U.S. Dollar Trade Is Very Crowded

By - November 21, 2014

Trading currencies is supposed to be easy, right? After all, everyone seems to be long the U.S. dollar, which has been trouncing both the yen and euro over the past few months. But in reality, forex trading is one of…

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Japan Enters Triple-Dip Recession

By - November 19, 2014

Earlier this week, Japan released its preliminary third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figure. According to Bloomberg, the median economist estimate was 2.2% quarter-over-quarter annualized growth. The lowest estimate was 0.8%. Out of 21 “qualified” economists, not a single one predicted a negative quarterly…

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Schwab’s Stunning Robo-Advisor Announcement

By - November 14, 2014

What do data storage and basic investing advice have in common? As it turns out, they’re both in a “race to zero”… It’s well-known that computer hard drive capacities have increased exponentially, with costs per byte plummeting. And now, with…

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Become a Landlord With Apartment REITs

By - November 12, 2014

Back in July, I suggested that the financial situation of the so-called millennial generation was far more precarious than many thought. Turns out, I was right. In fact, according to Moody’s data cited in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the savings rate for adults under 35…

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Adidas Kicks It Up

By - November 11, 2014

Things look bad for sneaker and athletic wear designer, Adidas (ADS.DE), which recently released a warning on 2015 growth and is trimming its gross margin targets for next year. Yet, despite the fact that Adidas is struggling to keep pace with Nike (NKE), 2014…

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Defensive Sector Rotation Continues in 2014

By - November 7, 2014

If you had to guess, which U.S. stock market sector would you say is leading the way in 2014? It’s definitely not the energy sector, which could soon experience a wave of defaults, and has been the worst-performing sector this year. Consumer…

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From Mega-Projects to Mega-Defaults

By - November 4, 2014

Right now, the consensus seems to be that nothing in the economy or the markets can go wrong. Optimism abounds, even though history shows that boom-and-bust cycles are a permanent fixture. What’s more, there’s a classic boom-bust cycle going on…

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