Here’s what triggered the Sears death spiral into bankruptcy

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Description: Can’t blame suppliers for wanting to get paid ASAP from a dying Sears Holdings Corp. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-triggered-sears-death-spiral-bankruptcy-193728587.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? How much blame rests with the management of Eddy Lampert and his hedge-fund takeover?

Here’s why Amazon may beat Apple to $2 trillion

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Description:  New York (CNN Business)Now that Amazon joined Apple in the trillion dollar market value club Tuesday, the race is on to see which company can cross $2 trillion. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/30/investing/amazon-apple-2-trillion/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the Amazon projection to $2 trillion? Do you… Read more »

Opinion: The stock market is overdue for a one-day 5% or 10% plunge

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Description: Friday is the anniversary of the 1987 stock-market crash, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 22.6% Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 19, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-stock-market-is-overdue-for-a-one-day-5-or-10-plunge-2018-10-18 Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in this report. How much weight do you think investors should put into it? How can investors mitigate the… Read more »

Dr. Doom’s Latest Warning Should Not Go Unheeded

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Description: Dr. Doom is back—and age has done nothing to soften his views. Source: Barrons.com Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/dr-dooms-henry-kaufman-1539822343?mod=mktw Questions for discussion: What is Henry Kaufman’s warning to investors? Do you agree with his assessments?

Wall Street Loves These Three Letters. The Rest of Us Should Be Wary.

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Description: The C.L.O., a cousin of the mortgage-related product that malfunctioned a decade ago, has become one of the hottest investments on Wall Street. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/business/economy/clo-corporate-loans.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about C.L.O. and the concerns investors should have? Do you share these concerns?

Lean into ‘volatility spikes’: Credit Suisse

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Description: Lean into ‘volatility spikes’: Credit Suisse Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Oct 12, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/lean-volatility-spikes-credit-suisse-143711471.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the arguments presented. Do you agree with these recommendations? What would you advise investors?

This sell-off was long overdue and is likely not the end of the bull market

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Description:  If the market always speaks a message, then Wednesday’s 800-point tumble in the Dow Industrials and 3.2 percent break in the S&P 500 can be considered the market shouting for attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/this-sell-off-was-long-overdue-and-is-likely-not-the-end-of-the-bull-market.html Questions for discussion: How does the report explain the sudden sell-off? Do you agree with the assessment?… Read more »

Warren Buffett on why interest rates matter so much for investing

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Description: Warren Buffett believes interest rates are critical in determining stock valuations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 1,300 points in two days as investors worried about the negative effects from the rising interest rate environment. In a 2017 interview video clip found using CNBC’s Warren Buffett Archive, the investor explained why rates matter so much for investors. Source:… Read more »

Bond yields sink after consumer prices reading is lighter than expected, quelling inflation fears

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Description: Government debt yields sank Thursday after the Labor Department said consumer prices rose less than expected in September, calming inflation fears that sent the 10-year Treasury yield to its highest in seven years earlier this week. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/us-bonds-and-fixed-income-global-equity-markets-in-turmoil.html Questions for discussion: What happened in the bond market and why,… Read more »

7 Things Warren Buffett Says About the Stock Market

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Description: Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B) CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffetthas always been generous in sharing his time and his investing philosophy. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Oct 12, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-things-warren-buffett-says-stock-market-174444524.html Questions for discussion: Summarize Warren Buffett’s current thinking about investing in the stock market? Which item in this report do you think is most important for investors… Read more »