Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry

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Description: Far from simplifying taxes, the bill opened up a whole range of tactics to lower the amount owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/business/tax-bill-offers-last-minute-breaks-for-developers-banks-and-oil-industry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the highlights of the tax bill, according to the report? How will investors be affected by these changes?… Read more »

‘It’s beautiful’: This Toronto startup is investors’ secret weapon to beating the market

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Description: Hedge funds pay handsomely for Quandl’s market-beating alternative data, but when does such data cross the line into privacy violations or insider trading? Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/its-beautiful-this-toronto-startup-is-investors-secret-weapon-to-beating-the-market Questions for discussion: What is meant by alternative data? Do you think there are legal issues facing investors using this service?

Stocks don’t need tax cuts to keep going strong

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Description: The stock market is at a record high. The U.S. economy has grown at a healthy clip for the past six months. So is there really a pressing need for major tax reform, as President Trump and Republicans in Congress suggest? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/28/investing/stocks-tax-reform-trump/index.html Questions for… Read more »

Opinion: Where to stash your money when this bull market makes you sweat

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Description: It’s almost getting boring: the three major U.S. stock market indexes keep hitting record highs. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/where-to-stash-your-money-when-this-bull-market-makes-you-sweat-2017-11-30 Questions for discussion: What do you think of the analysis and recommendations presented in this report? Where do you see stocks heading over the next quarter?

Stock market could tumble 15% if 10-year Treasury yield crosses this line

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Description: How much of a rise in yields would it take to upend the bull market in stocks? Maybe not as much as investors think. Strategists at Société Générale say if longer-term yields begin to recover, asset valuations could look particularly steep once the risk-free rate, usually the 10-year Treasury yield TMUBMUSD10Y, -1.58% rose. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov… Read more »

Stock market ‘not even close’ to pricing in tax cuts, says UBS

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Description: Lower tax rate would provide ‘big boost,’ fuel heavy rotation Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 16, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-not-even-close-to-pricing-in-tax-cuts-says-ubs-2017-11-15 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tax cuts will have on markets? What are the risks that investors need to be wary of, according to the report?

Here’s what the market charts are saying for the rest of the year:…

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Description: Bill Strazzullo, Bell Curve Trading chief market strategist, takes a technical look at the markets to explain where the rally will be by year’s end. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/10/31/heres-what-the-market-charts-are-saying-for-the-rest-of-the-year-strategist.html Questions for discussion: What does Bill Strazzullo say about the reasons for current market valuations and where they… Read more »

Stock market busts through the weakest 6-month period, which bodes well for the rest of the year

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Description: On Wall Street, it’s sometimes possible to see a rainbow — and maybe even find a pot of gold — without having to suffer through a downpour first. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 31, 2017 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/31/stock-market-busts-through-sell-in-may-period.html Questions for discussion: What does the data say about the strength of the current bull market? What would… Read more »

Could GE get booted from the Dow after 110 years?

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Description: Shares of General Electric (GE) keep falling after the company reported lousy earnings last week. GE is down more than 30% this year, easily the worst performer of the 30 companies in the venerable stock average. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 25, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/25/investing/ge-stock-dow-exit/index.html Questions for discussion: Why is GE at risk of delisting from the… Read more »

Dow cruises past 23,000 for the first time

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Description: The Dow has rocketed through yet another milestone — 23,000. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 17, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/17/investing/dow-23000-stocks-trump/index.html?iid=EL Questions for discussion: Why have some Dow listed stocks declined as the index grew? How much further do you think investors will push the Dow before there is a general correction?