News Hub: Blue-Chip Borrowers Issue Debt in Droves

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Description:  Mark Gongloff discusses the recent eagerness of blue-chip companies to issue fresh debt, and the eagerness of investors to buy it. Source: Marketwatch.com  – video report   Date: 09/09/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-blue-chip-borrowers-issue-debt-in-droves/5857959B-668B-40AD-A5D5-16723605B3B2 Questions for discussion: Why are these firms selling bonds? If these analysts are right about financial management thinking at these firms, what should… Read more »

Buying Opportunities in Small Banks, IPOs and H-P

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Description:  The market may be down, but there are plenty of great buys out there, says Hilary Kramer, editor of GameChangers stock newsletter. She recommends small banks, IPOs other than GM, and M&A targets Source: Marketwatch.com  – video report   Date: 08/31/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/buying-opportunities-in-small-banks-ipos-and-h-p/6AFC38D4-B4BC-4089-A862-76205281C19A Questions for discussion: Summarize the investing advice presented? Do you agree… Read more »

Billionaire’s Buy List

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Description:  Warren Buffett, George Soros, Carl Icahn are buying stocks and that’s a bullish sign, says James Altucher, Wealth Adviser contributor. There’s plenty to learn from their picks, Altucher explains to Dow Jones’ Veronica Dagher. Source: Marketwatch.com  – video report   Date: 08/25/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/billionaire-buy-list/F84B011C-5B35-494E-9249-73A6DB19B2D6 Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons given for these particular… Read more »

News Hub: Are Stocks Finally Cheap

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Description:  Paul Vigna discusses sentiment that says the market is cheap relative to fundamentals like earnings and feelings that the outlook is still too risky. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 07/06/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-are-stocks-finally-cheap/5332ACC8-5C89-4293-97C0-4001EDB3C307 Questions for discussion:  Summarize the major points presented in this reports. Do you think stocks are ‘cheap’? What would you… Read more »

AM Report: Stocks Poised to Extend Selloff

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Description:  Stock futures in the U.S. moved lower as investors awaited key manufacturing data after a similar gauge from China disappointed. Mark Hulbert, David Weidner and Paul Vigna discuss. Also, Scott McCartney discusses why airlines are finally refurbishing their coach cabins after years of delays. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 07/01/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/am-report-stocks-poised-to-extend-selloff/549BA8C3-C41E-4855-844C-383BEA2C0CED… Read more »

7 Reasons the S&P 500 Should Hit 1500

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Description:  Despite a sea of pessimism, Wealth Adviser columnist James Altucher tells Dow Jones Newswires’ Veronica Dagher seven reasons the S&P 500 should hit 1500 and why investors should be optimistic. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 07/02/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/7-reasons-the-sp-500-should-hit-1500/415ADC1B-4D66-461F-9F20-CA597CE4165C Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons given for optimism? Do you agree with this… Read more »

A Market Forecast That Says ‘Take Cover’

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Description: WITH the stock market lurching again, plenty of investors are nervous, and some are downright bearish. Then there’s Robert Prechter, the market forecaster and social theorist, who is in another league entirely. Source: NYTimes.com   Date: 07/02/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/your-money/04stra.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: What do think of Elliott Wave Theory as a predictive tool? Summarize… Read more »

Markets Hub: How Low Can Yields Fall?

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Description:  In the wake of the Federal Reserve offering a subdued assessment of the economy and signaling it’s set to keep interest rates low, Treasury yields are testing record levels. The downturn in yields is happening even in the absence of the kind of panic that’s pushed yields to historic lows in the past. The… Read more »

Dividends Are Rising. Will Stocks Follow?

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Description: THE headlines about stock dividends have been remarkably bleak. Source: NYTimes.com   Date: 06/25/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/business/27fund.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made in this article. What do you think will happen to stock prices over the next 12 months? How do dividend payouts influence investor thinking?

News Hub: Do Index Funds Help Diversify?

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Description:  Although diversification remains a sound idea, market cap-based indexes have the perverse effect of diminishing diversification. Michael Casey explains what you can do. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 06/16/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-do-index-funds-help-diversify/EA723B82-4976-41B5-9578-22F0ADAF8E49 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues related to index investing.  Do you agree with the analysis presented by the commentators? What… Read more »