‘The unthinkable has happened’: President-elect Trump sends drug stocks up and other players tumbling

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Description: President-elect is expected to take easier stance in combating drug-price hikes Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 09, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/drug-stocks-rally-health-insurers-tumble-as-investors-prepare-for-president-trump-2016-11-09 Questions for Discussions: What does the article say about investor reaction to the election results? What do you think the wise investor should at this time?

The Money Management Gospel of Yale’s Endowment Guru

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Description: As he has done for decades, once a week David F. Swensen convenes his staff — including his cadre of apprentices — for a morning-long meeting among the Gothic revival flourishes and crenelations of the Yale University campus to debate investment ideas. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 05, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/business/the-money-management-gospel-of-yales-endowment-guru.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

The restaurant recession has arrived

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Description: Moody’s slashes its profit growth outlook as consumers struggle to pay bills and restaurants grapple with weak traffic Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 03, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/analysts-who-warned-this-summer-of-a-restaurant-recession-are-looking-smart-now-2016-11-01?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: What does the article say about the restaurant business and consumer spending? What does the analysis suggest to investors?

TD Ameritrade, Scottrade deal is the sign of an industry in the midst of major change

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Description: TD Ameritrade’s US$4 billion deal to acquire Scottrade Financial Services Inc. will not only give the company greater scale, but also highlights the ongoing push of discount brokerages into the wealth management sphere amid growing competition in the financial services market. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 25, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/td-ameritrade-scottrade-deal-marks-an-industry-in-the-midst-of-major-change?__lsa=64cb-7420 Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Opinion: Here’s proof that investors are wising up to Wall Street’s earnings game

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Description: When a company’s earnings have beaten expectations this season, the stock has barely risen Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 28, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-proof-that-investors-are-wising-up-to-wall-streets-earnings-game-2016-10-28 Questions for Discussions: What does the article say about the “game” going on? What do you think of this analysis?

The Tech Bubble Didn’t Burst This Year. Just Wait

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Description: The industry has splintered into a few sure bets and everything else. That isn’t helping guide us out of the iPhone era into whatever’s next. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 20, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-20/the-tech-bubble-didn-t-burst-this-year-just-wait Questions for discussion: What are the concerns raised in this article? Do you agree with the analysis? What would you advise… Read more »

Think Your Retirement Plan?Is Bad? Talk to a Teacher

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Description: Schoolteachers and others who pursue careers of service in exchange for modest?paychecks get lightly regulated retirement plans that often charge excessive fees. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 21, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/23/your-money/403-b-retirement-plans-fees-teachers.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: What does the article say about the administration of these plans? Are there legitimate reasons for concern? What would you advise… Read more »