A handful of unicorns – that is, privately-funded startups with market values over $1 billion – have gone public this year, with more to come. However, given the high-profile Uber and Lyft IPO flops, today’s article advises that “Investors looking to tackle a high-valued company going public would be best to look elsewhere and away from bigger and more well-known names to avoid the risk that comes from buying a highly-valued firm to begin with” – and one alternative that may be worth considering comes from the vegan menu. For more, CLICK HERE.
Against the backdrop of the U.S.-China trade war, small cap stocks might appear to be a safe haven. After all, small cap stocks tend to be more insulated from such pressures…right? Not necessarily, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s small cap expert, who is warning that “the widely held perception [small caps are] insulated from the effects is ill-conceived”. Perhaps even more concerning, she has “spott[ed] an ominous characteristic in the group that’s historically linked to economic downturns.” For more – including some possible positive exceptions within the small-cap space – CLICK HERE.
Nobody knows how much of an impact the trade dispute between the U.S. and China will have on the U.S. – or China. In regards to the potential fallout in China, the author of today’s article notes that “This uncertainty is being reflected in stock prices. It’s also likely there are bargains among the wreckage, and investors might be able to pick up solid companies at a discount.” As such, he proceeds to highlight three China ETFs that may be credible value plays right now. For more, CLICK HERE.
After tanking in the final months of 2018, oil was having a strong 2019 – that is, until the recent escalations in the U.S.-China trade dispute. And this turn of events for oil should not be surprising: as today’s article observes, “The U.S. has only experienced a handful of trade wars over the last 100 years and each has negatively impacted oil.” Moreover, the author notes that the current “trade war is more encompassing and damaging for the global economy than previous trade wars so the impact on oil should be even more significant.” So what could be in store for oil depending on how the trade dispute plays out from here? CLICK HERE.
While the S&P 500 trades at about 17.5 times its one-year forward earnings, the 13 dividend-paying stocks highlighted in today’s article are all trading at less than 10 times expected earnings per share, making them the kind of value stocks that investors may be on the lookout for as fear (especially trade fears) returns to the markets. For these “13 dirt cheap value stocks that are valued at less than 10 times earnings and that also pay steady dividends deemed safe as of mid-2019”, CLICK HERE.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Cliff Asness once exclaimed that “Having, and sticking to, a true long term perspective is the closest you can come to possessing an investing superpower.” It is not the only financial superpower, however. The author of today’s article identifies a number of financial superpowers which, fortunately, you don’t have to have been born with. For more – including why the author identifies the ability to be uncomfortable as one financial superpower (and, in fact, argues that it “is a prerequisite when trying to get ahead financially”) – CLICK HERE.
The importance attributed to dividends has changed over time, with the author of today’s article noting that “In the past, dividends were the only reason investors placed their money in equities. Now, dividends play a much smaller role, for better or worse, in the overall stock market.” One of the biggest factors behind the shrinking importance of dividends? The increase in stock buybacks, as corporations found another way to return money to shareholders. But it’s not the only factor. For more – including what this shift means for dividend strategies – CLICK HERE.
Once considered a nuisance mineral and discarded by miners, and having been in an overall downtrend since 2008, platinum may now be poised to become the leader among precious metals, especially as palladium experiences a shortage and becomes increasingly expensive. As the author of today’s article notes, “In the past… when palladium enters a deficit that is long lasting, with sustained higher prices, the market experiences substantial demand substitution” for platinum. So what are the various ways investors can invest in platinum ahead of its potential move higher? CLICK HERE.
Now that we are a few years into the marijuana “megatrend” – and with a number of the more popular names in the space having shown signs of stress of late – where does the best opportunity lie in marijuana stocks? Today’s article highlights “the big potential in lesser-known stocks that haven’t gotten too far ahead of themselves” – and offers up five such “under-the-radar” pot stocks to consider. For more, CLICK HERE.
The first quarter of 2019 saw the best return for the S&P 500 of the last 21 years. It should not be surprising, then, that the exchange-traded funds that have performed the best thus far in 2019 have been ETFs that track large-cap stocks. Which other groups of ETFs have been leaders so far this year (and are likely to remain leaders, according to the author of today’s article, as the trends underlying their performance continue)? And which groups of ETFs have been the biggest laggards so far this year (and, again, are likely to continue lagging)? CLICK HERE.