Michael Calicott Jr.

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Cheap credit has inflated the markets, and we could be in for a crash landing

During the past four centuries, there have been five occasions when major credit bubbles have led to stonking crashes. Tulip mania in 17th-century …

When Is A Stock Cheap? Here's A Useful Clue

One of the more difficult aspects of investing is figuring out when to buy or sell. When is a stock cheap? When is it expensive?<p>We’re usually pretty good at understanding what to pay for things in, say, a grocery store. Investments are another matter entirely.<p>For instance, imagine you want to hire …

The Week Ahead: Four Ways To Summer-Proof Your Portfolio

It has been a very volatile week in many world markets. While much of the attention has been focused on the 5.7% drop in the Nikkei-225 last week, many overlook that the total loss has been closer to 9% in just the past two weeks.<p>The US stock market looked ready to close the week with slight gains, …

Duration: The Wall Street Word You Need To Know Right Now

Right now, unbeknownst too many individual investors, bond yields are rising and pose a major threat to their retirement savings. On the surface, increasing yields sound good except for the fact that bond yields and bond prices have an inverse relationship. That means, if yields go up, the value of …

Brazil’s economy is weak, but its IPOs are still going strong

Brazil’s GDP growth has been disappointing, but one company remains bullish on the economy: cement producer Votorantim Cimentos. The Brazilian company today filed information relating to its upcoming IPO, which will raise almost $5 billion in one of the largest public offerings of the year. That’s …

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Attention, Frequent Fliers: New Websites Help Travelers Get Compensation From Airlines

In just the 9 months since it launched, German website refund.me says it has already processed passenger claims for airline compensation from 122 airlines for passengers in more than 50 countries spanning 5 continents. Competitor EUClaim.com just reached the milestone of €10 million euros in …