Tom Jacobs

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The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the Amazon Fire TV -- you might find yourself talking to her more …

5 Stocks Yielding Up To 9.7% That Love Higher Interest Rates

We hear it every single time the Federal Reserve raises rates, or even merely hints at it!<p>“Higher interest rates will crush dividend stocks – especially high yielders.”<p>Sounds scary – but it’s simply not true. And we’ll highlight five picks paying up to 9.2% that will prove just that.<p>Many high-yield …

Warren Buffett brilliantly explains how bubbles are formed

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, has said cryptocurrencies "definitely will come to a bad ending."<p>He was speaking in January on what's probably the highest profile financial-bubble suspect right now.<p>When he publishes his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, readers will be checking …

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Why Index Fund Investing Isn't Always the Answer

Investment guides are as numerous as swallows. Very few have lasting appeal, because most are written under the influence of whatever is the …

Would Benjamin Graham Consider Apple Inc. a Value Stock?

Image source: Apple.<p>It might seem odd to put the words <b>Apple</b> and "value stock" in the same sentence, especially with the meteoric growth it has experienced over the past decade. Yet as growth has slowed, and the stock has underperformed the market and its peers, it makes sense to see how it stacks …

What most people don’t understand about how startups are valued

And two big changes have happened that are widely known - in the past quarter the value of some very high profile companies such as LinkedIn and Twitter have fallen substantially plus Fidelity (usually a public market investor) has written down the value of many of it's later-stage private-company …

Why Silicon Valley Startup Frankly Listed On Canada's Junior Stock Exchange Over Taking VC Funding

Frankly Inc. Chief Executive Steve Chung, 37, likes to do things his own way. Early in his career, he ditched Goldman Sachs to work for a television show in China. And he wound his way to Frankly, a mobile-message platform with customers like the Sacramento Kings and Victoria’s Secret, after stops …

Stocks are now down about 15% — how much further could they fall?

I also noted that that would not be the worst-case scenario.<p>Well, since then, stocks have fallen sharply, and they're now down about 15% off their highs.<p>So how much further could they fall?<p>On a valuation basis, I'm sorry to say, they could fall much further. It would take at least another 30% drop …

DoubleLine's Gundlach calls market trends 'relentless and powerful'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jeffrey Gundlach, the widely followed investor who runs DoubleLine Capital, repeated a December warning on Monday that the dramatic slowdown in global growth will trigger a collapse in some credit funds, saying that the high-yield "junk" bond market still has not hit …

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GRANTHAM: The stock market sell-off makes me nervous, but I fear the big crash is coming later

In his latest quarterly outlook, Grantham, cofounder and chief investment officer at GMO, outlines his views on the markets and the economy.<p>And in somewhat of a contrast to his recent commentary, sees the oil crash as a big tailwind for the economy and doesn't think the stock market, though it is …

Stock Markets

Here's the truth about the stock market in 16 charts

For this post, we're going to skip the laundry list of reasons why stocks might be getting whipsawed right now. Rather, we're gonna think longer term and bigger picture.<p>Every major sell-off in history has been accompanied by a mix of economic concerns, monetary policy shifts, geopolitical tensions, …

Stock Markets

This is how Warren Buffett says you should seize an opportunity

I've written several times (here, here, and here) about index funds and how investing in an S&P 500 index fund and using a dollar-cost averaging strategy is a great way to make money in the stock market over the long-run - and this point has been well documented by both research and results.<p>Part of …

26 Ways to Fail at Business and Investing

The surest road to regret.<p>Most people focus too much on how to get ahead by making the right decisions. In a world where most businesses go under and …

Are Index Funds a Trap For the Passive Minded

By<p>January 28, 2016<p>Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has seen the enemy of investors. And it’s in the form of a seemingly benign friend of many investors …

Switzerland might be ending banking as we know it

I can pretty much guarantee you that the biggest story not being covered in the traditional business press right now is that Switzerland is holding a referendum later this year to consider ending fractional reserve banking (!).<p>Yes, you read that correctly. That paragon of the banking industry is …

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2016 is a turning point for markets

It was approximately 10 years ago, however, that oil not only climbed, but conquered the wall of worry. The rise of China was drilled into every investor's mind, demonstrating unequivocally that high oil prices were here to stay.<p>Back in 2005, oil began the year in the low $40s and finished in the …

Stock Markets

Peter Lynch, 25 years later: it’s not just ‘invest in what you know’

Peter Lynch wants you to know that his ideas are being misquoted widely.<p>“I’ve never said, ‘If you go to a mall, see a Starbucks and say it’s good …

The Best Things In Life Are Less Than Free

You can't buy _____<p>No, really, you probably can. Try me.<p>But you can't buy a beautiful sunset.<p>Abercrombie & Kent, South Africa, Beautiful Sunset: …

Apple's plan to take on debt to buy back stock is saving a ton of money

But reducing WACC is more of an implicit cost of capital. There's another way that Apple's debt-powered repurchase program delivers explicit cost savings.<p><b>Retiring dividend expenses</b> <br>As Apple repurchases and retires shares at an astounding rate, it no longer has to pay out the dividends for those …

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How We Fall For The Greatest Con Job Of All

None of us likes to feel deceived. Being the victim of a con job makes us feel used, that others have taken advantage of us. Whether it’s in love or at work, being conned robs us of trust as well as dignity.<p>Thus it is particularly surprising that we are so vulnerable to the greatest con job of all:</i> …

These are the worst stocks of 2015

An alarming number of big U.S. stocks lost half their value in 2015.<p>The stunning declines come despite the fact that the broader U.S. market ended the year not far from where it started.<p>But the worst stocks of 2015 include big-name companies like Macy's, Michael Kors and gambling empire Wynn …

The stock market's breadth is unusually shallow

The S&P 500 is down modestly since the beginning of the year. Through Friday, the 500-component index is down 2% in 2015.<p>It would be doing much worse, however, had it not been for the heavy lifting of some mega-cap stocks. Consider Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, which are collectively being …

Stock Markets

‘You want to buy that stock? Hope you like Kraft dinner’

It was 1968 and a hot little resource stock new to the market was luring the green and the greedy. Within days, the stock had quadrupled in price. Four of us got together to buy 100 shares. We put in a week’s pay each. It would be our first venture into the stock market.<p>The investment sales manager …

Brokers and Advisers Fight For Millennials' Money

At 32, Bo Lu is a millennial cautionary tale for old-school banks and brokers. A first-generation American who emigrated from China with his parents …

Four 529 college savings traps to avoid

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Putting money into a 529 college savings plan is relatively easy. Getting it out can be tricky.<p>Graduating student Jennifer Lim sits in the shade before the start of the 361st Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in this May 24, 2012 file …

OK, you can now officially call me 'Chicken Little' — but I still think the sky will fall!

That's long enough that you can officially call me, "Chicken Little."<p>So far, my concerns have been, at best, premature, and, at worst, misplaced.<p>So I hereby fall on my sword.<p>But my view hasn't changed!<p>Stocks are still frighteningly expensive on almost all historically predictive measures. Unless it …

Stock Markets

If you own stocks right now you're risking dollars to make pennies

The Fed has released its latest Z.1 report and, though it's not the timeliest of data, there are a few interesting data points to go over. First, the "Buffett Yardstick," market cap-to-GDP, shows some erosion from very elevated levels as stock prices fell during Q3.<p>The selloff in stocks also …

Stock Markets

Analysts Are Calling for This Little-Known Energy Sector Play to Surge 100% in 2016

There's a relatively unknown, energy-related company that's taking all the right steps to cope with the sector's downturn. Now is the time to buy its …

Investor enjoys fifteen years of early retirement thanks to dividend stocks

<b>Susan Brunner</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Early retiree<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Mostly Canadian dividend stocks, including Royal Bank of Canada, Power Financial Corp., Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp; for diversity: consumer and industrial stocks, including Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. and Canadian National Railway Co.<p><b>The investor</b><p>…

Billionaire CEO and investor Marc Benioff says unicorn startups manipulated private markets and he's done investing in them

Its billionaire CEO Marc Benioff loves working with entrepreneurs and often serves as a mentor for a lot of them, too.<p>But Benioff isn't too thrilled with all the high valuations going on in the private markets, and says he's now done investing in "unicorn" startups, or companies that raise at a …

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