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Amazon considers opening augmented reality furniture stores

It may also launch pure electronics stores.<p>Amazon's retail plans could extend well beyond books and groceries. <i>New York Times</i> sources hear that the internet giant is "exploring" the possibility of appliance and furniture stores with a technological angle. You'd use augmented or virtual reality to …

Augmented Reality

Australian archaeological startup raises $679,000 to rebuild ancient sites in VR

Archaeology isn’t an easy job, but it becomes easier in virtual reality, where you can walk around ancient buildings as if they were still there.<p>Lithodomos VR, an Australian virtual reality archaeological startup, knows this and has raised $900,000 in Australian dollars ($679,000 U.S.) in a seed …

Nike has found a novel use for AR for marketing shoes

Augmented and virtual reality are slowly but surely being integrated into shopping experiences worldwide. At CES for example, Gap and Asus teamed up for an AR shopping app that may point toward the future of mobile shopping engagement.<p>And previously we covered Adidas and their promotion of a new …

Augmented Reality

Some Frank Talk About That ‘Index Fund’ of Yours

Economic theory recommends: Buy everything. That means going far beyond an S&P 500 index fund<p>Passive investment is booming, but those who want to join the rush into index tracking can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the options. S&P Dow Jones Indices alone has more than one million indexes, …

Investing

When everyone realizes how awesome index funds are, the market will start to suffer

No one loves index funds more than I do. I once worked for a company where I participated (with enthusiasm) in veritable jamborees celebrating their virtues and decrying the lunacy of active management. But even I am starting to worry we may be reaching peak low-fee.<p>What the chart above shows is …

Investing

Gartner Predicts $111B In IT Spend Will Shift To Cloud This Year Growing To $216B By 2020

• More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to the cloud during the next five years.<br>• Business Process Outsourcing spending will shift at a 43% rate to the cloud by 2020.<br>• Application software spending will shift at a 37% rate to the cloud by …

Outsourcing

The 5 Best Schwab Index Funds

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Charles Schwab has quickly become a competitor in the world of index funds, creating low-fee funds that are priced to steal assets from the competition. Here are 5 of Schwab's best index funds, complete with expense ratios. Below, I'll lay out the case for making each …

The 3 Best USAA Mutual Funds

Better known for basic banking services and insurance, USAA also offers a full line of stock and bond mutual funds. Some, of course, are better than others. Here are the best USAA mutual funds available today.<p>1.<b>USAA S&P 500 Index Fund Reward Shares</b> 2.<b>USAA Growth and Tax Strategy Fund</b> 3.<b>USAA</b> …

Video game maker Activision thinks it can build the next ESPN

Today, the firm derives virtually all of its revenue from the sale of video game products. Video game discs, digital downloads, online gaming subscriptions, and Skylanders toys generated approximately 100% of Activision's revenue in 2015. But the company could look substantially different in the …

Activision Blizzard

The Top 10 Stocks And ETFs To Own In A Negative Interest Rate Environment

Now that the first quarter of 2016 has ended, the rest of the year is coming into sharper focus. While stocks continue what seems like an almost unshakeable uptrend, there are signals that portend a volatile and unique road ahead.<p>Currently, more than $7 trillion of government bonds around the world …

Interest Rates

The A-B-Cs of ETFs

If a mutual fund had a younger cousin, it would be an exchange traded fund (ETF).<p>An ETF is like a mutual fund in that it offers investors a pooled investment in stocks, bonds, and other assets. But that’s where the similarities end.<p>You can buy and sell ETFs any time during the trading day. But with …

Week Ahead In Earnings: Insiders Bought At Caterpillar & Sold At Yum Brands, Johnson & Johnson and Hasbro

In this series, I’ve been examining insider moves ahead of earnings.<p>Regarding what’s coming for the week of April 18, I checked in with InsiderScore to scan for interesting insider moves that occurred over the previous quarter. Additionally, I screened for company announcements, headlines and stock …

8 Stocks Under $10 to Trade for Big Gains

As part of your daily routine as an active trader or investor, it's important to track the stocks in the market that are making the biggest …

Stocks to Watch: Bank of America, Valeant, SunEdison, PNC

Among the companies with shares expected to trade actively in Thursday’s session are , , and Bank of America Corp. said its first-quarter profit fell, hurt by a big drop in trading revenue and the drag of low interest rates. Shares fell 0.44% to $13.73 in premarket trading. Standard & Poor’s …

Markets

IT'S LOOKING GLOOMY: What you need to know on Wall Street today

<i>Finance Insider is Business Insider's midday summary of the top stories of the past 24 hours.</i><p><i>To sign up, scroll to the bottom of this page and click "Get updates in your inbox," or click here.</i><p>Earnings season is underway for Wall Street firms, and it's as gloomy as expected.<p>Banks so far haven't …

Markets

10 stocks that Morgan Stanley says you should buy ahead of earnings season

While companies have been preparing investors for a downbeat earnings season, there are still a handful of stocks that promise to deliver above and …

Investing

Excel is the go-to tool for finance professionals and these courses can give you an expert-level understanding

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Shutterstock Microsoft Excel can be one of the most powerful tools on your computer if you know how to use it. For the lay person, a …

Fantasy Football

Just how big has eSports become?

• 113 million hardcore fans worldwide<br>• 147 million occasional viewers<br>• US$252 million in global revenues<br>• a predicted total prize pool of $71 million for all tournaments and competitions.<p>No, these numbers don’t refer to a traditional mainstream sport like football or basketball. Rather, they come from a …

eSports

Publishing discovers the age of disruption

This season, as more billion-dollar businesses pop up seemingly overnight and more old-economy fortunes fade into irrelevance, a host of upcoming …

The most popular 'lesson' we learned from the financial crisis really comes down to two words: 'Don't sell'

The financial crisis really got going just about seven years ago, when JPMorgan bought Bear Stearns for $2 per share on March 16, 2008.<p>A year later, stocks were down about 50%, but since the March 2009 bottom, US stock indexes have roughly tripled, moved back to all-time highs, and made the crisis …

Stock Markets

The Greatest Psychological Hurdle To Trading And Investment Performance

It is remarkably difficult to consistently outperform passive index returns with active strategies for trading and investing. A 2011 review by Brad Barber and Terrance Odean found that individual investors routinely underperform relevant benchmarks. This is due in part to biases in perception and …