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Here’s the gamble emerging markets are taking when they fight to prop up their currencies

Central banks in emerging markets are performing a high-stakes balancing act.<p>In countries such as Turkey, India and, today, South Africa, central bankers have jacked up interest rates in an effort to prop up their currencies. (Basically, the higher a country’s interest rate relative to other …

Fed Reveals New Concerns About Long-Term U.S. Slowdown

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his colleagues are suffering through their own form of cognitive dissonance: revealing new concerns …

This chart means the US isn’t in a stock bubble—yet

The best measure of the US stock market, the Standard & Poors 500 index, has been shooting up to record highs in the past several weeks. Given the searing memory of the 2008 crash, it’s almost impossible not to ask if this is a bubble. Indeed, with interest in IPOs renewing, tech entrepreneurs …

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Apple’s next growth engine: Replacing the PC

<i>Chris Umiastowski is the growth investor for Globe Investor's</i> Strategy Lab<i>. Follow his contributions here</i> <i>and view his model portfolio here.</i><p>When BlackBerry Ltd. pre-announced disastrous second-quarter results and 4,500 job cuts, I was en route to Ottawa with my wife to participate in the Army Run. …

How to find bargain-priced stocks (without using P/E ratio)

<i>Kelly Brown is an investment analyst at Longview Asset Management Ltd. in Toronto.</i><p><b>What are we looking for?</b><p>Canadian companies that are on sale.<p>Successful investors use several metrics to identify cheap stocks. The best known is the price-to-earnings, or P/E, ratio. Research has demonstrated that …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

Double-take: 26 stocks that both insiders and analysts love

<b>What are we looking for?</b><p>Canadian stocks that appeal to both corporate insiders and Bay Street analysts. Both groups are in excellent positions to assess the outlook for a stock. The people who know a company most intimately are its senior executives and directors. When these insiders buy, it's a …

S&P 500 At 1850 By Year's End?

This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis reported its revised estimate of corporate profits for the first calendar quarter of 2013. The number — $1.75 trillion – as well as the numbers from the past couple quarters are roughly 30% higher than the figures in the 2006 …