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Selling The Taper: Bernanke's Fed Debated Pace, Thresholds When Deciding To Trim QE

With a modest cut to the Federal Reserve’s asset purchases program Ben Bernanke took steps toward finishing what he started during last month’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting as Chairman. Meeting minutes out today show that most committee members joined Bernanke and recently confirmed …

STOCKS FALL, BONDS GET SLAMMED: Here's What You Need To Know

Fed Minutes: Shift From Employment To Inflation

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes were released today from the meeting that ended on December 18. While detailed, not a lot of it was exciting. The biggest point of contention seemed to be around the outlook for inflation: Is below 2% inflation temporary, or not? That will be hashed …

Ditch 'Dogs Of The Dow' - The Mutts Have Bad Genes, Improper Breeding And False Papers

The ‘Dogs of the Dow’ reasoning sounds sensible, the process is simple and the result are being reported as proof that it works. However, appearances are not what they seem. The basis (genes) is bad, the process (breeding) is improper and the results (papers) are false. Here’s the explanation…<p><b>False</b> …

China and Russia seem genuinely close to a game-changing natural gas deal

For nearly a decade, Moscow and Beijing have talked up the virtues of a pipeline to ship plentiful Russian natural gas into China’s voracious energy market. But the talks have gone on so long, with so many forecasts of an imminent breakthrough, that they have become a bit of a running joke.<p>Now, …

This is the year of the electric car

At the beginning of 2013, the stock price for US electric carmaker Tesla was $32. Now it’s sitting at around $150, after the company’s Model S sedan was named American automotive magazine Car and Driver’s car of the year. And really, that’s just the beginning; Tesla will be shipping 40,000 cars a …

Electric Vehicles

The scary thing about Puerto Rico’s population: It’s leaving the island for good

Times are tough in Puerto Rico. The financial crisis has left the island buried in $70 billion in debt, and it’s on the verge of seeing its bonds downgraded to junk.<p>It’s people are also leaving the island at a near record rate. The mass exodus seen in the 2000s is the worst since almost half a …

Caribbean

Where Emerging Markets Are Going This Year

Last year was a tough year for the big four emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 4.36% last year, with India and Brazil underperforming and Russia and China — while also negative — doing a bit better. Where will these growth markets end up this year?<p>South Korea based money …

CHART: The US Labor Force Keeps Getting Older

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with a cool chart today that shows the labor force participation for different age groups over the years. Over the past 20 years, our work force has consistently become older and that isn't projected to change anytime soon.<p>In 1992, more than half of 16-to-19 …

Read George Soros On Why China Is The World's Biggest Story Right Now

In a new piece up at Project Syndicate, George Soros says to watch China:<p>There are some eerie resemblances with the financial conditions that prevailed in the US in the years preceding the crash of 2008. But there is a significant difference, too. In the US, financial markets tend to dominate …

This Awesome Presentation From JPMorgan Covers Everything That's Happening In The Market Right Now

This all came with the Federal Reserve tapering back its monthly asset purchase program to $75 billion. And this came on the back of improving economic conditions in the U.S.<p>Considering all of this, 2014 promises to be an interesting year in the U.S. and abroad. The emerging markets could be …

Abrams: A resolution for your small business

Who needs a long list of goals when one great one will do?<p>Have you made New Year's resolutions for your small business?<p>I'm sure you want to accomplish a lot in the coming year. But having a long list of good intentions can be overwhelming and disheartening.<p>Instead, you need to focus on just one …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Great Depression Was An Absolute Economic Disaster

We often hear that the we just went through the greatest recession since the Great Depression.<p>However, the Great Depression wasn't just a little bit worse.<p>Later today at the American Economic Association conference, Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff will be presenting their …

3 Modest Proposals For Improving The 401(k)

Saving for retirement was once a lot easier than it is now.<p>Your employer offered you a pension, which guaranteed you a certain amount of income in retirement.<p>Now, your employer offers you a 401(k) plan — if you’re lucky. Or maybe “lucky” isn’t quite the word, considering it comes along with an …

7 Reasons Not To Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire

Many people, including myself, dream of having a “mortgage burning” party the week they retire. The very thought of making my last mortgage payment makes me jump for joy. No mortgage payment means peace of mind, freedom and a strong sense of security. But is it a false sense of security?<p>Given …

The In-Plan 401(k) Roth Conversion Strategy

Presto! Turn your pre-tax 401(k) into a Roth 401(k). It’s done via an in-plan Roth conversion (also known as an in-plan Roth rollover). It used to be that just a handful of employees could make this bold tax move to build a tax-free retirement kitty, but thanks to an expanded law in 2013 and new …

MUX Makes Bullish Cross Above Critical Moving Average

In trading on Friday, shares of McEwen Mining Inc. (Toronto: MUX) crossed above their 200 day moving average of $2.29, changing hands as high as $2.30 per share. McEwen Mining Inc. shares are currently trading down about 1.3% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of MUX shares, …

Sabra Health Care REIT Named Top Dividend Stock With Insider Buying and 5.26% Yield (SBRA)

In this series, we look through the most recent Dividend Channel <i>”DividendRank”</i> report, and then we cherry pick only those companies that have experienced insider buying within the past six months. The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider’s view of the business, and …

Senior Loan Portfolio (BKLN) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA

In trading on Friday, shares of the Senior Loan Portfolio ETF (AMEX: BKLN) crossed above their 200 day moving average of $24.90, changing hands as high as $24.91 per share. Senior Loan Portfolio shares are currently trading up about 0.1% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of …

Cheapest U.S. Bank Stock May Surprise You

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- <b>HomeStreet, Inc.</b> (HMST) of Seattle is the cheapest U.S. bank stock on a forward price-to-earnings basis, according to data …

Investing

The Confess and Attack Method of Boosting Your Confidence

<i>By Aaron Pitman</i><p>MASON, Ohio (TheStreet) -- In business and in life, confidence is key. You need to believe in yourself and your abilities to take the …

Entrepreneurship