Business

I put $600 into a roboadviser invented by a 25-year old Stanford grad and I'm beating the market — so far

Do-it-yourself investing can be scary for a lot of people, especially young wanna-be investors.<p>The financial markets are complicated and so most people prefer to give their money to someone else to manage.<p>When Brian Barnes graduated from Stanford in 2012, he had a hard time finding a tool with …

Markets

Watch out: ‘Kids’ are making the most money in this stock market

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — We are now officially in a “kids market.” Invest accordingly.<p>The concept of a “kids market” was introduced by Adam Smith, the pseudonymous author, in his classic book from the late 1960s entitled “The Money Game.” He used that phrase to refer to an investment environment in …

Market Trends

Why Are Big Companies Calling Their Remote Workers Back to the Office?

With companies such as Yahoo, Bank of America, Aetna — and, most recently, IBM — reducing or completely eliminating their telecommuting programs, what's behind the removal of a perk that many managers admit enables workers to increase their productivity?<p>New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics …

The Workplace

Every brand needs SEO, and you can be the one to deliver it

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>It’s pretty hard to become the most popular kid in school. You have to dress well, bend over backwards to get people to like you, and make a vicious burn book that roasts all your enemies. But you …

SEO

Set yourself up to get the most out of retirement

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Some people approaching retirement may be asking with trepidation: What’s it going to be like? Others slide into retirement with the view that they’ll take a couple of months to relax and then see what happens. Somewhere between …

Retirement

John McCain: Here's why I voted no and killed the 'skinny repeal'

Sen. John McCain was one of three Republicans to vote against the GOP healthcare plan early Friday morning, and he is being credited with the decisive vote that killed the so-called Obamacare "skinny repeal."<p>"We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare's collapse, …

Markets

Ask a Fool: How Much Money Do I Need to Retire Comfortably? -- The Motley Fool

Here's a quick way to estimate your retirement number.<p>Q: I'm 50 and I'm trying to figure out when I'll be able to retire. How much money should I aim …

Investing

AT&T's New Debt - Not What You'd Expect

AT&T is issuing a lot of new debt.<p>That debt comes at relatively low interest rates.<p>Since the cash proceeds will be used to acquire Time Warner, it …

Finance

Tobacco Stocks Go Up in Smoke

Investors were caught off guard by news that cigarette makers may face strict new regulations.<p>Altria Group Inc. shares fell as much as 19% Friday after federal U.S. health officials said they are considering new standards that would require tobacco companies to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes …

Stocks

How to Create Your Own White-Labeled Influencer Networks – Adweek

Bringing outsourced technology and services in-house is nothing new to brands and agencies that want to take control of their advertising and …

Influencer Marketing

Here's where to find the most expensive and most affordable beach homes in the country

Beach season is in full swing. If you're fantasizing about owning a summer home within spitting distance of the ocean spray, your dreams could look eminently affordable or completely far-fetched depending on where you decide to buy.<p>Some spots will run you less than $125,000. In other places, you'd …

Markets

Obama-era retirement savings program for workers gets the ax

NEW YORK (AP) — A savings program put into place under President Barack Obama and designed to get more people to put away money for retirement is being killed.<p>The savings program, called myRA, was created about two years ago to give people without access to a 401(k) or other retirement plan from …

Retirement

Bitcoin prices rise as Ether extends recent weakness

The price of digital currency bitcoin rose Friday, putting it on track for a modest weekly gain, while rival currency Ether extended its recent weakness.<p>At latest check, a single bitcoin BTCUSD, +3.25% was up 2.7% to $2,771.45, according to cryptocurrency research-and-data site Coindesk. While it …

Cryptocurrency

This 8.7%-Yielding Monthly-Paying REIT Should Be In Everybody's Dividend Portfolio

Whitestone REIT makes a compelling value proposition.<p>The REIT has grown NOI and FFO per-share at a good clip, largely thanks to …

Investing

Starbucks is shuttering all of its Teavana stores as the retail apocalypse kills off American malls

As mall traffic drops, Starbucks is shuttering all of its tea-centric Teavana stores.<p>The company announced on Thursday that all 379 Teavana stores are set to close in the coming year, with the majority shuttering by spring 2018.<p>According to Starbucks, the 3,300 employees impacted by the closures …

Markets

30 firms earn half the total profit made by all US public companies

There were 4,819 public US companies in 1975. Forty years on, that number has fallen by more than a fifth, hitting 3,766 in 2015. This peculiar dwindling is but one of the dramatic changes in US public corporations described in a new study published in the <i>Journal of Economic Perspectives</i>.<p>How else, …

The Obamacare repeal debate is now a completely bonkers game of chicken

What on earth.<p>On Thursday evening, mere hours before the Senate is supposed to vote on a health care bill, the United States Capitol is in chaos.<p>This is what we actually know:<p>Senate Republicans have still not released the actual text of whatever they will vote on at the end of their debate, …

ObamaCare

Another Reminder This Isn't the Dot-Com Boom: Microsoft's 1990s Rise To $500 Billion

Tech's record-shattering run higher in recent years inevitably has drawn comparisons to the dot-com bubble two decades ago.<p>Often, the point of such comparisons is to warn that current expectations for earnings growth and stock valuations might be getting out of hand.<p>But contrasting how quickly …

Markets

Goldcorp CEO on Cost Savings and Gold Prices

David Garofalo, president and CEO of Goldcorp, talks about how his company managed to bring down its all-in sustaining costs by more than $200 an …

gold

Redfin goes public, VCs wait anxiously

Redfin, an Internet-enabled residential real estate brokerage, has raised $138 million in its IPO. The Seattle-based company priced 9.23 million …

Venture Capital

Markets Right Now: Weak retail earnings send US stocks lower

NEW YORK – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):<p>11:45 a.m.<p>U.S. stocks are mostly lower after Amazon and several other big companies reported quarterly results that disappointed investors.<p>Health care stocks also fell Friday, but less than the rest of the market, …

Markets

Warren Buffett Didn't Buy-and-Hold These 3 Stocks, and It's Cost Him More Than $12 Billion -- The Motley Fool

Even the Oracle of Omaha needs a reminder about the power of long-term investing from time to time.<p>Warren Buffett is arguably the greatest investor …

Stocks

A menacing pattern has revealed itself in the stock market

Prudent investors ought to pay attention to a menacing pattern developing in the stock market.<p>Please click here for an annotated chart.<p>The chart is of the Nasdaq 100 ETF QQQ, -0.26% A similar pattern can be seen in S&P 500 ETF SPY, -0.25% I picked QQQ because the pattern is more pronounced. And it …

Trading

This chart suggests the unemployment rate isn’t as low as it seems

Look closer and there’s plenty of slack.<p>The unemployment rate has fallen to exactly where it was back in March 2007 before the Great Recession struck, but wage growth has continued to be sluggish as if the labor market remains weak.<p>Mark Dow of Nomura Securities has an interesting chart that …

Economy

Barrick Gold: Is It Time To Buy?

Barrick Gold is a senior gold producer and was previously listed as my No. 8 overall gold stock pick for 2017.<p>The gold miner recently reported its …

Stocks

Defense lawyer: Shkreli would lose $65 million if convicted

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer says former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli would lose a $65 million stake in a drug company he founded if he's convicted at his securities fraud trial.<p>Attorney Ben Brafman made the claim Friday during closing arguments in federal court in New York.<p>The lawyer told …

News (U.S.)

Record Tech Valuations Reach Emerging Markets and Investors Are Getting Nervous

Surging valuations for emerging-market technology shares are giving some investors pause.<p>Growth stocks are the most expensive in more than a decade …

Markets

Eero acqui-hires smart home management startup Thington

Mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero wants to provide an easy way for consumers to connect and <i>connect with</i> all the smart devices in their home. As it looks to build more intelligence around how those devices interact, the company has acqui-hired the team behind smart home management app Thington.<p>Launched …

Entrepreneurship

Amazon’s second quarter hits 72 percent below projections

Amazon was anything but amazing on Thursday as it reported second-quarter earnings that came in 72 percent below expectations.<p>The dizzying miss sent …

Markets

Love and Money: Navigating Finances With Your Significant Other

Money can't buy you love — but it can certainly tear it apart.<p>J. Lo may tell you "love don’t cost a thing," but money sure can determine the fate of your relationship.<p>Forget deciding where to eat or who gets control of the remote — finances continue to be one of the biggest pain points for couples. …

Personal Finance