Investing

He invests like a machine, buying and selling by rule

<b>Michael Epp</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Architect<p><b>Portfolio</b><p>A diversified selection of nearly two dozen stocks, including shares in Dorel Industries Inc., Metro Inc., 3M Co. and Verizon Communications Inc.<p><b>The investor</b><p>Michael Epp started his portfolio 15 years ago at the age of 40. He never owned a car, which helped a …

Stocks

Being a Landlord Sucks-Why You Shouldn't Invest in Real Estate

Being a Landlord Sucks-Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Real Estate<p>Should I Invest in Rental Real Estate?<p>With interest rates still very low, you may be …

Real Estate

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends, name changes, new listings

Changes announced in corporate dividends Feb. 20-Feb. 24.<p>INCREASED DIVIDENDS<p>Aetna Inc .50 from .25<p>Ares Management .28 from .20<p>Argo Group Intl .27 …

Stocks

RBC Raises Dividend After Profit Tops Analysts' Estimates

Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest lender by assets, raised its dividend after posting first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ …

Stocks

Natural Gas Short-Term Storage Outlook

Small build expected to be reported next week.<p>Four-week outlook is for a slow draw.<p>Premature to position for next winter.<p>The Energy Information …

Stocks

7 Ultra-Cheap Value Stocks to Buy Now

What makes value stocks … well, values? When is a cheap stock actually inexpensive … and when is it just plain ol’ cheap?<p>When a company has size and …

Stocks

ETFs might do investors more harm than good

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch)—Have ETFs done individual investors more harm than good?<p>Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, worry that they have. Those investment gurus are among the experts who argue that ETFs, which can be easily traded …

Stocks

IBM And Apple: The Truth About Buffett's Technology Buys

So far this year, the Nasdaq composite has been the best performer out of the three major indices. Investors seem to be warming up to tech, particularly some of the larger players in the technology space, and while it might seem like a disconnect to talk about technology and Warren Buffett, the …

Warren Buffett

These Are The Most Affordable Places To Live Based On Your Actual Earnings

Enter your postcode to compare the average income in your area with rent and house prices.<p>To understand the full scale of Britain’s housing crisis you have to go local. And it’s not just about comparing house prices and rents across different regions.<p>We took average rents and house prices for areas …

Personal Finance

See Why Index Funds Beat Actively-Managed Funds

Why do index funds outperform actively-managed funds? Over long periods of time, index funds have higher returns than their actively-managed …

Stocks

Is It Time To Sell Everything But High Quality Stocks?

The market seems pricey.<p>So I want to reduce risk, but I don't want to try to time the market (i.e., cut back on equity exposure) or buy downside …

Stocks

Another Treat for Vanguard ETF Investors (VWO,VGK)

If Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds (ETFs), is known for one thing, it is low fees. And Vanguard does not sit idle …

Stocks

Should you and your partner combine finances? 3 common money mistakes — and how to talk about them

Talking about money or financial topics can be a conversational minefield. Even asking someone what they do for a living, if done the wrong way, may …

Personal Finance

The Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in the U.S. Congress

While concerns about conflicts of interest regarding President Trump’s business holdings have received a lot of attention, resulting in proposed legislation to end loopholes for the commander in chief, there has been much less discussion of another source of conflicting interests: the investments …

Government

The Home Office Tax Deduction: One of the Most Misunderstood (and Dangerous) Tax Breaks

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24% of employed people now do some or all of their work at home. Beyond the …

Taxes

How to win the game and retire in your 30s

When you’re so good at saving money that you can retire at age 31, people understandably want to hear your money tips. That’s how Clark Howard ended …

Personal Finance

Trump at Brink of His Own Bull Market as Dow Flirts With History - Bloomberg

The Trump bump keeps getting huger.<p>Consecutive gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average have left it at the doorstep of history, including a 20 …

Market Trends

The single biggest force driving share prices in 2017 - and how to profit from it

The market is arriving at a turning point that is as significant as the collapse in share prices following the dotcom boom in the early 2000s – or so say a growing number of experienced professional investors.<p>A seismic shift is under way, they argue, in which certain types of shares are about to …

Stocks

Warren Buffett Has a Paper Gain of $13.5 Billion From His Bank of America Bet

They don’t call him the Oracle of Omaha for nothing. Warren Buffett’s $5 billion bet on then-struggling Bank of America in 2011 has resulted in …

Warren Buffett

3 Industries Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they're artists or engineers.<p>Crowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they’re artists or engineers. From bringing startups a needed capital boost …

Corporate Finance

How to Start Investing With Just $100

Investing your money into the stock market and bonds isn’t something you do later; it’s something you start doing as early on in your life as …

Retirement

A Dividend Portfolio Built From The World's Best Dividend ETFs

While my work here on Seeking Alpha primarily revolves around ETFs, I am well aware that many investors prefer to build their portfolio primarily or …

Stocks

Warren Buffett Just Listed an $11 Million California Beach Home

The property is on the market for the first time in nearly 50 years<p>You might expect billionaire Warren Buffett to live an extravagant life—but the investor's homes are surprisingly low-key. Or perhaps it's not surprising that he can hold on to so much wealth with these relatively modest homes. The …

Warren Buffett

Millennials face a depressing conundrum: Is it worth saving $5 a month for retirement?

Six months ago, Erica Patella, a 23-year-old insurance representative at Cardinal Advisors in Raleigh, N.C., started saving money to open up an individual retirement account with just $20 a month.<p>It may not seem like much, but by stashing away even a little money every month she was able to open up …

Retirement

Which mall stores are in danger of closing?

A number of chains have either closed locations, shut down for good, or are teetering on the edge.<p>There was a time not that long ago when the idea that malls had killed Main Street was an important business narrative. Now it's malls that are withering under the pressure of having to face off with …

Business

Ten Stocks That Still Look Cheap - Stocks to Watch

By Teresa Rivas<p>As markets continue to rocket to new highs, investors may be wondering if there are any bargains left. <b>Jefferies</b>‘ Brian Abrahams and …

Stocks

Markets Right Now: Stocks stage late comeback, Dow at record

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):<p>4:00 p.m.<p>A late burst of buying erased losses in U.S. indexes and left the Dow Jones industrial average with its 11th straight gain and another record close.<p>The market was down nearly all day Friday before turning …

Stocks

Sean Spicer’s anti-marijuana comments just sent weed stocks plunging

By Vanmala Subramaniam on Feb 24, 2017<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has made it crystal clear that Americans should expect an anti-marijuana crackdown under the Trump administration, sending Canadian weed stocks into a brief tailspin early Friday.<p>Responding to a question regarding the …

Cannabis

Gold vs silver: What's in store for 2017?

Most surges in sentiment towards precious metals tends to see the Gold/Silver Ratio peak.<p>The first thing to say about almost every outlook article …

gold

Don't Let Fear Or Greed Drive Your Investing

The buyers appeared to have dried up by last Friday’s open as after ten positive closes in the Dow Industrials the market became nervous ahead of President Trump’s DC speech. The stock market had traded lower several times last week but each day it has rebounded by the close. That was again the …

Stocks