Category Archives: Streetwise

It Is That Time of The Year – Once Again

Streetwise for Sunday, December 10, 2017 It is that time of the year once again, the time for holiday parties, gift giving and a good time to be had by all…well maybe not all. There are many for whom the adversities of life, not to mention the economic downturn we call the Great Recession, have…

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The Stock Market Is Fickle

Streetwise for Friday, December 8, 2017 You may have noticed the recent shift out of technology and into finance. One key reason is the tax overhaul being worked on my Congress that is nearing completion. Another is the likelihood of an increase in interest rates in December. So, suddenly the technology sector is out of…

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Could Hasbro Become Mattel’s White Knight?

Streetwise for Sunday, December 3, 2017 This is the holiday shopping season so let’s talk toys; from an investment perspective of course. Retail toy sales for 2017 are expected to chalk up a growth rate of 3.4 percent over last year. In addition, online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall figure,…

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Time for a Heart-to-Heart

Streetwise for Friday, December 1, 2017 In the past, I have been a strong proponent of the idea that you need to have a “heart-to-heart” with your portfolio as we go into the last month of the year. The key reason is that at the close of any year, a little “tuning up” is probably…

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By Land, Sea or Air, GD Will Profit

Streetwise for Sunday, November 26, 2017 When you are inundated with a plethora of forecasts as to what Wall Street will do in the upcoming New Year, and you will be, remember that the driver of daily stock prices is not earnings, it is fear, hope and greed. In the short-term, those three emotions will…

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Smucker’s Assets Outweigh Stock Price

Streetwise for Sunday, November 19, 2017 In a recent column, I discussed how at the end of each year I offer up 12 investment ideas, the performance of which I then review a year later. The list is designed to be a catalyst to stimulate ideas and thinking on your part about potential investment candidates…

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Buffett’s Million Dollar Bet Shows Fees Are Important

Streetwise for Friday, November 10, 2017 I continue to receive questions asking about the efficacy of investing in what are called alternative investments as part of a diversification strategy. Alternative investments are part and parcel of what is called modern portfolio theory. The theory calls for a portfolio to be diversified into different uncorrelated investments.…

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GE – A Monument to Bad Management

Streetwise for Sunday, November 12, 2017 Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy and investment success is no exception. Yes, Wall Street can be a rose garden but only if you avoid the ever-present thorns. One way of doing so is to maintain a firm belief that you invest in a company because, and only because,…

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The Great Debate

Streetwise for Friday, November 10, 2017 As the year moves toward its final month, let me once again try to smooth the feathers of those readers who continue to complain that I never address the issue of technical analysis. The question arises because one of the great investment questions of all time is whether to…

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The End Game

Streetwise for Sunday, November 5, 2017 As the end of the 2017 comes into sight, it is time once again to view Wall Street in a manner like the end game of a chess match. And yes, like chess, it takes special skills to master the Street’s annual end game. What makes this time of…

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