A Roller Coaster Summer for Amusement Park Investors

by Rachel Gearhart

According to Trip Advisor, the average family spends up to $1000 per amusement park visit. And, according to IBISWorld’s Amusement Parks market research report, that adds up to $15 billion in revenue for the amusement park industry. So how can you and your portfolio get in on this summer’s hottest (and profitable) attractions?

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IU Stock Grader Biogen Idec (BIIB) Crushes Earnings Estimates, Shares Jump 12%

by Ryan Fitzwater

Shares of Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) are surging over 12% today after beating Wall Street's expectations on a few fronts. That means there's no time like the present to assess Biogen's financial health with our Investment U Fundamental Factor Test.

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Covered Calls Enhance Income

by David Becker

As stocks continue to rise in 2014, it is getting more difficult for income investors to find quality stocks that provide robust dividend yields. One way to supplement income is to use a covered calls options strategy.

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Why You Need an Investment System - Part 2

by Alexander Green

In my last column - and at The Oxford Club's Private Wealth Seminar in Quebec City this week - I made the case that every investor should run his money using a proven investment system. If you don't, you're just flying by the seat of your pants. And that isn't likely to deliver market-beating results. A complete investment system should cover these six foundations: Read On…

Why You Need an Investment System

by Alexander Green

At The Oxford Club's Private Wealth Seminar at The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec this week, I suggested that what every investor should really seek first and foremost is an all-encompassing investment system, one that will generate above-average returns in the good times and protect their hard-earned capital when things go off the rails, as they inevitably do from time to time. Why is this so important? Let me go back to the beginning... Read On…

Are Treasurys About to Spike?

by Christopher Rowe

It pays to stay diversified among many asset classes, including bonds. Today, I'm seeing signs of U.S. Treasurys strengthening relative to corporate bonds (and probably in absolute terms as well). We can find out which one is likely to outperform the other by looking at a relative strength chart of two ETFs. Read On…

Must Read Microsoft’s Painful (but Profitable) Restructuring

by Tom Sandford

Sadly, investors aren’t the only victims of Wall Street. On July 17, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella announced 18,000 layoffs in a bid to make the company more competitive. Even with the news of deep job cuts, Microsoft’s shares jumped. In fact, shares are up 19% year to date. But why? Aren’t layoffs a bad omen? Read On…

Double-Digit Income and Growth? No Problem

by David Fessler

Recently I went looking for the best candidates for both growth and income in the energy industry for 2014. I used the proprietary stock screener I developed for my research service Peak Energy Strategist. I call the screener the Peak Energy Indicator, or PEI. I used the PEI to scour the 114 energy master limited partnerships (MLP) available to investors. It identified just three. Read On…

Must Read Microsoft’s Painful (but Profitable) Restructuring

by Tom Sandford

Sadly, investors aren’t the only victims of Wall Street. On July 17, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella announced 18,000 layoffs in a bid to make the company more competitive. Even with the news of deep job cuts, Microsoft’s shares jumped. In fact, shares are up 19% year to date. But why? Aren’t layoffs a bad omen? Read On…

Demand Is Still in Control

by Christopher Rowe

Today’s chart is the granddaddy of all technical stock market indicators: the New York Stock Exchange Bullish Percent Index (NYSE BPI). A BPI tracks the percentage of stocks that are on point-and-figure “Buy” signals. Read On…

Is Your Stock Portfolio Threatening the Nation?

by Alexander Green

The stock market hit another all-time high this week. If you're an investor, that's cause to celebrate. For others, it's a reason to grumble. Why? Because rising asset values increase economic inequality, enhancing the wealth of the "haves" and leaving the "have-nots" further behind. Don't scoff. This is becoming a major issue in this country. Read On…

Tuck Your Portfolio Into Some Comfy Hotel Stocks

by Tom Sandford

Hotels handled $17 billion in transactions last year. This year, analysts expect that to top $25 billion. As a result, hotels have been able to increase rates. The positive effects are showing up in reports and earnings statements, and investors are lining up. Here are the stocks of hotel chains with a knack for getting heads in beds. Read On…

Why Investors Have It Better Than Ever

by Alexander Green

At an investment conference last week, Scientific American columnist and Skeptic magazine founder Michael Shermer argued that we are living in the best of times. Living standards have never been higher. The human life span has never been longer. Educational attainment has never been greater. And violent crime is in a long-term cycle of decline. Yet some in the audience disagreed... Read On…

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