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Tax Cuts May Boost Saving, Not Spending

As the debate rages over whether allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts – enacted under former president George W. Bush – to lapse, Bloomberg News has stepped in with an article that’s problematic for both Democrats and Republicans. Rather than boosting spending and consumption, economists at Moody’s Analytics have found, the tax cuts increased […]

Hit Western Videogame Drives Profits at Take-Two

For years, Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ: TTWO) has languished as a struggling small-cap stock, despite its outsize presence in the gaming industry and wider news media. The publisher of Bioshock and Grand Theft Auto (not to mention Midnight Club, the Civilization franchise and other hits) has often courted controversy in its games with extreme, sometimes […]

How CD Laddering Can Preserve and Grow Wealth

Laddering certificates of deposit – or bonds – is an effective and often little-discussed strategy to preserve and grow your wealth through uncertain economic periods. It shouldn’t be confused with laddering stock purchases, an illegal form of insider trading. One of the most important overlooked bank services is the CD – which works basically like […]

Compounding Your Earnings through Reinvestment

The physicist Albert Einstein apocryphally said that "compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe." Whether or not the quote is real, the sentiment remains intriguing – and it has powerful implications for your investment strategy. Interest isn’t the only thing that compounds – whenever gains are reinvested, the principle of compounding gains […]

Streaming TV Gets Ready for the Limelight

Where to go when you want to watch free episodes of Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Community, Arrested Development and Family Guy? For the past few years Hulu has been the de facto – legal – answer to that question. The service is a joint venture of News Corporation (the owner of Fox and the […]

How to Prepare Yourself for Inflation and Deflation

A recent New York Times article profiled two rival camps of economists; the Deflationistas and the Inflationistas. Simply put, the former see the greatest danger facing the U.S. economy as a downward spiral of decreasing prices and wages, with consumers putting off purchases and focusing on their debts and savings. The latter believe the opposite […]

Expense Ratios Remain the Key Fund Statistic

Young entrepreneurs and investors take note – when looking at a mutual fund’s prospectus, the expense ratio remains the most important number on the page. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Morningstar (NASDAQ: MORN), an independent investment research firm. Morningstar is famous for its "star" ratings, which rate funds on the basis of […]

Are We Out of the Deflation Woods?

Prices on consumer goods – measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index – rose by 0.3 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis. For many, that doesn’t seem like good news. Who, after all, would want prices to rise? As it turns out, quite a few economists would. Many fear deflation, […]

Some of the Glow Fades from Brazilian Investments

Before the financial meltdown of 2008, and again in its aftermath, Brazil was the darling of global equities investors. From many perspectives, it had everything: A relatively fast-growing economy, new oil discoveries that promised full energy independence, semi-private industry leaders like Vale and Petrobras and a stable political scene. In addition, Brazil’s highly traditional banking […]

Could Skype Be the Next Google?

Skype is an application which provides internet-based telephone calls, instant messaging, file transfers and video conferencing. It’s become wildly popular, with more than 500 million individual accounts registered. Much of that growth has come in the last two or three years, and it now holds a 13 percent share of all international voice traffic – […]