Coming out of the financial crisis, Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley made a crucial pivot that is bearing fruit as the bank gets further away from its darkest days and helped deliver first-quarter results that blew past Wall Street’s estimates.
The firm’s decision to double down on wealth management — buying Smith Barney from Citigroup Citigroup — has paid off, most recently in the first....more>>>
Yes, the market’s been on fire this year, but some stocks have been doing way better than the rest of the market. Forget about the stocks that have beaten the market with healthy double-digit percentage gains through the first half of the year. There are hundreds of stocks out there that have rewarded investors by more than doubling.
Some of the names may be surprising, so let’s....more>>>
Big savers are in trouble in Cyprus. It has been reported many times over the last week that individuals holding more than $100,000 in Cypriot banks, traditionally a tax haven for Russian money, could be losing up to 60% of their capital as part of the country’s bailout plan.
It’s a tough pill to stomach, seeing something like that take place, and it’s a stark reminder of....more>>>
Exchange-traded funds are terrific tools for investing. ETFs are generally much less expensive than ordinary actively managed mutual funds. Unlike most actively managed funds, ETFs rarely make capital-gains distributions, so they are more tax-friendly than all but the best-run index funds.
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For the uninitiated, ETFs are just like regular mutual funds....more>>>
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Over at HuffPo, former Monster Worldwide (MWW) President and COO Jim Treacy makes a solid case for a Facebook (FB) buyout of Twitter (TWTR). Here’s the part that resonates most with me: It’s not hard to imagine Twitter and Vine (Twitter’s globally popular six-second video-clip property) fitting in and thriving as part of the social media pantheon....more>>>
Law of Diminishing Returns: Warren Buffett Experiment
Warren Buffet had given the following example as a law of diminishing returns and future revenue growth and I decided to take him up on it. “A growth rate of that magnitude can only be maintained by a very small percentage of large businesses. Here’s a test: Examine the record of, say, the 200 highest earning companies from 1970....more>>>
LONDON — After a shaky start to the week yesterday, when the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE ) managed a modest 22-point gain, the index of top U.K. shares is looking a little stronger today. By 9 a.m. EDT the FTSE is up 0.85% to 6,384, with a bit of brightness in the financial sector giving it a lift. We’re still quite some way from the 13-week high of 6,876 set on May 22,....more>>>
Thursday morning's condensed list of economic data releases strengthened the dollar, influencing a 45 pip increase in the USD/JPY currency pair.
The multiple U.S. economic releases consisting of: non-farm payroll beat consensus by 73,000, trade balance beat by $6 billion, unemployment beat by two basis points, initial jobless 2,000 higher than consensus and continuous jobless claims....more>>>
Shares of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX ) fell more than 24% Thursday, leaving essentially no investors who believe this is one of the best stocks to invest in now.
Yet the skeptics may be overreaching. Sure, Rackspace’s revenue growth is slowing, but with gross margin rising, concerns over collateral damage caused by an ongoing cloud storage price war between Amazon.com....more>>>
On the payroll at the Orange County, Calif., start-up Ghost Group are two full-time lobbyists, a policy writer, a public relations firm and marketing agency.
They’ve got an annual budget of $1 million, and a single mission: to do whatever is possible to get states and the federal government to legalize marijuana. Leading the team is the company’s co-founder, Justin Hartfield,....more>>>
It seems that once you’ve grown large enough to disrupt business as usual for MasterCard (NYSE: MA ) and Visa (NYSE: V ) , you run the risk of getting muscled. MasterCard recently announced plans to raise prices on intermediated payment processors (read: digital wallets) that chose to withhold valuable transaction details from MasterCard. In other words, this measure....more>>>
The Federal Reserve will at its next meeting reduce its unprecedented stimulus to as little as $60 billion each month, according to Bruce Richards, chief executive officer and co-founder of New York-based hedge-fund firm Marathon Asset Management LP.
The tapering will begin this month with the U.S. central bank reducing its bond purchases to the annual equivalent of about....more>>>
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, online marketplace giant eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at eBay and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
While investors and consumers are shifting attention to the release of the iPhone 6 in the second half of the year, the biggest revelation from Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference wasn’t about a particular piece of software, but rather a subtle shift in the company’s approach to business. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) has opened up development tools and capabilities....more>>>
Japan financial markets will be open for trading Tuesday after a holiday on Monday. Last in, the USD/JPY pair was at 118.31. Some data due to be released are Japanese December bank lending and the November current account balance. Some economic chatter will likely follow the release of some surveys of economists on Japanese growth, inflation and BOJ policy.
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