April is Financial Literacy Monththe perfect opportunity to teach kids about money as we inch towards summer. They’ll want to go to waterparks and baseball games with friends and enjoy other activities, and they should learn now how they can afford to do all those things. In teen lingo, I understand that kids are all about “swag,” and I agreekids really do need SWAG. However, the swag I’m referring to isn’t sass or attitude. It’s Savings With A Goal.
See Also: 10 Things Every Kid Should Know About Money
As a mom and Certified Financial Planner, I know it is important to raise financially savvy kids. How can we teach children about financial literacy early on? There are apps out there to help with this, but hands-on learning is quite valuable. Making your financial lesson an experience that inspires creativity and reflection can leave a lasting impact on your children.
5 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)
Rhino Resource Partners LP produces, processes, and sells coal of various steam and metallurgical grades in the United States. The company holds interests in various surface and underground coal mines located in Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Western Bituminous region. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 10 mines, including 5 underground and 5 surface mines located in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The company markets its steam coal primarily to electric utility companies as fuel for their steam-powered generators; and metallurgical coal for steel and coke producers. It also engages in mining limestone from reserves located at its Sands Hill mining complex and sells it as aggregate to various construction companies and road builders. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky.
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.
5 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF(VCSH)
Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (the Fund) seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted corporate bond index with a short-term, dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs a passive management or indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays Capital U.S. 1-5 Year Corporate Index (the Index). This Index includes the United States dollar-denominated, investment-grade, fixed-rate, taxable securities issued by industrial, utility and financial companies, with maturities between 1 and 5 years. The Fund invests by sampling the Index, meaning that it holds a range of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full Index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics. All of the Funds investments will be selected through the sampling process, and at least 80% of the Funds assets will be invested in bonds included in the Index. The Funds investment advisor is Vanguard Fixed Income Group. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Steven Goldberg]
Youll never grow rich owning Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH), but you wont go broke, either. I especially love two numbers about this fund: its annual expense ratio of just 0.10% and its average duration of 2.8 years (duration is a measure of interest-rate sensitivity; a duration of 2.8 years suggests that the funds price would drop by 2.8% if interest rates rose by one percentage point). The exchange-traded fund invests in short-term, high-quality corporate and government bonds. It yields just 1.9%, but the modest payout is a fair trade-off for the low risk.
Best Prefered Stocks To Invest In 2016: Aon Corporation(AON)
Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Javier Hasse]
In other news, Aon plc Class A Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE: AON) boosted its quarterly dividend from $0.30 per share to $0.33 per share, and McGraw Hill Financial Inc (NYSE: MHFI) said it would sell its unit J.D. Power to investment firm XIO Group for $1.1 billion.
- [By Reuters]
Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc
5 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation manufactures and sells firearm products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, firearms and accessories. It offers handguns, including revolvers and pistols; long guns, such as sporting, bolt action, and single shot rifles; hunting rifles; black powder firearms; handcuffs and restraints; and firearm-related products and accessories. The company sells its products under the Smith & Wesson, M&P, Thompson/Center Arms, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal Reloading Tools, Lockdown Vault Accessories, Hooyman Premium Tree Saws, BOG-POD, and Golden Rod Moisture Control brands. It also provides metal processing and finishing services comprising tooling, forging, heat treating, finishing, plating, plastic injection molding, and engineering support services to third-party customers; and licensing of tra demarks to third parties. The company serves gun enthusiasts; collectors; hunters; sportsmen; competitive shooters; individuals desiring home and personal protection; law enforcement and security agencies and officers; and military agencies. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation sells its products through distributors; federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies and officers; government and military agencies; businesses; retailers; and consumers. It also operates Websites; and an online retail store that sells hunting and shooting accessories, branded products, apparel, and related shooting supplies. The company was founded in 1852 and is based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC) are soaring after the gun maker beat earnings forecasts and provided optimistic guidance. Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio has the details:
Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported another quarterly beat in 4Q, and surprisingly for a company which has recently under-promised and over-delivered to a significant degree, introduced initial FY17 and 1Q guidance well above current consensus forecasts. Successful recent new firearm product introductions, impressive growth in the recently acquired accessories segment, and stronger than expected gross margin drove 4Q upside, and these factors carry solid fundamental momentum into FY17. Especially given important near-term catalysts, we reiterate our Buy rating and maintain our price target of $32, derived by applying a trailing-year peer average EV/EBITDA multiple of 10x on current years estimates.
What are those catalysts you might ask? Dionisio continues:
We foresee two potential near-term catalysts for the stock. First, the U.S. Army is expected to select three finalists for its landmark handgun contract sometime around August, and we view S&W as the potential front-runner for this contract. Second, the firearms market could see another re-acceleration in demand trends in response to last weeks incident in Orlando, similar to the sharp surge in demand, particularly in handguns, seen just after the Paris and San Bernadino incidents late last year.
Wedbush analyst James Hardiman agrees:
Smith & Wesson shares should benefit from not only a sizeable 4Q beat but also a view among investors that the solid guidance given on Thursday is beatable given what is assumed to be a surge in demand in coming months following the Orlando tragedy. Beyond a short term bump in these shares, however, SWHC faces exceedingly difficult comparisons, and so investors will be watching closely beyond a strong 1Q for signs of sustainable momentum durin
5 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Medivation Inc.(MDVN)
Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of small molecule drugs for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer, Alzheimer?s disease, and Huntington disease. The company?s product candidates under clinical development include MDV3100, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer; and dimebon, which is in Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer?s disease and Huntington disease. It has collaboration agreements with Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize dimebon; and Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize MDV3100. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Well, it looks like Medivation (MDVN) now has five suitors after reports that Amgen (AMGN) is joining Pfizer (PFE), Sanofi (SNY), AstraZeneca (AZN) and Novartis (NVS) in considering a bid. Maxim’s Jason Kolbert and Jason McCarthy offer their thoughts:
Medivation reports tonight at 4:30pm…
We expect the focus to be on the recent proposals from Sanofi (SNY $38.75- NR); Pfizer (PFE $33.40 -NR), AstraZeneca (AZN $28.26-NR) and just today, Amgen (AMGN – $154.18 – NR)…
Medivation is returning to new highs as suitors line up to make acquisition bids. In this scenario what is the right discount rate for modeling purposes?
We believe our model for Xtandi revenues is good, therefore we review our risk rating and determine the following: 30% = $47 15% = $76 10% = $99
With Medivation’s board having now said No to anything less than $65 per share, it suggests to us that the stability and predictability of Xtandi’s revenues is greater than we thought, the risk is lower. Our intermediate risk rating is 15% or $76 fair value.
Shares of Medivation rose 0.3% to $59.22 today, while Pfizer gained 0.5% to $33.56, Sanofi fell 0.5% to $39.07, AstraZeneca dropped 0.6% to $39.07, Novartis declined 0.3% to $74.12, and Amgen ticked up 0.1% to $154.25.