Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.
Todays column addresses whether to take spousal benefits at FRA, who’s affected by the new law, the WEP and Canadian pensions, the availability of spousal benefits and whether Social Security benefits must replace SSI benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, a company that markets Maximize My Social Security, a Social Security benefits calculator referred to in this post.
See more Ask Larry answers here.
Ask Larry about Social Security:
Should I Take Spousal Benefits At 66?
Hi Larry, I will be 66 in a couple months. My wife started receiving her retirement benefit in 2008. Should I claim a spousal benefit when I turn 66? My concern is that if I claim a spousal benefit based on her record when I reach 66, I will be unable to claim my retirement benefit based on my record, which is much higher, when I finally cease working. I’ve heard both sides of this from different experts. Thanks, Miles
Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
- [By Jason Hall, Travis Hoium, and Brian Feroldi]
In our ongoing search for just such quality growth stocks, we asked three of our contributors to pick out ones they think have high growth potential from here, and tell us why. They gave us a unique retailer that’s carving out a huge following in Duluth Holdings(NASDAQ:DLTH), a recovering fast-casual dining darling inChipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and a gaming and resorts giant,Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after M Science, a data analytics firm, predicted better same-store sales.
Chipotle Mexican Grillgained 2.8% to $407.52 today, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.2% to 2,344.02.
Bloomberg’s Craig Giammona and Leslie Patton have the details on the M Science report:
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shares rose the most in almost six weeks after data-analysis firm M Science predicted that first-quarter sales will easily beat Wall Streets estimates, bringing a ray of optimism to a chain battered by a food-safety crisis.
The researcher studied same-store sales during February and the first 10 days of March, according to M Science Chief Executive Officer Michael Marrale. The firm made the call based on multiple data sets and proprietary models, he said.
Chipotle Mexican Grill’s market capitalization rose to $12.9 billion today from $11.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $22.9 million on sales of $3.9 billion in 2016.
- [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]
Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)
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Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) is benefiting from two key trends: its strong presence in Asia where it books 79% of its revenue and leading brand awareness with millennials. The company has increased its dividend every year since 2001, now paying a 2% yield, and maintains a share repurchase program that returns excess cash to shareholders.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:
“Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…
Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.
Maintaining Buy: While we now have less confidence in mgmt, from an external perspective, to forecast its results accurately, and from an internal perspective, to course correct quicklyi.e., why didn’t they drop the 12-month plan for Me in South Korea when it so obviously wasn’t workingwe are still confident in Youth & Me. The rep growth in South Asia/Pacific from Youth in 3Q led to better 4Q sales than we’d expected, Youth’s Americas LTO in 4Q drove lc sales up 26% YoY, and Me not only sold through in Japan in 4Q but also drove reps higher. We imagine that investors may have little patience or confidence in Nu Skin for a while, understandably. But the bar seems set fairly low now, so we are cautiously optimistic that Nu Skin can dig itself out of this hole as we go through 2016 and Me & Youth roll out more fully.
Shares of Nu Skin have tumbled 13% to $27.31 at 2:11 p.m. today.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.
- [By Craig Jones]
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) is trading sharply higher on Friday, but options traders are buying puts in the name, said Jon Najarian. Traders were buying the June 50 puts and they paid around 6 percent for them, so they don't see much upside in Nu Skin Enterprises, explained Najarian. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for a month.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited(CNR)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Wall Street analysts expect that Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) will announce $1.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Canadian National Railway’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.06 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.97. Canadian National Railway reported earnings per share of $1.00 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 2%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th.
- [By Max Byerly]
Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) – Cormark raised their Q3 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Canadian National Railway in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, April 10th. Cormark analyst D. Tyerman now expects that the transportation company will post earnings per share of $1.15 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $1.14.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)
- [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.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apollo Gold Corporation(BRD)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Bread (CURRENCY:BRD) traded 10.1% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 15:00 PM ET on May 6th. Bread has a market cap of $73.13 million and approximately $1.09 million worth of Bread was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Bread token can currently be purchased for about $0.82 or 0.00008683 BTC on popular exchanges including OKEx, Binance and Cobinhood. In the last seven days, Bread has traded 3.3% higher against the U.S. dollar.