long-term interest rates
As an individual investor, at a certain point, you really need to wonder whether the market is rigged, or, at the very least, if we stand a chance against the big players in the market.Here are some startling examples…The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE/GS) is the fifth largest U.S. bank measured by assets. Just like individual investors buy and sell stocks, options, currencies and other securities, Goldman has. Read More
A company would have been bankrupt years ago if it was run like the U.S. government. Why do I say that? Because companies cannot go on forever just borrowing money while losing money on operations! But that is exactly what our governments do.
What has conservatives like me
If there is one investment to avoid in 2011, it will be bonds. Why? Simply because interest rates are headed higher in 2011.
No, we won’t see a spike in short-term interest rates. The Fed will not let that happen. But the Fed cannot control long-term interest rates.
As we enter the last two weeks of January, it looks like we could see positive gains in the month. This is important as historically what happens in January helps to influence and foreshadow how stocks behave going forward. A positive January can point to gains and it’s the opposite when the month is down. But, unlike how 2009 ended, technology is lagging both the DOW and S&P 500. On the plus side, small-cap stocks are faring well, up nearly two percent so far in two weeks.
I’d like to spend this column going over a few mid-cap companies that I really like. Three in particular stand out as solid, long-term wealth-creators for investors, in my opinion.Long-time readers of this column will know of my affinity for investment themes. Two investment themes that I like very much are the eye care business and the pet care business. No matter what happens to the economy, people still. Read More