What Happened This Week 7/28/2017

What Happened This Week 7/28/2017

Markets rose on positive corporate earnings and an increase in consumer spending – both of which improved investor confidence in the strength of the global economy. Over 80% of S&P 500 companies delivered earnings that beat estimates. One noteworthy exception were tech stocks which struggled. Google’s holding company, Alphabet, posted below-expected earnings, causing tech stocks to decline and while Jeff Bezos made headlines this week after surpassing Bill […]

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The Importance of Net Neutrality

The Importance of Net Neutrality

When people use the internet, they expect a free open network without restriction. You want to be able to dictate your own internet experience. This right is protected by a principle called Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the principle that the internet provides an open network that allows for free communication and free speech. To put it more simply, Net Neutrality allows for an open network to use as […]

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Is the G20 An Elusive Dream?

Is the G20 An Elusive Dream?

This year’s G20 Summit lacked the unity of past meetings. On one side of the table, we saw 18 nations and the European Union. The United States sat on the other side of the table. Between these two, was the divide: climate change, a divide that has led many to describe the G20 as the G19 plus one. But what exactly is the G20 Summit and […]

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Oil in a Bear Market: So What?

Oil in a Bear Market: So What?

Oil prices, one of the most basic resources in the commodity marketplace, and their impcats on the markets are important to learn. As one of the market movers in today’s marketplace, we must take a closer look at oil in order to continue to build towards financial fluency.   To analyze oil prices, we need to take a trip back to the 1970s when the […]

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Tech Stocks’ Uncertain Future

Tech Stocks’ Uncertain Future

The past month hasn’t been a good one for investors in FAANG (FB, AAPL, AMZN, NFLX, GOOG) and other major tech stocks. FAANG stocks were down an average of about 5.5% while popular recent IPO Snap Inc. (SNAP) is down 16.4%. So what caused this decline? Let’s take a deeper look as we continue to step towards financial fluency. Although there are differing opinions, it […]

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Cyber Attacks & Why They Matter

Cyber Attacks & Why They Matter

Since 2005, Ransomware has been the most common cyber threat. You may be asking yourself “what is ransomware?” Ransomware is a virus designed to block parts or all of your computer from use until a sum is paid to the entity behind the virus. The first ransomware occurred in 1989 by a Harvard graduate named Joseph Popp. Since then, Ransomware has grown to cost global citizens […]

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