Trading Risk: The North Korea Summit

Trading Risk: The North Korea Summit

The Situation   For the past several weeks, a proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to have been whimsically planned, cancelled, and re-planned. However, most recent developments suggest that the summit is confirmed and will go ahead as planned on June 12.   The North Korea summit saga, like other recent political issues such as tariff disputes, has […]

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Does the President Influence Bitcoin’s Price?

Does the President Influence Bitcoin’s Price?

The quick changes and volatility of Bitcoin’s prices have long puzzled economists. There are many reasons why Bitcoin’s price movements can’t be analyzed like a normal asset, one of which is its unofficial status. To date, there are no clear classifications on what Bitcoin truly is, whether it’s a safe haven asset or a stock. While it’s true that Bitcoin investors call it a new […]

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The Bitcoin Bubble

The Bitcoin Bubble

Another week, another cryptocurrency headline. However, this week’s headline is vastly different than the countless ones that preceded it, this week we ask: is the bitcoin bubble finally popping?   The Formation of the Bitcoin Bubble   Analysts have always warned against an imminent bitcoin bubble pop after the asset class’ historic rise showed eerily similar signs to the early 2000’s dotcom bubble and the […]

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Breaking down the Tax Bill

Breaking down the Tax Bill

Wondering what’s going on with the GOP’s latest tax bill? Here’s how it impacts you, small businesses, and the markets in order to figure out the best way to allocate your portfolio.

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Living in a World of Negative Rates

Living in a World of Negative Rates

At many of the world’s central banks, setting key interest rates is the primary tool for conducting monetary policy and stabilizing economic activity. When central bankers are worried about inflation or an economy expanding too quickly, they can raise rates and increase the cost of borrowing, giving households and businesses more reason to save their money, rather than spending or investing. Similarly, in the midst […]

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Crypto-craziness

Crypto-craziness

  With a market cap of nearly $200 billion, it is safe to say that nothing has had a quicker rise to fame in recent years than cryptocurrency. Bitcoin’s foundation in 2009 was the first domino to fall in a line of hundreds as the blockchain industry continues its rapid expansion.   The general technology provides users with a decentralized platform that allows them to […]

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Investors’ Interest in Semiconductors

Investors’ Interest in Semiconductors

2017 has been the year of the chip, and no, we are not talking about the Lay’s products seemingly thrown into every new Taco Bell menu item. Tech stocks have dominated markets this year, and a large part of that support has come from its chip-producing companies. Semiconductor stocks have surged as their capabilities continue to become more essential to our daily life. These highly-complex, […]

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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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The ETF Craze

The ETF Craze

In the past few years, ETFs have gone from rare to commonplace. But what are these things that everyone talks about? An Exchange Traded Fund, or ETF, is a security that trades on a stock exchange that tracks a sector, index, commodity, or a group of assets.  Essentially, instead of buying a specific stock, such as Apple (AAPL), you could buy a technology ETF. This […]

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Retail’s Uncertain Future

Retail’s Uncertain Future

The role of consumer preferences in shaping our markets is a prominent one. Let’s take a deeper look as we step closer towards achieving financial fluency. The Consumer Revolution As consumer preferences have shifted over the past decade, so has the retail industry; but what does that mean for investing in retail stocks? Although overall retail is growing and remains a massive part of the […]

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