Many new stock traders lose confidence and money when they first start trading on their own. By sidestepping common mistakes, new investors can avoid learning these lessons the hard way. Continue reading
With the S&P 500 making new all-time highs on a weekly basis, many investors are starting to get nervous about stock prices. While no portfolio is entirely risk-free, there are several ways that every investor can keep risk in check.
Here are four common ways to manage the risk in your portfolio. Continue reading
The days when these two companies dominated the web are long gone, but could a merger between the two be the best path forward?
Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP believes so, and it has been pushing the two companies to consider joining forces. Continue reading
When it comes to money, it seems like everyone believes they are an expert. Financial advice from friends, family and coworkers almost always comes with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, finance can be so complicated that sometimes it’s difficult to sort fact from fiction.
Here is a list of five common financial myths that could be costing you money. Continue reading
The wave of marijuana legalization that has swept across the country in recent years continued in the recent midterm elections. Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia all voted to legalize the drug for recreational use. As many expected, the cannabis industry is booming in states like Colorado, and some analysts predict that legal U.S. marijuana revenue could reach $10 billion by 2018.
There has long been an underground marijuana culture in the United States, but recent state-specific legalization has meant that the federal government is benefiting from marijuana tax revenue for the first time. Ironically, this boost in tax revenue has come despite the fact that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level. Continue reading
Visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk is making headlines once again, this time for exploring the potential of Internet satellites.
The group’s current plan is to launch a fleet of about 700 satellites, each of which would be about half the size of the smallest communications satellites now in operation. Wyler’s startup, WorldVu Satellites Ltd., is looking to build a factory to manufacture the satellites inside the U.S. Continue reading
The recent crash of the Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spaceship has drawn attention once again to the dangers of space travel. The reality of buying a ticket to space seems to be just around the corner. However, Virgin Galactic’s recent tragedy has put a spotlight on the legal implications of such a seemingly dangerous new industry.
On October 31, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed over the desert of Mojave, California, during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots aboard. The spacecraft’s unique “feathering” system, a method of positioning the rudders to maximize drag during descent, deployed too early during the flight. The spacecraft disintegrated seconds later, leaving the two pilots helpless during a 10-mile drop to Earth. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I posted here on Trading Common Sense that I had sold my largest position: Apple. Despite the fact that I still have more cash in my account than anything else, I have a new largest investment position. Some call it “black gold,” some call it “Texas tea,” but I call it “United States Oil Fund, LP.”
Here was my dilemma once I had sold Apple: what the heck is out there to buy? A good friend of mine had asked me what stock he should buy about a month ago. I told him, “I’ll get back to you.” And then I realized a month had gone by without be coming across a single “can’t miss” idea. Continue reading
Just when it seems like the world of finance could not get any more complicated, some industry insiders believe the era of the quantum computer is imminent.
In a recently published paper, Ovidiu Racorean, head of Advanced Mathematical Methods for a top British hedge fund, suggests that quantum-based technical stock market analysis (QTA) could be coming to Wall Street very soon. Continue reading