China Still Thristy for Oil

Despite a slowdown affecting mostly China’s manufacturing and other value-added, energy intensive industries, China has yet to back down from oil acquisitions.  Its newest investment through its state owned investment conglomerate brought thousands of acres of oil sands under its ownership. Partnership in Sands The new partnership was reached as part of a deal between …

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Want 4% Guaranteed Returns? Give Reward Checking a Try

Banks are trying everything they can to bring new clientele to their business.  In fact, they’re going as far as offering 4% interest on checking accounts, a banking product that generally yields less than a tenth of a percent, if anything at all. How Reward Checking Accounts Work Like reward credit cards, reward checking accounts …

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Hurry – Chinese Dip Won't Last Forever

The fear of an economic recession is already priced into the Shanghai index.  After breaching a previous low to hit its lowest point in 2010, the Shanghai index shows it may be pricing in far too much fear and not enough future upside. Fundamentals are Improving Despite concerns over a property market that has surged …

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Dividends Give Stocks’ Risk a Buffer

Though investors may love dividends for their income potential, stocks that issue dividends to investors also fair better in weaker markets. What’s In a Dividend? Dividend paying stocks are more than just income producers; they’re also wealth protectors.  Because dividend stocks pay out a dividend regardless of the performance of their stock price, they’re very …

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China’s Real Estate “Bubble” Inherently Different Than US in 2007

Attempts have been made to connect China’s surging real estate market to that of the bubble in the United States from 2002-2007.  Although the surging prices do appear to be similar, there is a critical disconnect in the correlation: China has capital. Stocks and Homes Tightened monetary policy in the mainland has crushed Chinese stocks …

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Regulated Derivatives Threaten Insurance Companies and Debt Markets

New regulation attempts on the derivatives market could threaten the earnings of insurance companies and add new strain to the corporate debt markets.  A move by US legislators to de-leverage the derivatives exchange could bring about incredibly expensive margin calls. The Basis of Regulation A financial reform bill moving throughout Congress has one simple goal: …

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How Build America Bonds Fit in Your Retirement

With fixed income investors looking for higher yields, Build America Bonds may fit perfectly in their plan.  Enacted as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama, Build America Bonds present an excellent opportunity for investors to generate substantial returns with lower risk vehicles. How They Work Build America Bonds …

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Coal Stocks are Still a Hot Chinese Bet

As a nation, China’s consumption of coal continues to explode, thanks to a new stimulus package that gears the nation’s production towards infrastructure development, a relative sinkhole for energy. Chinese Coal Consumption Just seven years ago, China exported approximately 94 million tons of coal and imported around 10 million tons.  Fast forwards to 2009, and …

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European Contagion Fears Come with Reason

Concerns over a contagion in the nations of Greece and Spain have plenty of support.  However, it isn’t debt owners that should be concerned, but the economy of any nation currently using the Euro. Why the Euro is Weak The greatest concerns centering on Greece and Spain’s debt troubles come from the European Central Bank, …

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