Here’s a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online …
6 Major Investment Scams and How to Avoid Them
Not long ago, investing in stocks and mutual funds was a big minefield for investors. Some scams — old and new — continue to undermine the portfolios of countless investors, including some of the most experienced. Martin D. Weiss takes a look at some of these minefields and explains how to avoid them. Read more by clicking here.
Fed Hands QE Helm Over to Japan
If global central bankers’ plans work, Jon Markman sees U.S. big-cap stocks rallying sharply over the next year, with the potential for the benchmark S&P 500 to reach the 2,500 level in synch with improving employment, a stronger dollar, low inflation and rising price/earnings multiples. Click here to read more.
|Action by Japanese officials and lack of activity by Japanese consumers helped drive global markets in recent days.|
A Sharply Higher Dow and the Reasons Why …
Larry Edelson has used this formula — the ratio of Dow Industrials to the price of gold — to help explain movements in the stock market. Click here to see what it’s telling him now.
The Rich — and the Really Rich
It’s not just a question of the richest 1 percent getting richer. The concentration of wealth has grown even more top-heavy than that. Read what Charles Goyette has to say on the matter by clicking here.
After Correction, How do MLPs Look Now?
Investors sent MLPs sharply lower despite relatively high yields, strong recent growth and the connections to the energy renaissance. So now after that correction, how do they look as investments? Mike Larson takes a look. Click here to read more.
The Week’s Hot News
Money and Markets columnist Mike Larson and others take a look at key financial and political events around the globe after the market close. Here are the week’s highlights:
Japan Buys Itself … a Recession!
Billions of yen spent — for what? Mike Larson looks into the efforts of Japanese officials to spur their economy and what the result has been. Click hereto get the full story.
Who’s Profiting From the M&A Boom?
The massive flood of easy money washing over the world isn’t doing much for average Americans. But it sure is making it rain on Wall Street! Read more on who’s taking in a lot of that money by clicking here.
Weather … or Not! Watch to Watch
What does the current cold snap mean for the markets or the economy? Mike takes a look at what’s hot and what’s cold. Read more by clicking here.
How bad does flying stink these days? Unless you’re the kind of person who can travel first class courtesy of an expense account or your own financial success, tons. Click here to read what’s got Mike going on the subject.
The Money and Markets Team