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5 ATM Scams That Can Break the Bank

28-04-2017

5 ATM Scams That Can Break the Bank

Over the last two decades, automated teller machines (ATMs) have become as much a part of the landscape as the phone booths made famous by Superman. As a result of their ubiquity, people casually use these virtual cash dispensers without a second thought. The notion that something could go wrong never crosses their minds. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem at the ATM. Most ATM scams involve criminal theft of debit card numbers... Read more

ETFs Demystify Bond Market Exposure

28-04-2017

ETFs Demystify Bond Market Exposure

There are over 300 fixed income exchange traded funds (ETFs) trading in the U.S. and in most ETF markets, bond funds are only outpaced by equity ETFs in terms of size and popularity. Bond ETFs can differ widely in strategy, from buying U.S. Treasuries to holding only high yield, from long-term focus to a short-term approach. The variety of bond ETFs is one of the asset class's primary advantages. While investors have long had... Read more

A History Of U.S. Monopolies

28-04-2017

A History Of U.S. Monopolies

Monopolies came to the United States with the colonial administration. The large-scale public works needed to make the New World hospitable to Old World immigrants required large companies to carry them out. These companies were granted exclusive contracts for these works by the colonial administrators. Even after the American Revolution, many of these colonial holdovers still functioned due to the contracts and land they held. A monopoly is characterized by a lack of competition, which... Read more

Why Flying Cars Will Not Fly Soon

28-04-2017

Why Flying Cars Will Not Fly Soon

Given breathless coverage of flying cars this past week, it would seem that we are ready to take off into the future. Even as the vehicles have become a technological reality, it might be a while before they become a common occurrence. This is because the economics of owning or operating flying cars is expected to remain unsustainable for mass operations in the near term. (See also: How Flying Cars Could Land in Your Portfolio... Read more

5 Ways to Lose Your Retirement Nest Egg

28-04-2017

5 Ways to Lose Your Retirement Nest Egg

There are two surefire ways for you to help your retirement accounts grow: maximizing your contributions as often as you can and properly managing the investments in your accounts. But there are also ways to significantly decrease the size of your retirement nest egg . Here’s a look at five actions that could lead to the loss of your retirement savings. Once you know what they are, it should be easier to avoid these mistakes.... Read more

A Look at Venmo's Business Model and Com…

28-04-2017

A Look at Venmo's Business Model and Competition

Venmo — the app which saved us from the shortcomings of the regular commercial banks and other transfer providers (including its current owner). Its explosive growth is largely driven by millennials, and its name is even used as a verb — as in "I'll venmo you for the food." But how does it really work? After PayPal Holdings Inc. ( PYPL ) acquired the digital payment app Venmo from Chicago-based company Braintree in 2012, it... Read more

Today's Current Mortgage Rates: April 28…

28-04-2017

Today's Current Mortgage Rates: April 28, 2017

What Are Today's Mortgage Rates?... Read more

The NYSE and Nasdaq: How They Work

28-04-2017

The NYSE and Nasdaq: How They Work

Whenever someone talks about the stock market as a place where equities are exchanged between buyers and sellers, the first thing that comes to mind is either the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or Nasdaq , and there's no debate over why. These two exchanges account for the trading of a major portion of equities in North America and worldwide. At the same time, however, the NYSE and Nasdaq are very different in the way... Read more

Citi Sees ‘Premiumization’ in Pet Food C…

28-04-2017

Citi Sees ‘Premiumization’ in Pet Food Category

A recent Citi group report indicates that "humanization," or the phenomenon of pet owners treating their animals as part of the family, has driven the U.S. pet food category to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6% over the past decade. As humans love their pets like never before, analysts say they’re more likely to shell out on expensive premium pet food, favoring smaller, niche brands that market all-natural and healthier alternatives.... Read more

How Honeywell (HON) Makes its Money

28-04-2017

How Honeywell (HON) Makes its Money

Few American companies are as productive – literally, productive – as Honeywell International Inc. ( HON ). The global concern publicly lists all 600+ of the goods and services it develops. Taking every 60th, one alphabetically, to provide a representative sample, that would be 2D barcode scanners, brake pads, commercial boilers, flat panel displays, industrial pigments, planarization materials, rubber insulation, silicone sealants, thermocouples and water mixing valves. Honeywell is a true conglomerate in a world... Read more

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