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Regulations Crush Tech Stocks

August 17, 2018

Most of the headlines concerning the recent global market declines have focused on Turkey and its currency. But dragging down emerging market stocks for much of 2018 has been Tencent. The Chinese internet company was the global leader for some time and came to comprise a significant portion of the major emerging market indexes. Growth […]

Home Prices Are Slowing Down

August 17, 2018

After several years of strong gains, prices of homes for sale are starting to stabilize or decline, according to this report. Nationally, the percentage of homes listed with price reductions has increased, and price appreciation slowed dramatically overall. This was inevitable, because home prices can rise faster than incomes for a limited time. Sellers still […]

Turkey Drags Down Commodities

August 17, 2018

The currency crisis in Turkey is spreading. It’s having a strong effect on commodities. Investors seem to believe that Turkey’s economic problems will spread to other countries and reduce global growth. That would reduce demand for commodities. Investors are selling now instead of waiting to see if the theory is accurate. Slower growth in China […]

Is This The Longer Bull Market

August 16, 2018

There’s a debate over whether the current bull market will become the longest ever on August 22. The debate hinges over nuances and opinions. The problem is there isn’t a clear, accepted definition of a bear market. Those who say a bear market doesn’t begin until there’s been a 20% decline say this is the […]

China Roils The Recycling Market

August 16, 2018

If you haven’t already, you’re probably going to receive some complaints and new instructions about your trash set aside for recycling. For years, recycling companies would take almost anything, because they could sell it to recyclers in China. Recently, however, China changed the rules on the materials it would accept for recycling, and that’s caused […]

Buying A Home In A Flood Zone

August 16, 2018

We’re in hurricane season, which also is flooding season in some areas of the country. The summer’s been particularly rainy in some parts of the country, causing an unusual amount of flooding. This article gives some details about flood insurance and owning a home in a flood zone. Last year served as a major wake-up […]

Cryptocurrency Free Fall

August 15, 2018

Digital currencies have been volatile the last couple of years. Now, they’re sinking rapidly. This article provides some of the unpleasant details for those who speculated that the currencies would rise. The decline in the currencies is broad-based and steep. There doesn’t seem to be any particular cause of the decline. Perhaps investors have been […]

Is Turkey A Buy Signal?

August 15, 2018

The headlines about the crisis in the Turkish lira are mostly negative. There’s talk about the crisis having a negative effect on other emerging economies and damaging emerging market investments in general. But those aren’t the only views. Two recent articles say the history of emerging market crises is they can be good buying opportunities. […]

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