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21 мая, 19:48

Noah Holdings Stock Price and Research (NYSE: NOAH)

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Noah Holdings stock (NYSE: NOAH) is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today?

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21 мая, 18:30

Readers Sound Off: How Much Money Is Enough?

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Everyone wants financial security - to support their families and live how they want, without worry. But just how much money are we talking about?

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20 мая, 17:30

Set Your Kids Up for Success by Gifting Stock

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  Transcript: Here's a slap from the retirement belt. It's one I'm sure rings true across all parts of the country. A close friend was venting to me the other day about his daughter and what he called her "complete lack of money understanding." Before he even got started with the details, I asked, "Were we any different?" He said, "Hear me out... She's getting married. My wife and I have offered them the option of a big wedding or a down payment on a house. We would even pay the closing costs." OK, I know just about everyone reading this has either been in this position or knows someone who has. His daughter, of course, said, "Oh, but we always dreamed of a destination wedding in Hawaii, a true paradise." My first reaction was, "Hawaii? For God's sake, we live a block and half away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Why are they going to Hawaii?!" He said, "That's not my point." I replied, "I know what your point is, but it is exacerbated by where we live. We could walk to the ceremony and stop at a few pubs on the way back. Now that's paradise!" But she and her intended want to spend $30,000 or $40,000 on a one-day extravaganza. One day! Now, let's take a step back and think about what we were like back in the '70s. My wedding was two of my buddies from my squadron, their wives and the base chaplain. We didn't elope, but splurging made no sense to us. Most of my friends did go the big wedding route, and all of them regretted it. Some of the feedback included... "It was exhausting," "I didn't know half the people," "We didn't have any time alone or with our friends" and "It was really about our parents' friends." Also, the cost of a big wedding in 1975 - $15,000 - put in the stock market at 7% a year would be worth around $301,000 today. So I think it's reasonable to assume, given the chance to do it again, that most of us would opt for the house. But that's after 40 years of slugging it out in the world. That puts a different shine on a lot of things, not just one-day events. So my question to him was this: "If you feel that strongly, why did you give them a choice?" His answer was one we all have had to say at one time or another: "Well, you know my wife and my daughter..." Enough said. But an over-the-top wedding is just the start of bad money decisions when it comes to gifts. How about giving expensive cars for graduation? The worst possible gift is a new car. They rust, break down, eventually won't run at all and depreciate faster than a trifecta bet at the track. And in the end, they're worthless. But it's done all the time. If your kids won't go for the house, give them a gift that will ensure they remember you forever. And you'll know you've done a great thing for them (or your grandkids). Gift them a portfolio of high-quality, dividend-paying stocks, and set it up so they need to have your approval or signature to liquidate it. That's the way to get them investing. They'll see the market in action, and they won't be able to sell it all for a new car, a trip or anything short of a catastrophe. They may hate you when they're young for restricting control over the sale of the stocks, but when they hit age 55 and the end is in sight, your name (and a thank you) will be on their lips every day. Good investing, Steve P.S. Want to get your kids or grandkids started on the right path right NOW? I have an exclusive invitation for you... On Wednesday, May 23, the televised "Ignition Event Summit" featuring my good friend and Chief Income Strategist Marc Lichtenfeld - "America's #1 Retirement Expert" - will go LIVE! In it, he'll unveil - for the first time - a brand-new investing strategy built around what's being called "the greatest stock market catalyst in history." Marc believes it could help bolster your kids' "starting out" portfolio (or your retirement portfolio) by at least $125K in the year ahead. I've secured a FREE spot for you to watch the televised summit from the comfort of your home or office. So click here while time remains to secure your free spot for the highly anticipated May 23 LIVE Ignition Event Summit. Thoughts on this article? Leave a comment below.

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19 мая, 16:00

The Most Important Factor When Buying a Stock

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Everyone can invest. But not everyone is good at it. Successful investing all comes down to picking the right stock at the right time, which is easier said than done, especially in a market that moves up and down unpredictably. Not to mention that sifting through all the pages of company filings and analyzing every news report to figure out whether a stock is a good buy can be overwhelming. You might be all set to buy after The Wall Street Journal gives a company a favorable rating - but then Bloomberg might publish contradictory stats. So how do you choose the stocks that will give you the best bang for your buck? According to our survey, our readers believe a company's growth potential and dividend are the two biggest indicators of future success. Things like positive earnings and cash flow, a growing market cap, or a reliable dividend make a stock more attractive to investors. On the other hand, a decreasing bottom line or a sudden dividend cut are signs that trouble is brewing. All of those factors are very important. But there's one thing that's even more telling... Chief Income Strategist Marc Lichtenfeld has created a system designed to pinpoint the EXACT moment to get in on a stock to make the most money - and it has consistently outperformed the market since 2015. In fact, it has delivered some of the biggest stock market gains of all time! The secret? It all comes down to an important "Ignition Event" - as Marc calls it - that happens only once in a company's lifetime. And he's figured out a way to predict when it will happen - so you can snag the stock before this Ignition Event and watch your returns skyrocket. It's perfect for anyone trying to save more for retirement (which should be all of us) because following this strategy could add more than $125,000 to your retirement portfolio in the coming year alone. Marc's revealing it for the first time in a live, FREE webinar on Wednesday, May 23. There are limited spots available, so click here to reserve yours today. Good investing, Amanda

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18 мая, 18:40

This One Fact Should Change the Way You Invest

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If you’ve ever been to the shooting range, you know that a rifle is highly accurate at long distances... The same should be true of your investing strategy.

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17 мая, 18:45

Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis Is Bunk

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Some of us achieve greatness while the rest are just average. When it comes to your investing strategy, which would you rather be?

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16 мая, 23:49

Your Closer Look at GP Strategies Stock

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GP Strategies stock had a good day in the market on Wednesday May 16. Shares climbed 3.66% and closed the day at $19.8. They're now trading 36.64% below their 52-week high of $31.25. With today's good gain, GP Strategies now has a market cap of $327 million. That makes it a small cap company. The business operates in the manufacturing industry and employs 3,645 people. Its shares trade primarily on the New York stock exchange. GP Strategies has 16.49 million shares outstanding and 49,851 traded hands for the day. That's above the average 30-day volume of 43,758 shares. The amount of GP Strategies stock is also dropping as the company buys back its own shares. In the last 12 months, it repurchased $15 million worth. Over the last five years, GP Strategies revenue is up by 26.8%. You can see this growth in annual revenue chart below... In the last year alone, GP Strategies revenue has grown by 3.8%. That's a solid sign for GP Strategies stock owners We like to invest in companies that grow their sales. A growing top line is a sign of a healthy business. For now, GP Strategies will continue to pull in revenue. So let's take a closer look at the company's total financial health. And the best way to do that is by looking at its balance sheet... GP Strategies cash comes in at $24 million and the company's debt is $66 million... GP Strategies cash pile is smaller than its total debt. This is common for many companies. They can issue debt at a lower cost to take on new projects. What is GP Strategies Stock Worth? To determine the value of GP Strategies stock let's look at a few key metrics… Price-to-Earnings (P/E): This ratio comes in at 30.44 for GP Strategies. That's a bit high. A high P/E ratio shows that investors are already expecting high earnings growth. Price-to-Book (P/B): This ratio is a cornerstone for value investors. A lower number here indicates a better value play. And at 1.75, GP Strategies looks reasonable… but P/B varies greatly based on the industry. These two metrics are a great place to start when valuing a company... but your analysis should go much deeper... If you're interested in finding Strong Buy stocks yourself, check out 3 Powerful Technical Indicators for Smarter Investing. We’ll show you how to eliminate emotional bias from your trading process with three powerful technical tools you can start using to boost your trading profits immediately. Click here to learn more.

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16 мая, 19:46

Eaton Vance Stock Price and Research (NYSE: EV)

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Eaton Vance stock (NYSE: EV) is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today?

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16 мая, 18:40

Buffett Beats the S&P 500... and Top Money Managers

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Buffett’s own managed fund, Berkshire Hathaway, outperformed both the money managers and the market index.

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15 мая, 23:43

VASCO Data Security International Stock Owner Insight

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VASCO Data Security International stock had a good day in the market on Tuesday May 15. Shares climbed 2.21% and closed the day at $20.8. They're now trading...

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15 мая, 18:50

Bet on This All-American Investment Strategy

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Remember “Roy G. Biv”? Acronyms are super useful for helping us categorize and remember things. Here’s one you might not have heard but sure should remember...

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15 мая, 18:42

Taro Stock Price and Research (NYSE: TARO)

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Taro stock (NYSE: TARO) is underperforming the market. It's beaten down, but it reports earnings soon. So is it a good time to buy?