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Leo Kolivakis | Equities.com |

Shawn Langlois of MarketWatch reports that investors could be looking at a ‘lost decade’ in the stock market: Even if overall profits recover, some companies will die or their shares will devalue along the way. Left with lower levels of profits and cash shortfalls, companies are likely to come out on the other side of the coronavirus more indebted.Ray Dalio That’s part of the reason why Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund, issued a warning to clients this week that equity investors could be facing a “lost decade” in terms of returns.


Jeff Kagan | Equities.com |

What brought Blackberry down? This smartphone was a phenomenon that grew in popularity and market share for years. Crackberry was a term used to describe this device because it was so addictive for users. Then the Apple iPhone and Google Android entered the scene and Blackberry growth crashed. It could have survived but did not. Let’s take a closer look and learn important lessons on the rise and fall of Blackberry.Blackberry became one of those companies that captured the imagination of the m...


Gary C. Bizzo | Equities.com |

The fact that your personal and business reputation is never completely uncontrollable is the same reason that your brand and reputation is trustworthy and valuable. A 2018 study by IPSOS MORI of travel agencies and key trends found that 97% believed a positive imprint online was utmost to the success of their business. On a business trip last year I couldn't find a rental car from the big three. One company I had never heard of had several choices of vehicle on their website that begged the que...


Jeff Kagan | Equities.com |

Covid-19 has impacted every company in every sector. Some have shown growth like Amazon, Walmart and Target. Others are doing business the same as always, like Qualcomm, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. The vast majority of companies have taken a temporary hit due to the pandemic.However, the good news is we are starting to see a rapid recovery in some areas as the marketplace re-opens. It is expected that many businesses in certain industry sectors will see a rapid return to growth.This is where...


David Nelson, CFA CMT | Equities.com |

Futures this morning are pointing to a sharp decline in part reacting to reports that infection rates in some parts of the country are on the rise. Add the fact that China has reported new cases in Beijing tied to a meat and vegetable market and conditions are set for investors to reduce exposure.This follows last week's slide triggered by Fed commentary and remarks from Chairman Powell. The good news is that the Fed is going to keep rates at zero for as far as the eye can see and seems willing...


Leo Kolivakis | Equities.com |

Fred Imbert and Eustance Huang of CNBC report the Dow rises more than 400 points, but Wall Street clinches biggest weekly loss since March: Stocks rose on Friday in volatile trading as traders tried to regain some of the sharp losses from the previous session. The major averages, however, clinched their worst week since March as traders took profits and grew nervous of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 477.37 points, or 1.9%, to finish the day at 25,605.54. Th...


Frank Holmes | Equities.com |

It may not feel like it, but West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil just posted its best month on record. The American benchmark for crude soared more than 88 percent in May, from $18.84 per barrel to $35.50, as businesses cautiously began to reopen and people returned to work following the coronavirus lockdown.Even so, global oil demand may never fully recover to pre-coronavirus levels, according to some analysts. I believe this makes alternative and renewable energy producers even more attractive f...


Jeff Kagan | Equities.com |

Comcast Xfinity Mobile is the first cable TV competitor to offer 5G wireless services. Comcast, Charter and Altice are the three largest cable television companies. They all are wireless resellers. Earlier this year Spectrum Mobile said they would launch 5G. However, Xfinity Mobile just did.Let’s take a look at how the cable TV industry is doing in wireless.After first trying and quickly failing the enter the wireless space several years ago, the cable TV companies tried a second time. This ti...


Michael McTague | Equities.com |

June 2020 — Myth Buster Last month we took an overview of Italy’s peculiar predicament with a focus on the country’s economy rather than the recent corona virus shock. A large country benefitting from euro zone prosperity, Italy likes to spend when it should save or, to use a popular expression, it zigs when it should zag. Based on euro zone history, while the government flails around in its long-standing urge to spend money, the euro zone will not stand by id...


Daniel Lee | Equities.com |

With stock markets fluctuating wildly, it’s especially important to understand the financial and tax implications of any company stocks your employer might offer. Restricted stock units, or RSUs, have become particularly popular in recent years. A 2017 survey by Ayco’s Compensation and Benefits group showed 72% of companies use RSUs, up from 37% just 10 years earlier.So, how do RSUs work? They’re a type of equity-based compensation in which there is a period between when you’re granted s...