Using Google Search Trends to Exploit Market Moves

In thinking about market trends and how demand for goods and services (and hence subsequent share prices) is driven by human psychology, media coverage and herding, a lightbulb went off.  I wondered if there was a correlation or leading indicator in Google search trending for various terms and subsequent share prices.  It’s evident that for […]

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Best Weekly Links from Around the Blogosphere 4

 The Best in Weekly Reads from around the blogosphere in Investing, Personal Finance and Blog Carnivals. Investing Nice, Safe Yields in Utility Stocks 25 Lazy Portfolios The Dividend Aristocrats My favorite White Collar Investigator on: Bidz.com   Personal Finance/Other  Know the difference between the Real Free Credit Report and the come-on Deadbeat wants to hear […]

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US Workers Have the Worst Severance Packages

While not entirely surprising, I found this BusinessWeek article to be interesting in that it highlighted just how much US company severance packages lag behind our industrialized peers.  Of the 8 countries in the comparison, in terms of weeks of severance per years worked, the US was last, at 1.78 vs. the following other country […]

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Gold ETN GOE up 421% in 1 Month – What Gives?

There’s no doubt that Gold’s been hot, to the tune of 16% up in the past month.  However, even the most ambitious leveraged ETF can deliver a 2X return on gold prices via (UGL).  In order to obtain a 421% return on GOE during this timeframe on an ETF/ETN, you’d be talking a leverage factor […]

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Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rate Comparison by the Readers!

After perusing the web for the best mortgage refinance deal out there, it’s evident that the rates, points and fees required by different lending outfits are all over the map.  Even worse, in corresponding with some loan officers on a refinance that I’m considering, I’ve found the practices to be rather deceptive (didn’t we learn […]

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Is Now a Good Time to Start Investing in Stocks?

This is the proverbial question for which there is no simple answer.  Much depends on a prospective investor’s risk tolerance, investment horizon and personal financial situation.  However, given the current economic malaise, investors have been holding much cash on the sidelines.  Often times, when market capitulation occurs and both retail and institutional investors throw in […]

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Best Weekly Links in Money and Investing

The Best in Weekly Reads from around the blogosphere in Investing, Personal Finance and Blog Carnivals. Investing Excellent article highlighting the difference between oil ETFs and why investors keep coming up short in USO. Div Guy Highlights things he Won’t Do to ensure success. Best Dividend Stocks in the World Some real nice “Footnotes” on […]

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Layoffs: You May Be Next – Tips to Avoid, Prepare and React

What can you do to Prepare for or Mitigate a Layoff? While there are myriad advice pieces on this topic of avoiding a layoff or finding a new job quickly, many of them are useless or complete common sense.  I’m sharing a few of the things I do to stay one step ahead of the […]

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Deal of a Lifetime in Muni Bond Investments?

It was mid-2008 when investing pundits and fund managers alike started to extol the virtues of municipal bond investments as perhaps the best investment of a generation given the relatively high yield and tax-favored status in relation to their low risk.  Since then, financial conditions have deteriorated even further, in some cases, driving the values […]

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