Who knew that water could be as valuable as it is. Most of us wake up each morning, take a shower (which consumes gallons of water), brush our teeth (which takes at least a gallon or two) and then go about our day.
The rest of the day consumes plenty of water resources, as well. Washing clothes, our cars, dishes, and even going to the bathroom creates a serious drain on our world’s natural resources. Even though water is a renewable resource, turning dirty water into clean water (and thus making it more valuable) is a very profitable business.
ETF, Futures and Commodities
Investors who chase yield want to know where they can find the safest investments with the highest returns.
Chasing yield is not at all a new process to the markets. With interest rates now at record lows going all the way out to 30-years, safe investments with high returns are almost laughable. How can investors protect their capital, enjoy safety, but also bring home some cash flow? We’ll try to answer.
Dividends Safe, Moderate Returns
General Motors (NYSE: GM) is an American icon, a company which was once one of America’s largest employers. Over time, the lofty wages and pension programs offered to employees were too much for the All-American firm in a story that later ended in a government bailout, bankruptcy, and a relaunch.
Today, the new GM is nothing like the old. Sure it makes many of the same cars, and its logo is still unchanged. However, on the balance sheet, the new GM clearly distinguishes it from its first life as an automotive maker. Read more…
Poorly named the “Millionaire Tax” or “Buffett’s Rule,” President Obama plans a new tax overhaul that would require a minimum level of taxation for those who make $1 million or more per year.
The basic idea is simple, the United States government would assess a minimum tax rate on earned income for those who take home more than $1 million in a single year. It would not matter the source of the income—wages, earned income, or investment income, which is currently taxed at the long-term capital gains tax rate of 15%–but how much someone earns.
Credit card companies, especially those which market small business credit cards, are coming up with new language to promote their cards.
Recently, credit limits have become taboo. New credit cards offer limits which are not preset. Your limits are unlimited, at least as far as the credit card company tells you.
But there may be some lingering problems with credit cards that feature no preset spending limits. We’ll explain…
No Limit Credit Cards
With rates at record lows, US Treasury prices are now at record highs. Investors who want to solidify their position in the next move toward rising interest rates needs to know how to short Treasuries to profit on rising rates.
Traditionally most investors could not short Treasuries. Futures accounts were restricted only to those with sufficient capital and knowledge of the futures market.
Additionally, the bond markets have always been the Achilles heel to stock investors, who understand one market but not the other. We’ll show you how to short Treasuries in the article below.
How to Short Treasuries
In a new wave of household stimulus, President Obama plans to address the growing gap between wages, mortgage payments, and mortgage loan values.
In a speech about the American economic recovery, Obama cemented the idea of refinancing American home loans at record low rates. According to those working on a plan, the American refinancing initiative could save American homeowners as much as $70 billion per year in mortgage loan interest.
Value investing is perhaps the least exciting form of investing. Popular value investing sectors include far more manufacturing and transportation than high-flying tech IPOs or off the market credit default swaps.
Value investing is known for its appreciation not in the best technology or even the best company headquarters, but rigid accounting rules that make real businesses stand out. A value investor is especially disinterested in buying growth, seeking only to buy companies close to their asset values to protect against a worst case scenario.
Value Investing 101