What Is Your Investment Strategy?

What Is Your Investment Strategy?
By Mike Eklund, CFP, CrPC, CFSLA As one individual once told me their investment portfolio is like an untended garden. An interesting, but accurate analogy. Without enough water and care the plants/flowers in the garden will never grow. The same can be said about your investment portfolio. Without a well executed plan it may not grow to reach your own goals... Read More

3 Great Stocks Under $10

3 Great Stocks Under $10
Low-priced stocks are an active playground for speculators, but it can also be fertile ground for investors. There are plenty of stocks trading in the single digits that have strong prospects or encouraging catalysts for a turnaround. Stocks in the single digits are risky, and there’s no sugarcoating that reality. However, the upside is undeniable when investors tap the right... Read More

Can Oil Prices Hit $60 In 2018?

Can Oil Prices Hit $60 In 2018?
With Brent oil prices hovering right around $55 per barrel—the highest level in months—the oil market has picked up momentum. There are plenty of pitfalls ahead, but the underlying fundamentals offer some reasons to be slightly bullish on crude. As the IEA mentioned last week, global oil supply fell in August by 720,000 bpd, a sizable decline that has chipped away... Read More

How Blockchains Can Disrupt the Mortgage Market

How Blockchains Can Disrupt the Mortgage Market
By Alex Lielacher “Blockchain” has grown from a popular fintech buzzword into a technology that is currently disrupting a wide range of areas within the financial services industry. Trials using the distributed ledger technology that underlies the digital currency bitcoin are currently underway, with the aim to digitize and improve the operational processes of securities settlement and clearing, debt issuance,... Read More

Blue Apron May Not Be Worthless After All

Blue Apron May Not Be Worthless After All
There may be an exit strategy that doesn’t end badly for  Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN)  and its shareholders. Supermarket giant Albertsons revealed on Wednesday afternoon that it’s acquiring meal-kit upstart Plated for an undisclosed price, a move that’s sparking speculation that Blue Apron might become buyout bait itself. Blue Apron investors can use a break. The stock has shed nearly... Read More

This 10.9% Yield Is Safer Than It May Seem

This 10.9% Yield Is Safer Than It May Seem
Gathering and processing company Summit Midstream Partners (NYSE: SMLP) currently yields an eye-popping 10.9%. Typically, when a payout grows into the double digits, it’s because the market believes it’s unsustainable and has a higher probability of getting reduced. However, Summit’s financial metrics suggest otherwise, which means yield-hungry investors can collect a very appetizing payout. Digging into the numbers Summit Midstream... Read More