What Factors Make Up Your FICO Score

What Factors Make Up Your FICO Score
Your FICO score is single-handedly the most important data point that lenders use to judge your ability and willingness to repay what you’ve borrowed. Just five factors, the most important of which are whether you make timely payments and your account history, make up all the information that the credit bureaus use to determine your FICO credit score. Factors that... Read More

Can Jet.com Woo Millennials With Private-Label Brands?

Can Jet.com Woo Millennials With Private-Label Brands?
When Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced the purchase of online retailer Jet.com late last year, it announced to the world that it was no longer going to sit by and let Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) dominate the world of e-commerce. What followed was a whirlwind of smaller online acquisitions, including men’s clothier Bonobos, woman’s fashion purveyor Modcloth, and outdoor... Read More

Better Buy: American Outdoor Brands, Ruger, or Axon?

Better Buy: American Outdoor Brands, Ruger, or Axon?
Guns and tasers are both big sellers to law enforcement agencies and consumers, but their manufacturers’ stocks have very different qualities for investors. Gun sales are extremely cyclical. They rise when Democrats are in national office or after unusually publicized mass shootings take place, and fall when Republicans have control of the gun control discussion. Investors looking at American Outdoor... Read More

Why I Love Microsoft Corporation

Why I Love Microsoft Corporation
Before Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) had become a slowly dying relic trapped in the past. The company was not in any danger of going out of business, but it was no longer an innovator. Windows still powered most computers, but rivals including Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) had taken over the... Read More

How to Invest in Private Equity

How to Invest in Private Equity
Many investors see private equity investments as a gateway to the most lucrative opportunities in the financial markets. The professionals who run private equity companies raise substantial amounts of capital from investors, sometimes use the money as collateral to borrow more capital, and then go out to buy companies that are particularly attractive. Private equity typically purchases entire companies rather... Read More