Do Moral Values Matter on Wall Street? Ask Target Corp.

Wall Street is hardly the place for establishing solid moral values. Sordid stories and financial scandals have contributed a litany of headlines across the globe. That's not to say, however, that compromised corporate executives are immune from their ethical mishaps. Along with higher levels of financial oversight, there are significant pockets of societal resistance towards…

Broad Stock Market Alert

Dear Reader, For major indexes like the Dow Jones and S&P 500, for the remainder of 2016, your upside is likely not more than 5%, but your downside could be north of 25%. Income investors, who are already starved for yield, will face an even tougher climate in the coming years. The current yield for…

The $5.6 Million Metals Meltdown

Someone must really hate the metals market. Last Thursday, a lone wolf trader made $5.6 million wager in the options market by essentially shorting the exchange-traded fund SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (NYSEARCA:XME). In order for the options trade to be profitable, the underlying XME must fall nearly 35% by this September's expiration date. That's…

The Economic Deficit Has Gone Parabolic

The amount of debt that is on the shoulders of each American now is unsustainable. Would you believe me if I told you that Americans are over $60 trillion in debt? It's actually $3.5 trillion worse. If you add up all forms of debt, including government debt, mortgages, and consumer debt, we are looking at…

Interest Rates and The Stock Market

Introduction The price of oil is one of the largest economic variables affecting future money trends today. There are a lot of people enjoying the lower cost of crude oil throughout the economy. However, there are many companies looking at the possibility of going out of business due to low crude oil prices. Another big…