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[ April 17, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 81912 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite what you may have heard, China isn’t the country’s biggest creditor. America is. The bulk of the national debt — soon to exceed a staggering $17 trillion — is held by the Federal Reserve, Social Security system, various pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel, U.S. banks, mutual funds, private pension plans, insurance companies, and individual domestic investors. China is responsible for just a shade over 7 percent of that total debt. And while it remains the single largest foreign lender (just ahead of Japan), China’s been slowly trimming its holdings, down from nearly 10 percent a few years ago. Overall, all foreign investors — including national central banks — account for roughly one third of the total outstanding federal government debt. Also, China is suddenly having debt problems of its own. Heavy recent lending by its banks comes as the recovery in the … Continue reading

[ April 15, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 49576 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

SAN FRANCISCO Quarterly earnings this week from Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Google and Amazon all prompted big stock moves in their wakes, reminding us of both the agony and the ecstasy of owning tech shares. Yet the big disappointment from Amazon provided arguably the most important lesson for investors. Namely: Be wary of bullish reports that come late in a quarter, especially those that surface in December. The week between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be a dead one for public companies and news junkies alike, which means any story from a tech giant has a good chance of getting some prominent play both online and in print. Such was the case on Dec. 27, when Amazon issued a statement that said overall holiday sales and those made through its Amazon Prime delivery service both set records. Top 10 Construction Material Companies To Own In Right Now: Texas Industries Inc … Continue reading

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Canada continues to be a standout player in the global economy. While Europe and China struggle with recessionary conditions, Canada's February GDP (gross domestic product) showed a solid 1.7% gain, its fastest pace since July 2012. January's growth was also revised higher, giving the economy its two strongest back-to-back gains since July and August of 2011, causing many analysts to raise first-quarter GDP growth estimates to 2.3% from 1.5%. The Canada economy continues to get a big boost from its mining and energy industries, with growth in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction expanding 2.2%, the fifth straight increase. Mining and quarrying alone expanded 6.4% on higher output at potash mines. Output in oil and gas extraction rose 1% from higher oil production.   Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2014: Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise), incorporated on April 9, 1998, owns and … Continue reading

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Just as Las Vegas boomed years ago, Macau is booming today for the same reason; its the only place in China where gambling is legal. All the big names in the industry are there, including Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts. And Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) — our latest stock of the month pick — is thriving right along with them. The big driver of revenue for Melco is its City of Dreams resort casino complex, a massive conglomeration of casinos, hotels, theaters, 20 restaurants and bars, 175,000 square feet of high-end shopping venues and 550 gambling tables and 1,500 gaming machines. Top Casino Companies To Buy Right Now: Tropicana Entertainment Inc (TPCA) Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (TEI) is an owner and operator of regional casino and entertainment properties located in the United States and one casino resort development located on the island of Aruba. TEIs United States properties … Continue reading

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[ April 15, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 77880 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Investopedia defines risk as: The chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment. To address risk in a modern sense, the noted "margin of safety" author and investor, Howard Marks (in his book, The Most Important Thing) wrote: Great investing requires both generating returns and controlling risk. And recognizing risk is an absolute prerequisite for controlling it. Marks went on to explain: When you boil it all down, it’s the investor’s job to intelligently bear risk for profit. Doing it well separates the best from the rest. The Intelligent REIT Investor Recognizes Mispriced Risk Two weeks ago I wrote a Seeking Alpha article (3 Healthcare REITs With Mispriced Risk) in which I warned that several REITs were becoming risky based on underlying income fundamentals. As I explained: It’s clear to see that these &quot … Continue reading