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"In the investing blog, I seek to help you take sound investment decisions free from emotion by sharing my objective insights on markets, sectors, and companies."
Sam Subramanian PhD, MBA, Editor, AlphaProfit MoneyMatters

Select Sector SPDRs: Ways to Maximize Return and Minimize Risk

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are growing in popularity. Bucking difficult market conditions, assets invested in ETFs have increased from $569 billion in January 2008 to $693 billion in September 2009. The flexibility provided by Select Sector SPDR ETFs in creating low-cost portfolios with customized asset allocations have enabled them to carve out a niche in the ETF world. The… Read More »

Fatten Your Wallets from Financials’ Fire Sale

Stocks have recently made new 2009 highs. Volatility has declined. As confidence in the economy and financial markets improves, initial public offerings are increasing. The pace of corporate transactions is picking up as well. A surging stock market and rising capital market activity are often good for firms in the investment management business. Yet, large financial services firms… Read More »

Information Technology Consulting Firms: Profit from Consolidation

Leading information technology consulting firms have received takeover offers. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has received a $6.7 billion offer from Xerox (XRX). Perot Systems (PER) has accepted a $3.9 billion offer from Dell (DELL). These transactions unveil a major trend in the technology sector where hardware companies are vying to acquire IT consulting and services firms. So, why… Read More »

Natural Gas Futures Trading: Opportunities for Both Shorts and Longs

Yesterday’s natural gas inventory report from the U. S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) provided traders and investors a grim reminder on the over-supply of natural gas. The EIA reported that natural gas stored in the lower 48 states amounted to nearly 3.6 trillion cubic feet. This tally is the highest on record on a seasonally adjusted… Read More »

Stock Market Predictions: Can Corporate Takeovers Tame the Bear?

With the stock markets taking a breather, calls that the worst for U. S. equities is yet to come are growing louder. Bearish calls usually cite the possibility of a collapsing dollar, rising inflation, or plunging commercial real estate values. In recent weeks, corporate takeover activity has intensified. Disney (DIS) will fork out $4 billion to purchase Marvel… Read More »

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