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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

Online Stock Trading Companies

The third quarter was a good one for investors. The S&P 500 gained 15% as stock price volatility declined, risk appetite rose, and confidence in financial markets seemingly improved – a milieu in which online stock trading companies should normally thrive. However, earnings reports from leading online trading brokers Charles Schwab (SCHW), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), and E*Trade Financial… Read More »

Energy Bill: Our Dependence on Foreign Oil

Recent U. S. economic data and the course of the stock market are indicative of the effects of energy insecurity. Growing transportation needs coupled with declining domestic oil production have left the nation increasingly dependent on foreign oil. Any responsible energy plan must balance transportation needs with the imperative to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Sky-rocketing Oil Prices.… Read More »

Companies with Large Cash Position

In Cash-Rich Sector Plays, I discussed how software companies, health-care providers, and apparel retailers stand out as high-cash play opportunities. What a firm is likely to do with excess cash depends on the company and its situation. Some may initiate or increase dividend payments and share buybacks, while others may use the cash for organic growth or acquisitions.… Read More »

New ETF and Mutual Fund Recommendations

The Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios have gained at annualized rates of 14.5% and 17.7%, respectively since 1994. The model portfolios will be repositioned with new mutual fund and ETF recommendations on Tuesday, December 31. Learn more about AlphaProfit's Free and Premium Service investment newsletters.