So Brazil, About That Currency War…

In the international currency war, it would appear that Guido Mantega has turned traitor and gone over to the other side.

If you’re not familiar with Mr. Mantega, he is the colorful—and quotable—finance minister of Brazil and one of the […] Continue Reading…

Have Income Stocks Stopped Reacting to Rising Bond Yields?

There is no precise or fool-proof way to know that a stock has bottomed out after a large decline.  Successful timing is often more of an art than a science.  All the same, there are certain signs you can […] Continue Reading…

The JC Penney Saga: Are Poison Pills Good or Bad for Investors?

For a staid old department store with a 111-year-old history, JC Penney Company (JCP) has been in the news a lot this year, though not for any noteworthy operational developments; the retailer continues its slow march into irrelevance, and […] Continue Reading…

Magic Formula Stocks for August

Last month, I ran a screen of “Magic Formula” stocks from hedge fund guru Joel Greenblatt’s screener.

I recommend you read the original piece because I explain what the Magic Formula is and how it works.  But for the sake […] Continue Reading…

Three Smart Money Dividend Picks

With the 10-year Treasury yield hitting new multi-year highs and all dividend-focused stock taking a beating as a result, income investors can be forgiven for feeling a little uneasy at the moment.  It’s unsettling to buy a REIT, MLPs […] Continue Reading…