Americans go searching for the Fed

With the Fed expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, interest in the Fed itself is rising. According to Google trends, U.S. Google searches for “The Federal Reserve” have been rising sharply since August. In fact, partial data for December show that more people are searching for the term this month than they ever have before, going back to at ... Read More »

Make joy-based budgeting a New Year’s resolution

Do your New Year’s resolutions for 2016 include crafting a workable budget that you’ll actually want to stick to? Are you stumped about how to make it happen? One answer is an approach that financial advisor Manisha Thakor, director of wealth strategies for women atBuckingham and The BAM Alliance, calls “joy-based budgeting.” First, estimate your household income — after taxes ... Read More »

Cramer: 3M guidance cut ‘not a shocker’

CNBC’s Jim Cramer is not surprised by 3M’s latest guidance cut. “I urge people to take a look. This was not a shocker,” Cramer said Tuesday on “Squawk on the Street.” “Did anyone think Inge Thulin, the CEO, was going to guide up in this environment?” The multinational cut its 2015 forecast to about $7.55 a share, down from $7.60-$7.65. ... Read More »

Bad omen for Apple as supplier misses guidance

A day after a Morgan Stanley analyst cut her iPhone units estimate by 12 percent due to negative supply chain checks, a key Applesupplier pre-announced a negative sales warning Tuesday morning. Dialog Semiconductor, a power-management chip vendor, traded down over 5 percent in Europe as the the company now expects fourth quarter revenue to be in the range of $390 ... Read More »

Get out of stocks: Gartman

The high-yield meltdown has one widely known investor spooked. “You don’t know how much worse it could be, maybe this goes away in the course of a week, but as I like to say there’s never just one cockroach,” Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter told the CNBC “Fast Money” traders on Monday. “Get out of stocks.” Historically, major recessions ... Read More »

6 surprising IRA investment options

+ Most people consider stocks, bonds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds when evaluating investments for their individual retirement account, or IRA. But you have many other choices. You might want to try a nontraditional approach with at least some of your IRA assets. You can save for retirement by investing in real estate or a closely held business within your ... Read More »

The IPO biz: Farewell to a lousy 2015

The last IPO of the year is set to price tonight, a prepackaged software company named Atlassian. It has the distinction of being the ONLY IPO in December, a rare event. This is the weakest December since 2008, when there were none. But that was 2008, a disastrous year. It’s the end to a dismal year for IPOs. It started ... Read More »

Paypal in the digital revolution sweet spot: CEO

Paypal has had an interesting few months following its spinoff from eBay in July. The company had the misfortune of coming public right before an ugly period for the stock market. After bottoming around $30 in late August, it has since rebounded 15 percent from its lows, prompting Jim Cramer to take a closer look. “I’m still a big fan ... Read More »

Cramer: Yahoo blew it, Dow & DuPont won

There were two large business events that defined a new cycle in the market on Wednesday, and Jim Cramer said it all comes down to squandered opportunities versus created opportunities. “I’m talking about Yahoo’s decision to stand pat and not try to bring out any value, and Dow and DuPont’s decision to give up their storied legacies and become one ... Read More »

Want to bet on an oil bounce? Here’s how to do it

Historic lows for crude oil have caused some to start looking for chances to buy the battered commodity, and to look for value in energy stocks. But for traders who desire to get upside exposure to oil, what’s the best way to do it? One could buy crude oil futures, but that may pose a difficulty for some retail investors. ... Read More »