Posts by Nicole Goodkind

  • The crazy Ebola economy: Survival kits, plush toys and more

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance2 days ago

    Ebola is on U.S. soil and although the CDC, NIH and President Obama have all assured the American public that it’s well contained there’s a panic spreading across the land… call it Germaphobia.

    Ebola is, of course, a highly-contagious and potentially deadly disease … but it wouldn’t be America if there weren’t companies ready to jump in and profit off of this widespread fear.

    First, and probably the most otable, are the HAZMAT suits. Dupont Co. has said it’s tripling the production of its protective gear.

    Lakeland Industries (LAKE), a small company based in Ronkonkoma, New York that specializes in hazardous materials-clothing saw its stock shoot up 248% between October 2 nd and 13 th . Alpha pro tech (APT), which makes protective facemasks also saw its stock grow by 245% this year.

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  • The top Airbnb stays for under $500

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance5 days ago

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report Friday stating that 72% of the 497,322 Airbnb rentals that his office analyzed between 2010 and June 2014 violate state law. Airbnb has come under some legal scrutiny in the past for damage done to homes and apartments and even for attracting squatters in San Francisco.

    Legality pending—Airbnb offers up some of the most unique living situations throughout the world for a fraction of the price of traditional hotel rooms. From a private island to an old-school castle, Yahoo Finance found the five most unique and luxurious Airbnb experiences for under $500.

    1. Your own private island

    For $500 a night, this 10-acre private island in Fiji can be all yours. The island accommodates 10 people and comes with two Fijian style homes, snorkel, kayak and fishing gear, a guide and housekeeper and the option of a private chef. The island is home to the breeding grounds of Hawkesbill and Leatherback turtles and 15 acres away from anything else.

    2. Become British royalty in a traditional English castle

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  • Here’s how to save America $250 billion: Rep. Tim Ryan

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance8 days ago

    Diet-related health conditions cost the United States $250 billion annually, self-reported weight in the U.S. is now 20 pounds higher than it was in 1990 and half of all Americans are expected to have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020. Food is clearly a problem in the U.S., and a costly problem at that. That’s why Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) wrote “The Real Food Revolution,” where he outlines what he believes is wrong with our food system and how we can correct it.

    “When you think about how we’re going to fund Medicare and Medicaid and how private businesses will be able to fund healthcare if half the country has diabetes, it becomes unsustainable,” says Rep. Ryan. “It’s something we need to address if we want a vibrant workforce.”

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  • American debt delinquency hits 40-year low

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance9 days ago

    Fears have been rising about banks loosening their credit card standards.  According to a survey of senior loan officers by the Federal Reserve, “a few large banks had eased standards, increased credit limits, and reduced the minimum required credit score for credit card loans.” A rapid growth in auto lending has also prompted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate and oversee lenders.

    With all of this loan anxiety, it’s surprising to hear that Americans are actually paying off their loans in record numbers. According to a report by the American Bankers Association, installment loan delinquencies are at lows and all home-related delinquencies have fallen.  A delinquency is defined as a late payment that is 30 or more days overdue. Across the board, Americans are getting better at getting out of debt.  Total debt delinquency, according to the ABA, is at a 40 year low.

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  • Dow loses 2014 gains: How will the market fare next week?

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance12 days ago

    This week has been tough on markets. On Thursday the DOW (^DJI) dropped 335 points, its biggest fall since June 2013—this drop was a serious shock after the stock jumped 275 points just the day before. Markets ended the week in the red as well—The Dow was down another 115 points giving up all of its 2014 gains and the S&P 500 (^GSPC) tumbled as well. So will markets remain manic next week? Yahoo Finance’s Aaron Task, Jeff Macke Rick Newman and Michael Santoli discuss in their weekly roundtable.

    “Sell-offs are emotional,” says Jeff Macke, “and we’ve got some emotion kicking up here.” He’s watching the 200-day moving average of the S&P 500. “At 1,900 on the S&P 500 is critical support—if we break that we have air pocket risk all the way down to 1,800.” That would be about a 10% correction and take back all of the gains from the year. The S&P ended the week at 1,906.13.

    Retail sales and the state of the consumer

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