In October 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett made a late-night phone call to then-Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson, with an idea about how the government might be able to turn the economy around. Paulson was asleep. "I was exhausted," he recounts on Vice Special Report's " Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis ," a documentary that debuted Monday night on HBO .
What’s worse, more than 46 percent of workers were actually “significantly” below – which was measured as more than four times pay below – their savings targets. Another 20 percent fell into the two- to four-times below target category, while 15 percent were two times, or less, below their retirement goals. On average, employees are contributing about 8 percent of their pay to retirement accounts.
Nvidia is a company that has reached the highest highs and the lowest lows, all in the span of a couple of weeks. Over the past two months, Nvidia’s stock has dropped from a closing price of $289.36 on Oct. 1 to today’s opening of $148.42, a decline of 48.8%. It takes a lot for a company to lose nearly half its value in such a short period of time, but Nvidia is proving that an otherwise strong technology business can disappear in a blink of an eye.
Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the bags. The Toyota and Lexus vehicles were recalled previously and the inflators replaced with new ones that still used ammonium nitrate.
The world’s largest oil exporter has shipped 6,000 tons of the crustaceans to China since last week, Ahmed Al-Bala’a, chief executive officer of the National Aquaculture Group, said in a statement. Saudi Arabia is testing the waters in China for shrimp as it seeks to reduce its reliance on oil and develop new industries and lines of business. Saudi shrimp exports to China should exceed 30,000 tons by the end of the year, said Al-Bala’a, whose closely held company operates a sprawling network of shrimp farms on the Red Sea coast.
A global medical technologies company is relocating its corporate headquarters from California to North Texas. The latest in a steady stream of moves from California to Texas, DJO plans to move its operations from San Diego to Lewisville within the first few months of 2019, according to a release. The company provides products that assist in injury prevention, rehabilitation and more.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” has subsidies that can make an insurance plan’s premiums very cheap. A $0 premium may sound good if your income qualifies, but that is for one of the bronze plans. Bronze plans are estimated to cover 60% of the average person’s healthcare expenses, versus the 70% that a silver plan does.
CNBC's "Power Lunch" team talks with Christopher Glynn, managing director and senior analyst at Oppenheimer, about GE stock plunge.
Most people think they’re above average in intelligence, relationship status and professional achievement. Social scientists call this “illusory superiority.” My business partner Scott Puritz, has found the one area where even above-average people, objectively smart, rich, successful professionals, seem to wave the white flag and admit to not understanding — money and investing. “One of the most shocking things is the low-level financial literacy throughout our culture,” Puritz told the Washington Post.
Burger behemoth McDonald’s no doubt will be happy to know it has emerged as one of two brands said to be the most popular among consumers in its home state of Illinois, according to a new study of the most popular brands state by state. UPS wasn’t just one of the two most popular brands in Illinois alone. The company also was cited as the single-most popular brand in six other states, including Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Maryland. UPS tied with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and Mercedes-Benz as the most popular brands in Georgia.
Boeing unveiled a new luxury VIP business jet model for its massive new 777X widebody jet. Boeing said it plans to launch a 777X VIP luxury business jet that can fly more than half way around the world nonstop – farther than any business jet ever built. "Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination," said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets.
Top 5 Hemp Companies Cannabis research firm Brightfield Group found that hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) sales in the U.S. hit $291 million in 2017. Brightfield also said that with the anticipated passing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, the hemp-derived CBD market is expected to quickly go mainstream and become a $5.7 billion market by next year, and a $22 billion market by 2022 -- nearly 40x its current size. This number tends to be larger than most other hemp market estimates.
Venezuela is facing the possible unraveling of a pair of billion-dollar settlements aimed at protecting the cash-strapped country's U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum Corp from seizure by creditors. A lawyer for Canadian mining company Crystallex International Corp said on Tuesday Venezuela had breached the $1.4 billion November agreement that resolved a long-running fight over an expropriated gold mine. Separately, Venezuela's $1.3 billion settlement in October with Rusoro Mining of Vancouver, also over expropriated mining assets, has been upended by U.S. sanctions on Caracas, a source told Reuters.
Kirk Hartman of Wells Fargo Asset Management says there are "a lot of" opportunities, but he would invest in bonds and bond-like stocks in the current environment.
I have an academic lifestyle,” Springer said in an interview. I’m not into ramen noodles, but my friends are academics, so it doesn’t really behoove me to be flashy. His few indulgences include a modernist home in Boston's upscale Chestnut Hill neighborhood, where Springer, 70, devotes his surplus energy to keeping a prolific garden.
Chip stocks have been among the market’s biggest winners over the past several years. Huge demand tailwinds from the data center, cloud computing, connected device and artificial intelligence (AI) markets have converged on a limited-supply base, creating a “high demand, low supply” dynamic in the chip market wherein chip prices are soaring. Such improvements have driven huge gains in chip stocks. Chip supply won’t remain subdued forever — it is already ramping to meet demand, and there are some reports out there that chip prices may have already peaked.
Germany has become a popular destination for American retirees due to its reasonable costs, excellent healthcare system and well-kept infrastructure. As any financial advisor will tell you, one of the most important factors to consider when building a retirement plan is your cost of living. Like any other country, how much money you’ll need to live in Germany will depend on the city you choose.
The U.S. housing market has weathered all the recessions since 1980, with the exception of the Great Recession of 2008, Jefferies pointed out in a recent note. The FHFA U.S. house price index rose by an average of 7.4 percent in the year prior to a recession and prices rose an average of 2.7 percent from the start of a recession to the end, the note stated. "Other than during the GFC (Great Financial Crisis), home prices have kept rising even during recessions, probably because rates fall, the vast majority of people retained jobs and household formation continues," said Thomas J. Thornton, Jefferies' head of U.S. equity product management, in the note to clients Saturday.
The wireless company spent more than $4 billion to buy AOL and nearly $5 billion to buy Yahoo as part of an effort to compete with Facebook and Google in a growing market for digital advertising. Now, Verizon is slicing the value of those two businesses in half, taking a $4.6 billion accounting write-down in the fourth quarter. The company blamed weak revenue and earnings from the two businesses, known jointly as Oath , and said the benefits from integrating Yahoo and AOL were less than expected.
GE shares fell in Tuesday trading as far as the lowest close during the financial crisis. General Electric GE shares fell as low as $6.66 share in trading Tuesday, a level which marked the lowest close for the stock during the financial crisis a decade ago. Despite a brief rally after the appointment of Larry Culp as chairman and CEO, the beleaguered industrial company's stock has sold off.
The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, just more than a week after being arrested in Vancouver at the behest of the United States. After three days of hearings, a British Columbia justice granted bail of $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) to Meng Wanzhou, but required her to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, stay in Vancouver and its suburbs and confine herself to one of her two Vancouver homes from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The decision was met with applause in the packed courtroom, where members of Vancouver's Chinese community had turned out to show support for Meng.
First, we had the collapse of Apple via order cutbacks of virtually all of its suppliers, and there is no denying that sales are weaker, perhaps because of issues with China, perhaps because the company hit a price retaining wall, perhaps because of worldwide slowing. Both of these chip companies are remarkable, Nvidia because of its incredible technological edge and AMD because of its grit and its comeback with faster, better and cheaper products for personal computers and the data center. The same Nvidia and AMD cards that are used for gaming are also used for crypto-mining.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is thinking about multiple scenarios when it comes to tariffs and iPhone production. Right now, iPhones are not affected directly by the trade war between China and the U.S. But if U.S. President Donald Trump decides to raise tariffs on smartphones, it could be a big deal for the company. Apple manufactures most of its iPhones in China right now and works with Foxconn for the final assembly of those devices.
Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) started rolling cars out for the mass market in 1903. Company founder Henry Ford was well known for treating his employees fairly, doubling their pay and famously stating that he wanted his workers to have a life, and not just make a living by building his cars. Company shareholders have largely been treated well, too, over the years, with robust stock performance and an ample dividend (that's still the case, as Ford's forward dividend stands at 7 percent).
This might not come as a surprise to students of retirement, but it does shed light on the need for Americans of all ages to plan -- and preferably with the help of a financial planner who is a fiduciary and one who provides comprehensive holistic advice -- for their future. Consider: Two-thirds of households have less than $100,000 saved for retirement, according to an election-night survey of more than 1,000 American voters released by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) in collaboration with research-led consulting firm, Heart+Mind Strategies. While almost two-in-three (62%) are confident in their ability to maintain their savings as they transition to retirement, less than half (45%) think their savings will last them through retirement.