• Financial Times

    ‘Their house is on fire’: the pension crisis sweeping the world

    Jan-Pieter Jansen, a 77-year-old retiree from the Netherlands, had high hopes for a worry-free retirement after having saved diligently into a pension during his working life. “This is causing me a lot of stress,” says Mr Jansen, who retired 17 years ago and hoped to use his pension pot to treat his grandchildren and afford good hotels on holidays. Mr Jansen is not alone in experiencing pension pain.

  • Financial Times

    FBI tried to warn BofA against ill-fated buyout

    The FBI tried to warn Bank of America against an ill-fated leveraged buyout led by former Blackstone dealmaker Chinh Chu, telling an executive that “the entire transaction was setting alarms off, and there was a concern that someone was attempting to defraud” the bank. BofA faces steep potential losses after ignoring the warnings about now-bankrupt Constellation Healthcare Technologies, which are detailed in FBI files made public by a federal court last week. It was the first acquisition for his investment vehicle CC Capital, which he created after ending his 25-year stint working on multibillion-dollar transactions.

  • It’s great the stock market is setting records, but it’s not because the economy is great
    MarketWatch

    It’s great the stock market is setting records, but it’s not because the economy is great

    Stocks on Wall Street have soared to fresh record highs, but it's not because the economy is flashing a big thumbs-up sign. The economy is still expanding, to be sure, and sporadic worries about recession have faded again. More evidence of a slowdown emerged in a pair of recent reports on industrial production and retail sales — windows into how businesses and consumers are faring.

  • Benzinga

    Barron's Picks And Pans: Medtronic, Tesla, Walmart And More

    This weekend's Barron's cover story explains how to generate income in retirement. Other featured articles discuss big tech's take on banking and retailers that have been left behind. Also, the prospects for a medical devices maker, a financial services play, a retail giant still growing and more.

  • Top 5 Companies Owned by Exxon Mobil (XOM)
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    Top 5 Companies Owned by Exxon Mobil (XOM)

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) was America's biggest publicly traded oil and gas company in 2019, and one of the largest companies in any industry. It reported consolidated revenue of more than $290 billion in 2018 across its worldwide upstream and downstream oil and gas operations. Exxon Mobil's core businesses include oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, and the marketing of petroleum and chemical products.

  • Why Rich Investors Are Bracing for a Steep Sell-Off as Turmoil Looms
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    Why Rich Investors Are Bracing for a Steep Sell-Off as Turmoil Looms

    Bullish buyers have sent the S&P 500 Index soaring to a series of record highs this month, but wealthy investors are bracing for a significant market decline by the end of 2020, and now hold, on average, 25% of their assets in cash, according to a worldwide survey by UBS Global Wealth Management that drew more than 3,400 responses. “The rapidly changing geopolitical environment is the biggest concern for investors around the world,” as Paula Polito, client strategy officer at UBS GWM, observed in a statement. UBS polled investors with $1 million or more in investable assets, which include cash and marketable securities, but exclude residences and personal property.

  • After nailing a call for a pullback in June, Canaccord’s Dwyer predicts another S&P 500 slide
    MarketWatch

    After nailing a call for a pullback in June, Canaccord’s Dwyer predicts another S&P 500 slide

    Canaccord Genuity strategist Tony Dwyer has been bullish on the U.S. stocks in recent years, predicting after rising more than 23% in 2019, the S&P 500 will reach 3,350 by the end of 2020, a more than 8.3% increase from Tuesday's close. Indeed, from the close of trade on April 30, through June 30 the S&P 500 declined 6.9%, before rising to record highs in late July and again in recent weeks. “Our core thesis remains positive, with low inflation, an easy Fed, a re-steepening of the yield curve, slowing but positive growth, better-than-expected [earnings per share] and valuation expansion, although the tactical backdrop suggests a minor correction over the near term,” Dwyer wrote in a Tuesday note to clients, referring to a widening gap between interest rates of varying maturities that had flattened in recent months, often viewed as an accurate predictor of coming economic weakness.

  • Too Rich for a Roth? Do This
    Investopedia

    Too Rich for a Roth? Do This

    For 2020 Roth IRA contributions are not allowed for single filers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $139,000 (up from $137k in 2019) or more and married couples filing jointly whose MAGI exceeds $206,000 (up from $203k in 2019). A Roth IRA allows for tax-free qualified distributions in retirement, which may be invaluable if you anticipate landing in a high tax bracket when you retire. Fortunately, there is an available solution to the Roth IRA roadblock for affluent taxpayers: a backdoor Roth IRA.

  • Marijuana Stocks Are Tumbling — Are Any Good Buys Right Now?
    Investor's Business Daily

    Marijuana Stocks Are Tumbling — Are Any Good Buys Right Now?

    Marijuana stocks received enormous hype after legal recreational sales took hold in Canada and sales became legal in some form or another across more than half of the U.S. Producers in Canada listed on the big U.S. exchanges, while their U.S. counterparts sought listings in Canada. Are any marijuana stocks on major U.S. exchanges a good buy now? Overall, the marijuana industry is showing little profit growth as weed producers burn through money to expand.

  • 2 Stocks You Really Should Consider Shorting This Week
    TheStreet.com

    2 Stocks You Really Should Consider Shorting This Week

    Using recent actions and grades from TheStreet's Quant Ratings and layering on technical analysis of the charts of those stocks, Trifecta Stocks identifies five names each Friday that look bearish. While we will not be weighing in with fundamental analysis we hope this piece will give investors interested in stocks on the way down a good starting point to do further homework on the names. Fossil Group Inc. recently was downgraded to Sell with a D rating by TheStreet's Quant Ratings.

  • How Much Are Taxes on an IRA Withdrawal?
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    How Much Are Taxes on an IRA Withdrawal?

    How much you will pay in taxes on an individual retirement account (IRA) withdrawal depends on the type of IRA, your age, and the purpose of the withdrawal. In other cases, you owe income tax on the money you withdraw and sometimes an additional penalty if you withdraw funds before age 59½. There are a number of IRA options and a variety of places to get these account types, but the Roth IRA and the traditional IRA are by far the most widely held types.

  • ‘When Should I Retire?’ The Pros and Cons of Different Ages
    Investopedia

    ‘When Should I Retire?’ The Pros and Cons of Different Ages

    Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau show the average national retirement age in 2019 was 63—64 for men and 62 for women, according to a 2015 report by the Center for Retirement Research. A 2015 paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, for example, found that “retirement improves both health and life satisfaction,” in part by factoring in the number of people who are forced to retire due to health issues. Relatively few people have the financial resources to support an extended retirement.

  • Barrons.com

    What Does Alibaba’s Hong Kong Listing Mean for U.S. Shareholders? 6 Things to Know

    The Chinese e-commerce giant (BABA) (ticker: BABA) has been trading on the New York Stock Exchange since it raised $25 billion in a 2014 initial public offering. The price of the American depositary shares has soared 173% from $68 at the IPO to $185.49 as of Friday's close. Now, the company wants to offer another 500 million new ordinary shares in a listing through the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

  • Aurora Cannabis stock suffers worst day in more than five years, analyst says ‘it would be fair for investors not to believe them’
    MarketWatch

    Aurora Cannabis stock suffers worst day in more than five years, analyst says ‘it would be fair for investors not to believe them’

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares suffered through their worst trading session in more than five years Friday, after an earnings report that included disappointing numbers and plans to cut spending sent analysts racing to cut their forecasts for the Canadian marijuana producer. Aurora's (ACB) revenue declined by 24% sequentially in its fiscal first quarter, and the second largest public weed company by sales cancelled or delayed plans for multiple further facilities expansions and converted C$155 million in debt into shares as it seeks to conserve cash. Investors responded by sending the stock on a 17.2% decline to $2.73, the largest single-day percentage decline for Aurora shares in more than five years and the lowest closing price since October 2017.

  • Visa, Mastercard Lead 5 Payment Stocks To Watch Near Buy Points
    Investor's Business Daily

    Visa, Mastercard Lead 5 Payment Stocks To Watch Near Buy Points

    Your five top stocks to watch this week: credit-card giants Visa and Mastercard, as well as StoneCo, Fidelity National Information Services and FleetCor Technologies. Visa stock and Mastercard stock are near buy points, along with the other payment stocks. Meanwhile, StoneCo, a Brazilian payments company that went public last October, reports third-quarter earnings on Thursday, so investors should brace for big moves in the stock after the company announces.

  • Everyone is bullish on stocks all of a sudden — here’s why you shouldn’t be
    MarketWatch

    Everyone is bullish on stocks all of a sudden — here’s why you shouldn’t be

    Two potential scenarios are developing in the U.S. stock market. • The chart shows that the stock market has undergone a strong rally. • The chart shows that the price action in the stock market after the breakout is subdued.

  • Barrons.com

    What Is Your Capital Gains Tax Rate? Good Question — It Can Get Confusing

    Here's what you need to know about the federal income tax rates on capital gains tax (and dividends) under the current rules, which are scheduled to last through 2025 (political developments permitting). rates and brackets for LTCGs and dividends The TCJA retained the 0%, 15%, and 20% rates on LTCGs from assets that you've owned for more than one year and for qualified dividends. However, these rates now have their own brackets that are no longer tied to ordinary income brackets.

  • Barrons.com

    Retirement Savers Are Turning to Dividend Stocks for Income. Here’s How to Use Them in Your Portfolio.

    With their attractive income and yields, dividend stocks not only offer solid returns in an era of ultralow bond yields that doesn't appear to be ending soon, but also hold the promise of price appreciation. The S&P 500 index's yield was recently around 1.9%, about even with that of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note—itself a common source of income for retirement savers. Dividends also offer a number of advantages beyond income, one being that qualified dividend income is taxed as a capital gain and at a lower rate than ordinary income receives.

  • Barrons.com

    Private Equity Firms Are Ready to Buy Out Companies. After Walgreens, Here’s Who Might Be Next.

    After years of fund raising, private-equity funds “are awash in capital,” according to Bain's 2019 private-equity report. Take (WBA) Boots Alliance (ticker: WBA): The $70-plus billion drugstore chain is up 15% over the past month on reports that it could get bought out by the legendary private-equity firm (KKR) (KKR). It's tempting to run sophisticated screens looking at factors that attract private-equity investors, such as management age (perhaps a retirement is pending and no succession plan is in place) or lower-than-average profit margins.

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) vs. U.S. Social Security
    Investopedia

    Canada Pension Plan (CPP) vs. U.S. Social Security

    Canada Pension Plan Benefits Similar to the U.S. Social Security system, the Canada Pension Plan provides several types of benefits: Retirement pension. You can start full CPP retirement benefits at age 65. You can get a permanently reduced amount as early as age 60, or as late as age 70 with a permanent increase.

  • How Social Security Works for the Self-Employed
    Investopedia

    How Social Security Works for the Self-Employed

    However, instead of withholding Social Security taxes from each paycheck—many self-employed people don't get regular paychecks, after all—you pay all the Social Security taxes on your earnings, both your personal contribution and your business' contribution, when you file your annual federal income tax return. Schedule SE, Self-Employment Tax, is where you report your business' net profit or loss as calculated on Schedule C. The federal government uses this information to calculate the Social Security benefits you'll be entitled to later.

  • Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month
    Quartz

    Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month

    America's coal plants are turning off the boilers, facing brutal economics and customers fleeing for natural gas and renewable energy. This week, Arizona's 2.25-GW Navajo Generating Station burned its last load of coal after no buyers turned up during a two-year search. Trade publication Utility Dive reports that the fate of the financially ailing plant was sealed after a bid to force an Arizona water agency to buy its electricity failed.

  • 3 Monster Growth Stocks That Can Move Even Higher
    TipRanks

    3 Monster Growth Stocks That Can Move Even Higher

    One thing is clear: investors are constantly searching for serious growth names. For investors that have settled on this strategy, what's the best way to find these tickers with growth prospects that go above and beyond? The platform's Stock Screener tool simplified our research process by allowing us to filter our search results by analyst consensus and upside potential from the current share price.

  • Roth IRA Contributions with No Job?
    Investopedia

    Roth IRA Contributions with No Job?

    The IRS gets a little grumpy if you contribute to a Roth IRA without what it calls earned income. The good news is that you don't necessarily need a formal job to contribute to a Roth IRA. Although it's not true in all cases, if you're paying taxes on any type of income from working, there's a good chance that you can make Roth IRA contributions.

  • Financial Times

    India’s third wave of tech development will produce a titan

    Will India give the world a technology titan like America's Google, Facebook and Amazon or China's Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent? With all the smart, entrepreneurial talent available — very often the same talent the rest of the world relies on to imagine and nurture its own tech companies — it is reasonable to ask what is taking us so long. The first wave of technology development in India gained momentum in the 1990s, with companies such as the one I co-founded, Infosys, riding a tide of global outsourcing and consulting.