Second quarter earnings on deck

  Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same. The final revision...

Tiny houses gain appeal

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space...

From Russia with love

  The newest wrinkle in the Greek debt crisis occurred this week when Greek officials met with Vladimir Putin to discuss a gas pipeline extension as well as the possibility of lending the cash-strapped nation additional funds. Deliberate leaks to the press during...

Robo-Advisors have landed

Skynet, move over. The dawn of intelligent portfolio services is rising across the globe. Depending upon your individual circumstances, this trend could be an answer to many investors’ problems. Exactly what is robo-investing? The dozen or so firms offering this...

Don’t try to trade this market

  Nothing really changed this week. The S&P 500 Index is up about one point from last Friday’s close. It makes little sense to try and trade this market unless you are nimble and spend eight hours a day making small gains and getting out before the end of the...