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It’s too easy for Wall Street to overlook ethical constraints and only care about the ends, not the means
By Brett Owens, Contributor I hate to say it, but right now, thousands of investors are putting their portfolios on autopilot right when they need to take control the most. I’m talking about the boom in “passive” investing, or bypassing stock picking and plowing your cash into low-fee exchange-traded funds (ETFs) instead. Some income-starved investors are […] …read more
Pumpkin carvings of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are on display at Chelsea Market in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)
A little more than one-third of Americans told Gallup in 2006 that they “usually” celebrate Halloween by carving a pumpkin. And, if Google search data is to be believed, some of us have a more natural knack for making faces out of orange gourds than others.
Consider the map below. It plots the relative volume of searches for the phrase “how to carve a pumpkin” between 2004 and 2016.
That phrase is a pretty useful proxy for pumpkin-carving ineptitude: search it yourself, and you can see the top results include how-to’s from the likes of Martha Stewart (“Tip: Prevent exposed areas of the pumpkin’s flesh from turning brown by applying a film of Vaseline”), extremepumpkins.com (“I personally use power tools and extreme techniques, but many of the methods that I use to carve pumpkins apply to anyone”), and the New York Times (“An annual tradition like carving a jack-o’-lantern can become a mindful moment by cultivating what is known as beginner’s mind”).
In other words, people Googling “how to carve a pumpkin” need help with the basic mechanics of the task, like stabbing, cutting and the scooping-out of guts.
According to Google, the states most lacking in this fundamental knowledge are clustered mostly in the South — Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi all lead the nation in how-to pumpkin carving searches. North Dakota and Hawaii also stand out as places with a relatively high interest in pumpkin tutorials.
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The stock market, gripped in a torpor so powerful that even peak earnings season couldn’t wake it, got a jolt from an unexpected corner—Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton—underscoring the political risks in the remaining days ahead of the election.
By Tom Aspray, Contributor Just after noon on Friday it seemed as though stocks were going to finish the week slightly lower for the week but then the news from the FBI regarding new emails rocked the market. The S&P futures dropped 20 points in just over an hour. Though the market recouped much of these losses the tone of the market definitely changed.
Investors are wondering whether the start of the new month will mark the start of a new more friendly market or whether the end of October is setting the stage for more investor pain. In last week’s column I looked at the last three-election year markets (Market Insights From Past Election Years) and concluded that the price action was the most similar to 2012 when there was a sharp post election decline.
Let’s look at some of the positive and negative factors that are likely to impact stocks for the last two months of the year. Will it be Trick or Treat? …read more
Celebrities aren’t the only ones making big bucks with branded content
By Nikolai Kuznetsov, Contributor The Chinese Real Estate market is among the biggest in the world and is certainly the most watched in Asia. And that scrutiny comes not only from economists and developers but by equity investors trying to gauge when the housing bubble might burst. This week, Reuters Nationwide Index suggests that, […] …read more