Month: June 2020

The S&P 500 Index is a market-capitalization-weighted index of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. It is widely regarded as the best gauge of large-cap U.S. equities. Some of the largest companies in the index include Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Facebook Inc. (FB), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The S&P 500’s total return
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Micron Technology’s hard drive for data center customers is presented at a product launch event in San Francisco, October 24, 2019. Stephen Nellis | Reuters Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.  Micron — Micron traded more than 6% higher after the chip manufacturer posted better-than-expected results for the previous quarter. The company posted an
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ROBERTO SCHMIDT It’s impossible to think about racial injustice in the U.S. without looking at the distribution of dollars.  In many ways that Americans work to establish themselves financially — through the stock market,  net worth and homeownership — Black families trail White families. “To put it simply, we don’t have a level playing field,” said Evelyn Brodkin, an
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The Federal Reserve is reviewing credit standards of its municipal short-term lending program, particularly for territories that are currently locked out of the program. That’s what Fed Chair Jerome Powell said during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday. Currently, eligible issuers in its Municipal Liquidity Facility program must have an investment grade rating of
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The sharp rally we have seen across markets since the end of March is presenting a challenge to income investors. Yields across sectors are well below their highs during the March drawdown and CEF discounts have tightened making obvious bargains much more difficult to find. Add to this the fact that a number of states
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The LKS Foundation is an Italian non-profit foundation that aims to promote initiatives that use the principle of sharing information through blockchain technology and spread the culture of fintech to innovate in sectors such as crowdfunding, ICO, and decentralized finance technologies. The Foundation’s President, Federico Olivo, is chairman and co-founder at Vistra SRL, a company
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Fidelity Management & Research is one of the largest, most recognizable mutual fund and brokerage providers in the United States. Edward Johnson founded the company in Boston in 1946, and today it is led by his granddaughter, chairman and chief executive officer Abigail Johnson. Fidelity services 32 million investors and 75 million customer accounts. A
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Marriage makes financial sense. If you have a significant other who believes that getting married is more of a financial liability than a benefit, that mindset is more common than you’d think. Many people, largely confused by the long-held belief that married couples pay more in taxes than those who are single—the marriage penalty—have held
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Known to millions as the Queen of Domestic Arts, Martha Stewart is a successful entrepreneur who built a media empire from scratch out of the old adage “there is no place like home.” During her pinnacle moments as a prominent media mogul, she found her name among the world’s wealthiest and powerful business leaders on the Forbes
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The fine art market continues to boom. It seems that every day, another auction record is set for “the highest price ever paid [fill in artist’s name here].” So what does that mean for the painting you bought to match your sofa a few years back? It may increase in worth, or it may be
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A passenger walks through Reagan National airport as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to keep airline travel at minimal levels and the U.S. economy contracts in the first quarter at its sharpest pace since the Great Recession, in Washington, April 29, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Direction requests Data from navigation tool Apple maps
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Housing choices are abundant, especially in urban areas, leaving many first-time homebuyers wondering which type of residence to buy. Each style of dwelling—condominium, townhouse, and detached home—has its pros and cons. Buyers should consider their lifestyles and budgets, as well as their level of desired involvement in home maintenance when deciding which style of home
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The number of new daily coronavirus cases hit records in several US states on Saturday, as officials started closing venues they had recently reopened and workers demanded new safety protections. Florida’s cases increased by 9,636 to 132,545, the state’s health department said Saturday. The state, the third-largest in the US, reported 8,942 new cases on
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