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Debt bets: Top picks in bond funds
2009-09-16 06:00:00
"There is never really a time to stop thinking about risk management and proper portfolio structure," says Keith Fitz-Gerald. In Money Map Reporter, he eyes a trio of bond funds."Among the more conservative positions we call our 'base builders' is Nuveen Quality Income Municipal Fund (NYSE: NQU). "This fund’s ability to demonstrate stability by continually delivering equal or increasing dividend payments through the current global economic mess is why we have it in our portfolio. It’s trading at a 1.98% discount to NAV and is currently yielding 6.10%. Another base-builder is PIMCO Strategic Global Government Fund (NYSE: RCS).  Diversification doesn’t just mean having several different stocks in your portfolio. It also means looking at different asset classes and different geographic regions. "And that’s exactly what RCS provides us. RCS is a bond fund of international holdings from Mortgage-backed secu...
Fresh Look at Mutual Funds
2009-09-10 14:39:00
Mutual funds get a fair amount of attention on Wall Street and many investors love them. Before you jump in, it's important to first read up* and understand the basics.What's a mutual fund by the way?A mutual fund essentially is a pool of money managed by a team of professionals. The Fund Manager invests the money in stocks, bonds, short-term money-market instruments, other securities or assets, or some combination of these investments, while maintaining the objectives and risk tolerance.What to like: * Diversification ? Fund managers spread the pooled money across many investments. This reduces the risk of losing all your money if one investment goes sour. Keep in mind that diversification does not assure a profit, or protect against loss, in a down market. * Professional management ? A real financial pro (or a team) decides when to buy and when to sell the securities held by the fund. * Divisibility ? Mutual funds allow investors to contribute round dollar amounts. This ma...
Four Fidelity funds for Asia
2009-08-27 14:00:00
In his Fidelity Investor, fund expert Jim Lowell suggests, "Investors should be buying Chinese stocks, Hong Kong real estate and Taiwanese technology." Here's four favorite funds."The fact that China is the only one of the 10 largest economies to have begun to grow is notable in and of itself."But it's even more more remarkable given that it has begun to grow without the aid of other global economy's in tow."Fidelity China Region (FHKCX) is being upgraded to a buy. Manager Wilson Wong invests at least 80% in companies from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. The top three sectors are financials, information technology and consumer discretionary."Fidelity Emerging Markets (FEMKX) is also a buy. Manager Robert von Rekowsky invests in emerging markets as well as eocnomies that are tied to emerging regions."The top country representations are Brazil, Chia, South Korea, India and Russia. The fund's top sectors are financials, energy and materia...
IPO Exchange Traded Funds
2009-08-17 16:33:00
IPO Exchange Traded Funds or IPO ETFs are ETFs which track stocks recently held in an Initial Public Offering (IPO). They were introduced in 2006 and are gaining popularity. IPO ETFs help investors to profit from the most expected quick growth of stocks in the initial years of public trading and from some of the companies with the highest growing potential.The index tracked, and portfolio management of IPO ETFs vary considerably. For example the First Trust IPOX-100 tracks the IPOX-100 index, which includes 100 largest IPOs by capitalization. The index follows specific rules for including IPO stocks.The index includes only US corporations.A number of securities/sectors are excluded such as REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), CEFs (Closed Ended Funds) and ADRs (American Depository Receipts). To be included, the companies should have a market capitalization of at least $50 million and an IPO of at least 15% outstanding shares.For avoiding the high volatility/speculation of prices, ...
QROPS created a new blog: qrops funds
2009-07-25 14:34:00
QROPS created a new blog: qrops funds
China funds for growth and income
2009-07-20 14:00:00
"China is one of the hardest places on the planet to find high yields," says income specialist Carla Pasternak.However, in her High Yield Investing, she suggests, "We found some select China funds that do offer a dividend yield along with tremendous long-term potential." Here, she looks at two favorites: Oberweis China Opportunities (OBCHX) and Matthews China (MCHFX)."I think we're in the early stages of China's economic boom, and I believe the country can continue to grow at a high single-digit pace for the next decade; if that happens, then plenty of Chinese companies will provide handsome returns for their shareholders."The Oberweis China Opportunities is taking full advantage of some of China's best investing opportunities. It invests at least 80% of its assets in Chinese securities. The fund generally invests in small and mid-cap companies, and its holdings have an average market cap of about $850 million.The fund wa...
A trio of muni bond funds
2009-07-16 14:00:00
"Think munis are a risky deal?" asks income expert Neil George. In his Stocks that Pay You, he states, "Don't. Instead, buy them now." However, rather than buying individual bonds, the advisor suggests that investors focus on buying closed-end muni bond funds. Here, he looks at a trio of favorites."The muni market isn't for the uninformed or the novice. Unlike the treasury market and much of the corporate market - when it comes to munis - you have to know each bond inside and out before you buy, and keep tabs on it after you buy."Everything - from visible supply, calls, sinking funds, and underlying backing and assets, to who is trading them - comes into play. I know - I've traded them professionally. This is why I like the closed end funds."I continue to recommend three very specific closed-end muni funds that have proven out to pay and perform: they are the AllianceBerstein National Muni Income (NYSE: AFB), the Nuveen Quality Inc...
Provision of Funds Through Nature Vet
2009-07-14 14:14:00
The latest Horseland newsletter has some very interesting information in it regarding Australian riders who want the chance to further their riding through the aid of sponsorship. It seems that Nature Vet is advertising positions for 16 sponsored riders, each sponsorship package being valued at $2,600 Australian dollars. Applications are open to young and junior riders (under ...
Money To Burn: CL & P, UI Have Millions In Energy-Efficiency Funds To Offer
2009-07-06 04:56:00
Image by 80sAustin via Flickr By LYNN DOAN, The Hartford Courant Late last year, Connecticut Light & Power Co. was desperate for energy conservation money. Several programs it runs for the state, which pay for power-saving improvements from lightbulbs in homes to tinted windows in office parks, were oversubscribed. The company had promised $10 million it didn’t have ...
Hedge Funds Industry Finds Solace In Twitter
2009-06-26 09:45:00
It is amazing to see twitter finding its way into mainstream uses but what would surprise most of us is its use in the hedge fund industry.The use of twitter in hedge funds industry could never been predicted by even the die-hard twitter fans.This may provide twitter a credible face for news sourcing. Hedge fund Industry constitutes one of the riskiest investment assets across the world.They take leverage position in multiples of their billions worth of assets and is in doll-drums currently. Many hedge fund traders have started using twitter as their basic and reliable news source by adopting a technology from US company-StreamBase. Streambase mines twitter for information related to stocks and commdities that can be utilized for financial trading and is plugged into trading platforms for real time access. Hedge fund mangers were earlier lambasted by investors for using automatic trading platforms which increased the risk profile of the trades, now relying on twitter for billions o...
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Local officials to ask senators for border security funds
2009-05-20 17:57:00
Local officials to ask senators for border security funds WASHINGTON (AP) ? A mayor whose town sits on the U.S. border with Mexico wants federal lawmakers to provide more money for border agents and dogs to help curb cross-border trafficking of drugs, guns and humans. Chad Foster, mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, says President Obama’s budget ...
Top Mutual Funds in India
2009-05-15 10:47:00
Deciding or searching for the top mutual funds generally requires lot of things to be taken into consideration. It is here that the role of the fund manager creeps in. The fund manager determines the performance of the fund for that particular period, so it is a compulsion that he is consulted prior to making ...
Las Vegas Hotel Developer Denied $130 Million In Funds & Cuts Workers
2009-05-05 08:54:00
Las Vegas hotel developer funds stopped and reduces construction work force.† Commercial real estate developer of the $3.1 billion Fontainebleau hotel alerted contractors of denied access to some of the $130 million in construction financing. The constructions funds were expected to be available according to the developer last week.† A separate set of lenders apart from ...
Scratchback Funds Allocated: New KIVA loans
2009-05-01 12:13:00
My Scratchback links have seen some activity now that my blog is hitting the 15,000 page views a month thanks to the support of The two most recent purchases were by Chris of Big Moving Stock and Justin of Penny Stock Picks.The $25 payments are allocated to KIVA projects, bringing the total number of projects supported to 107. If you would like to help you should purchase a Scratchback link to my site today. The two projects to be funded were a tutor in Lebanon and a couple in Cambodia to help send one of their kids to school. Dr. Declan Fallon, Senior Market Technician, the free stock alerts, stock charts, watchlist, multi-currency portfolio manager and strategy builder website. Forex data available too. Fallond Stock Picks
Index Mutual Funds Are Still Not Popular, But
2009-04-23 18:53:00
Are you investing in equity mutual funds? If so, are you using index funds or actively managed funds? I have mentioned a few times in the past that even though I use all index funds in my retirement savings accounts, I have nothing but actively managed funds in taxable accounts. The reason isn’t that I don’t ...Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Special bonus offers Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan $25 Bonus Lending Club $25 Sign Up Bonus Index Mutual Funds Are Still Not Popular, But
Target-Date Funds Aren?t That Safe
2009-04-21 19:54:00
One of the main advantages of target-date funds, or lifecycle funds, is that the asset allocation of these funds is automatically adjusted as the target date approaches, going from aggressive (more stocks, less bonds) in the early stage to conservative (more bonds, less stocks). With target-date funds, investors leave the the job of adjusting and ...Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Special bonus offers Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan $25 Bonus Lending Club $25 Sign Up Bonus Target-Date Funds Aren’t That Safe
Treasury Extended Money Market Funds Guarantee
2009-04-05 17:48:00
Last September, shortly after The Reserve Primary Fund broke the buck, the Treasury Department introduced a plan to provide temporary guarantee to money market mutual funds. The original plan was to use $50 billion from the Exchange Stabilization Fund to guarantee principal in money market mutual funds, which by design has the NAV of $1, ...Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Special bonus offers Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan $25 Bonus Lending Club $25 Sign Up Bonus Treasury Extended Money Market Funds Guarantee
Are Vanguard Mutual Funds Getting Expensive?
2009-03-30 19:00:00
Early this year, I compared performance of actively managed funds in my portfolio against some Vanguard index funds. In addition to the fund returns in 2008, which are all quite different between the two group of funds (four out ten funds beat Vanguard while the other six lagged), another thing I noticed from the comparison ...Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Special bonus offers Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan $25 Bonus Lending Club $25 Sign Up Bonus Are Vanguard Mutual Funds Getting Expensive?
PIMCO Total (PTTDX): 'Bugatti of bond funds'
2009-03-09 05:00:00
"Pimco Total Return Bond Fund ( (PTTDX ( is like the Bugatti of bond funds," says Ian Wyatt ( in his newly-launched advisory, The Recovery Portfolio ( explains, "Fund manager Bill Gross is not only known as the guru of fixed income, but has solidified this title by being named Morningstar's 'Fixed-Income Manager of the Year' in 1998, 2000 and 2007. Those looking for a core bond fund won't find a better choice.""Few bond funds have a track record that can rival that of Pimco Total Return, especially during 2008, when the fund was up 4.3% while all other competitors were in the red. The fund has a 5-star rating from Morningstar."Pimco's investment strategy is simple: focus on high-quality, intermediate-term fixed-income securities, including inves...
Groups raise funds for injured Filipino biker in Qatar
2009-03-04 05:13:00
Various Filipino and American groups raised funds totaling to QR 6,818 or more than P90,000 for an injured Filipino big bike rider in Qatar, an online report said. The Peninsula reported that injured biker Melvin Yadao was teary-eyed when he received the ceremonial check showing the amount of money raised and signatures of support from ...
High returns from tax-free muni bond funds
2009-03-02 06:00:00
"You don't have to be in the upper tax bracket to rake in higher returns from these tax-free bonds," says income expert Carla Pasternak ( her High Yield Investing (, she looks two favorite vehicles: Morgan Stanley Insured Municipal Securities ( (NYSE: IMS (, with a tax-equivalent yield of 7.9% and Western Asset Municipal High Income Fund ( (NYSE: MHF (, with a tax-equivalent yield of 11.1%."Most bond income is taxed at your ordinary income tax rate. Suppose you're getting interest income of $5.00 annually from a corporate bond fund."You might actually pocket just $3.25, if you're taxed at the 35% federal rate, and you'll get even less if there's stat...
Media Silent when Democratic Philanthropist Funds Republican Group?s ads ta
2009-02-27 09:08:00
Imagine that a small newspaper uncovered this scoop: a rich conservative philanthropist, say Richard Mellon Scaife, directly and through his Foundation, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Democratic group to run ads targeting leading Democratic politicians.† Reporters from all the leading dailies, the three major networks as well as CNN, MSNBC and even ...
Income trio: Favorite funds for yield
2009-02-13 06:00:00
"Some types of bonds have rarely looked as appealing as they do now compared with other income alternatives," says Philip Springer ( In the top-notch Leeb's Income Performance Letter (, the advisor looks at three favorite fixed-income funds -- one invested in mortgages, one in corporates and one in municipal bonds."Our top pick among fixed-income funds now is U.S. government-guaranteed, mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issued by government agencies."Mortgage rates have fallen significantly in recent months as investors anticipated the Federal Reserve's direct purchases of MBS, which are now occurring."But these securities are still attractive because they carry implicit U.S. government guarantees and yields that are much higher than those available from Treasury issues. Our favorite selection here remains Vanguard GNMA (
Men's Group from Church Raises Funds for Domestic Violence
2009-01-31 22:56:00
Wicked Local Mansfield Reports: Church Men?s Group raising funds for HUGS IIBy Rachel BoldenThu Jan 29, 2009, 12:55 PM ESTEaston - Each year the men of the Congregational Covenant Church in Easton raise funds to fight violence against women.On Friday, Feb. 6, the church?s Men?s Group hosts its annual Flavors of the World charity dinner dance at the Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton from 7 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds will benefit Help Us Get Safe (HUGS) II and the Womansplace Crisis Center, both local nonprofit organizations which offer shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence.The Men?s Group became involved with the cause about six years ago, when one of its members served on the jury of a domestic violence case. The fund-raising event, now in its fourth year, began as a modest dinner in a church basement and raised $5,000.Since then, Flavors of the World has dramatically increased both its popularity and its profit. Proceeds have more than doubled since the event?s ince...
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2009-01-24 10:10:00
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Actively Managed Funds vs. Vanguard Index Funds Update
2009-01-19 20:13:00
Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Actively Managed Funds vs. Vanguard Index Funds Update Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary Actively Managed Funds vs. Vanguard Index Funds Update It has been more than a year since I last ran a comparison between my actively managed funds and low-cost Vanguard index funds. After the huge losses in stock markets last year, I am more interested in seeing how my funds have ...
U.K. Funds Four Renewable Energy Projects That Promise a Greener Existence
2009-01-19 15:08:00
From U.K. government set up an energy research and development institute, dubbed Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to bring about the green revolution. In an attempt to help the country to meet its future energy and climate targets, the institute boasts of a £1.
So were hedge funds that bad in 2008?
2009-01-16 11:00:00
Today, we finally received the final numbers, the returns for the most known hedge fund index, the Credit Suisse/Tremont index that tracks over 5000 index funds. And the December returns came in basically flat as the index returned -0,03% which brings us to a total of -19,07% for the 2008 calendar year. Bad or not? First ...
20 Largest Stock Funds 2008 Performance: Nowhere to Hide
2009-01-09 19:04:00
Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary 20 Largest Stock Funds 2008 Performance: Nowhere to Hide Original Post on The Sun's Financial Diary 20 Largest Stock Funds 2008 Performance: Nowhere to Hide If you are a stock/mutual fund investor, you probably already felt the pain of putting your money in the stock markets in 2008. I did when I saw the 22% year-over-year decline in our net worth, even with all the new ...
Obama Tied to Funds From Figure in Richardson Probe
2009-01-07 13:32:00
Now, it starts…ABC News is reporting: President-elect Barack Obama took big money from a man at the center of a federal probe that has forced one of Obama’s top Cabinet picks to withdraw. Financial records show the Obama campaign got more than $30,000 from California financier David Rubin, the target of an investigation into donations and possible “pay-to-play” deals involving New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama’s pick for commerce secretary. Scratch a Democrat, and corruption simply leaks out. If they keep digging, this will be an interesting summer. Question is, will they? BitsBlog Tags: federal probe, ABC News, Money, Bill Richardson, Democrat Related posts Any Real Republicans Out There? (0) Nightly Ramble: Sharks And Those Who Act Like Them, Fred, Instant Democrats, And More on Supply Side (0) Fred Apogizes (0) Snark of the Day: Helen Thomas (0) Snark of the Day: Michelle Malkin (0)
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Best Mutual Funds
2008-12-30 03:03:00
Prior to mutual fund investments one should carefully think out the exact reason for his investment, and the kind of return he is expecting based on the market data analysis. The best mutual funds have low cost, a steady record of return to its investors and efficient fund managers who act upon facts and logic.Whoever says that mutual fund investments are risk-free and dependable has either been lying or does not know much about its market behavior.The idea that a mutual fund having an active returns record will ultimately result in profit is a myth. The best mutual funds retire with less money than the actual investment. An analysis done by financial researchers, between 1979 to 1998, shows a yearly under performance of 2.8% in their Vanguard 500 Index Fund. This worsened to 5.1% from 1984 to 1998. Such data are abundant. Yet mutual fund investments continue to happen.This is because the best mutual funds are actively managed by highly qualified market researchers. Other index fund...
Mutual Funds Vs Stocks
2008-12-30 03:02:00
No two things can ever be exactly the same. There is always at least something that one object has that's different from another, no matter how similar they may be. Even identical twins differences between them, it's just that they aren't that noticeable at first glance. Anyways, some people out there wonder what the difference between stocks and mutual funds are, and would love to see a comparison between the two. That's why I've taken the liberty of writing this article, for the benefit of those who do have no idea what they are - interested in knowing what they are? Read this: what really makes them "unique" as compared to one another is the kind of investments you put your money into.When you say stocks, it usually means that you're putting it in a singular type of investment only. But with mutual funds, you're putting it in several kinds, which include a variety of the following: bonds, stocks, and many other money-market investments. That brings up the 2nd fact that sep...
Obama To Escape Any Investigation Into His Campaign Funds
2008-11-11 19:06:00
Even though there is evidence that he accepted foreign funds. SEE HEREThe Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign?s record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul.Adding insult to injury for Republicans: The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain?s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.Obama is expected to escape that level of scrutiny mostly because he declined an $84 million public grant for his campaign that automatically triggers an audit and because the sheer volume of cash he raised and spent minimizes the significance of his errors. Another factor: The FEC, which would have to vote to launch an audit, is prone to deadlocking on issues that inordinately impact one party or the other ? like approving a messy and...
Federal Open Market Committee lowers federal funds rate 50 basis points
2008-10-30 01:15:00
Federal Reserve Building, Washington, D.C.The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 50 basis points to 1 percent.The pace of economic activity appears to have slowed markedly, owing importantly to a decline in consumer expenditures. Business equipment spending and industrial production have weakened in recent months, and slowing economic activity in many foreign economies is damping the prospects for U.S. exports. Moreover, the intensification of financial market turmoil is likely to exert additional restraint on spending, partly by further reducing the ability of households and businesses to obtain credit.In light of the declines in the prices of energy and other commodities and the weaker prospects for economic activity, the Committee expects inflation to moderate in coming quarters to levels consistent with price stability.Recent policy actions, including today?s rate reduction, coordinated interest rate cuts by central banks, ...
Port St. Lucie Waiting for Federal Funds
2008-10-29 17:05:00
The Port St. Lucie Community Services Department together with Don Cooper, the City Manager is going to meet to decide upon as to how the $13.5 million fund of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used. The officials of the city are expecting to put an ...
Pasco County is Waiting for Federal Funds
2008-10-27 13:18:00
A rescue plan for foreclosure that is worth $20 million has taken some shape in Pasco County. This has made the commissioners of this county put forward that proper steps have to be taken to deal with this real estate crisis situation in Pasco County. The increasing rate of foreclosure nationwide has put the real ...
French President Sarkozy Calls for European Sovereign Wealth Funds to Prote
2008-10-22 16:56:00
Concerned about the recent decline in stock prices, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, yesterday (Tuesday) called for the creation of European sovereign wealth funds. The funds would be virtual carbon copies of the state-owned investment vehicles that have sprung up from…
Fed Steps in with $600 Billion Plan to Bolster Money Market Funds
2008-10-22 16:33:00
The U.S. Federal Reserve yesterday (Tuesday) announced a new program that will provide as much as $600 million in emergency funding to money-market funds should the ongoing global financial crisis once again cause the short-term credit markets to freeze out…
Closed-End Income Funds: Why It?s Time to Buy Them
2008-10-16 16:34:00
Pick a stock. Any stock. And invariably, one investor will argue it’s cheap. Another will say it’s expensive. Even in this panic-driven sell off. The problem, of course, is that no foolproof, infallible metric exists to determine who is right.…
Ten states unemployment insurance funds face insolvency
2008-10-13 15:59:00 10/9/08 Emanuella Grinberg The demand for unemployment benefits across the country has put a strain on state unemployment funds, with such funds in at least 10 states facing insolvency in 2009, according to a policy group. On Tuesday, California state officials told lawmakers…
OLMS Institutes New Union Reporting Rules for Hidden Slush Funds
2008-10-10 18:41:00
-By Warner Todd Huston The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has issued new reporting procedures for unions to report the details of what are called T-1 Trusts. These new reporting efforts should help bring light to these funds that have heretofore been shielded from transparency allowing unions to use many millions of dollars without accountability ...
About Paying Rent Out of Campaign Funds
2008-10-08 16:18:00
Remember the flap about Jon Powers' campaign paying rent for using a home office in Powers' home when the campaign began? How is that different from Jack Davis' campaign paying rent to I Squared R, Davis' company? (Click to enlarge)
EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds
2008-10-02 06:23:00
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "
Massachusetts Received $54.8 Million Funds from HUD
2008-09-30 15:22:00
US Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided a fund of $54.8 million to Massachusetts on 28th September to help them fight with the increasing number of home foreclosures there. The neighborhood areas from Dorchester to Springfield will benefit a lot from this federal fund. This is expected to give some relief to the ...
Obama Voted to Cut Funds for the Troops
2008-09-28 05:27:00
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Defense! Favorite funds
2008-09-23 07:00:00
"Defense stocks never looked more attractive than they do now," says Jim Powell (, who looks at two favorite ways to play the defense sector.In Global Changes & Opportunities Report (, he says, "The drop in defense stocks has more to do with the overall bear market in stocks than to any problems within the sector itself.""Recent quarterly earnings from many defense companies are up, with signifi cant gains in revenues and earnings. "Defense stocks have also been pushed down due to worries that the presidential election might go to Senator Obama, who is not expected to be a strong a supporter of the military. "Historically, however, Republican and Democratic spending on defense has been about the same. "Some investors may also be nervous about buying defense stocks if the U.S. is likely to reduce its presence in Iraq over the next few years. "However, in the fi...
Hedge funds sip on Hansen Natural (HANS)
2008-09-17 07:00:00
“After a meteoric rise from the beginning of 2004 until the fall of 2007 energy drink maker Hansen Natural ( (NASDAQ: HANS ( lost its investment luster, falling 70%,” notes Bill Martin ( editor of ( adds, "However, the stock has rallied off its lows after a closely watched hedge fund disclosed a 7.9% stake in the company. We thought we'd take a closer look." Here's the advisor's review.“As a quick refresher, Corona, California-based Hansen Natural markets and distributes natural sodas, energy drinks, juices, and non-carbonated dairy based coffee drinks. While it sells its drinks under several different brands, its Monster brand energy drink is its biggest seller and fastest grower.“Hansen announced Q2 results on Aug...
Calif. SEIU Funds Abuse Spreads to Mich.
2008-08-27 16:07:00
-By Warner Todd Huston This just gets better and better. You’ll recall our recent focus on the abuse of funds and influence peddling by California Service Employee International Union (SEIU) head Tyrone Freeman being investigated in depth by the L.A.Times and how Mr. Freeman has been funneling union contracts to his family members. Now a related ...
The Peanut Pet Shelter - Campaign for Funds
2008-08-20 20:11:00
Greetings "Life's a Beach" Readers!Recently, my friend and fellow ex-pat Susie took a chance and submitted our beloved Peanut Pet Shelter for consideration in American Express Members' Project 2008. Much to her pleasant surprise, her submission was accepted and the Peanut Pet Shelter is now one of the many worthy causes in the running to receive a sizable influx of much needed funding to continue caring and finding forever homes for Playa del Carmen's needy dogs and cats. The shelter currently houses and cares for 80 adoptable dogs and cats and these funds will go a long way to ensuring that these animals and those that will surely come after them DO find homes and loving families of their own.How can you help? Follow the link below to the Members' Project Website and nominate The Peanut Pet Shelter. If you are not an American Express Cardmember, you are still able to cast your vote simply by providing your name and email address. American Express...
"Best buys" among contrarian funds
2008-08-13 07:00:00
“At the Morningstar Investment Conference, I had a chance to hear directly from manager of several of our ‘best buy’ funds,” says Mark Salzinger ( his The No-Load Fund Investor (, he discusses a pair of “contrarian” funds: Dodge & Cox Stock ( (DODGX ( and T. Rowe Price Equity Income ( (PRFDX ( recommended for long-term investors.“The managements of these equity funds are sticking to its guns. In the case of Dodge & Cox Stock, this means a continuation of a contrarian focus on large out-of-favor stocks. often in equally out-of-favor sectors.“In the case of T. Rowe Price Equity Income, this means a continuation of fo...
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