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  1. Santander's Footprint Pays Off

    August 3, 2010
    Santander's fast-growing Latin business provides a spicy contrast to the sour state of Spain.
  2. IPO Review For The First Half Of 2010

    July 19, 2010
    The U.S. initial public offering market has rebounded from 2009, and has been fighting a bearish trend the past two months. ...
  3. Fairholme's Big Financial Bet

    July 14, 2010
    Fairholme has over 20% of its assets, over $3 billion, invested in the country's biggest financial names.
  4. Stocks To Guard Your Portfolio

    July 1, 2010
    Finding the right stock to reduce volatility is not as exciting, but it is essential to building a lasting portfolio and ...
  5. Muni-phobia

    June 23, 2010
    There is a growing drumbeat that municipal bonds may be the next domino to fall in this recession.
  6. 4 Solid Foreign Banks

    June 21, 2010
    Banking stocks outside the U.S. are offering some excellent deals.
  7. Trading Wizard John Paulson's Top 3 Holdings

    June 11, 2010
    It appears the top hedgie is expecting an equity bull market – and not a little inflation.
  8. Fairholme's Financial Bet

    May 21, 2010
    As of the end of the first quarter of 2010, Fairholme was making a big bet. The move was not on one single company, but on ...
  9. Protect On The Downside With Broadridge

    May 11, 2010
    Recent events indicate upside potential for Broadridge shareholders.
  10. Momentum Rules

    May 4, 2010
    Momentum off the bottom back in March 2009 has moved and will continue to move the market higher.
  11. Best IPOs In First Quarter Of 2010

    April 22, 2010
    The best performing IPOs in 2010's first quarter of 2010 was composed of Chinese companies and American financial companies. ...
  12. Four ETFs On Fire

    April 5, 2010
    A rising tide lifts all boats, and the same has held true in the ETF world with strong performances by the equity markets ...
  13. 3 Solid Companies With Virtually No Debt

    February 3, 2010
    A lack of debt is a good feature in a company, especially when it's combined with low P/Es and impressive growth rates.
  14. Wells Fargo Delivers

    January 27, 2010
    In banking, management is everything, and Wells Fargo has excellent management that knows how to manage risk.
  15. Bank Credit Quality Trends

    January 26, 2010
    The four largest U.S. based banks have all reported fourth quarter of 2009 earnings.
  16. Discerning JPMorgan's Normalized Earnings Potential

    January 25, 2010
    Shares of JPMorgan are compelling - once the company stops taking hefty provisions for credit losses.
  17. $5 Stocks: Bargains Or Bummers?

    January 6, 2010
    These beaten down stocks are all selling for $5 or less per share. Are they bargains or bummers?
  18. The Worst Stocks Of 2009

    January 5, 2010
    In 2009, banks were hit hard by credit quality problems and investment losses during the financial crisis.
  19. New Tricks For Intuit

    November 25, 2009
    Intuit looks to the web to regain its growth momentum.
  20. Is Citi Too Big To Succeed?

    October 23, 2009
    Citigroup came out with a convoluted earnings report that raise questions as to the future profitability of the bank.
  21. Soft Drink Stocks: A Refreshing Alternative

    September 11, 2009
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by financial and automotive ...
  22. Government Bank Bailouts Paying Off

    September 2, 2009
    The Capital Purchase Plan was ridiculed as a bailout, but it just might turn out to be a great investment for the taxpayer. ...
  23. The Dash For Trash

    August 28, 2009
    The dash for trash in the financial sector.
  24. Eyeing The Exchanges

    July 21, 2009
    Exchanges offer investors a chance to benefit from transaction fees and additional insight into market trading activity. ...
  25. Big Banks Doling Out Big Salaries

    June 29, 2009
    On Wednesday, Citigroup joined Morgan Stanley and UBS in announcing that they will be increasing employee and executive salaries. ...
  26. PNC: The Making Of A Super-Regional Bank

    June 16, 2009
    On the heels of its purchase of distressed National City Bank last fall, PNC continues to grow into its new super-regional ...
  27. Allstate's Good Hands Gone Bad?

    June 12, 2009
    Allstate is a mixed bag right now; though they refused TARP money, they have exposure to mortgage-backed securities
  28. Two More Reasons To Diversify

    June 3, 2009
    GM and Citigroup being removed from the DJIA should cause investors to focus on diversification.
  29. Revisiting Your ABCs

    May 27, 2009
    These ten stocks - chosen by ticker name alone - are compared, one year after an initial assessment.
  30. Trustmark's TCE Moves It Through The Crisis

    May 21, 2009
    Trustmark trades at a high relative valuation despite declining asset quality as it is protected by its strong capital base. ...
  31. 4 ETFs On Fire Right Now

    April 29, 2009
    The 4 best performing ETFs in the month of April might surprise some investors.
  32. India's Outsourcers Losing Steam

    April 24, 2009
    Reduced business volumes and falling prices spell tough times for India's IT outsourcing companies.
  33. Is It Time To Short Financials?

    April 23, 2009
    The recent rally in financials raises the question of whether investors should once again be thinking about shorting the ...
  34. Banks That Never Experienced The Financial Crisis

    April 15, 2009
    Due to sound investments and risk-averse practices, many banks were unaffected by the financial crisis and are now promising ...
  35. Global Investing Made Easy

    April 8, 2009
    Investing in the most valuable American brands operating globally has paid dividends this decade.
  36. Stocks Trading Near Their Lows

    April 8, 2009
    When stocks are trading near their lows, there are some possible value plays. We look at some companies that show promise ...
  37. Moving Cash Out Of Hand

    March 25, 2009
    Visa and MasterCard are pushing plastic as a secure option over cash in hand.
  38. Five Large-Cap February Flops

    March 4, 2009
    Will selling your stock now save you from future floundering, or can you stomach the flops as they come?
  39. Dark Horse Candidates To Enter The Dow

    March 4, 2009
    The DJIA is sure to be rebalanced over the next year as some members teeter on bankruptcy or face falling from the index. ...
  40. Nationalizing Banks Is Not The Solution

    February 24, 2009
    Talk of nationalizing Bank of America and Citigroup is not the solution to the financial system. The government should stop ...
  41. Dow Throwdown

    February 23, 2009
    With speculation rampant that components of the DJIA will change, we examine the scenario and its meaning for investors. ...
  42. Against The Grain: Four Stocks Raising Their Dividends

    February 19, 2009
    Looking for divivend stock? Take a look at these four companies.
  43. UBS Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    February 16, 2009
    UBS cautiously predicts profitability for 2009 and, in the process, creates template for U.S. banks to follow to emerge from ...
  44. Upticked Off

    January 16, 2009
    Congress' plan to reinstate the uptick rule for short selling gets mixed reviews on Wall Street.
  45. Banking On Bailout Bucks

    December 11, 2008
    With American Express and GM seeking bank (and bailout) status, who will be next?
  46. Thomson-Reuters Feel-Good Story Full Of Holes

    November 19, 2008
    With additional financial industry staff cuts on deck for next year, Thomson Reuters is still a very risky bet.
  47. Banking Stress Spreads To India's ICICI

    November 5, 2008
    ICICI Bank has managed to stay profitable, but bank is still seeing pressure from the global credit crisis.
  48. ING Capital Injection A Mere Booster Shot

    October 22, 2008
    ING's capital injection lacked the urgency of other firms going after government investment.
  49. Preferred Stock ETFs

    October 20, 2008
    We examine a group of preferred stock ETFs to see why they have fared so poorly as of late.
  50. Monday, Bloody Monday

    October 8, 2008
    We take a historical look at Mondays and other trading days on the market and discover there is yet another reason to hate ...
  51. Wachovia-Wells Fargo A Victory For Us All

    October 6, 2008
    Wells Fargo made a rival bid for crumbling Wachovia, one that didn't require a taxpayer funded backstop. Does this deal restore ...
  52. Top 3 CDS Champs Still Holding Strong

    September 24, 2008
    Credit default swaps are next on the hit list, but remember the top players - JPMorgan, Citi and Bank of America - are also ...
  53. Has Anyone Seen Glass Or Steagall?

    September 18, 2008
    Legislation's effect on the creation of universal banks like Citigroup and the latest entry Bank of America.
  54. Top 5 Volume Stocks For September 16

    September 16, 2008
    A look at five of the most active stocks in the market by midday, with a focus on embattled AIG.
  55. Analyzing The Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Fallout

    September 9, 2008
    Learn why the government takeover should be good for the economy overall and which shareholders have the most to lose.
  56. PIPE Dream, Or Nightmare?

    September 2, 2008
    Private investments in public equity offer much needed capital for issuers, but how will they benefit individual investors? ...
  57. Is AIG DOA?

    August 27, 2008
    AIG was once the buy-and-forget champion of the insurance sector. Now the question is whether it can survive.
  58. Wamu Now, Later Or Never?

    August 15, 2008
    Texas Pacific Group has a big stake in Washington Mutual. Investors should evaluate their risk tolerance before following ...
  59. Big Banks Move Into Microfinance-For-Profit

    August 1, 2008
    Several corporate giants have begun partnering with NGOs to hand out $50-$100 loans to the world's poor. Is this altruism ...
  60. Timberland, K-Swiss: Tennis Boots, Anyone?

    July 31, 2008
    Timberland and K-Swiss have stumbled in recent years after great success. We speculate on why a merger between the companies ...
  61. A Closer Look At Bear Market Funds

    July 28, 2008
    Investors can take a lead from the pros on how to plan and protect their portfolios. Learn how some of the top bear market ...
  62. Knowing It’s Going To Rain Is Better Than Guessing

    July 24, 2008
    Weather forecasting is playing an increasingly important role in big business.
  63. Banks In Trouble? Don't Tell That To The Regionals

    July 22, 2008
    Surprise, Surprise. The national banks posted another round of brutal numbers. The sector's real strength lies in the smaller ...
  64. Fed Enabling Investment Banks' Addiction

    July 18, 2008
    Constant incentives from the Fed are making the U.S. investment banks untouchable. Shouldn't they be punished for bad behavior? ...
  65. Fuld Out Of The Fold

    June 16, 2008
    It's time for Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld to step aside. The Wall Street gods demand a sacrifice that a round of demotions ...
  66. Banking On Islamic Finance

    June 2, 2008
    With a torrent of petrodollars now hitting the Middle East, global banks could see rising profits from their Islamic banking ...
  67. A Pure Bank Is A Profitable Bank

    May 30, 2008
    Spain's Banco Santander avoided the seduction of CMOs and other risky products and is now being rewarded for remaining chaste. ...
  68. Invest In Your ABCs

    May 30, 2008
    Can investing in a portolio of 10 stocks whose symbols use only one letter actually outperform the S&P 500? You bet, ...
  69. Following Buffett Into South Korea

    May 8, 2008
    At Berkshire's annual meeting, Warren Buffett highlighted South Korea as an attractive market. We examine some key players. ...
  70. Wachovia's Checklist To Diminish Share Value

    April 16, 2008
    Wachovia released bad news on top of bad news. What is in store for the nation's fourth largest bank?
  71. Soccer's Pitch

    April 14, 2008
    Soccer is one of the biggest sports in the world, and there's money to be made on both sides of the Atlantic. We examine ...
  72. Citigroup Sheds $12 billion In Risky Loans

    April 9, 2008
    Frozen credit markets may be beginning to thaw. Citi managed to sell $12 billion in leveraged loans, and other sales could ...
  73. Clear Channel And Banks Play Tug Of War

    March 28, 2008
    The long-awaited private equity buyout of Clear Channel has hit a roadblock. The banks are now balking at financing the deal. ...
  74. Duke Energy Is High Yield Royalty

    March 4, 2008
    Duke Energy's very healthy dividend yield makes it a solid investment as a fixed-income proxy, especially during a flight ...
  75. BCE's 20% Takeover Premium Hard To Ignore (BCE)

    February 15, 2008
    BCE shares are well below the declared offer price of $42.75. The deal could fail, but a healthy deal premium might be worth ...
  76. Citi Welcomes Back Its Wayward SIVs (C)

    December 19, 2007
    Citi's new CEO's first move is adding $49 billion in structured investment vehicles to the balance sheet. The dividend could ...
  77. Citigroup's Cash Infusion Should Pay Off (C)

    December 4, 2007
    The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is banking on Citigroup's future. Its investment is good news for shareholders.
  78. Four Lessons Learned From The Citigroup Debacle (C)

    November 19, 2007
    Among the lessons gleaned from Citigroup's recent trouble: beware of false bottoms, and big-name CEOs don't always equal ...
  79. Five Big Names Going Green (HPQ, PCG, C)

    November 2, 2007
    We examine companies that have made eco-friendly strides in recent years while maintaining shareholder value.
  80. Subprime Casualty List

    August 30, 2007
    A look at some of the major victims of the subprime fallout, and the possible opportunities within them.
  81. Closing The Gap (GPS)

    July 30, 2007
    Gap recently announced its new CEO. Can he bring this company back up alongside its competitors?
  82. Toe to Toe (BAC, JPM, C)

    April 13, 2007
    A look inside the competitive pressures of the top three banks in the U.S.
  83. Beyond Barclays ETFs (BCS)

    April 3, 2007
    British Bank Barclays is the reigning King of ETFs in the U.S. but it's reach doesn't stop there.
  84. TXU's Private Equity Deal on the Table (TXU)

    March 19, 2007
    A look inside the $45 billion private equity bid for the high-profile utility company.
  85. Will Merrill's Bleeding Stop At $15 Billion? (MER)

    January 14, 2007
    If news of the increased Merrill Lynch write down is correct, the financials still need time to sift through the subprime ...
  86. Banking On Better Days (OFG)

    September 14, 2006
    Oriental Financial Group is a small regional bank that continues to make money in a tough lending environment.
  87. Dimon Steps Up

    December 21, 2005
    J.P Morgan Chase's president, Jamie Dimon, is going to take over the roll of CEO as well. What can we expect as a result? ...
  88. The Law of Large Numbers

    August 8, 2005
    How big is too big? In this piece we tackle the problem of companies that may be 'too big' for your portfolio.
  89. Does Google's Price Tag Make Sense?

    August 3, 2005
    At times (the Advisor office no exception) there has been talk of a mini bubble in Google’s stock. The questions that needs ...
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