C : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. ING Capital Injection A Mere Booster Shot

    October 22, 2008
    ING's capital injection lacked the urgency of other firms going after government investment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Knowing It’s Going To Rain Is Better Than Guessing

    July 24, 2008
    Weather forecasting is playing an increasingly important role in big business.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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?
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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&amp;P 500? You bet, ...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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.
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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.
  33. Subprime Casualty List

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

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

    April 13, 2007
    A look inside the competitive pressures of the top three banks in the U.S.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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? ...
  41. 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.
  42. 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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