Because let's face it, small business owners have a lot riding on the stock market. Any excess cash we've accumulated over the years is more times than not invested in some type of mutual fund. Our retirement accounts are mostly stock-focused.? This is because there are very few alternatives to squirrel away our hard-earned money. Should we earn .001 percent on a money market account or super-low yields on a bond fund? Do we speculate on property or by buying shares in another company? I don’t think so. I’m too busy running my own business. I don’t have time to be an expert in someone else’s. Even investing in my own company has to be tempered because if I don’t diversify at least some of my savings, what happens if things in my business take a dive? … [Read more...] about For small business owners, the stock market really does matter
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So what caused the drop? Even if Felix Salmon writes, rather Zen-ly for a finance blogger, that “[I]t’s worth remembering, on days like this, that sometimes we don’t know why markets have moved, and sometimes there simply is no reason,” almost no one else has laid off the speculation. We’ll get in the game, too: … [Read more...] about The Stock Market Is Looking Really Bad: Four Theories on Why [Updated]
Shares of Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook all dropped by 4 percent or more during trading on Monday, resulting in a collective loss in excess of $200 billion. Business Insider, which first reported the drop, noted that Apple gave up the most, losing more than $60 billion from its $1.4 trillion market capitalization. … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley Giants Lost $200 Billion in Market Cap on Monday
The death toll from the coronavirus is now more than 2,700 worldwide, with the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 80,000 global cases. World Health Organization officials said it's still too early to declare the novel coronavirus a pandemic — but now is the time to prepare. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus fears are weighing on Asian markets again
But in 2018, that momentum showed signs of reversing, and last year the paradigm flipped. The 45 most expensive ZIP codes by price averaged a gain of 3.6% last year, while the most affordable 45 rose by 3.1%. The contrast was even more extreme among the top five and bottom five ZIP codes in terms of median home price. … [Read more...] about Posh proved hot in Denver’s housing market last year. See where your ZIP code ranks in home prices.