Why do cattle growers from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida buy more corn from Brazil than Iowa? It's cheaper! Due to currency fluctuations and shipping regulations, Iowa farmers simply can't compete. Will that change under the Trump administration? Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street Journal report.
With Christmas right around the corner, boyfriends and husbands are out buying stones for their sweethearts, but will they go for the real thing or man-made? Lab-grown diamonds have become indistinguishable from natural diamonds to the naked eye and are growing in sales. Even jewelers can no longer tell the difference without advanced equipment. Will the supply of diamonds be affected, and will prices come down before Santa arrives? Not likely! Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street Journal report.
For Yvonne Dunleavy, the quiet village of Sagaponack, N.Y., in the Hamptons seemed like a smart place to buy property in 1978, when she purchased a modest home there for $140,000. Now she and her husband are listing the 1,800-square-foot modern home for $5.75 million, and will likely get it.
Ms. Dunleavy, best-selling co-author of “The Happy Hooker,” about an Upper East Side madam said: “I don’t see it as a luxury house—(just) a luxury location." ...Buy low, sell high!!--Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street journal report on hot pockets in the luxury market. Then attorney Richard Dwornik answers timely estate planning questions.
This has been a great year for dividend-paying stocks, but not all dividend paying stocks! Find out when a company is actually paying too much of its earnings in dividends, and why the highest dividend payers often can be poor investments! Steve and Sinclair break down the basics of dividend investing and shine a light on how to make more money with dividends.
Which stocks are poised for growth under Donald Trump? One prominent stock picker likes a Mexican cement company and a U.S. maker of motorcycles. Another likes a maker of night-vision goggles and guacamole! Find out where the fast money is flowing as Steve and Sinclair break down a Wall Street Journal report.
Find out why some investors are bypassing stocks and real estate, and buying franchises instead. And rather than buying fast food restaurants or donut shops, see why some are buying elder care franchises. Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street Journal report.
In 1970, 92% of American 30-year-olds earned more than their parents did at a similar age, according to a study at Stanford. By 2014, that number fell to 51% and is still falling economists say. Find out why most Millennials do not think Social Security will be there for them in its current form, and why they may be right according to a Wall Street Journal report.
China’s debt has reached 2.4 times its gross domestic product and the Wall Street Journal reports that Chines banks are hiding more than $2 trillion dollars in loans on real estate and other projects, without proper reserves in place. UBS and other bank analysts say that trouble can't be far behind. Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street Journal report. Then Steve discusses a principal protected annuity with a twenty percent bonus and points out how to achieve an enhanced long-term care benefit from another special annuity, allowing you to receive double your income while staying in your own home.
Online shoppers like to read reviews before they buy. Research by Deloitte indicates that some 66% of online shoppers read customer reviews on websites.
· 84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation and
· 58% of consumers say that the star rating of a business is most important--but a five-star rating is NOT the most trusted. Find out which star rating causes most people to trust a review. Steve and Sinclair have the Wall Street Journal report. Then CPA Nick Stefaniak is here with 10 year-end tax tips.
Past performance does not guarantee future success, and in 2008 many investors found out... they sure weren't kidding! Monte Carlo simulations can be a tool or a sales gimmick depending on how they are used, but often let investors down because of a very common human trait known as Confirmation Bias. Steve and Sinclair discuss the pro's and cons of Monte Carlo simulation charts--and why they can lead to some big and costly mistakes!