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IBM’s “almost” revenue growth powers Dow

IBM’s “almost” revenue growth powers Dow

Who says “Almost” only counts in horseshoes? IBM (IBM) announced a 0.4% year over year decline in third-quarter revenue –making it 22 straight quarters of declining revenue–but the 0.4% drop is the closest that IBM has come to revenue growth in...
My fifth pick for my new ETF portfolio is now available

My fifth pick for my new ETF portfolio is now available

Please note that as I wrote in announcing this new ETF portfolio, the first three ETF picks for my new Perfect 5 ETF Active Passive Portfolio were the last that I’ll be posting on my free Jubak Picks site. If you want to get the last two picks and/or to follow...
Jobs numbers drop for September after hurricanes

Jobs numbers drop for September after hurricanes

It took three hurricanes to stall the momentum in the jobs market, but in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, in September the U.S. economy saw its first drop in the number of jobs since September 2010. This breaks the historic 83-month run of monthly...
My fourth pick for my new ETF portfolio is now available

My fourth pick for my new ETF portfolio is now available

Please note that as I wrote in announcing this new ETF portfolio, the first three ETF picks for my new Perfect 5 ETF Active Passive Portfolio were the last that I’ll be posting on my free Jubak Picks site. If you want to get the last two picks and/or to follow...
Oil up on U.S. inventories and then down on export numbers

Oil up on U.S. inventories and then down on export numbers

Oil started the day rallying on a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for a draw down of 6 million barrels in U.S.crude inventories for the week ended September 29. And then oil fell on reports of a surge in U.S. oil experts large enough to raise...
My third pick for my new ETF portfolio: A gold ETF

My third pick for my new ETF portfolio: A gold ETF

For my third pick for my new Perfect 5 ETF Active Passive Portfolio I looked to fill the Commodities slot in the portfolio with an ETF that would provide a hedge for the portfolio if the market tumbled but that would also produce a positive return if the market...
My first pick for my new Perfect Five ETF  portfolio

My first pick for my new Perfect Five ETF portfolio

Let’s start with the core of any ETF portfolio for a U.S.-based investor: U.S. equities. But what’s the choice for the next, say, six months? In 2017 the major indexes have taken turns leading the pack. One quarter it’s the turn of the small caps in...
U.S. manufacturing sector strengthens in September

U.S. manufacturing sector strengthens in September

It’s hard to interpret today’s report on manufacturing from the Institute for Supply Management because of the damage inflicted on the U.S. economy by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but it certainly looks like the economy is strengthening,. The ISM...
$1,000 is that HUGE middle class tax cut?

$1,000 is that HUGE middle class tax cut?

The 9-page outline of a tax cut plan released by President Donald Trump left a lot of details to be filled in later. For example, what about the President’s promise that middle class American would see a huge tax cut? Well, today Gary Cohn, currently chief...
Odds of a December interest rate increase soaring

Odds of a December interest rate increase soaring

The financial markets are taking Janet Yellen seriously. In a speech yesterday the Fed chair strongly supported an interest rate increase at the Federal Reserve’s December 13 meeting. Coming along with comments from other Fed governors, the markets have decided...