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Going Global: A Look at Public Company Listings

Trivia Pursuit Time: how many stocks make up the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index (a widely used benchmark for the US equity market)? While the logical guess might be 5,000, as of December 31, 2016, the index actually contained around 3,600 names. In fact, the last time this index contained 5,000 or more companies was […]

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Guinness – One Great Beer and International Company

The world continues to shrink. Maureen and I had the opportunity earlier this year to visit our youngest daughter Elizabeth while she was studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. We discussed the incredible opportunities that are afforded to college students in the United States. It seems like it is now part of college experience to be able […]

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NFL Draft and Selecting Individual Stocks

Last month, the annual ritual of the National Football League (NFL) took place.  It was the NFL’s draft where each NFL team selects college players for their respective teams. Each team has scores of personnel that evaluate each of these players and their specific strengths and weaknesses. They watch the college team game tapes; they have […]

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Top 10 Oldest Company Logos in the World

I was recently at a new restaurant for dinner with Maureen. After dinner, I decided to have tea with my dessert. The waiter asked if ‘Twinings Tea’ would be fine. I inquired if it was any good and he stated it was excellent. To my surprise having never had Twinings Tea before, it was not only […]

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Middle Class Wave Continuing Across the Globe

Which country would you guess is the sixth largest country in the world based on population size?  Is your mind going to one of the European countries? The answer is Pakistan with 197 million citizens.  Pakistan is officially named the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and is located in South Asia on crossroads of Central Asia and Western Asia.   Unfortunately, […]

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U.S. Continues to Move to Energy Independence: Benefits to Stock Investors

One of the key missions of this financial blog is to highlight the tremendous news regarding our exciting futures due to the constant innovations all around us.  We believe this is a useful counterweight to the daily drumbeat of bad economic news that fills the airwaves: the aggregate U.S. debt passing $20 trillion, stubborn unemployment, […]

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How many brand names does P&G have?

How could understanding the incredible amount of strong brands owned by one of the largest companies help us be better investors?  I thought of that last Sunday morning as I was doing my traditional Sunday morning routine of looking over the Sunday Bergen Record.   One of the best conveniences is having the local Bergen County newspaper delivered to […]

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What Uber can teach us about India?

By now nearly everyone has heard of the car delivery service Uber and its competitor Lyft.  Maureen and I have begun to use the services of both companies and are amazed how advanced technology has made this service possible.  We are also a little sad that we didn’t think of it before them! For those […]

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Should you continue to own International companies?

It’s been a common question that we’ve been getting lately Should I continue to own International Companies? The question is understandable because international stock markets in aggregate have under-performed their United States counterparts for several years.  These trends are commonplace when you look back through the history of the global stock markets with the U.S. […]

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2016 Stock Market Review

In 2016, the US stock market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns. The year began with anxiety over China’s stock market and economy, falling oil prices, a potential US recession, and negative interest rates in Japan. US equity markets were in steep decline and […]

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