Archives: August 2006

Back to School: Personal Finance 101

Posted by: Lauren Young on August 31

I'm amazed at how many back-to-school financial pitches I get: Today my inbox featured emails on changes to 529 plans; smart credit card strategies for college students, as well as...

More data points on the weakening homebuilding sector

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 31

A few interesting data points on the future of homebuilding stocks: a piece in USA Today today notes that homebuilders are shedding land and land options they own. Not only...

Hedge fund managers are adding a lot of performance

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 30

CXO Advisory Group has posted a write-up of a fascinating paper by MIT’s resident financial genius, Professor Andrew Lo, and grad student Jasmina Hasanhodzic. The paper examines the performance of...

Apple altering $9.99 album pricing?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 29

Could be just a coincidence but maybe Apple (Symbol: AAPL) is finally feeling some competitive pressure on the downloadable music front. Checking out the iTunes Music Store this morning, there’s...

Investing lessons from the Boston (Red Sox) Massacre of '06

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 22

I was more than a little bleary-eyed yesterday at work after spending some six hours at Fenway Park on Sunday night and Monday morning watching game four of the...

Sandisk's moment in the MP3 sun won't last long

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 21

Hmm, Apple shares (AAPL) down 2% today, Sandisk shares (SNDK) up 1% amidst some headlines about the battle over portable music players. It must be the latest “iPod killer” (and...

Top value investors are farming in the DELL

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 18

Dell’s cratering again today, down 7%, after last night’s disappointing second quarter earnings report. But there’s less than meets the eye to the reaction – it looks like the growing...

No need to be stashing cash in the mattress

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 16

With the Fed finally on hold after a zillion straight interest rate hikes, it's a good time to review where you're keeping your stash of cash. Bank savings rates at...

Tankers, tobacco shine as market turns over

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 14

The market’s turn over the past three months or so has certainly shaken up some top performing themes of the past three years. Run a Morningstar screen of the top...

Anti-terrorism portfolio rises on British plot news

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 10

The so-called 9/11 portfolio, stocks of companies that provide security and defense products, got a giant boost today with news of a new terror plot broken up in Britain. Don't...

Fed up with Fed Forecasting Fever?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 09

James Stewart had an interesting throw-away factoid in his WSJ column today that caught my attention. I certainly agree with his top line advice that long-term investors shouldn’t care much...

Quant strategy ETFs, not just for breakfast anymore

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 08

There's been all too much hand wringing over the proliferation of exchange-traded funds. It's a Darwinian finance world and those that don't work aren't going to do much damage. It's...

Can Jobs presenting flair revive AAPL's shares

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on August 07

The Apple store has put up the "We'll be back soon" banner that's the final warning before master marketer slash CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage to unveil new products,...

InvestStrong

Posted by: Adrienne Carter on August 01

Philanthropy and mutual fund investing don't exactly seem to go hand in hand. But back in May, American Century Investments announced a partnership with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (well...

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