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Top 3 European Bond ETFs for 2017

23-02-2017

Top 3 European Bond ETFs for 2017

The exchange-traded funds ( ETFs ) below offer some exposure to European government bonds , but with some hedging in non-European countries, particularly Japan. European bonds carry more risk than U.S. bonds because many countries in Europe are currently experiencing upheaval and volatility. European bond ETFs have suffered because of the uncertainty in 2016, but 2017 is looking brighter. The European Central Bank is keeping interest rates low, though some hikes are on the horizon.... Read more

Top 3 Growth Stocks for 2017

23-02-2017

Top 3 Growth Stocks for 2017

Finding stocks that will appreciate is the oldest game in the market, but it is not impossible to win. You have to perform due diligence to make sure the stock’s fundamentals look good, make some educated guesses about demand for the company’s products or services, and make sure the stock chart shows an uptrend or a rebound. Also, you need to appraise the market in general. With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, stocks... Read more

The Top 3 Silver Penny Stocks for 2017

23-02-2017

The Top 3 Silver Penny Stocks for 2017

Silver prices have been on a bit of a rollercoaster, bottoming out in December 2015, when prices for the metal dropped to just $13.35 per ounce. Silver seemed to be on a path to recovery by mid-2016, flirting with $20 per ounce in July before settling into its current level of around $17 as of Jan. 24, 2017. (See also: Why Gold and Silver Prices are Diverging .) Despite its volatility , however, silver remains... Read more

Top 3 Commodities ETFs for 2017

23-02-2017

Top 3 Commodities ETFs for 2017

A lot of investors are hesitant to get into commodities , but today's commodities exchange-traded funds (ETFs) make this space accessible to just about every class of investor. That's good news, since commodities have been on a hot streak since mid 2016. In fact, commodities are outpacing equities for the first time in about five years. Industrial metals, sugar, oil and tin have all shown solid gains and look strong for the near future. (See... Read more

Top 4 Small-Cap Stocks for 2017

23-02-2017

Top 4 Small-Cap Stocks for 2017

Small-cap stocks are considered riskier than large-caps , or even mid-caps . Of course, this means they have greater potential for making profits for investors. That doesn’t mean you should buy risky stocks randomly. Some due diligence will help you find winners that can overcome the risks to move higher and provide you with good returns. (See also: An Introduction To Small Cap Stocks .) We have selected our top small-cap stocks that are already... Read more

Top 3 Healthcare Stocks for 2017

23-02-2017

Top 3 Healthcare Stocks for 2017

The healthcare industry is watching the Trump presidency closely. His promise to repeal Obamacare sounds like it could benefit healthcare companies, but no one knows what he would replace it with. Still, the prospect of change has some healthcare stocks rising dramatically. (See also: What Can Happen if the Affordable Care Act Is Repealed .) Many healthcare stocks had rallies that fizzled out shortly after the election, but we have found three that held onto... Read more

The Top 4 Beer Stocks for 2017

23-02-2017

The Top 4 Beer Stocks for 2017

Sin stocks are often thought of as being fairly resilient regardless of economic conditions. (See also: 5 Tempting Sin Stocks .) In the 2017 landscape, however, your choices are somewhat narrowed. Casinos aren't really hot right now except in Asia, while cigarettes have been on a rollercoaster lately. And when it comes to alcohol, there has been a lot of consolidation in the market, especially in the case of brewers. (See also: Top 3 Wine... Read more

Collateralized Mortgage Obligation - CMO

23-02-2017

Collateralized Mortgage Obligation - CMO

Collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) refers to a type of mortgage-backed security that contains a pool of mortgages bundled together and sold as an investment. Organized by maturity and level of risk, CMOs receive cash flows as borrowers repay the mortgages that act as collateral on these securities. In turn, CMOs distribute principal and interest payments to their investors based on predetermined rules and agreements. CMOs consist of several tranches, or groups of mortgages, organized by... Read more

Is It Worth Buying a Second Home to Rent…

23-02-2017

Is It Worth Buying a Second Home to Rent?

In this time of moderate interest rates, some people are considering investing in rental property. If the biggest chunk of the monthly cost of ownership – the mortgage payment – can be frozen for 30 years while rents gradually increase, the resale value of the property escalates and all the while you enjoy the income and tax benefits , then you could have a win-win on your hands. There are some big “ifs” in that... Read more

Is a 30-Year Mortgage Really Best?

23-02-2017

Is a 30-Year Mortgage Really Best?

The 30-year mortgage is the most popular home mortgage in America, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In February 2015, more than two-thirds of all mortgage applications, and 86% of all purchase applications were for a 30-year mortgage. But many of those people are no doubt paying more to finance their home than they need to. (For an in-depth explanation of the two mortgage terms, see Comparison Of A 30-Year Vs. A 15-Year Mortgage .)... Read more

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