Money Where investors need to look during the 2nd half of the year!

20:06  11 july  2018
20:06  11 july  2018 Source:   fool.com

Investors should watch these 2 big events in 2018

  Investors should watch these 2 big events in 2018 John Traynor of People's United Advisors breaks down the two things investors should keep an eye on in the second half of 2018."We think the earnings growth is very strong, we think the economy is very strong, but you're being buffeted by those two trends, and they will impact the second half of the year," Traynor said.

The first half of 2017 showed the strongest half - year performance by stocks since the 2009 rebound that followed the financial crisis but for local investors Need to report the video?

Yet, in reality the 2 nd half breezes by fairly quickly with the outcome usually well decided and well accepted by everyone glued to their screen. The irony of course, is that this year as millions prepare to enjoy the big show, millions of investors are simultaneously wondering if financial markets have also

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After a tumultuous first half of the year, investors have done relatively well, as many asset classes have offered positive returns and increased the profit sharing with investors along the way (dividend increases). To make things more interesting, the tweets of President Trump have kept almost everyone on their feet, as the potential for major market movements has never been greater.

For investors seeking to benefit during the second half of the year, the opportunities may be surprising. Through the first half of the year, the ETF following marijuana called HORIZNS MARIJUNA LF CL A UNT ETF(TSX:HMMJ) decreased by close to 14%, as the bulls finally stopped running to take a breather. The surprise, however, may just come in the second half of the year, as legalization moves forward and marijuana companies begin making positive cash flows. In comparison to what else is available, this could easily be the best bet for investors.

Why Dividend Stocks Don’t Always Make the Best Investments

  Why Dividend Stocks Don’t Always Make the Best Investments Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO)(NYSE:CCJ) recently cut its dividend, and investors may be wondering if there's any reason left to buy the struggling stock.While companies that have long histories of paying dividends will be less likely to break their streaks, economic conditions can force the issue. However, one thing dividend stocks often do during difficult times is simply reduce their payouts.

The sharp gains and wildly volatile trading in cryptocurrencies during the first half of 2017 have raised questions over where trading in digital currencies will go during the second half of the year .

Here are five quotes investors need to see. As we move into this new era, it's important to understand what enterprise clients are looking for. This shows up as a reduction in expenses on the income statement, totaling 1 million during the fourth quarter and .6 billion for the full year .

The wrong side of the coin has to go to Bitcoin, as the entire cryptocurrency market finally started to fall apart. The second half of the year will be no better. With hindsight, the high price, which was close to US$25,000 per coin around Christmas 2017, was a clear bubble. Many who understood nothing about the currency made a purchase to offer a gift to a loved one. In this case, a lump of coal would have been better at maintaining its value! The expectation is for another major decline between now and the end of the year.

When it comes to value investments, higher interest rates have led many high-quality companies, such as Enbridge Inc.(TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), lower, as the risk-free rate of return has increased. In comparison terms, the yield no longer looked attractive enough for many investors. The good news for those who’ve waited on the sidelines is that principles do not go out of style, and a bird in the hand continues to be worth two or more birds in the bush. Translation: dividends are good!

OSC orders executives to pay millions in penalties in Sino-Forest case

  OSC orders executives to pay millions in penalties in Sino-Forest case The Ontario Securities Commission has ordered several top executives of timber company Sino-Forest to pay millions in administrative penalties, disgorgement and costs. The regulator ruled last year that the company and several of its top executives defrauded investors and misled investigators in one of Canada's largest corporate fraud cases. Former CEO Allen Chan, as well as Albert Ip, Alfred Hung and George Ho defrauded investors by overstating the now defunct company's timber assets and revenue. In a decision this week, Chan was ordered to pay a $5-million administrative penalty, disgorge nearly $60.

"If we get a good second half of the year earnings-wise, then I think the market could be up 10 Still, he grants that "we need an earnings rebound to really get the stock market going." The flattening yield curve could pose a major threat to equities as investors head into the second half of 2018.

On glancing over my notes of seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied So the formal rules are bent to fit the needs of the situation or the importance of the person. The helicopter took half an hour to see exactly where Rebecca was but in the end it managed to reach her.

In the financial sector, the higher rates have sent shares even higher (in most cases). At the present time, investors need to look beyond Canada’s Big Five banks to find value in the sector. Shares of Laurentian Bank of Canada(TSX:LB) offer the best value, as they continue to trade at a discount to tangible book value and offer a dividend yield in excess of 5.6%. At current levels, investors can expect to outperform larger competitors in this space over the next six months.

Last up is the oil sector, which seems to have the momentum of a title wave — but many investors have yet to realize it. Although there are a number of very high quality and very profitable names in this sector, it must not be forgotten: a rising tide lifts all boats. For the best opportunities in this sector, please click here to read about some great names.

All things considered, investors will need to be extremely diligent when deploying their capital over the next few months, since a few tweets could launch us into a global trade war!

Uber, Alphabet invest in bike sharing service Lime

  Uber, Alphabet invest in bike sharing service Lime Bike sharing service Lime said on Monday it raised $335 million from a group of investors including ride-sharing firm Uber Technologies Inc and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O). Uber will work with Lime as a strategic partner in the electric scooter space with the companies working to co-brand Lime's scooters and make the service available on the Uber app.The investment round was led by GV, formerly Google Ventures, and the other new investors included IVP, Atomico and Fidelity Management and Research Company, Lime said in a blog post .The latest investment round values California-based Lime at $1.

During the school year at 08:50 a. m. one car in five on the roads in any British town is taking children to school. Of the 23 percent that is not frozen, only a half a percent is available to supply everyone with all the water they need to survive.

On that note, the company is looking for a new head of sales, and will be retraining its sales staff, and management also believes these process changes will contribute to the slowdown in the first half of the current year .

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Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in fourth quarter .
Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Last week, Twitter confirmed a Washington Post report that it had suspended 70 million accounts in May and June. The huge number of suspensions raises questions as to whether the crackdown could affect Twitter's user growth and whether the company should have warned investors earlier.

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