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  • Mahathir warns of possible trade sanctions on Malaysia
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    Mahathir warns of possible trade sanctions on Malaysia

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday his exports-reliant country could be hit with trade sanctions amid rising protectionism highlighted by the U.S.-China tariff war. Mahathir did not mention the source of possible sanctions on the Southeast Asian country but said he was disappointed that proponents of free trade were now indulging in restrictive trade practices on a "grand scale". "Unfortunately, we are caught in the middle," he told a conference in the capital Kuala Lumpur, referring to the U.S.-China trade war.

  • How to give your home to your adult child tax-free
    MarketWatch

    How to give your home to your adult child tax-free

    Before the days of income and estate taxes, adult children often just moved into the family home after their parents died. If you plan to live in your home until you die, and your estate is below the unified federal estate gift and estate tax exemption amount ($11.4 million for 2019), this is your best strategy. When you die, your home's tax basis will be stepped up to fair market value as of the date of death.

  • Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally Hits Resistance; These 5 Top Stocks Are Near Buy Points
    Investor's Business Daily

    Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally Hits Resistance; These 5 Top Stocks Are Near Buy Points

    Microsoft stock, Chipotle stock, Visa stock, Comcast stock and New Oriental Education stock are all on the IBD 50 list. Visa stock and Microsoft stock are Dow Jones components. Some of these stocks could break out or reclaim buy points before reporting earnings.

  • Which are the least tax-friendly states in America? California doesn’t crack the top 10, but Illinois sure does
    MarketWatch

    Which are the least tax-friendly states in America? California doesn’t crack the top 10, but Illinois sure does

    Illinois took the No. 1 spot on the list, thanks in large part to its high property taxes. The Land of Lincoln was followed by Connecticut and New York, both of which have pretty high-income taxes. Tennessee has an income tax, but it only applies to interest and dividends and not to salaries and other wages.

  • Bernstein’s Lim Sees Investors Staying on the Sidelines in China
    Bloomberg

    Bernstein’s Lim Sees Investors Staying on the Sidelines in China

    Joanne Lim, algorithmic and portfolio trader at Bernstein, discusses China's Loan Prime Rate, markets and her outlook for the property sector. She speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: China Open.

  • This couple fought $25,000 in fraudulent credit-card charges after falling prey to identity theft — then things got worse
    MarketWatch

    This couple fought $25,000 in fraudulent credit-card charges after falling prey to identity theft — then things got worse

    Amy Wang and her husband spent hundreds of hours trying to straighten out their financial futures after falling prey to identity theft. Amy, a 50-year-old occupational therapist in Miami, says she and her husband, Michael Wang, started receiving credit-card denials and store credit cards in the mail in December of 2015. The shoppers had expensive taste, Amy said, opting for luxuries like diamond earrings, Gucci and Armani.

  • Why the bull market won’t end with a typical crash, says hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio
    MarketWatch

    Why the bull market won’t end with a typical crash, says hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio

    The U.S. and China may be nearing a tentative, partial trade agreement but the IMF's new leader has warned the trade truce won't be enough to boost global growth. Another ongoing dispute may also be nearing a resolution, with the U.K. and EU agreeing a Brexit deal, though British MPs still have to approve it. But the U.S. has confirmed tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods will take effect on Friday, proving that geopolitical tensions are here to stay.

  • 2 Big-Name Stocks You Should Consider Shorting This Week
    TheStreet.com

    2 Big-Name Stocks You Should Consider Shorting This Week

    Using recent actions and grades from TheStreet's Quant Ratings and layering on technical analysis of the charts of those stocks, Trifecta Stocks identifies five names each Friday that look bearish. While we will not be weighing in with fundamental analysis we hope this piece will give investors interested in stocks on the way down a good starting point to do further homework on the names. Canopy Growth Corp. recently was downgraded to Sell with a D+ rating by TheStreet's Quant Ratings.

  • MarketWatch

    The downside to Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade eliminating trading fees (yes, really)

    There might be no such thing as a free stock trade. After the news that Charles Schwab Corp. and TD Ameritrade would soon be dropping trade commissions, some financial advisers and market experts say it's possible mom and pop investors could still end up paying — just in a different way. Inexperienced investors could overtrade or make risky stock bets, unimpeded by fees to make them stop and think a second, advisers told MarketWatch.

  • 3 Monster Growth Stocks That Will Keep Soaring in 2020
    TipRanks

    3 Monster Growth Stocks That Will Keep Soaring in 2020

    Lalwani rates LHX stock a "buy" along with $259 price target. If everything goes as planned, LHX will soar about 30% over the next 12 months. To watch Lalwani's track record, click here) “Given above-average potential around sales growth, margin expansion, FCF generation, and capital returns, alongside a leadership team that has previously executed, we see no reason why the legacy HRS premium valuation should not be retained has previously executed, we see no reason why the legacy HRS premium valuation should not be retained,” Lalwani added.

  • Want to Live in Hawaii? Good News: Home Values Have Cooled
    MoneyWise

    Want to Live in Hawaii? Good News: Home Values Have Cooled

    Thanks to ultra-low mortgage rates, it's an excellent time to buy or sell a home across the U.S. But what about in Hawaii? Home values have been flat throughout Hawaii and are up 0.05% from a year ago. Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $616,600 , Zillow says.

  • Blackstone’s billionaire co-founder says investors should worry about these 5 market dilemmas
    MarketWatch

    Blackstone’s billionaire co-founder says investors should worry about these 5 market dilemmas

    For Blackstone co-founder and chief executive Stephen Schwarzman, worrying is fun. In his new memoir What it Takes, the private-equity titan advises readers that worrying “is playful, engaging work that requires you never switch it off.” This approach helped him to protect Blackstone Group Inc. (BX) investors from the worst of the subprime real estate crisis, he told MarketWatch in an interview Monday afternoon. The deep-pocketed investor, who has accumulated a net worth of $17.3 billion, according to Forbes, said “there are a lot of things going on” today that should have investors' antennae finely tuned.

  • Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hongkong Land Favored, Morningstar Says
    Bloomberg

    Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hongkong Land Favored, Morningstar Says

    Phillip Zhong, senior equity analyst at Morningstar Investment Management Asia, talks about China's real estate market, the outlook for the developers and landlords. China's home-price growth slowed for a fourth month in September, as cash-strapped developers cut prices to speed up sales. Zhong also discusses how the protests are affecting Hong Kong's property market.

  • What the IRS doesn’t tell you about self-employment taxes
    MarketWatch

    What the IRS doesn’t tell you about self-employment taxes

    Do you owe the dreaded 15.3% self-employment (SE) tax on random non-employee income that you only collect occasionally or in a one-off circumstance? This column explains why you probably don't owe SE tax, after first covering some necessary background information. The SE tax is the way the Feds collect Social Security and Medicare taxes on non-salary income from work-related activities.

  • Bank of America declares ‘the end of the 60-40’ standard portfolio
    MarketWatch

    Bank of America declares ‘the end of the 60-40’ standard portfolio

    Investors have long been told that the ideal portfolio should carry 60% of its holdings in equities and 40% in bonds, a mix that provides greater exposure to historically superior stock returns, while also granting the diversification benefits and lower risk of fixed-income investments. But in a research note published by Bank of America Securities titled “The End of 60/40,” portfolio strategists Derek Harris and Jared Woodard argue that “there are good reasons to reconsider the role of bonds in your portfolio,” and to allocate a greater share toward equities.

  • Barrons.com

    A New Tax Break Comes With Strings Attached for Landlords

    Rental real estate is renowned for its many tax breaks, and the 2017 tax overhaul added a new one. Landlords who want to claim it for 2019 should be planning now, because they may need to send 1099 forms early next year. The benefit is the so-called 199A deduction of 20%.

  • AMC Theatres launches streaming service in latest blow to Netflix
    MarketWatch

    AMC Theatres launches streaming service in latest blow to Netflix

    In the latest blow to Netflix Inc., AMC Theatres, the biggest cinema chain in the world, said Tuesday it is launching a streaming service that will allow members of its loyalty program to rent or buy films and watch them at home, the first such offering from a cinema operator. The 20 million-plus U.S. households that have signed up to the company's AMC Stubs program will be able to access about 2,000 films from every major studio, starting Tuesday. Later in the year the service is slated to be expanded to include films from AMC Networks' (AMCX)IFC Films and RLJE Films.

  • The U.S. Doubles Down On Domestic Lithium Production
    Oilprice.com

    The U.S. Doubles Down On Domestic Lithium Production

    According to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence the US only produces 1 percent of global lithium supply and 7 percent of refined lithium chemicals, versus China's 51 percent. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, in June of 2019, that in order to ensure Tesla has enough batteries to expand its product line Tesla might get into mining lithium for itself. The world's leading lithium battery companies in 2016 produced 29 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of batteries.

  • The 401(k) retirement is coming — are you prepared?
    MarketWatch

    The 401(k) retirement is coming — are you prepared?

    Most retirees rely on retirement income they didn't personally put away for their futures, although they did work for it. Young adults won't have that luxury, and they know it, a recent survey found. All but 5% of current retirees consider Social Security and a pension plan as their primary sources of retirement income, according to a Wells Fargo (WFC) survey released Friday.

  • Here's what a higher minimum wage really does to job growth
    Yahoo Finance

    Here's what a higher minimum wage really does to job growth

    Striking McDonalds workers demanding a $15 minimum wage demonstrate in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S., June 14, 2019. Fact One: The effective minimum wage (I'll spell this out below) has been soaring recently and is at an all-time high. Nixon was in the White House, Neil Armstrong was on the moon, and the hippies were at Woodstock.

  • This woman went from deep debt to retirement riches in a few years by teaching herself financial literacy
    MarketWatch

    This woman went from deep debt to retirement riches in a few years by teaching herself financial literacy

    Yanely Espinal knows what the power of a financial education — she came from a low-income home with two parents and nine children, and ended up with credit card and student loan debt even after receiving a full scholarship to college. The Brooklyn native said she often saw a difference between herself and some of the wealthier students around her. She attended high school near Lincoln Center in Manhattan, where many students wore brand-name clothes and returned from holiday break with the latest gadgets.

  • China Braces for Economic Growth to Fall Below 6%
    Bloomberg

    China Braces for Economic Growth to Fall Below 6%

    China's policy makers are preparing for two key policy meetings in the coming weeks with fresh evidence that sooner rather than later, the number for gross domestic product growth will start with a 5. Data released Friday showed an economy expanding at just 6.0%, the slowest in almost three decades, and with broad investment growth too tepid to rely on an upturn down the road. People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang responded to the data not by hinting at much greater stimulus in the pipeline, but by reminding investors that China's focus remains on keeping its heavy debt load under control.

  • Tesla speeds toward unpleasant earnings turn, Boeing faces tough questions
    MarketWatch

    Tesla speeds toward unpleasant earnings turn, Boeing faces tough questions

    Prepare for an earnings onslaught in the week ahead, headlined by Tesla Inc., Boeing Co. and a flurry of big tech names. A quarter of the S&P 500 index (SPX) is set to report results in the coming week, along with a dozen Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) components, more than a third of the index. Following this rush of numbers, investors will have a better sense of whether the S&P 500 will likely remain in an earnings recession, which occurs if the index sees average earnings fall for at least two straight quarters.

  • The No. 1 highest paid, most in-demand job in every U.S. state
    MarketWatch

    The No. 1 highest paid, most in-demand job in every U.S. state

    This is the slowest pace of job growth in four months, as businesses grew more cautious about hiring, but employment gains for August and July revised up by a combined 45,000. The site analyzed government data to project the careers most likely to be lucrative and in demand. Software developers typically require a bachelor's degree and computer-coding skills such as Java, JavaScript, SQL, C Sharp, Cascading Style Sheets and NET Framework.

  • Should You Take the Cash or Reinvest Your Dividends?
    Investopedia

    Should You Take the Cash or Reinvest Your Dividends?

    When a stock or fund you own pays dividends, you can pocket the cash and use it as you would any other income, or you can reinvest the dividends to buy more shares. Though having a little extra cash on hand may be appealing, reinvesting your dividends can really pay off in the long run. The Basics of Dividends If a company earns a profit and has excess earnings, it has three options.