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Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) got off to a rough start this month with a dividend cut. Prospect Capital cut its dividend to 8.33 cents per month from 11.1 cents. But even after the reduction, PSEC sports a dividend yield of 12.1%. Not bad. A 12% dividend is nothing to...
You should never blindly follow the investment moves of anyone — not even Masters of the Universe like Carl Icahn or George Soros.   You never know what their investment game plan is or whether a stock position is part of a larger multi-stock trade. That said, I do consider...
Walmart (WMT) announced third quarter earnings this week and – gasp! – U.S. same-store sales actually rose for the first time in two years, by 0.5%. Walmart’s smaller neighborhood market stores enjoyed a much healthier 5% rise in same-store sales, and online sales jumped by...
Trying to call the bottom in crude oil right now is like trying to catch a falling knife.  The WTI crude oil spot-price was over $100 per barrel as recently as late July.  Today’s it’s below $80.  Energy stocks, as measured by the Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) have seen...
Maybe Dilma is not that bad.  Ok, that last comment is ridiculous. Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s reelected president is horrible, one of the worst national leaders in the Americas, in fact.  She has micromanaged the Brazilian economy and killed the country’s growth in the...
We’re not getting the fourth quarter off to a very good start.   Globally, stocks have seen some of their greatest volatility since January, and emerging markets have been hit particularly hard.  Mortgage REITs—a generally sleepy corner of the market—have also taken a beating...
Back in February, I recommended that readers follow the lead of Annaly Capital Management’s (NLY) insiders and buy shares of the battered mortgage REIT.   Mortgage REITs as an asset class had been slammed in the second half of 2013 as investors dumped virtually all...
Well, so much for the Big Bazooka.  Through last week, European banks had only borrowed €82.6 billion of the €400 billion that ECB President Mario Draghi had pledged to make available via his Targeted Longer-Term Refinancing Operations (“TLTRO”). If you need a refresher, you...
Here we go again.  Hand-wringing over the Fed’s tightening schedule has caused a sell-off in bonds and all things income related.  After falling for most of July and August, the 10-year Treasury yield has jumped to over 2.6% on speculation that the Fed may start tightening...
We are officially in uncharted waters.  The biggest macro risk right now for the markets is not the Fed or European Central Bank…or ISIS or even Vladimir Putin.  No, the biggest macro risk is the mood of Scottish voters. Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK will...
Russia has been stealing most of the emerging market headlines over the past six months and particularly this week, as Russia and Ukraine appear to have reached a ceasefire deal.   I recommended the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) in July following the post-MH17 selloff, and...
If you’ve been investing very long, you no doubt understand the importance of having a solid system in place. By “system” I’m not referring to a secret black box or to technical rules, though both can be valid approaches in the right hands.  I am speaking far more broadly. ...
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