These Marijuana Stocks May Elevate Your Portfolio

Last updated Feb. 15, 2017 The cannabis plant is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, as it is estimated that over 30 million Americans use the ‘green stuff’ every year.  While it has many other names like ganja, weed, herb, Mary Jane, bud, kush, and pot – to name a few … Continue reading These Marijuana Stocks May Elevate Your Portfolio


Does a CEO Resignation Affect a Company’s Stock Price?

Last updated Feb. 15, 2017 The finance world is currently in the throes of earnings season—which puts corporate executives the world over under spotlight, as Wall Street eagerly waits to see which execs over and underperform.  A disappointing report jeopardizes a leader’s position within a company, a phenomenon evident thus far this season, as several … Continue reading Does a CEO Resignation Affect a Company’s Stock Price?


Oil Refining Update: Narrowing Crack Spreads, Increasing Regional Variation

Independent oil refiners utilize a business model that is inherently vulnerable to fluctuations in the prices of its sole input – crude oil – and its various outputs – primarily gasoline and fuel oil. The differential between the price of crude and the prices of gasoline and fuel oil is thus the profit margin on … Continue reading Oil Refining Update: Narrowing Crack Spreads, Increasing Regional Variation


Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) Explained

It’s all over the news! Facebook is finally “going public” with its IPO on May 18. Some investors are really excited because this is their chance to get a piece of Facebook’s “action.” Other investors, however, think that the company is “overvalued” at its target IPO value of $85 billion to $95 billion. In this article, I’ll discuss … Continue reading Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) Explained


Stock Splits Explained: Google as a Case Study

Sooner or later in your adventures in stock market investing, you will come upon a phenomenon called a Stock Split. In this article, I will discuss the simple concepts behind a stock split, and use Google Inc.’s as a real-life example. Definition According to Investopedia, a Stock Split is a corporate action in which a company’s … Continue reading Stock Splits Explained: Google as a Case Study


Using The Dow Jones Transportation Average: A Smarter Way To Invest

The Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) may not show up on The Wall Street Journal’s front page, but it is extremely helpful tool for investors. Created in 1884 by Charles Dow, the DJT is the oldest of the US stock indices.  Its more popular counterpart, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was created twelve years later. … Continue reading Using The Dow Jones Transportation Average: A Smarter Way To Invest


The Greatest Market Crashes and What We Didn’t Learn from Them

Complex tools of finance have been around for almost half a century, yielding countless benefits to investors who know how to properly utilize their functionality.  However, the mere existence of monetary contracts designed to deal with uncertainty and risk does not always lead to economic prosperity.  Often throughout history, the market has fundamentally misjudged the … Continue reading The Greatest Market Crashes and What We Didn’t Learn from Them