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Social Trading: Is There Really Safety in Numbers?

Social Trading: Is There Really Safety in Numbers?

Key Takeaways Social trading can be an informative way to invest, as long as you approach it with caution Know when consensus in opinion among forum participants starts resembling herd mentality Understand there isn’t always safety, let alone wisdom, in numbers In late January, we saw some quiet and underperforming stocks unexpectedly rise in value […]

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File These Under “Forms that Matter”: Basics of the 10-K, 10-Q, & Other SEC-Required Filings

File These Under “Forms that Matter”: Basics of the 10-K, 10-Q, & Other SEC-Required Filings

Key Takeaways Publicly traded companies are required to regularly report financial information in filings to the SEC SEC filings are freely available and can provide investors with valuable insights into a company’s financial health The 10-K, one of the most impactful SEC filings, includes a few critical sections investors should study Publicly traded companies, whatever […]

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Crude Comparison: WTI vs. Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks

Crude Comparison: WTI vs. Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks

Key Takeaways WTI and Brent crude, both light and sweet, are considered global crude oil benchmarks WTI is extracted from the United States, primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and North Dakota; Brent is extracted from the North Sea Understand the unique characteristics of each benchmark and how they respond to different geopolitical, local, and economic forces […]

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Is the Battle Royale Between Streaming Giants Causing ‘Subscription Fatigue’?

Is the Battle Royale Between Streaming Giants Causing ‘Subscription Fatigue’?

Key Takeaways Cord-cutting was already a trend; the coronavirus pandemic gave it new legs Netflix is still king, but competitors are making big plans to dethrone it A warning to investors: COVID-19 fatigue and binge-watching are now creating “subscription fatigue” Binge-watching TV has never had such a moment. The coronavirus pandemic has done much—and continues—to […]

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Could Silver Shine in Your Portfolio?

Could Silver Shine in Your Portfolio?

Key Takeaways Buying silver outright gives investors the most direct exposure to investing in this precious metal Generally, silver is cheaper and more volatile relative to gold When thinking of investing in precious metals, gold may be the first thing that comes to mind. Although silver sometimes gets hidden behind gold’s shine, that doesn’t necessarily […]

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