For those of you who have not been exposed, the media has dubbed a set of stocks with the acronym FANG, which stands for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. You may be wondering why these four stocks, and the reason is that these stocks have been able to perform through thick and thin, providing investors with solid returns. In the piece, I want to breakdown why each of these may continue to perform and maintain their elite status among others.
In the last few days, the markets have swung wildly, falling and dropping. The volatility index or the VIX has risen to highs not seen in quite some time and investors are beginning to take a look at the market with new eyes. Remember, this bull run has continued for nearly 10 years and it has been well over a year since a solid correction. A correction could be profit taking, fear, or in some cases robo investors are triggered by certain levels in the market.
Someone once said that it’s not how the market performs during good news, but how the market reacts to negative news, giving investors a true insight to the health of the market. The government is on day 3 of the shutdown and in the previous week, the market added to its gains.
China is the largest purchaser of United States debt, and news came out that the country might begin slowing their buying of U.S. treasuries as they are seeking better investment options. Currently, the United State is slowly raising interest rates and clearing the balance sheet. This was all in connection with the housing crisis of 2007 and 2008. The markets have since recovered but the mess still remains. With the news of China, bond prices increased and fear of supply and demand shifting.
Everyone new to Macroaxis, welcome! This is a new year and the perfect time to begin fresh. 2017 brought with it new investment opportunities such as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Federal Reserve continued to raise rates and attempted to bump inflation. Most of the markets pushed higher for the year and the bull market continues into 2018.
Bitcoin continues to be a volatile instrument to trade, but recently the movements have been a little subtler compared. Certainly this is still a speculative investment but with the introduction of more mainstream investment options, the price may begin to settle. Even though there is no true value behind the coin other than the blockchain, it is becoming more widely accepted.
2017 has been a successful year for the equities market, continuing on their bull run of nearly 10 years. Retail has struggled and the geopolitical climate has impacted markets more than they have in previous years. The Federal Reserve continues to raise rates and will continue to do so into 2018. That being said, there are many other spaces in the market, but these are the most notable. Bitcoin came onto the scene and has people taking note of the cryptocurrency world.
By now I’m sure you’ve all heard of the monster moves Bitcoin is making. Generating profits for many, while attracting new money at the same time. We have yet to see a huge pullback and that might be creating a false sense of security. Futures products are being released in the coming days, possibly putting negative pressures on the market. Despite the news of Bitcoin, you have to dive deeper and unearth why Bitcoin is the way it is. The technology behind the cryptocurrency is what people are truly excited about.
Bitcoin has surged in popularity and is a headline nearly every day. Surging in price, many wonder if they should purchase Bitcoin themselves. In the investment world, if you’ve missed the train it’s best to wait for the next one. However, if you still find yourself wanting to add some Bitcoin to your portfolio, here are a few points you should familiarize yourself with.
With Bitcoin nearing a record $10,000 per coin, many people are comparing this movement to that of the tech bubble of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. If you take a quick glance at any chart, you will notice the price of Bitcoin has moved in a parabolic manner, which many investors know could be an omen of what is to come. For those unaware, Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that is used to pay for goods and services, as well as being traded. The technology behind a cryptocurrency, blockchain, is what people are excited about.
If you take a look at the news you may notice that right now, many of the household names in social media are going to Capital Hill to talk about Russian connections and interference in the election. This should bring to light a larger issue that these social media platforms have many users and are unable to control every aspect of the platform. Certainly they have processes in place, but the length of time it takes for them to catch the issue compared to the speed at which information is shared differs greatly.
We all have heard at this point about Bitcoin and what the cryptocurrency market can offer. From no middleman to quicker transaction times, there are plenty of benefits but with those come just as many questions of negatives. However, this article is not about those but rather the hard fork that occurred creating a new currency named Bitcoin Gold. If you follow this sector, you probably remember the hard fork that created Bitcoin Cash. Essentially, a hard fork is a split that creates a new currency that allows more of that currency to be created under a different name. Notice it is all Bitcoin, but there are now three variations of the cryptocurrency.
The most popular offerings are IPO’s, or initial public offerings. This is when a company decides to create shares and sell them to the public market. Some famous IPO’s in recent history include Twitter, Snap Inc., and Blue Apron. The process for an IPO is time consuming and takes multiple moving parts. Now with the introduction of cryptocurrencies, some are beginning to fund their operations with ICO’s or initial coin offerings. This is essentially when a company trades you their currency for U.S. Dollars in return.
Kohl’s has recently unveiled in 10 stores that they are going to begin selling Amazon products as well as accepting returns of items that were purchased from Amazon. In a dark and depressing retail landscape, this is a bright spot and these two are teaming up to play into their respective strengths. Kohl’s has the brick and mortar presence that Amazon does not. Kohl’s benefits by having the privilege to sell Amazon products and attract a new dynamic customer base.
New homebuilding numbers came out and they were lower than expected, but they are saying that this is due to the hurricanes that have hit the country. Certainly this has something to do with it, but keep in mind that there could be underlying issues. Homebuilding is an indicator of peoples willing to move and buy, and can show a trust in the workforce that jobs are readily available or there is enough people spending money. Investments that could be specifically affected are REIT’s are real estate investment trusts. Typically a go to for investors to add diversification, it is sensitive to these situations.
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