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For investors, a brutal week ended Friday with prices plunging for stocks and commodities. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 531 to 16,460, a 3.12 percent drop.
Oil's tumble was especially notable. For a while, West Texas crude was trading below $40 a barrel — the first time that happened since March 2009. It finished at $40.45, marking an eight-week stretch of price declines — the longest losing streak since 1986.
Want to play it safe and just earn interest on your savings? Sorry. The yield on a 10-year Treasury note also fell, down to just 2.05 percent, the lowest level since April.
So what's an investor supposed to do?
Experts are mixed about the outlook. Some say not to worry too much: This downturn was an inevitable "correction," following one of the longest bull runs in U.S. history.
For example, the S&P 500 index of stocks has risen five out of the past six years. On Friday, it fell 3.19 percent to 1,971. But that's just a hair below where it was last year at this time. So if you have been invested for six years, you're still ahead of the game.
From this viewpoint, the August rout is just part of the typical "sawtooth" pattern that characterizes the stock market. Prices can zigzag up and down, up and down. Over time, you make money because you are patient, and assume the "down" zigs are smaller than the "up" zags.Instead of fretting, investors should be looking for opportunities to buy shares at low prices before they resume their climb.
Maybe this stock plunge signals something much worse than a simple correction. Maybe prices are plunging because a new global recession is taking hold, making any rebound impossible for a long time.
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Kevin Guz of HomeVestors-Dallas discusses the reasons behind - and the remedies for - part-time real estate investors who quit this endeavor.
Special Guest: Jamie Lawrence, Editor, HRZone.com
Effective engagement requires both an individual and collective focus but it seems that many companies focus on engaging the individual rather than thinking about the collective units – teams. The basic unit at work is the team, with a line manager at the helm, and there’s an argument that human beings as social creatures require high levels of engagement with their social working environment as a pre-requisite to individual engagement. Is it a chicken or egg scenario? Should companies be focusing on both from different, or similar, angles? Either way, as more research looks at group effectiveness and inclusiveness at work, there’s doubt we need to focus more on engaging the collective as well as the individual.
Jamie Lawrence is editor of global online HR publication and community HRZone.com He regularly speaks to audiences of 250+ and has interviewed key HR industry names, including Daniel H. Pink. Jamie has worked previously as a small business journalist and a copywriter and has published non-fiction that reached #2 in the NYT Children’s Bestseller List. Jamie is committed to driving forward the HR agenda through HRZone.com and making sure that HR Directors have the knowledge and insight necessary to ensure HR has influence across the whole organisation.
Host: Jo Moffatt
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Kevin Guz of HomeVestors-Dallas discuss how part-time real estate investors can create their own full-time benefits.
Iran is exporting oil again and natural gas surpasses coal for the first time. What should long term investors do to profit?
Dara Albright is an industry leader and expert in crowdfinance movement. She has spearheaded initiatives to educate, inform, and create a community of collaborators with her renowned conferences and webinars. Dara is admired and respected by the some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry and legislature as she provides fertile environments for them to come together to understand the uniques challenges and tangible concerns of the prime stake holders within this new financial landscape- the investors and the entrepreneurs. She joins Karen Rands' Compassionate Capitalist radio show to share insights into the current state of the crowd finance industry and the terrific opporutnity that the new regulations provide for investors and entrepreneurs alike for Economic Democracy. Dara's FinFair and LendIt conferences are the 'must attend' events for industry insiders.
We are in a unique time in American history. For the first time, investors and entrepreneurs are experiencing "Disintermdiation" - the attempt to do away with the intermediary entities between two primary market forces to eliminate the middle man.
Tune in to learn about the unique opportunity and risk available to investors to gain access to this dynamic asset class - private equity and entrepreneurs to raise capital directly from qualified investors in the public marketplace through Reg D 506c and Reg A+.
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Sharing ideas about retirement planning through payroll deductions and various IRA financial instruments and there respective tax benefits
Four elements could be found defining social life in most societies: Moral rules were handed down by the God(s) and were inviolate. The most powerful of the God(s) were male. Human beings lived in tribes and loyalty to the tribe superceded loyalty to the individual. The controlling individuals within the tribe were mostly male and the most admired males were those who had proved themselves as warriors. The role of women was defined by their ability to procreate and and support and obey the warrior class. The pushback against the anarchy of modernity involved recreating tribal lives that operated by those moral rules that had been historically forged in humanity's struggle to survvive and exist as evolutionary imperatives.
We are pleased that Dr. Richard M. Ebeling, the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina has agreed to be our guest. Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics. His most recent book, Monetary Central Planning and the State will be published in November 2015 by the Future of Freedom Foundation in eBook format.
He writes a regular column on political and economic policy issues on the news and commentary website, EpicTimes.
Dr. Ebeling is also the co-editor of When We Are Free, an anthology of essays devoted to the moral, political, and economic principles of the free society, and co-author of the five-volume, In Defense of Capitalism.
Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of economics at Northwood University. He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education, was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, and served as the vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation.
In 1990-1991, Richard Ebeling frequently travelled to the former Soviet Union consulting with the government of Lithuania and with members of the Russian Parliament and the city of Moscow on the subject of free markets.
He lives with his wife, Anna, and their royal standard poodle, “Fritzie".
Offshore drillers have been hit hard in the last 6 months, how patient should investors be in waiting for a turnaround?
Superstars come in all forms. Athletes,singers, rappers, actors, etc. entertain us, but the local community heroes are crucial to real development and real solutions. Face-to-face interaction, community programs, solutions that make real things happen in real time are just a few things that make real differences to real people;s problems.
Meet Columbus, Ohio's Satori Seals. He is a local man who just about does it all for his community. With a virtually ubiquitious pool of programs and activities fowing throughout Columbus, Satori either created, leads, or is a part of everything from his own authored writing to group or individual character coaching for our youth, wisdom coaching for the Black community thru the blending of wine and vine sessions with other cultures, and he continues to build a larger network of amazing links to a positive future for those around him.
Listen in and interact with Satori tonight at 10:30 PM EST by calling 347-327-9967. Press 1 to join the panel
Jennifer Cobb, director of "...and Justice for All" is on air Thursdays at 6pmEST at "Human Rights Demand" channel at Blogtalkradio. Call-in to speak on air at (347)857.3293. Her shows have covered:
1) an interview with the mother of Sgt. James Brown, a battlefield veteran with PTSD who was killed in a Texas jail after serving two tours of duty in Iraq;
2) "Rally Against in-Custody Deaths and Police Brutality at the Georgia Capitol," which Mary Neal, director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill arranged.
3) interviews with friends of a Florida inmate who put forth strong claims he was wrongfully convicted.
4) Boycott4Justice: The concept that whereas American officials do not care about what citizens think, they do hold corporations in high regard. Therefore, Americans must enlist corporations' support for justice initiatives, which will only be done when Americans impact their profit margins with successful boycotts.
5) Divest or Resign: The concept that decision makers are private prison and jail investors and should be forced to either divest themselves and their immediate family members of corporate stock or resign from public service.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. ~Frederick Douglass