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All Posts Term: Technology
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How Technology Is Transforming Wealth Management

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These days it only take a simple touch of a screen or button to fulfill a whole bunch of everyday functions. This might be for simple leisure-related pursuits such as dinner reservations or buying tickets to a sporting event or gig. However, more complex tasks such as wealth management and investing are also becoming fully integrated into this brave new technology digital world.

Whereas once upon a time wealth management was a highly complex activity trusted to experts, the evolution of cutting-edge software has allowed it to become much more accessible, affordable and generally consumer-friendly. This can apply to investors at the introductory stages of accumulating personal wealth as well as those at a more advanced stage.

One of the best things abut automaton is that it also includes a human advice aspect. Software can be used to guide real-life human advisors in creating guidance for consumers. This is much deeper than jut using algorithms. Indeed, so-called goals-based engagement is sophisticated and allows for individually desired investment outcomes and goal values. There is a personal touch that helps a wealth advisor to take heed of infinite market outcomes and life scenarios. Basically, technology combined with human advice means that wealth management is more holistic than ever.

Twitter Disappoints With Quarterly Earnings Report

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CEO Jack Dorsey is attempting to turn around Twitter but the latest quarter result, released Tuesday night, is no indication that will happen anytime soon. First quarter 2016 advertising revenue came in softer than anticipated. Analyst were hoping for $608 million in revenue but the company only produced $595 million. Shares tumbled after hours last night and opened up down 16% were they stayed all day (closing at $14.86), even as the overall market climbed in the afternoon.

Twitter added 5 million new users during the quarter, although Twitter is famous for having more fake accounts created than real accounts. The company also stated that 310 million users are active each month. The is an improvement over user sign-ups and activity from prior quarters. The popular social media site ranks second in media attention behind only Facebook.

Day Trader Tax Strategies Can Save Money

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If you are a day trader, the following day trader tax strategies are for you.

Are you in the habit of trading stocks frequently on a daily basis? If so, there are some things you need to understand about the way the US government views this habit. If not, you could find yourself consumed with paperwork come April 15, and your profits will shrink once the IRS takes its share.

Here are some things you need to know if you are an active investor seeking to reduce your tax bills.

Trader versus Investor

These words each have special meaning in the tax world and carry with them some positives and negatives. By IRS definition, most individuals are considered investors. However, if your days are spent buying and selling, you are more likely a trader. Having this title could save you some serious cash at tax time. What is more, your investing expenses, like computer and other home office equipment are fully deductible.

Insider Buying With the Worst Yearly Market Start

2016 has been the worst ever start to a year of trading for the US stock market. The VIX is hovering near 30 as investors are exiting positions and moving into safer positions. The release of earnings reports for quarter four of 2015 hasn’t helped the markets recover very much either. The price of oil continues to dominate headlines and stock movements as oil stocks move lower and the price of oil declines.

Surprisingly insider selling hasn’t moved higher with overall selling in the market. And some insiders are actually taking this opportunity to purchase more shares of their companies.

Barnes and Noble (BKS) saw a director purchase 5000 shares recently as the stock has bottom out around $8.25 a share. The stock is down 44% this year as the Nook didn’t deliver on sales and the retail business has suffered with Amazon dominating book sales nationwide. Sales at retail declined from $1.84 billion to $1.80 billion over the last year. Digital sales including Nook devises fell from $133.9 billion to $97.8 billion. This one director, Scott S Cower, sees some upside but investors and hedge funds are still resistant to going long.

Solar Stocks Are Hot Again

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Remember like eight years ago when Solar Stocks were hot? The industry is hot once again and for some good reasons.

Solar Array Technology is Better

The technology that makes up the vast number of solar arrays in the world is getting better all the time. A little improvement in the technology is multiplied when implemented on farms of solar panels.

The Costs Are Improving

Could solar really be as cheap as coal and/or nuclear energy? Some believe so. Up to this point there has been a strong demand for government subsidies in the industry to keep the costs low. One way to keep the costs low is install the solar arrays on the rooftops of buildings and to the energy created within the building. This eliminates to costs factors, land and transmission.

Convince Yourself with These Reasons to Invest in Google Stock

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Google is known as the biggest search engine in the world and it has now offered so much more than just a search engine to help you find what you are looking for in the online world. Google has also equipped their business with Google Stock, a promising place to put your investment online. The internet technology has provided us with many investment opportunities and choosing one of them should be very difficult especially when we talk about a great amount of money. One thing for sure, if you plan to invest your money in a stock, you should consider plenty of things and find more reasons why you should trust your money on them. This time, let us find several reasons to convince yourself that investing your money Google Stock is a good thing.

If you have a closer look at the internet search market, you will find that Google has been dominating it for many years by more than 50%. It is very likely that Google will continue its domination considering the the closest competitor, which is Yahoo!, only owns less than 25% of the market share. This gigantic search engine company has come up with a magic touch. It seems like everything they touch will turn into gold in no time at all. Their reliable technology has also invited more people to start investing their money in this company. Google is trying hard to spread their domination in the online world even more. Starting from a helpful search engine that helps you find everything more easily, this company has now come up with Gmail services, Google Earth, Google Map, Adsense, iGoogle and Adwords. In the future, there might be more products introduced by Google to make our life a lot easier.

Overstock Falls After Third Quarter Report

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After the closing bell last night, Overstock reported their third quarter and the stock fell 6%. Last year the company made $1.6 million in the quarter but lost $2.1 million this year scaring investors. Revenue was strong but that wasn’t enough to offset the lose. Revenues came in 11% higher at $401.6 million.

Twitter Makes Move To Reduce Costs

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Twitter is struggling to make money and has made a move to reduce costs by cutting 340 employees. The company currently employees 4100 individuals. They recently brought back founder Dorsey to run the company as user engagement and growth has slowed. Some feel reason moves spell trouble for the messaging service that is very popular put has never been profitable.

The company has expanded over the past two years so the cuts may be overdue. They have an upcoming profit report at the end of October that could be disappointing. The stock moved hire after the cut announcement. Recently they have begun to face competition from WhatsApp and SnapChat. I find the service compelling and the information useful compared to the spammy and often fact articles shared on Facebook.

Yandex NV (YNDX) Produced Major Gains While Google Inc. Fell Back Noticeably

Sep 16 2015
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Owners of Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX) benefited from a push upwards yesterday with a 7.25% increase in the stock price following an announcement that Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service determined Google Inc. (GOOG) was guilty of taking unfair advantage of its dominant position in the search space.

Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX), a leader in the search engine space for consumers in Russia, took offense to how Google Inc. (GOOG) essentially used a domineering posture by requiring Russian Android phones to have the Google search engine pre-installed. They were also found to give special treatment for where a number of Google mobile apps are located within their mobile operating system. Similarly, it was only in 2014 that a number of device manufacturers found they were unable to install Yandex apps on Android devices pre-installed in the same way that Google does today. The interesting distinction is that whilst Yandex controls 60% of search traffic within Russia currently, smartphone users see a different picture with Google controlling 86% of the Russian search market.

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