An Investor’s Guide to Space

The space industry is in the middle of a widespread transformation, as the last decade has seen a number of young companies begin to seek to profit in an area where most of the money was made from military contracts or expensive communications satellites.

The estimated $400 billion space economy is still largely dominated by large aerospace and defense companies, serving government-funded interests. But investors say that’s changing, with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and UBS each issuing frequent research for clients on how the space industry is growing. Read more…

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Ironing Out an Investing Mystery

Emerging markets have finally emerged-by one measure, anyway.

It’s not that companies whose shares trade on the stock markets of developing nations have been generating great returns lately. Instead, they’ve adopted at least one major characteristic of the world’s most-advanced economies: artificially smoothing their earnings to pander to analysts and investors.

Research from Rayliant Global Advisors, an investment firm based in Hong Kong, finds that such “earnings management” has become even more widespread in emerging markets than in developed markets like the U.S., Europe or Japan. Read more…

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Why Investors Should Ignore Shopify’s Worsening Net Losses

Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) recently released its third-quarter earnings report, and the metric that grabbed the most attention was the bottom line. The company recorded a GAAP net loss of more than $72 million for the quarter, along with a loss per share rate of $0.64, a significant decline from its year-ago net loss of $23 million and loss per share of $0.22.

This may be mostly why its shares sunk after the earnings release.

Despite its worsening bottom line, however, Shopify remains a compelling prospect and here’s why. Read more…

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Where Top VCs are Investing in Fintech

Over the past several years, ‘fintech’ has quietly become the unsung darling of venture.

A rapidly swelling pool of new startups is taking aim at the large incumbent institutions, complex processes and outdated unfriendly interfaces that mar billion dollar financial services verticals, such as insurtech, consumer lending, personal finance, or otherwise.

In just the past summer, the startup community saw a multitude of hundred-million dollar fintech fundraises. In 2018, fintech companies were the source of close to 1,300 venture deals worth over $15 billion in North America and Europe alone according to data from Pitchbook. Read more…

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Get Paid to Learn Something New About Investing Every Day

My family and I are vacationing in Paris, and took a day-long baguette baking course. The master baker teaching the course has spent years training, perfecting, and re-perfecting his craft. He appreciates subtleties and processes that we might not even notice. Nor does the master baker use imprecise, judgement-rich terms such as “good,” “bad” or “slightly too flakey” to describe the spectrum of baguette quality one finds across the bakeries of Paris. Instead, the master baker simply refers to baguettes as being either “correct” or “not correct.”

Now there are two words that seem to transcend mere opinion, and that probably reflect a great deal about Parisians’ elevated expectations when it comes to bread (among other things as well). Read more…

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The Worst Money Mistakes These Top Advisors Have Seen Investors Make

Irish author James Joyce wrote in his novel “Ulysses” that a genius makes no mistakes. “His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery,” he wrote. Talk about hindsight being 20/20. Joyce’s spin aside, mistakes can indeed be learning experiences — and we all make them, especially when it comes to finances.

Financial advisors make a living trying to help clients steer clear of error when it come to managing money but mistakes do happen. Read more…

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Investing in Esports Just Got a Lot Easier

Esports are filling basketball arenas, airing on major cable TV networks and attracting sponsorship dollars from blue chip companies. So it should come as no surprise that Wall Street is looking to cash in on the popularity of the ESL, Overwatch League, League of Legends World Championship and other esports events as well.

There are now several funds tied to the boom in gaming, including one specifically geared towards esports: the Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF (NERD). That is a mouthful to say, but it has the clever ticker symbol of “NERD.” Read more…

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Top Five Tips for New Bitcoin Investors

Investing in Bitcoin (BTC) can be quite intimidating if you’re only just learning about its existence now. In fact, taking the plunge and entering the cryptocurrency sphere is a risk for anyone, with or without investment experience. This is because the crypto space has no centralized authority to guide investors. Rumors, hype and horror stories dominate the internet, and separating fact from hearsay can be difficult at times.

Like any other business venture, you should never get your feet wet until you have all the facts straight. Many Bitcoin investors who have taken losses will agree that they didn’t do their own research. Riding on rumors and hearsay is setting yourself up for failure. Read more…

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How to Invest in Digital Advertising

Think of all the free stuff we have access to. If someone from the 19th century showed up today, they’d marvel at the tools we can use at no cost: broadcast TV, radio, internet search, email, mapping and directions. This list goes on — it’s truly amazing.

How can we afford all of this?

There’s an old saying in advertising: “If you’re not paying for it, YOU are the product.” And therein lies the rub. All of those things are free because you are served advertisements.

It’s a big business. No…a HUGE business. Increasingly, that business is moving from the old formats of TV commercials and newspapers to digital advertising. It’s a once-in-a-generation shift that could generate wealth for growth investors…if you know where to invest. Read more…

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6 Unusual REITs to Buy This Year

Diversify your holdings with REITs:
Real estate investment trusts provide diversification and income from their dividend yields and invest in shopping centers, apartments, office buildings, data centers and cell towers. A REIT trades similarly to exchange-traded funds or stocks. The number of alternative property types such as data centers, cell towers, self-storage and manufactured housing communities now consist of a substantial part of the REIT industry and generate revenue in different strategies, says Michael Underhill, chief investment officer of Capital Innovations. Read more…

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