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No Need to Fear Rising Rates

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

The handwriting is on the wall -- interest rates are rising and are likely to continue to do so. The probability of a rate increase in December of this year is 95%, according to pricing in federal funds futures' contracts. That will be the third hike in 2017, following 25 basis point moves in March and June. Federal Reserve officials are projecting another three quarter-percentage point hikes in 2018, if the economy stays on track, and two more quarter-percentage hikes in 2019.

 

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New Tech Cycle Drives Chipmaker Breakout

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

The popular FANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) have been on a roll but are trading down from their 52-week highs. They might rebound,  but in the meantime, the semiconductor stocks are breaking out . Year-to-date, the benchmark PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index or SOX has outpaced the S&P 500 nearly threefold, with much of the gains occurring since mid-April.

 

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Foreign Bank Stocks with Astronomical 5% Yields

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

"Don't put your money in banks. Put it in bank stocks," so the stock market adage says. But you need to be selective.

 

2.18%. That's the average dividend yield of the big money center banks mainly in the U.S. These banks do business with government and corporations, not just with folks like you and me. They include names like Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), and Bank of New York Mellon (BK), which all offer puny yields of less than 2%.

 

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Six Sizzling Data Center REITs

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

Do you watch Netflix? Listen to Ted talks? Store your photos on the cloud? If so, you can thank a data center real estate investment trust (REIT). These high-tech storage centers house computer systems. Yes, the data you download on your cell phone, tablet or TV is actually stored in old-fashioned bricks and mortar facilities rented by the likes of Facebook, Google, and other cloud, digital media, and software firms.

 

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Grow Your Income with Floating Rate Securities

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

With interest rates at historic lows, one corner of the income universe that still throws off huge and unusually safe huge yields is preferred shares.

 

The benchmark S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index carries a generous yield of 5.96%. That's more than twice the 1.95% yield on the S&P 500 and far richer than the you can get on investment grade bonds in the by the benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index or the benchmark 10-year Treasury.

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