Investing in the stock market is a proven way to grow wealth over time, and the sooner you get started, the better. But deciding how to invest can be challenging. If you opt for a collection of individual stocks, you’ll need to spend time researching each company and making sure it’s the right fit for your portfolio. If you go with index funds, you won’t have to put in the same amount of legwork, but you may lose out on certain benefits that individual stocks have to offer.

For many investors, index funds are actually a good way to go. But here’s why you may want to hand-pick your stocks instead.

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1. You can assemble a portfolio that best aligns with your strategy

Hand-picking your stocks allows you to choose companies that fit in with your personal investing strategy and appetite for risk. Say you’re really

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In part 1 of this series, I discussed, at a high level, why I like the REIT space in today’s market environment. In part 2, I highlighted the first company on the list of five that I have been buying: Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT). In this piece, I will shift gears into the safe, triple-net REIT space, and highlight another beaten-down name that I’ve been accumulating lately: Realty Income (O).

Realty Income (O)

In part 3, we’ll move from what I believe to be the most dangerous REIT on this list, FRT, to the safest.

Realty Income is known as “The Monthly Dividend Company.”

This is for good reason. Realty Income has now paid a dividend in 602 consecutive months. This means that O has been paying a monthly dividend for more than 50 years. However, O has only been publicly traded since 1994, which is why the company’s

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Pressure is building for Impossible Foods to do an initial public offering so investors can buy Impossible Foods stock.



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Manhattan Street Capital of San Francisco offered shares during the summer, through a special investment vehicle, quickly raising $27 million. The fund’s offering statement said it would charge 1.5% of the principal each year for its management of the holding.

Only accredited investors were invited to the fund, with a minimum investment of $100,000. The offering is listed as complete. Manhattan speculated while doing its offering that Impossible would be filing an S-1 and begin the process of going public in “weeks or months.” Since then nothing has happened.

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Why No IPO for Impossible Foods Stock?

There are good reasons

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This Market takes a lickin’ but still keeps tickin’

Old hands will tell you that September is the worst month of the year for stocks. Usually August also is a down month as well. Instead the market surprised us by going significantly up strongly in August. We paid the price in September as markets in September fell, Dow -2.28% S&P -3,92% Nasdaq -5.16%. Even so, the third quarter ended up positively – Dow 7.62% S&P 8.47% Nasdaq 11.02%. In fact even with this week’s hard selling at the end, it was still positive for the week.

If you were pressing your luck and pushing risk you probably didn’t notice how well the market has held up. I can’t give you an iron-clad reasoning as to why the stock market indexes are performing so well. Commentators have set about to blame the Robinhood traders and comparing this market to the bubblicious

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The safe-haven yen and dollar rose on Friday after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, rattling investors just a month before November’s U.S. presidential election.

By afternoon trading, markets had calmed down, with the dollar and yen still up but moved in narrow ranges.

Data showing U.S. nonfarm payrolls rising less than expected in September, but with a drop in the unemployment rate, had little impact on currencies, as markets focused on Trump’s health.

Trump, who had played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic for months, said he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.

The news sparked some selling on Wall Street, while U.S. Treasury prices were lower after an initial rally.

The yen made its sharpest gain in more than a month to reach a

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By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

NEW YORK, Oct 2 (Reuters)The safe-haven yen and dollar rose on Friday after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, rattling investors just a month before November’s U.S. presidential election.

By afternoon trading, markets had calmed down, with the dollar and yen still up but moved in narrow ranges.

Data showing U.S. nonfarm payrolls rising less than expected in September, but with a drop in the unemployment rate, had little impact on currencies, as markets focused on Trump’s health.

Trump, who had played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic for months, said he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.

The news sparked some selling on Wall Street, while U.S. Treasury prices were lower after an initial rally.

The yen made its sharpest gain in more than a

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  • Suresh Tantia of Credit Suisse told CNBC on Thursday that a Joe Biden win could spur a “knee-jerk” 5% pullback in the stock market given the Democratic nominee’s stance on corporate taxes. 
  • However, this pullback will be a buying opportunity for investors because long-term Fed support will continue to drive markets after the election, said the senior investment strategist. 
  • Tantia said investors should seek out stocks in Asian markets as they are cheaper than US stocks and have strong earnings.

Suresh Tantia, a Credit Suisse senior investment strategist, told CNBC on Thursday that a Joe Biden win could cause the stock market to see a “knee-jerk” reaction in the form of a 5% pullback, but this could be a buying opportunity for investors.

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The investment strategist said that the pullback may occur with a Biden win because of his proposal to raise corporate

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Gold buying by central banks, an important driver of bullion’s advance in recent years, is forecast to pick up in 2021 after a slowdown this year.

Citigroup Inc sees demand from the official sector rising to about 450 tonnes after a drop to 375 tonnes this year, which would be the lowest in a decade. HSBC Securities (USA) Inc expects a slight uptick to 400 tonnes from an estimated 390 tonnes in 2020, potentially the second-lowest amount in 10 years.

While the forecasts are far from the near-record purchases of more than 600 tonnes a year seen in both 2018 and 2019, increased central bank activity will help bolster bullion. Russia could return to the market next spring and China’s central bank may resume adding to reserves after the US elections, Citi said in a report this month.

This development may have a bigger impact on the market if exchange-traded

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By Fergal Smith

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as oil prices fell and investors waited for the currency to extend this month’s decline before stepping in to buy it, with the loonie sticking to its recent trading range.

The loonie <CAD=> was trading 0.1% lower at 1.3381 to the greenback, or 74.73 U.S. cents, having matched intraday Friday’s 7-week low at 1.3418. The currency has fallen 2.5% this month as rising coronavirus cases in some parts of the world spooked financial markets.

“Client feedback suggests that there should be some decent U.S. dollar selling activity if we go north of 1.35, which should cap it,” said Simon Côté, managing director, risk management solutions, National Bank Financial. “There will have to be some decent risk-off sentiment for the dollar to go higher than that.”

Canada runs a current account deficit and is

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It’s been a challenging year overall. Not just for Boeing (BA), not just for jet makers, not just for airlines… but for everyone, and one thing we have in common with the industry is that we all have been looking for positive developments. Those positives have been easing lockdowns, increasing test capacity and vaccine developments and availability.

Many of those positives we’d appreciate to normalize our day-to-day life are also catalysts for the travel industry. Improving test capacity and easing lockdowns offer better prospects for rebuilding the airline network, while a vaccine development is the long-term solution supporting a full recovery of the industry. Those elements also add positively to the equation for Boeing, which faces a double crisis as it suffers a blow to demand for new aircraft due as well as the ongoing Boeing 737 MAX crisis.FAA Boeing 737 MAX recertification

Source: The Seattle Times

For Boeing, the added positive is the

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