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The industrial sector includes companies that produce machinery, equipment, and supplies that are used in construction and manufacturing, as well as those that provide related services. These companies are closely tied to the economy, and their business volume often falls sharply during recessions, though each industrial subsector often performs differently. Well-known companies include Lockheed Martin
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Traders on the floor of the NYSE, June 29, 2022. Source: NYSE (Click here to subscribe to the new Delivering Alpha newsletter.) A majority of Wall Street investors believe the market stands pretty much dead in the water for the rest of 2022 and, as a result, think it’s time to buy dividend-paying stocks, according to the
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What Is an NGO? A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a group that functions independently of any government. It is usually non-profit. NGOs, sometimes called civil society organizations, are established on community, national, and international levels to serve a social or political goal such as a humanitarian cause or the protection of the environment. For example,
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Both Merrill Edge and Vanguard are full service brokers that have been around for some time. Vanguard, founded in 1983, has successfully built a reputation serving buy and hold investors with a passive and long term philosophy. It has since become synonymous with low-cost investment. A bit newer to the scene is Merrill Edge, which
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Charles Schwab and Fidelity are well-respected powerhouses in the brokerage industry. Both offer customizable trading platforms, mobile apps, and low costs to millions of clients. As of February 2022, Schwab had 33.4 million active brokerage accounts and $7.69 trillion in customer assets. Fidelity is larger still, with about 40 million individual investors and $11.8 trillion
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Monitors display Coinbase signage during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Coinbase shares fell on Wednesday after rival crypto exchange Binance.US said it’s dropping certain trading fees for customers. Binance.US, the U.S. affiliate of the
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When it comes to unemployment, different parts of the United States are affected in distinct ways by the current economic circumstances. While the national unemployment rate provides a good indicator of how the country is doing as a whole, it can diverge considerably from what you might be facing in your home state. That’s where
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The auto industry is comprised of companies that manufacture passenger and commercial vehicles, such as Ford Motor Co. (F) and General Motors Co. (GM). There are also newer companies, such as Tesla Inc. (TSLA), which only makes electric vehicles. Aside from those that make cars, trucks, and other vehicles, there are companies that supply parts
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Bond prices are worth watching from day to day as a useful indicator of the direction of interest rates and, more generally, future economic activity. Not incidentally, they’re an important component of a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio. Everybody knows that high-quality bonds are a relatively safe investment. But far fewer understand how bond prices
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As marketing continues to evolve in the 21st century, one of the most successful concepts has been holistic marketing, a strategy to move marketing beyond the marketing department to an enterprise-wide role in strategy for all business functions. Rather than working in silos on isolated advertising projects like traditional marketing departments, holistic marketers identify opportunities,
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Work/life balance—the ongoing process of striking a balance between one’s work or career and the other aspects or demands of life (including family, leisure, and personal responsibilities)—is an ongoing challenge of contemporary existence. Even before COVID-19 turned homes into makeshift offices, several mega-trends made it more difficult to achieve work/life balance. One factor is technological
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Milton Friedman was an American economist and statistician who believed in free-market capitalism and was regarded as a leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. In 1976, he earned the Nobel Prize in economic sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy. Friedman is the
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