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According to Standard & Poor’s, only three of 10 S&P sectors are expected to post positive earnings growth for the fourth quarter, with telecommunications (17.9%) consumer discretionary (7.5%) and healthcare (5.6%) once again leading. We take a look at earnings forecasts of our various holdings in these sectors.In telecommunications, Conservative… Read More

We’re adding four new positions in Europe as we believe 2016 will be a breakout year for the region.In the Conservative Portfolio, we add a consumer discretionary company, the Italian eye-wear giant Luxottica, that has been booking higher sales on growth in the U.S. and Europe.  Buy Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) up… Read More

HSBC is a HOLD There has been concern that with the renewed weakness in China and throughout Asia could affect HSBC’s (NYSE: HSBC) earnings due to increased losses on loans in the region. We believe investors are better served to stop accumulating HSBC until we can determine how well this… Read More

Our favorite Global Income Edge Best Buy remains Australia-based Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE: MIC), with its strong and growing dividend, currently 6.5%. As the U.S. economy continues to grow, it’s essential infrastructure services will continue to benefit from this recovery.The firm owns and operates four major businesses in the U.S.: Atlantic… Read More

The International Monetary Fund has included the Chinese renminbi in the Special Drawing Right, with a weighting that’s the third largest after the dollar and the euro, but ahead of the yen and sterling. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers projection, which is quite conservative about future growth rates, puts China’s 2050 GDP at… Read More