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The CNBC.com Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is on. And to help mark the occasion, some heavy hitters from CNBC got to ring today's opening bell at the NYSE.
All the recent volatility in the markets has shaken things up in the currency sector. So--what should currency investors be doing right now? There were two somewhat different opinions on today's "Morning Call." Nick Bennebroek is senior currency strategists with Brown Brothers Harriman--and as a defensive measure says the U.S. dollar looks good--right now...
What do traders make of the market "week that was?" Three of them appeared on "Power Lunch" to do some water cooler talking. And their outlook is not necessarily a "rosy" one. Stuart Schweitzer is global markets strategist as JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. Bob Nunn is a managing director at Cohen Specialists and John O'Donoghue....
The recent behavior of the markets over the last few days has been erratic--to say the least. That's even while many analysts say the fundamentals are the same as they were just last week. So just what are investors thinking--and what are the markets trying to tell us?
We've mentioned today's report on global warming in an earlier post--so let's get right to one of the major questions: is corporate America taking global warming as a serious issue or not? Some are it seems as reported earlier this month when 10 companies and their CEOs joined activist groups in calling for caps on carbon emissions.
Are humans responsible for global warming--or not? A new report says--yes. Scientists from 113 countries issued the report Friday--saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will “continue for centuries” no matter how much humans control their pollution.
Some 270 people have contracted the H5N1 virus or avian flu, according to the World Health Organization, and 164 of them have died. It's the high death rate--greater than 50%--that has alarmed so many health officials. One drug that is on the market for patients is Tamiflu--made by Gildead Sciences. Sales of the drug have made a big turnaround over the last few years...
A not so shameless plug here as we'd like to toot our own horn--as we honor others. Last night, CNBC held it's third annual Executive Leadership Awards dinner--to recognize business leaders who make a difference. The event was at the Pierre Hotel in New York City--and CNBC's Melissa Lee covered it for "Squawk Box."
The U.S. Senate is almost through debating a bill to raise to the minimum wage. However--Republicans want to amend the bill with provisions including tax breaks for businesses in order to offset the costs of a higher minimum wage. Democrats don't want that. There's also a move to attach tax deferred compensation to the measure.
Are Americans saving too mcuh for retierment? It seems some people think so. Which is interesting considering the national savings rate is actually negative. Are we doing this all wrong? Laurence Kotlikoff is a professor of ecnomics at Boston University. He's among a group of economists and academics that believe people should be saving less and spending more....