Topics
How Safe Are REIT Yields?
History provides an answer. Most real estate investment trust sectors seldom skimp on dividends, even during a financial crisis. An excerpt from a new book,…
Office REIT Reckoning
Workers and small-business owners suffered in the first months of the pandemic, but real estate investment trusts could feel the shock later. Nevertheless, one ticker…
This REIT Wins Playing Defense
Corporate Office Properties Trust specializes in defense-related tenants, inoculating the company against economic downturns Not even a worldwide pandemic can stand in the way of…

Fake Financial News

Lockdown Economics
More than just food is at stake as the pandemic continues to menace America’s restaurants Let me tell you about my dad. He’s former military,…

Music & Festivals

Burning Man
A former floor trader shares sights—and insights—from his 15th visit to The Playa By Alan Matthew Burning Man, which bills itself as “the place to…

Game Theory

Wrestling With Reality
Spontaneous or scripted? The pros sometimes improvise on a predetermined storyline to create a crowd-pleasing spectacle.  Redneck soap opera. Populist performance art. Repressed homoerotic fantasy.…

Diversions

Drunk, High & Horny
America is drinking more booze, ingesting more weed and spending more time on porn sites to while away the hours in self-isolation. Luckbox looks at…

Luckbox of the Month

Lucky Goat
While sports entertainment is in many ways an afterthought amid the global pandemic, it also remains an important distraction—a source of escape in tough times. …

Something Ventured

Swimming in Sales
Relentless ambition turns a solo act side hustle into a multi million-dollar business  A dream job wasn’t enough for Emily Vaca—she always had a part-time…

Trades

Light this Candle

AMZN: Prime Sell
Candlestick chart analysis for intermediate-term trading  As the third-largest Nasdaq…

The Technician

Britain’s Cautionary Tale
Investors and analysts usually go back 10, 20 or 30 years when they consider long-term economic data. But how about taking a really long view?…

Macro View

US-China Trade Impacts Aussie Dollar
U.S. equity indexes have hit historic highs, but the price action included periods of drawdowns throughout last year. Some drawdowns were related to negative U.S.-China…

Do Diligence

Getting REITs Right
Investing in real estate can be tough. Getting the timing right and choosing a city—or a sector—on the rise could reap large returns, but watch…

Futures

Less Than Zero
All of the attention in markets was focused on crude oil the week of April 20, when on that Monday and Tuesday, the price of…

Cherry Picks

Digging Gold
When the markets are in turmoil, money tends to flow out of stocks and into “safer” investments. The market’s definition of “safe” changes, but when…
Tactics
ETF Interest Rate Strategies
Exchange-traded funds provide a good way of trading economically sensitive interest rates Few products are as costly and complex as interest rate futures. For retail…
This is No Amazon Delivery
Trading crude oil presents daunting challenges when its price falls into negative numbers and the owner must take delivery. Here’s a look at the high…
Economic Insensitivity
Traders can reduce risk by trading products that aren’t closely tied to unpredictable macroeconomic swings Basing trading decisions on an opinion about the economy isn’t…
Here Are Some ETFs to Avoid
Many commodity ETFs represent bad long-term investments Investors often want part of the action when commodities start to move around, especially when prices decline. It’s…
The REIT Trade
Real estate investment trusts tend to pay dividends that can ease the pain of a bad trade Got a bad trade? Tell everyone you bought…