Here’s Why Amazon Paid No Income Taxes for 2018

Amazon, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, “nearly doubled its profits to $11.2 billion in 2018 from $5.6 billion the previous year and, once again, didn’t pay a single cent of federal income taxes. The company’s newest corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the statutory 21 percent income tax rate on its U.S. income in 2018, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $129 million. For those who don’t have a pocket calculator handy, that works out to a tax rate of negative 1 percent. The fine print of Amazon’s income tax disclosure shows that this ach...
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How a Mere $50 Can Get Your Investment Portfolio Started

Most folks think you need a few thousand dollars to start investing. If you follow a traditional route, that’s probably true. You’d need that much to fund a brokerage account and start buying a few stocks to start a nest egg. But there’s a way that you can get started investing for as little as $50. In many cases, it’s more. But the secret is a simple one. Companies that pay out dividends to investors often have a plan that lets you directly invest in their shares. And you can set up recurring payments to add to your stake. In return, the company will reinvest those shares for lit...
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How Google’s $13 Billion Spending Plans Affect the Stock

Google Inc. is planning to spend $13 billion this year on data centers and offices across the U.S., Chief Executive Sundar Pichai recently announced according to The Wall Street Journal. In a blog post, Mr. Pichai said the investments would give Google the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees and create more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. The new investments will give Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL -0.85% real-estate assets in 24 states, including data centers in 13 communities, he said. Mr....
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Jump Start Your Income Today

Investing is a lifetime journey, and getting started can feel frustrating. That can be the case with income investing, where the first dividend check might just be for a paltry few dollars. While growing a dividend over time can lead to a powerful return, if you’re looking for high income now, there are plenty of opportunities available that can start showing you a much larger pile of cash relative to what you put in. These high-yield plays, typically paying in the 5-10 percent range, are companies that tend to be structured to pay out most of their income to shareholders. There are ...
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Twitter’s Plunge Could Be a Trading Opportunity

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) has a market cap of more than $22 billion and is an important company. As one commentator recently noted, “Twitter makes and breaks careers. It makes and breaks lives. Perhaps most saliently, the platform shapes news cycles, which, in turn, shape how people see the world. Because journalists spend disproportionate time on the website relative to most of their audience, outlets increasingly amplify Twitter’s viral stories, and seemingly without questioning their broader relevance. It’s a pattern that distorts perception on both sides of the political spectrum, and everyw...
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Buy Now, Get More than You Paid In Later (Year After Year)

There’s an ancient Chinese saying: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. It may seem like stocks go nowhere for long periods at a time. But many companies can use those periods to continue growing their dividends for shareholders. When that happens, buyers see the amount of cash they get rise every year. Over a long enough timeline, they could even see dividends rise to a point where they get more cash payouts every year than what they originally paid. This secret is a simple math equation known as the “yield on cost.” It involves the current...
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FAANG Earnings: Bullish for Investors?

FAANG stocks have been the market leaders. This is the group of tech stocks that includes Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (parent company of Google). Recently, several of the companies released earnings and their results could have a significant impact on the short term trend of the stock market. Facebook Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) beat expectations. CNBC reported: “Here’s how the company did compared with what Wall Street predicted: Earnings: $2.38 per share, vs. $2.19 forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates Revenue: $16.91 billion, vs. $16.39 billion forecast by Refin...
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3 Of The Cheapest Stocks To Buy Right Now

Investing has never been a walk in the park. But many of us make it harder than it really has to be. That’s because they try a million different things. They take too much advice from their “know it all” neighbor. Unbelievably, an astonishing nine out of every 10 investors fail because: Many don’t have good training, or guidance They’re not aware of risk, thinking the stock market is a “get rich” scheme They don’t think long-term. They want instant gratification. They blindly follow the crowd, becoming one of the sheep They fail to trade without emotion. They fail to ...
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7 Good And Cheap Stocks To Buy Now

Like most investors, one of your top goals has been to enjoy financial freedom at whatever age you choose. So, it stands to reason that your money should ideally generate above-market returns with below market risk. Truth is -- if you really want to become a better investor then you need to be looking at where the smart money is heading. You need to understand what is truly driving the markets and how you can take advantage of these moves as – and before – they hit the mainstream. That’s how the long-term wealth can be found. In fact, we’ve uncovered seven stocks that should have a pl...
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The Miracle Metal Superstock: How this $7 Company Could Change the World and Your Portfolio Forever

It’s one of the oddest metals in the world. Unlike anything most of us have ever seen before. Not only can it melt in the palm of your hand, it can morph into other shapes on command and move on its own. In fact, if you were to break this metal into several pieces across the room, it can put itself back together in its original form. It’s like something you’d see out of the Terminator movies, right? But it’s very real. Already, technology CEOs, defense contractors, and energy companies are rushing to get as much of this metal as possible. Better yet, analysts believe gallium has...
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