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[ April 17, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 79154 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With an old year like this, who needs a new one? The S&P 500 gained 29.6%, the biggest percentage gain since 1997, to close at 1843.36, a record. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 26.5%, its biggest gain since 1995, to 16,576.66, also an all-time high. Those gains came despite a wide range of issues that in the past might have shaken the market to its core. It was a year of government dysfunction as Republicans and Democrats battled over the debt ceiling and included a government shutdown; a year when the fear of a Fed taper shook emerging markets and yield-sensitive investments but the real thing came and went with nary a rumble; and a year when TK. It’s a year that will be remembered as a time when hedge-fund titans did battle with companies–who can forget Carl Icahn calling for Apple (AAPL) to do something with its cash–and … Continue reading

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Electric-car start-up Better Place declared bankruptcy this week, joining a pile of broken EV dream companies that includes Fisker Automotive, among many others. Better Place’s plan was to build out the electric-car infrastructure with a network of battery-swapping stations. It had big money and big-name partners, including French auto giant Renault, but it never quite got off the ground. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at why Better Place and other EV pioneers have failed — and at why Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) has been the one shining exception to the trend. Tesla’s plan to disrupt the global auto business has yielded spectacular results. But giant competitors are already moving to disrupt Tesla. Will the company be able to fend them off? The Motley Fool answers this question and more in our most in-depth Tesla research available. Get instant access by clicking here now. Top 10 Heal Care … Continue reading

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Kia annnounced today at a drive event for the redesigned 2014 Soul that coming next year will be an all Electrified Version of the boxy city car. The car would be Kia first all electric vehicle. It’s only electrified vehicle now is the hybrid version of its Optima mid-size sedan. Kia said the new 2014 Soul’s EV model would have some additional exterior tweaks to improve aerodynamics and to have enough diffferences that your neighbors will know your Sould is the electric model. The company provided no pricing or geographic availability details except to say it would be offered in “select markets” — which sounds like you aren’t likely see them if you aren’t on the West Coast. It said more details about the Soul EV’s powertrain, range, packaging and marketing strategy “will be announced at an upcoming major U.S. auto show.” The likely suspect, given its a car that … Continue reading

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There’s an old saying that you will find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. This may or may not be true. I guess those who love adventure can give it a shot. However, there is definitely a pot of gold – in fact many pots of gold – at the end of a financial rainbow. Each colour of the rainbow represents an important financial principle. If you can assemble all these colours in your personal finances I am sure you too will find your pot of gold. Red = Vitality, Energy, Activity Business is activity, energy. Activity translates into profit. This profit increases the value of business. Equity is ownership of business and its profits. Thus owning good and profitable businesses through equity is an important component of your financial rainbow. You can do this by either buying shares directly or even through equity-based mutual funds/equity-based … Continue reading

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Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) is finally doing what it should have done years ago. Is this the start of a new era in Redmond, or is it a day late and a dollar short? The world’s largest software company is about to get a new CEO. Longtime leader Steve Ballmer will leave the CEO chair sometime in the next 12 months. Investors love the very idea of losing Ballmer. Microsoft shares jumped as much as 9.4% on the news. That’s good for a cool $28 billion in extra market cap value overnight, and the peak burst of positive energy added 23 points to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) index. The announcement comes just weeks after Ballmer’s … Continue reading