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Berkshire Takes a Hit on Insurance and BNSF Performance in 1Q16
Berkshire Hathaway missed its operating EPS analyst estimate of $2,609 and reported $2,275, mainly due to its Insurance and BNSF segments.
How REIT Classification Benefits Preferred Securities
S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI (MSCI) have decided to shift stock exchange-listed equity REITs and other listed real estate companies from the financial sector (XLF) to a new real estate sector.
Where You Can Find Yield Today
Preferred stocks have typically seen the highest yields in the investment-grade universe, which makes them an attractive alternative to other high yielding securities.
How Can You Add Carry to Your Portfolio?
Adding carry to your portfolio in a low-return scenario could cushion your portfolio.
Why some companies may “prefer” to issue preferred equity
Companies may prefer to raise money through preferred equity for a few reasons. One possible benefit to issuing preferred equity is to reach a new pocket of investors
Demographics Driving Conservative Investment? Bernstein Says No
After stating that the market isn’t in a low return environment, Richard Bernstein moved on to discuss the reasons cited by many for conservative asset allocation.
Buffett’s Berkshire Misses Estimates amid Volatile Environment
Berkshire Hathaway reported its third quarter earnings on November 5, 2016. The company missed analysts’ operating earnings per share estimates of $3,022 with reported EPS of $2,951.
Bernstein’s Take on ‘Unprecedented’ Event in Equities Bull Run
In Richard Bernstein Advisors’ October newsletter, Richard Bernstein noted that although the bull run in US stocks is in its seventh year, investors remain afraid of equities.
Ex-Financial Preferreds’ Attractive Risk-to-Return Trade-Off
Financials (XLF) have a heavy concentration in preferred securities. Consequently, financials have a significant influence on returns.
Why Ex-Financial Preferreds Offer Competitive Yield Potential
Preferred securities are some of the few investment avenues that still have the potential to provide attractive yields to investors.
Why Preferred Securities Attract Investors
Preferred securities (PFXF) are some of the most popular investments around. They appeal to investors seeking higher yields in a world of falling and even negative interest rates.
How Moving Away from the 60/40 Portfolio Improves Returns
High-yield bonds provide higher yields to a portfolio. Minimum volatility stocks provide some cushion when equities fall.
Will Deutsche Bank’s Overhaul Plan Help Get the Bank on Track?
Investors worried about Deutsche Bank’s bankruptcy are now looking at co-CEO John Cryan’s plan to restructure the company’s operations and get it back to profitability.
Berkshire Is Expected to Post Strong Earnings in 1Q16
Berkshire Hathaway’s stock has risen by 9% over the past month. In comparison, SPY has risen by 7% over the past month.
T-Mobile Is ‘Baffled’ by YouTube’s Objection to Binge On
T-Mobile believes YouTube’s concerns over throttling its videos are unfounded since T-Mobile has given Binge On users the choice to watch videos in high definition or low resolution.
Does Binge On Violate Net Neutrality?
The FCC is investigating T-Mobile’s Binge On service to see if the company’s free data plan is violating net neutrality rules. T-Mobile doesn’t believe Binge On violates net neutrality.
Why Did T-Mobile Launch Binge On?
Late in 2015, T-Mobile announced Binge On, a service that would allow its subscribers free mobile video streaming to 24 streaming services.
Why Is Comcast Offering Products Based on Market Segmentation?
By offering different products like triple-play services, Comcast is catering to millennials, who want different content and can be heavy video viewers.
Key Trends Affecting Comcast Cable’s Television Business
Comcast Cable is facing a loss of subscribers as more Millennials are moving to viewing content online.
History of Comcast
In 1969, American Cable Systems was renamed Comcast Corporation.
Why Preferred Stocks Are Less Volatile than Common Equities
Preferred stocks are less volatile compared to common equities. This is mainly because a larger portion of the returns comes from dividends, which tend to be stable.
Is Now the Time for Preferred Stocks?
Financials tend to do well when interest rates rise. Rates usually rise when the economy is improving.
When Are Preferred Shares Appropriate for Your Portfolio?
Treasuries (TLO) add ballast to a stock-centric portfolio while providing low yields.
Do Preferred Stocks Underperform When Rates Rise?
Unlike common equities (RSP)(IWB), a rising interest rate scenario doesn’t necessarily affect preferred stocks negatively.
3Q15 Earnings Call: What Is Century Aluminum’s Strategic Plan?
Century Aluminum has generated negative free cash flows for two consecutive quarters. The company’s cash balance decreased by $44 million in 3Q15.
CBL & Associates Properties: Cost Structure Analysis
A look at CBL’s cost structure indicates that its EBITDA margin was lower than that of several close competitors, but higher than Taubman Center’s margin,
Netflix Faces Competition from Pay-TV Providers
Pay-TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner are losing subscribers to the cord-cutting phenomenon. That’s why they’re launching their own OTT streaming services.
Why investors should be careful investing in preferred stock ETFs
A preferred stock is a type of hybrid security that has bond and stock-like characteristics. It pays regular dividends like a bond. However, it has perpetual existence like a stock.