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    Why Jeff Bezos Loves Startups

    According to the data compiled by Thomson Reuters, early-stage companies make up ~53.8% of Bezos Expeditions’ total investments.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Technology & Communications

    Why news feed changes led to Facebook’s lower organic reach

    One of Facebook’s key strategies is prioritizing product development investments to create engaging interactions between its users, developers, and advertisers.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Facebook’s Instagram acquisition is a future growth driver

    Mobile use has been critical to Facebook’s user growth and engagement over the long term, and accordingly, it’s prioritizing mobile product development.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Technology & Communications

    Video advertising is the next big thing for social media companies

    While Google’s (GOOG) YouTube is already leading the online video advertising space, Facebook (FB) last year announced it’s foraying into video advertising.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Technology & Communications

    Things to look out for from Twitter over the next few quarters

    The departure of Twitter’s COO signals that the company is taking active steps to drive growth, and investors should be looking at other announcements from TWTR over its growth as one of the primary drivers of stock price.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Technology Has Revamped Inventory Management

    Technology has revamped inventory management for companies in a big way. More and more companies are carrying less and less physical assets.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Tech Adoption Rates Have Reached Dizzying Heights

    Technology (XLK) is advancing by leaps and bounds. The diffusion and adoption rates for new technologies have risen over the years as the population has become more tech-savvy.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Tale of 4 Central Banks

    In this series, we’ll analyze how different asset classes like bonds (BND) and global equities (VTI) reacted to last week’s central bank events.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Receding Currency Headwinds Favor US Tech

    Although the valuation multiples for the tech sector are higher than its historical averages, the prices are supported by robust earnings growth.

    By Heidi Richardson
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    Consumer

    How to Invest Like Jeff Bezos: The Top Three Sectors to Watch

    Jeff Bezos’s primary focus remains his role as the CEO of Amazon, but he’s made investments in many other industries and companies.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why Twitter could trade up even if the fundamentals don’t support it

    Twitter stock as appreciated rapidly since its recent IPO, but is it worth the price? The stock could continue to increase, based on hype, which is in fancy terms “irrational exuberance.”

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Energy & Utilities

    Crude Oil Futures and Wall Street Extends the Rally

    US crude oil futures contracts for February delivery also rose 0.6% to $62.01 per barrel on January 4, 2018—the highest settlement since December 2014.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Consumer

    Which Sector Posted Major Job Gains in February 2018?

    The ADP February jobs report was published on March 7, 2018. It offered a deeper insight into the employment trends across different US sectors.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What Falling Unemployment Claims Mean for the US Economy

    The Conference Board uses the average weekly unemployment claims as a key constituent of its LEI (Leading Economic Index).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    These Sectors Posted Major Job Gains in January 2018

    The ADP January jobs report, which offers insight into employment trends, was published on January 31.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Real Insights

    Why the Future Belongs to Digital Assets

    In DLT (distributed ledger technology), details of the transactions are recorded in multiple places called blocks. These blocks are then chained together on a shared network.

    By VanEck
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    Consumer

    Is the US Job Market Beginning to Overheat?

    According to the employment report, job growth was robust across all the sectors except for the information (VGT) sector, which saw 4,000 job losses in December and over 50,000 job losses in 2017.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can the S&P 500 Sustain above 2,400 amid the Tech Rout?

    The S&P 500 index (SPY) managed to close with minimal losses last week, closing at 2,431.77 compared to 2,433.79 the week before.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The AlphaDEX® Methodology: The Quintessential Smart Beta Product

    So let’s move on to the AlphaDEX suite of products. Walk us through the construction of these products.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Facebook’s Messenger Is a Long-Term Growth Driver

    Homegrown Facebook (FB) Messenger is an instant messaging application that enables people to connect, and also enables businesses to engage with customers seamlessly and securely.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Pinterest Will Create More Value for Advertisers

    Pinterest is expanding its self-serve advertising feature to allow advertisers to place ads without any help from advertising sales representatives.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Has Technology Influenced Process and Product Innovation?

    One of the most prominent effects of technology is on the asset side of the balance sheet. Many technologies drive companies to employ fewer assets in order to generate higher returns.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Millennials Are Driving Broader Economic Shifts

    But though millennials may have been born into unlucky economic circumstances, they seem to also be transforming their luck.

    By Ann Hynek
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Pandora, Frontier Communications, and Brocade Have Soared

    Pandora’s (P) stock rose 10% on February 17, 2016, following an upgrade by FBR Capital. FBR Capital upgraded the stock to “outperform” from “market perform” and maintained its target price of $16.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are the Traditional Measures of Labor Productivity?

    Labor productivity is an important tool to measure the strength of a country’s economy. Policymakers often use this indicator to compare output efficiency during a particular period.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Labor Productivity Slowdown Mystery a Statistical Mirage?

    The mystery of waning labor productivity in various developed economies is still unsettled. However, various economic literature offers plausible explanations.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Has Labor Market Productivity Slowed Down?

    In recent years, labor productivity growth has slowed down significantly in most of the OECD countries. This decline is broadly spread across sectors.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple Is in the Negative for the First Time since 2008

    Although Apple (AAPL) has continued to post record-breaking earnings in 2015, it still fell 3.8% for the year. The negative calendar year returns were the first since 2008.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Facebook to Compete with Microsoft’s Skype

    With 900 million users, Facebook’s product WhatsApp is dominating other mobile messing apps. It’s followed by Facebook Messenger and Tencent’s WeChat.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing the SG&A Expenses of Accenture, IBM, and Wipro in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, the selling, general, and administrative expenses for Accenture rose to $1.41 billion from $1.38 billion in 3Q14 and $1.36 billion in 3Q13.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Miscellaneous

    Apple-Cisco Deal to Boost iPhone and iPad Sales

    With the new Apple-Cisco deal, companies that run on Cisco’s Internet networks will be able to transfer content securely and quickly to iPhones and iPads.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Introducing Accenture, the Largest Global IT Consulting Firm in Revenues

    Accenture is one of the world’s largest multinational technology services, management consulting, and outsourcing companies and is headquartered in Dublin.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    AQR Capital Begins a Position in Flextronics International

    AQR Capital commenced a position in Flextronics International (FLEX). FLEX represented 0.3% of the fund’s 4Q14 portfolio.

    By Stuart McKenzie
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    Fund Managers

    JAT Capital Adds New Position in Alliance Data Systems

    With annual revenues of $5.3 billion, Alliance Data Systems is a leading provider of customized marketing and loyalty solutions.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Fund Managers

    How Cadence generates a steady revenue stream

    Aggressive acquisitions and a focus on systems enabled Cadence to grow its revenues at a faster pace than its competition in the last five years.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Fund Managers

    Why EDA is integral to the semiconductor industry

    Semiconductor companies utilize the services of chip designers such as Cadence in order to tackle time-to-market pressures.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Fund Managers

    Cadence delivers end-to-end solutions in EDA and IP

    Looking at its EDA products through the Virtuoso platform, Cadence provides support for laying out transistors, wires, and chips for a variety of designs.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Fund Managers

    Key overview of Cadence Design Systems’s operations

    About 90% of Cadence’s revenues come from contracts over multiple periods, allowing the company to generate a steady, predictable stream of revenues.

    By Santiago Solari
  • Technology & Communications

    The Fed taper continues and purchases now stand at $35 billion

    In the FOMC meeting held on June 17–18, the FOMC decided to make a further deduction to the pace of its asset purchase program by another $10 billion.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Twitter stock is down over 50% from December 2013 highs

    One of the reason’s that Twitter’s stock price has fallen sharply over the past few months is user growth that hasn’t met the market’s expectations.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Twitter’s chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, resigned

    Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s (TWTR) chief operating officer, or COO, resigned from his post. A filing from Twitter states that Rowghani will remain a Twitter employee and serve as a strategic advisor to the CEO, Dick Costolo.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Twitter stock dropped despite many holders’ pledge not to sell

    Despite approximately 1/3rd of Twitter stockholders pledging not to sell the stock upon expiry, the stock took an unexpected sharp drop on the day.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Why the Twitter stock dropped 18%: The company’s lockup terms

    The expiration of Twitter’s lockup period caused shares to drop sharply on the day.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Must-know update: Why did the Twitter stock drop 18%?

    The expiration of Twitter’s lockup period caused shares to drop sharply on May 6, 2014.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Why did Twitter’s stock just plunge to $37.66 per share?

    Despite posting earnings above guidance and Wall Street consensus, the stock dropped sharply lower, at $37.66 per share compared to the prior day’s close of $42.62 per share.

    By Ingrid Pan
  • Technology & Communications

    Yellen’s speech eases investor concerns about an interest rate rise

    Investors relieved Monday, March 31 saw an important development relating to the jury selection of the Apple–Samsung patent law suit. It was also the day that the current Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at a community reinvestment conference in Chicago. The markets had been eagerly waiting for Yellen to explain her recent comment that […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Technology & Communications

    Why $19 billion might not be an absurd price for WhatsApp

    Many investors balked at the $19 billion price tag for WhatsApp. However, our back-of-the-envelope valuation gets us roughly in that ballpark.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Technology & Communications

    Facebook’s latest acquisition: WhatsApp’s growth and market share

    WhatsApp competes with apps such as Line and WeChat in the mobile messaging industry, but it’s the global leader and is quite popular—especially in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion

    On February 19, Facebook (FB) announced its purchase of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Why did Twitter’s earnings leave some investors underwhelmed?

    There were a few points that may have struck investors as disappointing about Twitter’s 4Q13 earnings report. Firstly, Twitter reported average monthly active users of 241 million as of year end 2013.

    By Ingrid Pan
  • Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Assessing Facebook’s revenue sources

    Facebook offers products and tools that enable advertisers to leverage the company’s unique combination of reach, relevance, social context, and engagement.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Technology & Communications

    Why did Facebook’s shares fall after its initial public offering?

    Facebook held its initial public offering (IPO) on May 18, 2012. This was seen as one of the biggest IPOs in technology and Internet history.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Twitter is like the cronut: It’s all about the hype

    Twitter stock as appreciated rapidly since its recent IPO, but is it worth the price? Has hype inflated market prices beyond intrinsic values?

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    What is Twitter? An investor’s guide to the company and service

    Twitter stock as appreciated rapidly since its recent IPO, but is it worth the price? With so many eyeballs, there could be a lot of value in the advertising potential of Twitter.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Twitter stock has been hot, but is it a good deal?

    Twitter stock as appreciated rapidly since its recent IPO, but is it worth the price? Find out why we think Twitter is a bad deal.

    By Ingrid Pan
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