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Investing in Machine Intelligence

02/29/2016 Artificial intelligence has promised to transform society while captivating the human imagination ever since the dawn of the first computer. With the advance of new technologies, what was once considered a fantasy, now appears more than feasible.
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The GMOs Strike Back: Act Two in the Raging Battle for Food Transparency

01/12/2016 Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have suffered some setbacks in recent years as businesses and consumers increasingly eschew these promising yet somewhat controversial products. However alternative non-GMO foods are not necessarily the clear-cut solution for this uncertainty. As world population levels continue to rise, technologies that can improve agriculture yields will become ever more important.
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Growing More High Tech: Farming with Data

11/30/2015 Investors should not ignore the quiet yet important role that the agriculture industry plays within the modern economy. Although some parts of the world are still battling food scarcity and starvation, overall food availability has expanded remarkably in recent decades. As humankind looks to alleviate world hunger against the backdrop of skyrocketing population levels and global climate change, farmers will need to find ways to increase their productivity by embracing next-generation precision farming techniques.
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Last Chance for the Federal Reserve to Raise Interest Rates in 2015 Coming Up In December

11/19/2015 Investors are looking for the Federal Reserve to finally begin raising interest rates when it meets in December, but a lot could happen in the month leading up to the central bank’s next policy meeting.
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In the Dog House: The Dow Dogs In The September Quarter

10/13/2015 The Dogs of the Dow will be happy to put the September quarter behind them. A Dogs of the Dow portfolio (consisting of the top 10 highest yielding Dow issues at the start of the year) would have declined 8.3% during this stretch. Of course, most investors, regardless of what strategy they employed, had few qualms about turning the page after Wall Street turned in its worst three-month performance since 2011.
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Federal Reserve Approaching A Rate Hike

08/17/2015 The Federal Reserve has not yet followed through on its desire to normalize the interest-rate environment, but it is edging closer.
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Dogs of the Dow Midyear Review

07/27/2015 Although the year has been notable for the major indexes hitting new all-time nominal highs, stocks have had a tough time staying in positive territory. Among the factors making up this year’s “wall of worry” have been low oil prices, debt woes in Greece, and the Federal Reserve’s imminent first step toward monetary tightening. As it pertains to the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, a 2.5% dip in June landed the index 1.3 percentage points in the red for the year to date. Meanwhile, the Dogs of the Dow have largely underperformed, beating their benchmark index in only two out of six months in the first half. June marked a second-consecutive month of losses for the mutts. But, on the whole, they were not trailing by an exceedingly wide margin at the half.
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Working the New Norm: Temporary and Remote Staffing

07/09/2015 As employment trends improve, the rising popularity of nontraditional working arrangements will likely provide staffing companies with plenty of work.
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Share Repurchases Are On The Rise

07/07/2015 More and more companies seem to be using their cash flow for large share repurchases, as a means to create value for shareholders. Earlier, dividends were the main vehicle through which corporations shared their profits with investors. However, there has been a significant shift. In the last decade, buybacks have taken precedence over dividends, and it has become common for large and small firms to use excess cash and/ or low-priced debt to buy back their stock. Repurchases are viewed as a more tax efficient and flexible method of returning cash to shareholders, when compared to dividends.
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