Blog Posts by Deepak Shenoy

  • [$$] Will Today's Dividend Rock Stars Stay on Top?

    After years of lagging the S&P 500, Steven Adams is among the best-performing money managers in 2016 thanks to a surge in dividend stocks.

    Mr. Adams, manager of a small portfolio in Dallas, holds dividend-paying stocks including energy companies like Murphy Oil Corp. Mr. Adams, 57 years old, says he is a believer in Warren Buffett’s value investing style and runs the fund for friends and family.

    His dividend-focused holdings have helped ricochet his fund to the top of its peer group. The $27 million Stock Dividend Fund Inc. is up 25% this year, helped by stabilizing energy stocks, after losing 16.78% in 2015. Overall, assets in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds focused on dividend-paying shares have swelled to $672.6 billion, nearly double the $367.3 billion in assets those funds held at the end of 2011, according to Morningstar.

    But this growth has led to concern from many that the area has become overheated.

    “When the music

    Read More »from [$$] Will Today's Dividend Rock Stars Stay on Top?
  • [$$] FAA Tightens Safeguards on Lithium Batteries on Airplanes

    Three years after fire-prone lithium batteries led to the temporary grounding of Boeing Co.’s flagship 787 fleet world-wide, U.S. regulators are ratcheting up safety standards, as they approve use of various types of lithium power cells on different airliners and business aircraft.

    Reflecting this new approach, the recent approvals cover nonrechargeable lithium batteries, which industry officials said are used to power everything from emergency exit signs to cockpit equipment to emergency underwater locator devices. The batteries that prompted so much public attention on 787 Dreamliners, by contrast, are larger, more powerful and rely on rechargeable technology to provide backup electric power.

    Still, government documents highlight that many of the identified risks are similar between the two categories of batteries. U.S. regulators are relying on lessons learned from earlier problems with 787 batteries to spell out safety rules for a wider array of new

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  • The goal: Baltimore to Washington in about 15 minutes

    Courtesy Northeast MaglevA rendering of the Northeast Maglev train. DMAMBMCMDMEZBZDZHZQZRZSZTZU

    BALTIMORE—Six years ago, Melissa Malcolm gave up on the commuter train to Washington, D.C. after breakdowns twice left her stranded in hot railcars. Now, on a good day, she makes the 40-mile drive in about an hour and a half.

    “It’s horrific,” said the 35-year-old, who directs national sales and field marketing at the Milk Processor Education Program.

    So Malcolm is rooting for an ambitious bid to build a high-speed train line that would zip riders between Baltimore and Washington in about 15 minutes and more closely bind these historically different cities.

    The still-distant dream of maglev—short for magnetic levitation—is inching ahead. On Wednesday, Maryland officials announced a $2 million pledge from the government of Japan, where the technology was developed, for a feasibility study. Last fall, the U.S. Transportation Department awarded a

    Read More »from The low-speed advance of a high-speed East Coast train
  • Business executives say short-term focus is hindering our growth

    Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot RacecourseCorporate leaders need to see past the next quarter.DMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    In the summer of 2015, a dozen executives from the largest corporations and investment management firms — who, combined, oversee trillions of dollars in assets — gathered not for a soiree in the Hamptons, but to discuss the future of corporate governance.

    The participants, CEOs and chairmen from firms including GE (GE) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) , and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) , recently released recommendations to improve organizational control, direction, and oversight, ensuring public companies operate responsibly in a changing business world.

    As we saw in the financial crisis of 2008, poor corporate governance can metastasize, spreading problems beyond an individual firm to affect broader markets, the economy, and the public at large.

    Specifically, they produced a set of “Commonsense

    Read More »from Common sense ideas to help corporations to think long-term
  • Rescuers were still finding bodies overnight and early Saturday

    AFP/Getty ImagesA rescue worker pats his dog as emergency personnel work in the central Italian village of Amatrice on August 27, 2016, three days after a deadly earthquake struck the region.DMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy—A state funeral was held for dozens of the victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Italy, as search-and-rescue crews continued to pull lifeless bodies from the rubble.

    Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the death toll from Wednesday’s quake rose to 290 people, as rescuers found more bodies overnight and early Saturday. A 6.2-Magnitude quake struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday, razing several mountain towns and injuring hundreds. The British government confirmed Friday that three of the victims were British nationals.

    In a gym in Ascoli Piceno, a larger town near two hamlets—Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto—that were largely destroyed by the earthquake

    Read More »from State funeral held in Italy as search for dead continues after earthquake
  • Most Americans Lack an Emergency Fund

    Two-thirds of Americans would not be able to come up with $1,000 for an emergency if they needed to, according to a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. This is true across all income categories, thus impacting most Americans.

    For those making $50,000 or less, three-fourths would struggle to come up with the $1,000. In the $50,001 to $100,000 range two-thirds of those surveyed would struggle. Even 38% of those making more than $100,000 said they would struggle to gather $1,000 in an emergency. (For more, see: Building an Emergency Fund.)

    Most Americans also said they felt they were doing well with their finances in another AP-NORC poll. This shows how people are doing okay paying their bills while working, but have a disconnect on the longevity of the positive parts of their finances. If an emergency would occur, they would quickly be in trouble.

    An emergency fund is the cornerstone of any healthy financial plan. Not only does it cover any emergency

    Read More »from Most Americans Lack an Emergency Fund
  • Your 401(k): What's the Ideal Contribution?

    Whether you are in your 40s, 50s, or early 60s, you probably have lots of questions and concerns about your retirement. How to save for it, what options are available, and how much money is ideal?

    One of the most common ways to start saving for retirement is through an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. In many cases, whatever amount you contribute to your retirement plan, your company will match, but that’s not always the case — check with your company. (For related reading, see: Here's What to Do With Extra Cash From Your IRA.)

    Ideal Amounts to Set Aside

    A common notion is to invest, or start to, at least 10% of your gross earnings into a retirement fund. This is especially effective if you start saving early in your working life, as the money has lots of time to grow. If you start saving later in life, especially when you're in your 50s, you may need to increase the contribution amount. Luckily, for people really close to retirement age, there is an opportunity to catch-up that

    Read More »from Your 401(k): What's the Ideal Contribution?
  • MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

    Apple bears can celebrate the first anniversary of the last bearish “death cross,” just the second time since the stock went public in 1980 that the 50-day moving average stayed below the 200-day moving average for at least a year. See full story.

    Fed’s Bullard says Facebook co-founder behind activists

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Friday said Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is behind a left-leaning group seeking to change the way the powerful central bank works. See full story.

    The really bad money decision millennial homeowners are making

    Young people often prioritize leisure and entertainment, but many are going into debt to fund them See full story.

    This is the reason Putin is even more dangerous than you thought

    If Putin’s fascist vision of the future triumphs — and it is spreading — a darkness will befall the world. See full story.

    9 tricks for saving money that grocery stores don’t want you to know

    Read this before your next trip to the

    Read More »from As Apple’s ‘death cross’ turns 1, the stock heads toward a ‘golden cross’
  • Coding boot camps replace college for software engineers

    Tucked away on the top of two floors of a downtown building in San Francisco , 160 students are sitting in front of computer screens, developing sophisticated web applications.

    Their school, Hack Reactor, is one of dozens of coding boot camps across the nation, turning students into software engineers. For many prospective students looking for a quick route to a six-figure salary at a big tech firm, coding camps have become attractive alternatives to colleges and grad schools.

    Muhsin Abdul-Musawwir chose Hack Reactor over finishing his computer science degree at California State University, East Bay.

    "The Hack Reactor program was going to get me the skills that would translate directly into getting a job," said Musawwir. "The computer-science route, while it may be something I may still explore later on, wasn't necessarily what I felt was going to ... get me the job, get me working, get me the skills I need to work and also build up my own practice."

    Hack Reactor costs nearly

    Read More »from Coding boot camps replace college for software engineers
  • PRINCETON VS. HARVARD: Which school is really the best?

    Business Insider's 2016 list of the best colleges in America named Princeton University the top school in the country, followed by Harvard University. The Ivy League schools, founded in the 18th and 17th centuries, respectively, are two of the most highly regarded universities in the world, but they offer much more than just prestige.

    They each provide a quality education and graduate students on time at high rates, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.

    So is it really possible to determine which is better? Check out the graphic below to see how the schools stack up.

    bi_graphics_princeton vs. harvard(Samantha Lee/Business Insider)

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Blog Posts by Deepak Shenoy

  • [$$] Will Today's Dividend Rock Stars Stay on Top?

    After years of lagging the S&P 500, Steven Adams is among the best-performing money managers in 2016 thanks to a surge in dividend stocks.

    Mr. Adams, manager of a small portfolio in Dallas, holds dividend-paying stocks including energy companies like Murphy Oil Corp. Mr. Adams, 57 years old, says he is a believer in Warren Buffett’s value investing style and runs the fund for friends and family.

    His dividend-focused holdings have helped ricochet his fund to the top of its peer group. The $27 million Stock Dividend Fund Inc. is up 25% this year, helped by stabilizing energy stocks, after losing 16.78% in 2015. Overall, assets in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds focused on dividend-paying shares have swelled to $672.6 billion, nearly double the $367.3 billion in assets those funds held at the end of 2011, according to Morningstar.

    But this growth has led to concern from many that the area has become overheated.

    “When the music

    Read More »from [$$] Will Today's Dividend Rock Stars Stay on Top?
  • [$$] FAA Tightens Safeguards on Lithium Batteries on Airplanes

    Three years after fire-prone lithium batteries led to the temporary grounding of Boeing Co.’s flagship 787 fleet world-wide, U.S. regulators are ratcheting up safety standards, as they approve use of various types of lithium power cells on different airliners and business aircraft.

    Reflecting this new approach, the recent approvals cover nonrechargeable lithium batteries, which industry officials said are used to power everything from emergency exit signs to cockpit equipment to emergency underwater locator devices. The batteries that prompted so much public attention on 787 Dreamliners, by contrast, are larger, more powerful and rely on rechargeable technology to provide backup electric power.

    Still, government documents highlight that many of the identified risks are similar between the two categories of batteries. U.S. regulators are relying on lessons learned from earlier problems with 787 batteries to spell out safety rules for a wider array of new

    Read More »from [$$] FAA Tightens Safeguards on Lithium Batteries on Airplanes
  • The goal: Baltimore to Washington in about 15 minutes

    Courtesy Northeast MaglevA rendering of the Northeast Maglev train. DMAMBMCMDMEZBZDZHZQZRZSZTZU

    BALTIMORE—Six years ago, Melissa Malcolm gave up on the commuter train to Washington, D.C. after breakdowns twice left her stranded in hot railcars. Now, on a good day, she makes the 40-mile drive in about an hour and a half.

    “It’s horrific,” said the 35-year-old, who directs national sales and field marketing at the Milk Processor Education Program.

    So Malcolm is rooting for an ambitious bid to build a high-speed train line that would zip riders between Baltimore and Washington in about 15 minutes and more closely bind these historically different cities.

    The still-distant dream of maglev—short for magnetic levitation—is inching ahead. On Wednesday, Maryland officials announced a $2 million pledge from the government of Japan, where the technology was developed, for a feasibility study. Last fall, the U.S. Transportation Department awarded a

    Read More »from The low-speed advance of a high-speed East Coast train
  • Business executives say short-term focus is hindering our growth

    Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot RacecourseCorporate leaders need to see past the next quarter.DMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    In the summer of 2015, a dozen executives from the largest corporations and investment management firms — who, combined, oversee trillions of dollars in assets — gathered not for a soiree in the Hamptons, but to discuss the future of corporate governance.

    The participants, CEOs and chairmen from firms including GE (GE) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) , and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) , recently released recommendations to improve organizational control, direction, and oversight, ensuring public companies operate responsibly in a changing business world.

    As we saw in the financial crisis of 2008, poor corporate governance can metastasize, spreading problems beyond an individual firm to affect broader markets, the economy, and the public at large.

    Specifically, they produced a set of “Commonsense

    Read More »from Common sense ideas to help corporations to think long-term
  • Rescuers were still finding bodies overnight and early Saturday

    AFP/Getty ImagesA rescue worker pats his dog as emergency personnel work in the central Italian village of Amatrice on August 27, 2016, three days after a deadly earthquake struck the region.DMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy—A state funeral was held for dozens of the victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Italy, as search-and-rescue crews continued to pull lifeless bodies from the rubble.

    Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the death toll from Wednesday’s quake rose to 290 people, as rescuers found more bodies overnight and early Saturday. A 6.2-Magnitude quake struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday, razing several mountain towns and injuring hundreds. The British government confirmed Friday that three of the victims were British nationals.

    In a gym in Ascoli Piceno, a larger town near two hamlets—Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto—that were largely destroyed by the earthquake

    Read More »from State funeral held in Italy as search for dead continues after earthquake
  • Most Americans Lack an Emergency Fund

    Two-thirds of Americans would not be able to come up with $1,000 for an emergency if they needed to, according to a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. This is true across all income categories, thus impacting most Americans.

    For those making $50,000 or less, three-fourths would struggle to come up with the $1,000. In the $50,001 to $100,000 range two-thirds of those surveyed would struggle. Even 38% of those making more than $100,000 said they would struggle to gather $1,000 in an emergency. (For more, see: Building an Emergency Fund.)

    Most Americans also said they felt they were doing well with their finances in another AP-NORC poll. This shows how people are doing okay paying their bills while working, but have a disconnect on the longevity of the positive parts of their finances. If an emergency would occur, they would quickly be in trouble.

    An emergency fund is the cornerstone of any healthy financial plan. Not only does it cover any emergency

    Read More »from Most Americans Lack an Emergency Fund
  • Your 401(k): What's the Ideal Contribution?

    Whether you are in your 40s, 50s, or early 60s, you probably have lots of questions and concerns about your retirement. How to save for it, what options are available, and how much money is ideal?

    One of the most common ways to start saving for retirement is through an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. In many cases, whatever amount you contribute to your retirement plan, your company will match, but that’s not always the case — check with your company. (For related reading, see: Here's What to Do With Extra Cash From Your IRA.)

    Ideal Amounts to Set Aside

    A common notion is to invest, or start to, at least 10% of your gross earnings into a retirement fund. This is especially effective if you start saving early in your working life, as the money has lots of time to grow. If you start saving later in life, especially when you're in your 50s, you may need to increase the contribution amount. Luckily, for people really close to retirement age, there is an opportunity to catch-up that

    Read More »from Your 401(k): What's the Ideal Contribution?
  • MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

    Apple bears can celebrate the first anniversary of the last bearish “death cross,” just the second time since the stock went public in 1980 that the 50-day moving average stayed below the 200-day moving average for at least a year. See full story.

    Fed’s Bullard says Facebook co-founder behind activists

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Friday said Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is behind a left-leaning group seeking to change the way the powerful central bank works. See full story.

    The really bad money decision millennial homeowners are making

    Young people often prioritize leisure and entertainment, but many are going into debt to fund them See full story.

    This is the reason Putin is even more dangerous than you thought

    If Putin’s fascist vision of the future triumphs — and it is spreading — a darkness will befall the world. See full story.

    9 tricks for saving money that grocery stores don’t want you to know

    Read this before your next trip to the

    Read More »from As Apple’s ‘death cross’ turns 1, the stock heads toward a ‘golden cross’
  • Coding boot camps replace college for software engineers

    Tucked away on the top of two floors of a downtown building in San Francisco , 160 students are sitting in front of computer screens, developing sophisticated web applications.

    Their school, Hack Reactor, is one of dozens of coding boot camps across the nation, turning students into software engineers. For many prospective students looking for a quick route to a six-figure salary at a big tech firm, coding camps have become attractive alternatives to colleges and grad schools.

    Muhsin Abdul-Musawwir chose Hack Reactor over finishing his computer science degree at California State University, East Bay.

    "The Hack Reactor program was going to get me the skills that would translate directly into getting a job," said Musawwir. "The computer-science route, while it may be something I may still explore later on, wasn't necessarily what I felt was going to ... get me the job, get me working, get me the skills I need to work and also build up my own practice."

    Hack Reactor costs nearly

    Read More »from Coding boot camps replace college for software engineers
  • PRINCETON VS. HARVARD: Which school is really the best?

    Business Insider's 2016 list of the best colleges in America named Princeton University the top school in the country, followed by Harvard University. The Ivy League schools, founded in the 18th and 17th centuries, respectively, are two of the most highly regarded universities in the world, but they offer much more than just prestige.

    They each provide a quality education and graduate students on time at high rates, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.

    So is it really possible to determine which is better? Check out the graphic below to see how the schools stack up.

    bi_graphics_princeton vs. harvard(Samantha Lee/Business Insider)

    NOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals a trick to stop being lazy



    More From Business Insider
    Read More »from PRINCETON VS. HARVARD: Which school is really the best?

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