As Netflix raises its streaming prices yet again, many consumers are starting to notice a troubling trend: streaming services are going the way of cable television. Yet this may not be true moving forward, as competition is about to heat up regarding the streaming services that are available. The future of streaming may very well depend on the next couple of years. Ultimately, the plan for streaming networks was likely always to raise their prices to be approximately the equivalent of cable. Once consumer buy-in was acquired -- once customers were used to streaming services -- streaming services could raise ...Continue reading
To the surprise of many, Sears may not be entirely dead yet. Sears has had an incredibly volatile year, with a sequence of difficult decisions, a number of stores closing, and a declaration of bankruptcy. However, a new agreement with Eddie Lampert may save the store -- leaving many to question whether there is a place for the store in the modern market. While many believed that Sears was destroyed by a failure to transition to the new world of eCommerce, it was actually a long series of bad financial decisions. Sears diversified into a number of areas, including its ...Continue reading
As you may recall, the housing market was on fire for most of 2018. Inventory was low, prices were high, and it was truly a “seller’s market.” Many factors were responsible for this trend, and low interest rates is arguably the most significant one that prompted buyers to seek a new home. Then, around June, interest rates went up, price increases went on the decline and the market overall stumbled down the stretch. Fast forward to the present day. Housing trends have begun to shift, and home price growth is still slowing down – a trend that many think will ...Continue reading
Autodesk (ADSK) is currently priced at $135 per share. The stock dipped about 10 percent this past December in unison with the rest of the market. Autodesk jumped right back, gaining nearly 8 percent through the start of the new year. Investors willing to tolerate volatility should consider adding Autodesk to their portfolio. Here's why. Autodesk's primary money-maker has been computer-aided design (CAD) of buildings and manufactured parts. Autodesk has emerged as a force in the architecture industry, construction industry and the even in the 3D modeling space. The company provides three-dimensional models of parts. Autodesk has increased its products ...Continue reading
At the time of writing, Congressional Democrats and Republicans are still far apart on a funding deal that has kept the government in a partial shutdown for nearly 24 days. We’ll let you decide what side is to blame for the current shutdown, but amid the partial shutdown, we’ve seen numerous stories about the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers (i.e., Coast Guard staff) and employees having to report to work for no pay (i.e., TSA workers, air traffic controllers). This has brought a report from CareerBuilder back into the spotlight that casts even more dire light on the topic ...Continue reading
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