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Alex Dumortier

Alex Dumortier writes a twice-daily column covering topical subjects from a contrarian, value-oriented perspective; he also co-authored 'The Astonishing Collapse of MF Global'. He received his degree in Economics and Political Economy from Princeton University and began his career in the City of London. After having lived in several capital cities, Alex now resides in Washington, D.C.. When he is not reading or writing, Alex likes to run and practice Bikram yoga (a form of "hot" yoga.)

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Wed Jan 11

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What Does 2017 Hold for ETFs? 3 Trends for Investors to Watch

Exchanged-traded funds (ETFs) represent a legitimate advance in the fund management industry -- one that has been validated by their success. Here are three ETF trends from 2016 that investors can expect will continue shaping the sector through 2017.

Tue Jan 10

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Mortgage Rates: Why Homebuyers Should Listen to "Bond King" Bill Gross

The main fixed-rate mortgage rates were unchanged on Tuesday; meanwhile, "Bond King" Bill Gross warned that the 10-year Treasury yield is approaching a level that signals a secular bear market in bonds. Potential homebuyers ought to take note.

Mon Jan 9

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Mortgage Rates Are Lower As Fed's Rosengren Sees the Economy Nearing Its Sweet Spot

The main fixed-rate mortgage rates are lower on Monday relative to a week prior; meanwhile, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston president Eric Rosengren says the economy is near its sweet spot, requiring "a more regular increase" in the Fed's policy [more]

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When Will Facebook Split Its Stock Again?

Last April, Facebook Inc introduced a plan to create a new share class that would amount to a 3-for-1 stock split. More than eight months on, the company has yet to set a date for the distribution of the new shares, but that could change this month.

Sun Jan 8

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What Does 2017 Hold For Penny Stocks?

Penny stocks are low-priced shares belonging to very small companies, with offering documents that the SEC hasn't vetted. What does 2017 hold for these stocks? Fraud, market manipulation, and, ultimately, massive losses.

Fri Jan 6

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2 Ways to Lose All Your Money in the Stock Market

You'll need to go somewhat off the beaten path, but it is possible -- easy, even -- to lose all your money in the stock market if you know where to look. Here are two ways to do it.

Thu Jan 5

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The 5 Operating Principles Behind Berkshire Hathaway’s Uniquely Profitable Reinsurance Business

In his 2015 letter, Warren Buffett warned Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that prospects for the reinsurance industry had dimmed. However, as this week's $1.5 billion deal with The Hartford illustrates, five operating principles will enable [more]

Wed Jan 4

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The Simple Reason I Won't Buy Tesla Motors Stock

That Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition-bailout of SolarCity proves that investing in the company has become an act of blind faith, not a rational financial decision.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Care What the Stock Market Does in 2017

Switch off the self-appointed oracles on CNBC and stop reading forecasts for 2017: You're betting off not caring what happens this year in the market.

Tue Jan 3

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Warren Buffett Outran His Billionaire Peers in 2016 -- 2 Business Principles Put Him in the Running

Warren Buffett's net worth increased by $11 billion in 2016 -- a performance that surpassed all his billionaire peers. To explain that performance, other numbers illustrate two of Berkshire Hathaway's "Owner-Related Business Principles."

Fri Dec 30

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With "Trump Reflation," Mortgage Rates End 2016 Near Five-Year Highs

After falling to historical lows in July, 30-year and 15-year mortgage rates shot up to finish 2016 near their five-year highs. Between the "Trump reflation" and the Federal Reserve's expectation for three rate hikes in 2017, the rate cycle may have [more]

Thu Dec 29

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Mortgage Rates End 2016 With Their Ninth Consecutive Weekly Increase

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending Dec. 29 showed the 30- and 15-year mortgage rates close out the year with their ninth consecutive weekly increase.

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What Does 2017 Hold for the S&P 500? Here's Why That's the Wrong Question

Stock market strategists are forming a tight herd when it comes to forecasting the S&P 500's prospects in 2017, demonstrating the absurdity of this game. Investors should be paying more attention to something that matters: forecasts of mediocre [more]

Wed Dec 28

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Mortgage Rates Rise As Pending-Home Sales Decline in November

Mortgage rates rose slightly on Wednesday; meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index last month fell to its lowest level since January.

Tue Dec 27

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Mortgage Rates Are Unchanged; Home Price Data Shows Solid Annual Gains

Mortgage rates were unchanged on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the latest data for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price indexes shows a 5.6% annual gain in home prices nationally.

Sun Dec 25

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You'll Be Surprised at the Size of Berkshire Hathaway's War Chest

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has amassed an $85 billion cash mountain. Here's why he can't invest it all, and a few acquisition ideas to put some of those dollars to work.

Fri Dec 23

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Despite Mortgage Rates Near 3-Year Highs, November Home Purchases Prove Demand Is Healthy

At an annualized rate of 592,000, sales of new single-family homes in November were at their highest rate since February 2008, suggesting rising mortgage rates aren't deterring potential homebuyers.

Thu Dec 22

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Fairfax Financial Picks Up Allied World Assurance in Christmas Bargain Hunt

With the $4.9 billion acquisition of Allied World Assurance, Prem Watsa aims to complete Fairfax Financial Holdings' largest-ever deal. But for this value investor, price is more important than size.

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Eight Consecutive Weekly Increases Push Mortgage Rates to Levels From Early 2014

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the 30-year mortgage rate is higher than at any point since April 2014, with the 15-year mortgage rate at its highest since January 2014.

Wed Dec 21

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Mortgage Rates Hit New Highs, but That Isn't Stopping Homebuyers

The Mortgage Bankers' Assocation Mortgage Application Survey showed mortgage loan application volume rose last week, despite mortgage rates that hit new highs.

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