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NYC Teen Who 'Made' $72M Investing: I Lied

Mohammed Islam, 17, made it all up, and 'New York' magazine bought it

(Newser) - A New York City high school senior grabbed plenty of headlines yesterday after being named one of New York magazine's "Reasons We Love New York." What was so loveable and New York-y about Mohammed Islam? As the headline of reporter Jessica Pressler's piece proclaimed, "Because... More »

It's Time to Cash In on Climate Change

Someone has to lose; it might as well be those in denial, Barry Ritholtz argues

(Newser) - How should you react to the looming threat of climate change? By whipping out your checkbook and investing, Barry Ritholtz at Bloomberg argues. "Change and confusion equals opportunity," he argues, and there are already a host of innovative companies preparing for the crisis. He recommends McKenzie Funk's... More »

Hey, Buddy, Wanna Buy Stock in a Football Player?

We're back in an era of crazy investments: Kevin Roose

(Newser) - Hang on to your wallets, folks, because "the age of bull---- investments is back," declares Kevin Roose at New York . The collapse of 2008 put a damper on things, but today the financial world is filled with crazy schemes and iffy start-ups designed to separate suckers from their... More »

Eying Icahn Takeover, Netflix Turns to 'Poison Pill'

Company seeks to dilute share values after investor picks up 10%

(Newser) - Following billionaire investor Carl Icahn's purchase of a 10% stake in Netflix , word is out that he may push the company to sell—so Netflix has opted for the "poison pill" approach. The company is giving shareholders the right to snap up more stock if any single shareholder... More »

Carl Icahn Buys 10% Stake in Netflix

He thinks it's undervalued; move sends shares soaring

(Newser) - Netflix is having a busy week, and not only because storm-bound viewers streamed lots of movies . News broke today that billionaire financier Carl Icahn has bought a 10% stake in the company because he thinks it's undervalued, reports MarketWatch . Shares immediately surged 20%, prompting a temporary halt in trading,... More »

Al Gore Made How Much in Green Tech?!

Assets have gone from $2M to $100M since 2001: Washington Post

(Newser) - Al Gore may well be the loudest voice on the subject of climate change, and he has been handsomely rewarded for his efforts. A lengthy Washington Post profile today has this nugget:
  • "Just before leaving public office in 2001, Gore reported assets of less than $2 million; today, his
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Facebook Stock Falls Again, Still Not Far Enough

It will be a good buy at $20, says one analyst

(Newser) - Facebook's stock keeps setting milestones of the wrong kind, today closing below $26 at $25.87, notes CNNMoney . Which means the stock is now down 32% since the May 18 IPO. Time to buy? Not even close, one tech-sector expert tells MarketWatch . "Facebook at $20 is worth a... More »

Facebook's Stock Should Trade at ... $13.80

MarketWatch columnist has bad news for investors

(Newser) - Facebook shares are trading well south of the $38 IPO price, prompting Mark Hulbert of MarketWatch to wonder what the true price should be. Facebook investors might want to shield their eyes from his answer: $13.80. He derives the figure in part with the help of a new study... More »

Facebook Investors Are 'Wall Street Suckers'

People ignored obvious problems: David Weidner

(Newser) - If you happen to be among those Facebook investors cursing the IPO's rough start, David Weidner at the Wall Street Journal has a little salt for your wound: You're probably an "old-fashioned Wall Street sucker," he writes. After all, the signs of "shifty business" were... More »

You Should Buy Apple Stock

Farhad Manjoo thinks Apple still has nowhere to go but up

(Newser) - You might think that with its stock north of $500 a share, after rising 30% in six months, that Apple has peaked financially. But you'd be wrong, writes Farhad Manjoo of Slate . Apple's price-earnings ratio is still a humble 14—cheaper even than Google, Amazon, and even beleaguered... More »

Nervous Investors Scoop Up All the Gold They Can

It's at a record high, with no sign of slowing down

(Newser) - Gold prices will not set another record high today in the US—but only because the markets are closed for Good Friday. That seems to be the only way to cool off the commodity, which rose nearly $5 an ounce yesterday to close at a record $1,503.20, notes... More »

Buffett: Beware 'Overpriced' Social Networking Sites

Oracle of Omaha will stick to his usual investments, thank you

(Newser) - Warren Buffett says he's just itching to make another big deal for his beloved Berkshire Hathaway, but you won't catch him frothing over the slew of initial public offerings expected in the tech world, reports Bloomberg . “Most of them will be overpriced,” said Buffett. "It’s extremely... More »

Buffett: Japan Presents 'Buying Opportunity'

Country's 'economic future' unchanged, says investing guru

(Newser) - There’s no need to panic about Japanese markets post-earthquake, says Warren Buffett: Such cataclysmic events often create a “buying opportunity,” he tells Reuters from South Korea. “It will take some time to rebuild,” but the market plunge “will not change the economic future of... More »

It's a Good Time to Get Back in Stock Market

Steven Pearlstein: Get in while lots of people are still out

(Newser) - Bullish advice today from Washington Post economic columnist Steven Pearlstein: Get back in the stock market, specifically in "shares of large, solid dividend-paying companies." His "gut" tells him the market's pretty much done bottoming out. Why be optimistic? Because "so many other people are so pessimistic.... More »

Buffett Bets on Baby Boomers Drinking Wine

Berkshire subsidiary pays top dollar for distributor

(Newser) - Warren Buffett, who watchers had expected to buy a beer distributor, made a recent bet on wine instead, reports Business Insider, in a move that reflects the drinking habits of aging baby boomers. A subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has a deal in place to buy Empire Distributing, a... More »

Here's What a Wedding Really Costs

That $2,000 dress may actually cost you $20,000

(Newser) - The cost of a typical wedding fell to $17,500 last year, down 8% from 2008 thanks to the recession. But that's not even the half of it, writes Brett Arends. If couples did the math, they'd "probably get married in flip-flops," he says. "Your $18,000... More »

Fizzle Alert: Market Rallies This Good Don't Hold

(Newser) - It's good news, bad news time for investors. The good news: In the last 100 years, only five other rallies have matched the 46% leap the Dow’s taken over the past six months. The bad news: None of those other extraordinary rallies, which came in the 1930s and 1970s,... More »

Day Traders Jump Back Into the Game

Low interest rates entice small, leveraged players

(Newser) - Trading volume is rising on Wall Street, but it’s not because of renewed confidence from long-term investors. The surge has instead been powered by a 14% jump from online brokerages like Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade, and much of the money has been funneled into volatile parts of the... More »

For Investors, Silver Trumps Gold

Versatile metal gets better returns thanks to industrial buyers

(Newser) - All that glitters may not be gold, but these days you might prefer silver anyway, MarketWatch reports. Silver has rocketed to the top of the precious metals food chain, outperforming both platinum and gold because it’s an industrial material in addition to an inflation hedge. But the outsize gains... More »

Obama Wants to Tame Wild Derivatives Market

(Newser) - President Obama wants to put the so-called dark markets under control, the New York Times reports, seeking congressional approval to regulate the byzantine world of derivatives trading—which played a large role in the current financial mess. In a letter to lawmakers, Treasury chief Timothy Geithner calls for an oversight... More »

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