Author Archives: Charley Blaine

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Why You Should Expect Higher Coffee Prices Ahead

The futures price of coffee has basically doubled since early November, leaving one to ask how long can, say, Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) go on until it has to boost ...
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The Next Wave of Dead Retailers

We all know that retailers like J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and RadioShack Inc. (NYSE: RSH) are in deep trouble. But quarterly results for four other big retailers -- ...
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Five Easy Ways to Earn Yourself an IRS Audit

Around this time of the year, all of us start to wonder if this is the year the Internal Revenue Service will come to audit. Most of us don't have ...
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Is the Corporate Tax Rate Really Hurting the Economy at 35%?

This is a million-dollar question, literally. Maybe even a billion-dollar question, given all the lobbying money being spent on the debate. The United States has a top corporate income tax ...
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Five Big Tax Myths

April 15 is coming. That means it is tax crunch time. Everybody, short of accountants and CPAs, just loves to hate the U.S tax code. There are many myths about taxes, ...
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The Perils of the New Google Stock Classes

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) was really trading at $581 on Thursday. But don't worry. The stock has split into two share ...
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Companies Left in a Lurch as Tiger Woods Out of Masters

It's just not CBS Sports that is a loser if Tiger Woods does not play in the Masters Golf Tournament. CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) likely will lose out because a ...
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Other Companies That Could (or May) Divest Assets Like BHP

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BHP) is working on a plan to spin off its underperforming assets. Its shares were higher Tuesday as investors speculated the value of ...
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Is Tesla’s Gigafactory Really Just Too Ambitious?

There is no question that Elon Musk's ambition is huge. His dream is for Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) to build about 500,000 cars a year by the year 2020, all ...
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How Student Loans Are a Big Drag on the Economy

While carrying some student loan debt may be inevitable, higher and higher balances can strain finances for a decade or more. About 37 million Americans now owe more than $1 ...
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Why the End of the NHTSA Probe May Not Help Tesla

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) won a victory Friday. It agreed to install a new titanium shield and two defector plates beneath the battery of its Model S luxury car ...
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Will Falling Baidu and King IPO Drop Delay or Harm the Alibaba IPO?

When Chinese Internet company Alibaba announced it would hold an initial public offering, the betting in markets around the world was that the IPO would be the most valuable ever, ...
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Meet the Three New Google Stocks

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is getting ready to split its shares, and you should know how things will change. The split for shareholders of record as of Thursday occurs after ...
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Companies That Act as Leading Economic Indicators

When economists, investors and business people want to decide what the next three to 12 months look like, they have to choose from myriad sources to decide what the overall ...
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Why American Apparel Has to Keep Hurting Its Shareholders

Pity the shareholders of American Apparel Inc. (NYSEMKT: APP). The business, known for making all its apparel in the United States and its edgy advertising, is struggling. Really struggling. The ...
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