Tim MaverickTim Maverick

, Senior Correspondent


How to Play Small Caps and the Lithium Boom

Lithium is having a moment. Right now, there is a lot of excitement over the silvery-white metal. Wall Street analysts have even dubbed it, “white petroleum,” or “the next gasoline”. Yet, the lithium market is still quite small, worth only about $1 billion, annually. It is only a matter of time, however, before the market...

Will Japan Be First to Try ‘Helicopter Money’?

For those wondering why the S&P 500 Index and Dow Industrial Average have suddenly touched new highs, there is a simple explanation – helicopter money. Actual implementation, however, will not be quite as easy. Helicopter money has been a hot topic ever since the former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, aka “Helicopter Ben,” paid a...

Helium Shortage Averted

Helium is not a natural resource that receives much press. It’s not the life of the party. Instead, it’s more of a wallflower, used to fill balloons and, depending on the party, sometimes give people those squeaky voices. Despite its low profile, however, helium is actually all around us every day. For instance, helium neon...

How to Invest a $10,000 Windfall

Today is your lucky day! You’ve suddenly come into a $10,000 tax-free windfall. Now, what do you do with the money? I know most would splurge on a vacation or the down payment on a new car or some other extravagance. But when unexpected extra funds find their way into our lives – whether from...

Italian Banks Desperate For a Bailout

The next banking crisis is just around the corner. This time, however, its origin will not be the United States. Instead, the trouble will start across the pond in Italy. Since the 2008 financial crisis pummeled international finances, Italy’s banks simply haven’t recovered. In fact, the Italian banking system is saddled with perhaps as much...

Agricultural Commodities Awaken

Agriculture has been a sector long ignored by investors. So much so, in fact, that the last time the largest ETF in the sector saw investor inflows, was way back in 2009. But now, in 2016, that same ETF has seen about $162 million in investor inflows, and counts the Harvard endowment fund among its...

Investors Can Do Better Than Betterment

The Brexit has sent many investors into panic mode. Even the pioneer in the world of automated investing – Betterment LLC – slipped into shock, resulting in some unwanted publicity. On the morning of Friday, June 24, Betterment’s robo-advisors ceased working. They halted trades altogether, which resulted in some seriously negative reactions. Further, Betterment made...

Ocean Trash Cleanup Test Underway

The polluting of the oceans is an ever-growing problem as more and more garbage – especially plastics – end up being dumped in our liquid ecosystem. A 2015 study by the University of California at Santa Barbara illuminated just how dire the situation has really become. The study revealed that nearly eight million metric tons...

Big Pharma On the Hunt for Profit

With a record $724 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the pharmaceutical sector, 2015 would be a truly difficult year to duplicate – much less follow. Especially since much of that M&A activity was conducted by specialty pharmaceutical companies, whose business model is now in disrepute after the fall of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International...

The Reality of the Brexit: What Now?

“The British are leaving! The British are leaving!” In a 52% to 48% vote, the citizens of Great Britain opted to say “cheerio” to the European Union last week, on June 23rd, stunning financial markets all over the world. Though it will be a long goodbye, taking two years or more to finalize, the fallout...