Tim MaverickTim Maverick

, Senior Correspondent


Saudi Arabia Heads From Crude to Solar: Part II

Last week, my article on the Saudi Arabian oil and solar outlook, titled Saudi Arabia’s Solar Planning Is Paved in Oil Production, certainly shook up a hornet’s nest in the Twittersphere. In the piece, I postulated that the Saudis – under the de facto leadership of 30-year old Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) – would move...

Investing at Every Age, in Every Stage of Life

When I was a financial advisor, I aimed to ensure my clients understood that investing is a lifelong process. Rather than a hobby to throw money at every once in a while, investing should be a constant, a way to interact with the economy and grow a portfolio. Of course, before investing it’s important to...

Bitcoin Is Hot Again… But For How Long

Cryptocurrencies enjoyed a brief moment in the limelight upon their introduction, even as they promised a new universal payment method for online monetary interactions – with Bitcoin leading the way. Quickly, however, the downside to non-government affiliated currencies became more than apparent. They were unregulated and, therefore, dangerous in more ways than one. Bitcoin lost...

Dividends Are Cool Again

If you go back in stock market history, you’ll find one item that always attracted the most successful investors – dividends. In recent years, however, most investors have forgotten about dividends as they chased the allure of futuristic growth stories. But since late 2014, the broad stock market has gone virtually nowhere. And guess what?...

Where in the World to Invest

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” This centuries-old idiom, while apropos in many scenarios, reflects the conundrum of the modern-day stock market investor looking for growth in a world with very little to be found. With so few sure-thing investments, a “one-eyed man” is harder than ever to come by....

How to Invest Alongside Bearish Billionaires

There is a conscious effort among stock market bulls to ignore growling stock market bears such as well-known bond fund managers Bill Gross and Jeffrey Gundlach – the latter of whom called the U.S. stock market “dead money.” But now the rumbling from other bears has grown even louder and cannot be ignored. It is...

Saudi Arabia’s Solar Planning is Paved in Oil Production

In light of recent turmoil between the U.S. and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), it may be hard to believe that Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s biggest believers in a sunny future for solar power. Last year, its now-former oil minister Ali al-Naimi announced that the Saudi kingdom plans to...

A Closer Look at the Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

The long-awaited crowdfunding rules finally came into effect on May 15, 2016. Listed under Title III of the Jobs Act, these regulations are meant to put parameters in place for what has been, until now, an unprecedented and unpredictable marketplace. Crowdfunding allows start-up companies to raise seed capital – up to $1 million – from...

Investing in a World Without Safe Returns

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal perfectly summarized the dilemma faced by today’s investors. Being a successful investor, the article explained, means “bigger gambles, lower returns.” This reality can be credited to the world’s central bankers and their relentless efforts to stimulate economic growth through zero and negative interest rates. The Good Old...

China Set to Control Crucial Metal for Electric Cars

Investors are still salivating at the prospects for Tesla Motors Inc.’s (TSLA) electric cars – particularly the Model 3. But is all the anticipated hype really warranted? There may, in fact, be a bumpy road ahead for the commodity sector and Tesla’s future. Tesla’s electric cars require lithium-ion batteries to maintain power. These batteries are,...