For many people, homeownership is a major life goal, and they spend years saving to purchase their first home. But should owning a home come at the expense of other financial goals, like saving for retirement?
The answer is no. But a January 2017 Bankrate survey found that, in fact, more than one in three mortgages has a major impact on the borrower’s ability to save. And that may mean they spent too much on their house and their mortgage payments are too high.
If the 2008 financial crisis taught us anything, it’sthat a home should not be viewed solely as an investment that will always appreciate in value. Nor should it be regarded as a retirement asset. A home is an illiquid asset that you live in, and like any other investment, it can increase and decrease in value. And even if it does appreciate in value, you can only realize that gain if you sell it at the right time for the right price.
So, if you are in the market for a home, here are some guidelines to follow as you navigate the homebuying process to guard against your home being a barrier between you and a comfortable retirement.
Best Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Knowles Corporation(KN)
- [By Jack Delaney]
A deal with Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) brought the little-known Knowles Corp. (NYSE: KN) to investors’ attention today, boosting Knowles Corp. stock by 2.3% as of 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 30, 2017).
Best Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc.(STAF)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Look out ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN). And Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI)? You may want to look over your shoulder as well. A young-and-hungry staffing solutions competitor named Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is coming on strong, and just proved it again today. Some of its preliminary fiscal Q2 numbers were reported today, and they extend what’s become a long-term growth streak.
The definition of a roll-up isn’t a hard and fast one, though even the broad brush strokes paint a pretty clear picture. Investopedia defines a roll-up (also known as a “roll up” or a “rollup”) a merger that occurs when investors (often private equity firms) buy up companies in the same market and merge them together. Roll-ups combine multiple small companies into something bigger and better to be able to enjoy economies of scale. Private equity firms use roll-ups to rationalize competition in crowded and/or fragmented markets and to combine companies with complementary capabilities into a full-service business.
It’s also the kind of strategy Staffing 360 Solutions is executing, with great success. For the fiscal quarter ending in November, Staffing 360 Solutions has pre-reported revenue of $47 million, and a gross profit of $8.1 million. Those figures are up 14% and 8%, respectively, year-over-year.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
The staffing industry – and the IT staffing industry in particular – is poised for tremendous growth in the foreseeable future, and that rising tide bodes very well for Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STAF).
- [By Matthew Briar]
If there was any lingering doubt about Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF), it was wiped away today. The IT staffing firm’s second quarter numbers verify the long-standing growth trend is still well intact. Better still, even as the top line rises, expense-cuts supported by all the synergies of its recent acquisitions have allowed the bottom line to improve by even more.
Even before today’s official Q2 announcement we knew that last quarter’s revenue would roll in at $47.1 million and gross profits would end up at $8.1 million. Those figures were up 14% and 8.4%, respectively. What we didn’t know about STAF until today is that the net loss shrank from $3.4 million a year earlier to only $1.5 million now. EBITDA of $1.4 million was about the same as the EBITDA of $1.3 million generated in the second fiscal quarter of the prior year.
The progress march continues for Staffing 360 Solutions.
Best Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (HRTX)
- [By Chris Lange]
Buy-dip on several “Potential Blockbusters” Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT), Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: BOLD), AveXis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVXS), Bluebird Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE), Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR), and Sage Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGE) are buy-dip candidates given their bullish trends and favorable technical patterns. Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT), Prothena Corp. PLC (NASDAQ: PRTA), Tesaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRO) and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE) have bearish set-ups. Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HRTX) is bigger picture bullish, but may correct further on a move below $19.55. Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) has bearish set-up and bulls need to push above $69 to invalidate.
Best Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Heico Corporation(HEI)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Heico Corp (HEI) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Lucix Corp, a manufacturer of military satellite, airborne, and ground systems.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HEI revealed that the acquisition could be completed within 60 days. The deal is expected to impact HEI’s earnings within the first year.
Heico shares were up 67 cents, or 1.04%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 46% YTD.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.
Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.
Best Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Markel Corporation(MKL)
- [By Ashley Moore]
Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:
Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion
- [By Matthew Frankel]
Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been referred to as a mini-Berkshire many times, and for good reason. The company uses the same general business model as Warren Buffett does at Berkshire, using the cash from its insurance businesses to buy stocks and entire companies.