Weekly Reads: 05/01/2017
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Weekly Reads: 05/01/2017

The Week’s Best Articles: Week of May 1st, 2017

Investing: Mutual Funds Favoring Small Companies – click here
In a world starved for growth it should come as little surprise that large mutual funds have been part of the funding of startups and other small companies.  However, there are implications to these companies providing funding: small companies stay private longer, capital helps reduce growing pains and for some the knowledge of the professional investor helps prepare the company for an IPO.

Housing: Canadian Lender on the Ropes? – click here
Home Capital is not a well known company in its home country Canada let alone here in the US.  Yet the challenges they currently face should be watched closely.  The rapid ascent in the housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto have many signs of our former financial crisis.

Housing: Canadian Lender on the Ropes? – click here
Home Capital is not a well known company in its home country Canada let alone here in the US.  Yet the challenges they currently face should be watched closely.  The rapid ascent in the housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto have many signs of our former financial crisis.

Retail: Amazon Ready to Take over Clothing? – click here
The online giant appears to be setting its focus (among many) on overhauling how Americans buy clothes.  Specifically, by building a custom fit/made to order clothing business.  While there are many ways this could turn out, one thing that has become evident over the past several years is to not bet against Amazon when they set their eyes on something.

Technology: Apple and a Quarter Trillion in Cash – click here
In this preview of Apple’s earnings this week the authors at CNN Money outline how incredibly large Apple’s cash holdings are.   The companies that they could buy outright represent some of the largest and most well respected companies in America.

Puerto Rico: The Lawsuits Come Flying In – click here
The sad story of Puerto Rico’s economy and financial situation has been something the press has followed closely for several years.  With the recent expiration of a provision that protected the government from lawsuits there has been, unsurprisingly, a wave of lawsuits coming in.  What happens next will be closely watched.

Autos: April Sales Come in Light – click here
Car dealerships have been riding high on the hog for sometime.  With low interest rates and banks willingness to lend for auto purchases they have enjoyed record sales over the past few years.  Such excess selling has drawn scrutiny and concern.

Health: Power of Health and Meditation – click here
In increasingly stressful jobs many CEOs are turning towards healthier living, specifically getting enough sleep and making time for meditation, to help deal with the day to day stress of their jobs.

Technology: Facebook to Add 3,000 People to Screen for Offensive Content – click here
For a longtime Facebook executives denied the fact that they played a role in how people consumed news.  As a result they said it was not their responsibility to monitor information on their platform.  After the fake news reports and a multitude of offensive posts Facebook is placing more resources in monitoring the information posted to its site.