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Investors were hit hard in January. February looks the same so far. What does this mean for investing in 2016?

January plays a significant role in forecasting the market's overall direction for the following months. Jeffrey A. Hirsch at Fidelity writes, "January’s direction has correctly forecasted the major trend for the market in most of the subsequent years.” If 2016 does end up being a rough year for the stock market, the best approach to handling the turbulence is to make informed decisions rather than impulsive ones when it comes to your investments.

We aren't even two months into 2016, and this year is already on pace to be the worst for the stock market since the financial crisis. The benchmark S&P 500 index fell 5.07% last month—its worst January performance in seven years—and February's rough start appears to be continuing the trend.

But why is the market freaking out so much? The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Pollock highlights seven different events that are contributing to the market's slide: plummeting oil, China's economic slowdown, shrinking corporate profits, volatility, long-term macroeconomic trends, the US presidential election and the Federal Reserve's stance on interest rates. Investors are watching these developments, getting nervous about the state of the global and domestic economy and, as a result, are selling their stocks en masse.

There's no question that market turbulence does hurt a portfolio, and if you're a new investor, it can be especially scary to watch your money disappear before your eyes. On the other hand, it's also a chance to turn lemons into lemonade: you can buy stocks at a cheaper price and you can diversify your portfolio, minimizing your exposure to risk and the effects of a downturn, at a lower cost.

It's also important to remember that market declines are an unavoidable part of investing. By staying level headed and keeping in mind why you decided to invest in the first place—whether for retirement planning or some other financial goal—you'll be able to adjust your portfolio in accordance with your needs. For example, if you're prone to panic during a selloff, it may be worthwhile to switch to more conservative investments that offer lower returns but less risk. And keep in mind: if you have a long-term investment horizon, you'll likely see the market recover its losses in the future.

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Losses and investing go hand in hand, but not all losses are created equal. What do you do when a bad one hits?

No investor wants to see a stock lose a significant portion of its value—especially not in one day. Unfortunately, LinkedIn (LNKD) shareholders lived that nightmare on February 5, when shares plunged over 40% and erased $11 billion from the professional social network's market value following weak earnings.

That crash was the biggest one-day loss in LinkedIn's history since going public in 2011, though it appears to be part of a general post-earnings trend for the company. The Wall Street Journal found that LinkedIn shares have dropped 10% or more following three of its four most recent earnings reports.

Then there's the fact that LinkedIn's stock is down 48% year to date, although part of the decline can be attributed to the ongoing market turmoil, which led to the S&P 500's worst January performance since 2009. Shares are currently trading around $102; a week ago, the stock was hovering at around $190 a share.

The LinkedIn crash is a perfect example of the volatility that is frequently at play in the stock market. Thankfully, you have options when purchasing a stock that can limit your exposure to losses: a stop-loss order and a stop-limit order.

To understand what a stop-loss and stop-limit do, you first have to understand what a stop is. Simply put, a stop is an order that tells a broker to buy a stock at a higher price and/or to sell a stock at a lower price than its market (current) price. Stops can be useful for investors who don't actively watch their stocks. However, there are risks involved: When the market is particularly volatile, the constant price fluctuations could trigger a sell even if the stock rebounds shortly after hitting the specified sell price. This extreme volatility can happen for a number of reasons, including a flash crash and breaking news (even the fake kind), and the stock can rebound just as quickly as it fell.

With a stop-loss, you can place a sell-stop order at a price below a stock's current price, and if the stock falls to that price or lower, a sell order will definitely go through. This is particularly advantageous if a stock is plunging rapidly, because it can minimize your losses. Still, it's possible that you lose more money than you expected. After-hours and pre-market trading may drag a stock downwards—especially during earnings season—past your sell-stop order, and if that happens, the sell will still go through.

Meanwhile, a stop-limit allows you to set a price at which you want to buy or sell shares while placing a limit for the price at which you want the market order (buy or sell) to occur. If you want to hedge against a big decline, the limit will be below the stop price. The appeal of a stop-limit lies in the price protection offered by the limit, but it's quite possible that the stock drops below that amount before the sell order can be executed. If that happens, you're stuck with a stock that's losing value because the limit only allows a sell order to go through within a specified price range.

A steep plunge in a stock's value doesn't have to turn you off of investing, nor does it have to be the end of your portfolio. It's certainly an unfortunate position to find yourself in, more so if you’re a new investor, but by using a stop-loss or stop-limit, you can have the peace of mind knowing that you've taken steps to curb potential losses.

Additionally, having a diversified portfolio will help you reduce your risk exposure by making sure your money isn’t concentrated in one place. By spreading your money across different asset categories—and the investments within those categories—you’ll ensure that big hits like LinkedIn’s crash won’t devastate your portfolio.

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Thinking about investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? Be sure you can answer these questions before you do.

Choosing investments for your portfolio is a complex—and sometimes emotional—process. It requires research, a clear understanding of your financial goals and time horizon, and, of course, money. And it can be overwhelming: should you go with stocks, bonds or mutual funds? How about gold?

One security that has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years is the exchange-traded fund (ETF). An ETF is an investment vehicle composed of pooled funds that owns shares of an asset, such as stocks, bonds or commodities, and trades on an exchange, just like a stock. In some cases, an ETF will track an index (the S&P 500, for example), which means it tries to match the index's performance rather than beat it.

According to a 2015 Charles Schwab Investor Study, millennial portfolios have the largest share of ETFs of any investing generation: on average, 40% of a millennial's investments will be in ETFs. In fact, millennials dig ETFs so much that 61% of millennial investors surveyed said they would increase their ETF holdings in 2016.

ETFs appeal to investors for several reasons. First, there's the price tag. The minimum investment for a mutual fund can range from $500 to $3000; the minimum investment for an ETF is the fund's market price, which can be as low as a couple of dollars. Then there's the risk factor. Due to their composition, ETFs have more potential to mitigate losses in the event of a downturn than an investment concentrated in a single stock. ETFs also tend to be more tax-efficient than mutual funds because their structure minimizes the opportunity for taxable events—selling holdings, for instance—which can incur capital gains.

Considering that there are over 1,500 ETFs available on the market, how do you go about choosing the right one? The following three questions are key when it comes to the ETF selection process.

What is the underlying index?

Some ETFs track easily recognizable indexes such as the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq 100. Others, such as the Global X Millennial Generation ETF, track new indexes that investors know very little about.

Because ETFs usually track an index, it's often quite easy to find out what their holdings are. Pay attention to what stocks and bonds are included in an ETF, as well as the weight assigned to the holdings. This will allow you to determine which ETFs offer the asset allocation you want.

What are the true costs?

Each ETF has an expense ratio. This number, which is expressed as a percentage, is a fund's annual expenses divided by its average assets for the year. The expense ratio lowers your returns, and it isn't the only cost associated with ETF investing. Given that ETFs trade like stocks, every purchase and sale incurs brokerage commission fees. Do the math and figure out which ETFs seem best positioned to give you the biggest bang for your buck.  

How liquid is it?

The ease with which you can buy or sell shares of an ETF matters a lot: it's the difference between making money and losing it. When an ETF has low liquidity, it becomes more difficult for an investor to sell their shares and make a profit. So what affects an ETF's liquidity? Holdings, the holdings' trading volume, the ETF's trading volume and the market climate all play a role. Take a look at these factors to get a sense of how liquid or illiquid an ETF is. Keep in mind: the more the underlying holdings are traded, the more liquid they are, which, in turn, makes the ETF more liquid.

Like any investment, there are pros and cons associated with investing in ETFs, but if you want to add some to your portfolio, be sure to ask the aforementioned questions. Doing so will help you choose the best ETFs for your investment needs.

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The most watched show in TV history is famous for its ads. But do high ratings affect the advertising companies?

No matter which team ends up victorious in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, one thing's for sure: CBS (CBS) won't be going home empty-handed. The network, which is airing the event, is charging up to $5 million for a 30-second commercial and all but ran out of ad time back in November. This—according to Ad Age Datacenter projections—will translate to a record high of $377 million in advertising spending, up nearly 84% from $205 million in 2010. 

But what does a multimillion-dollar TV spot do for advertisers? Typically, not much. Last year, Investment News took a look at how Super Bowl advertisers have performed in the wake of the year's biggest sporting event. Advertisers used to see a Super Bowl-induced bump in their stock prices around a decade ago, but the effect has mostly disappeared. Eqis Capital Chief Financial Strategist Kenneth Kim attributed the dip to the biggest, most expensive ads coming from the same companies year after year. Kim said, "I think what happened is, the effect has simply warn [sic] off, because everyone expects Budweiser and Doritos to have the funniest commercials." 

Paul Schatz, president of Heritage Capital LLC, echoed Kim's sentiment, stating, "Except for anything more than a quick trade, there is no solid historical correlation between Super Bowl ads and stock price performance. I can see how the advertising could certainly raise awareness, and in a really short term juice a company, but everything reverts back to long- and intermediate-term price trends."

The big takeaway: it's quite likely that the only Super Bowl-related spikes we'll see will take place in Levi's Stadium. Nevertheless, now's a great time to take a look at how the big game's advertisers have been performing. Over 40 companies have purchased ad space for the Super Bowl. Of that group, only six outperformed the benchmark S&P 500 index while having greater revenue growth than the industry average on a trailing 12-month (TTM) basis. In some cases, revenue increased over the last 12 months; in others, revenue simply declined less than the rest of the industry. 

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1. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (BUD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in brewing and selling beer in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap at $191.85B, most recent closing price at $122.37.

Anheuser-Busch has outperformed the market by 2.22% over the past year.

Revenue has fallen by 3.97% on a TTM basis, less than the industry average decline of 5.08%.

 

2. The Coca-Cola Company (KO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Market cap at $184.79B, most recent closing price at $42.53.

Coca-Cola has outperformed the market by 5.44% over the past year.

Revenue has fallen by 2.17% on a TTM basis, less than the industry average decline of 5.08%.

 

3. Pepsico Inc. (PEP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. Market cap at $141.21B, most recent closing price at $97.39.

Pepsico has outperformed the market by 3.76% over the past year.

Revenue has fallen by 3.64% on a TTM basis, less than the industry average decline of 5.08%.

 

4. T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides mobile communications services in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Market cap at $30.55B, most recent closing price at $38.70.

T-Mobile has outperformed the market by 25.85% over the past year.

Revenue grew by 13.18% on a TTM basis, more than the industry average decline of 8.68%.

 

5. Unilever NV (UN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Produces and supplies fast-moving consumer goods in food, personal care, and home care categories in Asia, Africa, central and eastern Europe, the Americas, and western Europe. Market cap at $121.25B, most recent closing price at $43.00.

Unilever has outperformed the market by 4.53% over the past year.

Revenue has fallen by 1.30% on a TTM basis, less than the industry average decline of 2.88%.

 

6. Wix.com Ltd. (WIX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops and markets an Internet service that allows users to create Web content. Market cap at $730.38M, most recent closing price at $19.49.

Wix has outperformed the market by 1.72% over the past year.

Revenue has grown by 50.33% on a TTM basis, less than the industry average decline of 34.87%.

 

 

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Big firms like IBM are moving into cloud computing enterprise tech. Acquisitions could make things easier.

How do the tech titans of yesteryear stay competitive in 2016? By embracing enterprise technology—sometimes to the tune of billions of dollars. And, as the Wall Street Journal argues, if the market selloff continues, it's quite possible that companies like IBM (IBM), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco (CSCO) will drop serious cash to scoop up the competition as they seek to expand their enterprise tech presence.

Cloud computing, in particular, is a fast-growing area within enterprise tech, which refers to business-to-business (B2B) offerings that address the complex IT and data needs of large organzations rather than individuals. Forrester, a market research firm, predicts that business spending on cloud computing services will reach $191 billion by 2020, more than double the $72 billion seen in 2014.

While demand for cloud computing is on the rise, the shares of these publicly traded companies are a different story. Box (BOX), which went public in January 2015, is trading below its IPO price of $14. The cloud storage company's market cap has plummeted from $2.2 billion pre-IPO to $1.3 billion. For comparison, despite losing roughly $3.4 billion off of its market cap since it began trading in November, Hewlett Packard Enterpise is currently worth $23.7 billion.

The ongoing market volatility is obviously a drag for everyone, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its multi-billion dollar peers are better equipped to weather the storm than smaller, younger firms. As a result, many are expected to use this period of lower valuations to pick off some of the competition. 

Box CEO Aaron Levie told the Journal, "Even before this correction, we've already been seeing the large-cap incumbent technology companies buy small fast-growing cloud companies because they need that kind of DNA, they need that kind of growth."

With that in mind, below is a list of application software stocks that offer enterprise cloud computing services. Each of these stocks boasts positive quarter-over-quarter earnings per share (EPS) and sales growth as well as an increase in insider purchases. Insiders are employees who buy stock based on public information—so it's legal—because they believe the company's stock to be undervalued. It's also worth nothing that a significant increase in insider buying is seen as bullish and may indicate that a stock will rise in the near future.

Finally, as Levie pointed out, big tech companies' acquisitions efforts will be directed towards fast-growing firms. So, in addition to the aforementioned details, each stock's expected EPS growth this year, next year and over the next five years is also listed.

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1. NetSol Technologies Inc. (NTWK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides global IT and enterprise application solutions, including credit and finance portfolio management systems, SAP consulting, custom development, systems integration and technical services. Market cap at $73.29M, most recent closing price at $7.38.

EPS growth quarter over quarter at 80.00%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 30.40%.

Insider purchases up by 0.34%.

NetSol's EPS is expected to grow by 58.70% this year, 600% next year and 28% over the next five years. 

 

2. InContact Inc. (SAAS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides cloud computing contact center services and network connectivity in the United States. Market cap at $536.62M, most recent closing price at $8.99.

EPS growth quarter over quarter at 18.20%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 26.90%.

Insider purchases up by 2.02%.

InContact's EPS is expected to grow by 5.30% this year, 20% next year and 15% over the next five years. 

 

3. SciQuest Inc. (SQI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides an on-demand strategic procurement and supplier enablement solution worldwide. Market cap at $348.81M, most recent closing price at $12.59.

EPS growth quarter over quarter at 150.00%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 2.30%.

Insider purchases up by 4.82%.

SciQuest's EPS is expected to grow by 100% this year, 19.42% next year and 15% over the next five years. 

 

4. Upland Software Inc. (UPLD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides cloud-based enterprise work management software. Market cap at $109.66M, most recent closing price at $7.06.

EPS growth quarter over quarter at 20.00%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 4.90%.

Insider purchases up by 25.80%.

Upland's EPS is expected to shrink by 136.70% this year then grow by 32.10% next year and 20% over the next five years. 

 

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Nearly half of millennials are concerned by their financesMake 2016 the year you take control of your money.

As a generation, millennials are a lot of things: risk-taking, passionate and experience-driven, to name a few. Unfortunately, one thing millennials tend not to be is financially literate. Millennials have the lowest financial literacy of any adult generation in the US, with a PricewaterhouseCoopers report revealing that only 24% have basic financial knowledge

So it should come as no surprise that, according to a Bank of America/USA Today report, 49% of millennials are "anxious" or "overwhelmed" when it comes to their finances. Simply put: if you don't understand what your money is doing or what to do with your money, you can't make smart decisions. 

Here’s how you can change the way you feel about your finances.

Invest in yourself

Experiences matter a great deal to millennials. According to a study jointly conducted by Eventbrite and Harris, 78% of millennials would rather spend money on experiences and events than things. And more millennials are putting their money where their mouths are: 55% revealed that they're "spending more on events and live experiences than ever before."

But what are you doing to make sure your money is going towards the experiences (and things) that matter most to you? Fortune found that millennials spent 91% of their earnings, roughly the same as the 92% national average, in 2014. However, millennials spent 7% more money on apparel than the average American. Spending less on clothes and impulse purchases frees up more cash for living the millennial American Dream: a life defined by experiences rather than possessions.

Last but certainly not least, freelancing is another way to invest in yourself. It allows you to make money off of your skills, knowledge and experiences, and it adds another income stream. The more money you make, the more you can save, the more you can use to pay off debt and the more you can use—responsibly, of course—to treat yourself.

Invest in a virtual portfolio

Technology has made it easier to learn how the stock market works. The stock market can be intimidating. There are a lot of letters, numbers and terms to take in, and if you don’t have a background in finance, it may seem like you’ll never be able to make heads or tails of any of it.

Thankfully, virtual portfolios exist. Kapitall’s practice portfolios have $100,000 in virtual money, and they serve as a hands-on way for novices and experts alike to trade stocks in real-time without incurring any actual losses. By buying and selling stocks freely, users gain a fundamental understanding of the stock market, recognizing what to pay attention to when considering stocks. Once you're comfortable, you'll be ready to try the real thing.

Invest in your retirement

Yes, retirement is decades away. Yes, procrastination may have served you well thus far in life. Nevertheless, the best time to prepare for your retirement is now because the sooner you start, the more money you can have once you finally leave the workforce. Furthermore, the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees expect the Social Security trust fund to run out of money by 2034, which means that benefits will shrink drastically. 

That's why it's imperative that millennials have their own retirement plans in place. Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are useful retirement planning tools, and they're pretty easy to open. If you're looking for an IRA, you have two options to consider: a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. In the end, your choice will depend on a number of factors, including IRS eligibility guidelines, time frame and taxes. Our IRA infographic highlights what you need to know before you take your next step.

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