What’s Driving Performance During This Rally?

The average stock in the S&P 500 fell 2.91{07c0bb02cae1f0b356e550d14375ff5283a467e66c49238eeeae84ea79201741} in January, but the average stock is up 5{07c0bb02cae1f0b356e550d14375ff5283a467e66c49238eeeae84ea79201741} since then. So which stocks have led the way higher, and which ones are underperforming? Below we have run our decile analysis on the S&P 500 to find out. To run the analysis, … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Bull?

On Monday, you'll likely hear lots of talk about the 6th birthday of the current bull market that began on 3/9/09. But keep in mind that unless we make a new high on Monday, the bull market won't actually be six years old. Right now the top of the bull market is the closing high from this past Monday (3/2), and the bull market won't officially be six years old until it takes out those highs. One … [Read more...]

Historical Bull Markets for the S&P 500

In this week's Bespoke Report, we published the table below ahead of Monday's six-year anniversary of the S&P 500's 3/9/09 bear market low. As we noted Friday, the bull market will have to celebrate its sixth birthday retroactively unless a new closing high is made on Monday. The generally accepted measure for a bull market is a rally of at least … [Read more...]

Bespoke’s Model Stock Portfolio

At the end of each week's Bespoke Report newsletter, we publish an updated snapshot of our Bespoke Model Stock Portfolio. Below is a snapshot of the portfolio with sector weightings and performance numbers included, but the individual stocks are blocked out. Interested in seeing the actual stocks that make up the Bespoke Model Stock Portfolio? Sign up for a 5-day free trial to our Bespoke Premium … [Read more...]

Bespoke’s Model Stock Portfolio: 3/13/15

The Bespoke Model Portfolio gained again this week and is now up 8.7{07c0bb02cae1f0b356e550d14375ff5283a467e66c49238eeeae84ea79201741} year-to-date. To gain access to the portfolio, simply sign up for a 5-day free trial to one of our subscription services. You'll find it at the end of our just-published Bespoke Report newsletter. You can sign up today using our "End of Winter" special to get a … [Read more...]

S&P 500 Higher or Lower from Here?

The market managed a nice gain to end the week and is now up solidly in April. So which way will the market head from here? Please take part in our Bespoke Market Poll below by letting us know whether you think the S&P 500 will be higher or lower one month from now. We'll report back with the results on Monday before the open. Have a great weekend! On a side note, be sure to sign up for a … [Read more...]

Sam’s Club Rolls Out New Services for Small Business Owners

Sam’s Club has made an effort to bolster its business amid increasing pressure from rival Costco.With a goal of increasing loyalty of small business owners, the chain, a subsidiary of Walmart, is offering five new services for small business owners, which it claims can save members up to $2,300 per year:1. Identity Theft: Provided by LifeLock, members will save up to 25 percent on annual … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Cities to Live in as an Entrepreneur

At the end of last year, NerdWallet did some thorough research in order to identify the best places for entrepreneurs to live in the United States. In determining these cities, they took several factors into consideration, including cost of living, networking opportunities, the state of the local economy and the ability to secure investment. Let’s take a look at which cities stacked up on top. … [Read more...]

An Inexpensive and Intuitive Way to Get Into Mobile Apps

There can be no doubt that mobile apps are one of the most exciting business opportunities out there. With a captive consumer base that can purchase your creations at the click of a button, it’s no wonder that countless entrepreneurs are flocking to the mobile app business.You’ve probably read all about the phenomenon of Flappy Bird, which was gripping the world at the end of last year and the … [Read more...]

Own an OsteoStrong Franchise

OsteoStrong is a new natural way to achieve strong bones, better balance, stronger muscles and pain-free joints and back. The OsteoStrong franchise opportunity is perfect for anyone interested in natural, wellness-based systems seeking to own their own business.Founder and President Kyle Zagrodzky started OsteoStrong with the idea that he wanted to help people in a way that was beneficial to all … [Read more...]

Could Affiliate Marketing Work for Me?

Business opportunities come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. One that you may have heard a lot about, especially nowadays, is affiliate marketing. Whether you’re looking to expand your current business, or you’re looking to get your start as an entrepreneur, affiliate marketing is something that you need to know about and understand.So, what is affiliate marketing, exactly? We’re going to be … [Read more...]

Emerging Trends for Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Explore

One of the best ways that you can start seeking out new business opportunities is by envisioning where the future is heading. Now, you don’t need to be a crackpot futurologist to figure out the latest trends, but you should, at the very least, be keeping a close eye on what new businesses and technologies are beginning to emerge.Just ask yourself from time to time what’s capturing the public … [Read more...]

Should You Start Your Next Business With a Friend?

It’s a situation that many young entrepreneurs find themselves in — surrounded by other likeminded individuals, often friends, who want to go into business with them. Of course, in many cases these individuals have never worked together before. They only know one another through different social settings, and may, in some cases, simply be lifelong friends.At first, it seems like a great idea, … [Read more...]

The Shoe That Grows Is Making a Difference

Not every invention can lay claim to changing millions of lives for the better. But there is a very special one that has done just that.The Shoe That Grows in the brainchild of Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee. While living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, one day he noticed a little girl who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That’s when it hit him. What about a shoe … [Read more...]

What to Consider When Hiring Staff

Is your startup beginning to get some wind behind its sails? Is it getting harder and harder for you and the other founders to stay on top of everything? Then it’s time to bring on staff.Depending upon your previous professional experience, it’s entirely possible that you may have a very limited understanding of what goes into the hiring process. This can cause problems with startups, as brining … [Read more...]

Red Flags That Your Cofounder Isn’t Right for the Business

When you have a startup, the people that make up the founding team are just as important as the actual product or service itself. To no small extent, your startup’s future success will depend largely upon the personalities of its founders, as well as how well those personalities come together. When it comes time to seek out investors, you can bet that those investors will pay close attention to … [Read more...]

Become an Expert Merchandise Demonstrator

Still searching for an idea for your next business opportunity? Merchandise demonstrators, also called “product specialists” teach potential customers about various products including food, cosmetics, electronics and appliances. They set up a display, greet customers, demonstrate a product and answer questions – the goal being to increase branding and sell merchandise.Most merchandise … [Read more...]

Tips to Avoid the Work from Home Doldrums

If you’ve been working from home for any length of time, you’ve likely discovered what many others who do the same have also discovered. It’s a lot more difficult than you initially thought it would be.Of course, it’s great to not have to deal with a commute or to deal with office drama, but the home/work environment isn’t without its drawbacks. When you’re commuting from your bed to your desk, it … [Read more...]

Best Pizza Franchises To Own

The pizza industry is booming to the tune of $40 billion annually, and you can join the boom with one of these best pizza franchises.A whopping 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once per month. When it comes to choosing a franchise business to jump into, it would be hard to go wrong with America’s favorite food.RELATED: TOP RESTAURANT FRANCHISES TO OWNBrowse our listing of the top … [Read more...]

Need a Small Business Loan? Try an Online Lender

As a small business owner, have you had to pull cash and credit from every available source just to keep your business up and running? If so, you’re not alone.Obtaining a bank loan or credit line is difficult and can be a long, drawn-out process. For banks, small-dollar loans aren’t economical, and therefore, aren’t worth the time or hassle. Yet they are exactly the type of loans that most small … [Read more...]

Is an Incubator Right for Your Startup?

For many startups, getting involved with an incubator can be a great move. However, not every startup should become involved with one, and the ones that do shouldn’t simply sign up with the first incubator that shows interest.If your startup is considering an incubator, and you’re just getting started in the process of finding one, then here’s what you should be doing.Decide What You Want to … [Read more...]

Top Cleaning Franchises to Own

Starting a business does not have to cost you a fortune. Save time and money investing in one of this year’s top cleaning franchises.A cleaning business might be an ideal way to realize your entrepreneurial dreams. Why a cleaning franchise? For starters, it’s low cost of entry. Still need convincing? According to The Wall Street Journal, home services are a multi-billion dollar industry … [Read more...]

Top 10 Franchises of 2015

If you’ve been thinking about opening your own franchise, this list of the top 10 franchises is a great place to start.  If the franchises on this list don’t appeal to you, you might find that the list will spark some ideas about what franchise might.Anytime FitnessThis is a large health and fitness club business with a multinational presence that currently has approximate 2400 franchises in … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Location for Your Franchise

You know what they say about real estate, right? It’s all location, location, location. That’s something you’ll hear again and again, and it’s something you’ll hear even more about starting a business as a prospective franchisee.No doubt, your future success as a franchisee depends in no small part on your ability to select an appropriate locations for the franchise that you own. So what goes into … [Read more...]