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Latin America Quickly Emerging as Marijuana Catalyst

With the global community quickly embracing the medical attributes of medical marijuana, most notably in Latin America, coupled with millions of patients worldwide, marijuana companies are quickly gaining international exposure to realize higher valuations.

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Mega-Mergers 2018: A Tremendous Opportunity Born

In a historic week, the Department of Justice just lost a landmark challenge of a mega-merger, setting the stage for a new raft of likely deals. In June 2018, a federal judge ruled in favor of AT&T, allowing it to absorb Time Warner in a deal valued at $85 billion.

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These Aerospace and Defense ETFs could Fly High in 2018

One of the best ways to diversify at less cost is with an ETF.

In early July 2018, most defense names became very expensive.

- Raytheon (RTN) was up to $195

- Boeing (BA) traded at $336

- General Dynamics (GD) was at $187

- Northrop Grumman (NOC) was at $309

- United Technologies (UTX) was at $125

If I wanted to own just 10 shares of each, it’d cost me $11,520.

If I wanted to own 100 shares of each, now we’re up to $115,200.

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A Closer Look at Energy ETF Opportunities

Since June 2017, oil prices rocketed from a low of $42.05 to a high of $64.30 in early 2018.

At the time, that was the highest crude oil prices had been since May 2015 thanks in part to OPEC production cuts. We were also seeing strong demand growth in China, too.

It’s the reason Exxon Mobil (XOM) jumped from a 2017 low of $75 to $87.50. Chevron (CVX) ran from $101 to $133.60. Conoco Phillips (COP) exploded from $42 to $60.

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Tariffs and Trade Wars: Winners and Losers

In early June 2018, the Trump Administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from three of its closest trading allies – Canada, Mexico, and countries in the European Union.

And the trade war began.

The tariffs – 25% on imports on steel and 10% on aluminum – didn’t sit well with these other countries, which referred to U.S. actions a violation of trade rules, imposing countermeasures of their own.

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Crypto Initial Coin Offerings (ICO): What Every Investor Must Know

Whether you’re getting involved with an existing crypto or even an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), which acts as a fundraising mechanism for new projects, understanding who is on the development and management team is one of the most important things to know.

But first, just what is an ICO?

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Marijuana Boom: Up in Smoke? Think Again.

Marijuana may still be one of the most controversial topics.

But it’s quickly proven itself to be one of the most profitable.

All thanks to marijuana… and now, Donald Trump?

Yep, in early 2018, the Trump bump added even more momentum to the sector.

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The Top ETFs to Own for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced -- and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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Stocks to Watch as the Two Koreas Potentially Negotiate a Peace

Back in September 2017, a war of words intensified between Donald Trump and North Korea.

Trump called Kim Jong-un a “Rocket Man” bent on a “suicide mission” with Kim calling Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard,” threatening to test an H-bomb over the Pacific.

All after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in his speech before the U.N.

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Spotlight on Lithium Battery Stocks

By now you’re well aware of the excitement brewing with the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

We already know that BMW is now aiming to sell 500,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2019.  Volvo has pledged to produce every car model with an electric motor by 2019.

General Motors said it would launch 10 electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 as part of its plan to make and sell EVs in that country. 

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Gene-Editing Stocks: A Costly Lesson in Emotional Trading

If you’re an emotional trader, take your money out of the market.

You’ll never make any money if your first reaction to fear is to sell stocks.

Look at gene-editing stocks, for example.

By far, this was one of the most innovative, exciting technologies we’ve seen. 

It involves the insertion, deletion, or replacement of DNA in a cell or organism. While there are several ways of editing genes, the most exciting technique right now is clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR, an approach that uses an enzyme found in bacteria to alter DNA.

Investors were jumping into stocks like Editas Medicine (EDIT)Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA) and CRSPR Technologies (CRSP).


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All of a sudden, many of these stocks began to fall out of the sky.

News was that the human immune system has a built in defense against the Cas9 enzyme used in CRISPR technology. The technology was deemed far too risky to explore in human trials.  Of course, the news sparked fear in investors.

But while bad news was partially true, there were still ways around the problem. 

For example, the Cas9 could be modified so a human body would not immediately attack the enzymes.  Once that was realized, once the fear dissipated, opportunity was found. Extreme fear gave way to wild greed.

In short, investors panicked.  They sold with emotion. 

They got caught up in herd mentality without ever doing their due diligence.  As a result, some missed the NTLA rally from a low of $20 to $36; the EDIT rally from $30 to $44; and the CRSP rally from $23 to more than $62 a share.

What makes the gene-editing story even more powerful is news that two companies were reading human trials for 2018.  Researchers found that a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 could be used to edit living human cells, raising the possibility that human DNA could be significantly altered.  In fact, in early 2018, CRISPR Therapeutics applied for permission from European regulators to test its treatment in patients suffering from beta-thalassaemia, an inherited blood disease where the body does not produce enough healthy red blood cells.

That news alone dispelled the idea that gene editing was too risky.

Again, it proves that before you sell anything, be sure to remove your emotion and the desire to sell because every one else is panicking.  You stand to lose a good deal of money that way.

Just think – how would you feel if you sold these stocks out of panic only to watch them explode?  You’d feel a bit sick, wouldn’t you?

This logic applies to all assets – stocks, bonds, ETFs, options, indexes and even crypto.

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Wind Energy Could Blow Big Profits Your Way

It may not sound like the most exciting investment in the world.

But once you consider that wind energy is booming globally, accounting for more than a third of all electricity capacity installed over the last five years, you can see why many investors have grown to like it. In short, a multi-billion dollar industry has been right under many of our noses. Unfortunately, the story hasn’t grabbed many headlines.

 

 

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Augmented Reality: A Booming $60 Billion Industry that Cannot Be Ignored

Analysts strongly believe augmented reality will boom in 2018.

Between virtual realities, which create immersive computer-generated environments, augmented reality can create near-real world reality with graphics, sounds, and even smell. It can literally change human perception of the surrounding space when a digitally augmented human interacts with a data sources, as noted by Network World. 

Look at Pokemon Go for example to see how excited folks are for the technology.

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Omnibus Spending Bill 2018: How Defense Stocks Fared

Facing a deadline to prevent a government shutdown in March 2018, the House and Senate put together a $1.3 trillion spending bill that was signed by President Trump. Running 2,000-plus pages, the bill allocated federal money through the end of September 2018 and included quite a boost to defense spending.

 

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How to Technically Trade Cryptocurrencies

Assets are primarily driven by bouts of extreme optimism and pessimism.

And if we can spot these extreme instances the higher the likelihood for success.

Even Warren Buffett will tell you that. “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful,” he says. 

Sir John Templeton would even advise to “buy extreme pessimism.”

It’s part of the reason they became as wealthy as they did. They waited for points of excessive fear and greed… and pounced on the opportunity.

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Tech Breakthrough Has Potential to Save Electric Car Industry

One game-changing company is "swooping" in to save the electric car market...

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New Energy Tech Company Can Extract Oil for Less than $23 per Barrel

The shale revolution is over.

A new breakout trade is happening right now “under the radar”...

This secretive energy tech company may just be the answer

Extracting oil for less than $23 per barrel!!

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Solar Stocks: The Technical Picture Many Traders Missed

Never ignore the downtrodden, we noted in late March 2017.

At the time, we were talking about solar stocks, many of which had been left for dead, ignored at historic lows.  Many became ridiculously oversold on a perfect storm of lower gas prices, concerns the government would phase out subsidies, as well as crushing amounts of debt.

While the fundamentals told a story of despair, technical analysis painted a completely different story, highlighting just how oversold related stocks became.

On March 28, 2017, we brought your attention to oversold shares of Canadian Solar (CSIQ).  On that day, not only was it stuck at its lower Bollinger Band, relative strength (RSI) was at its 30-line.  Williams’ %R was under its 80-line.  Not long after Money Flow (MFI) fell under its 20-line.

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Marijuana Boom 2018: Two of the Most Popular Stocks

The marijuana story is still growing like a weed.

As controversial as it may be, it’s also one of the most explosive opportunities we’ve seen. In fact, with recent legalization, marijuana could very well be a $30 billion market in four years. It’s only a $6.7 billion industry right now, up 30% from 2015.

Right now, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. As for its recreational approval, California just became the eighth state to make it legal.

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A Closer Look at Energy ETF Opportunities

Since June 2017, oil prices rocketed from a low of $42.05 to a high of $64.30 in early 2018.

At the time, that was the highest crude oil prices had been since May 2015 thanks in part to OPEC production cuts.  We were also seeing strong demand growth in China, too.

It’s the reason Exxon Mobil (XOM) jumped from a 2017 low of $75 to $87.50. Chevron (CVX) ran from $101 to $133.60.  Conoco Phillips (COP) exploded from $42 to $60.

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Cryptocurrency 2018: It’s Finding Global Acceptance

It’s the ultimate disruptor.

With the emergence of cryptocurrency, global financial transactions are being decentralized on an incredible scale. It’s already changing the dynamics of international and domestic trade. And, according to some analysts, it’s only a matter of time before cryptocurrencies see global acceptance.

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How to Hedge Against a Market Correction

Markets hit all-time highs.

Optimism and confidence in markets soared to unbelievable heights.

There was nothing but euphoria. Nothing could stop the rally.

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Cryptocurrency Trading: Three Essential Facts

Historically, the stock market has been one of the greatest creators of wealth.

While U.S. stocks have returned an average 9% return between 1871 and 2017, crypto currency returns have left that number in the dust since the start of 2017. But before you rush off to mortgage the home to buy into the crypto craze, there are a few facts you need to understand. 

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Tax Reform 2018: Three of the Biggest Winners

When the Dow Jones Industrials exploded to an all-time high of 26,086, it did so just a week after hitting 25,000. That was the fastest 1,000-point rise we’ve ever seen.

"We're just starting to see Corporate America tell us what a lower corporate tax rate means to the bottom line. We shouldn't dismiss that," noted Art Hogan, chief market strategist a B. Riley FBR, as quoted by CNN Money.

Even better, Goldman Sachs believes the bull market could run another three years.

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Crypto Spotlight: Ethereum (ETC)

In early January 2018, Ethereum hit an all-time high of $1,417.

That means in a single year, the coin has skyrocketed more than 13,765% since January 2017 when it traded at just $10.22. 

And according to its co-creator, Steve Nerayoff, as quoted by CNBC, “the price of ethereum could ‘easily double or triple by the end of the year.”

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This ETF Sector Is Primed for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced -- and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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Crypto Spotlight: The Coin to Watch in 2018

At the end of 2016, the value of all crypto coins was valued at nearly $17.5 billion.

As of the end of 2017, the combined valued of 1,370 coins had a value of $605 billion.

And to be very honest, the boom shows no signs of slowing down.

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These Infrastructure Stocks are Leaders of the Pack

American’s infrastructure has been failing for quite some time.

One look at the countless potholes, congested roads, derailed trains, collapsed bridges and dams is proof enough.  Just to fix it all could cost as much as $3.6 trillion by 2020, says the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

What’s worse, the ASCE just gave current U.S infrastructure a D+ rating. Even the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has estimated that there’s an $808.2 billion backlog in deferred maintenance on the nation’s rail and bus lines. 

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Why It Pays to Trade Seasonal Trends

As anyone with a respiratory system will tell you, flu season isn’t fun.

But as any investor holding pharmacy and flu-related, coughing-sniffling remedy stocks will tell you it’s one of the best times of the year.

Each year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consults recommendations from the World Health Organization, trying to get the right composition for its flu vaccines. The FDA experts pick the flu strains they expect to be the most dominant that year, and make recommendations to the vaccine manufacturers.

Then they wait, and hope they're right.

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The Dogs of the Dow 2018

With the Dogs of the Dow, you’re simply buying the highest yielding 10 Dow Jones stocks that fell out of favor, investing an equal amount in each, liquidating by January 1 of the following year, and repeating for nearly predictable rewards.

Even better, it's easy to use, and it performs well.

The way you pick the Dogs is very simple.

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ETF Trading: The Best Way to Hedge for “What Ifs”

It’s always important to be aware of “what ifs.”

Markets may have hit all time highs in November 2017. Optimism and confidence in markets were soaring to unbelievable heights. But we’ve seen this move before. And as I tell many traders and investors, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to protect your portfolio from potential swings lower.

That’s because if we’re not prepared, all of the gains you see today could be gone tomorrow.

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Why It Pays to Trade Seasonality

Seasonal trading theories are a dime a dozen.

  • The first half of the year tends to bring better returns that the second half.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks whose price was beaten down in the previous year have a tendency to outperform the rest of the DJIA in the following year.
  • There’s even the theory that markets in the northern and southern hemispheres predictably succumb to the winter blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • There’s the January Effect -- that expected time of year when tax conscious investors sell stocks to write off losses against capital gains. The “tax sell-off” would depress stock values lower until buyers came back in early January.
  • There’s the “Sell in May and go away” idea that hasn’t worked so well.
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Use these Simple Indicators for Trade Confirmation

There is no such thing as the “Holy Grail” of trading and investing.

It just doesn’t exist. But you can give yourself a fighting chance, if you’re willing to trade smart with confirmation.

That’s because confirmation is key to trading success.

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Marijuana ETF Exposes You to $17 Billion at Less Cost

Controversial or not, one of the hottest investments of 2018 could very well be the marijuana story. In fact, even after some monster moves in the sector, there’s still further upside remaining. 

Look at Canopy Growth (TWMJF), for example to see how real the boom has been. The stock more than doubled in November 2017 on excitement surrounding the issue of legalization and news of a major investor. 

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The Best Way to Invest in Rare Earths and Strategic Metals

By now, you’re very well aware of the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

What you may not know is that it’s heating up faster than any one expected.

The chief energy economist of French Oil Major Total S.A. believes electric cars could make up 15% to 30% of global new vehicle sales by 2030, as noted by Bloomberg, as we noted last month. OPEC just quintupled its forecast for sales of EVs to 266 million from 46 million. The International Energy Agency doubled its 2030 forecast from 23 million to 58 million.

 

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Hammers: Two of the Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

It’s not difficult to understand why candlesticks have become so popular.

Unlike your typical bar or line chart, candlestick charts tell us four essential things in a given day – the open, high, low and close. More importantly, they can tell us how strong or weak the bulls or bears are at a point in time.

For example, if I spot a doji cross at top of trend, it’s an indication of indecision among the bulls and bears. It can also tell technicians – based on historical observations – if a trend is likely to reverse in the opposite direction. 

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The Top Stocks to Own for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced… and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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A Closer Look at Why Defense ETFs are Worth Every Penny

One of the best ways to diversify at less cost is with an ETF.

In late September 2017, most defense names became very expensive.

  • Raytheon (RTN) was up to $185
  • Boeing (BA) traded at $256
  • General Dynamics (GD) was at $205
  • Northrop Grumman (NOC) was at $282
  • United Technologies (UTX) was at $114
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Solar Stocks: The Technical Picture Many Traders Missed

Never ignore the downtrodden, we noted in late March 2017.

At the time, we were talking about solar stocks, many of which had been left for dead, ignored at historic lows.  Many became ridiculously oversold on a perfect storm of lower gas prices, concerns the government would phase out subsidies, as well as crushing amounts of debt.

While the fundamentals told a story of despair, technical analysis painted a completely different story, highlighting just how oversold related stocks became.

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Why It’s Essential to Blend Technical and Fundamental Analysis

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Unfortunately, those very words of Thomas Edison are often lost on investors.

Instead, investors miss opportunity because a stock appears to be boring, or because the “herd” has convinced them not to buy. 

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The Economic Truth of Natural Disasters

The Gulf Coast couldn’t catch a break in August 2017. September promises the same fate for Florida.

After dumping trillions of gallons of water on Texas, estimates noted the storm could cost as much as $160 billion, or the combined costs of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Hurricane Irma could easily rival or surpass the devastation from Harvey.

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The Shiller P/E Ratio: The Most Worrisome Signs of a Correction?

One of the most worrisome signs we’re overdue for a correction is the Shiller P/E at 30.13.

Developed by Yale University’s Robert Shiller, the ratio helps us determine how much of your portfolio should be invested in stocks, based on the relationship between the price you pay for a stock and the value you get in return.

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Six Key Tools to Unlock Fundamental Value

Fundamental analysis may not be able to hand us immediate information on the psychology of the herd, but what it can unveil is long-term value.  With it, we’re trying to identify six key pieces of information that will help tell us if a company is overvalued, or undervalued with good chances for upside.

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How to Spot Where Breakouts Will Happen

Months ago, the drug industry was in a state of panic.

Between tweets from Hillary Clinton, and comments from Donald Trump’s that the industry was “getting away with murder” investors became unnerved for quite some time. There were even fears that pricing controls could wreak havoc on the sector, too. 

However, most of that, we believe, was priced in on a massive pullback.

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The Magic of Moving Average Crossovers

By now, you’re well aware of how to find trends using simple moving averages, such as the 50- and 200-day moving averages.   But you should also know how to potentially spot when a trend could stop dead in its tracks, or birth a new trend.

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10 Marijuana Stocks to Watch Had Gains as High as 114.3% in July 2017

This list shows the top marijuana stocks to watch this month (July 2017), based on month-to-date returns. After this pot stock list, we'll show you why Canada's upcoming marijuana legalization could increase marijuana sales by 400% next year, plus how to get in on the best pot stocks to own before legalization begins...

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How to Invest in Airline Stocks in 2017

Airline stocks may be popular investments in 2017, but we do not recommend adding them to your portfolio. Just take a look at the trading volume of airline stocks, and you can see their popularity.

JetBlue Airways Corp. (Nasdaq: JBLU), a company with a $7.6 billion market cap, has an average trading volume of 4.6 million shares per day. Meanwhile, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and its $445 billion market cap sees an average of 3.6 million shares changing hands per day.

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4 “When and Where”s of High Probability Setups

Today, I want to quickly highlight one of our most powerful methods which simply looks at 4 places that have high probability trades day in and day out.

You have heard about high-probability entry setups, and you probably wonder if they really exist.

While there is...

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Options Strategy: The Butterfly Trap Nets Huge Profits on Big Moves

As a professional trader I am NOT in the business of predicting the future. Instead, I ANTICIPATE where a stock may go, and then apply the right strategy to profit from the move. I prefer to trade stocks like TSLA, AMZN, PCLN, and CMG … etc. because they have the potential to make big moves.

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“X” Marks The Spot: A New Way To Capitalize On Major Stock Moves

In my youth, I used to love reading books and watching movies about pirates and buried treasure. Sooner or later, someone would discover the treasure map, leading to a wild adventure to find the buried treasure chest. In most of these swashbuckling tales, the location of the buried gold was marked with an “X” on the map.

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The US Dollar, Oil, & Equities: Opportunities Abound in 2017

Not too long ago, I made a video describing the trading opportunities I see for 2017. Since then, we've witnessed some interesting developments that confirm my original expectations. In particular, I mentioned that it was likely that OPEC and non-OPEC members would likely stand firm on their decision to cut production in order to support oil prices above $50 per barrel.

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The Absolute Best Entry Points for Stocks

Over the years, we’ve found that studying nothing more than charts can help traders break away from the herd-like pack and spot moves before they actually happen.

While homework on fundamentals is essential, it’s a terrible idea to pull the trigger on any trade without first looking at the chart.  Stock ABC may seem fundamentally strong after further review, but if the chart shows resistance at current prices, and a higher likelihood of failure, you need to be aware of that.

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The Biggest Reason Why Investors Never Become Rich

If you want to be a millionaire, that’s great. I wish you all the best of luck.

But you won’t get there if you don’t take the time to learn, practice, or even allow emotion to dictate how you trade.  It takes discipline in the end.  Without it, you’ll never reap the rewards that many stocks offer. 

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Why I sold Every Mutual Fund I Had

Mutual funds are one of the biggest scams ever pulled on the average investor.

Despite high fees, over diversification, and decades of staggering underperformance, well-dressed salesmen (“financial professionals” as they call themselves) continue to herd our personal wealth into these abysmal products.

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A Crash Course in Stock Spin-Offs

Following the herd is the surest way of achieving mediocre performance. To produce superior returns, investors have two options.

First, be smarter or know more than the other guy. Legendary investor, Howard Marks, refers to this as “second level thinking." For example, “Everyone thinks Apple has peaked and sales will begin to suffer. But I believe they are wrong and the company’s brand loyalty and continued innovation will generate greater-than-expected sales and profits. Therefore, I’m going to buy the stock even though the talking heads on CNBC prefer Samsung.”

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Technical Analysis: The Importance of Money Flow

When it comes to trading, one of the best ways to tell what’s happening is by paying attention to the flow of money in and out of a stock. None of us want to buy a stock if money is flowing out, right? Of course not… It’s a great way to lose money.  Instead, we want to buy if we’re seeing money flow in.

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