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The Week Ahead: Big Tech Earnings, Fed Rate Decision Likely To Dominate Headlines

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The Week Ahead: Big Tech Earnings, Fed Rate Decision Likely To Dominate Headlines

Below is a list of notable corporate events for the week beginning Jan. 29. Note, this list is not comprehensive and all dates are subject to change.


  • NobleCon 2018 Jan. 29 thru Jan. 30

Notable Earnings

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) Q4 premarket
  • Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) Q2 premarket
  • Hawaiian Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: HA) Q4 after hours


  • VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: VTGN) Phase 2 AV-101 Update at Noble Capital Markets Investor Conference 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Investor Events
  • Energizer Holdings, Inc (NYSE: ENR) annual shareholder meeting
  • Avinger, Inc (NASDAQ: AVGR) special shareholder meeting to vote on $15M common stock offering to Lincoln Park Capital Fund

IPO Quiet Period Expiration
Dogness (International) Corporation (NASDAQ: DOGZ)
Secondary Offering Lockup Expirations

  • Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CMTA)


  • API U.S. Crude Oil Inventories 4:30 p.m. ET

Notable Earnings

  • McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) Q4 premarket
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc (NYSE: HOG) Q4 premarket
  • Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) Q4 premarket
  • Illumina, Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN) Q4 after hours
  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (NASDAQ: AMD) Q4 after hours
  • Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA) Q3 after hours

Investor Events

  • J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc (NYSE: JAX) special shareholder meeting on M&A
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) annual shareholder meeting

IPO Quiet Period Expiration

  • LexinFintech Holdings (NASDAQ: LX)

Secondary Offering Lockup Expiration

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Despite Chinese Growth, Bernstein Downgrades Starbucks On Slower American Business

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Despite Chinese Growth, Bernstein Downgrades Starbucks On Slower American Business

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) reported fiscal first-quarter earnings last week, disappointing some Wall Street analysts due to poor performance in the North American unit, but fueling optimism in others over the company’s prospects in China.  

The Analyst

Bernstein’s Sara Senatore downgraded Starbucks’ stock rating from Outperform to Market-Perform with a price target lowered from $67 to $64.

The Thesis

The case for being aggressive on Starbucks’ stock at a time of disappointing metrics in the U.S. is based on the company’s prospects for China, where a new store is being opened every 15 hours, Senatore said in a Monday note. (See the analyst’s track record here.) 

But the business mix shift isn’t happening at a fast enough pace to offset the domestic problems, the analyst said. 

Starbucks’ prospects in China are comparable with Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM)’s aggressive growth in China, which picked up momentum in 2004 and prompted the company to spin its China-business into a new stock, Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC), Senatore said. The difference: unlike Yum’s business back in 2004, Starbucks’ business remains “meaningfully more weighted” to the U.S., she said. 

The Chinese contribution to Starbucks’ segment EBIT in fiscal 2017 was 8 percent and it’s expected to grow to 13 percent in fiscal 2020, according to Bernstein. In contrast, Yum’s China contribution to segment EBIT back in 2004 was 16 percent. 

Starbucks’ business mix continues to shift to China which does represent a “powerful long-term story,” the analyst said. The issue is that it is happening at a pace that is “not fast enough” to offset softness in the North American business. 

Price Action

Shares of Starbucks were trading lower by nearly 1 percent ahead of Monday’s market open.

Related Links:

Starbucks COO Says Company’s Business In China Will Be Bigger Than The US

Goldman Sachs Removes Starbucks From Conviction

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Benzinga’s Top Upgrades, Downgrades For January 29, 2018

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Top Upgrades

  • Argus upgraded Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI) from Hold to Buy. Kinder Morgan shares rose 0.96 percent to $18.95 in pre-market trading.
  • Evercore ISI Group upgraded Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) from Underperform to In-Line. Equity Residential rose 0.54 percent to close at $61.54 on Friday.
  • Analysts at JP Morgan upgraded Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO) from Neutral to Overweight. Momo shares rose 3.17 percent to $31.32 in pre-market trading.
  • Atlantic Equities upgraded Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) from Underweight to Neutral. Halliburton shares gained 0.74 percent to close at $55.61 on Friday.
  • Analysts at BTIG Research upgraded Regency Centers Corp (NYSE: REG) from Neutral to Buy. Regency Centers shares dropped 1.5 percent to close at $63.16 on Friday.
  • Analysts at Barclays upgraded Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Allergan shares rose 1.40 percent to $189.55 in pre-market trading.
  • Wells Fargo upgraded Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL) from Market Perform to Outperform. Western Alliance Bancorp shares rose 0.61 percent to close at $ 59.41 on Friday.

Top Downgrades

  • Piper Jaffray downgraded Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) from Overweight to Neutral. Finisar shares fell 2.41 percent to $18.61 in pre-market trading.
  • Bernstein downgraded Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) from Outperform to Market Perform. Starbucks shares fell 0.83 percent to $57.51 in pre-market trading.
  • Analysts at RBC Capital downgraded Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO) from Outperform to Sector Perform. Diageo fell 1.97 percent to $142.16 in pre-market trading.
  • Societe Generale downgraded TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) from Buy to Hold. TechnipFMC shares fell 1.35 percent to $33.64 in pre-market trading.
  • JP Morgan downgraded Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD) from Overweight to Neutral. Air Products shares fell 2.39 percent to close at $169.85 on Friday.
  • Evercore ISI Group downgraded CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR) from Outperform to In-Line. Carbo Ceramics shares dropped 8.71 percent to close at $9.33 on Friday.
  • Cowen & Co. downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) from Outperform to Market Perform. Alliance Data Systems shares rose 3.56 percent to close

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6 Stocks To Watch For January 29, 2018

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6 Stocks To Watch For January 29, 2018

Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • Wall Street expects Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) to report quarterly earnings at $4.05 per share on revenue of $14.73 billion before the opening bell. Lockheed Martin shares gained 3.04 percent to close at $344.90 on Friday.
  • Analysts expect Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) to post quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $701.94 million after the closing bell. Crane shares rose 0.26 percent to close at $94.09 on Friday.
  • After the markets close, Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $1.77 billion. Sanmina shares surged 3.33 percent to close at $27.90 on Friday.

Find out what’s going on in today’s market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga’s PreMarket Prep.

Wall Street expects Principal Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ: PFG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.36 per share on revenue of $3.64 billion after the closing bell. Principal Financial shares rose 1.05 percent to close at $75.04 on Friday.

Before the markets open, Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. Seagate shares climbed 3.33 percent to close at $54.94 on Friday.

Analysts are expecting Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE: RGA) to have earned $2.84 per share on revenue of $3.18 billion in the latest quarter. Reinsurance Group will release earnings after the markets close. Reinsurance Group of America shares declined 0.42 percent to close at $161.34 on Friday.

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The Current US Economic Divide Is “The Founding Fathers’ Worst Nightmare Come True”


The Current US Economic Divide Is "The Founding Fathers' Worst Nightmare Come True"

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Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog,

I have made the case that as goes housing starts (blue columns below), so goes jobs creation and more broadly the US economy.  And as goes interest rates (black line below) and deficit spending (on an annual % change basis of total debt (essentially as a % of GDP), red line below), so goes new housing. 

Simply, when deficit spending accelerates and interest rates are declining, America builds new housing and the broader economy hums.  However, debt grows far faster than the resultant economic activity, and debt to GDP soars (yellow line).  Conversely, when deficit spending is decelerating and rates are rising (as they are now), new housing creation decelerates/declines and economic recession is imminent.

*When showing the change in deficit spending, I'm showing the year over change in actual federal debt (as per the Treasury), not the White House deficit numbers which do not reflect actual increases to federal debt.

But many people rightly state that federal deficit spending is currently at a half trillion and likely to surge back above a trillion dollars in the near future.  So what am I talking about decelerating deficits???

To help clarify my point when I say deficits are decelerating, the chart below shows total debt (red shaded area), annual federal debt spending in dollars (black line, on a quarterly basis) and annual federal debt spending in % terms (yellow line, also on a quarterly basis).

So the current change in federal debt, on an annual basis, is currently a half trillion dollars and likely set to grow to a trillion plus relatively soon based on demographic changes (slowing SS receipts, larger outlays, Medicare/Medicaid spending, etc.) plus tax cuts reducing tax revenue.  However, it is the correlation of federal debt growth in % terms (yellow line in above chart, representing rate of growth) which seems to have greater impact.

As the total debt grows (total debt now essentially equals GDP), the denominator is larger and the resultant debt spending must be that much…
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Turkey Demands US Forces Leave Syria’s Manbij Immediately


Turkey Demands US Forces Leave Syria's Manbij Immediately

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Submitted by Brecht Jonkers and Andrew Illingworth via Al-Masdar News,

As Turkish and allied militant forces from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) advance further upon Kurdish positions in northern Syria, Turkey has called upon the United States to vacate its military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Turkish foreign minister Melet Cavusoglu said that Ankara is calling upon the US, its official ally in NATO, to cease any and all support to Syrian Kurdish forces and militias.

Cavusoglu’s statement came mere hours after an official telephone talk between Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and US National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster about the ongoing Turkish invasion of Syrian soil.

Turkish backed forces advancing in Afrin. Image via South Front

Though unconfirmed by officials in Washington, the US-funded Voice of America reports that McMaster "pledged to stop giving arms to YPG Kurdish forces in Syria" during the phone call. However, it is unclear what this would mean on the ground as the Pentagon has in the past attempted to make a linguistic distinction between the YPG per se (Kurdish "People's Protection Units") and the Syrian Democratic Forces (the former comprises the bulk of the latter), as well as a distinction between YPG operating in Afrin Canton and the rest of Kurdish forces in Rojava.

Voice of America reports the following of the high level phone call between McMaster and Erdogan's presidential spokesman:

Turkey said Saturday that Washington has pledged to stop giving arms to YPG Kurdish forces in Syria, as Turkey's offensive against the U.S.-backed group there enters its eight day. Turkey's presidency said in a statement that U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke Friday with Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. McMaster confirmed in the phone conversation that the U.S. would not give weapons to the YPG militia, the statement said. There has been no U.S. confirmation.

While both Turkey and the United States are in violation of international law by entering Syria with military forces without permission by Damascus or a UN mandate, both countries have vastly different interests in the country.

The United States has for years supplied weapons and training…
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What Will Cause The Next Recession?


What Will Cause The Next Recession?

Courtesy of Zero Hedge

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via The Mises Institute,

The most recent consensus estimates for global Gross Domestic Product growth show a healthy “synchronised” development in most economies.

Expectations for the major economies are much stronger than what economists expected at the end of 2016 for the next three years. Seems all concerns about a global slowdown and subsequent recession have disappeared. What has changed?


The first major driver of this newfound optimism is China. The Chinese economy has not slowed down as aggressively as predicted nor has the Yuan devalued as much as feared. The counterpart is that deleveraging and structural reforms have vanished from the China debate. Chinese total debt has surpassed 300%. In the first ten months of the year, money supply has increased by 9.2%, significantly above estimates. From January to October 2017, China has added more debt than the UK, EU, US and Japan together, and that should be a cause of concern in the next months.

Bond yields are already rising in China and the stubborn decision of the government to “print” an official growth above 6% is also creating significant imbalances in the economy that will be more difficult to solve if ignored.

Political Catalysts

The second factor behind the current wave of optimism can be found in the excessive risk attached to political catalysts in the past two years. As economists, many of us were concerned about the different events in the political calendar, from Brexit to the Trump presidency, to the French and German elections. None of these events have generated a dramatic negative effect on the major economies.

The feared “rise of protectionism” did not happen, and trade growth rose above expectations, and economic recovery accelerated throughout the year. In effect, many were wrong attaching too much risk to political events, but this has led to an opposite effect. By the end of 2017 what we can read out of consensus estimates is that political risk has been all but ignored.

Inflation Expectations

The third relevant factor has been the gradual increase in inflation expectations. For many, it does not

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    Hola people! 

    Futures opening just as crazy high as they closed – ain't no stopping us now.  

    Trade of the Year/Maya – That's a good question because I wanted it to be LB but then LB took off too fast before Thanksgiving and, officially, I switched to HBI.  Both have pulled back a bit and I do like LB better and it was simply a positioning issue.  So the trade we have in the Money Talk Portfolio, when I was on in Sept, was our original LB trade and, since we reset the other portfolio in Dec (before the drop in Retail), we didn't have a chance to get back into either at low prices yet (though we are still hopeful earning will disappoint or the market simply corrects).  

    NAK/Maya – Ouch, that totally sucks! 

    Good quote Naybob.

    Speaking of the Money Talk Portfolio, I'm on the show Wednesday and I've got to write up a review:

    From a $50,000 start we're up 74% to $86,975 in our first year.  These are very much "set and forget" trades as we have never even made an adjustment and they represent trade ideas that were made on just two shows – one in January and one in September.  

    As with many of our Philstockworld trades, we use very little cash for our initial positions, saving that firepower for adjustments if a trade goes south but, when they don't – they can be money-gushers.  These trades, of course, follow our strategy of "Be the House – NOT the Gambler" in which we sell more premium than we buy, giving ourselves a tremendous edge every time we make a trade.  

    AAPL – This is a $30,000 spread that cost us $6,100 in cash to initiate and the margin required on the short puts is $8,541 but worth it as we had very little fear Apple would fail $140 so the risk was deemed low.  Currently, the spread is net $13,550, which is up $7,450 (122%) but we still have another $16,450

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Illinois Unveils Another Shocker: Sell A Record $107 Billion In Debt To Fund Insolvent Pensions


Illinois Unveils Another Shocker: Sell A Record $107 Billion In Debt To Fund Insolvent Pensions

Courtesy of Zero Hedge

If there is such a thing as financial hell, it is probably Greece… with Illinois coming in close second.

For those unfamiliar, here's a quick recap: Illinois (rate just one notch above junk) is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it's largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90's, while rising taxes have prompted a mass exodus with the state lost 1 resident every 4.3 minutes in 2017. 

Here is just a small taste of some of our recent posts on Illinois' challenges:

Seen in this light, any irrational actions undertaken by the near-insolvent state would almost make sense, if not be expected. Actually make that irrational and utterly bizarre, such as a proposed offering of a mind-blowing $107 billion in debt - a never before attempted amount in the world of munis - to "fund" the state's insolvent pension system, which would also assure that Illinois would default (even faster) in the very near future.

According to Bloomberg, Illinois lawmakers are so desperate to shore up the state’s massively underfunded retirement system that "they’re willing to entertain an eye-popping wager: Borrowing $107 billion and letting it ride in the financial markets."

If that number sounds oddly large, is because it is: an offering of this size would be by far the biggest debt sale in the history of the municipal market, and amount to roughly 50% more debt than bankrupt Puerto Rico accumulated in the run up to its record-setting insolvency.

Putting the proposed deal in context, Illinois had…
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S&P Rally Continues to Fire as Dow Breaks Out Again

Courtesy of Declan.

Another firm round of gains across all markets kept things buoyant. The Dow managed a fresh breakout from channel resistance on higher volume accumulation.  This has the look of yet another channel acceleration as the chance for a parabolic blowout increases.

The Nasdaq finished at new highs but hasn’t yet made it into the 10% zone of historic extreme Nasdaq action going back to 1971.

Action in the Russell 2000 has made managing a short position at bearish wedge resistance difficult as whipsaw remains the risk. However, the relative performance of the index continues to deteriorate which means if selling picks up then the Russell 2000 is likely to be the index to lead markets downwards.

The Semiconductor Index experienced a heavier sell off last week but on Friday managed to make back most of this lost ground. The break of 1,342 is holding but if this can’t breach 1,393 soon then look for weakness to spread to high flying Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100.

For Monday, watch the Semiconductor Index for leads. While the Russell 2000 is typically viewed as the leading market sentiment indicator (given its more speculative nature) the Semiconductor Index is experiencing an increased divergence to the Nasdaq/Nasdaq 100 – as shown by its weak relative performance to the latter index. If Semiconductors struggle then the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 will be vulnerable to profit taking, leaving Large Caps as the last of the high flyers.

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A massive power outage like Argentina's could happen in the US - 4 essential reads


A massive power outage like Argentina's could happen in the US – 4 essential reads

A man reads the newspaper by flashlight during the Northeast Blackout in August 2003. AP Photo/Joe Kohen

Courtesy of Jeff Inglis, The Conversation

Argentina and Uruguay are recovering from nationwide power blackouts that cut electricity to tens of millions of people, including some in ...

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Fed Hints At July Cut As Expected, Drops "Patient" Language, Says "Outlook Uncertainty" Has Increased

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With stocks 1% away from record highs and bond yields (and the curve) tumbling as market expectations for multiple rate-cuts surge, Fed Chair Powell is going to have to thread a very fine needle today - shifting Fed indications towards the market's view without panicking markets over "what he knows that we don't." And of course, Trump will be watching closely...

Offering Powell some room for maneuver is the fact that June rate-cut expectations are around 23%, but July expectations are over 80%, so the dots better adjust soon.


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Interest Rates Bottoming On Fed Decision Day?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

This afternoon the Fed will announce if they are going to lower interest rates. Does the bond market already have a rate decrease priced into the market? Possible!

This chart looks at the yield on the 10-year note over the past 20-years. Without a doubt, the long-term trend of lower highs remains in play.

Rates have declined over 35% since hitting 20-year falling resistance, that came into play in October of 2018.

The decline has rates testing rising channel support and the 2017 lows this week at (1). While dual support is being tested, weekly momentum is hitting the lowest ...

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Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For June 19, 2019

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Top Upgrades
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey upgraded Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) from Hold to Buy. TripAdvisor shares rose 3.2% to $47.80 in pre-market trading.
  • Wedbush upgraded Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE: SIX) from Neutral to Outperform. Six Flags shares rose 2.5% to $52.90 in pre-market trading.
  • Analysts at Goldman Sachs upgraded Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW) from Neutral to Buy. Lamb Weston rose 3.5% to $61.03 in pre-market trading.
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Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

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Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

If you’ve got the raw data, why not mine it for more info? Sergey Nivens/

Courtesy of Sarah Catherine Nelson, University of Washington

Back in 2016, Helen (a pseudonym) took three different direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA. She saw genetic testing as a way...

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Silver Review

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The folks in the federal reserve will debase the US dollar currency to an extreme degree silver will finally lift off the floor.. 

Note: Readers should re watch the silver back screen news video, here.

The following video looks at price action and Wyckoff logic.

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Cryptos Are Crashing As Asia Opens, Bitcoin Back Below $8k

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Having survived the day's bloodbath in US tech stocks, cryptos are crashing in the early Asian session, apparently playing catch-down to the day's de-risking.

While no catalyst is immediately evident, there are some reports noting 13 large global banks are preparing to launch digital versions of major global currencies next year, though we suspect this drop was more algorithmic that fundamental-driven.


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More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism


The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Free eBook - "My Top Strategies for 2017"



Here's a free ebook for you to check out! 

Phil has a chapter in a newly-released eBook that we think you’ll enjoy.

In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

This chapter isn’t about risk or leverage. Phil present a few smart, practical ideas you can use as a hedge against inflation as well as hedging strategies designed to assist you in staying ahead of the markets.

Some other great content in this free eBook includes:


·       How 2017 Will Affect Oil, the US Dollar and the European Union


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