Archive for February, 2019

“Complete Collapse”: Iceberg Twice The Size Of NYC Set To Break Off Antarctica

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Dangerous cracks developing across Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf are due to unleash a massive iceberg twice the size of New York City, according to NASA researchers who warn when it breaks, it could destabilize the entire shelf.

NASA recently released images acquired by Landsat satellites of Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf, where a rift is visibly slicing through the shelf. Researchers said the crack had been stable for more than three decades, but since, has been moving north at about 2.5 miles per year.

“The near-term future of Brunt Ice Shelf likely depends on where the existing rifts merge relative to the McDonald Ice Rumples,” said Joe MacGregor, a glaciologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “If they merge upstream (south) of the McDonald Ice Rumples, then it’s possible that the ice shelf will be destabilized.

The rift is moving toward another fissure, as known as Halloween crack, that is located 3 miles away. Halloween crack was first discovered in 2016, continues to move east, and when the two rifts intersect in the very near term, an iceberg is formed measuring 660 square miles.

“We don’t have a clear picture of what drives the shelf’s periods of advance and retreat through calving,” said NASA/UMBC glaciologist Chris Shuman.

“The likely future loss of the ice on the other side of the Halloween Crack suggests that more instability is possible.”

Researchers are puzzled on what drives this process, known as calving, could mean the health of the shelf is in immediate danger.

“At worst, this calving could destabilize the remainder of the Brunt Ice Shelf leading to its complete collapse,” Dominic Hodgson, a senior scientist at the British Antarctic Survey, told NBC News Tuesday in an email.

“This would then likely be followed by an acceleration of ice in the upstream glaciers, increasing their contribution to sea level.”

Calving is a natural part of the life cycle of ice shelves, but recent rifts forming in the region are unusual. The edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf has evolved since Ernest Shackleton surveyed the coast in 1915, but in the last several years, the speed of its transformation has been accelerated.

The risk of the 660 square mile shelf breaking off has prompted safety concerns for researchers working in the area, particularly researchers at the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Station, a major base for Earth, atmospheric, and space science research typically operates year-round, but has recently closed operations due to unpredictable changes in the ice.

If the converging cracks destabilize
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One Media Expert’s Take On Why Plepler Quit HBO

Courtesy of Benzinga.

One Media Expert's Take On Why Plepler Quit HBO

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) CEO Randall Stephenson publicly praised HBO executive Richard Plepler on many occasions after buying the media property, but now the HBO executive is calling it quits after 27 years. The sudden move had CNBC’s Andrew Sorkin asking New York Times media reporter and CNBC contributor Ed Lee: “what went wrong?”

What Happened

Plepler’s decision to quit the media business is likely a function of the “job being different” under AT&T’s umbrella, Lee said. Prior to AT&T’s acquisition of HBO, the channel was a “very separate enterprise” within the former Warner Media portfolio.

Now AT&T will “collapse a lot of the back-end operations” and John Stankey, a former AT&T executive now in charge of media, will be leading the strategy, Lee said. 

“When there is less strategy for you to work on, what do you do at that kind of company?”

Why It’s Important

The main concern some investors likely have is that HBO will become more of a mass market and less of a premium offering under AT&T’s control. This could occur to a degree, Lee said, and the main challenge for AT&T is to “supercharge” its network with more content and a compelling over-the-top streaming platform.

What’s Next

Despite recent management shuffles, Stephenson and Stankey will continue emphasizing HBO as being the “centerpiece” of AT&T’s media brand going forward, Lee said. HBO is the “best brand” in the property, but the company needs to make the platform “bigger and broader,” Lee said — but without triggering consumer backlash. 

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Funko Shares Rally After Q4 Print, BMO Lifts Price Target

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Funko Shares Rally After Q4 Print, BMO Lifts Price Target

Shares of Funko Inc. (NASDAQ: FNKO) were popping Friday after the toymaker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and strong guidance for the coming year on the strength of its wildly popular Pop! bobblehead-like figures.

At least one Street analyst worries that the pop culture figurines might be a fad.

Funko stock was trading higher Friday after the Everett, Washington-based company’s strong showing Thursday in which it beat the Street on revenue and profit estimates. Earnings per share were a full dime ahead of analyst expectations, coming in at 44 cents per share on an in-line revenue report of $198.2 million.

The Analyst

BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson maintained a Market Perform rating on Funko and boosted the price target from $12 to $20.  

The Thesis

The problem for Johnson is what he sees as a lack of diversity in product mix.

The analyst is hesitant to recommend the stock “because we believe that Pop!, which contributes about two-thirds of company sales, could be a fad.”

BMO would need to see “better diversification of revenues” and a lower share price in order to turn bullish, Johnson said. 

Funko, which CNBC recently called “a cornerstone in the geek merchandise industry,” has seen strong performance from its “Fortnite”-based Pop! collectible figurines. It also makes figurines based on characters from Disney movies, the Marvel Universe, Star Wars and even pop music figures. The company’s motto is “everyone is a fan of something.”

Price Action

Funko shares were up 4.45 percent at $20.78 at the time of publication Friday. 

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The Daily Biotech Pulse: Puma Biotech Earnings, Mersana Offering, Orphan Drug Designation For Ascendis

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The Daily Biotech Pulse: Puma Biotech Earnings, Mersana Offering, Orphan Drug Designation For Ascendis

Here’s a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours:

Scaling The Peaks

(Biotech stocks hitting 52-week highs on Feb. 28)

  • Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AMPH)
  • Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT)
  • Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY)
  • Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP)(announced positive Phase 3 results for teprotumumab, its treatment candidate for active thyroid eye disease)
  • NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEO)
  • Tcr2 Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TCRR) (listed on Feb. 14)
  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR)

Down In The Dumps

(Biotech stocks hitting 52-week lows on Feb. 28)

  • Achaogen Inc (NASDAQ: AKAO)
  • AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVEO)
  • CytomX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CTMX) (reacted to Q4 results)
  • RA Medical Systems Inc (NYSE: RMED)
  • Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KPTI) (reacted to Q4 results)
  • Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX)(reported negative trial results for its ResVax vaccine)
  • Seelos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SEEL)
  • Trillium Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TRIL)

Stock In Focus

Mersana to Offer Shares to Fund Pipeline Development

Mersana Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MRSN) intends to offer shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. All the shares are to be sold by the company.

Mersana said it intends to use the net proceeds to fund clinical development of XMT-1536, to progress its next ADC product candidate into Phase 1 trial, to progress its early platform development, among other things.

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10 Biggest Price Target Changes For Friday

Courtesy of Benzinga.

  • Citigroup boosted the price target for Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) from $72 to $77. Best Buy shares closed at $68.84 on Thursday.
  • Atlantic Equities lifted the price target on O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ: ORLY) from $370 to $400. O’Reilly Automotive shares closed at $371.96 on Thursday.
  • Wells Fargo cut the price target for Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ: NTNX) from $70 to $45. Nutanix shares closed at $50.09 on Thursday.
  • JP Morgan lowered the price target for Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ: MIK) from $18 to $15. Michaels shares closed at $14.14 on Thursday.
  • KeyBanc raised the price target for Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) from $168 to $184. Autodesk shares closed at $163.01 on Thursday.
  • Goldman Sachs boosted the price target for Farfetch Ltd (NYSE: FTCH) from $24 to $40. Farfetch shares closed at $24.50 on Thursday.
  • Barclays raised Hertz Global Holdings Inc (NYSE: HTZ) price target from $14 to $18. Hertz Global shares closed at $19.10 on Thursday.
  • JP Morgan raised Jianpu Technology Inc – ADR (NYSE: JT) price target from $5.50 to $9.50. Jianpu Technology shares closed at $7.19 on Thursday.
  • KeyBanc boosted the price target on VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) from $172 to $192. VMware shares closed at $171.81 on Thursday.
  • Citigroup cut Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) price target from $1,900 to $1,800. Booking shares closed at $1,697.04 on Thursday.

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The Greatest Investor You’ve Never Heard Of: An Optometrist Who Turned Billionaire

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Meet Dr. Herbert Wertheim, a South Florida optometrist and small businessman who in several decades, became a billionaire.

Wertheim, 79, is a self-made billionaire worth $2.3 billion, according to Forbes' The World's Billionaires list. His fortune comes from numerous inventions and buy-and-hold investing.

Wertheim could very well be the most significant individual investor many Americans have never heard of, and he recently sat down with Forbes to prove it.

Madeline Berg, a reporter at Forbes following the money, flipped through Wertheim's brokerage statements which showed hundreds of millions of dollars in tech stocks like Apple and Microsoft, purchased long ago at their IPOs. There are dozens of other blue-chip stocks in the portfolio, ranging from GE, Google, BP, and Bank of America.

Here is Wertheim's interesting path into becoming a billionaire.

In the early 1960s, he attended the Southern College of Optometry and after graduation started a small practice in South Florida. At nights, Wertheim spent his time tinkering on inventions, and in 1969, he invented an eyeglass tint for plastic lenses that filtered dangerous UV rays, helping to prevent cataracts.

Demand for Wertheim’s tint erupted, and he sold the royalty for $22,000. However, because of contractual breaches, he never collected any royalty funds from the deal.

So in 1970, Wertheim formed a new company, Brain Power Inc. (BPI). He established the company as a technology consulting firm, but at the same time, he reverted to developing tints, dyes and other technologies for eyewear.

A year later he invented the world’s first neutralizers, a chemical that restored lenses to their original state. At the time, he showed his wife a can containing the new chemical and said, ‘Nicole, what’s in this can is going to make us millionaires.’ ”

Between the tints, dyes, and neutralizers, Wertheim rolled the new technology into BPI, which became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of optical tints, selling products to companies like Bausch & Lomb, Zeiss and Polaroid.

Forbes said BPI "never achieved hypergrowth," but it allowed Wertheim more freedom to pursue a life of investing.

Similar to Warren Buffett, Wertheim believes in doubling down when he feels passionate about companies.

“If you like something at $13 a share, you should like it at $12, $11 or $10 a share,” Wertheim says. “If a stock continues to go down, and you believe in it and did your research, then you buy more. You are actually getting a better

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Vertical Group: Tonight’s Move Is Proof-Positive TSLA Has A Serious Demand Problem

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Submitted by Gordon Johnson Of Vertical Group

Earlier this evening in a widely anticipated announcement, TSLA, again, cut the prices on all existing cars – the third such cut in just two months – with the price concessions ranging from 4.8%-to-13.6% (Exhibit 1). Furthermore, TSLA announced availability of the widely anticipated $35K Model 3 (more on this below) – while this is welcome news to many, it comes 15 months after the car’s original promised timeline, which means the cost sensitive US buyer has lost $3,750 of the federal EV tax credit (and the true $35K version will only come in black, with any additional paint colors costing an extra $1.5K-$2.5K). However, TSLA also warned that 1Q19 would see its earnings go back into negative territory (after two straight quarters of profit), and announced its third round of layoffs just this year (TSLA is cutting the majority of its sales locations globally, shifting to a 100% online purchase model).

In short, there’s a lot to unload here; however, we believe tonight’s move is proof-positive TSLA has a serious demand problem (if TSLA was not experiencing tepid demand, in our view, it would not have cut the prices on all its cars three times just this year). In fact, we view this as an all-in move by TSLA to try to stay solvent (by our calculations, demand is very bad right now – we believe the Feb. sales report from InsideEVs will disappoint). With respect to the numbers, prior to today’s $2.9K price cut for the Mid-Range Model 3, TSLA cut the price by $2K on 1/2/19, then by $1.1K on 2/5/19. Moreover, when one also considers the fact that TSLA cut the price for Enhanced Auto Pilot (“EAP”) from $5K to $3K, or $2K in total, that’s another ~$1.540K in lost margin (~77% of buyers purchase EAP, so a $2K price drop is equivalent to a ~$1.540K drop in gross margin – EAP has virtually no associated costs, so it’s all margin). So, adding it all up, the ~20% margin on TSLA’s Mid-Range Model 3 alluded to in 4Q18 is now ~13% (by our calculation). Consequently, with OPEX expected to be up ~9% in 2019, that means TSLA is now firmly back in the loss-making column.

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Remember, The Fed Hasn’t Actually Done Anything Yet

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Authored by John Rubino via,

When the financial markets got, um, choppy towards the end of 2018, the Fed caved almost instantly. But only rhetorically.

Fed chair Powell promised to stop raising interest rates and shrinking the money supply, and the financial markets, trained to salivate at the sound of Fed happy talk, immediately morphed from “risk-off” to “risk-on.” Stocks are now approaching last year’s all-time highs, bond prices are way up (which is to say long-term interest rates are way down) and the financial press is back to celebrating the “Goldilocks economy.”

But remember that as far as actual monetary policy goes, nothing has changed. Last year’s Fed Funds rate increases are still in place, while the Fed’s balance sheet remains diminished (which is to say the cash drained from the economy as the bonds in the Fed’s account were retired remains out of action). So the damage has not been undone, and it’s starting to bite. Some examples:

US retail sales are falling:


Housing, which a year ago was in a mini-bubble, is rolling over. Housing starts are down…


… while existing home sales have cratered:


US manufacturing orders missed big in the most recent reporting month:

Corporate earnings, meanwhile, are so weak that analysts are talking about an “earnings recession”:

From a February Zero Hedge article:

One week ago, when looking at the dramatic collapse in consensus Q1 EPS estimates, we noted that the “profit party” is over and the days of near record earnings growth are about to end with a bang as a result of the recent barrage in profit warnings and negative preannouncements, first and foremost starting with Apple, which issued a shocking guidance cut one month ago for the first time since 2001. As a result, analysts have slashed their S&P500 earnings estimates for the first quarter, and the Q1 bottom-up EPS estimate dropped by 4.1% (to $38.55 from

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“There’s No Money” – Has China’s Shadow-Debt Reckoning Finally Arrived?

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Months before Beijing abandoned its deleveraging plans and approved a gargantuan 4.64 trillion yuan credit injection (including the "shadow" credit that the government had vowed to curb) – which, as we pointed out at the time, resembled the January 2016 "Shanghai Accord" intervention (when Beijing famously intervened to stop global stock markets from careening off a cliff) – a team of S&P credit analysts warned in an October report that China's debt burden might be much larger than previously believed.



Against a backdrop of soaring corporate defaults, the team from S&P warned that investors could safely tack on another ~40% of debt/GDP to China's total (with even more likely hidden from view) after a careful analysis of a new source of shadow debt being tapped by local governments to further their development plans. These Local Government Financing Vehicles, or LGFVs, represented "an iceberg with titanic credit risks" as local officials had increasingly turned to these sources of shadow financing to finance development projects while bureaucrats in Beijing struggled to turn off the credit taps.


Now that Beijing has reckoned with the idea that now is not the time to try and contain the country's massive debt load, even as the percentage of bad debt balloons, it increasingly appears that these measures might be too little, too late for investors who financed these LGFVs, as the Wall Street Journal revealed in a report about how a local government in China's impoverished Southern had caused a stir by stiffing its creditors after racking up a debt pile – largely through these LGFVs – equivalent to roughly three times the government's annual revenue.

When a group of wealthy investors traveled to Sanhe to confront the local government, they were swiftly rebuffed, leaving them little recourse to recover their money.

Meanwhile, many of the buildings that their money helped to finance stood half-finished.

A building splurge in this impoverished pocket of rural China ended in half-finished projects and a trail of angry investors from some of the country’s wealthiest areas.

On a recent winter workday, investors

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Heineken USA Cuts 15% Of Workforce 

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A few weeks ago, when observing the collapse in consensus Q1 EPS estimates, we noted that the “profit party” is over and the era of near-record earnings growth was about to end as a result of the recent barrage in profit warnings from US companies. One industry that has suffered in the earnings slowdown has been mass-market beer makers.

Beer companies, like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Constellation Brands and Pabst Brewing, have recently made significant cuts to their respective workforces, in response to slowing sales.

Brewbound is reporting that Heineken USA (HUSA) is the latest mass-market beer maker to announce significant layoffs.

HUSA spokesman Bjorn Trowery said in a statement that 15% of its entire workforce will be eliminated amid restructuring efforts.

“Today, we announced that we are modifying our sales team structure to align with our strategy and to enable more efficient ways of working,” he wrote.

This will help Heineken USA be more cost effective, and allow us to reinvest behind our brands and business in the U.S. While change that impacts our people is always difficult, we believe these changes will better position Heineken USA for the future.”

Some indicate that big brewers are losing drinkers becuase millennials are switching to craft beers.

However, that might not be the case, as well-known craft beer companies, including Heineken International-owned Lagunitas, Deschutes Brewery, and New Belgium Brewing, have all recently cut a significant amount of their respective workforce, citing lowered growth ahead.

Industry-wide layoffs are a result of declining beer sales in the US. Though off-premise sales at retailers jumped 2% in 2018, according to research firm IRI, however, shipments of beer made domestically dropped 2%.

According to the latest earnings report, HUSA, the US operating company for Heineken International that imports, warned that its brands, as well as Dos Equis and Tecate, among others, could experience weak sales in 2019.

So did the American beer bubble just go flat?


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Negative Interest Rates Spread To Mortgage Bonds

Courtesy of John Rubino,

There are trillions of dollars of bonds in the world with negative yields – a fact with which future historians will find baffling.

Until now those negative yields have been limited to the safest types of bonds issued by governments and major corporations. But this week a new category of negative-yielding paper joined the party: mortgage-backed bonds.

Bankers Stunned as Negative Rates Sweep Across Danish Mortgages

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Negative Interest Rates Spread To Mortgage Bonds

Courtesy of John Rubino,

There are trillions of dollars of bonds in the world with negative yields – a fact with which future historians will find baffling.

Until now those negative yields have been limited to the safest types of bonds issued by governments and major corporations. But this week a new category of negative-yielding paper joined the party: mortgage-backed bonds.

Bankers Stunned as Negative Rates Sweep Across Danish Mortgages

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Jefferies Sees 60-Percent Upside In Aphria Shares, Says Buy The Dip

Courtesy of Benzinga.

After a red-hot start to 2019, Canadian cannabis producer Aphria Inc (NYSE: APHA) has run out of steam, tumbling more than 31 percent in the past three months.

Despite the recent weakness, one Wall Street analyst said Friday that the stock has 30-percent upside potential. 

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DAX (Germany) About To Send A Bearish Message To The S&P 500?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Is the DAX index from Germany about to send a bearish message to stocks in Europe and the States? Sure could!

This chart looks at the DAX over the past 9-years. It’s spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of rising channel (1), creating a series of higher lows and higher highs.

It looks to have created a “Double Top” as it was kissing the underside of the rising channel last year at (2).

After creating the potential double top, the DAX index has continued to create a series of lower highs, while experiencing a bearish divergence with the S...

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Brexit Joke - Cant be serious all the time

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Alistair Williams comedian nails it, thank god for good humour! Prime Minister May the negotiator. Not!

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This is a classic! ha!

Fundamentals are important, and so is market timing, here at we believe a combination of Gann Angles, ...

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Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

Courtesy of David M. Gilbert, Florida State University


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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:


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