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Ten years ago…

 

Ten years ago…

Courtesy of  (published on Sept. 10)

There’s going to be a lot of this “Ten years ago…” stuff over the next few weeks on the financial web but none of it is extraneous or tedious in my opinion. We have to remember it, the people, the details, the opinions, the turning points. The next crisis will be completely unique, but it will carry some observable similarities to the last crisis and, to some extent, all crises past.

Having a grasp of the nuance inherent to each situation will help prevent you from jumping like a squirrel at every broken twig. The real Next Crisis, when it comes, will look different but feel familiar.

The investment industry changes while the securities and systems of each era come and go, but the nature of the people involved with those securities and systems never changes. They will act exactly as they always have when faced with the prospect of first riches and then ruin. You can set your watch by it.





Amazon’s Massive Distribution Network in One Giant Visualization

 

Amazon’s Massive Distribution Network in One Giant Visualization

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Last year, Amazon shipped over 5 billion (with a “B”) Prime packages, and the retail giant’s ecommerce market share in the U.S. is on the verge of surpassing 50%.

Moving that kind of volume takes an impressive amount of technical sophistication, manpower, and distribution infrastructure. While Amazon does lean on third parties for deliveries and warehousing, the company is also building an increasingly expansive distribution network in an attempt to manage the entire process.

Today’s visualization, which uses comprehensive data from MWPVL International, examines the estimated 124 million square feet of active space in the U.S., as well as the 40 million in Amazon’s construction pipeline.

To create our graphical footprint of Amazon’s warehouses in the infographic, we’ve used satellite imagery of every Amazon facility in the U.S. and stitched it all together.

PIECES OF THE PUZZLE

There are a few types of facilities that make up the vast network of Amazon’s warehouses:

Crossdock Centers
Containers from foreign vendors can be held at a crossdock facility until more stock is needed at the fulfillment center. This is the back-end of the distribution chain.

Fulfillment Centers
Fulfillment centers are the most common type of facility in Amazon’s distribution empire, but they serve a wide variety of purposes.

Amazon began building its distribution network in 1997, starting with two fulfillment centers in Seattle and Delaware. The two spaces would be tiny compared to today’s standards at 93,000 and 202,000 square feet, respectively. Now, there is nearly 100 million square feet of active fulfillment center space, with another 35 million on the way.

Sortation Centers
These facilities are responsible for sorting packages by zip code which are then typically delivered to USPS sites. Since being introduced in 2014, sortation centers have allowed Amazon to speed up the delivery process and to help control the distribution process up to “the last mile”.

Delivery Stations
In urban areas, delivery stations are often the last step in the chain before packages reach a customer. Courier…
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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-29-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-29-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:50 Checking on the Markets
00:03:52 SQQQ
00:06:15 Active Trader
00:10:39 Nasdaq 100
00:15:10 EWD
00:21:20 ETF Asset Grants
00:25:39 New Home Sales
00:35:54 Holland Tulip Mania
00:39:30 Toyota
00:41:40 Top Car Makers
00:59:43 SQQQ Trade Ideas
01:09:11 Active Trader
01:17:30 Gasoline RBOB
01:23:23 Markets
01:27:30 Portfolio Review
01:50:21 More Trade Ideas

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Gary Vaynerchuk: Passive Income is a Bulls*** Internet Dream

 

Gary Vaynerchuk: Passive Income is a Bulls*** Internet Dream

Courtesy of 

Love this. The lengths that people will go to believe in this fantasy are matched only by the cravenness of the sales pitches around it. You need to accumulate assets in order to generate large amounts of passive income. You need to work like a dog over many years and not spend in order to accumulate those assets. There’s no in between unless you win the lottery.





The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-22-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-22-18

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Major Topics:

00:04:56 – Checking on the Markets
00:15:50 – Current News
00:18:40 – Online Retail: Wayfair Decision
00:20:30 – Other Current News
00:29:01 – Market News
00:33:05 – MoneyTalk Portfolio Update
00:54:48 – Federal Reserve
01:11:34 – Twitter
01:27:00 – Trade Ideas & Portfolios

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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-08-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 08-08-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:52 Checking on the Markets
00:06:23 Indexes
00:11:11 DJI
00:12:16 DIS
00:19:47 Portfolio Reviews
00:21:53 TSLA $500 Calls
00:27:30 Active Trader
00:31:05 NWL
00:51:11 PZZA
01:02:05 DXD
01:04:12 L Brands
01:09:47 Active Trader
01:21:21 IMAX
01:37:52 Gasoline RBOB
01:41:07 Trade Ideas
01:45:11 Trading Approach
01:52:54 CMG

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The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 08-01-18

The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 08-01-18

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00:00:31 – Money Talk Portfolio
00:02:23 – GIS
00:08:37 – HBI
00:17:57 – TSN & PPC
00:29:30 – Checking the Markets
00:36:41 – FOMC
00:48:35 – Trade Ideas
00:53:50 – Oil & Gas
01:00:55 – HMNY
01:15:36 – More Trade Ideas

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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 07-25-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 07-25-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:59 Metal Charts
00:03:41 Indexes
00:07:19 Petroleum Status Report
00:14:46 Crude Oil
00:18:48 ENB
00:27:28 FCAU
00:39:07 Watchlist Update
00:46:00 Active Trader
00:52:59 Trade Ideas
00:56:11 AT&T
01:00:30 MCX
01:11:49 Petroleum Status Report
01:22:25 Market News
01:33:31 Checking on the Markets
01:35:46 Earning Whispers
01:40:33 CELG
01:47:05 More Trade Ideas

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The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 07-18-18

The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 07-18-18

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Major Topics:

00:04:02 – Checking on the Markets
00:05:27 – Moneytalk Portfolio Review
00:12:15 – Top Trades
00:20:38 – Crude Oil
00:24:45 – Coffee
00:26:10 – Gold & Silver
00:29:05 – RDFN
00:33:57 – OIH
00:46:00 – Trade Ideas
00:50:56 – Beige Book
01:17:46 – Aging US Population
01:26:00 – Midyear Trade Review

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Think carefully before buying Bitcoin – and don’t buy the ‘safe haven’ claims

 

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Think carefully before buying Bitcoin – and don't buy the 'safe haven' claims

Courtesy of Lee Smales, University of Western Australia

The sharp rise and subsequent fall in Bitcoin’s value places it among the greatest market bubbles in history. It has outpaced the 17th-century tulip mania, the South Sea bubble of 1720, and the more recent Japanese asset price and dot-com bubbles.



The rapid price rise garnered attention from an increasing number of academics and investment advisers. Some have suggested that Bitcoin improves portfolio performance and can even be used as a potential “safe haven” asset in place of gold.

Our work finds that much of this research is flawed and overlooks some important attributes that any investor should consider before allocating funds to such a speculative investment.

This is particularly relevant if investing in Bitcoin is rationalised as a prospective safe haven in times of market turmoil.

Hard to value

The first attribute investors consider is how to value Bitcoin. Typically, assets are valued based on the cash flows they produce. Bitcoin lacks this property.

This leads to ongoing debate as to the true value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Some, such as the Winklevoss twins and other Bitcoin entrepreneurs, believe the price will soar far higher. Others, including Nobel prize winner Eugene Fama and esteemed investor Warren Buffett, believe the real value is closer to zero. Another Nobel winner, Robert Shiller, suggests the correct answer is “ambiguous”.

There is even wide variation in price across the various Bitcoin exchanges. This is common in fragmented markets and makes it difficult for an investor to find the best market price at any point in time – a process called price discovery.

High price volatility

Bitcoin prices also have a high level of variation (volatility) when compared to other possible investments including bonds, stocks and gold. Even tech stocks such as Twitter, which are considered relatively volatile, are found to…
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How many Americans really misuse opioids? Why scientists still aren't sure

 

How many Americans really misuse opioids? Why scientists still aren't sure

Defining opioids. Darwin Brandis/shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Joseph Palamar, New York University Langone Medical Center

With rates of prescription opioid use disorder and opioid-involved overdose deaths on the rise, the U.S. opioid crisis appears to be continuing unabated.

Data on overdose and de...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

King Dollar Created Multi-Year Topping Pattern?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The currency markets often play a role in asset management for investors. And one key asset that pays close attention to the US Dollar is Gold (and precious metals). Could a near-term trend change be in store for the US Dollar… and its counterpart, the Euro? Precious metals bulls would love to see the US Dollar topping and the Euro bottoming.

In the chart below, you can see that the two currencies are showing similar reversal patterns – a traditional head and shoulders top for the US Dollar Index and an inverted head and shoulders bottom for the Euro.

BUT, they need to confirm these pattern by breaking down / up.

It’s worth noting that NOTHING has been proved so far, but the potential of both creating longer-term reversal patterns is there and traders should stay tuned.

US D...



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Zero Hedge

Italy's 5 Star Threatens To Ditch Coalition Over Budget Talks, Italian Bonds Slide

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

While the market turmoil over Italy's budget has quieted down in recent weeks as a result of soothing words by the ruling coalition that it would comply with European demands, that snapped moments ago when DPA reported that the leader of Italy's Five Star Movement has threatened to pull the plug on the country's populist government if it cannot find money to implement election campaign promises.

"If we do not find the resources to do what we have said, then it is better for us to go home, there is no point in...



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ValueWalk

How Soon Will A.I. Replace All The Traders: Q&A With Gaurav Chakravorty, CIO Of Qplum

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

VW: Tell our readers, what is Qplum?

Qplum is an AI-driven investment management firm. We manage money for individuals, families, and institutions. We actively manage investments using machine learning and deep learning technology.

Our three product lines are:

  1. Wealth, servicing the financial needs of individuals and families via separately managed accounts.
  2. Alpha, for institutional clients only, where we offer different products like GTAA (Global Tactical Asset Allocation), managed futures program, etc. and
  3. Solutions, where we work on customized tactical asset allocation solutions for pension funds and family offices to target a dual loss-aversion and return-seeking investment mandate.

[REITs]

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Digital Currencies

Mania to Mania

 

Mania to Mania

Courtesy of 

“Russell rarely played the stock market and had little investing experience when he put around $120,000 into bitcoin in November 2017.”

This comes from a CNN money article, Bitcoin crash: This man lost his savings when cryptocurrencies plunged. From January 2017 through the peak in early 2018, Ethereum gained 16,915%.

Any time you have something go vertical, you just know that some peopl...



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Insider Scoop

A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Flat Ahead Of Housing Starts, Current Account Data

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded mostly flat in early pre-market trade. Data on housing starts for August and the current account report for the second quarter will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1 point to 26,273.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures traded declined 2 points to 2,909.75. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index slipped 1.5 point to 7,523.

Oil prices traded ...



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Chart School

Weekly Market Recap Sep 16, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

Slow and steady drip up all this past week in a very quiet news environment.  A gap down top open the day Tuesday (which was recovered quickly) and a gap up Thursday (which held) were the highlights!

The latest on TRADE WARS!(tm):

Tuesday, news hit that China vowed to retaliate and plans to ask the World Trade Organization next week for permission to impose sanctions on the U.S. for Washington’s noncompliance with a ruling in a dispute over U.S. dumping duties, Reuters reported. That’s part of a dispute that goes back to 2013.

“Trade wars are certainly a concern, but I don’t know that they’re a one...



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Members' Corner

Nike, Colin Kaepernick and the pitfalls of 'woke' corporate branding

 

Adding this article to Members Corner, in case anyone wants to share their opinions on Nike and Kaep, or on divisiveness in general. Also see the article I mentioned in the comments section, "A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come" and What’s behind the current wave of ‘corporate activism’? ~ Ilene

Nike, Colin Kaepernick and the pitfalls of 'woke' corporate branding

Courtesy of Simon Chadwick, University of Salford...



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Biotech

Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

Reminder: Pharmboy is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com

By Jay Shendure, University of Washington; Greg Findlay, ...



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Mapping The Market

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

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

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Mid-Day Update

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