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European Woes

Protect Your Money From the QE Delusion

While this week's announcement of a massive new QE program by the European Central Bank (ECB) was the worst kept secret in the world, it may not produce the results that everyone expects.

For one thing, while the immediate reaction was to push European interest rates lower, recent experience in the US shows that QE results in higher rates.

And while everyone is talking about deflation – and Europe is definitely experiencing deflation – the US is still experiencing inflation that could lead the Fed to start raising rates by summertime.

So before getting too carried away with celebrating another major central bank opening up the printing presses, investors should take a serious look at the facts and then decide how to play the markets.

Investing Tips

How to Profit from the Five Scariest Stocks on Wall Street Right Now

Most investors focus exclusively on buying stocks in an attempt to capture huge returns. That's too bad, because it means they restrict themselves to half the opportunities available to them.

I bring this up because markets move up AND down, which means there is plenty of profit potential to be had in both directions.

George Soros, for instance, is reported to have made $1 billion in a single trade that famously almost broke the Bank of England in 1992.

John Paulson made billions from the housing crisis when it hit by betting against the grain.

Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is famous for bucking conventional wisdom on seemingly mighty companies and laughing all the way to the bank.

That's why shorting is one of the first tactics I shared with you in my Total Wealth publication.

Obviously, shorting stocks isn't for everybody – it takes a lot of guts and more than a little conviction to do it profitably. Not to mention a whole lot of discipline. But done right, it can really boost your profits.

Here's how to profit from the scariest stocks on Wall Street - without owning them...

Stocks

Target Stock (NYSE: TGT) Is Off the Mark in 2015

Target Corp. had one chance to make a good first impression in Canada… and blew it. And Target stock may soon feel the effects.

I know because I saw it clearly for myself.

While that may sound harsh, it's the reality of what happened.

Just two years into their expansion north of the border, and billions of dollars later, the chain's closing up shop and taking a big hit.

This should never have happened and it is another blow to an increasingly punch-drunk retailer.

Here's the story behind it and what to do...

stock picks

The 10 Best Stocks to Buy to Play Tech, Energy, and Biotech

Last week, our experts dished out the best stocks to buy now for our Money Morning members – all for free.

Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson reinforced two favorites that will play off huge tech trends in the making.

Here are the rest of last week's picks in our newest list of best stocks to buy now.

Tech Investing

Legal "Steroids" Are Making This Tech Company a Buy

With high-tech corporations, there's always a group of young startups with hot innovations breathing down the Old Guard's necks.

There are chances for late-career renaissances, though. I've uncovered four aging Silicon Valley legends that have found the business equivalent of a (legal) performance-enhancing drug in a certain fast-moving part of the tech sector.

And one tech company in particular has rediscovered its ace-like prowess - and is making investors hefty gains in the process...

Your Money

Five Questions Wall Street Hopes You'll Never Ask

Wall Street would prefer if investors never asked certain questions. But sometimes having the right financial advisor in your corner can mean the difference between huge profits and devastating losses.

How do you find the right professional amongst tens of thousands?

You narrow your options down by asking these five crucial questions...

Stocks

Don't Buy Netflix Stock's Big Earnings-Fueled Surge

Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) stock was up big today on an earnings boost.

But while Netflix earnings were mostly positive, this company is not the good bet it appears to be.

Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani has several reasons why he's not sold on Netflix stock.

To find out why he would not buy NFLX, watch this video...

stock market

Five Stock Simulators Anyone Can Play

Stock simulators are great tools to help both novices and pros hone their trading knowledge. Some even let you trade options.

Virtual trading forums have surged in popularity over the past few years. And online users can compete with one another to earn bragging rights on best portfolio.

Here are five stock simulators anyone can enjoy - the best part is you literally have nothing to lose!

Top News

NFLX Stock Up 13% After Earnings – but Don't Buy the Optimism

Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) stock climbed 13% afterhours today (Tuesday) after the company smashed Q4 earnings estimates.

NFLX reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.72, topping analysts' predictions of $0.44.

And while many of today's numbers are encouraging, don't be fooled. There are still plenty of problem ahead for NFLX stock in 2015...

Stocks to Watch

Four Innovative Companies Surging to the Top of Their Industries

Innovative companies do well in the market by keeping their ideas fresh and their customers and employees happy.

Whether they're printing a customer's face on a piece of chocolate or aiding in the elimination of a deadly disease, the cutting-edge offerings of these companies make them stand out in the crowd.

The following companies create the most state-of-the-art products around, which is nice for their shareholders, too...