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Housing Could Be Headed for the Rocks, but Homebuilders Are Already There

Home sales and home prices rose in 2015, but homebuilders' stocks didn't follow suit.

What happens next to homebuilders depends on whether the trends that lifted both prices and sales since 2009 are about to hit a wall.

The wider housing sector itself could be headed for trouble.

That's looking increasingly likely, but we're not quite there yet. Here's what you need to know about the stocks in this absolutely critical sector - and how to profit when it goes over the edge...

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Why More Stimulus Wouldn't Save the Market

We've seen this time and again in the Age of Quantitative Easing: Stocks rally whenever central banks talk stimulus.

On the face of it, it's absurd that governments would direct the supposedly independent central banks, with the aim of boosting the stock market. That sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Unfortunately, that conspiracy happens to be true. They haven't tried very hard to hide it.

Of course, that's not how it's "supposed" to be, but we all know it happens; we all know who funds central banks' money-printing sprees. And we all know that the trillions of dollars they create act like a tidal wave of cash that lifts share prices.

Take the gains that brings, by all means, but please don't have any illusions that these gains are even remotely healthy.

Rather, it's a sign of profound addiction. But that's not even the most worrisome thing in play here...

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The Biggest Stock Market Crash Warning Sign We've Seen in 2016

We just received the biggest stock market crash warning sign we've seen in 2016, when economist Albert Edwards shared an ominous outlook for U.S. stocks and the economy.

The Societe Generale expert says if the U.S. economy tumbles into a recession led by low manufacturing output, the U.S. market will sink a whopping 75%.

A stock market correction is defined as a 10% drop from a market's high, and a bear market is a 20% drop. So what Edwards is forecasting is a full on stock market crash...

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As Uber IPO Date Approaches, Firm's Value Tops $50 Billion

Uber Technologies Inc. has reportedly completed a new round of funding that values the firm at more than $50 billion.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber raised roughly $1 billion in this latest funding round. That makes it the highest-valued startup in the world. It also ties Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) record as highest valued startup pre-IPO.

Here's everything else investors need to know now...

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Grab These Shares… Before the "Sharing Economy" Is Sued Out of Existence

Uber, the ride-sharing service valued at $50 billion, is at the forefront of disrupting the taxi industry.

Consider this small but very telling fact…

A New York taxi medallion, the license that allows you to drive a cab in the city, cost $1.3 million in 2013. But today, you can pick one up for a (relative) song at $840,000.

The price has been plummeting since 2013 – the first time that's ever happened.

And you'd better believe the hospitality industry is taking seriously the threat presented by Airbnb, which puts temporary renters and guests together.

The sharing economy companies are basically telegraphing hostile intentions against "traditional" industries.

But instead of fighting this trend outright, one old-line stalwart is making a very savvy end run around the new competition. That's who we're "backing" today.

We'll be richly rewarded, too...

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Who Is the Richest Person in Each State?

Want to know who is the richest person in each state?

For the first time in its 98-year history, Forbes has compiled the data, which it published in late April. Now inquisitive people across the nation are free to compare their own fortunes to those of the top dogs in their respective states.

Get the full list here - plus exactly how each of these moneybags gained his or her wealth...

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[CHART] U.S. Corporations That Pay No Taxes

Every working American is required to pay income taxes, but American companies get away with paying zero

This year, the IRS collected roughly $1.4 trillion from U.S. taxpayers on April 15. Even individuals exempt from the federal income tax are subject to payroll taxes – and even the 14% exempt from both still must pay a sales tax.

But there are a record 54 U.S. corporations that pay no taxes or are at least partially exempt. That’s more than twice the amount five years ago. Most of them actually got tax refunds.

Let's take a look at exactly which companies wriggled their way out of paying income taxes in 2014...

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U.S. Companies Against the Indiana Law

A controversial Indiana law has big-name companies taking action against the state…

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law by Indiana governor Mike Pence on March 26, allows businesses to legally turn away gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Religious and ethnic minorities are vulnerable as well.

Business leaders across the nation have begun to speak out against the Indiana law, including Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, Nike CEO Mark Parker, and more. Aside from moral objections, they argue it will make it harder to attract employees and customers in the state.

Here's a list of the companies that have spoken out - or even taken action - against the Indiana law...

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These "Unstoppable Trends" Are Creating Ever-Stronger Profit Opportunities

As my Total Wealth readers know, when I started that newsletter I highlighted six "Unstoppable Trends" – each of which is backed by trillions of dollars – and promised that we'd check in on them from time to time in the pursuit of profits.

Today, I want to keep that promise.

Not only are all the "Unstoppable Trends" fully intact, many are getting even stronger. So are the companies we're tapped into, especially when they're in sectors being written off by the mainstream investment community…

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Warren Buffett Successors Revealed: Meet Ajit Jain and Greg Abel

Two Warren Buffett successors were named Saturday by the most credible source besides Buffett himself – Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) vice chairman Charles Munger.

In a Feb. 28 letter to shareholders, Munger said two men – Ajit Jain and Greg Abel – would both be worthy replacements of Buffett as new Berkshire Hathaway CEO.

Buffett will turn 85 on Aug. 30, and right-hand man Munger celebrated his 91st birthday on Jan. 1. While no one is certain when the two leaders will exit, when they do, it will surely affect Berkshire stock – and its investors.

Here's a close look at the two men Munger named as probable Warren Buffett successors...