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July 29, 2016
Diamonds are a portable, intrinsically valuable way to hedge against the coming Super Crash.
July 26, 2016
The crude oil price today dropped to its lowest point since April 8.
Despite today's decline, oil prices have stabilized in the $40 range and will move toward $60 by 2017.
June 7, 2016
There are just 10 trading days left until voters across the United Kingdom cast ballots to decide whether the UK will stay in the European Union… or make a "Brexit." Tory Prime Minister David Cameron and the mainstream UK political establishment are spending huge amounts of political capital, with Cameron putting his premiership on the […]
June 2, 2016
Last week's May jobs report, which showed the weakest hiring in six years, gave Janet Yellen all the cover she needed to kick the can down the road on interest rates and put off any hikes until July or September.
The markets reacted well, as you'd expect, but Yellen left the door open, saying the Fed was "on track" to raise rates "in the coming months." And with that statement, Yellen has consigned investors to yet another cycle of uncertainty and hand-wringing where the markets have to guess what the Fed will do in July or September.
Here's the thing – the vast majority of investors don't understand that rising rates can be terrific for you and your money if you know what to look for and how to identify the best stocks to buy ahead of time, before the markets price a move in.
If you're one of 'em, don't beat yourself up too badly. It's a common misconception.
The next "rate riot" can be a fabulous opportunity, just as it was 16 months ago when I brought three recommendations to your attention under very similar market conditions and circumstances. Anybody who jumped on board has had the opportunity to capture returns of 41.98% versus only 0.86% from the Dow Jones Industrials over the same time frame.
One of the three stocks remains an especially compelling choice today.
May 17, 2016
Facebook and Twitter have both been accused of censoring information regarding the 2016 presidential election.
Former employees accuse Facebook of censoring conservative news, and some Twitter users have found evidence that the company is trying to censor their tweets.
April 18, 2016
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record in Defense News to say the U.S. Army is in a state of "high risk" when it comes to its capability of fighting one or more large conflicts or defending the country.
Gen. Milley wasn't saying our military isn't up to the job, far from it. Rather, he meant that this critical capability is a tall order considering the threats we face right now and into the future.
North Korea, for instance, has announced its development of a miniaturized nuclear warhead. It already has a ballistic missile capable of flight to the U.S.' west coast.
Saudi Arabia is fighting a two-front war… Iraq, Syria, and Libya are now failed states and fertile ground for terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Daesh… The European Union and Turkey are reeling from homegrown Islamic State-sponsored terror and a crushing refugee crisis.
Worldwide, conflict and disaster have uprooted more than 60 million people – the highest number of displaced persons ever, even including World War II – in a humanitarian, logistical, and security nightmare.
Meanwhile, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers just released a report saying that we likely couldn't stop a cyberattack that happened simultaneously with a natural disaster, like a Category 5 hurricane, with our current cybersecurity capability.
So clearly, the world is not a safe place right now. And governments here and indeed all around the world have their work cut out for them when it comes to providing a defense that can match and defeat the threat.
September 15, 2015
The year-long rally in the U.S. dollar has slowed, but it's far from over.
From July 2014 to March of this year, the U.S. dollar index (DXY) has soared by 25%. Since then, it has pulled back slightly. But the forces that drove the U.S dollar higher remain in place and will intensify in the months ahead.
August 13, 2015
Until this week, a Fed rate hike at the September FOMC meeting seemed more probable by the day.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen had hinted for months that the U.S. central bank finally was ready to raise interest rates above zero for the first time since late 2008.
Then the Chinese central bank devalued the yuan.
July 22, 2015
Less than blockbuster Q3 earnings sent Apple stock down more than 8% in after-hours trading yesterday (Tuesday), lopping about $60 billion from the company's market cap.
But a closer look at the AAPL Q3 earnings shows the sharply negative reaction wasn't justified. If anything, it shows that Apple has spoiled investors with spectacular earnings beats.
October 10, 2014
It wasn't bad news for every company on the market yesterday, especially one making public debuts. Shares of market software company Hubspot (NYSE: HUBS) jumped more than 20% yesterday after the firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange. HUBS raised $125 million during its IPO, selling shares at $25, above its expected range. We will see if […]
January 24, 2013
Who would have thought that the new gold rush would be in material sciences?
We're talking about everything from rare earths that drive precision lasers to the cobalt needed for rechargeable batteries
Not to mention the advanced materials that make computer chips run faster. Or the "smart" materials that are driving the nanotech revolution.
Of course the big news in what I call the Golden Age of Materials Science came less than nine years ago when two scientists discovered graphene.
It's a revolutionary material that will yield flat-screen TVs as thin as Saran Wrap, nanotech supercomputers, and neural implants that combat brain disease. No wonder the two scientists who discovered it won the Nobel Prize.
Now hundreds of scientists have hit the lab to look for new ways to tweak existing molecules — or create whole new synthetic substances. They've already produced a steady stream of breakthroughs.
Today, I want to show you four ways you can profit from all of this radical change.
For most investors, that will mean focusing on the specialty chemicals sector, which is up about 22% in the past six months. That's more than double the market's overall move over the same the period.
Here are four material sciences stocks that have caught my eye thanks to their strong fundamentals and solid charts:
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