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Wednesday's "Earnings Beat" Makes This The Perfect "Bad-Market" Tech Stock

In last week’s Private Briefing report Our Experts Show You the Stocks to Pick in a ‘Stock-Picker’s Market’,” Money Map Press Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald identified SanDisk Corp.(NasdaqGS: SNDK) as one of three stocks to buy in the face of the stock market sell-off.

And now we see why…

  • Three Charts That Show How Dodd-Frank Is Killing Small Banks bank sign

    The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 was hailed by its advocates as the regulatory answer to the excesses of the Big Banks that led to the financial crisis.

    But just about the only thing Dodd-Frank has accomplished is the slow destruction of small community banks.

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  • Don't Believe the Headlines – Big Banks Are Still Screwing You

    When it comes to big banks' bad behavior and the fines they pay to settle "allegations" - which are actually civil charges and which would be criminal charges if applied to any other business or in any parallel universe - things aren't even close to what they seem.

    Sure the headlines scream victory, at least monetary victory, for some ripped-off consumers, some hard-charging regulators, and our vaunted (NOT) Justice Department.

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  • The Shocking Deals Behind Banksters' Fines Editor's Note: Yesterday Shah showed you the easiest way to make a fortune in the markets, as long as you're willing to break one of Wall Street's golden rules. Today, here's another reason Shah's so willing...

    Headline news about banks settling charges for violating rules, regulations, and laws - and announcements of the fines they agree to pay - appears every day...

    Rarely - if ever - do they reveal how much money is really being paid or where it's going...

    They also seldom explain what kinds of settlements are reached...

    Or how banks negotiate what they'll actually pay and to whom... or how they negotiate tax deductibility of fines... or how they get "credits" for fines they never pay... or how insurance covers some of it...

    This is not one of those stories... this is about what really happens behind the banksters' doors.

    The details are shocking...
  • Goldman Sachs' Most Dangerous Trade

    Here's something you probably don't know, and it will really tick you off.

    You probably do know the biggest banks in the world have commodities businesses.

    Those lines of business might include trading desks (trading everything from gold and copper to kilowatts), transportation (pipelines, railcars and tankers) and storage (warehousing) operations, mining operations, as well as production, refining, and raw and finished commodity distribution operations.

    What you probably don't know is that one of the "commodities" a few of these monster banks (Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank) trade is...are you ready?

    Okay, I'll tell... but you won't believe it.

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  • Mark Wetjen: A Salivating Wolf in the Regulatory Henhouse

    In case you missed the kerfuffle last Friday, Blythe Masters, the 44 year-old, super-smart head of JPMorgan Chase's commodities trading business, declined to sit on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC's) Global Markets Committee advisory board.

    This came as a big surprise.

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  • CHART: The Ridiculous Amount of Money Big Banks Spend in Settlement Costs Fight

    The amount of money big banks have spent on settlements in just the last four years will blow your mind - and these totals are about to get higher.

    In December, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told Reuters the Justice Department plans on bringing civil mortgage fraud cases against "several financial institutions" sometime in early 2014.

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  • The Staggering Numbers Your Bank Doesn't Want You to See Many of us may have a small share of the country's largest banks in our wallet: a debit card, a credit card, or for the old-schoolers, a checkbook.

    And each month we get a statement showing our account activity, not the banks'...

    That's because there's a staggering number that the banks will never show you, or even reference, on the statement...

    Yet it directly impacts what you're paying them... this month... and for years to come.

    It's the staggering amount of fines that they've paid out for a litany of misdeeds.

    They're all here, in one place. You'll be shocked to see how colossal they are...

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  • Inside the Bankster Settlements: Where All the Money Is Going Everyone wants to know where the billions of dollars big banks have forked over to bank regulators, the SEC, the CFTC, the FERC, and the Department of Justice ends up.

    But, before I can tell you who's paid out what, the infractions they committed, and where that money ends up, I want to give you information that's critical in assessing your bank and your investments...

    Just who is it that's looking out for your money?
  • Big Bank Earnings Is One of the Most Significant Events of 2014 – And It Could Bring You a Fortune Tall buildings The Big Banks reporting earnings this week will be one of the most significant events of 2014. In the big picture, how the banks fare and what their future prospects are could single-handily determine the trajectory and breadth of the recovery we've been hoping for. Even more importantly, their "financials" could have major implications for your money...
  • JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Stock Price Up Today After Earnings Dimon It hasn't been an easy year for JPMorgan: There was the London Whale scandal, which cost the Big Bank more than $6.2 billion. Fallout from the mortgage crisis brought a $13 billion fine. And just recently JPM had to shell out another $2 billion in fines for its role in the Bernie Madoff scheme. So earnings had to be awful, right? Not exactly. Somehow, CEO Jamie Dimon pulled another rabbit out of his hat...
  • The Tragic Truth Behind the $13 Billion JPMorgan "Fine" JP Morgan

    Let's address two tragedies today.

    The first is how Jamie Dimon & Co. and all the guilty big banks get away with murder.

    The second is something I want to share with you because 50 years ago today, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. It isn't a conspiracy theory about who did it, but a likely theory about what happened and the conspiracy to cover that up.

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  • Bank of America and JPMorgan, Oh How Illegal Activity Pays Banker gloating

    What a surprise. The big banks are not playing by the rules -- the rule of law, that is.

    News last week revealed that Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) are dirty, dirty, dirty.

    The Justice Department announced that it is pursuing a civil lawsuit against Bank of America on the grounds that the bank lied about the quality of the mortgages underlying its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) prior to the housing collapse and financial crisis. The Justice Department is still on a high from its successful civil lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s (NYSE:GS) mid-level toxic securities shill, Fabrice Tourre.

    The charges allege out-and-out fraud in Bank of America's soup-to-nuts loan origination and securitization of mortgages. Loans, bad from the start, were knowingly bundled and securitized into trade-able MBS, unbeknownst to buyers.

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  • Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Big Growth Case for Small Banks

    While the big banks may have the attention of the Street right now, it's the smaller regional and community banks that are among the best stocks to buy now.

    These small bank growth stocks are starting to show dazzling growth as their balance sheets improve dramatically. And they are still very early in the recovery cycle, so there is still plenty of time for individual investors to catch this train...

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  • After 14 Years of Free-for-All, Glass-Steagall Is Back The diminutive senator from Massachusetts has got the Big Banks shaking in their boots. Elizabeth Warren fired a Scud missile of legislation at too-big-to-fail banks to separate their commercial banking activities from their investment banking speculation.

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  • Senators Move to Create 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act Fiscal cliff stack of quarters left

    Warren, John McCain (R-Ariz.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Angus Kin (I-Maine) introduced legislation that would again separate bank's traditional activities (like deposits currently backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) from riskier activities like investment banking, insurance underwriting, swap dealing, and hedge funds.

    Glass-Steagall was repealed by Congress back in 1999.

    When the news broke of Warren’s determined attempt to bring back Glass-Steagall last week, it covered front pages across the country and instigated a firestorm of commentary on the future of the U.S. economy.

    The problem, of course, is the ability to cut through the hype and understand if financial reform is necessary to fix the U.S. economy.

    Rarely do I find myself championing regulatory efforts by the Federal Government, but the financial sector is an entirely different beast from energy, agriculture, and other resource sectors.

    But reinstituting key elements of the Glass-Steagall Act is just one step on a long return to sanity for the economy.

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