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The Fed is taking its foot off the gas, stocks are reacting wildly to any news, and no one knows if the market can function independently of quantitative easing.
No one but Shah Gilani, that is.
The Worst Investing Mistake You Could Make Now
Many investors are understandably nervous when it comes to what the markets will do this week. Some are downright agitated.
My take? Keep calm.
The markets are doing what they need to be doing right now. The big swings we're experiencing lately are not a sign that the markets are broken. Far from it.
The Six Questions that Can Make You Rich (Part Three)
In May, McKinsey Global Institute released its latest report,Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy. The highly prestigious research and consulting firm devised a list of 12 technologies that could have a potential economic impact of $14 trillion to $33 trillion a year by 2025.
These 12 technologies (ranked by economic impact) are mobile internet, the automation of knowledge work, the "internet", cloud technology, robot automation, autonomous vehicles, next-generation genomics, energy storage, 3D printing, advanced materials (like graphene), advanced oil and gas discovery, and renewable energy.
How to Invest in Uranium in 2013
It's looking more likely that 2013 is going to be a profitable year for those who know how to invest in uranium.
That will be a nice turnaround from the past two years...
For the past couple years, the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan seems to have put the industry on ice as far as investors are concerned.
The Six Questions that Can Make You Rich (Part Two)
For some reason, we love the concept of technology, but hate the tech that surrounds us.
We curse our email when it freezes for the slightest second. We damn the cellphone carrier that sends a signal to space and halfway around the earth when we're talking with someone thousands of miles away, but the drops the call.
We dismiss certain innovations because we think they're just another passive fad.
This bias against technology sometimes leads us to miss some of the greatest investment opportunities of a lifetime.
A Fantastic Ground Floor Opportunity
Investors should be very excited.
Because it's only once in a very long time that investment watersheds like this happen and you can get some long-term positions at stunning bargains.
Last week Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru deepened their "Pacific Alliance" by removing tariffs on 90% of the trade between them, beginning July 1.
Now, there have been many such bilateral trade deals, most of them only moderately important at best. But this one is different.
This one marks the emergence of a genuine investment opportunity in Latin America that isn't Brazil and isn't doomed to collapse within a few years.
For anyone looking for alternatives to a U.S. market that looks increasingly pricey and vulnerable - and that should be you, if it isn't already - you can't miss this opportunity.
How to Invest in Sports Teams – and Profit
Professional sports are big business, to put it mildly. A top franchise, no matter the sport or market, can be worth billions of dollars.
More and more, sports organizations are beginning to offer shares to investors on the open market, but if you're to profit, you need to be armed with the right knowledge about how to invest in sports teams.
Sponsorships, ticket sales, broadcasting rights, and even tax breaks all contribute to the value of a team.
Most of these sports teams are held privately, in families or small combines. But there are ways you can figure out how to invest in sports teams, going from fan to financier by picking up shares of these organizations - but perhaps not in the ways you'd think.
How to Invest for Retirement
One of the biggest problems facing investors nearing retirement is how to invest their money in such a way that they will have the capital needed to fund their golden years.
This has become even more difficult thanks to the current low interest rate policy established by the Federal Reserve. Conservative investments like bonds and bank instruments simply no longer provide the return necessary to fund retirement.
Many investors are also reluctant to turn to the stock market as well. The past 12 years have seen two horrendous bear markets that destroyed many hopeful retirees' nest eggs, delaying retirement for several years.
Most mutual funds have underperformed the somewhat minuscule returns offered by the market the past ten years, and many of the specialty products offered by Wall Street have featured poor performance and very high fees.
And asking for solid, reliable advice on how to invest, without paying a fortune for the input, has been extremely difficult.
Energy Among the Best Investments from Ira Sohn Conference
There was definite energy spin this week at the 18th Ira Sohn Investment Conference at New York's Lincoln Center. In fact, at this an annual gathering of some of the world's influential money managers and investors, energy was applauded as one of the best investments to make now.
Some 3,000 guests paid as much as $100,000 (proceeds benefit pediatric cancer resesarch) to hear what 17 of Wall Street's lucrative members had to say about the stock market. Each had some 15 minutes to share their picks, pans and opinion.
Clearly, energy was a favorite, as Barron's outlined in its Ira Sohn coverage this week.
Here's a roundup of what these money managers consider to be the best investments in the industry.
How to Invest in E-Cigs: The Cigarette of the 21st Century
They look like cigarettes, feel like cigarettes, taste like cigarettes - and, smokers will tell you - satisfy the craving for a smoke.
But electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, don't have any of the offensive smoke that's so harmful to health. Instead, they feature an odorless vapor in which nicotine is delivered to the user. And they're sometimes allowed in public places where cigarettes are banned.
Studies show e-cigs make smoking healthier for smokers and those around them, while also helping smokers quit.
Plus, e-cigs cost about half as much as regular cigarettes.
Big tobacco continues to place bets that electronic cigarettes can keep the tobacco industry and its annual sales north of $750 billion and growing.
Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), the world's biggest tobacco company and parent company of Philip Morris USA, is the last of the three major U.S. tobacco firms to get into the e-cigs game.
"There is no denying that adult tobacco consumers have shown interest in it," Marty Barrington, Altria's CEO, told investors during an earnings conference call last week.
Thanks to increased health awareness, as well as the introduction of several taxes which have led to the price of packs more than tripling in some cities, cigarette sales began declining over15 years ago and continue to do so, falling 6.2% in the first quarter of 2013.
Even though e-cigs were introduced almost 10 years ago, they are just starting to take off. Sales in the U.S. totaled $500 million in 2012 and are expected to double to $1 billion in 2013.
And a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 21% of adults who smoke regular cigarettes had used e-cigs in 2011, up from 10% in 2010.
So, now that e-cigs are growing more popular, what's the best way to invest in them?