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No One on Wall Street Has the Guts to Say This

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Markets moved lower for the fourth straight week after the Fed kept open the possibility that it will raise rates again in June.

My money is still on a single rate hike later in the year and not next month, but the 12-headed Hydra known as the Federal Open Market Committee (aka The Committee to Destroy the World) said just enough to keep markets worried last week, thus the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 are both up a mere 0.4% on the year.

But, considering that these indexes are trading at nearly 20 times GAAP earnings, (and that GAAP earnings are complete bull because they are inflated by billions of dollars of bogus non-GAAP adjustments (see Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int'l Inc. [NYSE: VRX,] and Sunedison Inc. [OTC: SUNEQ]), this is better than investors deserve.

What's more, have no illusions about the "vast cash hoard" Corporate America is thought to have on hand. As you'll see, that's a fairy tale...

The Only Investment You Need to Profit from Silicon Valley's Massive Dividend Hikes

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Investors are still scared of Apple Inc.'s quarterly report, which contained the company's first earnings miss in 13 years. The stock is currently being punished by skittish analysts and investors, which is a tremendous opportunity in and of itself.

But it's what else these investors are running away from that I want to talk to you about today. It's a lot more than just the potential gains Apple has to offer.

These investors somehow completely missed Apple's massive profits: $10.52 billion, or $1.90 a share, and all in an "off" quarter.

With that truckload of cash, Tim Cook & Co. decided to give shareholders a consolation prize in the form of a stunning 10% dividend hike. It's still early yet, but it's likely that boost will be the tech sector's biggest of the quarter.

Here's the thing... Apple's not alone in this welcome tech trend of huge dividend hikes. So today I'm going to show you how you can buy the very best, biggest dividends in tech... for less than the cost of dinner for two at the Olive Garden.

This is a one-stop income machine that would be good in any market, but is an absolute must-have in this volatility...

Why Conventional Investors Are Getting Slaughtered

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Recently, legendary investor and philanthropist Stanley Druckenmiller made news when he said that investors should sell their stocks and buy gold. Lost in that message - with which I wholeheartedly agree - was another important point that Druckenmiller made in looking back at his career.

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Here's Why the Bear Market Rally Could End Soon

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One current and three former members of the American branch of The Committee to Destroy the World - otherwise known as the Federal Reserve - met last week in a public forum to discuss their work.

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This Shipping Company's Stock Is Rising – No Matter What Amazon Does

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In its quest to become more than just the king of e-commerce, Amazon has set its sights on global shipping and logistics.

Individual investors and Wall Street alike feel this is a poor time to invest in the other major shipping firms.

But that's a misguided notion. In fact, this global shipping company is so competitive and innovative that it'll flourish no matter what Amazon does...

A Market Circus Made by Policy Clowns

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Stocks resumed their rally last week after Janet Yellen reassured investors that things are so bad she won't raise interest rates any time soon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 277 points, or 1.6%, to 17,792.75 while the S&P 500 added 37 points, or 1.8%, on this idiotic "bad news is good news" scenario.

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War, Terrorism, and Ugliness Will NOT Beat This Stock, Despite What Everybody Thinks

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Unfortunately, terrorism is a "growth industry" at the moment. That means every investor needs to understand how to navigate their money through a world increasingly shaped by it.

That sounds callous, but the best way to honor those who have perished is to redouble your efforts to live fully and to the best of your abilities.

From an investing perspective, that means seizing on opportunity, even if it's barbarity that creates it.

Today I want to share with you one such recommendation that terrorism will NOT beat into submission, contrary to what most people think...

The "BANG Stocks" Are the Next Group of Profit-Doublers

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The market-leading FANG stocks - Facebook, Amazon.com, Netflix, and the former Google, now Alphabet - haven't had a great 2016, with returns in the neighborhood of -15% to just under 5% for the year.

Don't get me wrong - they're still good "holds" for investors wise enough to take the long view and accumulate big, steady gains over a period of years.

Those anemic gains aren't surprising, given that we're all but "officially" in the depths of a bear market.

But... like the old adage goes, "there's always a bull market somewhere," and I believe that's especially true of the basket of stocks I'm about to show you. As uncertainty and volatility rule the markets, these shares have already delivered bona fide breakout gains that most investors would kill for right now.

But you haven't missed out; there's a new technology just hitting its stride right now that could multiply these players' profits exponentially.

And the best part is they're all still available at real bargain prices.

They won't stay that way, though...

Why I Don't Trust This Rally

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Stocks kept rallying last week despite the fact that economic conditions are not improving anywhere in the world.

Investors predictably celebrated the European Central Bank's decision to lower interest rates further below zero and to buy more debt (including investment grade corporate bonds) in pa continuation of its desperate efforts to revive a moribund European economy.

That's bad, but it's not the immediate concern right now...

Here’s How Investors Get Tricked into Buying Companies Like Valeant

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While half the trick of investing is figuring out what the consensus thinks, the wisdom of crowds is a myth when it comes to the markets.

Case in point, Valeant Pharmaceuticals has cratered since October 2015, but many investors cling to the belief that the company's problems will be solved.

Some hedge funds have (or had until the stock collapsed) as much as 20% to 30% of their capital in the company, which is extraordinarily reckless.

But it's all in the numbers. The masses are missing these figures, but you don't have to...

What To Expect From This Bear Market Rally

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Stocks rallied for the third straight week in what appears to be a classic bear market rally. Investors should count their good luck and use higher prices as an opportunity to reduce equity exposure or hedge stocks they don't want to sell. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by 367 points or 2.2% to 17,006.77 while the S&P 500 rose by 52 points or 2.7% to 1999.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 2.8% to 4717.02. The major averages have gained about 10% since their February lows, giving investors hope that the worst is over.

I do not believe it is. Despite some moderately positive economic news last week, the global economy remains depressed and the prospects for significantly higher stock prices are low. Let me explain...

Wall Street's Bear Market Lie Could Cost You

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The conventional "wisdom" holds that a bear market can't happen until losses hit 20%.

But that's a carefully designed, often-repeated Wall Street lie that's supposed to trick investors into sitting tight when they should be changing tactics.

Here's how you can tell a real bear market is coming, and why Wall Street lies about it in the first place.

Protect Yourself from China's Currency Contagion

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Mainstream economists and media pundits have been telling people that problems in China are unlikely to cause serious problems in the United States. They point to the fact that China only accounts for a small percentage of U.S. trade, for example, and that the falling Chinese stock market has very little to do with our stock market.

And at the very heart of that instability lies the yuan.

The Generational Investments to Stay Safe in This Market

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Stocks actually rose last week, although you'd be hard-pressed to find an investor or hedge fund manager who is feeling good about things right now.

But the Dow Jones Industrial Average did in fact gain 105 points or 0.7% to close at 16,093.53 while the S&P 500 rose by 1.4% or 27 points to 1906.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index, home of the FANGS, added 2.3% to close at 4591.18. But as the title of the novel goes, it's "been down so long it looks like up to me."

All three markets are still down sharply on the year and many hedge funds are nursing double digit losses just three weeks into the year.

Here's How Low the S&P 500 Could Go in This Bear Market

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The bear market deepened last week as investors sold everything that wasn't tied down that had the faintest tinge of risk associated with it - stocks, commodities, junk bonds, you-name-it.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 358 points or 2.2% to close below 16,000 at 15,988.08 while the S&P 500 fell 42 points or 2.17% to close under 1900 at 1880.33.

But losses could get even steeper from here...