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Meet the New Box, Same as the Old Box

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The "Trump Bump" rally was lots of fun while it lasted, but it's definitely over.

The markets have settled into the same "box" they were in in Q2 and Q3 2016.

But they're about to make a big move...

Don't Worry: Marijuana Investing in 2017 Will Be Even Better Than 2016

marijuana investing in 2017

By any measure, 2016 was a great year - a watershed, in fact - for the tech- and pharma-heavy cannabis niche.

For instance, ever since Sept. 2, when I sent my paid-up Nova-X Report readers the 30 pot stock recommendations in my "weed investors' bible," The Roadmap to Marijuana Millions, we've seen incredible gains all across the market sector.

And what had been a phenomenal year got even better with a massive victory: In November, voters in five states (read, five juicy untapped markets) voted to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. That boosted the cannabis niche's growth prospects immensely.

Remember, this is an investing arena that was already expected to grow by more than 31% a year until at least the early 2020s.

But... the buoyant marijuana markets took notice when the president-elect tapped Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next U.S. attorney general. The nation's would-be top cop is known for his, shall we say, "retrograde" views on marijuana - legal and otherwise.

That news cast a great deal of uncertainty on investments with an otherwise vertical trajectory.

So, naturally, pot stock investors are wondering what the future might hold for this high-growth, immensely profitable investing niche.

Well, I'm going to show you a glimpse of that future right now. It still looks as bright and profitable as it ever did...

Five "Outrageous" Profit Plays We'll Make in 2017

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Turns out, my seatmate on a flight home last week is not only an avid reader of our work here, but also a huge "Varney & Co." fan and recognized me when we sat down next to each other.

We proceeded to have a terrific and very exciting conversation about the markets in general as we settled in for the nearly six-hour flight. Then, he asked the one question I couldn't resist answering any more than I could wait to share with you...

"Gimme five of the most outrageous opportunities you're tracking in 2017."

Here's what I shared with Roger...

The Secret to Superior Returns

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Many people are surprised to learn that dividend income and reinvestment can account for nearly 90% of total stock market returns over time.

That's right. Not a quarter... Not half... But 90%.

That's why placing a high priority on dividends in the Money Map Report's proprietary 50-40-10 Strategy is paramount to its success.

Unfortunately, this goes counter to the inclinations of far too many investors. They spend the bulk of their time chasing "the next hot stock" or searching for the next "sure thing."

No doubt we all love the elation that goes with being up 25%, 50%, 100%, or more.

Don't get me wrong, though. I'll take gains like that too - and we get more than our fair share in the Money Map Report model portfolio.

Yet, when it comes to consistently growing and protecting our money, I'd rather focus on getting the cold, hard cash that dividends kick off. That's because I know those are a much bigger component of overall investment returns over time.

I point this out because what most people fail to realize is that successful investing is a matter of continuous performance - not instantaneous performance.

Here's where it gets really interesting...

This Stock Offers High-Growth, Low-Stress Protection from Trump's Tweets

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By now we've all seen the "Trump Tweet Effect" in full effect these past weeks, as the president-elect's unfiltered social media messages hit some of Wall Street's favorite stocks, like Boeing, for better... or worse.

Lockheed Martin, for instance, one of our best defense plays, lost $4 billion in value in the aftermath of Trump's tweeted remarks about the F-35 Lightning program.

Frankly, the losses on Lockheed and Boeing, and for that matter the gains on SoftBank, say more about Wall Street traders than about Donald Trump - or the stocks he's talking about.

But the truth is, it's likely we can look forward to this kind of "volatility" from here on out.

Unless... you go with the recommendation I'm going to show you now.

It's offering explosive growth in a blue-chip package - 37% gains year to date, and I can't imagine any mere 140 characters are going to ding it...

I've Never Seen an Earnings Collapse Like This – Time to Move

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I've spent years studying junk bond issuers, so I always get suspicious when I see a restaurant company, of all things, trading at high multiples of earnings, cash flow, or debt.

The restaurant business is notoriously risky, you see; there are few barriers to entry, fickle and economically sensitive consumers are at every turn, and it's extremely difficult to maintain high quality at any point on the price spectrum.

Still, it's not often you find a grossly overvalued (and overripe) company lying smack in the middle of the intersection of every single one of these very specific woes.

Yet that's exactly what I've found here.

In fact, I've just issued detailed trading instructions for profiting on this clunker to my Zenith Trading Circle readers, but this company is in such bad shape - such a perfect example of almost everything wrong with Corporate America today - that I had to let everyone know, so you can get the chance to profit now and later on, if a similar situation unfolds again.

Let's have a look at what my research has turned up - so long as you've got an empty stomach...

There's Huge Upside in the Worst Retail Disaster in History

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By all accounts, 2016's "Black Friday" was a success, surpassing $3 billion in sales for the first time in history. That might be welcome news for a retail industry that is now unambiguously in crisis, but most of the record spending was done online.

That's just another nail in the coffin for an industry that's seen a raft of bankruptcies lately, with mall-based fixtures like Sports Authority, RadioShack, Aéropostale, American Apparel, and PacSun all going belly-up.

I'm not trying to spoil anyone's festive mood, but it's my job to call it as I see it: This trend for these traditional retailers points straight down. No matter how much you personally spend this shopping season (and I do hope you get some good deals), the explosion of ecommerce, along with weak and/or increasingly selective consumers, makes traditional retailers' destruction inevitable.

But hardly anyone is falling faster or harder than this turkey, which means we have to move quickly...

Is the Stock Market Open on Black Friday?

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Stock exchanges close for some holidays and not others, so one of the more common questions is whether the stock market is open on Black Friday.

In the United States, the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq are closed on Thanksgiving, but both are back to business and open on Black Friday.

But Black Friday isn't just the day after Thanksgiving; it's an important day for investors, too...

Why Cisco Deserves a C- This Quarter

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From weak sales growth to massive job cuts, a lot's been happening with Cisco recently. And it's starting a restructuring effort, but Michael Robinson is not really optimistic.

Here's his full forecast and how to play the stock right now...

What You Need to Know About the "Trump" Stock Market

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D.R. Barton covers the upcoming rate hikes, Trump's pick for Treasury, the Tesla-SolarCity merger, the biggest stocks news, and the newest Texas oil discovery.

Watch his full insight right here...

Pyramid Schemes Are Illegal… but Herbalife's Still at It 

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Herbalife is in the news again yet again for its predatory business practices...

On Nov. 7, 2016, HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver went after HLF's uncanny resemblance to a pyramid scheme.

Here's how Herbalife has been able to stay in operation so far, despite its recent clash with the Federal Trade Commission...

SMG Stock Could Soar 30% as More States Legalize Marijuana

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SMG stock is poised to soar 30% over the next 12 months, fueled by its new $326 million "marijuana" investments.

These three marijuana-related investments are a part of an obscure - but highly profitable - marijuana subsector.

Find out more about this subsector and SMG's three "marijuana" investments...

Our "Post-Trump" Play Is Leading the Markets Now

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We know the stock market was supposed to crash when Donald Trump pocketed 270 electoral votes, but stocks have been off like a shot ever since Nov. 9.

And that makes what I have to tell you today more urgent.

I'm looking at a small group of stocks that stand to do very well in the incoming administration. We got in last week, and this group contains some of the market's biggest gainers right now.

But it's not too late to get in on the action, or, if you're already in, make even more money...

Three Quick and Easy Profit Plays to Make Right Now

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After surviving the "Trumpcrash," markets are actually growing stronger. And Tom has three profit plays that came under his radar after the election results.

You have the opportunity to make even more money than usual here, since no else is even noticing these kinds of stocks...

How the Market's Moving… and Three Stocks to Trade Now

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D.R. Barton explains all the market uncertainties we've been seeing lately. He also has three picks, some good and some bad, to profit from the current situation and market movements...

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