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Two Safe Ways to Profit From the "Alibaba Shockwave Effect"

In the mid-1990s, I was fortunate to meet and start working with an Upstate New York money manager named Anthony M. Gallea.

The relationship began when I attended and wrote stories about some of the investment seminars he periodically held for prospective and existing clients. He then became a “source” for some of the investment stories I periodically wrote for Gannett Newspapers. And we ultimately collaborated on a pretty successful book about “Contrarian Investing” that was published by Prentice Hall.

Along the way, Tony shared some pretty important snippets of investing wisdom…

  • How Syria Affects Oil Prices Today Gasoline pump left Q

    As U.S. military personnel prepare for possible action against Syria, Brent oil prices are hovering near an 18-month high.

    On Thursday, Brent oil prices retreated slightly, but remained elevated, after starting the day above $116 a barrel. Prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) also retreated by a little more than 1%, closing the day at $108.80.

    Brent prices have climbed steadily following escalations across Egypt and the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.

    Meanwhile, in the United States, improved infrastructure and greater network access have fueled WTI prices to near par with Brent this month.

    But Brent prices have spiked this week following news that the West may intervene in Syria, where a chemical attack was allegedly launched against civilians.

    Despite warnings from Russia and China, it remains unclear whether the United States will intervene. However, any action is likely to set off a chain reaction across the Middle East and could affect trade within the region, especially on oil shipments.

    Here are the details on how Syria affects oil prices, what that means for you - and how to profit.

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  • How Syria Will Impact The Markets, And What You Should Do About It 08282013KFG

    No one knows what will happen when the West retaliates against Syria's Bashar al-Assad for his use of chemical weapons. This is bringing a wave of uncertainty over how Syria will impact markets.

    If history is any guide, the markets will plunge when the missiles start flying.

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