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The Cybersecurity Play That Doubled Once – Will Double Again

Not long ago, a relative of mine was the victim of identity theft. And I have to tell you that I really felt for the entire family.

The thief ran up nearly $20,000 in charges, opened new accounts and tried to open others.

And I can tell you that the frustrations over the losses (most of which ended up being covered) were dwarfed by the helplessness that came whenever new charges showed up – and the worry that was spawned by never finding out how the whole mess started.

As we watch the headlines about data breaches and cybercrime – and watch as the violations move closer and closer to home – those worries only escalate.

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  • Profit Massively from This "Margin Call" on American Homeowners

    Get ready. There's more trouble ahead for home buyers, home builders, and especially homeowners who took out home-equity lines of credit before the housing crisis. Those heydays have turned into haymakers.

    What's already started to happen might not only knock out the formerly aspiring but now petering-out housing recovery, but also might knock the already weak economy to the ground.

    Back in the good old days, when banks and mortgage shops were selling mortgage money and home-equity credit lines like carnival barkers wowing crowds into the big top, millions of homeowners stepped right in.

    That circus tent was nothing but a trap, however. And now I'm going to tell you what that trap means for those borrowers - and the rest of the economy... Full Story

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  • Low Rates Won't Hide This Looming Threat Forever Financial markets are experiencing a significant divergence in 2014 between the direction of stocks and bonds.

    While the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have traded to new record highs, the yields on benchmark Treasury bonds have dropped sharply.

    Normally, one would not expect stock prices to rise and bond yields to drop simultaneously because these movements suggest contradictory readings of the economy.

    Higher stock prices indicate bullishness about economic growth, while lower bond yields suggest just the opposite.

    However, the inconsistent signals being sent by markets are not as surprising as they seem, given the context of the post-crisis environment in which Federal Reserve policies have distorted normal market pricing mechanisms.

    This situation could blindside investors who don't see it coming... Full Story Read More...
  • The Most Important Stories from Today's Market Trading today’s market trading

    Here's the scorecard from today's market trading:

    DOW: 16,722; -0.13%
    S&P 500: 1,924; -0.05%
    NASDAQ: 4,234; -0.08%

    And here are the top stories from today’s market trading:
  • The Next Trillion-Dollar Mortgage Meltdown May Be Coming The fourth securitization deal of big investor-owned single-family homes for rent is here.

    Is this just another Wall Street gamble that will wreck the economy again, or is this time different?

    You be the judge.

    I'll tell you where I stand...

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  • Dow Jones Futures Up Today Ahead of This Market News Dow Jones futures

    Dow Jones futures today, May 29, 2014: Dow Jones futures pointed to a 0.07% gain ahead of open today (Thursday). This morning, the U.S. federal government announced that first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) slipped by 1% - much more than the 0.4% expected contraction.

    Here’s what will affect Dow Jones futures today, and other top market news…
  • Stocks to Buy: Get the "Google of Russia" for a Bargain Yandex

    When looking for the best stocks to buy, many investors avoid companies and markets that are tangled in bad news.

    For many, it seems like common sense to avoid areas that keep generating negative headlines. But for shrewd investors, "bad news" can frequently generate very profitable stocks.

    And right now, Russian tech stocks are providing investors with discounted buy-in opportunities. This tech stock in particular has huge potential…
  • Stock Market Today: Wal-Mart Misses Earnings, Other Top Stories Stock market today

    Stock market today, May 15, 2014 The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped from record highs yesterday on concerns of rising inflation. Producer prices increased 0.6% in April, the largest increase since September 2012. Economists had predicted a rise of just 0.2%.

    Here’s what you need to know to make your Thursday profitable:
  • Dow Jones Today Dips on Inflation Fears, Plus 9 Other Top Stories Citigroup makes news in the stock market today

    The Dow Jones today fell more than 100 points, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell as well.

    Here's what moved the Dow lower.
  • Let's Make the Mortgage Due for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Fannie-Mae

    You can call it a bailout, a rakeover - I mean, takeover - or socialism for cash.

    But, whatever you call it, it's not going to last.

    The $187.5 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in 2008 was absolutely necessary.

    Yes, we had to do it. But here's why it's time for the government to get out of the mortgage business for good...
  • GSK, YHOO, DE, and NFLX Are Today's Pre-Market Movers Premarket Movers

    Premarket movers today, May 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a new closing record on Tuesday of 16,715.44. The S&P 500 hit a record intraday high, touching over 1,900 for the first time ever.

    Here’s what to know about the stock market today to make your Wednesday profitable:
  • How to Profit from Market Volatility 20140513-how-to-profit-from-market-volatility

    During my 30 years as an investor, I've developed five tools that demonstrate how to profit from market volatility. And today I want to share them with you.

    With the Nasdaq Composite Index - and tech stocks in general - going through a turbulent stretch of their own, these five rules will help keep you from making mistakes.

    You literally can't afford not to read this...
  • The Fed's "Growth-Buying" Scheme Is Failing

    The numbers are in. And they are ugly...

    Based on preliminary first-quarter data, U.S. GDP (gross domestic product) growth is 0.1%.

    That's not much.

    But then again what do you expect for $3.4 trillion dollars of Federal Reserve spending to boost the economy?

    So the question is, how is it possible that we've got nonexistent economic growth, or worse, negative growth and possibly another recession looming, when the Federal Reserve since September 2008 has spent $3.4 trillion to prime the economic pump?

    This could push the whole economy past the brink... Full Story

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  • Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Hot Biopharma, an Energy Sector Worth $2 Trillion, and More stocks to buy

    Our roundup of the best stocks to buy last week gave Money Morning Members more than a dozen plays in 2014's most profitable sectors.

    One pick involves a possible healthcare merger that would combine two industry titans. The duo would create an industry powerhouse with a market cap near $300 billion. Another play revolves around one of the most highly anticipated, and possibly biggest, initial public offerings ever. And a special report from our small-cap trading specialist showed readers a technique for uncovering investment winners today.

    Here they are – with more opportunities – in our latest Money Morning best stocks to buy list:
  • Stocks to Buy: Why This Biopharma Company Is a “Long-Term Profit Machine” 20140509-stocks-to-buy-CARA

    One strategy experts use when looking for the best biotech stocks to buy is finding companies with promising drug candidates that are close to receiving regulatory approval. When these drugs hit the market, they can bring in billions in revenue.

    When companies have multiple promising drugs in their product pipeline, they become even more attractive because they have more than one shot at finding a revenue blockbuster.

    That’s why Money Morning’s Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson likes this biotech stock to buy now…
  • Five Stocks to Buy in This $2 Trillion Must-Have Industry stocks to buy

    Over the next two decades in the United States, it's going to cost $2 trillion to keep the lights on.

    After decades of neglect, we're depending on an electrical grid that has components a century old or more - and much of the rest is based on antiquated technology. We have no choice to fix it - no matter how much it costs.

    The companies that do these kinds of upgrades – and we’ve found five - are the best stocks to buy now...