Out of over 1,300 cryptocurrencies to invest in today, only a few will allow you to enjoy triple- and quadruple-digit gains in 2018.
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Wall Street bankers may be making money hand over fist…
But they're working harder than they have to.
Bitcoin – a high-tech, 21st-century investment vehicle if ever there was one – soared from $1,000 to nearly $20,000… and back down to $13,100. It has, of course, got everyone riveted.
Stocks are going ballistic, too, with the market packing on more than 20% in gains over 2017.
And so it's been easy to overlook that 5,000-year-old, decidedly non-virtual asset: gold.
Its story hasn't been flashy; the yellow metal has had a tough time thanks in part to all those strong dollars sitting in optimistic, well-paid investors' pockets.
But, as our Director of Research Matt Warder is about to show you, the bottom is behind us and the way upstairs is wide open for gold gains – possibly even extreme gains – in 2017.
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Earlier this month, CVS Health Corp. announced its $69 billion plan to acquire Aetna Inc., the third-largest health insurer in the United States. If successful, it will be the largest deal of the year – and the largest ever in the health insurance history.
CVS stock has been in focus after the deal, as it's up almost 9% in the last six weeks.
Hedge funds and institutional trading desks make huge bets on mergers and acquisitions, much like the pending $69 billion proposed buyout of Aetna Inc. by CVS Health Corp.
It's not rocket science.
In fact, merger arbitrage, as the strategy is sometimes called, is easy and can be very profitable.
We just notched a gain of 455% in two days, taking off half of one of the positions we put on to play the proposed CVS-Aetna merger in my Zenith Trading Circle.
The other half of that trade could still yield us 2,600%.
The American stock market has been shrinking steadily, losing around 5,700 stocks over the past 10 years or so.
But there's still a bafflingly huge assortment of publicly traded companies to buy here.
Now, there are a few "time-honored" stock-picking methods. To find a winner, you could… go with your gut… throw darts at a list of companies… follow a cable talking head… ask your poker buddies what's in their 401ks… or take a finance degree of your own.
But for truly profitable investing, you need good research and analysis – independent and unbiased – just like we publish in Money Morning every day of the week.
And our Quantitative Specialist (think "rocket scientist, but for stocks") Chris Johnson, a 23-year market veteran, has used some classic technical analysis to pick out one single dynamite company for you to buy today.
And he's even going to show you a way to "juice" the regular gains you'll accrue when you own it, possibly to the tune of 100% or more, very quickly.
And the best part is, you don't have to know a Relative Strength Index from a 50-day simple moving average to clean up here.
Over the years, the question I've been asked most frequently is how I select which options to trade on a particular stock.
There are a lot of factors to consider with options trading – which underlying stock, which direction, which strike, and which expiration date are the big ones. But students of the markets understand that there are many considerations that can affect the price of options.
Markets are global and so are your options. Everything – including the price of tea in China – that impacts the markets has the chance to affect your trades.
So how do I choose my options? Believe it or not, the answer is pretty simple.
Today, we're going to take a closer look at one of my favorite options strategies and how it helps me determine whether or not I'm going to take a particular trade.