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Bitcoin Love vs. Bitcoin Hate (and What That Means for Your Wallet)

While the iconic sitcom "Friends" was never a favorite of mine, whenever the reruns come on TV I do get a chuckle. Don't we all?

One of the funnier episodes, "The One with the List," comes early in the show, in the second season, where Ross has to make the almost impossible decision between Julie, his current girlfriend, and Rachel, his longtime secret crush who he's just found out also has a secret crush on him. (Oh, the drama.)

Ever the problem-solver, Ross decides to make a list of Rachel and Julie's respective pros and cons. Rachel has lots of cons: too into her looks, thick ankles, and "just a waitress."

Julie has plenty of pros: smart, driven, a paleontologist, and cute. She has only one con: "She's not Rachel."

Unfortunately for Ross (but hardly surprisingly), he soon finds himself without either girl – but with a very important life lesson learned: don't make lists about who to date. (Or, you know, don't live in a sitcom.)

In the spirit of that episode, I present to you my latest Bitcoin installment: "The One with the List." Let me take a swing at listing the pros and cons of the Bitcoin currency as it stands… and get started directing you towards some profit recommendations.

Let's get started...

Trading Strategies

How to Profit from Market Volatility for the Rest of Your Life

Why is it that some investors seem to laugh in the face of big down days like this, which cause most investors to panic?


… most investors handle it wrong!

If that sounds simple or even naïve, hold on a moment.

There are three little-known things – secrets, really – that the world's savviest investors have in their back pocket for when it comes to lining up huge profits whenever the markets get a bad case of the jitters – like they do now.

If you've ever panicked or felt the fear, you know why you need what they know: exactly where and how the real money is made every time the markets take a header.

Amazingly, anyone can do this…

We've talked about why and how before, and today, we're going to talk about it again for the simple reason that I have a growing suspicion the correction I called for in the first quarter may be just around the corner…

So let's talk about it.

Market Crash

This Gold Bubble Has a Disturbing Secret Message for You

Today, I'm doing something a bit unusual.

Instead of our usual LAMPP update, I'd like to take a different tack… and show you a historical picture lesson that should scare the stuffing out of you.

Recently I've been thinking about the similarities between the current stock market environment and a few of the bubbles that I have experienced in a lifetime of following markets. While those similarities are scary, they prove nothing. Just because two different periods in different markets look alike doesn't mean that their denouements will be the same.

By the same token, to ignore the similarities and the warnings they represent would be foolhardy. So today I am showing you the pictures of several modern bubbles, starting with a recent and disturbing one in gold.

Maybe that's not enough to scare the bejabbers out of us, nor perhaps should it be, because there may still be time to watch and take action deliberately. If you have been following my recommendation to gradually liquidate your stock holdings and raise cash over the past four months, and the current three months if you started late, then you're in good shape to ride out the storm that I expect.

But the message in these charts is that maybe there isn't as much time as we think.

Here's the gold bubble - and several others - that tell you what you need to know...


How to Play Bitcoin Forks for Big Profits in 2018

When we spoke on Dec. 21, I warned you to be careful about getting into Bitcoin as we head into 2018.

No, I'm not pessimistic about cryptocurrencies in general or Bitcoin in particular. In fact, just the opposite is true – I firmly believe these e-currencies are the wave of the future and still face huge upside.

My concern is for individual investors like you. At the time, Bitcoin had literally just hit the futures markets for the first time ever. And Wall Street traders, hedge funds, and other high rollers were sharpening their knives – setting Bitcoin up for massive volatility.

My call couldn't have been timelier.

Practically as I hit "send" on that report, Bitcoin fell $1,070 in a day. Not only that, but it weakened over the next few days, falling from a high of roughly $20,000 to $12,500. That's a 37.5% peak-to-trough loss.

Today, Bitcoin has swung back up to around $15,300.

For you Bitcoin veterans out there, that kind of swing is pretty normal. You folks can handle it. But for new investors, that type of volatility is hard to swallow.

So what I want to tell you today may sound a bit counterintuitive, but here we go...

Dow Jones

It's the Time of the Season... for Profits

One of the coolest and simplest band names of all time belonged to the "British Invasion" band called The Zombies.

Since the zombie horror subgenre has exploded in popularity in recent years, I'm sure there have been many an upstart band that would "die" to have that name…

If you don't remember the band by its name, there's a good chance that most of you will remember one of their catchy songs.

Both "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No" were top 10 hits in the United States during 1964. Both were hummable tunes steeped in that classic mid-60s British Invasion sound.

But our title today comes from the band's most well-known hit, "Time of the Season."

The song, according to band members, was the last one written for what would be the band's breakup album.

In fact, the band did break up in the time between recording the album in 1967 and when it was finally released in 1969.

In contrast to their earlier work, this song (and indeed, the whole album) had a more modern psychedelic feel.

The haunting opening baseline punctuated by hand claps and the breathy "ahhh" vocal are instantly recognizable today.

Because the band was not able to support the album's release, it had only modest success in the United States (and was basically a flop back home in the UK).

But despite the lack of support, the evocative tune reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard charts and No. 1 on the U.S. Cashbox magazine charts.

And as icing on the cake, the album "Odessey and Oracle" (the album title was misspelled by the graphic artist and kept) continues to inspire critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine lists the album as No. 100 in its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Why the rock 'n' roll history lesson?

When I started to write today's article about an amazingly strong and profitable seasonal tendency in the stock market, that evocative opening lyric kept popping into my head: "It's the time – of the season when love runs high…"

And it is indeed the time of the season when profits run high.

Let me show you why...

Dow Jones

Here’s the News Investors and Traders Really Have to Watch Out For

We all woke up last Monday to news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, were indicted for money laundering, conspiracy, and lying to investigators.

At right around the same time, we got word that former Trump campaign policy advisor George Papadopoulos had been indicted nearly a month.

This, of course, is all part of the wide-ranging Mueller investigation into the 2016 election – an election that could still rock the highest levels of American politics before it's all said and done.

The markets… barely registered a blip at the news. The Dow slipped less than 1%, and the Nasdaq even went up to another record.

So, naturally, cable was full of questions like, "Are markets totally immune to news these days?"

The answer: well, a little. It depends.

The "events" you've really got to watch out for - and prepare for if you want to make some cash - won't necessarily make the front page...