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Mandeep Rai - Buying on Margin? Here’s the Risk/Reward

Buying on Margin? Here’s the Risk/Reward

by Mandeep Rai | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:30am

(Columnist Jon Markman is away this week. Mandeep Rai, editor of the Top Stocks Under $10 portfolio, is filling in.) What do you do when you hear about a hot stock but

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Dead Ahead: Big Black-Swan Events!

Dead Ahead: Big Black-Swan Events!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 1, 2014 at 7:30am

Tomorrow at noon Eastern Time, I will meet you online to give you an urgent video briefing. (To join, click here a few minutes before the hour.) And I feel it couldn’t

Money and Markets - Scared Money, Pentagon Contractors and More …

Scared Money, Pentagon Contractors and More …

by Money and Markets | Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:30am

Here’ a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online … Scared Money Moving Fast The troubles in the global hotspots today are causing a

Mark Najarian - Corporate Cash: What to Do With It?

Corporate Cash: What to Do With It?

by Mark Najarian | Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:20pm

CEOs were spending like crazy early this year. Not on private planes, new cars, new homes (OK, maybe on them, too), but more publicly on the buying back of their own companies' shares.

Mike Larson - Thoughts on Labor Ahead of Labor Day!

Thoughts on Labor Ahead of Labor Day!

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:30am

I’m looking forward to this long weekend, because we’re celebrating my wife’s birthday with our kids and her family in Chicago. We have the opportunity to do so thanks to the U.S.

Mike Larson - U.S. Economy Surges 4.2%! But Looming Russian “Invasion” Scares Investors Stiff!

U.S. Economy Surges 4.2%! But Looming Russian “Invasion” Scares Investors Stiff!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:30pm

Amid all the handwringing over the U.S. economy, a funny thing happened. It actually BOOMED in the second quarter! Revised figures show that Gross Domestic Product expanded at a 4.2 percent rate in the most recent three-month period. That was up from an initial estimate of 4 percent ... better than forecasts of 3.8 percent ... a huge rebound from the 2.1 percent contraction in the first quarter ... and the third-strongest reading since the Great Recession ended five years ago.

Charles Goyette - Under-saved and Under-invested

Under-saved and Under-invested

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:30am

Ten thousand Americans become eligible for retirement benefits every day. It is the aging of the baby-boom generation, a demographic bulge so outsized that someone once described it as looking like a

Bill Hall - High Yields in Slow-Growth World

High Yields in Slow-Growth World

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4:50pm

Hello, everyone. This is Bill Hall for Money and Markets. It is Wednesday, Aug. 27, and I am pleased to bring you my investment thoughts in this new, exciting podcast format. Today, I am going to give you some specific investments on how you can profit in a world where growth is hard to come by and stock valuations are full and lofty.

Larry Edelson - A Road Map for the Markets …

A Road Map for the Markets …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:30am

Despite the lackluster dog days of summer trading in the financial markets — nearly every single market on the board is now reaching critical inflection points. I told my Real Wealth Report

Mike Larson - Burger King Flees U.S. for Canada to Cut Taxes! Will More Companies Follow?

Burger King Flees U.S. for Canada to Cut Taxes! Will More Companies Follow?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 4:42pm

I don't have anything against Canada or Canadians. I spent some time at my grandparents' cabin on Lake Temagami as a kid, and loved picking blueberries, canoeing and exploring the woods. But let's face it: I like my bacon American-style. I mean, Canadian bacon is basically ham, right? I'll watch football over hockey any day. And the only curling I know about is the kind my wife does to her hair when we go out for special occasions. LOL.

Jon Markman - Pentagon Contractors Rev Their Engines

Pentagon Contractors Rev Their Engines

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:30am

Now that there is a hint of war in the air again, with rumors that the U.S. may intervene directly in the Syrian civil war to battle the Sunni extremist group known

Mike Larson - Putin “Invading” Ukraine! ISIS Gaining Ground in Mideast! Next Surge in Oil, Gas Brewing?

Putin “Invading” Ukraine! ISIS Gaining Ground in Mideast! Next Surge in Oil, Gas Brewing?

by Mike Larson | Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:50pm

Is Russia's Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine? That's basically what Ukrainian officials are charging. Putin already sent one "humanitarian relief" column into Ukrainian territory without Ukraine's permission or the Red Cross' blessing late last week. Now, Russia just said it will send a second column across the border this week.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Scared Money Moving FAST!

Scared Money Moving FAST!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:30am

Starting today, my weekly column is moving from Saturdays to this Monday slot; Larry Edelson will be here on Wednesdays; and the rest of our team will continue in their regular days,

Mike Larson - Fed’s Yellen Trying Hawk Costume on for Size! Is a Rate Shocker Looming?

Fed’s Yellen Trying Hawk Costume on for Size! Is a Rate Shocker Looming?

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 22, 2014 at 4:37pm

Today was the big day. No, not the start of football season. That's still a couple weeks away. I'm talking about the day Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen released her big speech on the labor market in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Mike Larson - The Death of the Old Guard Is at Hand!

The Death of the Old Guard Is at Hand!

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:30am

As you read this, the world’s elite money men and women are cozied up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They’re tucked away in hunting lodges, the country version of the Ivory Towers they’re

Mike Larson - Long-Term “Car-gage” Loans the Road to Disaster?

Long-Term “Car-gage” Loans the Road to Disaster?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:45pm

When I bought my first home in 1999, I used a 15-year mortgage. Why? I could get a lower interest rate than I could with a 30-year loan. I'd build equity more quickly. And I'd slash my overall interest bill.

Mike Burnick - Uncertainty: What Great Buying Opportunities Are Made Of

Uncertainty: What Great Buying Opportunities Are Made Of

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30am

The headline from last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal read: “Global Gold Demand Down 16%” quoting recent data from the World Gold Council (WGC) to explain why “global demand for gold slumped …

Mike Larson - Making Money From Energy Requires Tearing Up the Old Playbook!

Making Money From Energy Requires Tearing Up the Old Playbook!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:45pm

If energy prices are going up, they figure they can just log on to their online brokerage account ... buy 100 shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM, Weiss Ratings: B+) or Chevron (CVX, Weiss Ratings: A-) ... or maybe an oil Exchange Traded Fund like the United States Oil Fund (USO) or ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil (UCO) ... and go back to doing what they were doing.

Don Lucek - Putting Retailers in Focus — and in Perspective

Putting Retailers in Focus — and in Perspective

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:06pm

To listen to the opinion-makers poring over this season’s results of retailers, you might think that the sector is a third-rail industry to invest in right now. But I remain sanguine about

Bill Hall - A High-Yield Investment for You to Consider

A High-Yield Investment for You to Consider

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:30am

There is no doubt about it: We have experienced one of the great bull runs in history — already 5¼-years old. On March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 was 676.53; on May

Mike Larson - Wage Earners Get Stiffed! Millionaires Get Rich (er)!

Wage Earners Get Stiffed! Millionaires Get Rich (er)!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:45pm

I'm a sucker for irony when it comes to news headlines. When I did my morning check of overnight developments, I was struck by the juxtaposition of two on Bloomberg News: The first? "Only Rich Know Wage Gains With No Raises for U.S. Workers" The second? "Monaco $400 Million Penthouse Secrecy Booms: Real Estate"

Jon Markman - First the Bad News …

First the Bad News …

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks and pretty much every other asset class are heading higher this week for a very interesting reason that has confounded bears, who can’t catch a break. The catalyst was a weaker-than-expected retail

Mike Larson - Sick of Paying Tolls? Then Buy Energy “Toll Road” Stocks!

Sick of Paying Tolls? Then Buy Energy “Toll Road” Stocks!

by Mike Larson | Monday, August 18, 2014 at 4:30pm

Do you have an E-ZPass transponder you use in New York? A SunPass in Florida? A FasTrak in California? Or maybe you're one of those old-fashioned types who likes the sound of coins clanging into the basket at a traditional toll booth.

Larry Edelson - Reflections on a World Going Mad …

Reflections on a World Going Mad …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:30am

The markets of late have been like watching paint dry. I’ll address them in a few minutes. But first, let me tell you about some reflective thoughts I had while watching the

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Energy MLP surges this week! Why? What to do?

Energy MLP surges this week! Why? What to do?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:30am

Martin here with important breaking news: Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), an energy stock that Mike Larson has in his model portfolio, is surging to new highs. And there’s a bigger energy story

Mike Larson - Ukraine Attacks Russian Column! Is the “New Cold War” Going Hot?

Ukraine Attacks Russian Column! Is the “New Cold War” Going Hot?

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:55pm

Is the "New Cold War" between Russia and the West going hot? That's the serious question investors and governments are wrestling with today, as conditions on the ground in Europe rapidly deteriorate.

Mike Larson - U.S. Economy Kicking European Tail! How to Profit!

U.S. Economy Kicking European Tail! How to Profit!

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:30am

For the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Germany each fall. My job? To share perspectives on the global economy, the capital markets, and more with readers of

Mike Larson - As Goes Wal-Mart, So Goes the American Economy?

As Goes Wal-Mart, So Goes the American Economy?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:47pm

Today, investors are phrasing things in a slightly different way. They're asking: "As goes Wal-Mart Stores (WMT, Weiss Ratings: B), so goes the American economy?" I say that because the giant retailer's lousy second-quarter report has Wall Street concerned. The company managed to eke out a 0.6 percent year-over-year rise in profit, to $4.09 billion from $4.07 billion. That matched estimates for $1.21 on a per-share basis.

Charles Goyette - The Dollar Anniversary

The Dollar Anniversary

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:30am

Much has been made of this week’s 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency. But while politicians come and go, it is their policies that live after them. Friday is

Mike Larson - “Fad Investing” Claims Another Victim as King Gets Crushed!

“Fad Investing” Claims Another Victim as King Gets Crushed!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:00pm

Confession time: I played Candy Crush for a while. I wasn't a first-wave, early adopter mind you. But while I was waiting at the repair shop to get some new tires on my car several months ago, my youngest daughter, Zoey, encouraged me to download it on my iPhone to pass the time.

Don Lucek - Ratings, Fundamentals Can Overcome Knee-Jerk Reactions

Ratings, Fundamentals Can Overcome Knee-Jerk Reactions

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:55pm

The Weiss Million-Dollar Ratings Portfolio (WRP) service is intended to provide long-term investment ideas rather than give short-term trading recommendations. However, in using the Weiss Ratings we can frequently identify strong stocks

Bill Hall - The Secret to Investment Home Runs

The Secret to Investment Home Runs

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30am

Successful investors invest with a purpose, keep their positions focused, and avoid trades that don’t offer an attractive risk-versus-potential-reward scenario. That’s why you shouldn’t feel any pressure to invest based on every

Mike Larson - American Energy Revolution Saving … an Airport? What PIT Saga Says About Our Future!

American Energy Revolution Saving … an Airport? What PIT Saga Says About Our Future!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:45pm

Pittsburgh International Airport isn't seeing the traffic it once did. Instead of 600 daily arrivals and departures, it's down to around 300. Many of its 75 gates sit idle. And as the New York Times notes, the olden days where double-decker 747s jetted off to London or Frankfurt from PIT's runways are long gone.

Jon Markman - You’ve Got … Some Good News

You’ve Got … Some Good News

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:30am

Some good earnings news emerged last week from fallen dot-com star AOL (AOL), which reported a top- and bottom-line beat for the second quarter as well as announced a $150 million buyback program

Mark Najarian - Big Winner in the Energy Sector!

Big Winner in the Energy Sector!

by Mark Najarian | Monday, August 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

The oil and gas renaissance has one of its first big winners! When Money and Markets columnist Mike Larson wrote about master limited partnerships (MLPs) on July 23, it sent many readers scrambling for investor encyclopedias to learn as much as they could about the sector.

Larry Edelson - What a Mess the World is in. What to Do …

What a Mess the World is in. What to Do …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7:30am

What a mess the world is in. China, occupying the South China Sea, the Senkaku and Spratly Islands, hunting down oil and gas, ignoring territorial rights of others, ready to wage a

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Our War Forecasts Come True in Aces and Spades! Obama White House Overwhelmed! Up Next: GLOBAL OIL WARS!

Our War Forecasts Come True in Aces and Spades! Obama White House Overwhelmed! Up Next: GLOBAL OIL WARS!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:30am

The global conflicts Larry Edelson and our team have warned you about are now escalating with such frightening momentum … Nearly every pillar of American foreign policy is collapsing … the Obama

Mark Najarian - How Retailers Can Compete With Online Giants

How Retailers Can Compete With Online Giants

by Mark Najarian | Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:00pm

There was a time when people were saying that mega-stores such as Wal-Mart (WMT, Weiss Rating: B) were putting other, more-traditional shops out of business. Now Wal-Mart and many other similar big names are in danger of becoming the new "more-traditional"-type stores potentially being bested by the online mega-store: Amazon.

Mike Larson - What the Fed and Bad Football Teams Have in Common!

What the Fed and Bad Football Teams Have in Common!

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30am

It’s almost here — one of the happiest times of the year for me. No, not Christmas. The start of football season! I’ve been an NFL fan since I was a boy,

Mandeep Rai - Working Harder, But Not Getting Anywhere!

Working Harder, But Not Getting Anywhere!

by Mandeep Rai | Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:30pm

Jobs up! Unemployment down! Great news, right? Weekly numbers, like those published today, are highly touted by market participants as a good indication of the strength of the overall economy. If you have near-full employment, that places more spendable money into the hands of the workers — and consumers comprise the largest segment of GDP.

Mike Burnick - Keep an Eye on These 3 Indicators of Stock Market Fear

Keep an Eye on These 3 Indicators of Stock Market Fear

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks meandered through an up-and-down trading range during July, which ended with a bearish thud last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average erased all of its gains year-to-date, with a decline of

Mike Larson - Greetings From Energy Country!

Greetings From Energy Country!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:30pm

Dallas, Texas. Along with Houston, it's one of the beating hearts of energy country. And it's where I'm writing to you from today. I'm in town as part of my ongoing effort to bring you the latest news and developments in the domestic energy industry, which as you know, is absolutely booming. From the previously desolate North Dakota prairie -- now alive with drilling, processing, and transportation activity -- to the great oil fields of west Texas -- once declining but now booming again thanks to new drilling technology -- the telltale signs of this thriving American industry are everywhere.

Don Lucek - How Risky is Your Equity Portfolio?

How Risky is Your Equity Portfolio?

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:00pm

As I’ve been saying in recent columns, investors should be far more mindful about the risk levels they are taking on. Risk is a concept many investors do not care to think

Bill Hall - Emerging Market Profits? Not Too Late

Emerging Market Profits? Not Too Late

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:30am

Emerging economies, including China and India, are growing several times faster than the U.S., but have nevertheless been frustrating investors until recently. That’s because last year, when U.S. stocks went on a

Mike Larson - This Sector is Making Bank from Obamacare! Are YOU?

This Sector is Making Bank from Obamacare! Are YOU?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:00pm

You don't need me to tell you how controversial Obamacare has been. Health-care mandates. Scores of new associated costs and fees. Technological and bureaucratic glitches aplenty. Millions of Americans added to the insurance rolls. They all have politicians on both sides of the aisle either up in arms or proclaiming victory all the time.

Jon Markman - History Tells Us What’s Next for Equities

History Tells Us What’s Next for Equities

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:30am

A broad swath of the market has reeled in the past three weeks following a bombardment of weak earnings reports on Wall Street, a wipeout of commodity prices in the farm belt

Mike Larson - “Uncle Warren” Sitting on Record $55B Cash! If He’s Not Buying, Should YOU?

“Uncle Warren” Sitting on Record $55B Cash! If He’s Not Buying, Should YOU?

by Mike Larson | Monday, August 4, 2014 at 5:00pm

Good ole’ “Uncle Warren.” The Cherry Coke-swilling, cheeseburger-eating founder of Berkshire Hathaway is a legend in the investing world.

Larry Edelson - Stocks, Gold and More: What to Do!

Stocks, Gold and More: What to Do!

by Larry Edelson | Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:30am

Last week, I told you — in no uncertain terms — that “Every investor should batten down the hatches” … And that “the stock markets of Europe and the United States are

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - New Energy Bonanza

New Energy Bonanza

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:30am

All over the world, energy investors are waiting, watching, wondering. They’re waiting for crude oil prices to surge, to head again toward $120 or even $150 per barrel. They’re watching the spreading

Mike Larson - Stocks Tank as Economy, Jobs Surge! Here’s Why This Insanity Persists …

Stocks Tank as Economy, Jobs Surge! Here’s Why This Insanity Persists …

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4:45pm

If there's any doubt left that investors are obsessed about Federal Reserve policy, the stock market's action today and yesterday should have eliminated it. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 300 points yesterday, its worst decline in several months. Then it lost as much as 110 XX UPDATE BY CLOXE XX more points today. Not because the critical economic news on GDP, wages or job growth was bad. But because it was pretty good!

Mike Larson - The BIGGEST Reason I Love Select Energy Stocks These Days!

The BIGGEST Reason I Love Select Energy Stocks These Days!

by Mike Larson | Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:30am

It’s easy to make money from a boom in crude oil prices. Just buy the commodity (or one of the exchange traded funds that does it for you), and watch your profits

Mark Najarian - An Insider from Russia Gives His Take on Investing There

An Insider from Russia Gives His Take on Investing There

by Mark Najarian | Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4:46pm

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Western companies and individuals made billions by investing in Russia. The abundance of commodities — oil, gas, metals, forestry — and a Wild West atmosphere made it, some said, impossible not to make money there in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Charles Goyette - Discouraging Words

Discouraging Words

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:30am

I want to share with you the most discouraging words I have read lately. A matter-of-fact statement that demands consideration. Just an anonymous observation that I had to conclude was depressingly likely.

Mandeep Rai - Is This Twitter’s Facebook Moment?

Is This Twitter’s Facebook Moment?

by Mandeep Rai | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:15pm

Is Twitter (TWTR, Weiss Ratings: D) having a Facebook (FB, Weiss Ratings: B-) moment? Twitter's shares soared today as it reported a doubling of revenue and said user numbers grew 24 percent year-over-year, an addition of 16 million active users to the current 271 million. But what has really excited analysts and investors was the number of new mobile users. In fact, many are calling it a turning point for the company. Or in the language of today, #roaring #soaring #jackpot #forreal?

Don Lucek - Knee-Jerk Investment Reactions … For Jerks?

Knee-Jerk Investment Reactions … For Jerks?

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm

Knee-jerk investment reactions happen all the time. But that doesn’t make them the prudent method of examining the risk or long-term potential of a particular stock. One stock in the Weiss Million-Dollar

Bill Hall - Market Doesn’t Believe Economy Is Getting Better

Market Doesn’t Believe Economy Is Getting Better

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 7:30am

Hello, everyone. This is Bill Hall and I am pleased to bring you this Money and Markets market update. Recently all eyes have been on the U.S. labor market, and last week

Mark Najarian - Once on the Brink, US Automakers Continue Recovery Drive

Once on the Brink, US Automakers Continue Recovery Drive

by Mark Najarian | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:45pm

If you'd been living on another planet the past couple of years, you probably wouldn't be surprised that the U.S. and Russia are involved in a war of words, or that there doesn't seem to be any peace in sight in the Middle East, or by the recent technological and Internet advances.

Jon Markman - What Amazon and Putin Have in Common

What Amazon and Putin Have in Common

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:30am

I don’t know who has been more brazen over the past week — Russian strongman Vladimir Putin or Amazon.com czar Jeff Bezos. Both have defied the conventional wisdom and common sense in

Mike Larson - Killing Off the Competition by Swallowing It Whole!

Killing Off the Competition by Swallowing It Whole!

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:30pm

Did you see the two huge deals announced this morning? First, discount retailer Dollar Tree (DLTR, Weiss Ratings: B+) said it would buy up competitor Family Dollar Stores (FDO, Weiss Ratings: C+) for $9.2 billion including debt. The $74.50-a-share price was a 23 percent premium to where FDO traded before the news came out.

Larry Edelson - Shifting Sands of Time, Countries and Markets. What to Do …

Shifting Sands of Time, Countries and Markets. What to Do …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:30am

The sands of time are shifting, and so are vast swaths of geopolitical fault lines … entire countries … economic systems and yes, the financial markets. It’s the cumulative affect of intended

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Oh no! Did you miss all (or most of) this!?

Oh no! Did you miss all (or most of) this!?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:30am

Every week, our Money and Markets team of investment analysts sends you a tremendous wealth of new research ideas that are spot-on timely and often prescient in their vision of upcoming events.

Mike Larson - Amazon Strategy: Lose $$ on Every Sale But Make It Up on Volume?

Amazon Strategy: Lose $$ on Every Sale But Make It Up on Volume?

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:52pm

You know that old quip? The one about losing money on every sale, but making it up on volume? That seems to be the corporate strategy at Amazon.com (AMZN, Weiss Ratings: C). Under the stewardship of CEO Jeff Bezos, the firm has grown like a weed. It has expanded from selling books online to selling almost everything via the Internet.

Mike Larson - A Perfect Example of Why I do NOT Like Investing in Housing Stocks!

A Perfect Example of Why I do NOT Like Investing in Housing Stocks!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:30am

In my last weekly column, I talked about one of my favorite sectors to invest in — aerospace. And I followed that up with details on another of my favorite sectors earlier

Mike Larson - Chart Shows Massive “Rate Quake” Imminent! What to Do!

Chart Shows Massive “Rate Quake” Imminent! What to Do!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:50pm

Remember TV personality Jim Cramer’s famous rant about the Federal Reserve? The one in August 2007 where he lost it on air, saying about the Fed that: “They’re nuts! They know nothing!”

Mike Burnick - China’s Bargain-Priced Stock Market Plays Catch-Up

China’s Bargain-Priced Stock Market Plays Catch-Up

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:30am

It is fashionable to bash China these days. Granted, its stock market has drastically underperformed in recent years: Since 2012 began, the Shanghai Composite Index is down 6.6 percent, compared with a

Mike Larson - Want Income? Dump Your Junk and Buy MLPs Instead!

Want Income? Dump Your Junk and Buy MLPs Instead!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 4:53pm

Dump your junk! It’s a mantra that’ll help you clear out the clutter in your garage, your attic and your life. And it’s also one investors sure seem to be taking to heart!

Don Lucek - Risk Tolerance — And Gauging Your Own Level

Risk Tolerance — And Gauging Your Own Level

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm

Determining an individual’s tolerance for risk is the most important element to investing. We can all shoot for the moon with our individual picks, but do they fit into our portfolios, given

Bill Hall - Invest in These Alternatives to Biotech

Invest in These Alternatives to Biotech

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30am

The alarm bells went off on Wall Street last week as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned of a bubble in social media and biotech stocks. Indeed, in her public comments last

Mike Larson - Gasoline Costs Explode! How YOU Can Fight Back

Gasoline Costs Explode! How YOU Can Fight Back

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:35pm

Don’t look now ... but the price of gasoline is EXPLODING. Gas prices surged 3.3 percent last month alone, according to the just-released Consumer Price Index. That was the single-biggest rise since June 2013, and more than four times the increase in May.

Jon Markman - The Fed’s Shaky Record on Valuations

The Fed’s Shaky Record on Valuations

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:30am

Despite the robust rebound on Friday, investors’ ardor for stocks has cooled since Fed Chairman Janet Yellen’s warnings of pockets of overvaluation in the market early last week. And that was probably

Mike Larson - Gaza Deaths Surge! Putin Digs In! How Will Oil, Gold React?

Gaza Deaths Surge! Putin Digs In! How Will Oil, Gold React?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:47pm

Investors went into the weekend hoping things would settle down in Gaza and Ukraine. But they did anything but — and stocks crumbled as a result!

Larry Edelson - War Drums Beating Ever Louder, Consequences …

War Drums Beating Ever Louder, Consequences …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:30am

Do you believe me yet? After all, I have been warning you over and over again that the new dynamic you need to be aware of is the rising tide of WAR.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - New cold war strikes closer to home!

New cold war strikes closer to home!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:30am

If you think global wars and conflicts are distant and irrelevant, think again. They are striking a lot closer to home than you might imagine. Right now, I am in Eastern Europe,

Mike Larson - Ukraine, Israel Crises Flare! What’s Next?

Ukraine, Israel Crises Flare! What’s Next?

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

Disturbing details from yesterday's tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 continue to pour in. Some 298 souls lost on the Boeing 777, the most in a single airline crash or incident since 9/11. The second airplane lost for Malaysia's flagship carrier in the past four months. But perhaps most disturbing of all is the unfolding narrative of who -- and what -- was likely at fault: An advanced surface to air missile ... Fired by separatist rebels in Ukraine ... Supplied directly or indirectly by Russian President Vladimir Putin, or stolen from Ukraine by rebels he has backed.

Mike Larson - Global Orders Surge Shows One of My Favorite Sectors Still Going Strong

Global Orders Surge Shows One of My Favorite Sectors Still Going Strong

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:30am

If there’s one message I’ve been hammering home for the past couple of years, it’s this: Focus your investing efforts on highly rated stocks … with outstanding fundamentals and price momentum …

Mike Larson - Russia-U.S. Tensions Surge Amid Plane Crash, New Stiff Sanctions

Russia-U.S. Tensions Surge Amid Plane Crash, New Stiff Sanctions

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

Just when you thought the Ukraine crisis was settling down, two dramatic developments unfolded in the past 24 hours.

Charles Goyette - The 1970s Redux

The 1970s Redux

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:30am

The similarity of today’s geopolitical dynamics and those of the 1970s is starting to get the attention it deserves. Some of the parallels are obvious. The front page of Monday’s Wall Street

Mike Larson - Fox’s $80B Mega-Bid Shifts M&A Wave Into Overdrive

Fox’s $80B Mega-Bid Shifts M&A Wave Into Overdrive

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:45pm

Fox's move is just the latest that media titan Rupert Murdoch has pursued over the last several years to build his television, newspaper, and studio empire. It would combine Fox's FX and Fox News businesses with Time Warner's HBO and Warner Brothers units, among others. To offset antitrust concerns, Fox would look to auction off the CNN news business.

Don Lucek - Don’t Get Emotional: Stick to Ratings, Fundamentals

Don’t Get Emotional: Stick to Ratings, Fundamentals

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:23pm

Second-quarter earnings season is about to heat up, and it will help set the tone for stock returns for the second half of the year. But this has been an atypical year,

Bill Hall - IPO Uncertainty Makes Investing Risky – Seek Quality Instead

IPO Uncertainty Makes Investing Risky – Seek Quality Instead

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:30am

As Managing Editor Mark Najarian pointed out in a recent Money and Markets column, the IPO market is moving along at a blistering pace. In fact, Investor’s Business Daily recently reported that

Mike Larson - Just What is Yellen Yellin’ About? Here’s My Take on Today’s Testimony!

Just What is Yellen Yellin’ About? Here’s My Take on Today’s Testimony!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:05pm

Don’t laugh. But I love testimony days — those days when the current Federal Reserve chairman has to go before Congress and explain him or herself.

Jon Markman - Panic Abroad? A Buy Signal!

Panic Abroad? A Buy Signal!

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks flipped out on Wall Street last week following a selloff in the euro zone that was sparked by news of serious financial deficiencies at one of Portugal’s largest banks. Normally, trouble

Mike Larson - Companies, Investors are in a Buying Mood! Should YOU be?

Companies, Investors are in a Buying Mood! Should YOU be?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 14, 2014 at 5:00pm

Throughout the early and middle stages of the stock market's post-2009 rally, one thing was consistently M.I.A. Buying power. Real, authentic, robust buying from corporations and individuals. Executives and average Americans simply didn't want to commit to buying up companies, stocks or equity funds, so they kept most of their money stashed in cash or low-yielding bonds.

Larry Edelson - Stocks Down, Gold Up: More Fireworks to Come

Stocks Down, Gold Up: More Fireworks to Come

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:30am

I hope you paid attention to the market action this past week. The significance of it all is crucial to not only understanding what is going on, but also to protecting and

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The 100-Year War

The 100-Year War

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:30am

I’m traveling this week. So I’ll keep my comments brief … If you think the Middle East conflict began just a few decades ago, you’d better take a closer look at history.

Mike Larson - Real Estate: “Millennials” Out, Chinese Buyers In!

Real Estate: “Millennials” Out, Chinese Buyers In!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:15pm

Homeownership is supposed to be the American Dream. As American as baseball, Fourth of July fireworks and fresh-baked apple pie. But maybe not anymore, at least not to a new generation of Americans! Instead, these "Millennials" born in the early 1980s are shunning the market amid concerns about future financial stability, rising expenses and excessive debts.

Mike Larson - Why I Just Added More Gold Exposure for the First Time in YEARS!

Why I Just Added More Gold Exposure for the First Time in YEARS!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30am

Last week, I did something in the Safe Money Report I haven’t done in years. I increased our model portfolio’s allocation to gold miners via one of my favorite exchange-traded funds. Why?

Mike Larson - Gold Surges, Euro Tanks as “PIIGS” Yields Fly Again!

Gold Surges, Euro Tanks as “PIIGS” Yields Fly Again!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:57pm

Remember the “PIIGS” crisis? It’s Baaaaaccckkkk!! The acronym stands for “Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.” Two to three years ago, stock indices and government bonds in those countries were tanking, and interest rates were soaring.

Mike Burnick - Fed Sows the Seeds for the NEXT Financial Crisis!

Fed Sows the Seeds for the NEXT Financial Crisis!

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:30am

It has been said that investors are operating in an era of unprecedented “financial repression” these days. Since the financial crisis nearly sunk the global economy and financial markets in 2008, central

Mike Larson - Alcoa Beats! Can the Rest of Corporate America Deliver This Earnings Season?

Alcoa Beats! Can the Rest of Corporate America Deliver This Earnings Season?

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 4:45pm

Alcoa (Weiss Ratings: AA, C) traditionally kicks off the quarterly earnings season on Wall Street. And boy did it ever deliver in the second quarter. The giant aluminum producer reported $138 million, or 12 cents a share, in profit, a big swing from the net loss of $119 million, or 11 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. If you strip out certain items, you get a result of 18 cents a share, well above the 12 cents that analysts were expecting.

Don Lucek - Time to Get Off the Hammock

Time to Get Off the Hammock

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

Last Wednesday in this space, I strongly implied that for a good number of individual investors, it was probably wise to just turn off the financial-news media and “hit the hammock” for

Bill Hall - Big Job Gains and the Fed

Big Job Gains and the Fed

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:30am

The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that U.S. employers added 288,000 workers in June, exceeding economist forecasts, causing the unemployment rate to fall to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent. That’s

Mike Larson - Weiss Ratings: Insurance Premiums Surging as Obamacare Kicks In!

Weiss Ratings: Insurance Premiums Surging as Obamacare Kicks In!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:45pm

We all know the cost of health care and health insurance is surging. But just how much are those costs rising? That's where a brand new study from Weiss Ratings comes in. We reviewed data from 784 health-care insurers around the nation. The sample included both private insurance firms and those with publicly traded parent companies, companies that took in a total of $450 billion in premium income last year.

Jon Markman - Crowdsourcing: Your All-Encompassing Solution to Everything

Crowdsourcing: Your All-Encompassing Solution to Everything

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:30am

Let it not be said that the tech start-up community does not care about women and their needs. A new company launched in New York this summer called TheStylisted.com promises to sort

Mike Larson - U.S. Spying on Everyone, Everywhere – Including YOU?

U.S. Spying on Everyone, Everywhere – Including YOU?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5:00pm

Is the U.S. spying on everyone, everywhere -- including you? Are your most intimate, personal pictures, emails, instant messages, Facebook postings, and more ending up in Uncle Sam's electronic archives? Boy, is it easy to conclude that's the case from some fresh, blockbuster reporting in the Washington Post this weekend.

Larry Edelson - July 4 Weekend, Yet WWIII is Already Underway …

July 4 Weekend, Yet WWIII is Already Underway …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:30am

I hope you had a wonderful July 4 weekend, celebrating our country’s independence with family and friends. I did, for sure. But I was also a bit somber. Why? Because I couldn’t

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Perfect Storm Driving Gold Higher

Perfect Storm Driving Gold Higher

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7:30am

Gold is at three-month highs. Investors are snapping up the world’s largest bullion ETF at the fastest pace since 2011. And so far this year, gold bullion has risen more quickly than

Mike Larson - Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:30am

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love to watch and shoot off fireworks. I love to grill out. And I love to celebrate America’s independence

Mark Najarian - Are These Stocks the Recipe for Your Second-Half Gains?

Are These Stocks the Recipe for Your Second-Half Gains?

by Mark Najarian | Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm

We survived the first half! And without much of the doom and gloom that many throughout the world had predicted. In fact, the Dow has broken 17,000, and today's surprisingly solid jobs numbers (details below) have excited nearly everyone and indicate a recovering employment picture.

Charles Goyette - Notes for the Fourth of July

Notes for the Fourth of July

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:30am

For many years, I made it a practice each Fourth of July to honor the ideal of America and the people who brought it forth by studying some of the founding period’s