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Jon Markman - Are Journalists Addicted to Apple?

Are Journalists Addicted to Apple?

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30am

Nothing should shock me anymore about Apple (AAPL) and the shrewdness of its marketing department. But I will admit to being a little distressed last week at watching the technology titan sucker the investment

Mike Larson - Making Money AND Getting Healthier in the Process? Sounds Like a Great Deal to Me!

Making Money AND Getting Healthier in the Process? Sounds Like a Great Deal to Me!

by Mike Larson | Monday, September 22, 2014 at 4:45pm

It looks like corporate America is catching on to the ramifications of the desire for healthy eating -- at least if you go by some recent food-industry MA& deals.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - My Father’s Story: The Most Amazing Bargains of My Lifetime

My Father’s Story: The Most Amazing Bargains of My Lifetime

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30am

“Which solution do you choose? Ridiculously low yield or ridiculously high risk?” Those penetrating words — from a reader question I received last week — continue to ring in my ears. My

Money and Markets - Looking at the Future, Geopolitics Aside

Looking at the Future, Geopolitics Aside

by Money and Markets | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online … A Retirement Breakthrough Martin D. Weiss sets all of the geopolitical discussions aside and

Mike Larson - Scotland Stays in the U.K.! Japan’s Sinking Yen, Economy Mean More QE There! Is a Year-End Surge for U.S. Stocks Coming?

Scotland Stays in the U.K.! Japan’s Sinking Yen, Economy Mean More QE There! Is a Year-End Surge for U.S. Stocks Coming?

by Mike Larson | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:45pm

Scotland, Japan – put it all together and it could mean a solid year-end for U.S. securities.

Mike Larson - Banker Brawl! US Fed, BOE Out; PBOC, BOJ, ECB In!

Banker Brawl! US Fed, BOE Out; PBOC, BOJ, ECB In!

by Mike Larson | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30am

There’s a massive “Banker Brawl” underway — a Battle of the Acronyms, if you will. And the ramifications for your wealth are immense. In one corner, you have the U.S. Federal Reserve

Mike Larson - Scottish Vote Looms! Interest Rates Surge! How Will Stocks React?

Scottish Vote Looms! Interest Rates Surge! How Will Stocks React?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:45pm

We're on the cusp of two huge, monumental events. One for the U.K., and one for the interest-rate market here at home. The ramifications are potentially very large for you, and for your wealth, so let's get right to it.

Jon Markman - Apple Refresh Not so Refreshing

Apple Refresh Not so Refreshing

by Jon Markman | Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:30am

Apple (AAPL) reported record presales of its new mobile communications devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, this week. Which is a little like saying that a prisoner of war released

Mike Larson - Fed Slashes QE $10 by Billion More … Talks Up Economy … and Charts its Course to the Land of Higher Interest Rates!

Fed Slashes QE $10 by Billion More … Talks Up Economy … and Charts its Course to the Land of Higher Interest Rates!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

Forget Sunday Funday. It’s Fed-day Wednesday! That means we were just served up another healthy dollop of “wisdom” and monetary policy guidance from on high in Washington.

Larry Edelson - Pope Francis: World War III has begun …

Pope Francis: World War III has begun …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:30am

It seems Pope Francis gets it. Perhaps he’s even following my work. And he’s right: World War III has begun. Speaking Saturday at Italy’s largest war memorial, Pope Francis said the spate

Larry Edelson - Special Update: Precious Metals Bear Market is Back …

Special Update: Precious Metals Bear Market is Back …

by Larry Edelson | Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

Regardless of what the near term may bring, the long-term outlook for gold has not changed. It's still subject to powerfully bullish forces that will ultimately drive it to $5,000 an ounce and beyond -- a massive flight to quality from investors around the world, the madness of bankrupt governments, rising geo-political conflict, and more.

Mark Najarian - An Un-United Kingdom?

An Un-United Kingdom?

by Mark Najarian | Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:30am

A major election of historic proportions is nearing. Not here in America, but across the pond in the U.K. On Thursday, voters in Scotland will go to the polls to decide on

Mike Larson - Key Developments With ISIS, Fed Policy and European Economy to Shape Market Action This Week!

Key Developments With ISIS, Fed Policy and European Economy to Shape Market Action This Week!

by Mike Larson | Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:40pm

Some weeks are just more eventful than others. And boy, does this one ever stand out! There's so much going on, I'd be doing you an injustice if I didn't try to cover all three of the major market drivers you should have on your radar screen. So here it goes ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Retirement Breakthrough

A Retirement Breakthrough

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:30am

Everywhere we looked last week, we were bombarded with images and memories of a world gone mad — not just in the Middle East and Ukraine, but right here in America, as

Money and Markets - Shocking Events, and 6 Pitfalls You Must Avoid

Shocking Events, and 6 Pitfalls You Must Avoid

by Money and Markets | Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online … Shocking Events — Past, Present and Future This is a landmark time for our

Mandeep Rai - 3 Reasons Why Growth Will Stagnate and Stocks Will Follow

3 Reasons Why Growth Will Stagnate and Stocks Will Follow

by Mandeep Rai | Friday, September 12, 2014 at 5:00pm

Markets were taken by surprise with the recent growth in GDP that reflected a 4.2 percent increase for the 2nd quarter, coming after a 2.1 percent decrease in the first quarter. Remember, that over time, stock market growth has to be reconciled with overall economic growth. It's rare that the two decouple, or move separately. So what can we expect going forward? If growth in production stagnates, you can bet the stock market will follow suit.

Mike Larson - Is the American Dream an Apartment Now, Not a Home?

Is the American Dream an Apartment Now, Not a Home?

by Mike Larson | Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:30am

Forget about homeownership being the American Dream. We’re rapidly becoming a “Renter Nation”! The details … * The toxic combination of higher down payment requirements, tighter lending standards, excessive student debt loads,

Mike Larson - 13 Years After 9/11 Attacks, the Fight Goes on Around the World

13 Years After 9/11 Attacks, the Fight Goes on Around the World

by Mike Larson | Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:15pm

Waking up this morning, I had many thoughts. But one stood out among them: It's hard to believe 13 years have passed since the 9/11 attacks

Charles Goyette - Bernanke’s Helicopter, and a Note About 9/11

Bernanke’s Helicopter, and a Note About 9/11

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30am

You won’t believe the idea that America’s quintessential foreign policy establishment organ is floating now. Or maybe you will. Foreign Affairs is the journal of the Council of Foreign Relations, the organization

Bill Hall - Euro Zone on Brink of Recession; ECB Backs up Mario’s Promise

Euro Zone on Brink of Recession; ECB Backs up Mario’s Promise

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:45pm

As Wall Street begins its stretch run from Labor Day to the end of the year, the really big news came out of Europe last week. And that was the announcement by the European Central Bank (ECB) that they were going to lower interest rates to practically ZERO. That means almost nothing and they're going to buy back loads of asset-backed securities. The reason the European Central Bank had to do this is because the European economy is teetering on the verge of recession. The actions by the ECB were appropriate based on the underlying economic conditions in Europe.

Larry Edelson - European Flight Capital to Accelerate. What to Do …

European Flight Capital to Accelerate. What to Do …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:30am

How would you like it if you had, say 500,000 euros in a European bank and … A. You are earning less than 0.01 percent on your money. B. Worse, every one

Mike Larson - Apple’s iPhone Circus Comes to Cupertino! Did It “Wow” Investors (and me)?

Apple’s iPhone Circus Comes to Cupertino! Did It “Wow” Investors (and me)?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:55pm

Today, all eyes in the technology industry were focused on Cupertino, California. The reason? Apple (AAPL, Weiss Ratings: A) held its latest unveiling circus for the iPhone product line. So what did we learn? That Apple is releasing an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus. They're bigger, faster, and more energy efficient than the current generation of smartphones, with the iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7 inch display and the Plus featuring a 5.5 inch screen. The iPhone 5S screen is only 4 inches.

Jon Markman - Two World-Shaking Events on the Horizon

Two World-Shaking Events on the Horizon

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks have struggled in the first week of September as the investment world has held its collective breath over two stunning, incendiary, world-shaking events on the horizon: – Apple’s launch of a

Mike Larson - Tesla, Apple Among Companies Investing Big Bucks in America! So Why Aren’t Investors?

Tesla, Apple Among Companies Investing Big Bucks in America! So Why Aren’t Investors?

by Mike Larson | Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:30pm

The lithium-ion plant will rise out of the Northern Nevada desert at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Together with partner Panasonic, Tesla will start cranking out batteries in about three years. Officials say the factory will employ 6,500 workers -- making around $25 an hour -- once it's complete. It'll take another 3,000-plus workers to build the 10 million square foot "gigafactory."

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Shocking Events — Past, Present and Future

Shocking Events — Past, Present and Future

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:30am

This is a landmark time for our readers — and for me personally. I’ve received 3,633 emails and voicemail messages from you, expressing your concerns about what’s happening around the world. In

Mike Larson - August Job Growth Disappoints! Will That Derail Stocks – Or Give Them Another Push?

August Job Growth Disappoints! Will That Derail Stocks – Or Give Them Another Push?

by Mike Larson | Friday, September 5, 2014 at 4:45pm

Sometimes in this business, things can come out of nowhere and smack you over the head. That's certainly the case with this morning's jobs report from the Labor Department. Virtually every piece of economic data we've gotten lately has been strong. In some cases, we're talking about the best readings in a decade or more! Even the private ADP jobs report earlier this week came in toasty, if not piping hot.

Mike Larson - The Biggest Energy Investing Mistake — and How to Avoid It!

The Biggest Energy Investing Mistake — and How to Avoid It!

by Mike Larson | Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30am

I’ve made no secret about my affection for domestic energy stocks in this market. They have been absolutely hitting the ball out of the park the past couple of years thanks to

Mike Larson - ECB Fires Up Printing Press! Euro Crushed! U.S.-Over-Europe Strategy Hitting Paydirt!

ECB Fires Up Printing Press! Euro Crushed! U.S.-Over-Europe Strategy Hitting Paydirt!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:45pm

Remember my advice? What I said about getting the heck out of the euro -- or better yet, profiting from its decline? And focusing on the much-stronger, U.S. domestic economy rather than investing in Europe, Japan or other laggards?

Charles Goyette - The ECB, NATO and Russia-Ukraine

The ECB, NATO and Russia-Ukraine

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:30am

The week just gets more interesting with every passing day, with a lot happening in these final two days that could help determine the direction of the markets. We’re looking at European

Bill Hall - A Company That Performs in all Markets

A Company That Performs in all Markets

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:00pm

Personally I am really excited to be on this podcast today and that is because traditionally the week after Labor Day marks the beginning of the run to the finish line for the year on Wall Street. That is because most senior traders on Wall Street tend to take the month of August off. They are on vacation so it is hard to draw any significant conclusions into August market actions.

Larry Edelson - How to Follow the Big Money

How to Follow the Big Money

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:30am

One of the most important aspects of the rising tide of geopolitical disruptions — as spelled out by the research I have done on war cycles — is how they are impacting

Mike Larson - New S&P 3,000 Prediction From Wall Street! But is 1,000 More Likely? My Take …

New S&P 3,000 Prediction From Wall Street! But is 1,000 More Likely? My Take …

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:30pm

Morgan Stanley threw down the gauntlet on the stock market today. Just days after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index hit 2,000 for the first time ever, the Wall Street firm's chief equity strategist, Adam Parker, and economist Ellen Zentner said the benchmark index will hit 3,000 next!

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