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The Benefits of Combining Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Over the last 22 years, I’ve heard countless arguments for and against fundamental and technical analysis. While neither is perfect, they both have strengths we can capitalize on.

Fundamental analysis shows us what’s under the hood.

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Snapchat IPO: The Easiest Way to Trade It

An 800 lb. social networking gorilla is about to enter the room.

But it may be more trouble than it’s worth. Sometime in 2017, Snapchat is hoping to IPO with a valuation of $40 billion. While exciting, a valuation of that size doesn’t work, especially for a company...

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The Last Time This Happened, the Bitcoin Rally Died

With a simple click in 2009, a digital currency craze was born. 

All of a sudden, a peer-to-peer system of electronic cash popped up out of nowhere.

Governments and central banks couldn’t manipulate this 'renegade currency', which terrified politicians because it could end paper money.

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After 123 Years, Sears Holdings May Be On the Way Out

Sears Holdings isn’t dead just yet.

But after 123 years of service, the company finds itself one step closer to bankruptcy.

That won't keep it from kicking the can down the road, though.

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Winter 2016-17: How to Trade the Snow

Winter is here. And with winter comes snow.

And with snow comes the back-aching shoveling, cancelled events, the flu, infuriatingly bad drivers, and aggravation.

But it also offers plenty of opportunity.

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Tax Time: How to Save on 2016 Capital Gains Taxes

Death and taxes… They’re two of life’s certainties.

And while some would jokingly argue that death is the better of the two, it is what it is.

Fortunately, there are ways to decrease your tax burdens to make life a bit easier.

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Why These Billionaires are Moving to Cash...

Mohamed El-Erian has never been a typical investor.

His understanding of the very crosscurrents impacting the investment world is impeccable.

In 1999, he dumped $2 billion of Argentine debt two years before the country defaulted.

In 2002, he took a bullish position on...

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Commodities That Are Gaining Momentum

There’s little doubt that a bottom has been reached in most commodities, especially in industrial metals, like copper and aluminum.

Let’s start with copper.

The metal – already up about 35% on the year – could see further upside, as...

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Federal Reserve Hikes by 0.25%...

Let’s hope the Fed got it right.

The Fed raised its key interest rate by 0.25% this week, signaling confidence in an improving economy. 

It was the second time in 10 years the Fed has raised rates. The first came with disastrous results last December 2015.  While the rate hike signifies we no longer need the Fed’s crutches, that’s not exactly the case.

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DOW 20,000: What You Are Not Being Told...

Global markets are hitting new highs.

The press is clamoring for Dow 20,000… even 21,000.

There’s this incredible wave of euphoria that we’ve seen since Trump was elected. The US dollar has been skyrocketing.  Companies are announcing they’re bringing jobs back to the States.  Financial stocks are running on speculation of lax laws.

And we’re witnessing what may be the biggest post-election rally in history.

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What Just Happened to Biotech?

“Price gouging like this in the specialty drug market is outrageous. Tomorrow I’ll lay out a plan to take it on…”

That’s what Hillary Clinton tweeted in September 2015.

The impact of such news on biotech was devastating.

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The Fed is about to make a Big Mistake - Again

Last December 2015, the Federal Reserve hiked rates by 0.25%.

Even that was too much. We weren’t prepared. Global markets lost trillions.

U.S. markets lost more than 2,100 points in weeks.

Unfortunately, the central bank is about to make the same mistake again.

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OPEC Cuts: This Hasn’t Happened Since 2008

It happened.

For the first time in eight years, OPEC members agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day to 32.5 million. 

As a result, the price of oil soared 8.2% to $48.93 and could push higher to...

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The Thanksgiving Effect You May Not Be Aware of…

About 75% of the time since the end of World War II, markets have rallied over the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, the Wednesday before the holiday and the Friday following have shown higher gains than your normal Wednesday and Friday.

This year was...

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Markets Could Fall 15%, If This Is True

By all accounts, the Fed Reserve is ready to hike rates.

According to the CME Group, there’s now a 95.4% probability the central bank could raise rates by 50-75bps on December 14, 2016.

If true, the markets could...

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The Marijuana Vote: Controversial or Not, It’s Worth Billions… to You

Talk of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. grew like a… well, you get where I’m going.

As controversial as the topic is, it’s also one of the most explosive.

Four states had already legalized its recreational use, expanding the market 17% to $5.4 billion in 2015.  In Colorado, marijuana sales exploded $996.18 million the same year.

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The Commodity Bear Market is Dead

Five years after it began, the commodities bear is dead.

The Bloomberg Commodity Index -- down as much as 56% since then – is now up 21% since 2016 began, a strong indication that...

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