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What Every Investor Needs To Know About M&A

Active investors are always seeking catalysts that move stock prices.  Getting into a stock prior to a bullish catalyst hitting the shares is a sure way to earn big profits.Price catalysts can include things like earnings releases, economic numbers, corporate announcements and a host of other happenings.One thing is currently leading the pack as a catalyst that moves stock prices.  This thing is merger and acquisition activity or M & A for short.2015 has been a record year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A).Globally, M&A activity reached a volume of $4.9 trillion, beating the record of $4.6 trillion set in 2007, ...
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Here Are 3 Biotechs You Need To Know

There are very few stock market sectors that provide the consistent volatility and profit potential of the biotech industry.  In fact, outside of derivatives, it can be safely said that biotech stocks are the number one fastest way to earn quick profits in the entire equity market. The above graph from Forbes Magazine illustrates the extreme potential of the sector.  The chart shows the distribution of returns for every biotech IPO since 2013.  As you can see, a substantial percentage gained greater than 100% over the last two years.  However, at the same time, a disturbing number plunged 25% or greater ...
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5 Option Strategies For Today’s Stock Market

Talk about a volatile stock market!  The current high levels of volatility have forced many investors to look outside the box for consistent profits.One of the primary ways investors are using the volatility to their advantage is via a variety of option strategies.Here are 5 easy to understand and execute option strategies for today’s highly volatile stock market. 
  1. Straddles-Profit No Matter What Way The Stock Moves
Straddles are one of my favorite option strategies. It is a trade that will profit if a large move occurs regardless of direction. A straddle is buying both a put and a call at the ...
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Battle Volatility With This Sector

The last 8 months have been crazy volatile in the stock market.  We have seen the fear index called the VIX spike to above 52 then plunge into the 12.50 zone just several months later!  Just over the last several weeks, the volatility measuring VIX has climbed to above 30 and remains above the technical support lines of the 50 and 200-day simple moving average.This chaotic volatility is a God Send for short term day traders and others who thrive on profiting from sharp market moves without regard for direction.At the same time, many long-term investors are frankly frightened by ...
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7 Investing Rules From Stock Market Wizards

One of the coolest things about financial markets is that all the wisdom and knowledge that you need to succeed is available freely.Whether this knowledge is gained from books, the internet, or one on one mentorship with proven successful investors, it really doesn’t matter.  Everyone has their own learning style and some learn best face to face, others learn best from reading brief articles, and still others love to dig deep into investment books written by the masters.I find that the best way to learn how to be a successful investor is to study directly what the wizards of the ...
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4 Spinoffs Set To Soar In 2016

Spinoff investing is a proven way to create profits in the stock market.  We have identified 4 spinoffs that are poised to create profits in 2016.  But first, let’s take a closer look at spinoffs and why they can be very lucrative to stock market investors.What is Spinoff?Spinoffs have a history of outperforming the stock market.  A spinoff is what happens when a company decides to turn a portion of itself or a division into its own separately traded entity.The reason spinoffs generally outperform the overall stock market is principally the fact that they hit the ground running.  In other ...
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Fundamental Analysis Made Easy

We often talk about the critical importance of combining both technical and fundamental analysis into a cohesive whole when making investing decisions.Both of these seemingly contradictory analysis techniques have dramatic flaws.  The secret to success in the stock market is the combination of these two analysis methods.Charting and price analysis was once relegated to the investment underground with only the hardest core analysts charting price by hand.  The majority of investors used fundamental analysis to make decisions.Things have changed radically over the last several decades.  The power of the internet and PC’s have made technical analysis the de facto analysis ...
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3 Stocks Raising Dividends and Expectations

These are the times that fortunes are made in the stock market.  While confusion and fear reign supreme, professional investors are quietly snapping up bargains of the decade.  These bargain priced, yet high quality companies are what will build wealth for the next generation.Buy low and sell high is the mantra of the professional investor.  The current market conditions have created many opportunities to buy quality companies very cheap relatively.The question is how do you know what companies will bounce back from the low levels and which ones will just languish for years at the depressed prices.Worst yet, how do ...
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