Could This Company Be The Next Starbucks?

$5.00 for a cup of coffee?  You must be kidding me!  That was my and many others reaction when first made aware of the hyper-successful Seattle coffee chain, Starbucks (Nasdaq:SBUX). In fact, less than two decades ago, anyone who would have even suggested that consumers would happily pay $3.00, $4.00, or even $6.00 a cup for fancy coffee based drinks would have been laughed out of the room.  Well, today, those prices are common with millions of consumers thinking nothing of partaking in such high priced coffee on a daily or even several times a day basis. These once believed to b...
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How To Invest In The World’s Fastest Growing Economy

One of the largest mistakes stock investors make is to only invest within the United States.  While there is no question that tremendous opportunity exists in the U.S. stock markets, global markets can often provide substantial upside potential. Holding a geographically diversified portfolio can not only produce outsized gains, it can help protect against downside by protecting against economic system shocks. While the choices of geographically diverse investments is wide, one nation stands heads and shoulders above the others in terms of upside potential and provides the ideal portfolio...
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Gains Ahead In The Top Performing Sector

The old saying “When rates are low, stocks will grow, and when rates are high, stocks will die” is about to be tested for truthfulness in a dramatic way. The last six years have seen interest rates held unnaturally low by the Federal Reserve.  Ultra low-interest rates have resulted in a massive bull market and a surge in economic activity across the board.  Now, things are about to change! Signals are brewing in the economy and directly from the Federal Reserve itself that interest rates are about to begin climbing higher. In fact, multiple analysts identify September as the month...
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Here’s What To Expect For The Rest Of 2015

How would you like to know what is going to happen for the rest of 2015?  Imagine the amount of money that could be made by just acting upon perfect foresight into the future of the stock market.   Well, the truth is, no one really knows what exactly will happen tomorrow, let alone for the next seven months. Not even the most successful hedge fund managers or political leaders can say with certainty what is going to happen.   With this said, we can make intelligent guesses based on the available facts to ascertain what the future holds. One way to do this is to take a loo...
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Profit From The New Industrial Revolution

Imagine with me for a moment. It is December, 2025, and you, and your family are visiting the local mall for holiday shopping.   Consumers are going in and out of stores like they have for the last century.  The same festive feeling that you remember as a child is in the air, but there is one dramatic difference. In fact, this difference is so profound that it would have shocked you just a few short years previous. It is such a radical change from what you remember that people use to be arrested and even imprisoned for doing the same identical thing to  what everyone in the mall is prese...
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Investing Lessons From The New Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes was among the wealthiest men on the planet for a number of years.  His playboy style lifestyle still rivals the wildest modern-day bon vivants.  Despite all his partying and pushing the edge type life, he was an extremely astute investor.  Successful forays into Hollywood movie making and aircraft building via Hughes Aircraft Company built an empire of real estate and corporations. His estate was $2.5 billion by the time of his death in 1975.  Despite his vast wealth, Hughes did not meet a kind demise.  Obsessive compulsive disorder, drug abuse, and other ailments sent the...
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Are You Prepared For The VIX Spike?

Are you afraid that the unprecedented seven-year bull market advance will soon come to an end?  Well, you are not alone.  With quantitative easing measures rapidly winding down, greater numbers of market professionals are leaning toward a bearish bias.  Add in the specter of rising interest rates and it becomes a question of how long can the bull market last with the heavily bearish macroeconomic picture. The smart money is setting up to hedge their portfolios and actually profit from the potential sharp decline in the stock market. Fortunately, there are two new ETF’s that will enable t...
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Using Calendar Spreads To Profit In Any Market Condition

Many stock investors are fearful when it comes to trading options.  Horror stories abound on financial message boards about traders who were wiped out or took huge losses when venturing into the options arena.  While these stories are likely true, it’s critical to note that the losses are due to the investor’s inexperience or disregard for the risky nature of options.  Like in all types of investing, risk is part of the game in options.  Knowledge is what prevents fear and turns options into profit making tools. The good news is that by understanding the variety of option strategies, op...
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These BioTech Stocks Are Ripe For A Takeout

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 plung...
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What You Need To Know About McDonald’s Turnaround

The name McDonald’s means one thing to consumers.  That thing is fast food hamburgers.  This iconic brand is among the most well-known American brands to ever be created.  In fact, the name McDonalds conjures up the true American dream in many parts of the world.  There is much truth to this belief as this quintessential burger chain is truly representative of innovation, success, entrepreneurship, and rags to riches story that is truly unsurpassed in the annals of capitalism. However, a wrench has been thrown into this long-term success story.  Heavy competition, lack of recent innovat...
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