Category: Investing

Artificial Intelligence Insights

We have reached a turning point in history… Most people don’t know it, but our lives are about to radically change. Artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced to the point where computers can start learning from their own experiences. Now, this…

Post-Capitalism

We are entering the postsocialism and postcapitalism era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time…

Currency Wars

Why the USA Biggest Advantage could be About to Disappear? America is the only country in the world that doesn’t have to pay for its imports in a foreign currency. Here’s what I mean… Let’s say you’re a German and…

China’s yuan purchasing power forecast

Two hundred years ago, Napoleon warned, “When China wakes, it will shake the world.” China has awakened. And now, it’s about to shake the world to its foundations — starting with the US dollar. Everybody knows that China is on…

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch

Contagion is Real. Does it End With Spain, really? Viva Los Rescates Financieros de los Bancos! “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams,…

Predicting Facebook Future

I do have a Facebook page. I do not own shares of Facebook. Sometimes “great deals” do not work out. Here is why… Apple currently trades around 13 times earnings Google currently trades around 18 times earnings At $38/share, Facebook…

Derivative Manipulation Hits the Oil Market

Oil is down $100 a barrel for the first time since February 10. Is this the result of a classic yo-yo short in anticipation of a major advance in the price? There will be little opportunity for this derivative to…

Asian Risk: Aussie and Kiwi down?

Could commodity based exporters like Brazil, Russia and Chile be the next in this down trend? Do you call this currency: Australian Dollar or Australian Yuan? The same applies to the New Zealand Dollar or Yuan. Besides all the exciting…

Chinese Financial New Order

For many years now, it’s been clear that China would soon be pulling the strings in the U.S. financial system. After all, the American people now owe the Chinese government nearly $1.5 trillion. This could be the Currency War of…

The Next Great Energy Revolution

The History of the Western World Is the Story of Energy Revolutions Over the past two centuries, every great leap forward has been driven by a corresponding technological advance related to energy. Coal — along with the steam engine and…

The #1 Predictor of Your Future Wealth

I’ll give you some hints: It’s not education. It’s not income. It’s not a great job. It’s not whether or not you have kids. It’s not whether or not you own your own business. It’s not intelligence. (people with above-average…

What is driving China´s growth?

The key to China’s economic growth isn’t “how fast?” or “how much?” The most critical question is “what’s driving it?”. Most people think that China’s current economic status is a mirage created by government stimulus and relies on exports. However,…

Fat Profits From Fast Food Stocks

McDonald’s went public in 1965, selling its shares for $22.50; now its stock trades around $90 a share. Fast food can be an occasional unhealthy indulgence – but fast food stocks can be a healthy dose of profit for your…

America’s Secret Elixir

What has made the US so great? Free markets? Smart people? Capitalism? Democracy? A two party system? Silicon Valley? Cheap resources? Or was it having the reserve currency of the world since 1945? No, that would not have been enough.…

Graphene “New Silicon” Discovery

Dry ice fuels new computer revolution, delivering China a windfall and early investors a singular opportunity You can use dry ice for a lot – keeping a picnic lunch cool, generating fog for backyard karaoke. Now it’s about to revolutionize…

Unstoppable Bull Market

Two rare commodities that quadrupled in 2010 double again in 2011… three reasons they’re just getting started. This is the fifth consecutive month that commodities have outperformed the stock market — their longest streak since 1997. The key reason commodities…

3 Latin America Markets You Can’t Afford to Ignore

The stock exchanges of Colombia, Peru and Chile agreed last November to merge their trading, giving international investors access to roughly 600 stocks – more than any single country in Latin America. Earlier this month, the trio demonstrated just how…

How does the US export inflation?

Most countries hold their reserves in dollars, which is a safe – haven of sorts, and that is why the dollar is known as the – reserve currency – of the world. To counter deflation’s bad effects, and to stimulate…

Why Facebook points to the next Wall Street bubble

Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) and Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, which implies that the social media darling is valued at a staggering $50 billion. This reminds me of the valuations being…

The Rare Earths Boom

Rare earths are a group of exotic elements of the Periodic Table (Lanthanides, mostly), with unique electrical, magnetic, optical and other properties. Without them there’s basically no clean tech, green tech, advanced electronics, electric cars, and much more. It’s not…

Why Healthcare Reform is Here to Stay

In her keynote speech on Monday, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, faced a hostile audience as she laid out the case for reform. The audience snickered when she pointed…

The Shale Gas Revolution

Just a few years ago, the energy investment idea du jour was to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to handle future imports to the voracious US hydrocarbon market. Remember Cheniere Energy, once the darling of newsletter writers? Now there’s…

The New Gold Rush of 2011

The gold price soared nearly 30% last year – punctuating a spectacular decade-long run that has seen the gold price quintuple! So has gold finally reach a “bubble phase?” Is the great gold bull market on its last legs? In…

Best Investment in South America

The efficient, well-managed rescue of the 33 Chilean miners was an affecting spectacle for the world. It also should remind us that Chile is a well-run country, and that in an era when commodities are ever more important to the…

The Next Great Bull Market Begins Today…

The key to making a fortune in stocks (and avoiding getting obliterated) is having a basic idea of when stocks might have a long stretch of gains… and when they might do nothing. This isn’t easy to do. But when…

Apple vs. Google Debate

The Internet search giant was trading at 14 times 2011 earnings. While that’s a higher multiple than the average S&P 500 company, it’s not all that expensive for a tech company. The thing is, sales grew at a mere 7%…

The Coming Latin American Boom

Explosive growth in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina is fueling gains of 125%, 136%, 361% or more… and here’s how to play it… According to the World Bank, the economy of Latin America grew twice as fast as the United States…

Merger Mania is Heating Up in This Sector

In the cellphone world, it’s all about “apps.” In the oil and natural gas industries, it’s all about supplies. And in the healthcare sector, it’s all about pills. Lots and lots of pills: sleeping pills, anti-depressants, anti-oxidant pills. They’re everywhere.…

Liquid Millions

Forget about Oil… Forget about Gold… Water is the Most Valuable Resource of the 21st Century. The world population is rising by about 80 million people every year. We are expected to reach eight billion people in the next 15…

The World’s Most Promising Uranium Play

A tiny $8 million company that has discovered $5 billion of uranium where no one else was looking. This is not only a fascinating story, it’s one of the most promising investments I can think of. It’s a small mining…

The Billion-Dollar Fungus

Now I want to tell you a story about a fungus of all things. A fungus that produces enzymes that unlock the sugar found in the cell wall of all plant life. It has already made my readers a ton…

Which Company has a 246,000% Growth

The $1.7 5 Medical Technology Stock that Could Break Through $20 Next Year This medical breakthrough stock play is one I feel really good about. Because it’s giving 50,000 people every year a fighting chance against a killer disease. It…

Rebirth of the New BRIC

Expect some of the CIVETS economies (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa) to be among the world’s hottest markets in the decade to come. They have the potential to generate the same kind of windfall wealth as the…

Energy Finance Trends until 2020

Five Trends for the next 10 years in energy savings: 1. Cost-competitive clean energy Coal and oil have had well over a century to get costs as low as possible… Renewables are only now reaching scale, so they will soon…

The Great Energy Revolution of 2010

Take Everything You THINK YOU KNOW About Energy Investing – and throw it out the window. The global energy sector is entering its most-promising stretch in decades – with more new technologies and more investment opportunities than ever before. The…

A Rebound Pioneer

Chile has been a pioneer for the last 30 years of great improvements. Mainly, due to four structural reforms: the creation of a retirement system based on private personal accounts (the AFP system), the opening of the private health insurance…

The Coming Backflow Boom

The Investment Opportunity of the Millennium The savvy investor John Templeton seized opportunities wherever he found them. And he built his small investment shop into the renowned money management firm Templeton Investments, now part of the $27 billion investment giant…

The Battle for the 3rd Element

The Third Element could soon siphon off $10.4 TRILLION in oil revenues… and replace 148 billion barrels of black gold. The U.S. government is quietly spending billions to control this rare substance as a matter of national and economic security.…

A “Digital 911” in the Works…

It’s no secret that signs of a major network crash have been appearing for the last few years… Now the cracks are widening, pushing the situation to a boiling point. Just look at what’s happening as we speak… * Just…

How to Profit From China’s Next Move

For many investors who don’t have experience in Asia, figuring out what Beijing is up to is both puzzling and difficult. But a handy little tool called a “Form 13F” can help. In case you’re not familiar with it, the…

Street Smarts Trading Strategies That Work

The secret I’m going to share with you today is probably the single most important factor in determining the success of stock market traders. If you can master it, you can make millions in the stock market. This technique is…

What China Can Learn From its Dustup with Google

If you’re keeping score in the contest between Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) and China’s central government, you should be aware by now that everyone involved loses. * Google stands to lose anywhere from $400 million to $600 million in annual…

The Most Popular Alternative Energy

Solar power doesn’t work at night. Wind power needs wind. Hydro runs into droughts. Geothermal works great, but it’s scarce. Alternative energies are a pain in the neck. They’re expensive and inconvenient. “Biomass” is America’s newest alternative power source. It…

10 FAQ for Trading Strategies

Former floor trader on the IMM, IOM, NYFE and LIFFE as well as a risk manager of a large, multinational corporation in Geneva, Switzerland, also author of best selling books on forex trading and trend following. In 1995, he founded…

The Best-Performing Stock of 2009 and 2010

After climbing 9,589% since 2009 began, Diedrich Coffee (Nasdaq: DDRX) is valued at roughly $200 million today. Shares trade for $34 apiece. I’m not at all surprised. Diedrich, which is in the (big) business of roasting coffee beans and then…

How to learn Forex Foreign Currency Trading

The way trading works (even for a pro) is that you’ll win some and you’ll lose some. However, the goal over time is to have the winning amount outweigh the losing amount. I’m often reminded of a famous group of…

Current Stock Market Condition: Strong Bull

“People do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets.” – Van Tharp The Big Picture Can you predict when a country will default or go bankrupt? In 1999, Alan Greenspan and Paul Guidotti published the Greenspan-Guidotti…

Top 10 Investment Mistakes

You Weren’t There For The Wedding, Don’t Be There For The Funeral. This is an old horse racing proverb. The ongoing credit crisis continues to caste an ominous shadow over the stock market and the light at the end of…

Develop Your Trading Intuition

I was recently asked to write the Foreword to Curtis Faith’s upcoming book, Trading from Your Gut, which is all about trading and intuition. This got me thinking about the different types of intuition that one can possess. Intuition is…

High-quality companies with reliable returns?

The biggest and most reliable returns in the market come from the safest and most mature companies. These high-quality companies pay dividends. And they raise those dividends year after year. Buy their shares when they are cheap. Then reinvest the…

Another $25 million in new orders for ABB

ABB Ltd (ABB) continues to flex its global muscle. On Sept 18th, ABB announced it had won an order worth $25 million from Chile’s leading transmission utility, Transelec SA. Add this new contract to ABB’s pre-existing $25.9 billion backlog. The…

World’s Top 4 Commodities

Four Easy Ways to Trade the World’s Top Commodities If you’re looking to add some great potential gains to your portfolio, then consider what commodities can do for you. Four Commodities… Four Explosive Moves Want some examples of how explosive…

Why You Need to Buy Apple

I’m a big fan of Apple, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). I’ve written about it here on several occasions. Apple is so far ahead of its competitors in product design and functionality that it’s hardly worth the comparison, except in a few…

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit. by John Mackay “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” —Margaret Thatcher With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for…

Apple-Google Rivalry Goes Global

Forget Microsoft-Apple or Microsoft-Google. A new rivalry is developing in the tech world. Google and Apple are increasingly squaring off over lucrative markets like the mobile computing field. And there are many examples of the competition between the two for…

Where is Paulson investing now?

Billionaire John Paulson’s hedge-fund firm, Paulson & Co, filed its most recent 13F (institutional managers who manage over $100 million are required to report their long positions in the U.S. markets each quarter) for the quarter ended June 30, and…

How to Play the Coming HCIT Boom

$678 Billion Tech Explosion There is a proliferation of a new breakthrough that Popular Mechanics calls a “highly evolved…technology… changing the way humans interact with machines.” It’s a “touch” technology that will soon let you feel the texture of an…

Here’s How China Is Fleeing the Dollar

If you have massive coal reserves, an oil project in Kurdistan, or a boatload of gold bullion, China wants to talk to you. The Chinese government holds over $2 trillion in reserves. The dollar is an asset that has lost…

Inflation, Deflation or Reflation?

The question as investors we have been focused on for some time is whether we end up with inflation, or deflation, and what that endgame looks like. It is one of the most important questions an investor must ask for…

Gold Analysis & Strategy

Gold Spot Price Analysis 1.1. Gold in USD (1 ounce = US$953.90) • It’s really getting interesting in the gold market. The big question is, “Will gold break through the US$1,000 level and advance to new all-time highs or will…

The wise learn from other’s mistakes

John McAfee is, of course, the founder of antivirus software company, McAfee. His innovation was to give away the software for free, but charge fees for the upgrades and technical support. The company went public in 1992, and McAfee pocketed…

Investing in BRIC or MENA?

Change is like a pin to the balloons of conventional wisdom. Just when people settle into their views, here comes the pin. For instance, it’s become widely accepted when talking about emerging economies to focus on the so-called BRIC countries…

The Great American Bubble Machine

Economic bubbles are generally considered to have a negative impact on the economy because they tend to cause misallocation of resources into non-optimal uses. In addition, the crash which usually follows an economic bubble can destroy a large amount of…

The Magic Economic Formula

It seems that we are in a period of economic decline. This might get a little tiresome eventually, and then maybe a few will start looking for solutions. If I could know the Magic Formula of economic success, what woud…

Is Jim Rogers still bull China?

Jim Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund before he turned 30 and retired at age thirty-seven. Since then, he has served as a sometime professor of finance at Columbia University’s business school, and as a media commentator worldwide. He is the…

The Headline All Great Traders Hunt For

“Buy when there is blood in the streets.” – Nathan Rothschild Back in his day, Nathan Rothschild was like Warren Buffett and Alan Greenspan rolled into one. Nathan was one of the founding members of the greatest banking dynasty in…

How to Protect Your Assets?

The wealthiest families in the world utilize a powerful legal tool to protect their assets. More important, it can be used by people who are in the process of building wealth. People like you. The tool is called transference. In…

Possible Causes of Economic Bubbles

An economic bubble (sometimes referred to as a speculative bubble, a market bubble, a price bubble, a financial bubble, or a speculative mania) is “trade in high volumes at prices that are considerably at variance with intrinsic values”. (Another way…

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding…