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Is Bitcoin a Bubble Waiting to Pop?

Dec 03, 2017

The amount of questions I have received about bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain in the last month is truly insane. For example, over the last week I have been involved in a series of meetings in Chicago and the topic has arisen endlessly. Even at dinner, where nobody has any ties to cryptocurrency, bitcoin and the like have taken center stage and I’ve been put on the spot to provide my thoughts. So today I’m voicing my opinion for everyone. Yes, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are real and here to stay. And also yes, bitcoin is the current leader in the cryptocurrency world. However, there's a bigger question here. Continue Reading…

Buy the Dip in SQ

Dec 01, 2017

Online payment processing company Square (SQ) has been on fire this year. It more than doubled between the summer and earlier this month and looked well positioned to compete in a high-growth NexGen sector. However, things took a turn for the worse on the morning of November 27, when an analyst at research firm BTIG said that SQ’s rally was “overdone.” The shares fell 16% in a single day and erased almost an entire month’s worth of gains. The stock was due for a pullback, but now what we’re seeing is yet another case of an analyst trying to make a name for himself with a ridiculous report that ties in one of the hottest trends in investing. Continue Reading…

The NexGen Way to Play the Bitcoin Craze

Nov 29, 2017

Bitcoin mania continues to grow. It’s all over the place now. Earlier today, I was looking at CNBC’s website and I saw was one headline with a prediction that Bitcoin would hit $1 million by 2020 – that’s after it just crossed $11,000 today – and another headline saying that the cryptocurrency’s parabolic move means it can’t last. An hour later, one of the top stories was how Bitcoin had plunged 18%. Try trading that with confidence. The good news is there's a smarter and safer way to make money off of this undeniable mega-trend: by investing in the breakthrough technology that's called blockchain. Continue Reading…

Is the Worst Over for TJX?

Nov 17, 2017

As the holiday shopping season approaches, it’s natural to turn toward would-be retail winners as good investments for the typical end-of-year rally. In fact, the 2017 holiday season is setting up to be the biggest ever for retailers. However, not every brick-and-mortar store represents a good opportunity right now. And one in particular that I’m staying away from is TJX Companies (TJX). Let me explain why. TJX has a solid track record of beating earnings, but in its latest report that came out earlier this week the numbers were completely underwhelming. Continue Reading…

China Remains a Huge NexGen Opportunity

Nov 15, 2017

One story that spooked investors a little earlier this week was economic data out of China, which showed that growth has slowed. But remember, headlines are meant to be eye-catching. Let me put it in real perspective for you. China is still on track to see its economy grow more than the prior year for the first time since 2010, and growth for the first half of the year was 6.9%, more than double the U.S. There is no doubt that China, Asia and some other emerging markets are still a NexGen mega-trend that investors have to pay attention to. The opportunities are just too big to ignore. Continue Reading…

3 Media Stocks That Could Get Bought Out Next

Nov 12, 2017

Takeover talk has been in the air recently, as a report surfaced indicating that Walt Disney (DIS) was considering making a bid for the majority of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX). While I would never recommend a stock as a direct result of its takeover potential – high odds of being bought out is simply a bonus when a stock already meets all my criteria – the recent rumors got me thinking about other media companies that could make for good acquisition candidates. Three stood out when I ran my screens, so let’s take a look at each now. Continue Reading…

Can TRIP Make a Comeback?

Nov 10, 2017

TripAdvisor (TRIP) suffered its worst single-day loss in history on Tuesday after reporting quarterly results that disappointed Wall Street. The company lost a full fifth of its value, or about $1 billion in market capitalization. While earnings of $0.36 a share beat the estimate by a penny, sales for the quarter increased only 4% over last year to $439 million, coming in well below the $454 million analysts were looking for. The bulk of TRIP’s sales are derived from its hotel division, which disappointed with revenue of $312 million versus the expected $326 million. Continue Reading…

The Upside of a Robotics Revolution

Nov 08, 2017

What comes to mind when you think of robots? Our association tends to be with those fictional friends from books and movies, but the truth is that robots are less about people-like creatures and more about programmed machines that get things done better, safer and more efficiently than we as humans can. As advancements continue, robots will do more, and companies and people will spend more on them. Nearly every industry is increasing its exposure to robotics and automation. That makes it an exciting NexGen trend with the potential to impact our lives and make us a lot of money. Continue Reading…

NTDOY Is a Key Stock to Own Through the Holidays

Nov 05, 2017

It’s that time of year again. The Halloween decorations are being put away and Christmas commercials are starting to make their way onto the television screen. Oprah released her “Favorite Things” list, and countless top holiday toys lists are spreading out across the internet. What ever happened to Thanksgiving? In the meantime, I’ve always found the hottest toys lists fun to look over. I didn’t come up with any cool investment angle on these trendy toys but my research did lead me to look at one well-known tech company that I suspect is flying under the radar. Continue Reading…

Did Apple Just Introduce the Next Generation of Smartphones?

Nov 01, 2017

By any measure, the iPhone is one of the most successful, innovative and game-changing products of all time. In just 10 years, it has spawned a whole industry as well as offshoot products like tablets, and it has also found its way to just about every corner of the earth. It changed how we relate to each other and the world around us. That’s pretty tough to top, but almost from the very beginning, Apple (AAPL) has to some degree been a victim of its own phenomenal success. Everyone always wants to know: What’s next? Continue Reading…
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