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The Age-Old Debate: Growth vs. Value

Jan 15, 2018

Investors have been fighting over whether growth or value stocks are better for as long as I can remember, and the age-old debate has found its way back into the headlines as the calendar turns the page to 2018. Growth stocks won out last year, with the S&P 500 Growth Index raking in a 25.4% gain compared to the value index’s return of just 12.7%. And growth has continued to outpace its counterpart through the first two trading weeks of the New Year. I’m not the biggest fan of this debate – I prefer to focus on specific stocks and their individual potential. However, looking out over the next 12 months I can make a case for both groups. Continue Reading…

Should You Buy BAC Ahead of Earnings?

Jan 12, 2018

The financial sector has gotten off to a strong start in 2018 thanks to a concoction of rising interest rates, declining unemployment, a robust housing market and a global economy that’s set up for another strong year. Many stocks within this group have traded well recently, and with the fourth-quarter earnings season kicking off, there’s one in particular I want to take a closer look at. Bank of America (BAC) had a great 2017, moving up almost uninterrupted throughout the year to rake in gains of 33.5% from start to finish. This year has started off just as strong with a near 4% climb in the first two weeks of trading, which is thanks in part to a big rise in the 10-year Treasury yield. Continue Reading…

NexGen Transportation on Display in a Big Way

Jan 10, 2018

If you are as fascinated by NexGen trends as I am, this is the week for you. The absolutely huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is under way in Las Vegas. Many of these innovations being showcased are right smack in the middle of the trends we’re following and already making money on – things like artificial intelligence (AI), the always connected Internet of Things (IoT), voice assistants, the smart home and more. Many interesting companies use CES to announce product improvements, new creations or ideas that are in the works. I always keep a close eye on what comes out of the show, and so far, NexGen transportation has emerged as one of our themes with some pretty cool developments. Continue Reading…

Is WATT the Real Deal or a Fake-Out?

Jan 07, 2018

The FCC made headlines last week with its first-ever approval of a wireless, “power-at-a-distance” charger. Created by Energous (WATT), the WattUp Mid Field transmitter is able to charge devices at a distance of up to three feet. WATT is currently the first company to achieve charging devices both at contact and at a distance. This is big news for the industry and investors were clearly happy, too, as WATT shot up over 200% on the day of the announcement. An analyst even came out and predicted that the new charger will be available this quarter and could generate as much as $169 million in revenue this year. Continue Reading…

What Should You Expect this January?

Jan 05, 2018

There is no question that 2017 was a fantastic year for the market, and if history is any indication January should continue the trend. Since 1950, the first month of each New Year has seen an average gain of 0.8%. The market has been up 40 times while it’s been lower just 28. However, some of those down years did see larger-than-average losses. From 2014 through 2016, the S&P 500 fell quite a bit in January, down 3.43% in 2014, 3.1% in 2015 and 4.81% in 2016. So while the odds of a positive January are good, what is even more likely is the fact that we’ll see a big move in just one direction this month. Luckily for us, 2018 has started off on a strong note, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come it looks like January is setting us up for another big up year. Continue Reading…

One of 2018’s Biggest Mega-Trends

Jan 03, 2018

I want to start that today with one of the mega-trends I’m most excited about for 2018. I wrote my subscribers about it last week, and we already locked in 50% gains in less than two days! You can see why I’m so high on it. Okay, so that’s a bit of a pun there because I’m talking about marijuana. It’s not some newfangled tech breakthrough like self-driving cars or blockchain technology. It actually goes back nearly 3,000 years, but the world around it is now changing and that’s what makes it a NexGen mega-trend. I’ve made money on quick trades in marijuana stocks, but in the big picture, there was simply a lack of news in this space, and the group tends to stagnate when there are no headlines. Continue Reading…

Avoid AMD in 2018

Dec 22, 2017

This year has been a great one for the market, and looking ahead to 2018 I see a lot of opportunities in stocks. The technology group in particular stands out as a strong investment – everything from blockchain to artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things excites me. There are so many enticing opportunities available in this sector that it is actually difficult to decide which stocks to own. However, determining which to avoid is another story. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is definitely one of the names I’m staying away from at the start of the New Year. While conventional wisdom may suggest that it is overdue for a rally – the stock fell in 2017 while the S&P 500 is up nearly 20% and its old, stogy competitor Intel (INTC) is up 28% – the turn of the calendar cannot save a laggard. Continue Reading…

3 Holiday Trends to Make You Money

Dec 20, 2017

The end of the year is a busy one for money managers, but it’s also one of my favorite times. Amid all of the busyness, it’s great to be able to spend time with family and friends. I’m normally pretty focused on what I eat and staying in good shape, but I admit that my diet gets a little less healthy as I indulge in holiday treats. But I do try to enjoy myself, and I really hope you do, too. The end of the year is also a great time to be an investor, and I’m a big believer that you can find quality investments by paying attention to what’s going on around you. There’s definitely a lot happening right now, and we can get a sense for some of the opportunities by looking at the answers to three holiday questions. Continue Reading…

Best Stocks for 2018: BR Leads the Way in Blockchain Technology

Dec 18, 2017

I said at the start of this year that picking just one stock as my favorite for all of 2017 was a challenge. I stand by that statement, but as it turns out I picked a good one. In 2018, I’m setting my sights on technology – more specifically, the future of technology. We’ve all heard about bitcoin and the incredible investment it’s turned out to be. I will admit that the masses jumping into the cryptocurrency brings out my contrarian side, but when I sit back and look beyond bitcoin my view quickly changes. The truth is, bitcoin is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s all about the technology behind the cryptocurrency: blockchain. Continue Reading…

3 Stocks to Buy for This Year’s Santa Claus Rally

Dec 15, 2017

The Santa Claus rally is something you hear a lot about this time of year – and for good reason. It describes a historically bullish time for stocks that includes the last week of December and the first two trading days of January. But it’s not just the very end of the year that’s typically good to investors. November through January is the best three-month period of the year for stocks, and December stands out as the belle of the ball. Since 1950, the S&P 500 has traded higher in the month 49 times while it’s only been down 17. That trends looks like it is going to continue in 2018, so it’s important that we position ourselves now. Continue Reading…
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