Archive for June, 2017
It’s called artificial intelligence, or AI, when software programs learn to perform complex tasks without human oversight. It’s changing how we shop and the future of retailing.
You already see it working on your computer and mobile devices when ads pop up for things you’re thinking about buying, and you wonder… How did “they” know?
That’s AI working to make your shopping easy and often, if not mindless.
Here’s how AI is influencing your shopping habits, changing the nature of retailing, and killing off some of your favorite stores and brands……
Amazon.Com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) can’t stop making headlines these days, and their every move is international interest. But there’s one side effect to those big waves that the economy didn’t expect.
On his latest appearance on Varney & Co., Shah Gilani joins the panel to discuss how the Federal Reserve is responding to the “Amazon Effect”. He also touches on UBER’s latest drama, the latest nail in the coffin for oil, and why The TJX Companies Inc. (NYSE:TJX) is in the tank. Click now to watch…
If you don’t know how Amazon really operates, I’ll bet you have no idea why it bought Whole Foods and what it really plans on doing with it.
Amazon.Com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is going to use Whole Foods the same way it used everything else. Just like it used its original bookselling fulfillment centers to sell everything to everyone, and how it used its Amazon Web Services platform to sell 40% of all cloud-based web services…
To take a piece of any and all economic activity… selling anything and everything.
Now, that includes food.
The Whole Foods acquisition fills in the missing link in Jeff Bezos’ grand plan to sell the world to the world, and profit from the sale of everything including books, clothes, food, and anything to do with data.
Here’s the real reason Amazon bought Whole Foods, and what we know to expect from them next…
Consumer spending in the United States generates two-thirds of our gross domestic product, or GDP.
With GDP growth averaging only 1.3% over the past decade, compared to the 3.3% average annual growth rate from 1990-2000, it’s high time consumer spending had a thorough check-up.
On Wednesday, I wrote about consumers having less to spend because millions of jobs have been exported, about the stress they face with increasing levels of debt from rising healthcare and housing expenses, and the crushing weight of school loans squeezing discretionary spending.
But being stressed out isn’t the only thing shaping consumption patterns. A fundamental, structural shift in how and where consumers shop is taking an even bigger toll on consumer spending’s contribution to GDP.
Here’s why traditional spending is becoming irrelevant, and the impact we are already seeing today…
It’s not exactly dead, but the pace of U.S. economic growth since 2009 could rightfully be called morbid.
That’s because the prime movers of economic activity – consumers – are acting like the walking dead.
Since 2009, the United States’ GDP (the total value of everything produced by all the people and companies in the country) averaged annual growth of only 1.3%.
The average annual growth rate from 1990 to 2000 was 3.3%. Compared to that, current growth (only 1.2% in the first quarter of 2017) looks like more of the same slow slog we’ve been suffering through.
What’s really killing the economy?
Here’s the sad truth about half-murdered American consumerism, and how to make money on the few hot spots that are floating the economy now.
Back in May, I told you about two pathetic retail dinosaurs – Sears and Kohl’s – and how to play both stocks for big gains as they lurch toward their deathbeds.
Today, I want to give you an update on how those stocks are fairing – and how your positions are looking if you took my advice.
And I hope you did… because we’re already up double digits.
Here’s what you need to know…
According to Wikipedia, fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, “obtained by digging”) are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossil-containing rock formations and sedimentary layers is known as the fossil record.
That’s amazingly close to the definition I’d give the once-trendy watch and accessories purveyor turned dinosaur crap retailer, Fossil Group Inc.(NASDAQ:FOSL).
At least we can give them foresight credit for getting their name right.
Similarities include words like “digging” (as in digging their own grave) and “sedimentary layers” which are also known as piled-up crap, and draws close comparison to FOSL piling its debt higher, as well as excess inventory of its watches, leather goods, and jewelry.
Here’s the open digging for you on this Fossil, and how to play its extinction for profit…
If you’re wondering whether you’ve been caught in a time warp and its 2000 rather than 2017, you’re not warped.
This wild bull market is being driven by tech.
It’s no surprise that investors are asking themselves, “Is this time different, or is this just another crazy tech bubble?”
While it’s usually the kiss of death to say, “This time is different,” the truth is… this time is different.
That doesn’t mean the market can’t go down.
It means rip-roaring tech company stocks in 2017 are nothing like the rocket-riders that crashed and burned in the tech wreck.
Here’s the facts on the bright stars that are boosting the markets, and the only real threat to this ride…
The top American technology companies – Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.Com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) – are called the Fab Five for a reason. The truth of the matter is that these companies are where the growth is.
On this latest episode of Varney & Co., Shah uncovers why these companies are growing so quickly… and which one will likely reach $1T first. He also stands by and supports his reasoning for why he sees the markets doubling in the next five years.
Click to watch now…