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AI Is Killing Retailers and Giving Life to Mindless Shopping

1 | By Shah Gilani

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…

Jeff Bezos’ Mad Genius Just Gave Us a Glimpse Into the Future

4 | By Shah Gilani

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…

The Future of Shopping is Already Changing Our Present

5 | By Wall Street Insights and Indictments Staff

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…

The Best Four Ways to Profit in America’s Dying Economy

2 | By Shah Gilani

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.

Update on SHLD and KSS: You Could Already Be Up 133%

1 | By Shah Gilani

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…

Profit From Fossil’s Extinction Before the Meteor Hits

4 | By Shah Gilani

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…

No Bubble to Burst: Here’s What Makes Our Tech Titans Different

0 | By Shah Gilani

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…

What You Know About the VIX Is Wrong – Here’s How to Trade It

2 | By Shah Gilani

Most people who know anything about the stock market probably know a few things about the VIX (^VIX). (I was one of the traders on the Floor of the CBOE who came up with the VIX, so I probably know a bit more than most!)

Investors know “the VIX” is a volatility index and that is often called “the fear index.”  They know that, when the VIX is rising especially quickly, there’s a chance there’s going to be trouble ahead and markets might be in danger of selling off… Or possibly crashing.

But that’s like looking at the tip of an iceberg and saying that’s all you need to know about what’s underneath the surface. That would be a huge mistake. Just ask the captain of the Titanic.

I’m sharing, without the heavy math, a clear look-through to the depths of the VIX as opposed to what you think you see on the surface.

Here’s what you need to know about what really floats the VIX, and how to trade it for huge gains…

A Conspiracy of Greed: How to Play the Rigged Game for Profit

3 | By Shah Gilani

Knowing how things got to where they are is one thing. Knowing what steps to take to arrest and reverse the widening income and wealth gaps in the U.S. is another thing.

Here’s the thing that matters now.

Until things change (which would have to be winter, because it will be a cold day in Hell), the game is the game. The crony capitalists own it and make the rules, and the only way to beat them is to join them.

I don’t mean join them literally; I mean play the game the way they do. Make money the way they do.

In general, crony capitalists are all “renters” of financial assets. They’re all playing the markets. It’s the game they know best and own lock, stock, and barrel. So, anyone wanting to ascend the wealth ladder has to be in the game.

Today, I’m sharing how to play this rigged game…plus responding to my favorite reader comments.

Let’s start with four lucrative ways to beat crony capitalists at their own game…

A Conspiracy of Greed: How Globalization Hollowed Out America’s Middle Class – and How We Can Fix It

7 | By Shah Gilani

Globalization, the long-armed henchman of financialization, is an insidious contributor to the widening income gap and wealth inequality in the U.S.

Globalization is, essentially, another nail in the coffin of America’s middle class.

Undoing its insidious effects will be hard, don’t get me wrong. There are years of damage and many powerful people who are profiting from the system being upheld just the way it is.

But it’s possible.

Here’s what we need to do to arrest and reverse this crony capitalist engineered nightmare…