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The Fed’s New Plan Could Kill the Market as Soon as September

8 | By Shah Gilani

As far as the markets go, they’ve had an incredible run since 2009.

That’s because the Federal Reserve bought more than $4 trillion worth of bonds and securities in the open market to flatten interest rates and buoy said markets.

But going forward, starting in September, the Fed’s stopping its monthly purchases of billions of dollars’ worth of bonds… And that could send the markets into a tailspin.

Today, I’m covering what Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in her Humphrey-Hawkins testimony to Congress this week. More importantly, I’m covering what she didn’t say, and what could happen starting in September.

If you own stocks, you’re going to want to take this seriously…

A Look Into My Exclusive Service and Your Next Trade

5 | By Shah Gilani

On June 7, I laid out the case for buying put options on Fossil Group.

I started the piece with, “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.”

You can read, or re-read, the dirt on Fossil right here, and you should. We made a 100% gain on our FOSL puts position in my Zenith Trading Circle member newsletter service, and you should have made a bundle on the puts I recommended for you too.

Well, we’re going to do it again.

Here’s what I recommended to Zenith members, and how you too can trade FOSL…

The Verdict Is In – Here’s How You Judged Barclays

3 | By Shah Gilani

Last week, I gave you the bare facts of why the UK’s Serious Fraud Office charged Barclays Plc. (NYSE:BCS) and four former top execs with conspiracy to commit fraud.

I also asked my readers, as part of the jury in the court of public opinion, if they found Barclays guilty or innocent.

Your verdict was a resounding… guilty as charged.

There were five times as many cries of “Guilty!” than there were defenses of innocence in the comments thread of last week’s article. It seems as though the majority of my readers have little patience for fraudsters wielding power.

Some of your comments about Barclays stood out to me particularly, as well as a few comments from earlier, and I want to address them now.

Here’s how you judged Barclays, and my response to some of your best recent comments…

Set Up for Major Profits No Matter Which Way This Company Moves

4 | By Shah Gilani

There’s a type of trade I don’t think I’ve introduced to Insights & Indictments yet, but this is too perfect of an opportunity to pass up.

This company that I’m about to recommend you move in on is about to make a major move. The only problem is that it’s set up to swing either way.

That’s why we’re getting creative.

First, I’ll explain what I plan we do, and then I’ll lay down the dirty details on this company. It’s struggling with some major lawsuits over a recent acquisition, but the stock has been steadily rising over the past week. Position yourself right and you stand to make serious gains no matter what happens next.

Here’s a quick trading lesson, and our next big play…

Are These Big Bank Bigwigs Guilty of Fraud? You Decide

17 | By Shah Gilani

In 2008, the biggest banks in the Western world were being bailed out by their governments. Barclays, however, raised billions of dollars on its own to fortify its balance sheet and sidestep the inconvenience of having its executives’ compensation and bankers’ bonus pools subject to regulatory dictates.

Now it turns out that not everything was what it seemed.

Barclays Plc. (NYSE:BCS), the holding company that controls Barclays Bank Plc. (NYSE:BCS-PD), and four former top Barclays executives have been charged with fraud relating to how they raised the money that saved the bank and their paychecks from government oversight.

Whether they were just trying to save taxpayers money or their compensation packages will now be determined in criminal court.

But in the court of public opinion, the verdict’s already being tallied.

Get caught up on what they did and how, and then cast your vote here…

Guilty or innocent?

Sit Down and Listen Up: Here’s How I’m Delivering 44% Gains Per Day

6 | By Shah Gilani

For years now, I’ve been writing here in Insights & Indictments about America’s consumers, our consumer-driven economy, and the impact of the Internet on bricks-and-mortar stores and retail in general… And I’ve made a bunch of predictions.

Surprisingly or not, I’ve been right about almost every single one.

But being right is one thing, making money by looking into the future is something altogether different. If I dare say so myself, it’s much better.

That’s what I want to focus on today. Not about being right (well, maybe a little), but on how to make money on big trends.

If you’ve been following this column (or, even better, following my Zenith Trading Circle recommendations), you know exactly what I mean. Following my advice means you’ve cashed in on all those recommendations.

If you haven’t, here’s what’s happening with retail and how to hit it out of the park…

AI Is Killing Retailers and Giving Life to Mindless Shopping

4 | 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

6 | 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.