Archive for May, 2017
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…
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…
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…
Markets easily shrugged off Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, to the relief of many. In fact, the Dow seems to be recovering from the slight dip it had throughout May.
On this latest appearance on Varney & Co., Shah Gilani discussed why terror’s lack of impact on the market is a good sign. He also explained why he is still recommending the Fab Five (hint: it’s where the growth is), and commented on Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA) and Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE:DIS) recent gambles.
Click to watch now…
Ever wonder who’s responsible for the widening wealth gap in America? Or how the middle class across the country got hollowed out in a generation?
It’s not a mystery, though what’s happened has been shrouded in false narratives and fake news.
The truth’s in front of us. We’re living it in real-time. It’s just never discussed openly… for a reason. The people who are behind this growing catastrophe have rigged the system into believing this is normal.
Here’s who to blame, how they did it, and who gets hurt the worst…
This week, the markets saw some promising news items that are continuing their steady push higher. Q1’s earnings season has been fairly positive, and it has only been adding to that steady bid under the market.
Of course, the retail sector is another beast entirely. On this latest appearance on Varney & Co., Shah shared what he learned from his latest play on Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M). He also covers the latest news on hot stocks like Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), and Sears Hldgs Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLD). Click now to watch…
The bricks-and-mortar retail “ice age” is quickly enveloping traditional grocers in its big chill.
As if more bricks-and-mortar competition on the ground isn’t bad enough, grocers are now being forced to chase customers who are tired of old-style consumer packaged goods (CPG). They are being wooed away by fresh food upstarts, meal kit delivery services, “basket bandits,” and the Amazon.Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) army with its never-ending onslaught of online marauders.
Competition and structural disruptions in the $649 billion grocery space (as of 2016’s total revenues), with its average profit margin of barely 2%, are going to create new winners and kill off the slow-moving, undercapitalized, and overly indebted big name grocers.
Here’s where the cold winds are blowing from and how to profit on the winners and losers…
When it comes to profits, I aim high. My readers do, too.
In fact, if you’re reading this now, you may be one of the readers I’m thinking of. I have heard time and time again from Wall Street Insights & Indictments subscribers who have used my advice here to make serious profits. The ones who have stuck with me the longest are the same ones who have seen the biggest gains roll into their bank accounts, and nothing makes me happier.
For those of you who still have doubts, or are perhaps new to my services, I want to take the time to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot lately.
We tend to set our lofty sights on stocks that are heading south… but there are absolutely forces that can still push those stocks higher. If the market’s going gangbusters and everybody’s gung-ho about stocks going to the moon, even crap stocks can (and often do) get pulled up too.
In my mind, there are three distinct reasons that stocks that should be trampled on and trampled out of go up.
Here’s the truth behind why loser stocks rally, and how I give my readers what they need to profit no matter what…
Seriously, someone please tell Kevin Mansell – Kohl’s Corp‘s (NYSE:KSS) triple-threat chairman, president, and chief executive officer – that’s he’s wrong, wrong, wrong.
While the rest of the bricks-and-mortar retailers in America are shedding stores as fast as they can (though not fast enough for some of them to beat debt collectors to bankruptcy court), Kohl’s triple-threat-to-the-company is actually adding new old fashioned physical stores to the mid-tier retailer’s lineup.
Is 1154 stores in 49 states not enough?
Maybe Mansell is trying to pick up some of the stores Macy’s is closing… as well as Target, Walmart, and JC Penney.
Hey Kevin, I’ve got Eddie Lampert on the phone, he says he’s got a few hundred Sears and Kmart stores he’s looking to unload before Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLD) declares bankruptcy. How many do you want?
In a desperate gambit to heat up Kohl’s sales in the retail ice age, to escape what I’m calling an extinction level event, the company’s lead sled dog is dragging the retailer straight off of a cliff.
Why is he doing this, and what’s going to happen to Kohl’s? And, my favorite question, how much can you make off of his chilling move?
Here’s exactly what you need to know…
The Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) story isn’t just the story of what’s happening to two American icons of retail, or what’s happening to bricks-and-mortar retail in the age of online shopping.
It’s also the story of the pensioners who will suffer from the company’s demise; it’s the story of another 140,000 jobs about to be lost. It’s a story about asset-stripping.
In short, Sears’ downfall is the story of how hubris and financial engineering failed retired workers, current employees, customers, and investors.
And it could be your story, with a happy ending, when you know how to profit from Sears death.
Here’s the backstory, the upfront facts, and how to play the demise of Sears for a big payday.