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…
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.
Believe it or not, Christmas may be the perfect analogy for the Dow’s next move. On his latest appearance on Varney & Co., Shah explains his reasoning and sticks firmly to his prediction of the Dow’s meteoric rise in the near future.
He also covers whether or not he would buy Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) today, how he feels about owning AppleInc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and how Blue Apron Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE:APRN) brand new IPO was affected by Amazon.ComInc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) buying Whole Foods. Click now to watch…
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.
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.
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.