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Overstock’s Feeling the Heat – What to Do Now

0 | By Shah Gilani

We’re at the close of another tumultuous week – we made it, barely.

But the ups and downs the market’s experiencing almost pale in comparison to what’s been happening to one online retailer who’s been feeling the heat.

I’m talking about Inc. (NasdaqGM:OSTK).

The stock took off last October and has since been on its own roller coaster ride.

Shares spiraled downward 25.2% last week. As of January, the stock’s down almost 50%. It tried to bounce and failed, tried again, and failed, tried again, and is failing.

The news on isn’t good.

Between rapidly declining revenue, down nearly $25 million before taxes, and their low sales relative to competitors like Wayfair Inc. (NYSE:W) and Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN), could be headed into a brick wall.

That’s just the on-the-surface news. There’s something darker going on behind the curtain.

Here’s what’s happening with the retailer that boasts the “best deals online.”

Pick the Perfect IPO to Profit – Here’s How

0 | By Wall Street Insights and Indictments Staff

IPOs (initial public offerings) are the market’s favorite way to get in on the ground floor of the next hottest company. For initial investors, it can be extremely profitable.

Not all IPOs were created equal, however, and the past couple years have had especially slim pickings. Whether they’ve just been disappointing, or they haven’t yet figured out how to make any sort of profit, plenty of IPOs are a far cry from Visa Inc. (NYSE:V)’s  legendary 678% growth.

The best way to profit from investing in an IPO is by accurately estimating its impact before going all in.

Here’s what four of the biggest IPOs of all time can teach us about finding the next profit potential

It’s Not Just About the Bill Anymore – Your Money Could Be in Serious Trouble

0 | By Shah Gilani

On Friday, I talked to you about the mistake of a bill that the Senate passed on March 14. Called the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, the bill was enacted to reduce the number of so-called “systemically important financial institutions” (SIFIs) that are subject to tough regulations like stress tests and writing their own living wills.

Truth be told, there’s a lot more to this situation than just this bill. Something fishy is going on with one of the U.S.’s most-used banks, and let me tell you, it stinks.

In fact, it could even affect your money as it stands now.

Now the House of Representatives, which already passed H.R. 3312, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017, on December 19, 2017, by a bipartisan vote of 288 to 130, has to reconcile its American Bankers Association sponsored “Free Willy” SIFI freedom act with the Senate’s.

Those two bills will get reconciled, sent to the President who will sign it, and the beginning of the end to the crazy, burdensome, out of control Dodd-Frank Act will be underway… Which is a good thing.

Here’s what this bill means, what’s really going on behind the scenes, and what all of this could mean for your cash.

The Senate’s Made a Big Mistake

0 | By Shah Gilani

Generally, I’m not inclined to write about legislation in process – meaning a bill that passes one house and has yet to make it into the other chamber for consideration.

However, it’s not like me keep quiet about banking rules, especially proposed rules rolling back consumer or economic protections, or protections from bankers with dirty bomb briefcases.

So, I have to touch on the Senate bill passed on Wednesday this week – on the 10th anniversary of Bear Stearns failing, mind you – because it’s the first crack in crisis-era rules that have safeguarded us since then.

There’s good and bad in the Senate bill… But mostly bad.

Here’s what’s wrong with the Senate bill and what to watch for coming out of the House.

Special Edition: Working Late Could Make You Rich

0 | By Wall Street Insights and Indictments Staff

These days, it’s getting harder and harder to get ahead in corporate America.

Chances are, no matter how hard you work, the potential rewards don’t come close to being worth the effort if you are limiting yourself to the path everyone else is taking.

Most Americans don’t know that there is a way to utilize your spare time for the chance to increase your “income.”

In fact, one former Wall Street stockbroker made a fortune from working outside of the 9-to-5, strategically spending fifteen minutes every day to grow his wealth.

Here’s how you could make your own fortune by working your spare time better than you ever have before

Don’t Fall for These Buyback Schemes – This is Where the Real Profits Are

0 | By Shah Gilani

When it comes to corporate tax cuts and repatriated cash from overseas, a lot has been written about how much will go into share buybacks. But not enough has been said about dividend growth.

Investors need to look past buyback schemes and look to which companies are increasing their dividends from tax cuts and repatriation – especially investors who like a steady income.

Dividend growers will be the big, long-term winners in the tax cut and repatriation game.

Here’s why dividend growth is a hugely important, yet consistently overlooked, factor in profiting in the best and easiest way this year.

Tariffs & Trade Wars: Making America (and Markets) Great Again

0 | By Shah Gilani

Good riddance, Gary Cohn.

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) President and Chief Operating Officer, who became Donald Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council, exited his position this week over a row about the tariffs he doesn’t want the President to impose.

He’s gone because he’s wrong.

Steel and aluminum tariffs proposed by the President are long overdue; they’re good for America and good for the stock market.

The reality of free trade agreements is that they aren’t always what they promise to be, and big businesses frequently use them against American workers.

Donald Trump’s tariff saber-rattling won’t ignite trade wars. Here’s how we’ll really see America become great again (and drive the stock market a lot higher)…

You Don’t Need to Panic – Here’s My Simple Solution to Trading Volatile Markets

0 | By Shah Gilani

Volatile markets are a problem, but only if you don’t know how to trade them.

Unless you have a plan that you’ll actually execute when volatility kicks into high gear, you’re going to struggle – and you may do something you’ll regret.

While there are lots of ways to trade volatility itself, some of which I told you about a few weeks ago, there are only a few ways to play volatile markets.

Many investors are stricken with panic when it comes to the thought of losing stocks they love; I get it, it can be scary. But you don’t need to panic, you can own great stocks at much lower prices, and you can buy more of them.

Here are the three key things to remember when trading volatile markets.

Point Fingers All You Want – This Is the Real Cause of Crazy Markets

1 | By Shah Gilani

There has been a lot of blame flying around. Investors have been looking for something to pin the market’s selloff on, and they’re getting desperate.

First, investors blamed the 10-year Treasury yield nearing 3% and the Fed hinting there are more rate hikes coming.

Now, the prospect of tariffs and trade wars are being blamed for the latest frightening drop off a cliff.

And, to be fair, we’re seeing crazy volatility. Markets have dropped hundreds, sometimes thousands of points at a time, then bouncing back only to drop a few hundred more points in the last hour or half an hour of trading, then gapping up or down the next morning…

But it isn’t being caused by the prospect of inflation, the 10-year yield rising, the Fed’s expected hikes, or the warning shots of steel and aluminum tariffs that were shot across the bows of some trading partners.

The market volatility that’s scaring the heck out of investors is about mechanics, not fundamentals.

Here’s how to turn your worries into profits

Bond Vigilantes Are Out There – Here’s What You Need to Know

0 | By Shah Gilani

Two weeks ago, when the January Jobs Report showed wage gains up 2.9% from a year ago, triggering inflation fears, the bond market freaked out and stocks started tanking.

That’s behind us now. Or is it?

Sure, stocks have recovered and the 10-Year Treasury yield is lower, but inflation fears are still out there – and that means bond vigilantes are lurking in the shadows and could hijack markets again.

Here’s the truth about inflation, the origin of these bond vigilantes, and how the market will react to all of this…