Consumers love rewards programs, whether it’s cash back, free miles or a free dessert at their local eatery. They’re generally a tit-for-tat, you do business with them and they reward you for doing so. Our article, “Does Government Debt Really Matter?” generated interesting responses. Subscriber Bob O. lamented how our government is borrowing billions and wasting it. […]
With all the talk of renewable energy versus fossil fuels, it’s easy to forget we already have one of the most efficient power generating resources readily available to us. Nuclear energy is not only incredibly effective, it also generates abundant power with zero emissions. Of course, nuclear power has drawbacks. The plants are extremely expensive […]
This Dow Jones mainstay pays a nice dividend… but its sluggish sales and share price struggles offset the payouts. And with earnings set to decline and commodity prices rising and trade tariffs kicking in, it’s an uphill battle.
I like to look for what are called contrarian investments. That is, trades where Wall Street is piled into one side of the ‘boat’. When this happens, the ‘boat’ has a tendency to ‘capsize’ turning into very large profits for taking the opposite side of the trade that Wall Street is on. There are several […]
Outside of the FAANG bubble, to date in 2018 the U.S. stock market has trended sideways. As you may be aware, that sideways direction has been punctuated by large daily moves in both directions – up and down. Increased market volatility can produce more attractive return opportunities for covered call option traders. However, you don’t […]
How do you analyze oil in this market? It may seem like picking a direction for crude oil shouldn’t be too overwhelming of a task. However, under current market conditions, there are multiple competing factors in what could drive the price of oil (higher or lower). Deciding which way you think the price is going […]
You may have read that the U.S. will soon become the world’s largest producer of crude oil. The production growth has been driven by oil drilling in the Permian Basin. If you are a closer follower of energy sector news, you might also be aware that there is not enough pipeline capacity coming out of […]
If you’ve been reading my articles regularly, you’ll know that I spend a lot of time talking about block trades. These are the huge trades that show up on your options volume screeners, typically in increments of 1,000 or bigger. They can be unusual volume in a normally lightly traded name, or they may be […]
One of America’s oldest, household-name companies is on the ropes. Amid sluggish sales and profits, plus massive debt, it’s undergoing a full strategic business review ahead of a potential sale. But despite buyout rumors, here’s why you should steer clear.
There has been no company like Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) ever with the ability to affect entire industries just by announcing its entry. The most recent example of this was in late June when Amazon announced a roughly $1 billion acquisition of PillPack, a mail-order pharmacy that packages pills into daily portions before shipping them to […]
Individual real estate investment trusts (REITs) fall into one of two distinct categories. Equity REITs own commercial properties, including apartments, hotels, offices, industrial properties, and even prisons. Finance REITs operate on the lending side of real estate, either by making residential or commercial mortgages or owning a portfolio of mortgage backed securities. Finance REITs can […]