POT Stocks: The “Wild West” of Equities

POT Stocks: The “Wild West” of Equities

When I grew up during the era of the TV Western, I often imagined myself as a part of the show – always (of course) as one of the good guys: Marshall Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke), Matt Dillion and his deputy, Chester, were long time fixtures on “Gunsmoke” during the glory years of the TV Western! → Read More

What (Non-Tech) Stock Outperformed Apple?

What (Non-Tech) Stock Outperformed Apple?

I have a question for you, my faithful trading friends:  Precisely what constitutes a “technology” stock? Here are the top holdings in the XLF ETF. That is not as nonsensical question as it may seem. I do grant that Wall Street authorities rather smugly seem to assume that they are the arbiters of that which → Read More

The Story of How Horizon Pharma Creatively Scaled

The Story of How Horizon Pharma Creatively Scaled

In the world of finance and stocks, there are times when “the stars line up” to create an especially interesting story. Such was the case when the announcement was made in March that Chicago-area Horizon Pharma Inc. was joining forces with privately held Vidara Therapeutics (a company which is listed as being headquartered in Roswell, → Read More

What Stocks Does Janet Yellen Hold (And How Can They Help You Invest Better?)

What Stocks Does Janet Yellen Hold (And How Can They Help You Invest Better?)

The cynics among you will smirk when I tell you the “jumping off point” for today’s article on portfolio optimization. I am using the United States Office of Government Ethics Disclosure Form 278[1] from Federal Reserve Chairwoman, Janet Yellen, for the 2013 year.[2] & [3] First of all, here are some demographics for Chairman Yellen: → Read More

What Company Makes Business Accounting Easy, Is Rapidly Growing and Going Global?

What Company Makes Business Accounting Easy, Is Rapidly Growing and Going Global?

In Part I, we introduced you to a man who has founded, grown, and sold off two innovative software companies (and remains CTO within a firm he helped create to improve connectivity across mobile platforms) and for the past 8 years has worked with a partner to build the world’s first full Cloud-based small business → Read More

How Warren Buffett’s Biggest Mistake Cost Him $200 Billion

How Warren Buffett’s Biggest Mistake Cost Him $200 Billion

Some days, I wonder where the financial publishing and blog world would be if Warren Buffett was not the universally renowned icon that he has become. If you scan a listing of the most prolific sources of financial feature pieces, you are almost guaranteed to discover that an outsized number of them refer somewhere in → Read More

What Can Walmart and Google Teach Us About The Future For Intuit?

What Can Walmart and Google Teach Us About The Future For Intuit?

One of the most interesting themes that recurs within the investment world is the waxing and waning of corporations based upon how each company’s management responds to technological change and/or changes within customer preferences or expectations. Let’s consider two well-chronicled examples of this phenomenon: 1)    Sears (SHLD) versus Walmart (WMT): a.   Sears Roebuck began in → Read More

Nobel Prize Winner + Federal Reserve Chair = ??

Nobel Prize Winner + Federal Reserve Chair = ??

I am writing this on February 1st, the “official” start of the “Yellen Fed”.[1]  A couple of random thoughts came to mind: 1)    Will the performance of U.S. equities in January [S&P 500 down about 2.5%, Dow Jones Industrials down about 4.5%, and the NASDAQ down (just) 1%] be attributed to Yellen or Bernanke?[2] 2)    → Read More

Who Is The Most Powerful Woman In The World?

Who Is The Most Powerful Woman In The World?

One of the world’s most significant “transfers of power” is about to occur by the end of this month! Granted, that transfer of power is not at the level of the “head of state”[1] of a world power; however, I suggest that this particular transfer likely involves a level of power and international influence that → Read More

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