Headlines & Special Reports

FB, TSLA, and NFLX hurt by Macroeconomics

Economic growth has been inflated by 66% as a result of the stimulus efforts of the FOMC.  Natural growth rates have declined between 2007 and 2014, which explains why the $4 Trillion of stimulus has not had more influence, but the capital infusions by the FOMC have indeed distorted natural growth temporarily.

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ETFs With Most HFT Risk

The algorithms that run HFT programs are far more concerned with making money, but for everyone else it is about liquidity.  The algorithms look for discrepancies in price, and those are best found when comparing ETFs to the value of the underlying entities.  The more positions that the ETF holds, the more difficult it is to find and take advantage of these discrepancies, so the first rule in looking for ETFs that are susceptible to HFT is to look for the ones that hold only one or a few underlying securities.  The second most important thing is that those underlying securities themselves must have a decent amount of liquidity.  These two factors allow us to narrow down the top ETF candidates for HFT.

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AMZN Must Focus on Content

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) completely whiffed, and if they are not careful they will begin to lose subscribers from their Prime service.  The trend is not to add equipment, but to streamline equipment, and Smart TVs are coming with pre-installed internet connections, so what Amazon is doing is not needed and adds no value.  Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was on-time with their set top box a couple years ago because there was no alternative back then, but Amazon is not only late to the game, but this move is a complete waste of time. 

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Smaller Investors, not Always Wrong

Recently, financial media 'gurus' who used to be focused on fundamentals have shifted to being perceived experts on technical chart patterns, but many of the tools they use do not live up to their mythological expectations. 

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AAPL Streaming Media Deal Unlikely

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) (trading report) is on the right track, but their solution is an unlikely one.

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