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How You Can Make Serious Money When Markets Go Down

If you’re only buying stocks – or options, or any security – hoping they will increase in value, you could be missing out on a lot of profits.

Markets move up and down – you know this because on the down days, you feel it right in your wallet.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Yes, shorting, like most things in trading, can be both risky and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. And contrary to what many novice traders think, it’s certainly not “off limits” to ordinary investors.

Today I’m going to show you an easy (and possibly very profitable) way to play the markets when you think they’re about to head south.

An Easy Way to Go Short

When I’m bearish and want to bet stocks are headed lower, I generally like buying inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on the major market indexes.

ProShares Short Dow 30 (NYSEArca:DOG) for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, ProShares Short S&P 500 (NYSEArca:SH) to short the S&P 500, and ProShares Short QQQ (NYSEArca:PSQ) to bet the Nasdaq is headed lower.

If I’m extremely bearish, and I believe stocks are going to fall hard today or tomorrow, I’ll sometimes buy a leveraged short inverse ETF like the ProShares UltraPro Short S&P 500 (NYSEArca:SPXU). The UltraPro Short S&P fund is a “3x leveraged” inverse ETF. That means if the S&P 500 goes down 1% today, SPXU would go up 3% today.

But this is important: Leveraged ETFs are only meant as short-term trading vehicles. That’s why I said “if I believe stocks are going to fall hard today or tomorrow.” Because of the way leveraged ETFs are priced, they’re “re-set” every day – they’re not good long-term holds.

In a perfect world, if your conviction is right and you buy a leveraged inverse ETF and stocks go down right away, and they keep going down for multiple days in succession, you’ll be a very happy camper.

I’m not greedy. If I have a straight run for a few days holding an inverse leveraged ETF, I’d take my profits as soon as I think the sell-off is over.

I wouldn’t wait another day, I’d ring the register and be happy. If I own an unleveraged inverse ETF like DOG, SH, or PSQ, I’d probably use a 5% to 10% stop to get out if the markets rallied. If you take small losses, you can get out and figure out where stocks are going and get back in if your timing was off but you think they’re going down again.

Now let’s look at one of my favorite plays: money…

Here’s the Trade for When Gold and Currencies Tank (or Skyrocket)

There are lots of leveraged gold ETFs. Here are some of my favorites. Just remember what I said about holding any leveraged ETF: they’re very short-term trading vehicles.

Another way to “leverage” gold on the upside (betting bullion is going higher) is to buy miners. Mining stocks move up a lot faster than gold itself in an up-trending gold market.

Currencies are a little bit different, but it’s not hard to trade their moves up or down. Don’t forget, you can’t just short one currency – all currencies are “priced” in terms of another currency, so they always trade as a “pair.”

If you think the euro is going down relative the U.S. dollar, you can actually sell short the CurrencyShares Euro ETF (NYSEArca: FXE). If you want a leveraged (2x) way to bet the euro is going down relative to the U.S. dollar, you can buy a popular inverse leveraged euro/dollar ETF, the ProShares UltraShort Euro (NYSEArca:EUO).

There’s another popular way to hedge and play downturns in the market, but it’s trickier than it looks. Still, done right it can lead to some big profits on the short side.

How to Buy and Play the iPath Hedges

I’ve got nothing against VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca:TVIX), if you get into it and the move you expect, a dramatic drop in prices and a spike in volatility, happens right away.

But here’s that tricky part I mentioned.

It’s a leveraged ETF – so if you don’t get a sustained move down pretty soon after you buy it, and you sit with it a few weeks, or worse, a few months, it loses its value quickly. Bottom line, it’s a leveraged ETF and great if you get the timing right, get in, and get a sustained move in your direction.
I’m not a huge fan of the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca:VXX), either, because it’s based on VIX futures.

VXX is thought of as an ETF, but it isn’t. ETFs have their own supply and demand dynamics and their own bid-ask spread dynamics. But it’s based on two sets of futures that have their own “valuation” dynamics based on rolling first- and second-month futures contracts.

VXX is actually an exchange-traded note (ETN), not a fund. It’s actually a derivative, which adds up to a lot of moving parts and is hard to arbitrage and “value” properly.

But if you’re going to use VXX, I’d suggest you add a one-quarter dose of it to whatever other protection you have on. Just keep in mind, if markets settle down and stocks flatten out and go sideways, the VIX and VXX will drop a lot quicker than non-leveraged inverse ETFs you might have on for protection.

My favorite way to play a spike in volatility is to buy calls on the actual VIX.

When I’m playing options, I generally like to buy options three to six months out. I always prefer further out options because it gives me more time, but you have to weigh the time against the higher price or premium you have to pay for them.

That’s why I look three to six months out and incorporate how much volatility I expect over that three to six months. If I expect a spike in volatility sooner rather than later, I’d opt for the cheaper, near-term options. If I run out of time but I still think I’m right, I’ll roll into the next three months out options.

In a perfect world, if you knew the move you expected was going to happen in a couple of weeks and last a week or two, you wouldn’t waste money buying further out options and pay for time you wouldn’t need.

But… it’s not a perfect world and I’m very often right, but I can get stung because my options expire and I hesitate rolling out to the next few months and get sick when the move I expected all of a sudden happens and I’m not in the trade.

That’s the worst feeling in the world, but you won’t have to sweat it with this strategy.

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Here’s Who Killed the American Middle Class – and Why

The proof is in the pudding.
I thought this article is quite interesting in explaining the declining of democracy in U.S.A; and the condition of the middle class who have been reduced to poverty by the very politicians who they elected for their well being.
So who were the Republican and Democratic politicians behind the wholesale transformation of America, and where are they now?
Well…..
Here’s Who Killed the American Middle Class – and Why
By SHAH GILANI, Capital Wave Strategist, Money Morning • @WallStreet_II • May 23, 2017
There’s a widening wealth gap in America. It took a generation, but the middle class in this country has been hollowed out. Most people agree on that. But they don’t really know how it happened or who’s really to blame – it’s been obscured with false narratives, covered with “fake news.”
The thing is, the truth is in front of us. We’re living it in real time. It’s just never discussed openly – for a reason.
The people who are behind this catastrophic American collapse have fooled folks into thinking this is all normal.
Well, it’s anything but that…
Who to Blame for the Disappearing Middle Class
Republicans aren’t to blame: Their old-school platform of a smaller federal government, fiscal conservatism, more power to the states, and belief that a lightly regulated path to working hard and standing on your own two feet is what made America the global bastion of entrepreneurship and helped create a middle class that is laudable and fair.
Democrats aren’t to blame: Their old-school platform of a larger, more interventionist federal government, spending on social programs, supporting and safeguarding workers, all kinds of civil rights, protections for the environment, and their belief that government should stand behind those not able to stand on their own two feet, or who have been trampled by runaway businesses, helped create a middle class that is equally laudable and fair.
The two parties, with their visions and flaws balanced by democracy, made America great… once.
What happened is greedy, neo-con, profiteering Republican crony capitalists hijacked their party, while greedy, limousine liberal, profiteering Democrat crony capitalists hijacked their party. Together, as a new class of elites joined the Masters of the Universe, they began manipulating state apparatuses and banking for fun and profit…
A lot of profit.
The crony capitalists’ principal enrichment tools are “financialization” and, as we’ll see a little later this week, its manservant, “globalization.”
Financialization is the retooling of the economy’s production and distribution assets, consisting of made-in-America goods and services, into credit-driven banking and financial services products.
At its core, financialization is the transfer of low-risk, low-profit debt into high-risk, high-profit products.
The net result of the mass commodification of debt-based financial instruments and leveraged debt (grossly under-collateralized by low-risk debt) is rampant speculation.
This heavy betting, however, isn’t undertaken just for the sake of pyramiding risks for speculative gains. These so-called “products” are now integral and necessary investment tools because traditional, safe investments don’t yield adequate returns in the world of financialization.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), in 1980, financial services contributed 4.9% to the country’s GDP. At its peak in 2006, that contribution had almost doubled to 8.3%.
More to the point, in terms of profitability, James Kwak, law professor at the University of Connecticut, calculated in 1980 the financial industry’s profits as a share of total U.S. business profits was 7.5%. That share of all business profits in corporate America jumped to more than 41% by the mid-2000s.
U.S. GDP in 2016 was $18.56 trillion, according to the BEA. In full view of financial services’ share of GDP (which is rising again) and its share of corporate profits (also on the march to new highs), it’s impossible not to see the financialization of the U.S. economy.
Worse, it’s actually become the beating black heart of the economy. It’s happening that way by design…
How the Financialization Scam Became Settled Public Policy
The road to financialization began with the overturning of longstanding public and economic protections, starting with the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980, a Trojan horse that let banks establish holding companies and gave the Fed more power over more banks.
That major deregulatory action was followed quickly by the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982, which leveled the playing field for banks and their holding companies experiencing competitive disintermediation and decreasing profitability.
Ultimately, a series of subsequent rules- and regulations-trimming by banks’ congressional cronies culminated in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, whose main function was the total repeal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act that had for decades separated insured, deposit-taking commercial banks from swashbuckling investment banks.
That’s how elitist Democrats and Republicans paved a super highway for the financialization of the American economy and their enrichment from the country’s transformation.
So who were the Republican and Democratic politicians behind the wholesale transformation of America, and where are they now?
You’d be shocked at how many of them you know as senators, House members, cabinet secretaries, principal regulators… Supposed stalwart guardians of American prosperity who’ve become filthy rich at the expense of the middle class, on whose backs and from whose labor and savings they’ve enriched themselves (and their reelection war chests). I’ve written thousands of pages in Insights and Indictments naming names and calling these sellouts what they really are: crony capitalist pigs.
The proof is in the pudding.
Actually, make that pooling.
Without financialization, we never would have had the subprime mortgage crisis and the market and financial system crashes.
I’ll show you how.
Home mortgages used to originate “locally,” with banks, thrifts, and credit unions that knew their communities, as well as the value of properties and creditworthiness of borrowers in those communities. Mortgage loans mostly stayed on the books of lending institutions until maturity or until properties were sold.
That was great for stability and fairness, and making sure things remain sustainable… but the trouble was, no one got filthy stinkin’ rich on it…
Financialization, with its cheap come-on capital, its dodgy pooling techniques, its structuring, its tranches, derivatives and synthetic derivatives of derivatives, turned a utility service into a speculative pyramid of leveraged loans that looked and acted more like a Ponzi scheme than the sophisticated, high-yielding, safe (a lot of them packaged with government approval and guarantees) financial instruments they were made out to be by rating agency co-conspirators.
We all know how that ended.
Thing is, it didn’t actually end there. How could it have? As horrific as the financial crisis was, as much wealth was vaporized, there was still lots more blood to drain from the middle and working classes – and their children.
A Bad Idea Gets Much, Much Worse
That bloodletting comes in the pooling of student loan debt. If anything, it’s even more sickening than the financialization of mortgage debt.
As if leveraging the living daylights out of the American dream of home ownership wasn’t enough, the financial vampires of the political class saw an opportunity in that other great American dream: higher education – the burning desire of people to better their lot and improve their wages and prospects at colleges and universities.
What happened to professors’, administrators’, state schools’, and private schools’ goals of helping Americans get a higher education for the fair wages they earned and the balanced budgets they hoped to achieve?
As horrific as the financial crisis was, as much wealth was vaporized, there was still lots more blood to drain from the middle and working classes – and their children.
They got greedy. They’re all in the big for-profit game now, thanks to financialization.
Hopeful students are suckered into cheap loans which are, of course, pooled, leveraged, sliced, diced, and sold to investors. The cash those investors fork over can be used to make more loans, to pyramid (or Ponzi, if you choose) students’ hopes and dreams that a higher education means a higher standard of living.
And if those loans are in arrears, in default, and don’t get paid back – hey – investors don’t have to worry.
The government, which is to say crony capitalist congressmen and women, have fixed that potentially profit-leaking hole.
You see, making student debtors “low risk” by having the state guarantee payment of interest and principal to investors – while extracting more payment from grossly indebted students (plenty of whom never graduate), no matter the cost or the poverty level of those beleaguered, unemployed, underemployed, and generally struggling indebted borrowers – means that more loans can be pushed like dope to the uninitiated who have no idea about the trap they’re being lured into.
And as for the neo-liberal educators and liberal arts universities who want more kids – customers – to get a better education, they’re making hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries and tens of millions of profits every year.
That’s financialization at work.
It’s not at work alone. Later this week in my Insights & Indictments service, I’m going to show you how globalization is taking these crony capitalist schemes big time, as in, worldwide, trapping billions in a state of permanent poverty. Click here to get my update as soon as it’s released, and you’ll get all of my Insights & Indictments research, too – free.
Together, we’ll play the crony capitalists’ game while working to destroy it.
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Google will soon become the most powerful entity on Earth.

The future’s most powerful entity

Google is one of the leaders at the moment when it comes to artificial intelligence applications and has turned the AI venture into the single largest collection of resources and brain power that has a focus purely on the development of artificial intelligence.

Currently, there are over 250 PhDs and 400 research scientists working on DeepMind’s unlimited funding projects with two main goals in mind. The first is to try and solve intelligence and figure out how the human brain became capable of taking over the planet. The second is to use that intelligence to do everything else. And you may laugh, but this is not some crazy farfetched idea either. These goals are for real, and the company is more than happy to talk freely with anyone about it.

To get an even deeper understanding of what their plans involve why not check out a recent presentation given by Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, who will talk you through their ideas.

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, P.A. – Dec 2015-

NewsJuly2015The list below displays new non-competitively bid contract opportunities available on the City’s website. The Status column shows if the application period is open, closed or has been cancelled. 

Opportunity:- 21151005144446
Description:-
The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with public and private agencies, is leading the revitalization of the banks of the lower Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, now known as Schuylkill Banks. The City’s mission is to transform the formerly abandoned urban riverfront into a vital asset and resource for the benefit of the region and Commonwealth. The project goal is to promote recreation, tourism, improved environmental conditions and to stimulate economic development. A Master Plan, approved by state, city and federal agencies, is in place to guide more than $2.5 billion in public and private investments. Physical improvements: docks, trails, bridges, pedestrian improvements, greenways, streetscapes and public programming will result in a dramatic transformation of the waterfront along both the east and west sides of the Schuylkill River between the Fairmount Dam and the Delaware River. More than 43 neighborhood and community organizations participated in the planning and support of the Tidal Schuylkill River Master Plan (2003) which encompasses the City’s mission and vision for the lower Schuylkill River.
Dept/Agency:- COMMERCE
Service Type:- General Consultant Services
Amount:- To be determined
Opening Date:- 12/01/2015
Closing Date:- 12/22/2015
Status:- Open

Opportunity:- 21151112103345
Description:-
The City of Philadelphia (City) is seeking proposals from interested firms for the provision of technology support and hosting services across a spectrum of internally provided services such as helpdesk, desktop, server support, desktop productivity software support, storage, backup, and cloud provisioning services which may be made available for all agencies of the City. **A Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting is scheduled for November 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM (Local Philadelphia Time).
Dept/Agency:- DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY
Service Type:- Computer and Information Svcs
Amount:- To be determined
Opening Date:- 12/01/2015
Closing Date:- 01/13/2016
Status:- Open

Opportunity:- 21151124150151
Description:-
The City of Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is seeking proposals, through this Request for Proposal (RFP), from qualified consultants to assist the Water Department’s Accounts Payable Unit with document conversion to reduce paper and improve efficiency.
Dept/Agency:- DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY
Service Type:- Computer and Information Svcs
Amount:- To be determined
Opening Date:- 11/30/2015
Closing Date:- 01/07/2016
Status:- Open

Opportunity:- 21150914160325
Description:-
The City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation seeks qualified Applicants to provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operations, corrective and preventive maintenance services, with associated operational and maintenance reporting services for the Baggage Handling Systems at Philadelphia International Airport.
Dept/Agency:- COMMERCE
Service Type:- General Consultant Services
Amount:- $1.00
Opening Date:- 11/25/2015
Closing Date:- 01/26/2016
Status:- Open

Opportunity:-   21151110190254
Description:-                                                                                                                            Effective cleaning, safety and public space maintenance activities in commercial area in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Dept/Agency:- COMMERCE
Service Type:- Housing & Economic Development
Amount:- $0 to $50,000.00
Opening Date:- 11/18/2015
Closing Date:- 01/15/2016
Status:- Open
A complete list of all New Contract Opportunities can be viewed by visiting https://secure.phila.gov/ECONTRACT

How to Make a Quick 10% to 20% When the Market Crashes

August 27, 2015  –  By

Have you ever gotten into an argument or fight with someone who goes from calm and rational to nuclear in an instant? It’s scary.

In my life, the few scraps I’ve gotten into took the typical course. A heated debate leads to name-calling and threats. Finally, one guy pushes the other and it’s on.

But I’ve always walked away when the party with whom I’m having a simple disagreement explodes out of nowhere. That person is unstable, and you never know what’s going to happen.

That’s how the market felt on Monday.

It was not an orderly decline. If it was, it still wouldn’t have felt good – but it wouldn’t have been as downright scary.

The sudden plunge, attributed to the slowdown in China, was exacerbated by high-frequency traders’ computers dumping shares all at once.

It left the market out of control as there was no human to analyze what was going on and figure out a way to restore the market to order.

In the old days, when specialists still traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, if there were an overwhelming number of sell orders, the specialist might delay the opening of the stock until they were able to make an orderly market.

That doesn’t mean the stock wouldn’t plummet or that crashes could be entirely avoided, but it would eliminate these computer-caused flash crashes that we’ve seen a few times over the last several years.

It also didn’t help that many of the online brokers were down or impaired during the frenetic trading of the morning. I know that I was still getting very slow data even in the afternoon.

How to Handle a Crash

[Earlier in the week], in Wealthy Retirement, I outlined several things you should do when markets tank. These included sticking to your trailing stops (as Matthew Carr advised yesterday). I can’t tell you how many emails I receive from readers who think it’s better to abandon their stops during crashes because “the market always comes back.”

It often does bounce the next day. But stops are a tool to manage risk. The last thing you want to do in a crash is ignore risk management. You could end up losing a lot more than you ever expected.

Protecting your capital is vital when markets crash. But…

What if you could make a quick 10% or 20% when they do?

Josh Brown, who writes The Reformed Broker blog, recently discussed a unique – albeit speculative – way to capitalize on the panic of a crashing market. When markets behave like they did Monday morning, put ridiculously low buy limit orders in and see if you get filled.

For example, say you were interested in biotech giant Celgene (Nasdaq: CELG), which closed Friday at $119.05. You see the market is in an all-out panic on Monday morning, so you put in a buy order 20% below Friday’s close at $95.

You might think to yourself, there’s no way that bid will get hit…

On Monday, Celgene opened at $104.28. It then swiftly fell to a low of $92.98 as the computers and panic drove the market lower. Your $95.25 bid would have been filled and you’d have owned the stock 20% below Friday’s close, with no change in the company’s fundamentals.

When Celgene quickly bounced back and closed at $113.38, you would have been sitting on a 19% gain – all in just a few hours.

Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) is another example. The stock closed at $52.84 on Friday. If you put a bid in 20% lower at $42.27, you probably would have gotten filled, as the stock bottomed at $42.07. It closed at $50.34 on Monday – another 19% gain.

There is nothing magical about the number 20%. I’m just using that as an example of a big discount to the closing price of a stock. You may decide 10% or 25% is better for you.

The important thing to remember is that you should use this strategy only with stocks that you’re happy to own even if prices fall further. Additionally, be aware that in a crash, stocks can in fact go lower.

Just because your stock is down 20% when you buy it doesn’t mean it can’t fall 40% on the day/week/year.

In fact, sometimes crashes are only the beginning of down moves. So even though you’re getting a 20% discount, you could still lose money in a bear market.

But I like this technique, particularly for some dividend payers that I’ve had my eye on. Imagine if you bought Verizon (NYSE: VZ) when it was down 10% yesterday. You’d now be earning a 5.3% yield. Or you could have gotten a 3% yield on JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) if you had bought it when it was down 10%.

Just be careful; this strategy is not for the timid. But if you’re willing to own a stock lower, even if it continues downward, you might find yourself up a quick 10% or 20% by putting out ridiculous bids that you think will never get hit.

Good investing,

Marc

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7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September

Is something really big about to happen?  For months, people have been pointing to the second half of this year for various reasons.  For some, the major concern is Jade Helm and the unprecedented movement of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing all over the nation.  For others, the upcoming fourth blood moon and the end of the Shemitah cycle are extremely significant events.  Yet others are most concerned about political developments in Washington D.C. and at the United Nations.  To me, it does seem rather remarkable that we are seeing such a confluence of economic, political and spiritual events coming together during the second half of 2015.  So is all of this leading up to something?  Is our world about to change in a fundamental way?  Only time will tell.  The following are 7 key events that are going to happen by the end of September…

Late June/Early July – It is expected that this is when the U.S. Supreme Court will reveal their gay marriage decision.  Most believe that the court will rule that gay marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states.  There are some that believe that this will be a major turning point for our nation.

July 15th to September 15th – A “realistic military training exercise” known as “Jade Helm” will be conducted by the U.S. Army.  More than 1,000 members of the U.S. military will take part in this exercise.  The list of states slated to be involved in these drills includes Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, Mississippi and Florida.

July 28th – On May 28th, Reuters reported that countries in the European Union were being given a two month deadline to enact “bail-in” legislation.  Any nation that does not have “bail-in” legislation in place by that time will face legal actionfrom the European Commission.  So why is the European Union in such a rush to get this done?  Are the top dogs in the EU anticipating that another great financial crisis is about to erupt?

September 13th – This is Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar – the last day of the Shemitah year.  Many are concerned about this date because we have seen giant stock market crashes on the last day of the previous two Shemitah cycles.

On September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time.  The Dow plummeted 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle.

On September 29th, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), the Dow fell by an astounding 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time.

Now we are approaching the end of another Shemitah year.  So will the stock market crash on September 13th, 2015?  Well, no, because that day is a Sunday.  So I guarantee that the stock market will not crash on that particular day.  But as Jonathan Cahn has pointed out in his book on the Shemitah, sometimes stock market crashes happen just before the end of the Shemitah year and sometimes they happen within just a few weeks after the end of the Shemitah.  So we are not just looking at one particular date.

September 15th – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date.  It is being reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state.  Up until now, the United States has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama is indicating that things may be much different this time around.

September 25th to September 27th – The United Nations is going to launch a brand new sustainable development agenda for the entire planet.  Some have called this “Agenda 21 on steroids”.  But this new agenda is not just about the environment.  It also includes provisions regarding economics, agriculture, education and gender equality.  On September 25th, the Pope will travel to New York to give a major speech kicking off the UN conference where this new agenda will be unveiled.

September 28th – This is the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015.  This blood moon falls on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it will be a “supermoon”, and it will actually be visible in the city of Jerusalem.  There are many that dismiss the blood moon phenomenon, but we have seen similar patterns before.  For example, a similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in 70 AD.

Perhaps none of this alarms you.  But when you add everything above to the fact that the elite definitely appear to be feverishly preparing for something, a very alarming picture emerges.

For example, due to fears that a “natural disaster” could interrupt their operations in New York, the New York Fed has been working hard to build up a satellite office in Chicago.

What kind of “natural disaster” could possibly be so bad that it would cause the entire New York Fed to shut down?

And NORAD has decided to move back into the base deep inside Cheyenne Mountain after all these years.  The threat of an electromagnetic pulse was the reason given for this decision.

By themselves, perhaps those moves would not be that big of a deal.  But let’s add all of the weird movements of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing lately to this discussion.  I included this list from Intellihub in a previous article, but I believe that it bears repeating…

  • On March 13th, Intellihub founder Shepard Ambellas detailed photos and documentation of nearly 40 U.S. Army soldiers, wielding training rifles and dressed in full combat gear, participating in an urban warfare style training drill just outside the Texarkana Regional Airport perimeter.
  • In the middle of April, a report out of Big Springs, Texas revealed that a train full of military equipment and over a dozen helicopters had arrived in the town ahead of Jade Helm 2015.
  • Photographs taken in Corona, California a few days later added to the Jade Helm speculation after they showed a MRAP full of what looked to be U.S. Marines driving down the 1-15 freeway. “In broad daylight with not a care in the world”
  • On April 24th a shocking report on Intellihub News detailed armed troops seen confronting angry protesters in a “professional news package”of riot control training released by the military
  • “A massive buildup, a lot of movement and its undeniable at this point,” read the headline on April 25th after a convoy was seen in Oroville, California that stretched as far as the eye could see.
  • Moving into May, photographs taken in Indiana showed a massive military convoy heading down the freeway. The photos, taken by a concerned citizen, show the convoy heading west on I-70 for reasons unknown.
  • Two days later, video footage, this time out of Texarkana, Arkansas, highlighted a convoy of Humvees driving down the highway as well as a trainload of military vehicles that was seen shortly after.
  • In mid May, Intellihub reporter Alex Thomas published a detailed reportthat confirmed that the military was indeed training to take on the American people, this time in the form of domestic house to house raids.
  • The next day a new report, also by Alex Thomas, proved that Marineswere actually practicing for the internment of American citizens.
  • On May 18th, a train full of hundreds of military Humvees was spotted,further revealing the increased military buildup across the country leading into Jade Helm 2015. The train was heading towards Cleveland for unknown reasons although a possible connection to planned upcoming protests had been mentioned.
  • This past week a massive military war game simulation called Raider Focus was announced. The war game will include the largest military convoy seen on the roads of Colorado since World War II.
  • On may 23th, Intellihub News reported on pictures sent to ANP that show a 1/4 mile long military train convoy near the Colorado Wyoming border.
  • Finally, a report published this week detailed a stunning propaganda move by the military involving a New Jersey school and the worship of the military on the streets of America. “As parents, teachers, and students looked on with joy, Marines from the Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force landed helicopters on the baseball diamond of a New Jersey school.”

What does all of this mean?

It is hard to say.  We have imperfect information, so it is difficult to come up with perfect conclusions.

But what I will say is that I believe that the second half of 2015 is going to be extremely significant.  I believe that events are about to start accelerating greatly, and I believe that life in America is about to change dramatically.

So what do you think?  Please feel free to share your thoughts with all of us by posting a comment below…

By Michael Snyder (The American Dream | Original Link) · On June 12, 2015

http://www.thetradingreport.com/2015/06/12/7-key-events-that-are-going-to-happen-by-the-end-of-september/

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You’re the top of the food chain— the alpha personality that everyone loves and adores (and is secretly jealous of). If that describes you, great — you’re well aware of how this rare ability affords you an incredible lifestyle, fun and thrilling social encounters, and opens doors to career opportunities closed off to the general public.

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Want to start a startup? How to Raise Money – The Teespring Campaign (Fr Lecture 7 to10)

 

Teespring

Lecture 9 features Marc Andreessen, Founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits. Marc, Ron, and Parker take Q&A on the topic of How to Raise Money.

The Teespring campaign (t-shirt pictured below) for this class ends next week, so don’t miss out!

Readings have been posted through November 11, including a comprehensive reading list from Ron Conway in today’s recommended readings.

You’re gonna love this one, folks. Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, and Alfred Lin, Partner at Sequoia Capital and previously COO of Zappos, really nailed Lecture 10.

And today’s readings are about Zappos and Airbnb – you’ll definitely notice some common themes.

Lecture 7 – How to Build Products Users Love and Lecture 8 – How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don’t Scale, Press

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Howdy! We’re super excited for the first lecture of How to Start a Startup (and to have 50,000 of you following along), and I hope you are too. Sam will be starting things off tomorrow, and Dustin Moskovitz (cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures) will cover Why to Start a Startup.

Dustin and Sam will each answer a couple of questions in Q&A this week. You can submit questions on this form (by this evening for Dustin, by Wednesday for Sam). Top questions will selected to be voted on by members of the Facebook group (tonight for Dustin, on Wednesday for Sam).

400 universities around the world, as well as many non-university organizations, are organizing viewing sessions to bring people together, watch the lecture videos, discuss the content, bounce ideas off each other, and peer evaluate assignments. Contact info for university Leaders and other organizers, as well as viewing session details, are on this spreadsheet. If you’re organizing a viewing session that isn’t on that sheet, please add it!

You don’t have to go to a viewing session to watch the 50-minute videos – all will be posted on startupclass.samaltman.com by 4 PM Pacific Time (no live stream) every day.

There are two recommended readings before watching the lecture tomorrow: Advice for Ambitious 19 year olds by Sam Altman, and Good and Bad Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur by Dustin Moskovitz.

You’ll get an email tomorrow as soon as the first video is online. That will include a link to the discussion forum we’ll be using specifically to discuss the contents of the lectures.

Have a great Monday!

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10 Best Stocks for 2014 Keep Soaring

A look at where our experts stand at 2014’s halfway point    –                      http://investorplace.com/2014/07/10-best-stocks-2014-q2

By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com  |  Jul 1, 2014, 2:05 pm EDT

Now that we are halfway through 2014, it’s time to check in on our Best Stocks for 2014 lineup and explore what’s working (and what’s not) for the experts on our list.

Our annual stock-picking contest is simple: Choose one buy-and-hold investment on Jan. 1 and hold it for the entirety of the calendar year. Whoever racks up the biggest profit wins.

In previous years, this contest went down to the wire and largely tracked the market… but in 2014, we have a handful of big standouts leading the pack and a runaway winner that is already up 134% and likely will stay at the top of the heap!

So what stocks are the best stocks of 2014, according to our experts, and how have they been doing? Take a look:

Next: Fortegra Financial (FRF)

Best Stocks for 2014 #10 – Fortegra Financial (FRF)

Sector: Financials
Investor: Hilary Kramer
YTD Returns: -14%

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Fortegra Financial (FRF) isn’t a traditional bank or financial company, offering payment protection plans for businesses, auto club services and even consumer electronics warranties.

Hilary Kramer, editor of Game Changers, picked this stock as her favorite for 2014 thanks to strong growth potential and a string of acquisitions that should unlock new revenue streams. The more economic activity picks up, the more the services of Fortegra will be used by both consumers and businesses alike to protect their transactions.

Of course, a lack of consistency in earnings have held FRF stock back in 2014; Revenue continues to grow briskly but Fortegra has struggled to translate that top-line growth into bottom line success.

Shares are down year-to-date but could snap back significantly if management can turn the numbers around and start beating Wall Street expectations again.

Next: Citigroup (C)

Best Stocks for 2014 #9 – Citigroup (C)

Sector: Financials
Investor: Greg Harmon
YTD Returns: -10%

Citigroup (C) is another financial stock that’s lagging the market so far this year, but a pick that has big turnaround potential.

Citi once again failed the Federal Reserve’s “stress test” for banks this year, limiting its ability to do stock buybacks or pay shareholders big dividends until regulators are more confident in its balance sheet. However, Citigroup stock seems to have priced most of these challenges in and has remained rangebound between $45 and $55 since early 2013; at the lower part of this range now, it could be a good time to make a bargain buy.

In a cyclical recovery, financial stocks will lead the charge. Though Citi has admittedly faced some headwinds lately, a broader recovery in lending — or a higher interest rate environment that allows Citi to profit from better credit spreads — could lift the bank stock.

Next: ProShares Short Emerging Markets Fund (EUM)

Best Stocks for 2014 #8 – ProShares Short Emerging Markets Fund (EUM)

Sector: Emerging markets ETF
Investor: Anthony Mirhaydari
YTD Returns: -6%

Unlike the other investors on this list seeking out opportunities for big gains, investment expert Anthony Mirhaydari is focusing on what can go very wrong in 2014… and how you can still profit anyway.

His pick, the ProShares Short MSCI Emerging Markets ETF(EUM), goes up when the underlying group of emerging markets investments decline. Such an “inverse” fund is a great way to hedge against uncertainty and ensure your portfolio profits even in a down market.

Of course, emerging markets have slowly moved higher in 2014 and that means Anthony’s pick has moved the other way with a modest decline. However, his initial investment thesis of a looming credit crisis in China and inflationary pressures abroad seems sound. And when you throw in continued geopolitical unrest in Ukraine and Iraq, the emerging market picture looks increasingly rocky.

Next: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG)

Best Stocks for 2014 #7 – Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG)

Sector: Dividend ETF
Investor: Brendan Conway
YTD Returns: 5%

You’re not going to set the world on fire with a low-cost, low-risk dividend fund. But Brendan Conway of Barron’s has shown yet again that this boring and reliable way of investing can unlock considerable returns.

At the halfway point, his pick of the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) is up 5% — which annualizes to an impressive 10% gain per year if this keeps up.

While many investors (including some on this list) try to outperform with sexy small caps, a low-risk and low-cost investment plan with a fund like the VIG can be your best long-term investment strategy. Composed of old income favorites like Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) andExxon Mobil (XOM), the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF is a great bedrock investment for any portfolio.

Next: MTN Group (MTNOY)

Best Stocks for 2014 #6 – MTN Group (MTNOY)

Sector: Telecommunications
Investor: Charles Sizemore
YTD Returns: 5%

What if you could marry the growth potential of emerging markets with the stability and income of an entrenched telecom play? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find in the pick of MTN Group (MTNOY).

Charles Sizemore, editor of Macro Trend Investor, identified MTN Group as his best stock for 2014 based on the big growth potential of mobile phones in sub-Saharan Africa. While the infrastructure of Africa clearly leaves much to be desired, the good news is that smartphones provide an easy and relatively affordable solution for many consumers and businesses even in remote regions of the continent — and many research firms indicate that Africa will soon be the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world as a result.

Beyond this growth potential, MTN Group is entrenched with over 200 million subscribers and offers a decent 3.8% dividend yield based on the last year’s payouts to boot.

While MTN has basically tracked the market thus far in 2014, it clearly has big breakout potential.

Next: Financial SPDR (XLF)

Best Stocks for 2014 #5 – Financial SPDR (XLF)

Sector: Financial ETF
Investors: John Jagerson and Wade Hansen
YTD Returns: 5%

Clearly financial stocks are a bit of a theme in this year’s round of picks. But unlike Fortegra and Citi, which have underperformed, theFinancial SPDR (XLF) has managed to keep up with the broader stock market this year.

Part of that is because John Jagerson and Wade Hansen, editors of the options trading service SlingShot Trader, opted for the diversification of this ETF instead of putting all their eggs in one basket. This is always a great approach to long-term investing, and a good way to protect yourself from the volatility that comes with individual equities.

John and Wade believe in the same general investment thesis for financial stocks as others: that net interest margins will improve, that a brisk economic environment will help lending and that valuations in financials aren’t as stretched as in other sectors.

They’ve been right so far in 2014… and should do quite well as we enter the second half of the year and the hangover from a rough Q1 for the U.S. economy is put behind us.

Next: Fleetcor (FLT)

Best Stocks for 2014 #4 – Fleetcor (FLT)

Sector: Business Support & Services
Investor: Louis Navellier
YTD Returns: 14%

An interesting twist on the focus on financials that we’ve already seen on our Best Stocks list is Fleetcor (FLT). Though not a pure financial stock, since it only deals with payment processing and not lending and credit, FLT is very much linked to the same theme of economic recovery boosting spending and card swipes nationwide.

Fleetcor is a smaller company that provides businesses with gas cards or connects them directly with fuel suppliers. It also has a smaller arm that deals with other fleet and travel issues, including lodging and public transportation as well as vehicle tracking.

The idea is simple: Economic recovery means more business travel and more goods moving around the global economy. Fleetcor operates worldwide and is a great way to play the simple secular recovery in business and manufacturing in the months ahead.

That play has been profitable thus far in 2014, with 14% gains thanks to the shrewd call of Blue Chip Growth editor Louis Navellier. And judging by recent financials, that trend should continue in the second half of the year.

Next: Banco Santander (SAN)

Best Stocks for 2014 #3 – Banco Santander (SAN)

Sector: Financials
Investor: Bryan Perry
YTD Returns: 19%

The best performing bank stock on this list is one of the riskiest plays of the past few years, Banco Santander (SAN). This Spanish bank ran into serious troubles in 2010 and 2011 thanks to the European debt crisis, and then lagged the market considerably in 2013 as emerging markets continued to struggle and its operations in Latin America felt the pain … but 2014 is the year of Santander’s turnaround, and investors have been richly rewarded.

Bryan Perry, editor of the dividend investing newsletter Cash Machine, didn’t just jump into Santander for the snap-back in share price though. Based on the last 12 months of distribution, this stock still yields a hefty 7.9% dividend — so even if shares don’t do much for the rest of the year, investors can lock in a great cost basis and a mammoth dividend yield for the long term.

This stock clearly is a bit riskier than domestic megacap financials. But considering Bryan has racked up over three times the returns of the S&P 500, that risk has paid off for him and his investors big time.

Next: Tesla Motors (TSLA)

Best Stocks for 2014 #2 – Tesla Motors (TSLA)

Sector: Automaker
Investor: Kyle Woodley
YTD Returns: 59%

If you’re looking for an exciting momentum stock, then the company of the moment is certainly Tesla Motors (TSLA). This electric vehicle manufacturer has it all — a sexy product consumers love in its Model S sedan, an innovative CEO in Elon Musk and ambitious plans for the future including an all-electric SUV and a “Gigafactory” that will produce high-powered batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles around the world.

The million dollar question, of course, isn’t whether Tesla stock is legit… but whether it is fairly valued. After all, the company is sitting on a forward price-to-earnings ratio of almost 80 and a heck of a lot of optimism has been priced in to TSLA shares. That doesn’t leave much room for error.

Just consider the fact that Tesla still hasn’t reclaimed its peak of $265 per share from four months ago as proof that it may be difficult for the stock to keep up this strong momentum.

However, InvestorPlace editor Kyle Woodley already enjoys a hefty 59% gain year-to-date on this call … so even while new money may not have the same profit potential, this insufferable Ohioan is sitting pretty.

Next: Emerge Energy Services (EMES)

Best Stocks for 2014 #1 – Emerge Energy Services (EMES)

Sector: Oil and Gas Services
Investor: Jon Markman
YTD Returns: 134%

While a number of stocks on this list have posted great gains year-to-date, the runaway winner is Emerge Energy Services (EMES). Picked by Jon Markman, editor of Trader’s Advantage, this stock has exploded to more than double investors’ money so far in 2014.

What’s the secret of EMES stock? Well, while many investors haven’t heard of this name it does have a connection to one of the fastest-growing businesses in the U.S .right now: fracking.

Emerge mines specialized sand that is used in oil shale fracking, and continues to soar as a result. The best news is that EMES doesn’t participate in the exploration or extraction process itself and simply provides materials to other oil and gas companies — meaning it is protected from volatility in oil prices or the costly and drawn-out process of obtaining mineral rights and tapping finds.

Emerge simply connects with other fracking companies to help them. And shareholders like Jon Markman have been racking up big gains this year as a result of this simple way to tap into the fracking boom.

Jeff Reeves is the editor of InvestorPlace.com and the author of The Frugal Investor’s Guide to Finding Great Stocks. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Write him at editor@investorplace.com or follow him on Twitter at @JeffReevesIP.