Editor’s Note: As Chief Investment Strategist of Total Wealth, Keith believes in making his track record of recommendations easily accessible to all readers within seconds – and that’s why he’s compiled an Archives page. Here you’ll find links to every Total Wealth article Keith has published since Total Wealth’s creation on October 2, 2014, posted in reverse chronological order.
Picking up where we left off in Part I…
It’s one thing to contribute your data as part of a service like Facebook or Instagram, for example, where you’re using a product based on its input and therefore enjoying a more tailored web experience.
It’s another thing entirely to be the product… and involuntarily, at that.
That’s the case for 143 million Americans who had their most personal information stolen in what will go down in history as one of the biggest and most expensive hacks of all time.
What’s happened to Equifax’s databases goes far beyond simple data theft.
As I noted in Wednesday’s column, the situation creates an ongoing nightmare for millions of American consumers that could last for years to come.
That’s why it’s important you protect yourself and your money NOW.
Equifax, unfortunately, doesn’t want to make this easy.
The company’s website stinks. What’s more, it’s clearly written by corporate lawyers who appear more interested in protecting Equifax’s interests than yours.
I doubt very seriously they give a damn about what’s happened let alone how their mismanagement has impacted millions of consumers who implicitly trusted them to protect intimate details of their financial lives. That means you’ve got to take matters into your own hands.
So, before we go any further, let me tell you how you can simply, easily, and effectively protect your hard-earned reputation and your money.
You can’t change your social security number so that’s out.
Same thing for trying to notify the various institutions housing your data because you have no way of knowing just who has what at this point because Equifax (and the other two big credit reporting agencies) have sold it to who knows how many companies along the way.
What you can do, though, is “freeze” your credit.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, made a statement this week calling bitcoin “a fraud.” As Keith explains here, Jamie Dimon may be partially correct, but there is still a way to profit from the cryptocurrency exchange.Click to watch…
Equifax announced last week that the intensely private personal data it had in its possession for 143 million Americans had been hacked.
That’s 1 in every 2 people.
…didn’t ask to be “customers.”
…now have a lifelong problem because of Equifax.
…may never recover financially.
I smell a rat.
Yes, and to my way of thinking, deservedly so.
Equifax maintained the financial equivalent of the “Holy Grail.” Social security numbers, driver license numbers, addresses, bank accounts, date of birth, and more.
Everything needed to create a “new you.”
I’m livid and not just because all this information has been stolen, either.
What really chaps my hide is that criminals can now use this information to file tax returns, claim refunds, access medical records, rent apartments, buy houses, take out loans and more – all without you knowing for years to come.
This goes waaaaaaay beyond simple identity theft.
Keith didn’t pull any punches on Varney & Co. this morning when it came to Apple. He think it’ll be a $1 trillion dollar company by the “end of this year”… but not for reasons most analysts expect. Click to watch…
One of the largest credit reporting agencies in America – responsible for determining whether you can get that car loan, secure your dream home, and other fiscal necessities – just announced a massive data breach that impacted more than 143 million people. As Keith explained on Varney & Co. Monday morning, “I hope they are sued into oblivion on this one, and that this is a warning shot that consumers have had it with companies like this playing with our (personal) data and making billions.” Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself ahead of the next time data collecting goes too far. Click to watch…
Not two months ago, I shared my thoughts with you on why Seattle’s City Council was making one of the worst possible decisions of all time when it voted unanimously to pass a 2.25% income tax on city residents making more than $250,000 a year, and on couples filing jointly who make more than $500,000 a year.
“If you treat money punitively, it leaves,” I said.
And, when it does, I noted, “It takes hundreds of billions of dollars in highly skilled jobs, intellectual capital, and property values with it.”
As part of that column, I cited two of Seattle’s biggest and most profitable companies… companies, I might add, that critics (and probably City Councilors) thought would find it “impossible” to leave.
Well, guess who just threw down the gauntlet?
While Floridians brace for Irma’s impact, predictions are already surfacing on the unfathomable $100 billion worth of property damage expected. Insurance companies claim “they can handle it” but, with mega storms becoming status-quo Keith reveals the true cost of this trend and how to navigate the impact that storms like Irma will have on your money if you aren’t prepared. Click to watch…
Last week’s headlines were hectic, depressing and downright scary…
…which is why I’m thrilled to have something great to share with you today.
And that is?
An almost completely overlooked development in the fight against cancer.
It’s so important that it could mean a new lease on life for children and adults fighting blood cancers – more specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Lost in last week’s chaos was the fact that pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) was granted FDA approval (following an incredible 10-0 unanimous vote from the agency’s advisory committee to recommend approval) for their leukemia drug, Kymriah.
What makes this so critical is that it’s the first treatment of its kind to receive such an approval to be used outside of clinical trials.
According to my good friend and colleague, and Money Morning’s Biotech Investing Specialist, Ernie Tremblay, “In early clinical trials at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), 27 kids out of 30 treated with [Kymriah] went into complete remission from their disease. Twenty-four months later, the majority of them were still leukemia free.”
The FDA itself called the decision a “historic action,” but I think it’s got the potential to be nothing short of a revolution in cancer immunotherapy.
Sep 05, 2017
With the focus still on North Korea many investors are seeking refuge in gold, but as Keith warns, “that train has already left the station.” Instead, here’s a better way to grow your money that most analysts haven’t even considered yet. Additionally, in another round of dumb policy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin proposed cutting trade with any country that trades with North Korea. This proposed embargo would not only devastate relations with China but will cost average Americans billions. Here’s what you need to know. Click to watch…
The news this week revolves around two sorts of stories – those that are scary and those that are just plain silly. As you might imagine, both have significant ramifications when it comes to your money. So, let’s start with the “scary” then move on to the “silly” and wind up with some specific actions you can take today to protect AND grow your money. Click to watch…
President Donald Trump is reportedly on the warpath when it comes to Chinese tariffs.
According to Axios and apparently confirmed with sources having knowledge of the meeting, America’s leader reported told his staff, “I want tariffs.”
Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney, himself a London School of Economics graduate, sought my take Monday morning.
So stupid and so misguided that “I don’t know where to begin,” I responded.
There is no doubt that the allure of protectionism is strong, but the reality is that it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. And, badly at that.
The legendary Art Laffer, a Reagan-Era economist who is regarded as the father of supply-side economics, quickly agreed, observing, “Protectionism never works.”
Then he launched in with a thought to drive the point home – and I’m paraphrasing – if protectionism worked, North Korea would be a bastion of capitalism and success.
I couldn’t agree more strongly.
Never mind the politics. Let’s get those off the table right now. I don’t have the luxury of taking sides in my capacity as Chief Investment Strategist.
My job is to help you understand the profit potential inherent in today’s complicated world, no matter how it is created or who makes the moves needed to line up your money and your profits.
North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un did the unthinkable and launched a missile over Japan yesterday. Tens of thousands of cell phones went off at once at 6:02 a.m. when that nation’s government alerted citizens to the launch. NHK – the …
Aug 30, 2017
Our Chief Investment Strategist isn’t one to hold back when it comes to Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve, stunning viewers with his assessment that the institution is “fighting for relevance.” As Keith explains on CNBC World’s Street Signs, the Fed is just playing a game of catch-up. Instead, look to traders and CEOs to provide profits, stability, and direction in today’s markets. Click to watch…
Aug 28, 2017
Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas even as President Trump reportedly seeks Chinese tariffs that are so misguided it’s difficult to fathom. Plus more on what traders are really thinking and why markets are not in decline despite such a horrendous storm.
Hello from Baltimore, where I’m spending the week with my team.
It’s something I like doing a lot, because it gives us a chance to review ongoing investment opportunities, but also to do the research necessary to identify the next generation of profit potential.
As part of that, we spend a lot of time around the conference table, asking and answering questions about all sorts of things related to your money. And that’s what I’d like to talk about today.
Specifically, the question of whether or not a “nice-to-have” company can ever become a “must-have” company.
Yes, under very specific conditions.
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