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Enjoy your commission-free trading while it lasts. Because tomorrow, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by uninformed and sometimes-unhinged California Democrat Maxine Waters, is going to rip into the fabric of what makes your trades free in the first place.
Let’s dive in…
Forget the Short Squeeze David vs. Goliath Battles: The Real War is Between Exchanges and the SEC, With Retail Investors in the Crosshairs
In case you haven’t noticed, and not many investors have, there’s a war going on right now between the exchanges and the SEC over the public’s right to get the same stock bid and ask price data that hedge funds, high frequency traders, and banks, pay through the nose for.
What you may know is, the exchanges operate what regulators and detractors call a two-tier system, providing the most basic “national best bid and offer” (NBBO) data to the public while selling “deep book” bid and offer price and size data via expensive “private feeds” to big boys.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is out to level the field for the little guys, but the exchanges are suing to stop new rules from being enacted.
The tail is wagging the dog these days and it’s making the exchanges nervous. They are trying to keep retail down and out, but a war is being waged in court to settle this once and for all.
Here’s what the war’s about and depending on if it’s won or lost, who wins and who loses.
Feb 09, 2021
Talk about paradigm shifts, but Amazon.com Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN) singlehandedly changed the way we shop, forever.
Now that Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is stepping down as CEO, investors want to know if Amazon’s stock, which seems like it’s been going up forever, can keep going. There are rumors that Bezos stepping down could signal the end of the stock’s run.
There are a few reasons why Bezos is giving up his crown, but it all boils down to one question: What does this transition mean for your money, whether you’ve owned Amazon for years, just picked up a share or two, or you don’t own it yet?
On Monday, I talked about our latest endeavor, going where Total Wealth has never gone before.
If you haven’t had a chance yet to read up on what it means for you, go here. In short, we’re now following Seven Seismic Shifts – seven themes that will provide us with the greatest moneymaking opportunities the world’s ever seen. The themes are 1) pandemics, 2) politics, 3) environment, 4) taxation and regulation, 5) trading and investing, 6) Federal Reserve insanity, and 7) China.
In keeping with our themes, today, we’re going where no retail traders or investors, especially those who scored huge gains driving up GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME) and other highly shorted stocks, want regulators to go – because it would ruin the new game they just learned to play.
Seismic Shift #5 is about changes in how we trade and invest, and nothing’s more seismic than regulatory changes.
I’m not the kind of guy to say “I told you so,” but if I was, I’d sure be saying it now.
Retail traders have become the tail wagging the dog, with the dog being Wall Street pros.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME) is exhibit 1.
What happened, and what’s going to happen with GameStop (and more than a few other companies’ stocks) is the story of how retail traders are ganging up on multi-billion-dollar hedge funds…
Here’s how they’re making a killing doing it.
Jan 21, 2021
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As of 12 noon today, the United States of America has a new president and a new vice president. The country also has a new Congress.
That means it’s time to buy some new stocks.
Right now is a good time to take the long view of what a Biden presidency and Democrat-led Congress will change about America. And by change, I mean how much money will the new government spend, and on what?
The up and down sounds you’re hearing out of equity markets reminds me of what it sounds like when racecar drivers, positioned on the starting grid, rev their engines before the checkered flag is waved to start the race.
Investors know there’s a big spending race about to start with the Biden administration poised to unleash a torrent of cash on households, unemployment support, health initiatives, states and cities, and eventually on infrastructure and a Green New Deal. As such, they’re positioning themselves.
Jan 15, 2021
Click here to download the PDF version Sometimes the stocks that hold the biggest opportunities aren’t the ones that are plastered all over the news. Sure, big-name stocks like Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqGS:MSFT) or The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) are good …
In hindsight, the market’s extraordinary rally on the heels of Donald Trump’s election was mostly unexpected, until investors realized they had to get on board or miss the bus. And they did – get on board, that is. And they kept coming and markets kept rising.
This time around, investors are expecting markets to climb on the heels of a Democrat-led Congress and Executive Branch. And markets are already rising.
The question a lot of analysts and investors are asking themselves is, will a Democrat-led economy crush the push markets got under a Republican presidency?
My bet is they will.
What a week it was – and I mean for markets.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite notched new record highs on Friday, and the Russell 2000 made its mark the day before.
Last week’s message wasn’t so much “so what,” as it was “spend, spend, spend” because that’s what markets were focused on.
The Democrat-controlled Senate, House, and Executive branch are expected to unleash a tsunami of spending that investors expect will include helicopter money dropped into Americans’ bank accounts, a lot of which will end up being moved into their brokerage accounts, spending on infrastructure, the environment, the economy… You name it, and there will be money thrown at it.
That’s what drove markets higher last week. And there’s no reason they can’t keep on rising.
Jan 08, 2021
The political beat isn’t my thing, but democracy and making money are right up my alley.
That said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t address what happened at and in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
I’m sticking to the middle of the road here and focusing more on what will happen now that the Senate is in the hands of the Democrats, the Presidential inauguration is right around the corner, and we’re on the brink of what we hope to be a prosperous new year.
Two of America’s technology giants are under attack. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and dozens of U.S. states are suing Google and building cases against Facebook, alleging anticompetitive behavior by the firms individually and by working together.
Of course, the mega-cap tech giants are fighting back.
Google, which is being hammered hard over its virtual advertising monopoly, retorted in a blog, “To suggest that the ad tech sector is lacking competition is simply not true, to the contrary, the industry is famously crowded. There are thousands of companies, large and small, working together and in competition with each other to power digital advertising across the web, each with different specialties and technologies.”
Regulators aren’t buying it.
With so much heat coming from above and below, the biggest tech companies in America, in the world, are facing almost impossible-to-defend-against attacks on their unseen and allegedly unseemly business practices, with some possibly landing on the chopping block.
Long before any final hammers come down, investors want to know what to do with their stocks, specifically Google and Facebook.
Your Capital Wave Forecast for this week is “bullish.” For this month, for the first quarter of 2021, and for the year, it’s bullish.
That doesn’t mean we’re not on “bubble watch,” because we are.
The forecast is bullish because equity markets can continue to rise as bubbles self-deflate, get pierced, or burst spectacularly.
That’s where we’re at. That’s how strong momentum is coming out of 2020 and going into 2021. The same momentum-drivers will likely persist throughout the first quarter and probably the first half of the year.
Jan 03, 2021
Big technology companies are under attack, again. After fighting off frontal assaults for years, giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple are about to be hit from all sides.
The European Union is nearing completion of aggressive legislation to curb big tech’s ever-widening reach and range while the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and dozens of states plow ahead with investigations of their own.
Here’s what’s at stake for the titans of tech…