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News Fix: WeWork Can’t Shake Off Its IPO Woes

It’s time for us to talk about WeWork. As you may have heard, WeWork’s IPO is in a bit of trouble. This week, it officially postponed its IPO (MarketWatch). But WeWork insists that the IPO will take place this year. That’s because WeWork needs to IPO in 2019 in order to access a $6 billion credit facility that expires at the end of the year (CNBC).
Investors are more than willing to invest in companies going public. Beyond Meat, Zoom and CrowdStrike did extremely well. Cloudflare and Chewy did well too. So WeWork can’t blame “the environment” for the poor response …read more […]

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The SEC’s Crypto Market Manipulation Fears Make No Sense

I’m running out of patience with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). And you should be too.
The SEC has been refusing to approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) for years because it fears the bitcoin market can be manipulated. And VanEck, a highly respected investment firm that has created dozens of ETFs already regulated by the SEC, just withdrew its very good bitcoin ETF proposal because it became clear the SEC isn’t ready to approve it.
The fear is nonsensical. Every market can be, and is, manipulated on some level.
You want proof? Look no further than this week’s news that the …read more […]

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Economic Inequality, Bill O’Reilly… and Wealth Building 101

Some politicians want to vilify the wealthy, blaming their success for others’ misfortune.
Today, Alexander Green explains why this is a fallacy and how wealth building is possible for all Americans if they take responsibility for their financial well-being.

Bestselling author and cable news superstar Bill O’Reilly – a longtime subscriber and, more recently, generous friend and supporter of my work – had me on his webcast Tuesday to talk about a subject of mutual interest: economic inequality.

(Click here to watch our interview.)During our conversation, Bill pointed out that Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren actively promote the idea that people who …read more […]

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Four Profitable, Market-Moving Investment Trends

When it comes to investing, many people focus solely on the U.S. stock market. But there are plenty of market-busting trends out there.
Today, Nicholas Vardy identifies four trends and how you can apply them to your ETF trading system.

If you’re like most investors, you think only of buying U.S. stocks when you think about investing.
You may focus on the latest hot sector – whether it’s pot stocks or artificial intelligence – or just high-dividend stocks that pay you a steady income.
After all, U.S. stocks have been a terrific place to make money.
The U.S. stock market has trounced almost every other …read more […]

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Why Truly Groundbreaking Startups Are the Hardest to Invest In

What do the following have in common?

Food replicators
Asteroid mining
Robotic janitors
Full-diagnostic wearables (like taking a physical every day)
“Fountain of youth” pills
Passenger drones

Some may say they’re all audacious ideas. Some may say use is far off. Others may say widespread use will never materialize.
The more cynical and less hopeful might say they’re all a joke, something an investor should not take seriously.
I like that last answer: Something not to be taken seriously. But I don’t use it the way you might think – to avoid all this frivolous stuff. Quite the opposite.
We’re all guilty of falling into the trap of assuming some …read more […]

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Will This 9% Yielder Continue to Pay Its Dividend?

MPLX (NYSE: MPLX) is a master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC). Like many MLPs, its main business is operating oil and gas pipelines.
The stock yields a juicy 9% based on the last dividend (it has raised its dividend for the past 10 quarters and every year since it started paying one in 2012).
Can the company continue to pay that healthy of a dividend yield?
Last year, cash available for distribution (CAD), a measure of cash flow for MLPs, was $2.78 billion. It has been climbing steadily over the years, and in 2019, it is expected to …read more […]

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Is Altria’s Dividend Still Safe?

Income investors seek a steady stream of dividends. Altria’s dividend history is long and steady, but it could now be in jeopardy. With the FDA responding to vaping related fatalities, Altria’s stock has been beaten down. Let’s take a look at the business, dividend history, and payout safety going forward.
Business Overview and Highlights
Altria (NYSE: MO) is a $77 billion business. The company is based out of Richmond, Virginia and it employs 8,300 thousand people. Last year Altria pulled in $20 billion in sales and that works out to $2.4 million per employee.
The company operates within the consumer sector and maintains …read more […]

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What Is a Value Stock?

When it comes to investing, you may have heard the term value stock before. Perhaps it made you curious. “What is a value stock?” you’ve wondered.
There’s a sense in which a value stock is precisely what it sounds like: it’s a stock that provides good value to the investor – or at least has the potential to. But how?
In this article, we’ll do the following:

Define what a value stock is
Differentiate value stocks from growth stocks
Provide some examples of value stocks
Show you how to pick particular value stocks

Value Stock Definition:
A value stock is a stock whose price is lower than its …read more […]

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4 Cannabis ETFs to Watch as Federal Legalization Creeps Nearer

Marijuana stocks are a hot ticket on the public markets these days. And while there are tons of new cannabis startups and large-cap companies getting in on the “green rush,” there’s a lot of risk involved. As any good investor knows, one of the best ways to mitigate risk is to index. Enter: Cannabis ETFs.
There aren’t many cannabis ETFs out there yet, but there are a few with holdings diversified to mitigate some risk in this booming sector. If you’re planning on getting into cannabis stocks but aren’t set on any one company, you can give one of these four …read more […]

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Datadog IPO: Should You Invest?

Datadog, a cloud-based infrastructure monitoring service, filed its IPO paperwork on August 23. The company initially said it’s looking to raise $100 million in its IPO, but recent reports have suggested Datadog is targeting a $492 million IPO. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are the lead underwriters on the Datadog IPO, which will trade on the Nasdaq as DDOG. Datadog is expected to go public on Thursday, September 19.
What is Datadog?
What does a cloud-based infrastructure monitoring service like Datadog actually do? It mostly provides analytics. As companies move to the cloud and use more software, they need to better understand …read more […]

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The Great American Wealth Project Review

The Great American Wealth Project features famous news host Bill O’Reilly and Chief Investment Strategist Alex Green. They come together to discuss the power of the stock market and how anyone can amass a fortune and become financially independent with the right stock picks.
Wealth is the great equalizer. It gives you freedom, security, and peace of mind. It allows you to do and be what you want, to support worthy causes and help those closest to you. It enables you to follow your dreams, to spend your life the way you choose. The Great American Wealth Project can help you …read more […]

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Top 10 5G Patent Holders Around the Globe

Besides cannabis, the sector I’m most asked about is 5G.
So for this week’s Making the Grade, I decided to look at the top 10 companies at the leading edge of 5G development.
But first, to know where you’re going you have to know where you’ve been…
So let’s take a short look at the history of mobile phones to get a glimpse of why the next mobile generation is such a big deal.
From “The Brick” to Bluetooth
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, no one had a cellphone.
In the 1980s, they were the toys of the affluent – status symbols that retailed …read more […]

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The Surprisingly Simple Recipe for Successful Investing

Even though money managers claim to have market-beating investment strategies, data shows that the odds of beating the S&P 500 are very low.
Today, Nicholas Vardy shares the simple recipe that can actually lead to market outperformance.

After I left the world of corporate law in the 1990s, I dedicated myself to the task of learning all I could about investing.
Part of that process was mastering the ins and outs of what business school professors called “modern finance.”
Another part was apprenticing myself to one of the leading portfolio managers in the U.K. This fellow had an outstanding reputation among portfolio managers in …read more […]

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Retirement Villages in America

Retirement villages have become increasingly popular in America today. Yet, many people aren’t aware of these communities and their benefits. As you reach the end of your career, you may want to consider their accommodations.
So, what are retirement villages? They’re unique housing communities that provide specific services and 24-hour assistance for seniors. They can accommodate various lifestyles and provide features that tend to your specific needs.
Nobody has the same interests, passions and needs in retirement. Therefore, most of these independent living communities offer various types of programs to meet your medical, recreational and overall requirements.
Some individuals are looking for little …read more […]

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What’s More Important… Wealth or Income?

When I was a kid and a teenager, I always worked.
Whether I was shoveling snow in the winter or working at an ice cream store, I didn’t really have many costs back then. A concert ticket was probably my biggest expense (I remember paying $15 to see Rush).
So I saved my cash for a rainy day. And it started raining when I was in college. The money I earned in high school and during summers kept me afloat (barely) my junior and senior years.
As a young investor, I was all about trying to build wealth. Those lessons from my youth …read more […]