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Monday Morning News – Alibaba Files For US IPO

Mar 17, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Monday Morning News – Alibaba Files For US IPO

Alibaba makes the U.S. IPO official (Bloomberg)

Banks will get equal roles in Alibaba IPO (WSJ)

The fate of Fannie and Freddie is left to the courts (Reuters)

Would an end of Fannie and Freddie also be the end of 30 year fixed rate mortgages? (Bloomberg)

The Federal Reserve is weighing its options in ending the historicly low rates regime (WSJ)

Half of the Business Schools in the U.S. gone by 2020? (Bloomberg)

Friday News – Herbalife ($HLF) party getting rained on

Mar 14, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Friday News – Herbalife ($HLF) party getting rained on
Ackman Leaves J.C. Penney Board After Ullman Gets Soros Support


FTC starts Herbalife probe (WSJ)

Herbalife continues to defend their business model (WSJ)

Herbalife changes the date of their shareholder meeting for Uncle Carl (WSJ)

Cost cutting to continue on Wall Street (Bloomberg)

Zuckerberg takes a swipe at Obama (CNBC)

Investors shift more focus to China (CNBC)

A name change can’t protect SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management) (NY Times)

What recession? Number of millionaires hits a new high in the U.S. (CNN)


An “Appealing” Monday of News

Mar 10, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on An “Appealing” Monday of News


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Merger Monday, two giants to create the largest banana company (CNN)

An ongoing search for a lost plane (WSJ)

The Forex market continues to see punches thrown its way (Bloomberg)

Another celebrity to promote an automaker (CNN)

Are there marijuana television ads? Not so fast (CNN)

Google looking for its place in the app world (WSJ)

Apartments > Homes (WSJ)

Friday News – Good Day for the Rich, GS and Pot Smokers

Mar 7, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Friday News – Good Day for the Rich, GS and Pot Smokers


U.S. gets positive job numbers after 2 months of dissapointment (WSJ)

Mohamed El-Erian trying to undermine a colleague? (Reuters)

Putin is crushing the Russian stock market (Bloomberg)

Good news for marijuana enthusiasts (NYPost)

Turns out elevators go up and down at Goldman Sachs (CNN)

Household net worth hits a record (WSJ)

There is a chase for the creator of Bitcoin happening right now (WSJ)

Monday Morning News – All Eyes On Ukraine

Mar 3, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Monday Morning News – All Eyes On Ukraine


All eyes are on Ukraine (CNN)

Fannie Mae’s profits may not be a long term thing (WSJ)

Muni bonds are back in favor (WSJ)

Winter storm misses New York but crushes the nation’s capital (Bloomberg)

Warren Buffet’s bet on a rising economy pays off (WSJ)

All eyes are on Putin even after the Olympics (Bloomberg)

Citigroup is off to a horrible start in 2014 (WSJ)

Friday Morning Links – Another Very Bad Day For Bitcoin

Feb 28, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Friday Morning Links – Another Very Bad Day For Bitcoin


Mt. Gox is broke (WSJ)

Icahn turns his focus to eBay (NYPost)

More chargers in Libor manipulation (Bloomberg)

The Facebook ads your kids weren’t supposed to see (WSJ)

Hedge funds did horribly last year, but that doesn’t mean their managers took home smaller paychecks (NYPost)

Flight get canceled this year? You’re not alone (CNN)

Insurers are trying their best to size up their newest members (WSJ)

Monday Morning News

Feb 24, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News, Profitly  //  Comments Off on Monday Morning News


Behind the closed doors of the Fed in the darkest days of the financial crisis (NYTimes)

The saga between Men’s WearHouse and Jos. A Bank isn’t over (WSJ)

Frank Underwood approves of this message: Streaming House of Cards may have just gotten a boost.(WSJ)

Prices continue to fall in the Eurozone, this time at a record pace (MarketWatch)

The government is cashing in on marijuana (CNN)

Piers Morgan gets the axe (CNBC)

Stocks or Commodities in 2014

Jan 29, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News, Profitly  //  Comments Off on Stocks or Commodities in 2014


There are several ways for you to invest your money. There’s stocks, bonds, commodities, forex, cash, land, etc. Focusing on two of the most commonly traded choices, commodities and stocks, which one should you invest in in 2014?

Let’s get some definitions out of the way first (both from Investopedia).

Commodity: A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often used as inputs in the production of other goods or services. The quality of a given commodity may differ slightly, but it is essentially uniform across producers. When they are traded on an exchange, commodities must also meet specified minimum standards, also known as a basis grade. The basic idea is that there is little differentiation between a commodity coming from one producer and the same commodity from another producer – a barrel of oil is basically the same product, regardless of the producer. Compare this to, say, electronics, where the quality and features of a given product will be completely different depending on the producer. Some traditional examples of commodities include grains, gold, beef, oil and natural gas. The sale and purchase of commodities is usually carried out through futures contracts on exchanges that standardize the quantity and minimum quality of the commodity being traded. For example, the Chicago Board of Trade stipulates that one wheat contract is for 5,000 bushels and also states what grades of wheat can be used to satisfy the contract.

Stocks: A type of security that signifies ownership in a corporation and represents a claim on part of the corporation’s assets and earnings. There are two main types of stock: common and preferred. Common stock usually entitles the owner to vote at shareholders’ meetings and to receive dividends. Preferred stock generally does not have voting rights, but has a higher claim on assets and earnings than the common shares. A holder of stock has a claim to a part of the corporation’s assets and earnings. In other words, a shareholder is an owner of a company. Ownership is determined by the number of shares a person owns relative to the number of outstanding shares. For example, if a company has 1,000 shares of stock outstanding and one person owns 100 shares, that person would own and have claim to 10% of the company’s assets.

So now that we’re starting a new year, many are asking themselves what asset classes are going to be the best performers and the places that you want to put your money.

Stocks absolutely killed it in 2013, up around 30%. So is 2014 going to enjoy a similar run? Or will we see smaller returns or even a pullback? This is making people look at commodities, as they didn’t have great returns in 2013.

The Dow Jones UBS Commodity Index fell about 9% in 2013. Some believe this is more reason to believe that commodities will be the better choice this year, as they rarely have several years of losses in a row.

One of the big things to consider, however, is how familiar you are with commodities. You’ll want to learn to trade professionally if you are going to be successful trading any sort of security. Many people try to trade them, or companies that focus on them, without knowing much about the sector. If you do want to invest in commodities, though, just make sure you take time to learn about them just as you would want to learn about companies you were investing in. For commodities, you want to follow factors such as supply, demand and currency exchanges, and central bank monetary policy. If you’re trading corn, for example, you’ll want to watch crop reports out of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). If they say we have a stronger crop with more yield than expected, and demand is held equal, then the price will fall. If they say that a drought has caused a smaller crop and we have stronger demand out of China as well, then the price will rise. (Supply and Demand 101).

Forget about corn and other commodities though, gold has been one of the most talked about commodities since the financial crisis. Gold gets the most general discussion and it is widely regarded as a hedge against stocks, aka the reason it has been talked about so much since stocks crashed during the financial crisis. But it’s no secret that the precious metal took a beating in 2013, losing around 30%, the largest annual loss in roughly 30 years.

But just because you flipped a coin and it landed on heads, doesn’t mean it’s bound to land on tails the next time. So, if stocks are your cup of tea, which sector would be your best bet this year? Well, small-cap stocks, defined as stocks of companies with between $1 billion and $2 billion in market capitalization, outperformed large-cap stocks last year. Many professionals are also arguing that international stocks are starting to pick up as well.

So, as no one can say for sure where the financial markets are going in 2014, the most crucial factor is arguably your comfort level when it comes to risk and knowledge of types of investments. Many investment experts suggest that commodities represent a bigger inherent risk than the equity markets by the very nature of the volatility of these vehicles. But if you’re comfortable rolling the dice somewhat, and you have time to learn more about trading them, then you might want to take a closer look at commodities for your portfolio.

Monday Morning Links – Bank of America non-shocking self-serving

Jan 27, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Monday Morning Links – Bank of America non-shocking self-serving

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Putting ourselves before our clients; how Bank of America does business. (CNBC; Reuters) Shocker…

An ad for an ad for an ad for…How companies are promoting their Super Bowl ads (WSJ)

Tumult in emerging markets has yet to send money into the ‘safety’ of U.S. stocks (WSJ)

P&G blames earnings slump on “No shave November” (Yahoo)

Hyperinflation? Try worrying about too-low of inflation. Yellen’s first big challenge. (Bloomberg)

The nice guy always finishes last. Pope releases peace doves, which are immediately attacked by meaner birds. (Mediaite)


Friday Afternoon Links – The NSA Isn’t Listening Anymore

Jan 17, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, News  //  Comments Off on Friday Afternoon Links – The NSA Isn’t Listening Anymore

Wealth management business helps boost Morgan Stanley’s earnings (Bloomberg)

Citi’s new CEO feels the heat after earnings disappoint (WSJ)

President says that the mass collection of phone data in the U.S. will come to a halt. (WSJ)

Live in one of these states, and you’re more likely to be a millionaire (WSJ)

T-Mobile in play as Sprint secures financing proposals from several banks (WSJ)