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Can Etsy (ETSY) Craft a Winning IPO?

Can Etsy (ETSY) Craft a Winning IPO?

With a few exceptions – GoDaddy (GDDY), a recent example – 2015 has been fairly light on headline-grabbing IPOs. That figures to change this week, however, as there are a few highly-recognizable companies looking to go public. Of that set, the one that may garner the most attention is a high-growth online retailer catering mostly to women.  That company, Etsy (ETSY), is offering 16.7 million...

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Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?

Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?

W. D. Gann – a trader active during the first half of the 20th Century and a developer of unique analytical methods, such as the Square of 9 and Gann Angles – was reputed to be able to predict within a few ticks the top and bottom of a stock’s range within a specified period of time.  Richard Wyckoff claimed that Gann’s trading ability was so good that it was “… probably unparalleled in the...

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Day Trading Without Charts – Volume Profile In Action

Day Trading Without Charts – Volume Profile In Action

When most people hear about day trading without charts, it conjures up images of other feats of derring-do –boxing with one arm tied behind your back, tightrope walking blindfolded, and bringing a knife to a gunfight all come to mind. Are we discussing a feat possible only by the fearless few, or is it possible that Day Trading Without Charts is something that is quite straightforward? The...

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Using Weekly Options To Your Advantage

Using Weekly Options To Your Advantage

The CME Group has spent the last few years adding weekly options to their product arsenal.  Their goal has been to provide speculators with more “options”, but they’ve also succeeded in finding a way to increase trading volume and, thus, their bottom line.  In other words, weekly options have been a success on all fronts. According to the U.S. futures exchange giant, weekly options provide...

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The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 3: IPO Flame-Outs

The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 3: IPO Flame-Outs

With this, the third and final installment of articles discussing the “life-cycles” of stocks, we delve into the phenomenon of “IPO Flame-Outs.” These stocks might be considered the James Deans, Jimi Hendrixes, and River Phoenixes of the equity markets; brightly shining, rapidly rising young stars that live “life in the fast lane” and die early deaths, sometimes ignominiously so. Unlike...

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Tax Planning Time Machine

Tax Planning Time Machine

Without fail, it happens every year. I’m not talking about the latest Hollywood hook up or D.C. scandal. What I’m referring to is something I like to call the “Hero Syndrome.” Every year I get contacted by frantic traders who are looking for a hero to swoop in and save them from the evils of high taxes. It would be great if I could just jump in my tax-planning time machine and go back to...

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An Upside To The Oil Market?

An Upside To The Oil Market?

The energy sector has been out of favor since the middle of last year, and stock prices for oil and gas drillers have been have been decimated with the S&P 500 oil and gas drilling industry falling almost 60% from its peak last year. This move is largely driven by the bear market in crude oil, and the underlying market fundamentals haven’t seen a substantial improvement. The Baker Hughes...

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Rick Rule – The Stage Is Set For Another Catastrophe

Rick Rule – The Stage Is Set For Another Catastrophe

Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott USA, an investment adviser firm, speaks to the Middle East conflict and its effect on oil prices, a bottom in gold, new life in mining shares, and a potential economic disaster waiting to happen. Oil The political instability in the Middle East is going to further roil the oil market, Rule said.  The fall of Yemen’s Sunni government to Shiites has reinforced...

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U.S. Dollar Vs. Euro, Finished or Just Beginning?

U.S. Dollar Vs. Euro, Finished or Just Beginning?

The big news dominating financial markets during the past 4-5 months has been the strength of the U.S. Dollar against most world currencies. The Dollar Index has risen 25 % since late June 2014. Here is a look at the U.S. Dollar against the Euro currency, as the Euro is the main component of the Dollar Index, comprising 57.6 % of the weighting. In past years, before the euro came into being,...

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Firemen, Retiring Boomers, and Student Debt

Firemen, Retiring Boomers, and Student Debt

Below is a chart that a friend of mine brought to my attention (thanks CH) from the Fireman’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, which is one of Chicago’s pension funds.   The problem of unfunded liabilities shown in this chart is stark, with liabilities going up and the market value of assets trending slightly lower.  In fact, the market value of assets is below the level of 1999. And...

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