Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers

Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers

Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers  Black Weekend indicated US Consumers shopped for the real deals. Having just gotten through a huge Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, news that consumers did not go out and shop ‘till they dropped in October was not something for retailers to worry about. After splurging on […]

Stocks Run to Fresh Record Highs on Powell’s Comments

Stocks Run to Fresh Record Highs on Powell’s Comments

Stocks Run to Fresh Record Highs on Powell’s Comments $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Wall Street indexes moved to fresh records  Tuesday after Fed Chairman nominee Jerome Powell’s comments on interest rate hikes and deregulation fired inspired investors. JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) up about 2%, setting up the S&P financial index for its […]

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) O & D’s Must Face Shareholder Suit

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) O & D’s Must Face Shareholder Suit

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) O & D’s Must Face Shareholder Suit $WFC A federal judge said current and former Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) O & D’s (officers and directors), including CEO Tim Sloan, must face nearly all of a lawsuit by shareholders seeking to hold them personally liable for sales abuses and the creations of […]

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Will Boost US Economy

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Will Boost US Economy

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Will Boost US Economy $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said back-to-back hurricanes in Q-3 will  lead to increased economic activity over the long run despite any tragic consequences. The storms could (will) influence the timing of the next interest-rate increase, although above-trend growth does […]

Medical Marijuana Update: Patients are Opting for CBD Instead of Rx Medication

Medical Marijuana Update: Patients are Opting for CBD Instead of Rx Medication

Medical Marijuana Update: Patients are Opting for CBD Instead of Rx Medication $POTN A recent study reveals at 40% of patients who consume high-CBD forms of cannabis stopped using traditional pharmaceutical medications and now use marijuana to treat their symptoms. The survey was conducted by Brightfield Group, a market research firm focused on the legal […]

Water is Energy: Drink the Purest, Recharge!

Water is Energy: Drink the Purest, Recharge!

Water is Energy: Drink the Purest, Recharge! Drinking clean, pure water is one of the most important foundations for optimal health, but is becoming far more difficult to come by. The water you are drinking could be contaminated. According to a new joint report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University, drinking water […]

Marijuana Entrepreneurs See Bitcoin as Banking Answer

Marijuana Entrepreneurs See Bitcoin as Banking Answer

Marijuana Entrepreneurs See Bitcoin as Banking Answer Legal marijuana companies are turning to Bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, in an effort to get rid of all its cash, as banks stay on the sidelines. The inability to access traditional financial institutions is 1 of the marijuana industry’s biggest impediments. Legal cannabis was a […]

US Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord, Stocks Soar to Record Highs

US Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord, Stocks Soar to Record Highs

US Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord, Stocks Soar to Record Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Our President choose to put American citizens, American energy and American industry 1st, as he promised, Yes!  Thursday, President Donald Trump said that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, “vowing to fulfill my solemn […]

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The S&P 500 was down slightly Tuesday after mixed economic data and earnings while the NAS Comp hit another record as it was boosted by gains in technology stocks. US manufacturing production showed its biggest increase in more than 3 years […]

World War 3: Bullish on Gold (NYSEArca:GLD)

World War 3: Bullish on Gold (NYSEArca:GLD)

World War 3: Bullish on Gold (NYSEArca:GLD) $GLD, $SLW, In times of War or other upheaval, people turn to Gold (NYSEArca:GLD). When economies wobble and governments fall, Gold has always been seen as the best way to preserve wealth. The Y-Y change in the consumer price index has already risen from 0 to 2.5%. When […]

US Durable Goods Data Indicates Increased Business Spending

US Durable Goods Data Indicates Increased Business Spending

US Durable Goods Data Indicates Increased Business Spending $DIA,  $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX New orders for Key US-made capital goods rose less than expected in March, but a 2nd straight monthly increase in shipments suggested business investment accelerated in Q-1 behind a recovering energy sector. While other data relieved Thursday showed a bigger-than-expected increase in 1st-time […]

President Trump In Oval Office Summit With Major US Retailer CEO’s

President Trump In Oval Office Summit With Major US Retailer CEO’s

President Trump In Oval Office Summit With Major US Retailer CEO’s $AZO, $BBY, $GPS, $JCP, $TGT. $WBA US President Donald Trump is meeting with a group of retailers Wednesday morning to discuss his at the border-adjustment tax. The retailers will meet with members of Congress as well as the President, according to the head of government relations […]

The Benefits of Drinking Hydrogen Infused Water

The Benefits of Drinking Hydrogen Infused Water

The Benefits of Drinking Hydrogen Infused Water Hydrogen infused water contains hydrogen molecules that act as powerful antioxidants, helps reduce lactic acid and boosts endurance. HTWO™ HYDROGEN WATER™ is based on peer-reviewed science. HTWO is an emerging functional beverage that utilizes molecules of hydrogen as a gaseous nutrient to provide a spectrum of health benefits –boosts […]

Consumers Get Serious About Internet Security

Consumers Get Serious About Internet Security

Consumers Get Serious About Internet Security Thanks to John Podesta of the DNC, America was recently treated to a front row seat at a phishing attack. Phishing is the practice of luring someone into divulging sensitive information in response to an e-Mail that appears to be from a trusted source. This “nasty” practice become a […]

Donald Trump Will Pour “Cold Water” on Alibaba’s American Dream

Donald Trump Will Pour “Cold Water” on Alibaba’s American Dream

Donald Trump Will Pour “Cold Water” on Alibaba’s American Dream $BABA Alibaba Group Holding Inc. (NYSE”BABA), China’s biggest online retailer is now facing an unexpected challenge with the election of Republican Donald Trump as US President. “Trump is figuring out which campaign promises to carry out,” the magazine reports. “His charge that China is ‘killing […]

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs $BBY, $M, $HD, $AMZN, $TGT Wall Street expects consumers to open their wallets a little wider this holiday shopping season but bargains among red-hot retail stocks could be hard to find, especially as profit growth proves elusive for many big names. Retailers, including Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Kohls […]

Holiday Shopping Price War Ramps Up

Holiday Shopping Price War Ramps Up

Holiday Shopping Price War Ramps Up $AMZN, $TGT, $WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Target Corp.(NYSE:TGT) and other brick-and-mortar chains are counting on heavier discounts and a bigger online selection to help keep up with Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). this Holiday shopping season. As Black Friday ushers in the year-end shopping rush, chains are touting larger price cuts […]

Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy

Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy

Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy $ADBE Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s been the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, now it is no longer a 1 day event. The WS-J reported Thursday shoppers have already spent $27.2-B between 1 and 23 November, a 4.3% hike over the same frame […]

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger $AMC, $CKEC Chinese-owned AMC Entertainment Holdings is on course to become the world’s biggest theater chain. AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE:AMC) has jumped another hurdle to becoming the world’s largest exhibitor. Chinese-owned AMC, the 2nd-largest US theater chain, Tuesday secured shareholder approval from Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC) for its amended […]

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax $KO, $PEP A recent series of measures to tax sugary drinks, in an effort to fight obesity and diabetes, are forcing soda companies such as Coke (NYSE:KO), and Pepsi (NYSE:PEP) to reinvent themselves and diversify not only their business model, but their public image Voters and lawmakers […]

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding China’s pool of high-earning consumers is set to surge in the next 15 years, their household spending growing to be greater than the EU’s current level, a report showed. The number of people earning more than $10,000 per year is expected to grow to around 480-M by Y 2030, […]

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce A near record high of 94,609,000 Americans are not in the labor force, 425,000 more than last month’s 94,184,000, and the 2nd highest number on record. When US President Barack Hussein Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not in the labor force, and […]

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE)

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE)

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) $RACE There was a time when gated manual transmissions aka “sticks” were synonymous with performance cars, no more at Ferrari.   Ferrari is the latest automaker to retire the clutch pedal, a move that may seem like a gut punch to fans of stick shifts, […]

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior 26 September, Monday New Home Sales, August (10:00a EDT): 585-K expected, 654-K prior 27 September, Tuesday Case-Shiller 20-City, July (9:00a EDT): 5.1% expected, 5.1% prior Consumer Confidence, September (10:00a EDT): 98.0 expected, 101.1 prior (revised from 99.8) 28 September Wednesday MBA Mortgage Index, 09/24 (7:00a EDT): […]

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy The US Fed is stuck to actions devised by Ben S. Bernanke that have not worked to restore strong economic growth since the Great Recession The US central bank’s adherence to the idea that unemployment and weak demand can be cured with policies that encourage consumers, businesses and governments […]

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under Viscous Coffee in Adelaide, Australia prides itself on having the world’s strongest cup of Coffee, with 4 shots of Espresso, 120 milliliters of 10-day brewed cold drip Coffee and 8 ice cubes made from 48-hour brewed cold drip. The A-Kicker Coffee was created by Coffee shop owner Steve Benington to […]

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy China’s ambition to advance reform and maintain medium to high growth has injected hope and stability into the world economy, experts say. Addressing the opening ceremony of the Business 20 Summit in Hangzhou, Chinese President Xi Jinping reassured the world’s business leaders that China can realize strong growth […]

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st”

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st”

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st” A digital shift in healthcare has paved the way for advances in automation, AI (artificial intelligence) and even surgical robots. Whether using a virtual human to capture patient intake data or sensors to monitor symptoms, digital technology is driving the industry forward. But concern exists that this technology […]

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket”

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket”

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket” $WMT, $BAC Back in Y 1997 at the launch of the Global Mobile Commerce Forum, Kevin Duffey coined the phrase ‘Mobile Commerce” meaning “the delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand (pocket), anywhere, via wireless technology.” I took that to mean a retail outlet in your consumer’s pocket. […]

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th A nation’s ability to take advantage of information and communications technology in order to increase its competitiveness and well-being depends on its readiness quickly to implement and adopt new technologies as they emerge. The World Economic Forum identifies this ability as network readiness, and in […]

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driven by the increasing use of digital technologies and highly intelligent robots in the leading world economies. International investors are confident about China’s economic transformation, believing it can bring them good opportunities. Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum in […]

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives Something interesting happened the Friday (Quad Witching) before Brexit; trading volume exploded on a decline in the Dow Jones.  In the BEV chart below I inserted the daily trading volume (mils) for the Dow Jones instead of the usual BEV values to highlight what happened. It […]

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending Most Chinese consumers will continue to spend in Y 2016 despite slowing economic growth and market volatility, according to research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). About 75% of Chinese consumers plan to maintain or increase their spending this year, down from 81% in Y 2015, according to […]

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, It is Killing Them

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, It is Killing Them

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, I is Killing Them Americans have a “sweet tooth” and it’s killing them. The over consumption of sugar has been linked to a variety of chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is almost impossible for Americans to avoid sweet stuff because their food […]

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape”

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape”

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape” The world’s central bankers are fighting “the tape” by pumping massive amounts of liquidity into the global economic system in an effort to avert deflation. Notably, deflation is a natural force of nature during Peace Time, when globalization leads to free trade and heightens competition. During War Time, […]

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced VAT in the UAE will bring higher inflation, society of finance professionals says An overwhelming majority of finance professionals would leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if income tax was implemented, research has revealed. In a study by CFA Society Emirates, 80% of the respondents said that […]

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High $MON There are widespread examples throughout history of pest control experiments gone very wrong. Today, the stakes are really high, as scientists are increasingly turning to GE (genetic engineering) techniques to affect environmental change. Already this year the Zika virus, which is carried by the Aedes […]

If You Value Your Health Eat Real Food

If You Value Your Health Eat Real Food

If You Value Your Health Eat Real Food As I see it buying antibiotic-free meat is an important step if you value your health. Your best bet is to buy Organically raised grass-fed or pastured meats and animal products. If you are unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They […]

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode $BABA China’s online market with rapid development is at the “take-off” stage, corresponding to the “Fast-Expanding Market” (FEM) model. This is the main conclusion in the article “Fast-Expanding ‘Online’ Markets in South Korea and China: Are They Worth Pursuing?” published by Associate Professor Adrian T H Kuah and Dr. […]

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times The Chinese greeting, ‘may you live in interesting times’ is a metaphor for life in the 21st Century. Over the past several years we have seen major changes and developments for the in the Television and Advertising industries, the impact of most of those changes are only understood in […]

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market About 28% of respondents said that they are “very or quite satisfied with” the current Singapore property market, while more residents said they intend to purchase residential property in the next 6 months, according to Property Affordability Sentiment Survey 2016, a regular survey of Singaporean residents that provides […]