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Retail

Target Falls Victim to Amazon’s Unstoppable Ascent

By Jonathan Rodriguez - Apr 13, 2017

Analysts project the biggest earnings growth for the S&P 500 since 2011 this quarter. But retail companies are bracing for pain. You see, while Amazon has soared, brick-and-mortar shops have been dying a slow death. And Target is the next victim.

Video Games

GameStop’s Earnings: The End of the Video Game Boom?

By Martin Hutchinson - Apr 11, 2017

The PureFunds Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR) has virtually doubled the returns of the S&P 500 over the last 12 months. But on the heels of a bad earnings report, “experts” now believe that GameStop (GME) just rained on the video game parade.

Retail

How to “Amazon-Proof” Your Portfolio

By Martin Hutchinson - Apr 4, 2017

Retail is certainly still viable and worthy of representation in any well-balanced portfolio. But with Amazon looming over the industry like a mob boss, you have to be strategic. I asked my senior analyst, Martin Hutchinson, to help our readers “Amazon-proof” their portfolios.

Consumer

Epic Divide in Consumer Sentiment

By Martin Hutchinson - Apr 3, 2017

Based on recent consumer sentiment readings, we’re a historically divided nation. And with corporate tax reform up next, the epic divide could get even deeper. So I asked my senior analyst Martin Hutchinson to address the delicate issue of tax reform. Read on to see how Lowe’s could benefit immensely from his findings.

Friday Charts

Prepare Yourself for the “Invisible” Technology Revolution

By Louis Basenese - Mar 31, 2017

The next major tech revolution (and wealth bonanza) is about to be unleashed. Frankly, it’s been hiding in plain sight. However, many investors still don’t see it coming. Mainly because the interface is literally invisible. I’m, of course, talking about voice interfaces — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Here’s the best way to play this unstoppable trend.

Drones

Two Ways to Play the Highflying Drone Market

By Jonathan Rodriguez - Mar 29, 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, might be the most important tech device on the market since the smartphone. Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the global drone market will be worth $127 billion by 2020. Here are two ways to play the trend.

innovation

AI Can Stop the Slow Bleed That’s Killing Economies

By Jonathan Rodriguez - Mar 23, 2017

Around the globe, financial fraud costs businesses and governments trillions of dollars annually. Stronger auditing systems would be the easiest way to fix the problem. The solution? Use artificial intelligence to enhance fraud detection.

INNOVATION

Friday Charts: Economic Sentiment Reaches Record High

By Louis Basenese - Mar 17, 2017

Optimism can be a powerful economic force. That is, as long as all the good feelings translate into good actions. Like increased capital expenditures and hiring. Well, economic sentiment has never been higher.

Friday Charts

Friday Charts: Boom and Bust IPOs, Artificial Intelligence and an Ominous Divergence

By Louis Basenese - Mar 3, 2017

This week, Louis Basenese covers the problem with tech IPOs, the proliferation of artificial intelligence and a rare and potentially ominous divergence between stocks and bonds.

Smart Phones

Why the No. 1 Way to Play the iPhone Isn’t Apple

By Jonathan Rodriguez - Feb 23, 2017

Most investors in the IoT space are on the hunt for a technology company that’s crafting the world’s next game-changing device. But you don’t need to isolate a single winner like Apple. There’s a way to cash in no matter who cracks the code.

Friday Charts

Death by Disruption for BlackBerry, Twitter… and Humans?!

By Louis Basenese - Feb 17, 2017

The latest data out of tech research firm Gartner confirm the most obvious, overdue and unsurprising death in the history of tech.

Security

Uptick in Police Surveillance Tech Sparks New Opportunity

By Jonathan Rodriguez - Feb 16, 2017

One local government just paid a small fortune for a powerful spy tool. And the stock that owns the technology has generated 307% gains since 2012.