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Investment Firm Smashes Record

Investment Firm Smashes Record, Notches 99.92% Win Rate

Prepare to be stupefied… Over the course of 1,238 trading days – from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 – Virtu Financial had one day in which it lost money. One! Let that sink in for a moment… 1,237 days of profits and only one day of losses. And we thought J.P. Morgan’s (JPM)...

Aussie Energy Stock to Profit From the Resource Boom

How Can a Snickers Bar Signal An Energy Boom?

Australian consumers have big problems… Their nemesis? The apparent overvaluation of the Australian dollar and the cost of living. Places like Sydney, for example, are on par with Manhattan and London when it comes to purchasing power. In fact, a recent survey put Sydney as the fifth-most expensive city in the world. I just experienced...

Bankruptcy Warning: Sell Your Shares, ASAP

Bankruptcy Warning: Sell Your Shares, ASAP

Come Thursday at 8:30 AM, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the next round of retail sales data. And everyone will be tuned in to see if the industry shrugged off the winter blues. As MarketWatch’s Jeffry Bartash writes, “Almost everyone, it seems, believes an unusually severe winter is all that’s holding back growth.” Count...

CEO Writes His Own Obituary, Then Drops Dead?

CEO Writes His Own Obituary, Then Drops Dead?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you… Nearly a month ago, I pointed out the terrible performance of retail stocks and warned against investing in the sector. Armed with a fresh set of data, it’s time to reiterate my stance. Especially since the talking heads keep trying to convince us otherwise. They swear that the sector’s...

Crimean Storm Clouds Gather Over Palladium

Crimean Storm Clouds Gather Over Palladium

Prices for palladium this past week touched a near 2.5-year high – above $780 a troy ounce, and up nearly 10% since December, alone. And for a very good reason. The geopolitical struggle in Crimea threw a bright spotlight on the supply of palladium – a precious metal used extensively in vehicles’ catalytic converters. Some...

Most Investors Fail This Test

Most Investors Fail This Test

Let me give you a little test. I’ll present you with the valuation metrics and dividend yields for two exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Your job is to simply decide which ETF you’d prefer to hold as an investment for the next 10 years. They’re both actively traded, but I’m not going to reveal their tickers. I’ll...

Time to Get Rich on Ukrainian Bonds?

Time to Get Rich on Ukrainian Bonds?

It’s Friday. And you ain’t got nothing to do. So let’s get high on pictorial enlightenment. If you’re a newbie, don’t worry. This kind of “high” isn’t illegal. Each Friday, I usher in a few carefully selected graphics to convey some important economic and investing insights. This week, I’m dishing on 1) wicked risky yields...

Too Late to Become a Polar Vortex Millionaire?

Too Late to Become a Polar Vortex Millionaire?

From beaten down and ignored, to becoming the King of the Commodity Hill… That pretty much sums up the transformation that natural gas has experienced over the last two years. In April 2012, prices hit a nearly 15-year low of $1.92 per thousand British thermal units. Fast forward to today, and – thanks to supply...

A Hot Trend Warren Buffett Guarantees Will Continue

A Hot Trend Warren Buffett Guarantees Will Continue

The National Weather Service says there’s virtually no chance the drought in California will end by spring. And yes, we should all care. Specifically, there’s a 0.1% chance the state will receive enough rain to qualify as an “average” wet season. But you know what else has a 0.1% chance of ever happening? You and...

Warren Buffett Letter to Shareholders

Warren Buffett Hides 10 Clues in Shareholders’ Letter

On Saturday morning, Warren Buffett released his latest annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B). Just like his last 50 or so, it’s a must-read for every investor. Not only does it contain nuggets of timeless investing wisdom, but thanks to Berkshire’s sprawling enterprise – spanning from railroads, utilities, and homebuilders to insurance,...