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After 20 years in the retail and consumer goods sector, I became a research analyst and market strategist for Capital Ladder Advisory Group. Since 2011, I have published some 400+ articles surrounding mainstream retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Costco and more. I've covered ... more

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Are Markets, Like Steven Tyler, Living On The Edge?
Many market internals and positioning metrics suggest the market is living on the edge over stretched valuations, possibly some hope and ahead of a key earnings period that will provide corporate FY2020 guidance.
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Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Bull In 2020?
There was no recession in 2019 and it seems to have moved off the radar of many investors' considerations. Should it though? What's in store for 2020 given rise in crude oil prices, yield curve inversion in August 2019 and those recession indicators?
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There’s Nothing To Fear But A Persistent Melt-Up
A melt-up that might lead to a melt-down is on the minds of most investors, strategists and analysts going into the New Year.
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E Onward And Upward In 2020?
Presidential election cycles with markets melting up into the New Year; what could go wrong often does go wrong... or does it?
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At 3,220, If You Think The Market Is Expensive...
Investors are seemingly pulling much of the gains that would have taken place in 2020, into 2019. But with earnings expected to rebound through 2020, how much is really being pulled forward?
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The Melt-Up That Leads To The Melt?
The market is melting higher, which in and of itself brings about certain critics, worries and recency bias. Investors look toward 2020, they desire to know how the markets will navigate an election year and after a strong market performance in 2020.
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For Quick Profits, Trade Options
14 days ago

The VIX complex doesn't lend itself well for hedging instruments as premiums are often high and due to the rapid moves and general upward trend in markets, requires timing/pricing efficiency on the entry and exit. Terrible discipline, especially when one can utilize index ETFs that offer reasonable premium and trend more closely with market outcomes. Lastly, using VIX options or VIX-ETP options render themselves useless in after/premarket hours, severely limiting potential to mitigate where the bulk of the daily market moves occur.

For Quick Profits, Trade Options
18 days ago

These are not sound practices by my assessment regarding VIX.

The Melt-Up That Leads To The Melt?
1 month ago

I'm sorry but can you be more specific with the question?

The Melt-Up That Leads To The Melt?
1 month ago

Gary, you seem to make implausible excuses to fit a narrative that suits your bias rather than one that aligns with the actual data. I don't know how to respond to that appropriately as this is your consistent deniability approach. I respect the exchanges, but they are always along this line. I offer the facts, and you offer a denial of the facts along the lines of sub component denial-ability.

The Melt-Up That Leads To The Melt?
1 month ago

Consumer might be tapped out because.... I mean that's not what household obligations as a percentage of disposable income says at all. Literally at the best levels since the 1960s.

What Ails Macy's And The Other Department Store Stocks?
2 months ago

Title of the article doesn't find the article itself answering or lending itself in any way toward answering the question. Clearly, "online" is not the only problem, but thanks for spending 2 sentences on it sir.

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Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
2 months ago

There has not been a time over the last 4 years that Park has not been working on health care deals, yet no more than 1% of total annual revenues have been captured in the healthcare applications sector. You might do yourself a favor and read my works an all things related to Fitbit's initiatives in digital health over the last 3-4 years. None of which have amounted to material revenues as the total addressable market simply isn't what the average person thinks it to be.

Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
2 months ago

Sales for Fitbit are only likely to continue to falter long-term as is the case historically for all one-trick hardware centric entities. They have deals and partnerships every year, none of which lend themselves to any meaningful increase in demand, ever.

Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
2 months ago

Fitbit has the technology for battery life that is desired most by google, they made this acquisition about 18 months ago and it is why the Ionic and Versa can last 5 days without charging. Google understands without this added feature most critical to the ecosystem it has no potential to grow its smartwatch category sales. The technology also has clinical applications that stretch beyond Philips, Johnson Mead etc. Homework, homework.

VIX Speculators Boosted Their Bearish Bets For 7th Time In 8 Weeks
2 months ago

Welcome to review my works and such. Written extensively on the top of the VIX and market volatility complex as an asset class for several years. I'm not attempting to detract from the articles content and general purpose, but encouraging folks to better align content with the greater trading and investing disciplines that are repeatable within the volatility complex.

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AAPL Apple Inc.
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation
FEYE FireEye, Inc.
FIT Fitbit, Inc.
JCP J.C. Penney Company Inc.
M Macy's Inc.
NKE Nike Inc.
PEP PepsiCo Inc.
SODA SodaStream International Ltd.
TGT Target Corporation
UVXY PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II
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