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Gary C. Bizzo | Equities.com |

As a boy growing up in Canada, I remember seeing the ubiquitous 'Made in the USA' product label everywhere and on everything. Lionel Trains, established in 1900 in Concord, North Carolina, were my go to rainy weekend toys. My first guitar at twelve was a Fender Stratocaster made in California and my first computer was an Apple made in Cupertino. Remember Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum stuck under your desk top at school? It was made in Chicago. What happened to the Made in the USA label on every...


Frank Holmes | Equities.com |

Warren Buffett is arguably the most respected and accomplished investor in U.S. history. He turned Berkshire Hathaway, a struggling textile company, into a multibillion-dollar holding company. Since 1987, Berkshire’s Class A shares have delivered an impressive compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 14.91 percent.That doesn’t mean all of his investing decisions should be seen as gospel. He famously doesn’t like gold, for one. And in 2018, he admitted that he was wrong to underestimate Amazo...


Ivan Martchev | Equities.com |

If it weren’t for the elimination of the uptick rule in 2007 and the subsequent infiltration of high-speed computerized trading, the volatility in the stock market would not be so high. The same is true for the commodity markets, even though the rules of trading there have always been different. The most extreme case of “computers gone wild” is the recent trading in May 2020 WTI crude oil futures (CLK20), where the last trade in the contract was a positive $9.06 one day after the contract ...


Michael McTague | Equities.com |

Beyond the coronavirus financial crisis, all countries need to protect their economies from further damage. Our new series concerns Italy, a major member of the euro zone that has also suffered mightily this year. Italy’s economy is our focus. The euro zone suffers from slow growth. Long before the corona virus cut deeply into profits, the wealth centers on the continent – Germany and France -- were crawling along. But, careful observers will note that Italy has been mov...


Robert Reiss | Equities.com |

This pandemic has sent our country into a rapid economic downturn with massive job losses and millions of people seeking ways to cut costs. It’s a perfect storm on many fronts leaving consumers mainly focused on indispensable items should as food, shelter and yes communication devices such as mobiles and tablets. These devices have become the ultimate form of communication during this pandemic for news and updates and in many cases the only way family members can communicate with their loved o...


David Nelson, CFA CMT | Equities.com |

Markets took a pause last week while at the same time completing one the biggest single month gains in a generation. It would be nice to believe the challenges ahead are few and that 2020 is just a cyclical downturn easily followed by the next leg of a bull market. Unfortunately, reality is a bitch!S&P 500 3 Year Chart with Linear Regression and Retracement _____David Nelson is Chief Strategist for Belpointe Asset Management._____Equities Contributor: David Nelson, CFA CMTSource: Equities Ne...


John Mauldin | Equities.com |

What will the longer-term fallout of the coronavirus be on the economy, the markets and society? We’re starting to catch glimpses of it already. And the world looks a lot different than the one we knew.As my friend Dave Rosenberg, the chief economist and strategist of Rosenberg Research, wrote in a recent client letter … We are going to be in for a prolonged period of social distancing and our personal and commercial lives will remain restricted. The focus will be on savings, cash conservat...


Gary C. Bizzo | Equities.com |

Yes, we are in a war, an invisible one, with the battlefield in hospitals and the warriors embodied by medical personnel. In my world of startups and entrepreneurs, there's another war that exists today with battles hard to see and victims everywhere. For many years business has been compared to two armies going to war. Sun Tzu, the famous fifth and sixth century BC Chinese general, is traditionally credited with The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy that has influenced global thinking. His observations and strategies have been taught in most business schools the world over.


David Nelson, CFA CMT | Equities.com |

In the early days of the pandemic equity markets reacted to a combination of data, news driven events and of course human emotion. Plummeting at a pace not seen in recent history it took just 23 trading days for stocks to fall from peak to trough. This historic downturn dwarfs the slow-moving train wrecks of the dot.com bubble and financial crisis taking over 600 and 350 trading days respectively to unfold. S&P 500 1 Year The latest Wall Street debate is whether there is a disconnect between...


Leo Kolivakis | Equities.com |

Lauren Hirsch of CNBC reports Neiman Marcus eyes Sunday bankruptcy filing, $600 million emergency funding:Neiman Marcus could file for bankruptcy as soon as Sunday and is in talks with its current lenders about raising roughly $600 million in emergency financing to fund operations through the restructuring, people familiar with the situation tell CNBC.In bankruptcy, the retailer will work to flush its more than $4 billion of debt leftover from its sale to Ares Management and the Canada Pension P...