Saturday, September 28, 2013

Herbalife: Monster Short Squeeze Coming Soon, Says Chartist

If you're going to dance among the hedge fund elephants you better be nimble. That's the basic thinking of and founder of Eagle Bay Capital J.C. Parets as he tries to make money for his clients by trading shares of Herbalife (HLF).

A quick refresher course on Herbalife might be in order. Last December billionaire investor Bill Ackman announced he was shorting the shares of nutritional supplement (?) company Herbalife. Ackman maintains the company is a pyramid scheme and believes the stock will go to zero. Putting his money where his mouth is, Ackman announced that he was short 20% of HLF's float and wouldn't cover a single share.

Ackman has plenty of enemies on Wall Street and they were quick to pounce. Among those enemies is billionaire Carl Ichan who famously went on CNBC and suggested Ackman was exposing himself to "the mother of all short squeezes." With Ackman sitting on so many shares on the short side, Icahn and other Wall Street "whales" pounced, buying up Herbalife shares and "squeezing" Herbalife higher while Ackman squirmed. (more)

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25 'Hidden Gem' Real Estate Markets Around The US

For investors  looking to get into the real estate market, one factor should be considered above all others: location, location, location.
RealtyTrac has combed the country to find 25 "hidden gem" markets — areas that are little-known, aren't swarming with big institutional investors, and boast sizeable yields.
The firm based its study on a combination of five factors: median home value (single-family, three-bedroom home), unemployment, median rental value, institutional investor sales, and gross yield. (more)

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Solar Activity Is At A 100 Year Low: Are You Prepared For A Bitterly Cold Winter?

by Michael Snyder, Activist Post:
Are you ready for bone-chilling cold this winter? The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other weather forecasters that rely on solar activity as a factor in their weather forecasts are projecting that this upcoming winter will be bitterly cold. Solar activity is at a 100-year low, and even though we were supposed to be in the midst of a solar maximum this year, our sun has been eerily quiet. So precisely what in the world is going on?
There have been other periods throughout history when solar activity has been extraordinarily quiet, and those times have corresponded with periods of extreme cold.  For example, the “Maunder Minimum” which stretched from 1645 to 1715 corresponded with the most bitterly cold period that the earth experienced in the last 1000 years.  So could we be heading toward another “mini-ice age”?  That is a question that some scientists are now beginning to ask.
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This commodity is almost guaranteed to soar now

The USDA is projecting record corn crops this year. Production is set to increase by more than 25% over last year's drought ridden crop.

Corn prices crashed in anticipation… down over 40% since last year.

This is a basic law of supply and demand. Supply is set to increase, yet demand will remain relatively stable… so prices fall. This is how prices are supposed to work… but it's overdone. And corn prices are set to soar…

You see, traders expect the rout to continue. But they are too bearish. We can see this clearly by looking at the Commitment of Traders (COT) report for Corn.

The COT report shows the real bets of futures traders… folks that have real money at stake. And as contrarians, we know that when everyone bets on the same outcome, the opposite usually occurs.

That's exactly where the corn market is today. Futures traders haven't been this bearish in years. Take a look...

The last time the COT was this negative, corn prices increased 28% over the next four months.

This is a classic contrarian bet… Everyone expects perfect news in the corn market. They expect a perfect crop… a record crop. And they expect prices to continue downward.

There is no room for bad news.

Any disturbances will send prices soaring. And while you've probably never bet on corn prices, it's a safe trade to make right now.

If you don't have a futures account, the simplest way to invest is the Teucrium Corn ETF (NYSE: CORN). This is a simple fund that accurately tracks the corn futures market.

CORN does charge a ridiculous 5% annual expense ratio. But it's the only viable way to make the trade.

If we walk away with a 25%-plus gain in a few months, giving up a few percent in expenses is fine by me. Check it out.
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LINDSEY WILLIAMS on Jeff Rense Radio : Insider Globalist Plans Revealed

Pastor Lindsey Williams, former minister to the global oil companies during the building of the Alaskan pipeline, and future trends reporter on economic and financial issues, announced on the Just Measures Radio Pathfinder program the ten financial and economic plans scheduled for America over the next four years. Beginning with a massive increase of forced debt on the Federal government, states, and the American people, the end game is for the dollar to be phased out, and to have over 70% of the population reliant upon government benefits by 2016.

    10 agendas the American people will face over the next 4 years

    1. There is going to be forced debt creation

    2. They will tax the middle class into oblivion

    3. Debt limit suspended

    4. Dollar will be phased out over the next four years

    5. Formula = Fed QE3 will devalue the dollar 3-4%, new historic taxes, Obamacare tax, food price increases, work week hours decreasing

    6. Middle class to feel the effects of a global 'fistfight' between the old elite, a renegade President, and a new elite coming out of Asia

    7. By the end of the next four years, 70% will be dependent in some form of government benefit

    8. By 2016, gold will be at $3000 per ounce, and will be the only thing maintaining purchasing power

    9. Plan to take over churches (that are mortgaged)

    10. Millions of Muslims will be brought in to the country over the next four years. - Lindsey William, Pathfinder Radio Show, Dec. 4

According to Pastor Williams and his sources, the primary purpose of implementing these programs is for the eventual phasing out of the dollar, and ensuring the population is ready for a new currency and economic system. Already, debt for most Americans is increasing as student loans reach historic highs, long term unemployment remains at Depression era levels, little or no middle income jobs are being created, and inflation has raised the cost of food by more than 30% in the past year alone.

In regards to the dollar, its days appear numbered even before Pastor Williams announced the intention of the ruling class. China has implemented three distinct programs which now allow three billion people across the globe to perform transactions, including in energy, in currencies other than the dollar.

During the month of December and leading into January of 2014, Congress, along with President Obama, are discussing several tax, spending, and debt programs to help alleviate a perceived 'fiscal cliff' that will occur when the Bush tax cuts end, and national healthcare (Obamacare) begins. One of these debt programs is to allow the White House to seize control the debt ceiling, thus eliminating it from Congressional control, and allowing government borrowing to occur limitless according to law. This, along with unlimited money printing and bond buying from the Federal Reserve, will accelerate the death of the dollar, and bring massive inflation through which the American people will have difficulty buying goods and services without government intervention.

Old world economies in the West have not recovered since the 2008 credit crash, and in fact have gotten much worse. Nations such as Italy, Spain, and Greece have lost their leadership, and remain in such economic straits that riots are becoming weekly occurrences. In the Untied States, economic growth has fallen below 2%, with hundreds of companies laying off employees by the thousands. Additionally, America's largest employer Walmart is preparing to cut worker hours to less than 30 per week to ensure they don't incur the premium costs of Obamacare next year.

With the election season over, and Barack Obama once again in office for another four years, a ramp up of his original plans to redistribute wealth, and tax Americans through a myriad of programs is virtually assured. In response, that slowdown of economic growth, rising inflation from the Fed devaluing the dollar, and the growing number of Americans now reliant upon government benefits gives a great deal of credence to the ten agendas Americans can expect to see on the horizon for themselves and the country during the next four years. 
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Nine Lessons From The Greatest Trader Who Ever Lived: Jesse L. Livermore

The stock market has certainly produced its share of heroes and villains over the years. And while villains have been many, the heroes have been few.

One of the good guys (for me, at least) has always been Jesse L. Livermore. He's considered by many of today's top Wall Street traders to be the greatest trader who ever lived.

Leaving home at age 14 with no more than five bucks in his pocket, Livermore went on to earn millions on Wall Street back in the days when they still literally read the tape.

Long or short, it didn't matter to Jesse. (more)

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Hidden Secrets Of Money 3: Dollar Crisis To Golden Opportunity — Mike Maloney

Today we bring you Episode 3 of Mike Maloney’s Hidden Secrets of Money. Mike was asked to speak at an event in Singapore and to give his opinion on the future for the U.S. Dollar. His presentation was titled ‘Death Of The Dollar Standard’ and showed very clearly that the Dollar Standard is developing serious cracks, and will likely split at the seams during this decade. How will this affect you
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