Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to Invest in Spotify Before It Goes Public

Many, many years ago, I was able to buy stock in Apple (AAPL) before it went public. Around the time when Apple Computer [that was the original name] was considering going public, I noticed an article in Forbes Magazine which mentioned that many of the shares were owned by a publicly traded closed end fund called the Nautilus Fund.
So I immediately bought some shares of the Nautilus Fund, not being sure of whether the CEF would sells the shares of Apple when it went public or would spin the shares out to the shareholders.
As it turned out, Apple had its initial public offering and the fund gave its shareholders the shares in Apple.
Now there is another hot company that is planning on going public but not through an IPO.
Spotify (SPOT) is a Stokholm, Sweden based music, podcast, and video streaming service with 160 million users, 72 million of which are paying customers.
You may have already heard that the company is expected to begin trading on April 3 on the New York Stock Exchange. This will be a direct listing, which means that no underwriters will be involved.
The reasons that the company is doing this are several, and the company has laid them out in its filing with the SEC for Form FWP 1 Filed Pursuant to Rule 433 under the Securities Act of 1933.
Here is what Spotify said in that document:
Many people have speculated about why Spotify is pursuing a Direct Listing.
We think it is best that you hear directly from us why we think this is the right approach for the people at Spotify.
From where we sit, there are five key reasons.
First, to list without the Company having to sell shares.
Second, to offer liquidity for shareholders.
Third, to provide equal access to all buyers and sellers.
Fourth, to conduct the process with radical transparency.
And fifth, is to enable market-driven price discovery through the New York Stock Exchange.
So can an investor get in before the trading date?
Article continued at WStNN.com. To see the rest of the article, click HERE.

Monday, March 19, 2018

My Tax Lien Investment Adventure

I used to go to those “get rich quick” seminars every year or so as I wanted to see what the latest money making schemes were being foisted upon the American public, and they would give me some ideas for articles. I have a friend who was  big fan of these events and was able to drag me along every once in a while.
Usually these conferences would last for a few hours and have three different presenters, each one lasting about an hour long, and at least one real estate related. So for one of the ones I attended, the first was how to flip houses, the second was trading with stock options, and the third, make money with tax liens.
The tax liens that were referred to in this event are county government liens against real estate where the property tax is past due. When the property owner fails to pay the taxes that are due, a tax lien certificate is issued. Investors can buy the tax lien certificates through auctions and can earn outrageously high interest rates of potentially 16%, 18%, 24%, or possibly 36% on their tax liens. The property owners are required to pay the back taxes plus the interest or they can lose their property to the tax lien owner.
The states that offer tax liens are as follows:
Click HERE to see the continuation of the article on WSTNN.com

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

How to Invest Like a Billionaire


Do you want to be a billionaire? If so, maybe you should invest in the companies that made the billionaires so rich.

Forbes Magazine has just come out with its latest billionaires list. Seven out of the top ten billionaires have founded and/or are the head of companies that are publicly traded, providing investors with a selection of stocks to invest in.

The following is a list of the billionaires and their stocks.
RankNameNet WorthCompanySymbol
#1Jeff Bezos$112 BAmazonAMZN
#2Bill Gates$90 BMicrosoftMSFT
#3Warren Buffett$84 BBerkshire HathawayBRKA
#4Bernard Arnault$72 BLVMHLVMH
#5Mark Zuckerberg$71 BFacebookFB
#7Carlos Slim Helu$67.1 BAmérica MóvilAMX
#10Larry Ellison$58.5 BOracleORCL

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Stocks Going Ex Dividend in March 2018

Please note that this is a sister publication of WallStreetNewsNetwork ( http://WStNN.com ) and eventually everything on this site will be transferred over there.

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.
This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.
The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.


Bank of America Corporation (BAC)3/1/20180.12
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT)3/1/20180.15
Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)3/1/20180.805
Jack In The Box Inc. (JACK)3/2/20180.4
Kellogg Company (K)3/2/20180.54
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fact (RMCF)3/5/20180.12
Home Depot, Inc. (HD)3/7/20181.03
Coca-Cola Company (KO)3/14/20180.39
Nasdaq, Inc. (NDAQ)3/15/20180.38
The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.
Dividend definitions: Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.
Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.
Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.
Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.
Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.
Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Learn More About Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Some of you may know nothing about bitcoin and blockchain. Some of you may have already invested in the cryptocurrencies. In either case, learning more is always beneficial.
The Crypto Invest Summit is a great opportunity to learn more. The Crypto Invest Summit will present the top speakers in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space on two stages and will be the largest crypto expo space in the world. The presentations, pitches, educational panels and fireside chats will run for two days with top industry leaders.
The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles from Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:00 PM to Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:00 PM.
Currently, you can get tickets at a discount price if you order before February 28. Get tickets soon, because they are expected to sell out fast. You can get tickets HERE. Remember, order before the end of this month.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

24 Ways to Make High Returns from a Stock Market Crash


Today, the stock market, as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was down over 250 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was down almost 15 points, and the NASDAQ was down over five points. Walmart (WMT), a stock that has performed well over the past year, tanked by more than 10%today.
Is this a sign of things to come? If so, there are many ways to profit from a stock market crash without having to incur the unlimited risk or shorting stocks, and without having to buy puts with their own set of limitations.
Another way to play the short side of the stock market is to buy the triple leveraged bearish exchange traded funds. These ETFs provide triple the inverse return of indices. They are available for general market indices,  specific industries, and countries.
There are over two dozen triple leveraged bearish ETFs. They have significant volatility, and may have wide bid and asked spreads, and low volume. Plus, the losses can be quick and substantial. They ETFs are designed for short term trading, not long term holds.
Of course, the advantage of these trading vehicles is that they are a way of shorting various indexes without actually shorting an ETF, plus there is a limit on the downside.
One of the more actively traded triple bearish ETFs is the ProShares UltraPro Short Dow30 (SDOW). The average daily volume is 1.3  million shares and the ETF was up 3.16% for the day.
In terms of industries, you have such 3X bear ETFs as the Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X ETF (SOXS) and the Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X ETF (ERY).
To access a free list of over two dozen of these investments, go to triple leveraged bearish ETFs.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Stocks Going Ex Dividend in February 2018

Please note that this is a sister publication of WallStreetNewsNetwork ( http://WStNN.com ) and eventually everything on this site will be transferred over there.

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.
This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.
The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.
Pfizer, Inc. (PFE)2/1/20180.34
Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)2/1/20180.31
Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)2/1/20180.39
Citigroup Inc. (C)2/2/20180.32
PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS)2/2/20180.25
Intel Corporation (INTC)2/6/20180.3
Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)2/7/20180.3
Boeing Company (The) (BA)2/8/20181.71
The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)2/8/20180.1
Consolidated Edison Inc (ED)2/13/20180.715
Amgen Inc. (AMGN)2/14/20181.32
Eli Lilly and Company (LLY)2/14/20180.563
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)2/14/20180.42
Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK)2/16/20180.32
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) (GS)2/28/20180.75
The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.
Dividend definitions: Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.
Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.
Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.
Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.
Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.
Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Yummies are Causing the All-Time Stock Market Highs

Many have wondered why the stock market continues to make all-time highs, almost every day. This exceptional rise may be due to the Yummies, the Young Upwardly Mobile Millennials. Yes, the Millennials, also known as Generation Y. Many traits have been ascribed to this generation, but you don’t ever hear the members referred to as being invetor-oriented.
So let’s look at the facts. Legg Mason Global Asset Management, the 20th largest asset manager in the world, produced the 2017 Global Investment Survey, and the Summary of U.S. Results are very enlightening.
For example, did you know that Millennials invest more in non-cash investments than the Generation X or the Baby Boomers? As a matter of fact, 77% of Yummies apply their funds toward these assets, versus 75% for Gen x and 69% for Baby Boomers.
Let’s look at some definitions before continuing. Legg mason consideres Millennials to be between the ages of 18 and 35, Gen X at age 36 to 52, with Baby Boomers ranging from 53 to 71 years old.
Some other interesting factoids about the Yummies. They invest three times as much as Boomers in non-traditional investments. Plus, a far greater percentage of Yummies put their money into investment real estate than the Baby Boomers.
But what is most amazing is the fact that 11% of the Yummies invest in gold and precious metals versus only 7% of the Gen Xers and a measly 2% for the Baby Boomers.
When the respondents were asked which investment categories they believe offer the best opportunities over the next 12 months, 46% of the Yummies said domestic stocks, with Gen X and Boomers closely agreeing, both at 42%. International stocks came in second as an investment opportunity in the opinion of the Millennials.
Finally, 87% of Yummies have saivings, investments, or both but only 81% of Boomers have these assets, and just 75% of Millennials.
Many wonder why the FAANG stocks, Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Google (GOOG), continue to rise. So now you know. If you are wondering who is driving up the price of stocks and cryptocurrency, you need look no further than the Yummies.
by Fred Fuld III

Disclosure: Author owns AAPL and AMZN.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Top Books by Top Business Executives

Please note that this is a sister publication of WallStreetNewsNetwork ( http://WStNN.com ) and eventually everything on this site will be transferred over there.
f you are looking to be successful, look no further than several of the top people in their industries. Many of these individuals have written books about themselves and their successes.
These are all definitely worth reading:
On Success by Charles Munger

Stocks that are Up over 20% for the Week

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As goes the first few days of the year, so goes the rest of the year? If that’s true, you should check out these stocks. They are all up over 20% for the week, and up today.
It is interesting to note that most of them are in the biotechnology industry, with one software company, one utility, and one oil and gas drilling company.
Here they are:
Appian (APPN)
Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA)
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR)
Coheres Biosciences (CHRS)
Immutep (IMMP)
SCANA (SCG)
W&T Offshore (WTI)

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Years 2018 Investment Poem

To be sung to the tune of My Favorite Things

New Years 2018 Investment Poem

Facebook and Apple and Netflix and Google
Throw money at them, no need to be frugal
Amazon’s up over fifty percent
It’s probably not just a random event
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad
Bitcoin and Ether and Litecoin and Ripple
It certainly looks like my money will triple
California will have legalized pot
Which should cause all weed stocks to get very hot
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad
The stock market indexes have gone very high
Investors made money and that is no lie
The markets have risen nine years in a row
Everyone’s guessing how high it will go
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad

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