Sunday, January 19, 2020

Top Precision Medicine Stocks

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by Fred Fuld III

If you are not aware of what precision medicine is, you should probably learn about it. Much information on precision medicine can be found on the site of the U. S. Government’s National Institute of Health National Library of Medicine.
According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.
Although the term “precision medicine” is relatively new, the concept has been a part of healthcare for many years. For example, a person who needs a blood transfusion is not given blood from a randomly selected donor; instead, the donor’s blood type is matched to the recipient to reduce the risk of complications. Although examples can be found in several areas of medicine, the role of precision medicine in day-to-day healthcare is relatively limited. Researchers hope that this approach will expand to many areas of health and healthcare in coming years.
There is a lot of overlap between the terms “precision medicine” and “personalized medicine.” According to the National Research Council, “personalized medicine” is an older term with a meaning similar to “precision medicine.” However, there was concern that the word “personalized” could be misinterpreted to imply that treatments and preventions are being developed uniquely for each individual; in precision medicine, the focus is on identifying which approaches will be effective for which patients based on genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. The Council therefore preferred the term “precision medicine” to “personalized medicine.” However, some people still use the two terms interchangeably.
Pharmacogenomics is a part of precision medicine. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to particular drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that are tailored to variations in a person’s genes.
Precision medicine holds promise for improving many aspects of health and healthcare. Some of these benefits will be apparent soon, as the All of Us Research Program continues and new tools and approaches for managing data are developed. Other benefits will result from long-term research in precision medicine and may not be realized for years.
Potential benefits of the Precision Medicine Initiative:
  • New approaches for protecting research participants, particularly patients’ privacy and the confidentiality of their data.
  • Design of new tools for building, analyzing, and sharing large sets of medical data.
  • Improvement of FDA oversight of tests, drugs, and other technologies to support innovation while ensuring that these products are safe and effective.
  • New partnerships of scientists in a wide range of specialties, as well as people from the patient advocacy community, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and others.
  • Opportunity for a million people to contribute to the advancement of scientific research.
Potential long-term benefits of research in precision medicine:
  • Wider ability of doctors to use patients’ genetic and other molecular information as part of routine medical care.
  • Improved ability to predict which treatments will work best for specific patients.
  • Better understanding of the underlying mechanisms by which various diseases occur.
  • Improved approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of diseases.
  • Better integration of electronic health records (EHRs) in patient care, which will allow doctors and researchers to access medical data more easily.
For investors, there are a few stocks that participate in this industry.
Illumina (ILMN) makes and sells sequencing systems for for genomic analysis. The stock trades at 50 times trailing earnings and 46 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest reported quarter were up 12%.
Vermillion (VRML) develops diagnostic tests, including genetics testing through its ASPiRA GenetiX platform for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The company is currently generating negative earnings.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) has developed gene therapy for treating cystic fibrosis. The stock has a price to earnings of 28 and a forward P/E ratio of 36.
Other companies involved in the precision medicine which are worth investigating are Biomarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), IQVIA Holdings (IQV), and Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF (CNCR).
Keep in mind that there are several industries that will be leaders in the future, and precision medicine will be one of them.
Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.



Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Ex Dividend Stocks for January 2020

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The following is a short list of some of the many stocks going ex dividend during the next month.
Many traders and investors use the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the strategy 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 in bull markets and flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the strategy 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. 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 many with yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the periodic dividend amount.
American Express Company (AXP)1/2/20200.431.37%
Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)1/2/20200.352.93%
Campbell Soup Company (CPB)1/7/20200.352.83%
Oracle Corporation (ORCL)1/8/20200.241.80%
General Mills, Inc. (GIS)1/9/20200.493.68%
General Dynamics Corporation (GD)1/16/20201.022.30%
Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)1/17/20201.032.78%
Clorox Company (CLX)1/28/20201.062.76%
Hasbro, Inc. (HAS)1/30/20200.682.57%
Bank Of Montreal (BMO)1/31/20200.7984.13%
The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found HERE . (If you have been to the page 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 HERE . 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.



Monday, December 30, 2019

Top Investment Books for your Holiday Reading Pleasure

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Are you looking for some reading during the holidays? Are you looking for some books that you can spend your Amazon (AMZN) gift cards on? Here is a selection.


These books are all about either day trading, swing trading, or investing in stocks and all have an average of four or more stars on Amazon.
Investment Guide
by Gary Charles Palmer
Unleash Your Investments
by John Hagensen
Stock Traders Almanac
by Jeffrey A. Hirsch
(every stock trader should have this book)
Day Trading Journal
Wall Street News Network
Stock Trading Journal
Wall Street News Network
Investment Trivia
by Fred Fuld III


You have probably seen those ads on TV about flipping houses and investing in real estate. Before dipping your foot in the water, maybe you should read up on buying and renting homes. The following are some recent top selling books on real estate investing, shown by category. Read, learn, and invest.
Rental Property Investing
by Charles Pennyfeather
Real Estate Investment
by Lee Strong


Strategize to Win
By Carla A. Harris
A Wall Street veteran offers proven strategies for success.
The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Building Your Business
By Kevin Devine
Each step of the entrepreneur’s journey.
Boost Your Career
By Sander Flaum and Mechele Flaum
How to climb the corporate ladder.
The Serving Mindset
By Farnoosh Brock
Practical guide to making sales pitches.
The 7 Principles of Public Speaking
By Richard Zeoli
Improve your communication skills.
10-Minute Focus
By Daniel Walter
Guide to maintaining your focus and maximizing productivity.
Chasing the High
By Michael G. Dash
How to manage the highs and lows of business.
Getting to Yes
By Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton
Master the art of win-win agreements.
Your Living Trust & Estate Plan
By Harvey J. Platt
Tips on creating a living will and estate plan.

Disclosure: A couple of the books above were written by me. Affiliate links.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Billionaires Christmas List

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You have a couple weeks left to do your gift shopping. Here is a list of gifts for the billionaire who has everything. Buy them now before they are gone.


This blue Aston Martin automobile has a powerful twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 engine, and is being offered by Neiman Marcus. The famous 007, Daniel Craig, custom designed the car. Oh yeah; they will throw in an Omega limited edition platinum watch as part of the deal, and of course two free tickets to the latest James Bond movie.
Price: $700,007
Neiman Marcus


How would you like to drive a zero emissions vehicle that you and drive on land or underwater. This car is offered by Hammacher Schlemmer.
Price: $2,000,000
Hammacher Schlemmer


For the special woman in your life, a perfect gift would be an Amoro 18k White Gold Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring which includes a Colombian Emerald weighing approximately 4.08 carats, and two baguette cut genuine diamonds weighing approximately 1.01 carats.
Price: $110,000


If you are looking to move up to a larger house, Chartwell Estate should make the perfect home. It is also known as the Beverly Hills Mansion. This 25,000 square foot home in Bel Air, California has 11 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms.
Price: $150,000,000 (Sorry, this house was sold literally days ago to Lachlan Murdoch)
photo by Alan Light


For the Chess Player Who Has Everything: A Diamond Chess Set at a very, very expensive price.
Estimated price: $500,000


This is an original mint complete set of eight Frankenstein Boris Karloff lobby cards from 1931.
Price: $450,000

1796 $2.50 GOLD COIN

For the billionaire coin collectors, a gold coin might be the best gift. This is a 1796 $2.50 Capped Bust Quarter Eagle with no stars graded AU-58 by PCGS.
Price: $276,763.31


You can’t do without the most expensive investment book ever (and the most stolen library book), Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor by Seth Klarman, which is currently available for $1,300.


A great gift for a baseball fan. A Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball, graded MINT 8, PSA/DNA Certified.
Price: $124,274.96


Finally, for the billionaire who wants to become a trillionaire, you can get a genuine $100 trillion dollar bill.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays!!!

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