For-Profit Education, China-style (EDU)

August was ugly for most market sectors – the dollar may have been the only safe place.  One group of stocks bludgeoned in a particularly nasty way was U.S. for-profit education stocks. Companies like Apollo Group (APOL), Corinthian Colleges (COCO) and Strayer Education (STRA) were first hammered... 

Emerging Market Telecom May Be Better Than U.S. (TLK)

Data point after data point shows plenty of reason for concern about the U.S. economy.  Consumer sentiment, manufacturing activity, jobless claims, home sales, GDP, you name it: when the data disappoints – as it has recently – stocks suffer.  The U.S. isn’t the only victim.  Canada... 

FLAT Has Your Back Amid Flattening Yield Curve

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a flattening yield curve, a condition where the yields on short-term and long-dated Treasuries converge.  This is especially bad news for banks because a major source of profits for money-center banks is the ability to borrow money at short-term rates and... 

Buy Indian Cars With Tata Motors (TTM)

In the emerging markets arena, India frequently plays second-fiddle to China.  India is the second-largest country in the world by population.  It’s also growing fast, but not as fast as China.  Investors should not be deceived by the statistics: India offers plenty of opportunities.  The government... 

Worried about Deflation? Go Long Bonds with EDV

Since the financial crisis hit over two years ago, governments all over the world have taken a variety of steps to restore economic growth and investor confidence.  The most popular tactic has been to throw enormous amounts of stimulus money into the economy.  Central banks enhanced this fiscal stimulus... 

SQM: Playing The Lithium Boom Chile-Style

With the boom in global demand for alternative-fueled vehicles, now may be a good time to break out your Periodic Table of Elements from science class.  It’s time to learn something about lithium. Represented by the symbol “Li,” lithium is the lightest and least dense of the solid elements. Lithium... 

Capitalize on Rising Sugar Prices (SGG)

Sugarcane, native to South and Southeast Asia, has been used since ancient times to sweeten food and drinks.  It was a relatively obscure plant until the Middle Ages when people figured out how to refine, store, and trade it.  Sugar eventually replaced honey as the world’s most popular sweetening... 

A Utility and Natural Gas Play (OGE)

Seasonal trading is nothing new. Commodity traders frequently review charts looking for the best opportunity based on seasonal trends, often based on the weather. Speculators might purchase corn futures, or the Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN), during a dry season expecting prices to rise on a thin harvest.... 

Short Small Caps with RWM

Successful investing requires different perspectives. For one, you need a close-up picture. That’s why investors use short-term charts, CNBC, and Fox Business. A short-term perspective shows you what’s happening today or this week. You can even get up-to-the minute market action with real-time... 

Go Long the US Dollar (UUP)

When the stock market stumbles, smart investors look for alternatives.  These alternatives can be different asset classes like commodities or bonds.  The idea is to select a non-correlated asset so that when stocks aren’t performing well, something else will.  Another alternative can be shorting... 

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