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2015
Aug 29
Don’t let the stress of the markets destroy your health
We can use the power of our hearts to lower our stress so we can make better decisions -- even in our investing. Read More
Aug 28
The First Word That Comes to Mind About Clinton, Trump & Bush
A new Quinnipiac poll of presidential candidates asked respondents to name the "first word that comes to mind" about Clinton, Trump and Bush. Read More
Aug 28
When it Comes to CEO Pay, How Much is Too Much?
Companies will now be compelled to reveal the median worker pay and the ratio to what the CEO makes. But what determines a fair ratio? Read More
Aug 27
Trump, Wall Street Love the China Blame Game
The always-outspoken Donald Trump is never one to let an opportunity to blame China go by. And to be certain, Beijing is making it pretty easy for him these days. Read More
Aug 27
The Top Draft Pick in Morgan Stanley’s Fantasy League: Tesla
Morgan Stanley ($MS) must have confused fantasy football season with its Tesla ($TSLA) research, because their reasons for doubling its share price target seem based in pure fantasy! Read More
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Aug 26
Skepticism Over the Rally, and GMO Labeling
Healthy skepticism should pay off when it comes to GMO foods and rallies amid huge market drops. Read More
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Aug 26
The hard truth about today’s stock market…
From 1929 to 2012, 45% of all S&P 500 returns came from reinvested dividends. And in periods when stocks were flat to down, those income checks accounted for all of investors' gains! Read More
Aug 25
Avoiding the Emotional Bouncing Market Ball
The Dow dropped 1,600+ points in four days. Sure, China is a culprit. But an ETF 'mini flash crash' is also partly to blame. Read More
Aug 25
How to Retire as Tax-Free as Possible
It's possible to enjoy low to no taxes on retirement income, dividends, property and interest. But depending which state you live in, it'll cost you more to live and die. Read More
Aug 24
The Bearish Heat of a Nuclear Summer
The Dow plunged 1,089 points in the first five minutes of today's trade. Then it recovered almost 1,000 points. Then back down again it went on this black Monday. Read More
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Aug 24
You Ever Think Maybe the Markets are Crazy, and I’m Not?
U.S. equity fund and ETF outflows surpassed $78 billion in 2015, more than any year since 1993. That money is flowing to European and other international funds … and to this U.S. sector … Read More
Aug 22
Top Medical Journal Warns of GMOs, Herbicides & Public Health
When it comes to the study of human health and the effects our environment has on us, there are very few truly unbiased, independent sources … Read More
Aug 21
Brokers Terrified, and Not About This Correction
Stocks are crumbling, but an industry advocate site suggests some Wall Streeters are more worried about the Ashley Madison data breach than the market correction. Read More
Aug 21
The Hard Truth About Today’s Stock Market
From 1929 to 2012, 45% of all S&P 500 returns came from reinvested dividends. And in periods when stocks were flat to down, those income checks accounted for all of investors' gains! Read More
Aug 20
IMF: Yuan Won’t be Added as Reserve Currency in 2015
The IMF delayed a move to include the yuan in the basket of reserve currencies for at least a year, a vote of "no confidence" for China. Read More
Aug 20
Forget the 35% Gain in UA; This Growth Stock is Going Much Higher
With sports royalty like Stephen Curry and Jordan Spieth, Under Armour ($UA) could soon unseat reigning champ Nike ($NKE) for the No. 1 spot in the athletic apparel market. Read More
Aug 19
‘Participation’ Trophies and the Nasdaq
Steeler James Harrison reminds us that participation trophies don't cut it in sports, school, work or life. And they do no favors for your investment portfolio. Read More
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Aug 19
An Easy, Proven Solution for Joint Pain
As we grow older, we notice body aches and pains we never used to never have ... in places we never knew could hurt! Read More
Aug 18
The End of the Entitlement Culture?
James Harrison may just be my new favorite pro football player. The super-aggressive linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the NFL’s best athletes … Read More
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Aug 18
New survey on Social Security highlights American ignorance
New retirees will live about 20 years longer than the first batch of Social Security beneficiaries. But as Americans collectively earn less, they put fewer dollars into the system. Read More
Aug 17
Your Feedback on the Dollar: Lie or Prophecy?
John Kerry suggested the dollar could lose world reserve currency status if the Iran nuclear deal falls through. But might it be doomed even without a deal? Read More
Aug 17
The Unique Way a Gold Bug Gifts Silver to His Family
JR Crooks' gold-bug grandfather has an unusual way of sharing his precious-metals wealth: an annual trivia contest where he gives away Morgan Silver Dollars. Read More
Aug 15
Fat Goes into ‘Thin Air’ When You Lose Weight
A new study out of Australia shows that when you lose weight, you breathe it out. This gives new meaning to "thin air"! Read More
Aug 14
Debunk This! How to Look with Critical Eyes
A thinking person should always approach a study or an expert with two things: openness to persuasion, and a readiness to question everything. Read More
Aug 14
IRS Violates Tax Law, Proves Need for Simpler Tax Code
As investors, we know that the Internal Revenue Service is a part of our realities. But the IRS doesn't exactly go into hiding between tax seasons. Read More
Aug 13
Dangerous Lie or Frightening Prophecy?
Secretary of State John Kerry said if the Iran nuclear deal doesn't get done, the U.S. dollar could lose its status as the world's reserve currency. Read More
Aug 13
Why I Changed My Mind on This Tech Stock
$IBM calls data the new natural resource. This tech company invested over $26 billion in Big Data analytics. And this could pay off handsomely for stock buyers. Read More
Aug 12
What the China Currency Tumult Means for You
China's devalued yuan is again the lead of the day, and it's again the big factor influencing equities, currencies, bonds and commodities. Read More
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Aug 12
This Tech Shows How You’re Going to Die (and How to Stop It)
Angelina Jolie discovered she could die in a few years. Fearing that her life expectancy would wind down before her time, she decided to have a double mastectomy. Read More
Aug 11
Google Serves Up ‘Alphabet’ Soup
Google ($GOOGL) will separate its search and advertising business from its "moonshots," in a move that reorganizes the company, well, from A to Z. Read More
Aug 11
Social Security’s age is starting to show
Social Security's Disability Insurance Fund is set to go broke in late 2016. But lawmakers' proposed solution would just delay it to 2034, Social Security's 99th birthday. Read More
Aug 10
Barron’s: Calling a Commodities Bottom
"It's time to consider commodities," says the latest Barron's cover story. But is this the right time to buy the blood in the streets? Read More
Aug 10
Gold Traders are Walloping Gold Investors
Traders are betting gold prices will keep falling. But when shorts pile in like they are now, it often generates short-term buying opportunities. Read More
Aug 08
Could eating spicy foods help you live longer?
Spicy foods are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Plus, capsaicin in peppers can help fight inflammation and stave off cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Read More
Aug 07
Your Passionate Debate on Pay Ratio Disclosure
The issue of CEO pay ratio disclosure aroused plenty of passionate responses from readers, both pro and con. Here are just a few examples. Read More
Aug 07
3 Potential ‘Overreaction Opportunities’
Everyone who invests in stocks has a different style. They also have a different opinion about where stocks will head. But what we could all … Read More
Aug 06
Slowing the Presidential Regulation Train
Just in time for tonight's presidential debate, Mercatus' study of the growth of regulatory restrictions by the executive branch reveals a troubling trend. Read More
Aug 06
Rick Rule: Junior Miners Not Raising Cash Now are ‘Delusional’
Junior miners that aren't raising cash now because they think precious metals prices will rebound soon are "delusional," according to a top resource investor. Read More
Aug 05
A Tale of Two Paychecks
The SEC approved "pay ratio disclosure" rules, and that means more income inequality talk. Plus, one recent epic fail paycheck experiment. Read More
Aug 05
5 To-Dos for Your Financial Bucket List
These five to-dos can help you to face the inevitable with fiscal grace. Read More
Aug 04
Is Your Smart TV a Little Too Smart?
If you have a smart TV, it may be watching you -- and recording what it hears. California lawmakers are on the case, but is regulation the right answer? Read More
Aug 04
Why the VIX is the Most-Important Index You Never Look at
Options traders, via the CBOE Volatility Index, can tell you a lot about how to trade the markets. Here are three few ways to use the VIX to help you make money. Read More
Aug 03
Let’s Talk More About the Nanny State
Friday I wrote of my brush with the nanny state via an etched wine glass regulating the pour. That turned out to be a provocative subject. Read More
Aug 03
How to Survive This Bull Market
The markets are overvalued, overbought & overbullish, suggesting pain for stocks ahead. But one well-respected analyst says the bulls are set to overtake the bears once again. Read More
Aug 01
A Physiological Love Affair With Chocolate
Dark chocolate helps the brain release phenylethylamine. This is called the "love drug" because it causes feelings of excitement, focus and elevated mood, similar to feeling in love. Read More
Jul 31
Last Night’s Brush with the Nanny State
I love a great glass of wine, smooth Bourbon or a craft beer with food. What I don't like are constant reminders of the nanny state. Read More
Jul 31
Does Jet.com Startup Signal a Return to Y2K?
Is Jet.com the next Amazon.com ($AMZN), or a throwback to the tech-bubble days of Y2K? Read More
Jul 30
Prepping the Rate Hike Launch Pad
The FOMC was more "hawkish" than many realize, so we could soon see the first interest rate hike in 10 years. Will the cost of capital rise in seven weeks? Read More
Jul 30
2 More Big Data Companies That Can Predict the Future
Big data stocks like MicroStrategy (MSTR) and Qlik Technologies (QLIK) should continue to see huge long-term growth alongside the explosion in Internet traffic. Read More
Jul 29
Musk, Hawking vs. ‘The Terminator’
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and over 1,000 thinkers signed an open letter urging world governments to prevent the start of "a military AI arms race." Read More
Jul 29
How to Trade the Fed & the Return of -Ish
Traders debate whether the Fed is dovish or hawkish about interest rates. But when the Fed is managing markets, transparency-ish is the word of the day. Read More
Jul 28
Are We in a Stealth Bear Market?
Four stocks are down for each one that's up. But that money isn't leaving the markets; it's overflowing into certain blue chips. But that's not great news. Read More
Needle and a Yellow Balloon
Jul 28
My take on Chinese stocks and commodities…
Before you go bottom-fishing in Chinese stocks and commodities, be careful that the market bubble there isn't about to burst even further. Read More
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Jul 27
China vs. Human Nature
The Shanghai exchange plunged 8.5%. China's policymakers said they'd keep propping up the market. But is this a fight against human nature? Read More
Jul 27
Fat Profits from Skinny Pigs
The Year of the Pig got here four years early. Pigs are tired, hot and hungry. With lean hogs skinnier than ever, it will take a lot more bacon to buy pork products. Read More
Jul 25
How Cinnamon Can Control Your Blood Sugar
A half-teaspoon of cinnamon each day can help keep diabetes and other side effects of high glucose levels at bay. But beware of regular store-bought spices. Read More
Jul 24
The ‘Likes’ Know You Better than You Do
There's no keeping a low profile when you have social-media profiles. A new study says you don't have to hit "Like" -- these sites already know what will or won't appeal to you. Read More
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Jul 24
7 Surprising Facts About Social Security
When should you file for Social Security benefits, if at all? Here are seven surprising facts that can help you during your retirement years. Read More
Jul 23
The Immortal Value of Gold
Gold haters keep piling on, so I think it's time to step way back to see why gold really is the only truly sound money in the universe. Read More
Jul 23
Why You Shouldn’t Buy Apple on This Pullback
Apple ($AAPL) does not have a new "go to" product. It's almost a pure play on iPhones. And based on the latest numbers, growth is clearly slowing. Read More
Jul 22
Haters Love to Hate on Gold
Nothing's intellectually easier than joining the Wall Street herd to "hate on" an unloved asset. And right now, there's no asset class hated more than gold. Read More
Jul 22
Ready for a ‘Shadow Bank’ Run?
When the Bond King speaks, Wall Street listens. Bill Gross is well-known for his astute views on the bond market. He's also earned his reputation as one of the most-successful income portfolio managers of all time, at PIMCO and now at Janus Capital. Read More
Jul 21
Wall Street Insider’s ‘Escort Indicator’ Could Reveal Market Peak
The world's oldest profession is booming on Wall Street. We'll look at the rise in the escort index, and why it may be a warning sign for investors. Read More
Jul 21
Gold at five-year lows! Interested?
Gold is the insurance policy you never hope you'll have to use. Especially now, when all the negative forces are still in place to send bullion below $1,000. Read More
Jul 20
Adding Jet Fuel to a New Tech Bubble
The Nasdaq is on fire these days, with both the broad-based Nasdaq Composite and large-cap Nasdaq-100 stocks soaring to new highs. Read More
Jul 20
Think ‘Thunk’ About Complementary Currencies
One of the euro currency creators is studying the WIR franc, a parallel currency has been run successfully in Switzerland for over 80 years, as a model to help Greece. Read More
Jul 18
Apple Cider Vinegar: A Healthy Way to Start Your Day
A small serving of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and water in the morning could help you to feel energized and ready to conquer your day. Read More
Jul 17
The Great Organic Food Debate
Can organic farming feed the entire world? Two sides argue their respective case, but the takeaway is that organic is a trend that's here to stay. Read More
Jul 17
2 Small-Cap Names With Big Payout Potential
When it comes to dividend investing, many investors make a big mistake … They focus solely on the world’s most-popular companies. Read More
Jul 16
China’s Economic Data and Moral Hazard
Are China's economic numbers a work of fiction? Distorted metrics lead to moral hazard, and moral hazard leads to very big problems. Read More
Jul 16
Why Oil Prices Could Collapse 30% in the Next 6 Months
Saudi Arabia and Iran plan to flood markets with more oil. From here, we could see a 30% drop in oil prices, which would push prices below $40 a barrel. Read More
Jul 15
Ackman Still Loves His Fannie (and Freddie)
Bill Ackman reiterated his support for nationalized mortgage lenders Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) at an investor conference Wednesday. Read More
Jul 15
These Companies Can Predict the Future
Two weeks ago, I told you about the greatest trend in technology. It’s called the “Internet of Everything” (IoE). It brings together people, process, data and things (devices). Read More
Jul 14
Welcome to the Theater of the Absurd
The Theater of the Absurd dramatized the view that man is out of step with the universe. Often, world events speak to that sensibility. Read More
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Jul 14
The Art of Longer-Term Investing
Buy assets that will pay enough in dividends to cover their current share prices within the next decade. Everything on top of that will be pure profit. Read More
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Jul 13
Could Digital Currency Liberate us from Government?
Greece is going to keep using the euro. But what if a digital currency could liberate Greece, and everyone else, from central bank control? Read More
Jul 13
What to Do with the Hidden Lesson in Greece
You want to know what to do about it? Do nothing unusual. Until the next major challenge ... when markets realize the potential for a crisis in confidence has risen notably. Read More
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Jul 11
300 Reasons to Take Magnesium (Your life may depend on it!)
Every organ in your body uses magnesium. But if you're like 80% of Americans who don't get enough of this mineral, you may be facing serious health risks. Read More
Jul 10
The Only Thing Certain is Feedback and Taxes
When you write about the IRS and taxes, you are certain to get some great feedback from Uncommon Wisdom Daily readers. Read More
Jul 10
Ready to Get off the Grid?
Tired of playing electric-bill Monopoly each month, paying $200 so your gadgets can go? Tesla's (TSLA) new Powerwall could help you … and the power companies. Read More
Jul 09
The IRS Just Confirmed Your Greatest Fears
If you express a political opinion, should you be targeted for prosecution by the IRS, the FBI and the Department of Justice for your views? Read More
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Jul 09
Think Twice Before Bottom-Fishing for Oil Stocks
Rising shale production should keep oil prices down. Stay away from companies that need high oil prices to thrive, and consider these 3 oil services stocks with onshore exposure. Read More
Jul 08
Is the System Breaking Down?
I don’t consider myself a "conspiracy theorist." But days like today make me think there may be some kind of coordinated and malicious invisible hand … Read More
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Jul 08
Turn Off the News, Invest Better
The market will always experience large shifts and tidal waves due to news cycles. How you react to them is the true test for a smart investor. Read More
Jul 07
The Greek Drama & Your Feedback
New Greek bailout negotiations began today, and the Greeks showed up to talks without any concessions to put on the table. Read More
Jul 07
Why More Pensioners Will End Up in Court
The typical U.S. pension plan is underfunded by about 25%. It's easy to think we have lots of time to prepare for the problems this will cause. But try telling that to Greece. Read More
Jul 06
When Greek Becomes the Official U.S. Language
The Greeks voted "No" to the terms of the Eurogroup bailout, and why wouldn't they? Would a child vote to give back his Christmas presents? Read More
Jul 06
China’s Silk Road to Power Goes through Greece
Europe will keep Greece close so it can keep Russia away from the Mediterranean Sea. China sees this as a chance to gain some gravitas as the IMF. Read More
Jul 04
Make Sure Those Red, White & Blue Foods are Good for You
If you look at the label of most packaged foods you consume, chances are you’ll spot the term “natural flavors.” One would assume that since an ingredient is natural, it also must be harmless. Not so fast … Read More
Jul 03
The Supremes’ Newest Hit … to Your Wallet
"The Supremes" generated some big hits in the past couple of weeks. And the aftermath rippled all the way down from Capitol Hill to our states, families and even our wallets. Read More
Jul 02
The July 4th BBQ Cost Battle
There's nothing more American than a Fourth of July BBQ. There's also nothing more American than money, freedom and individual rights. Read More
Jul 02
How to Trade the Greek Crisis
Greece is creating havoc in the markets. But before you sell all your stocks, there is something you should know. Read More
Jul 01
Get Ready for a Run on ‘Shadow Banks’
Bond King Bill Gross just warned investors that a liquidity crisis in the bond market could lead to a run on the "shadow banking" system. Read More
Jul 01
Why You Might Not Want to Trust Your Phone
The "security" experts we are supposed to trust broke into our SIMs in the name of security. This breach seems to promote a lot of insecurity. Read More
Jun 30
Will Puerto Rico Steal Your Retirement?
The debt problems in Puerto Rico may be more problematic than Greece. Investors could find their bond mutual funds under attack. Read More
Jun 30
Retiring on Marshmallows
Last week's article on financial advice for children got a lot of great feedback, including a message from a reader who mentioned the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment. Read More
Jun 29
The Supremes Slap the EPA
The Supreme Court handed a defeat to the Obama administration’s war on coal. Today's key ruling reined in the EPA’s freedom to regulate. Read More
Jun 29
Soros: ‘It Takes Courage to be a Pig’
This may be a good (if not short-lived) time to buy stocks before the market collapses. George Soros said it takes courage to be a pig. Just be smart and avoid the butcher. Read More
Jun 27
Want to lose more weight and burn more fat? Run less!
When most people hear the word "cardio," including myself, they cringe with images in their head of tortuous long-distance running. That’s because we’ve been told this rigorous activity is the king of burning calories, losing fat, and being healthy overall. Read More
Jun 26
5 Financial To-Dos Before You Die
Suppose you went to your doctor one day, and he gave you some terrible news. The grim diagnosis is that of an incurable, untreatable disease … Read More
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Jun 26
What is the Fed hiding from everyday Americans?
Right now, inside a non-descript government building, some of the most powerful people in Washington are deciding when to push a button that will set off the largest financial meltdown investors have ever seen. Read More
Jun 25
Obamacare Ruling: Hold on to Your Wallet
Obamacare is here to stay. So get ready and hold on to your wallet. The Supreme Court ruling to uphold subsidies will increase your costs. Read More
Jun 25
Teva-Mylan Merger Could Create a Global Pharma Powerhouse
If Teva strikes a deal to buy Mylan — your shares will be converted into the combined entity. This could make you a shareholder in one of the cheapest, high-growth pharmaceutical companies in the world. Read More
Jun 24
Are CEOs Paid Way Too Much?
Do CEOs get paid too much? When you’re in the business of trying to identify the best companies for investors to own, you need to find out. Read More
Jun 24
Not All Dividends Are Created Equal
Rising interest rates mean it's time to bypass bonds and high-yielding stocks. Here's why dividend-growers can be better at feeding income-starved investors. Read More
Jun 23
Revenge of the Raisins
Sweet revenge for raisin farmers. The Supreme Court overturned a New Deal law that confiscated private property so it could raise prices. Read More
Jun 23
The benefits of staying balanced
These lessons are not just about money, physical fitness, or hard work. They’re about truly living well ... enjoying what you have ... and always aiming to do a little better in the future. Read More
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Jun 22
The Pope vs. Capitalism Controversy Heats Up
Afternoon Edition readers take on the Pope's views about capitalism and global climate change … and mine. Read More
Jun 22
The Return of -Ish
Fed Chair Janet Yellen continues her dovish tactics at the latest Fed meeting. No surprise. Is the Fed transparently managing markets? Read More
Jun 20
Fix Your Heartburn Without Harmful Meds
Last week, we talked about the dangers of antacid medications. Its effects on the body can be serious, including upping your risk for heart … Read More
Jun 19
The Pope vs. Capitalism
Pope Francis just declared war on capitalism. More specifically, the controversial pontiff just issued his highly anticipated encyclical on, among other environmental issues, climate change. Read More
Jun 19
Boost ‘T’ Levels in Zero to 120 Seconds!
Testosterone is popularly touted as the “man hormone,” and with good reason. That’s because low testosterone (“Low T”) can be detrimental to a man’s overall … Read More
Jun 18
Will Fed ‘Lift-Off’ Lead to a Fiery Crash?
The Federal Reserve sat on its hands Wednesday, which comes as no surprise. Most Fed-watchers figured there would be no interest-rate hike coming out of … Read More
Jun 18
How to Invest in Cancer’s New Enemy
I recently told you how the long-awaited revolution in the fight against cancer is here. For the first time in more than … Read More
Jun 18
Welcome to the ‘Next Generation’ Of Immunotherapy
I recently told you how the long-awaited revolution in the fight against cancer is here. For the first time … Read More
Jun 17
Mourning the Loss of ‘Freedom Capital’
Land of the free. That’s how many of us view America, and rightly so. No other country on the face of the earth was founded … Read More
Jun 17
Is There Anyone Left Who Doesn’t Have Access to Your Personal Data?
“It’s an act of war, plain and simple,” Uncommon Wisdom Daily reader Chuck M. wrote to me last week. If you’ve ever worked for the … Read More
Jun 16
The Times Really ARE a-Changin’
We have quoted Bob Dylan before on this topic, and we believe he had it right back in the ’60s — the times they are … Read More
Jun 16
Why Greece’s pension problems are also ours…
It's looking more and more like Greece will not be able to reach an agreement with its creditors by the end of this month. That's when more than $1.8 billion in debt comes due. Read More
Jun 15
A Greek ‘State of Emergency’
The art form that is the Greek tragedy is alive and well. And it’s playing out right now between Greece and the Eurogroup over that … Read More
Jun 15
Don’t Buy Gold Bullion, Stocks, ETFs Because of China
China will soon reveal the contents of its gold reserves. Some say this could boost bullion prices. But be careful if you're using this as a reason to be bullish on the yellow metal. Read More
Jun 13
Could Antacids Turn Your Heartburn into a Heart Attack?
Antacids are meant to relieve temporary heartburn. But longer term, new studies show they may also boost your risk of a heart attack. Read More
Jun 12
Want to be Happy? Then Pursue Meaning
One Holocaust survivor says the pursuit of happiness actually keeps it far from reach. But seeking meaning is what holds the key to a happy life. Read More
Jun 12
Are We Moving in on Another Housing Bubble?
Tiny bubbles are forming again, according to the newest housing data. As we learned all too recently, small bubbles form big bubbles. They can’t be ignored. Read More
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Jun 11
Are You Ready for ‘Fed-mageddon’?
The Fed is getting close to its first interest-rate hike in more than seven years. The fallout from what happens next is a massive unknown. Read More
Jun 11
How a Simple DNA Test Could Help You Live Longer
Would pay to see what your DNA has to say about how you might die? Discover how this healthcare technology could help you live longer, and maybe even better. Read More
Jun 10
Gen X’s Blighted Balance Sheet
Baby boomers are retiring, and the future belongs to millennials. But what’s happening in the new lost generation otherwise known as Gen X? Read More
Jun 10
An Easy Way to Invest During ‘Crisis’ Mode
The odds of an interest-rate-driven crisis are increasing. Find out what you can do in the midst of it to gain potential profits. Read More
Jun 09
The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be
Readers had strong thoughts on Ray Kurzweil and his human-hybrid prediction. Feedback from skepticism to fear and optimism came pouring in. Read More
Jun 09
How will dividend stocks fare as rates go up?
I believe bond investors have the most to fear, and I have been saying so for quite some time now. But I won’t pretend that dividend stocks are entirely immune. Read More
Jun 08
Do China’s Hackers Have Your Personal Info?
If you ever worked for the federal government, China has your personnel file. And they have what they need to use it against you. Read More
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Jun 08
Where were you at midnight last Thursday?
Where were you at midnight last Thursday? You might not remember, but somebody does. Mobile wireless providers track your phone’s location … Read More
Jun 06
Missing link found between brain, immune system
UVA researchers have found an entirely new part of the body - vessels that link the brain to the immune system. This breakthrough could change neuroscience forever. Read More
Jun 05
Kurzweil: ‘Human Hybrids by 2030’
According to inventor and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil, in 15 years humans will meld with computers. Should we be excited or terrified? Read More
Jun 05
Rand Paul Stops the Patriot Act
The Feds are no longer allowed to continue the indiscriminate mass collection of information on American citizens. At least, for now. Many credit the principled stance by Kentucky senator and GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul. Read More
Jun 04
Oops! Bad Data Accelerated the Housing Crisis
JPMorgan Chase ($JPM) and Barclays’ ($BCS) misreporting of loans helped inflate the housing bubble. And it made the housing crash worse. Read More
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Jun 04
How to Make Huge Returns in This Mega Healthcare Trend
Cheaper DNA tests mean more people are discovering their health and disease risks. For several life-science biotech companies, their stocks are set to soar. Read More
Jun 03
Real Patriots Sound Off on the Patriot Act
Find out what patriotic Uncommon Wisdom Daily readers are saying about Congress blocking the Patriot Act. Read More
Jun 03
Is Your Favorite Stock’s Dividend in Question?
Are your income-paying stocks in danger of cutting their dividends? We'll show you three numbers to spot that will tell you whether the yield is here to stay … or gone tomorrow. Read More
Jun 02
The TSA’s 96% Epic Fail
An internal TSA investigation recently revealed major security failures at dozens of U.S. airports. Read More
Jun 02
Have a bank pay for your next vacation
You may know that many airlines partner with banks to create special rewards credit cards. Maybe you even have one already. But unless you’ve spent a lot of time researching these programs, it’s quite likely that you’re not getting the most out of them. Read More
Jun 01
Rand Paul Stops the Patriot Act
Sen. Rand Paul takes a stand to block an extension of the Patriot Act. The Republican Party says he doesn’t get it. What do you say? Read More
Jun 01
Hold On, America! Fracking Causes Earthquakes
Is Mother Nature taking revenge on America? The government thinks so. Scientists say the recent flurry of small earthquakes near the country's newest oil fields is no accident. Energy companies say the opposite. Read More
May 30
Cell Phone Radiation Could be Changing Your Brain
A 15-minute phone call could expose you to radiation that exceeds federal safety guidelines recommend. Could your smartphone be harming your health? Read More
May 29
Happiness: All You Need is Love
The Beatles sang in their 1968 hit that "All You Need is Love." A 75-year Harvard study about happiness just confirmed the Fab Four were right all along. Read More
May 29
What Does Retirement Really Look Like?
Retirement once meant a nice going-away party, a gold watch and a long stretch of spare time ahead. For some, it was a time to pursue the travel, hobbies and family time that weren't always so easy to prioritize during the previous 40 or so years. Read More
May 28
Jamie Dimon Thinks You’re Lazy and Stupid
Jamie Dimon just shamed some JPMorgan shareholders. He suggested they may be irresponsible and not very good investors if they didn't care for his power and pay. Read More
May 28
Is This the Next Triple-Digit Winner in Tech?
If you followed my call to buy Skyworks ($SWKS), consider taking some money off the table and rolling those gains into another Internet of Everything (IoT)stock, Broadcom ($BRCM). Read More
May 27
Tiny Bubbles Again in Housing
New housing data suggests that some cities like Denver and San Francisco are starting to enter "bubble" territory. Read More
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May 27
Is This Stock a Buy at ‘Crisis Prices’?
If you'd bought $BP after its Gulf disaster, you'd have made money. But post-oil-spill, is Plains All American ($PAA) a buy at crisis prices? Read More
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May 26
A Cancer Vaccine Straight from Havana
Cuba is perhaps best-known for its fine-quality cigars. But in a bit of irony, a vaccine that combats lung cancer could soon become its greatest export. Read More
May 26
Why your portfolio is like a race car
While most Americans celebrated this past weekend with backyard barbecues, I was in Monaco watching the 2015 Grand Prix Formula One race from a small seating area in front of the Monte Carlo casino. Read More
May 25
Honoring Our Fallen Veterans but Forgetting Their Wounds
Thank a veteran today, but don't forget that their service and suffering may not be over. Some still feel it decades later. Read More
May 23
Your Smartphone May be Shortening Your Attention Span
New research suggests goldfish may now have longer attention spans than smartphone-using humans. Read More
May 22
What Say You on the Islamic State?
On Thursday I brought up the uncomfortable, yet extremely important, question about the rise of the Islamic State. Here’s what Uncommon Wisdom Daily readers had to say. Read More
May 22
Cheers! Our ‘Healthy’ Guide to Drinking Responsibly
As for me on this Memorial Day weekend, my family and I will raise a toast to the men and women in uniform who sacrificed much – and, in too many cases, everything – for our freedom. Read More
May 21
The Islamic State vs. All of Us
The Islamic State has just seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra. This is a city best known for its archaeological treasures; including the 2,000-year-old ruins of the ancient citadel, a Roman colonnaded street and the Temple of Baal -- a deity worshiped in the ancient Middle East. Read More
May 21
Mining for Profits …
I've been researching and recommending small-cap stocks and junior miners for over 20 years ... And over that time I've become friends with and interviewed some of the world's greatest resource investors. I'm talking about guys like Rick Rule, who runs one of the most successful resource-based funds in the world. Read More
May 20
Big Banks Get Currency Slapped
The world’s five biggest banks have agreed to pay $5.6 billion in fines and plead guilty for currency and interest rate manipulation. Read More
May 20
A Regulatory Raisin in the Sun
The U.S. government gets a share of every raisin crop, and doesn't have to pay a dime. But in the Supreme Court, the grapes might be about to hit the fan over this law. Read More
May 19
A Scary Summer ‘Twilight Zone’
In a note to clients, BAC warned investors to raise cash and buy gold in anticipation of a “cleansing drop in asset prices.” Read More
May 19
When was the last time you pulled your credit reports?
There are very few financial steps I can recommend that apply to every single American and also cost absolutely nothing to implement. One of those rare steps is getting educated about our nation’s Social Security system, especially if you’re nearing, or already in, retirement. Read More
May 18
Target Takes Bulls-Eye off Junk Food
Target (TGT) is taking the spotlight off packaged foods and highlighting fresh, healthy options. That’s bad news for some big brands. Read More
May 18
Is Crude Oil Getting Ready to Rally?
I think crude oil is ripe for a blow-off rally … one that catches a lot of shorts with their pants down. Read More
May 16
Beat Stress Using the Power of Your Heart
The space between your heartbeats could hold the key to keeping stress levels at bay. Discover how a simple exercise can keep your heart-mind connection healthy. Read More
May 15
The Amtrak Crash and Atlas Shrugged
This week’s Amtrak train crash reminds me of a scene in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Denial of reality is often the root of tragedy. Read More
May 15
What to Expect from Your Broker
Brokerages can provide a wide range of services. And from broker to broker, the quantity and quality of those services can be just as wide. So, it's crucial you choose one that fits your individual investing style and needs. Read More
May 14
Elusive Inflation Changes Fed Timing
Producer prices shrank in the last year, so kiss that June Fed rate hike good-bye. A top insider now expects either September or December. Read More
May 14
Don’t Take Profits on This High-Flying Stock
Under Armour generated $17,000 in sales in its first year of business. Today, the company is the most innovative athletic apparel maker in the world — generating more than $3 billion in annual sales. Read More
May 13
Retirees Fight for Chicago Junk
Chicago is in trouble. Moody’s just downgraded the city’s bond rating to junk status. Will Obama’s library help save his hometown? Read More
May 13
Why You Should Drink More Coffee
The nation's top nutrition panel recently did something it has never done before. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion weighed in on whether people should be drinking coffee. Read More
May 12
Paying for TPP with Higher Drug Prices
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has a gift to Big Pharma. New patent rules could delay drugs and drive up their prices across the globe. Read More
May 12
Harvard professor issues a new Social Security warning
A few years ago, I started talking about the fact that Social Security’s annual projections were consistently overestimating the program’s health. But researchers at Harvard and Dartmouth are now formally saying the same thing in a study just published in The Journal of Economic Perspectives as well as a second paper published in Political Analysis. Read More
May 11
Earnings are an Unsolvable Puzzle
Earnings season is wrapping up and the news was better than predicted. Does it matter? The earnings game is about expectations, not reality. Read More
May 11
Alibaba’s Future May Not Be in the CEO’s Hands
Chinese Internet sensation Alibaba (BABA) made headlines once again last week. This was partly because the company came out with a great … Read More
May 09
5 Easy Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Americans aren't getting enough sleep. It's become such a large problem that, in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started calling it an epidemic. Read More
May 08
The Empire Strikes Back at Warren Buffett
A hedge fund billionaire calls Warren Buffett a hypocrite. Is he right, or just angry that Buffett gets the goat of Wall Street’s finest? Read More
May 08
Government finally admits it was wrong about Cholesterol
For the past 40 years, we've been told to limit our cholesterol intake and adopt a low-fat diet. Cholesterol and fat, we were told, are dangerous to our heart health and must be minimized to prevent heart disease. And now, in an astonishing position reversal, these experts may soon stop singing the "low-cholesterol, low-fat" diet gospel. Read More
May 07
How to Escape from the Grid
Unplugging your home from the electric grid just got easier, thanks to Tesla’s Elon Musk. The Powerwall home battery fills a critical void. Read More
May 07
Don’t Lose Money Shorting This Stock
Here's what's really behind David Einhorn's "frack attack" on companies like Pioneer Natural Resources ($PXD). Read More
May 06
Someone is Tailing You
A federal appeals court just gave police full access to mobile phone tower data – no warrants required. Can we stop this attack on privacy? Read More
May 06
The Simple Truth About Annuities …
As a retirement and income specialist, I regularly get asked for my thoughts on annuities. It’s a pretty big topic so there’s no way I can cover everything today. But I CAN give you a quick take on the subject ... and as you’ll see, I view annuities pretty much the same way I see insurance policies. Read More
May 05
IMF Ready to Short-Sell Greece
The International Monetary Fund wants Greece’s Eurozone lenders to write down some of the debt. Is a haircut the best way to end the pain? Read More
May 05
My secret to identifying undiscovered gems …
Despite four months of ups and downs, the major indexes have only returned a few percentage points. And with the latest economic numbers looking weaker than expected, plus the prospect of Fed hikes on the horizon, many folks are worried even those gains won’t last. Read More
May 04
China Prepares to Bite
The IMF says China’s currency is near fair value. That means the renminbi could soon join the world’s other elite reserve currencies. Read More
May 04
Beware of Thirsty California Zombies!
California lawmakers want residents to cut down on water. But the profitable agriculture business can have all it wants. Here's why this approach doesn't hold water. Read More
May 02
Breakthrough Cure for Brain Diseases?
New research is challenging the notion that brain disease must stem from the brain. It's time to do a gut check … literally. Read More
May 01
Robots Aren’t Coming – They’re Here
Chinese factories have a serious labor shortage. They’re turning to robots for help. Will robots take human jobs? You bet. Read More
May 01
Want to Give the Fed a Piece of Your Mind?
The Fed's Community Advisory Council could provide a great opportunity for an informed citizen to get a direct line to our nation's central bank. Read More
Apr 30
WSJ: World Has Too Much Everything
The world is awash with excess labor, capital and commodities. Did the economic rules change, or is this just more government interference? Read More
Apr 30
2 Small-Cap Names With Big Payout Potential
Forget the big names with small payouts. Consider small stocks like Beamis ($BMS) and Diebold ($DBD) that have paid shareholders big money for decades. Read More
Apr 29
Janet Yellen Needs YOU!
Want to give Janet Yellen a piece of your mind? She really wants to listen. Join the Fed’s Community Advisory Council and claim your chance. Read More
Apr 29
What Earnings are Telling us About 2016
The markets have been trading fairly flat over the past few months. But 2016 could be a memorable year for stocks, and not because of the election! Read More
Apr 28
Who Needs Free Trade?
Free trade fever is sweeping Washington. Many people love the idea, but somehow it never seems to work in practice. Why not? Read More
Apr 28
Don’t give Washington another blank check …
Last week I wrote a column about Chris Christie’s proposal to eliminate Social Security benefits for higher-income retirees. To no one’s surprise, that elicited a lot of reader responses. So today I want to share some of the ... Read More
Apr 27
Brilliant Economists Fail Econ 101
Our Washington political heroes are working hard to ram a faux “free trade” deal through Congress. Economists are jumping in to help, too. Read More
Apr 27
Maybe Martha Stewart Should Have Worked at the Fed?
I assume bad behavior at the Fed is dealt with internally so as to not embarrass those in power. Now that Congress is involved, could things change? Read More
Apr 25
Why You Should Drink More Coffee
Experts now say coffee is healthy, and more coffee may be even healthier! But before you get a refill on your favorite brew, make sure you're not filling up on "coffee mold." Read More
Apr 24
NASDAQ Rollercoaster Rolls Higher
Congratulations, NASDAQ! It took 15 years, but your Composite Index finally made up that ground it lost back in 2000. What’s next for tech? Read More
Apr 24
Don’t be an Opinionated Trader
The Nasdaq ended the day Thursday at a record high of 5,056.06. The tech-heavy index took 15 years to break its prior closing record. It peaked at 5,048.62 at the height of the tech bubble in March 2000. Read More
Apr 23
How China Will Succeed By Failing
China just saw its first ever loan default in a state-owned company. More failures are coming… and failure is exactly what China needs. Read More
Apr 23
Teva-Mylan Merger Could Create a Global Pharma Powerhouse
After Perrigo ($PRGO) rejected a buyout bid from Mylan ($MYL), TEVA ($TEVA) offered to buy MYL for $40 billion. This combined company could become a global pharma powerhouse. Read More
Apr 22
Flash Crash Bandit Nabbed
A London man is in jail on charges related to the 2010 Flash Crash. What took so long and was he the ringleader or a henchman? Read More
Apr 22
How to Make Money in This Slow-Growth Economy
Ever notice how stocks go up in a healthy economy, and down in an unhealthy one? The connection runs deeper than most investors know. Read More
Apr 21
GOP to Obama: Import More Foreign Workers
This Trans-Pacific Partnership story gets weirder every day. Will the agreement let Obama bring millions of foreign workers into the U.S.? Read More
Apr 21
Why Chris Christie is wrong about Social Security …
Let me first say that I applaud Christie for standing up and addressing the system’s problems with actual proposals. Most politicians are too spineless to even try. Read More
Apr 20
Fast Track to Secrecy
The Obama Administration wants to sneak a “fast track” trade deal through Congress this week. Why is the Trans-Pacific Partnership secret? Read More
Apr 20
The Missile Sale That Could Spark an Entire War
Russia is selling Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles. But this defensive move isn't designed to help Iran. Look for Russia and oil stocks like $APA, $APC to benefit. Read More
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Apr 18
How to Survive Springtime Allergies
Currently, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. This has created a massive $15 billion market for treating hay fever and the like. Read More
Apr 17
Reader: Europe Wants Greek Blood
Greece and Germany are in a war of words that could decide the Eurozone’s future. One reader takes Germany to task and holds nothing back. Read More
Apr 17
How to Buy a Blown-up Stock
If a stock imploded after earnings, it might now be a buy. Here's how to buy a post-earnings blow-up like OraSure Technologies ($OSUR). Read More
Apr 16
Greece Girds for War
Greece is running out of cash and time. It needs every euro it can get to pay debts or face default. So why buy missiles from Moscow? Read More
Apr 16
GE: (Still) Bringing Good Things to Life
Thomas Edison would be proud of General Electric's ($GE) foray into a new Industrial Internet Revolution. This should also serve as a lightbulb moment for investors. Read More
Apr 15
Dear IRS: Where Does Our Money Go?
Tax Day is never a happy one, and even less so when you see what your money buys. Is there no way to end this crazy, intrusive tax system? Read More
Apr 15
What the Strong Dollar Means for Investors
Falling oil prices might have been last year's big story. But 2015 is all about the greenback. After all, the U.S. dollar's reach is bigger than just the commodity markets. Read More
Apr 14
Hillary Clinton Bullish on Chipotle
Everyday American Hillary Clinton, en route from Wall Street to Iowa, had lunch at Chipotle. Our readers weigh in on her campaign. Read More
Apr 14
Do you think stocks are too expensive?
Discover how to own today's most-popular stocks at a fraction of the cost … without waiting for a stock split or a deep pullback that might never come. Read More
Apr 13
Wall Street Invests in Hillary
Wall Street loves Hillary even when she criticizes banks. The Street thinks she doesn’t mean it – and she’ll give them what they want. Read More
Apr 13
An Earnings Season Warning You Shouldn’t Miss
The only time I have really taken a beating in stocks was when I wasn't laser-focused on my favorite sentiment indicators. Read More
Apr 11
An Easy, Proven Solution for Joint Pain
One day, we might find it difficult to move without the agony of pain. Though there can be numerous reasons for joint pain and body aches, inflammation is the No.1 most-likely candidate. Read More
Apr 10
Need a Loan? Talk to the Robo-Banker
Banks process loan applications with fast but inflexible algorithms now, leaving many borrowers out of luck. Banks will regret it, too. Read More
Apr 10
3 Easy Ways Investors Can Beat News Overload
The news cycle churns constantly. So, you need to be able to quickly differentiate what's important from distracting "factoids." Read More
Apr 09
Banks: Desperately Seeking Borrowers
Banks are desperately seeking qualified borrowers anywhere they can. Will they lend responsibly this time or set up another crisis? Read More
Apr 09
Time to Buy These 2 Hated Growth Stocks?
Las Vegas Sands ($LVS) and Wynn ($WYNN) have lost 28% in the last 10 months. But now, these companies are betting big that Macau can win back its gamers. Read More
Apr 08
QE Works Everywhere, Every Time
Quantitative easing works great if you want to pump up asset prices. Does that help the economy? No, but central banks keep at it anyway. Read More
Apr 08
What an Iran Nuclear Deal Could Mean for Oil
Last week, the energy markets kept their eyes glued to Iran's nuclear talks. Finally, last Thursday, negotiators put a deal framework in place. The U.S. stock market ended the ... Read More
Apr 07
OPEC … Your Days are Numbered
Goldman Sachs says low oil prices will last awhile. The Fed-financed shale boom will keep the world awash in oil. OPEC’s end is near. Read More
Apr 07
How Various Dividends are Taxed
Dividends and taxes are two of my favorite investment subjects to write about. It should be pretty obvious why I like talking about dividends. After all, who doesn’t like getting regular payments in their mailbox? Read More
Apr 06
Jobs Growth Dips, Wall Street Celebrates
The Good Friday jobs report wasn’t good, as it missed expectations. Stocks liked it, though. Interest rates could stay low 6-9 more months. Read More
Apr 06
Is a Nuclear Iran the Real Threat?
Markets were on edge last week edge over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Tuesday, March 31, the deadline for a deal structure came and went with no resolution in sight between Iran and the six world powers at the table. Read More
Apr 04
An Uncommon Wisdom Guide to Alcohol
Many beers, wines and spirits are loaded with other surprises. Your favorite drink might arrive with mold toxins, sugar, artificial colors and harmful chemicals in the glass. Read More
Apr 03
What’s Next After a ‘Stunning’ Q1
Long-term bonds and mid-cap stocks had a solid Q1. Russia and Japan surprised to the upside. But volatility took a toll on other assets. Read More
Apr 02
Nowhere to Trade
A calendar quirk means U.S. employment data will come out while markets stay closed Friday. Any surprise could mean fireworks on Monday. Read More
Apr 02
Is the World’s Greatest Blue-Chip Stock About to Fall 20%?
McDonald's ($MCD) is selling more salads and wraps. But it may be doing so at the expense of losing its identity as a cheap burger joint. Read More
Apr 01
The Difference a Currency Makes
Your home currency makes a big difference in your investment returns. Last quarter was rough for dollar-based investors. We’ll see how rough. Read More
Apr 01
The Best Ways to Own Oil … and the Worst
Deep-ocean oil drillers, with their dismal earnings outlooks, are looking like dead money in the oil patch. Right now the best way to own oil is to buy oil. Read More
Mar 31
Oklahoma Quakes Go to Court
Drilling-related earthquake cases have reached U.S. courts, setting up a major confrontation: Big Oil vs Big Insurance. Who will win? Read More
Mar 31
A type of “IRA” you probably don’t know about …
If you have a child in your life — whether it’s a son, a granddaughter, or even a niece — I strongly suggest you take a closer look at opening one of these accounts, too. Read More
Mar 30
China’s New World Order Taking Shape
U.S. allies are ignoring D.C. to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Bank. The New World Order is a step closer and HQ may be Beijing. Read More
Mar 30
The Big Surprise for the Oil Market in 2015-’16
Saudi Arabia is pumping oil at a record rate. Last month the Kingdom exported at full capacity once again — flooding the markets with a massive 10 million barrels of crude a day. Read More
Mar 28
Government finally admits it was wrong about Cholesterol
In an astonishing position reversal, government experts may soon stop singing the "low-cholesterol, low-fat" diet gospel. Here's why … Read More
Mar 27
Facebook: All Reality is Virtual
Facebook’s (FB) Oculus VR unit want to hack your brain. Virtual Reality tricks your mind into seeing a different world. What could go wrong? Read More
Mar 27
Don’t Miss the Right Time to Sell a Stock
When a stock breaks below its 65-day moving average, that's first clue it may be in trouble. 65 is the number of trading days in a typical fiscal quarter. Read More
Mar 26
Yemeni Danger Spikes Oil
Crude oil jumped this morning on the news as Saudi planes were bombing rebel forces in neighboring Yemen. Are oil supplies at risk? Read More
Mar 26
Marin Katusa: ‘How I Make Money Buying Junior Mining Stocks’
Marin Katusa has been financing and analyzing junior resource stocks for over 20 years. He shares how he's uncovered some of the best-performing junior miners in his career. Read More
Mar 25
Warren Buffett Drinks the Kool-Aid
Heinz and Kraft announced a triumphant deal, but both companies are weaker than they look. Is Warren Buffett leading junk food’s last stand? Read More
Mar 25
Debunking the Dollar-Crude Connection
If you believe everything you read, the strong U.S. dollar is weighing on WTI crude oil prices. The only thing less-realistic than this supposed connection is the lingering belief that $20 oil is coming next! Read More
Mar 24
Is Inflation Finally Here?
Inflation may be back. Energy prices are bottoming and consumers might be ready to spend. Those inflation hedges might finally pay off. Read More
Mar 24
How to give Uncle Sam less
I’m also making darn sure that I legally keep as much money away from Uncle Sam as possible ... and you should consider doing the same! Read More
Mar 23
Clean Living Pays Off … Maybe
When planning for retirement, clean living helps but having good genes may help more. Taking all the right steps doesn’t guarantee success. Read More
Mar 23
Is the Apple Watch Really the Disaster Critics Say It Is?
Will the Apple (AAPL) Watch be a success or a debacle? The new game in the investing universe is to predict which way it will go. Read More
Mar 21
The Potentially Detrimental Effects of Wi-Fi
Just within the last week, a study came out about the long term effects Wi-Fi has on the brain. Specifically, it focused on microRNAs (miRNAs). MicroRNAs are small, non-coding ... Read More
Mar 20
Retirement Savings Zero
Most U.S. working-age households have little in retirement savings. Those near retirement are running out of time. What can Baby Boomers do? Read More
Mar 20
What March Madness Teaches Us About Investing
Are you ready for March Madness? Some of you may be thinking, "What does this have to do with making recommendations to buy stocks or options?" Read More
Mar 19
Unicorns Gather in Texas
Startup companies and venture capitalists think this time is different. One insider sees a shakeout ahead that won’t be good for anyone. Read More
Mar 19
Don’t Take Profits on This High-Flying Stock
Kevin Plank could have taken a job at Prudential Life Insurance. Instead, the walk-on football player from the University of Maryland chose to start an apparel company. Read More
Mar 18
Federal Reserve Finally Loses Patience
The Federal Reserve lost its patience today, taking a step closer to higher interest rates. Will tighter money bring out the bears? Read More
Mar 18
Was Oil’s Comeback Just a Mirage?
This week, oil traded below $30 a barrel in Canada. If you listen to the doomsayers in the U.S. media, you might think U.S. oil will soon follow suit. Read More
Mar 17
How to Control the Fed: Make it Smaller
Does the Fed need an audit? You might think so, but one economist said it would miss the real solution: Make the Fed smaller instead. Read More
Mar 17
The key to immortality: Social Security’s database
Yes, Social Security has a master “death file” but apparently it is unable to keep track of people “who exceed maximum reasonable life expectancies.” Read More
Mar 16
IRS: Pay Up, American Foreigners
If you are English but had the bad luck to be born in the USA, watch out. Our tax collectors are coming for you – and your money. Read More
Mar 16
A Cheap Way to Profit from China’s ‘New Normal’
Many in the media are decrying the China slowdown. But that's because they fail to see the opportunity within it. Last week Bloomberg wrote about China's "new normal." Read More
Mar 14
A Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Treatment is on the Way
In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease currently affects 5 million people above age 65. Instead of affecting the physical body, it takes away something just as precious — the mind. Read More
Mar 13
More Euro Craziness
A French insurer messed up badly decades ago. Now, one of their customers is holding them to a deal they made. It will make him very rich. Read More
Mar 13
How to Make a Fortune With Franchise Stocks
Have you heard about the guy who invested $2,000 into Home Depot (HD) after it went public and never sold his shares? He made millions ... Read More
Mar 12
The Upside of Negative Interest Rates
Negative interest rates are hitting home in Europe as banks start paying borrowers. Computers aren't ready for this. Will we get a new Y2K? Read More
Mar 12
This Stock is the Biggest Beneficiary of a $214B Trend
Patent expiration is priced into most large-cap healthcare stocks. But generics companies like Mylan ($MYL) will continue to benefit. Read More
Mar 11
The Euro is Sinking Fast
The euro is sinking fast as Mario Draghi’s QE forces Eurozone interest rates to zero and below. Now is a great time to spend your dollars overseas. Read More
Mar 11
One Good Way to Kill Your Investment Returns
The 2016 presidential election is fast coming our way. And the chatter has already started about another potential Clinton-Bush race. And that means two things ... Read More
Mar 10
Apple Watches the West
Monday’s Apple Watch event was more than the Watch. We learned where Apple sees its future. Hint: Look west from Apple’s Cupertino HQ. Read More
Mar 10
How much income will you need in retirement?
Here’s a scene from my family ski trip this past weekend: We’re out in the hinterlands of northern Pennsylvania, where barns outnumber cars on the road and cell phone reception is spotty at best. Read More
Mar 09
Crooks, Jobs and Liberal Horse Poop
Don’t do the crime if you can’t DO the time? Of course not, but record checks keep good workers unemployed. Can the economy afford it? Read More
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Mar 09
The Healthcare Horse Trade
There is a real danger for some breathtakingly horrible days ahead for Wall Street … Investor Wake-up Alert: Serious Potential Danger Ahead "This next Obamacare crisis could set off a QUICK and NASTY ... Read More
Mar 07
These Shocking ‘Natural Flavors’ are Lurking in Your Food
If you look at the label of most packaged foods you consume, chances are you’ll spot the term “natural flavors.” One would assume that since an ingredient is natural, it also must be harmless. Not so fast … Read More
Mar 06
Jobs Data Shows Crime Doesn’t Pay
Why are some people unemployable? Routine background checks lock millions out of work, even when offenses are minor or the data wrong. Read More
Mar 06
Why Some of the Biggest Money Managers Envy You
Last week I received an e-mail that said institutions control the stock market, so there is no hope for the "little guy." As an individual investor, you might also feel that the odds are stacked more in institutions' favor than yours. Read More
Mar 05
Secret Fed Group Cracks Down on Banks
The Federal Reserve secretly shifted bank oversight to its DC head office five years ago. Why do they suddenly want to make sure we know it? Read More
Mar 05
Why I’m Taking Profits In This Booming Sector
Biotech stocks are on a historic run. Over the past three years, this sector outperformed the S&P 500 by 128%. In fact, biotech stocks outperformed almost every sector you can think of since 2012. Read More
Mar 04
SEC to Oil Companies: Ignore Reality
Oil is still at $95 according to the SEC. The agency says oil companies should ignore reality and value assets artificially. How can it hurt? Read More
Mar 04
My 2015 U.S. Oil Outlook
With crude oil inventory levels on the rise, many economists and forecasters suggest that we have a supply glut. This has put some pressure on domestic oil prices, which are trading just below $50 this week. Read More
Mar 03
Not All Elephants are Republican
Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today was about Iran’s nuclear dreams, but oil prices were the elephant in the room. Read More
Mar 03
Readers Share Their Retirement Horror Stories
I am utterly convinced that a few critical choices here and there make all the difference between continued safety and security or a severe loss of financial freedom. Read More
Mar 02
Apple Could Eat the World’s Gold Supply …
If the gold Apple Watch is a hit, Apple could consume a big chunk of world gold production. They can afford it, but can you? Read More
Mar 02
Avoid Stock Crashes in the Driverless Car Market
Automated, driverless cars will be able to see and think. Companies like Mercedes and Mobileye ($MBLY) could benefit, while auto insurers could collapse. And Uber may have to make big changes. Read More
Feb 28
How to Add 182 Hours to Your Life Each Year
Our goal at Uncommon Wisdom Daily is to help you stay healthy, wealthy and wise. After all, your financial success depends on having a healthy body and mind. Read More
Feb 27
Hold On, America! Fracking Causes Earthquakes
Federal scientists say fracking causes earthquakes. Fracking companies say it doesn’t. We’ll know who is right when the big one strikes. Read More
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Feb 27
Are You Prepared to Weather a 10%-15% Stock Correction?
You buy insurance for your house, car and life. Do you buy insurance for your net worth, nest egg or portfolio, too? If … Read More
Feb 26
Bankers: Villains or Victims?
Americans have a love-hate affair with their banks. It’s a complicated relationship – but may be a lot simpler than most people think. Read More
Feb 26
Dump Apple. Buy AT&T, GE Instead. Here’s Why …
Apple's iWatch hits stores in April. Many investors look to get positioned before each new Apple product release. This time, however, we recommend getting out! Read More
Feb 25
JPMorgan Needs a Culture Change
JP Morgan Chase (JPM) isn’t just too big to fail. It’s too big to manage, even for Jamie Dimon. This giant bank needs a culture change fast. Read More
Feb 25
How to Buy Stocks at Their Bottom
It takes at least two quarters (about six months) for a stock to base before it can head higher. EOG Resources ($EOG) is a stock in a bear market that is basing. Could it soon be a buy? Read More
Feb 24
Nasdaq 5K in Sight
Technology stocks are hot and the Nasdaq Composite is approaching 5,000. Can it break above the old high and stay there this time? Read More
Feb 24
Whole Foods, Apple, and Valero: What they have in common …
Although the major market indexes have just hit new all-time highs, a lot of investors are feeling like they’ve been left behind. That’s either because they already ... Read More
Feb 23
Presidential Lies & Consequences
Some readers say Brad disrespected the President last week. Brad explains himself but doesn’t back down on lies about government hackers. Read More
Feb 23
How to Invest in Breakthrough Biotech
You may know me best for my recommendations and predictions for gold, energy and other natural resources. You probably know that supply and demand drive commodity prices. But what’s driving this supply and demand? Read More
Feb 21
Is This ‘Superbug’ the Next Ebola?
The University of California, Los Angeles reported this past Wednesday that nearly 180 patients were exposed to a harmful “superbug.” The bug lay undetected on ... Read More
Feb 20
Obama Lies, So This Company May Die
Bad news: Your phone was hacked years ago, the so-called “security” experts were clueless, and the perpetrators are still walking free. Read More
Feb 20
The Best Time to Buy a Stock (And One to Avoid)
With many stocks continuing to trade near their highs, we’ve been looking at the indicators that tell me exactly when to buy … Read More
Feb 19
Wal-Mart Blinks, Decides to Pay Workers
Wal-Mart is giving 500,000 hourly workers a raise. Why? The Arkansas giant saw it couldn’t squeeze more work without spending more money. Read More
Feb 19
The 5 Rules of Successful Small-Cap Investing
I've been researching and recommending small-cap stocks and junior miners for over 20 years ... And over that time I've become friends with and interviewed some of the world's greatest ... Read More
Feb 18
Hospitals Game Medicare for Money
Ready to leave the hospital? Your doctor might keep you a little longer or discharge you sooner just so the hospital can hit its numbers. Read More
Feb 18
Is Silver Becoming a Buy? Here’s What 4 Signals Say
The headlines at the start of the year were troubling. The world endured a slowing global economy, unresolved problems with Greece, ongoing issues between Russia and Ukraine, and increased terrorist ... Read More
Feb 17
The Ceasefire that Wasn’t
Bullets are still flying in Ukraine despite a new ceasefire deal. Inside the fog of war, it looks like rebels have the upper hand. Read More
Feb 17
Why Dividends Will Keep Growing in 2015
Dividend stocks have been my primary focus for many years now, and for good reason. They are investment returns that can’t be faked … Read More
Feb 16
How Not to Lose Money on a Bad Earnings Report
Let me start by commending Uncommon Wisdom Daily’s newest analyst, Frank Curzio. I think his recent article “Oil Prices: Heading Back to … Read More
Feb 14
How to Boost Your ‘T’ in 2 Minutes
Testosterone is popularly touted as the “man hormone,” and with good reason. That’s because low testosterone (“Low T”) can be detrimental to a man’s overall … Read More
Feb 13
Economist: “Putin is Winning”
Vladimir Putin handles his Western foes like puppets on a string. That’s how UK’s The Economist sees it. Is Putin really winning? Read More
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Feb 13
Good Buy or Goodbye? My Top 3 Rules for Buying Stocks
Buying stocks near their highs when the overall market trend is down can be a guarantee to lose a quick 10%-25%. Likewise, not … Read More
Feb 12
Euromess Postponed (Again)
Europe’s twin crises are not improving, despite endless meetings and empty promises. Will Greece and Ukraine create a Euromess? Read More
Feb 12
Oil Prices: Heading Back to $100!
I just got off the phone with one of today’s top oil experts … He has been drilling oil for almost 40 years. He’s had personal interests in over 1,000 drilling projects. He was also a partner in one of the biggest wells found in the ... Read More
Feb 11
Another Reason to Hate Tax Season
Fraudulent online tax returns are leaving some real taxpayers in a pickle. Brad shows why it happens and what you can do. Read More
Feb 11
Has Oil Finally Found a Bottom?
Good news: Several signs indicate that oil may finally be finding a bottom. Now in bear markets, the bears are in charge by definition. Normally, bottoms and bases are ... Read More
Feb 10
Your Smart TV May Be Spying on You
So-called “Smart” TVs from Samsung and others are listening to their owners and sharing what they hear. Time to downgrade to a dumb TV? Read More
Feb 10
A Better Alternative to Social Security?
Two weeks ago I explained how and why the Amish opted out of the Social Security program. Some people basically wrote back, “Great for them, how do I do the same thing?” Read More
Feb 09
Surprise! Crude Oil Enters Bull Market
Would you believe crude oil is the world’s newest bull market? Some energy traders think so, but one analyst sees $20 prices coming. Read More
Feb 09
The Global Currency War is Under Way …
Don't Get Caught in the Stampede! As the great financial crisis of 2008-’09 emerged and the Federal Reserve flooded the economy with liquidity, Washington began bailout efforts. Read More
Feb 07
A Warning for Wine Lovers
Truth be told, I love wine. Be it tasting the finest wines money can buy or simply buying a bottle from the grocery store and having a glass with dinner, my passion for wine runs deep. Yet, I have fallen victim to ... Read More
Feb 06
Who is Lying about Jobs?
The employment report may be the most twisted economic stat of the month. Is the improvement real or just another big lie? Read More
Vincent D'Agostino trades in the S&P 500 futures pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange shortly after the Federal Reserve made its interest rate announcement Wednesday, May 10, 2006. The Fed raised the federal funds rate to 5 percent Wednesday, its highest level in more than five years. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Feb 06
3 Ways to Avoid Stock Suicide
We know December and January were nasty months for stocks, with more down trading days than up days. (January ended with 12 down days and ... Read More
Feb 05
How to Lose Money While Making Money
Negative interest rates sound strange, but they’re taking hold in Europe. Why pay someone to hold your money? Oddly, it can make sense. Read More
Feb 05
These Companies Can Predict the Future
Two weeks ago, I told you about the greatest trend in technology. It's called the "Internet of Everything" (IoE). It brings together people, process, data and things (devices). Read More
Feb 04
How Mickey Makes Money
Disney is more than the Magic Kingdom. The magic empire makes money in ways Ol’ Walt never imagined. Mickey makes money, lots of money. Read More
Feb 04
The X-Factors of Gold and Silver
The dollar may have fluctuated in strength the last few months, but gold and silver continued to perform well in the midst of it. Volatility abounds not only in ... Read More
Feb 03
Right Pill, Wrong Medicine
Nutritional supplements are great if you know what you’re taking. Can you trust Wal-Mart and Target labels to tell the truth? Maybe not. Read More
Feb 03
Hypocrisy in the White House
These days, it’s nearly impossible to talk about financial planning without bringing up the subject of politics. That’s unfortunate but ... Read More
Feb 02
Consumers Deflate the Super Bowl
Super Bowl ads are as popular as the game, but sponsors lose if people don’t buy. New data shows shoppers saving more and spending less. Read More
Feb 02
Another Reason to Start Stashing Gold
Putin’s Billionaires in Revolt?  His Cat-and-Mouse Games With the West are Costing His 21 Closest Friends $61B! For a few years now, I’ve … Read More
Jan 31
Do You Take Painkillers? Read This Now
Pain is part of many Americans’ daily reality. As a result, so are painkillers. However, according to a recent National Institutes of Health white … Read More
Jan 30
Burger Mania Hits Wall Street
Wall Street went crazy for hamburgers today. Shake Shack is 2015’s hottest IPO so far. A few lucky investors just doubled their money. Read More
Jan 30
A Volatile Month for Stocks
January 2014 was a nasty month for stocks, with 12 down days for the month. This January has been following in its footsteps, … Read More
Jan 29
Food on the Mind
Is our food making us sick? Saving for retirement may not help much if you are too unhealthy to enjoy it. Brad has some thoughts. Read More
Jan 29
My Favorite Commodity Could Generate Triple-Digit Returns
It’s been four years of hell for uranium companies ... It started in early 2011 ... when a massive tsunami hit the eastern coast of ... Read More
Jan 28
Apple Breaks the Law
Betting against Apple was a bad move in 2014. If last quarter is any indication, the biggest company on Earth will only get bigger in 2015. Read More
Jan 28
Another Leg Lower for Energy Stocks?
When people want something badly enough, generally they are willing to pay up to get it. Whether it's gold, oil, stocks or the prices you pay for groceries or clothes ... Read More
Jan 27
U.S., Russia Enter Cold War II
Russia and the U.S. are moving into Cold War II, complete with arms races and spy scandals. It’s great news for defense contractors. Read More
Jan 27
The simple case for dividends
Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing some controversial articles about the Social Security system ... and getting a wide range of feedback that I want to address in a few upcoming columns. Read More
Jan 26
Greeks Eye the Grexit
The anti-bailout, left-wing Syriza party is in charge of Greece’s government now. Will Alexis Tsipras lead his country out of the Eurozone? Read More
Jan 26
5 Reasons Why Gold is Finally a Buy Again
A New, New Bull Market in Gold has finally begun to get under way ... Read More
Jan 24
Living Longer but Not Healthier?
Many believe that having “good genes” is the secret to a long, healthy life. But science is discovering that genes (which increase longevity) … Read More
Jan 23
U.S Troops Head to Ukraine
Europe used to be drama-free, even boring — or so many Americans thought. Those days are gone. Now, every day seems to bring some new … Read More
Jan 23
Time to Make Some Real Money in Gold
Already one of the big stories in 2015 is the rally in gold. 2014 was a year that gold investors would like to … Read More
Jan 22
Super Mario Opens His Wallet
It’s official: QE is coming to Europe. Like everything else in the Eurozone, Mario Draghi’s new plan is fiendishly complicated. The more important question is … Read More
Jan 22
How to Invest in the New Internet Megatrend
You still have time to make big money on the greatest trend in technology. During the past 12 months, I’ve told my subscribers how … Read More
Jan 21
Get Your Head in the Game
We hope you’ve broadened your horizons from reading our list of potentials that we’ve titled 7 Deep-Value Stocks for 2015. As I have mentioned throughout … Read More
Jan 21
What Earnings Season Will Tell Us About Oil Prices
Although many energy stocks are starting to stabilize, oil has yet to find a bottom and base. Most analysts agree that, in the … Read More
*Sixteen-year-old Tory Jones uses the text messaging function on a cell phone to message a friend from a park in Broomfield, Colo., before going back to school Thursday, June 3, 2004. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Jan 20
It’s All About Connections …
Last week, I shared the first five of seven stock ideas that my Alpha Scorecard has identified as potential bargains to buy at some point … Read More
Jan 20
Saying no to Social Security …
Last week I talked about some less recognized aspects of Social Security, including the fact that some Americans don't participate in the system at all. Read More
Jan 19
Gold: The Winner in the Growing Oil War?
My most influential professional and life mentor gave me some valuable advice on how to read people. He said you can size up … Read More
Jan 17
Want to lose more weight and burn more fat? Run less!
When most people hear the word "cardio," including myself, they cringe with images in their head of tortuous long-distance running. Read More
Jan 16
A Unique Way to Play Natural Gas
We’ve done something a little different this week, featuring a new trading idea each day that my research team and I find intriguing as a … Read More
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Jan 16
Stocks Fall Again! Time to Sell?
This isn’t an investor’s market. But it isn’t really a trader’s market, either. That’s because we’re in a machine’s market — machines driven by … Read More
Jan 15
Banking on Firepower
This week, we are featuring 7 Deep-Value Stocks for 2015. So far we’ve looked at Infoblox (BLOX), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and … Read More
Jan 15
GoPro: Why I’m Avoiding This Fan-Favorite Stock
It was one of the most hyped stocks of 2014 … GoPro (GPRO) made its debut on the Nasdaq exchange on June 26. The … Read More
Jan 14
Could 2015 Finally be the Year of 3D Printing Profits?
Third on our list of seven deep-value stocks is a breakthrough and potential juggernaut waiting to happen. But before I get to that, for those … Read More
Jan 14
More Uncertainty for the Oil Market
Just a few hours ago, the World Bank cut its economic growth forecast, and oil prices are starting the day under pressure. Adding … Read More
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Jan 13
The Chicago-Dutch Contender
This week we’re doing something special in the Afternoon Edition. Yesterday, I introduced you to my first of seven deep-value stocks for 2015 that I’m … Read More
Jan 13
Seven Surprising Social Security Facts
Another year has come and gone without one single action to address the systemic problems with Social Security. And although I can’t make … Read More
Jan 12
Sony Hack Could Put This Stock on the Map
There’s no question that 2015 is off to a volatile start, with markets soaring one day and slumping the next … and then rising again. Read More
Jan 12
Investors: 2015 Should Scare You. Don’t Let It
There’s a strange truism on Capitol Hill. It is that Washington usually tends to get more done when the government is split between … Read More
Jan 10
A Delicious Way to Lower Your Cholesterol Each Day
We all know the old saying we heard growing up about a certain popular, crimson-colored fruit. “An apple a day keeps the doctor … Read More
Jan 09
Jobs Report: Wall Street Unimpressed
It's Jobs Friday and the monthly labor data showed some improvement. Wall Street wasn't impressed. Neither were 17.7 million non-workers. Read More
Jan 09
How to profit from continued volatility…
Brad: Hi, Geoff. First off, I want to congratulate you on an absolutely amazing performance last year. Geoff: Thanks, Brad. You know I’m … Read More
Jan 08
Fed to ECB: “Try QE, It Works Great!”
The Fed is sending not-so-subtle hints to the European Central Bank: QE is a swell idea. Forget Germany and try QE. You’ll love it. Read More
Jan 08
A 10% to 15% Correction in Stocks?
Brad: Hey, Frank. Let me first welcome you aboard once again. I’m not sure if all of our readers caught your inaugural column … Read More
Jan 07
Deflation Strikes the Eurozone
Folks in the Eurozone can stop wondering if deflation will strike their economies, because it’s here. Can Europe escape the death spiral? Read More
Jan 07
The Plight of the Baby Boomers
Brad: Hi, Dan. I’m going to start off with the same basic question I’ve been asking everyone this week. What do you think … Read More
Jan 06
Europe Makes a Deal
Economic sanctions are hurting Europe’s economy without deterring Putin. Are they now on the table in a grand bargain to redraw the map? Read More
Jan 06
How to get richer investment income this year…
Editor’s Note: To help you prepare for this brand-new year of investing, Brad Hoppmann is publishing special one-on-one interviews with each of our individual … Read More
Jan 05
Grexit Fear Hits Euro, Energy Prices
The euro zone is starting to crack. The continent’s currency union has threatened to fall apart before, but this time looks serious. Read More
Jan 05
Revealed: The Biggest Investing Surprise of 2015…
Editor’s Note: To help you prepare for this brand new year of investing, Brad Hoppmann will be publishing special one-on-one interviews with each of … Read More
Jan 03
Requiem for Mediocrity and American Ascent!
During my teenage twins’ Christmas & New Year’s break, they displayed their discontent over my obsession with the leaps in science and technologies. Read More
Jan 02
Dissecting the Dow’s Year
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 2014 with a gain, but a deeper look shows some blue chips had a “bluer“ year than others. Read More
Jan 02
Is Your Fund Insulting You?
Although stocks ended the day lower Wednesday, the 2014 trading action was positive overall, with markets notching their sixth-straight winning year. The bull proved it’s … Read More
Jan 01
This New Technology Could Bring an End to Cancer
Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome Frank Curzio as the newest member of the Uncommon Wisdom Daily research team. Frank and I … Read More

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