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2015
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’?
Last week’s Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) oil spill is giving investors flashbacks. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that we had another … Read More
What lung cancer looks like
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
Apr 18
How to Survive Springtime Allergies
Currently, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. This has created a massive $15 billion market for treating hay fever and the like. Read More
Apr 17
Reader: Europe Wants Greek Blood
Greece and Germany are in a war of words that could decide the Eurozone’s future. One reader takes Germany to task and holds nothing back. Read More
Apr 17
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
Apr 17
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
Apr 17
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
Apr 17
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
Apr 17
How to Buy a Blown-up Stock
If a stock imploded after earnings, it might now be a buy. Here's how to buy a post-earnings blow-up like OraSure Technologies ($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
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … 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
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … 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
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … 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
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … 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
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 $50 this week. Read More
Mar 03
Not All Elephants are Republican
Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today was about Iran’s nuclear dreams, but oil prices were the elephant in the room. Read More
Mar 03
What A Retirement Expert Told His Parents About Social Security…
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
Mar 03
Readers Share Their Retirement Horror Stories
I am utterly convinced that a few critical choices here and there make all the difference between continued safety and security or a severe loss of financial freedom. Read More
Mar 02
Apple Could Eat the World’s Gold Supply …
If the gold Apple Watch is a hit, Apple could consume a big chunk of world gold production. They can afford it, but can you? Read More
Mar 02
Avoid Stock Crashes in the Driverless Car Market
Automated, driverless cars will be able to see and think. Companies like Mercedes and Mobileye ($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
Feb 27
What a Retirement Expert Told His Own Parents About Social Security …
Veteran stock analyst and retirement expert Nilus Mattive is convinced that making good decisions related to Social Security will do more for someone’s retirement than … Read More
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 … 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
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, … 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
Startling New Revelations About Privacy in America
It’s no secret that government surveillance initiatives have been rapidly increasing over the last few years. For proof, just consider all the revelations made by … 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
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
Amazing Discovery on a Deserted Country Road
Veteran stock analyst and financial publisher Brad Hoppmann never thought he would stumble upon the biggest investment idea of his career driving home from his … 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
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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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