EDITOR'S DESK, INVESTING, MONEY, THE AMERICAN DREAM, THINKING NOW

Giddy Spring Joy. Blame it on Your IRA.

APRIL 13, 2019. April brings joy. It marks a turning point. Bubbles of inspiration tickle our spirits. Why not? Well, taxes? We’re here to remind. We’re simply brimming with four joys of this new season.
Our taxes are done and with very little pain. But what pays you? Everyone get the relief of finishing.
The federal forced march toward the 15th becomes merely a memory. Repeat our move, if you haven’t already. That pays you.
Many know the abiding truth. Available to you each year, and every year there after, is a safe place from which to file. Once done, it’s forever. That’s a joy right? You can simply be there, annually, at this very time of year. Birds sing there, and lunch is always Al fresco. The service is wonderful, and cheap. For many no trading reports are required. That’s a joy, right?
The blooms of spring lead to summer and airline tickets to places worth visiting. The money you save by the above hinted move, may just pay for your trip. Raise a glass. Our four summer kick-off joys, just for you. Two will pay you all year long. Enjoy.

Read more
EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MONEY, THINKING NOW

Pay Yourself First. Signal To Launch.

APRIL 9, 2019. You often hear it. “It’s your money.” Is it? Only yours until you spend it. The spent becomes someone else’s. Learn to keep it, and create joy. Oops. Money doesn’t create happiness. No, it allows joy, something far superior. A thousand cappuccinos equals two shares of Amazon. More actually. Fact. Who knew? Long-time Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Yet living like Martin Luther during his monastic tour leads to little. Hair shirts are nonsense, and so is frittering all your hard-earned jack.
The clean soothing new car smell is outstanding. We love it, every time we load into someone else’s car. That’s because ceaseless car payments grow monastic, except for dealers and OEMs. Depreciating assets don’t pay. What does? Paying yourself first.
PYF is a skill set. No? Were it not, more people would be doing it. We pay ourselves straight off the top, like a Fa King blizzard. If you do also, you know exactly what we’re speaking of. Living better is no accident. Nor is it a money treadmill. Get your edge.
PYF is that edge. It’s about creating more than the sum of your days. Make your efforts accumulate. Again–it’s your money, and time. It’s also your life. Your name’s on all three. PYF means you’ll have more. More means you’re on your way to better. And there’s even more than that. That’s called the Gift of O. It’s simple. You can do this.
Here’s how it’s done.

Read more
FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, TECHNICALS, THINKING NOW

Bank Shots. Rates Play Rim Protector.

APRIL, 6, 2019. Buckle your couch belts for all the excitement. It’s simultaneously time for both the Final Four, and Earnings Season. Did your bank transfer? “Survive and move on” remains the way. Please be advised. No shortage of Cinderellas or shilling money managers exists now. And once again, none will fail to foul or front for their favorite financial.
It’s make believe time all over again. Super-heated gases will leak forth from your screens. Back up., content and advertising will meld. Trash will be talked. This smear of nonsense will end only after earnings are done, the nets are cut down, or CNBC finally bloats into a purely promotional gas giant.
“We love Tech–and the financials right here.”
Goddammit. Jamie Dimon doesn’t even “like the financials right here.” “Why do you like the filthy financials?” “They’re cheap, like dirt, and they hit their fros.” Well–of course they do. What else have the banks had to do, except work their fros? NIM is nonexistent.
The banks haven’t done a goddamn thing since that guy on the $10 bill was running the Treasury. What about now? Did Wells Fargo, Chase, or Skank of America transfer to your Final Four? STOCKjAW takes a reality look, again.

Read more
CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, INVESTING, STOCKS, THE AMERICAN DREAM, THINKING NOW

This Bull’s Last Run?

MARCH 16, 2019. The bank engineered sub-prime mortgage melt down was ten years ago, and ten years equals one very old bull. STOCKjAW charged the desert outside Las Vegas to ponder this “late cycle” equity morass, and then the 737 Max tragedy. While trade talks lumber, our equity market suffer. While the Chinese shoot for 6%-6.5% GDP growth, our tax cut sugar-rush burns to a crisp. A recent survey of U.S. corporations reveals that 84% engaged in “no additional hiring, or capital expenditures” as a result of those massive cuts. What now?
While Europe and Asia slow we show darting sporadic cranky growth. Think Amazon and Faceplant. The bulldozer of mammoth growth we once took for granted is now firing on three cylinders and blubbing dark fits of sour smoke. And then came Ethiopia.
Even leaders run naked on this new landscape. Equity markets change–no warning. “Bam”–welcome to the NFL. Ours has. Guess what? Many of the shareholders you depend on, are rookies in this new market. All 52 cards have been tossed skyward. It’s our job to read the new patterns. Could a bucket of Martini motor lodge living help? Meanwhile, one lesson stands clear.  Look wider for your wins, and take them when offered.  Lately, “long term” means days, maybe weeks, not months or years.  

Read more
BUSINESS, INVESTING, STOCKS, TECHNICALS, THINKING NOW

TELADIVE. Thriving Teladoc’s 20% Dive.

MARCH 2, 2019. Teladoc’s been beaming the doctor and a big future to you for years. Then came a Teladive from the 20th floor for Q4. TDOC beat top and bottom lines, and posted a killer FY2018 79% revenue growth rate. How can that be ugly? It instantly produced a 20% hit to the share price. Or something did. Fugly. Simply stand back. No one catches that knife. Or do they? We did. There’s no trick to it.
The SEC mandates that companies report, but it doesn’t tell them what to say. Nor do they mandate that you tune in. You have to do that yourself. The Teladive began with a humble press release–they always do. We missed htat.
Oops. Nonetheless STOCKjAW not only survived, but thrived that pure fugly Teladive. What did we do?
Here’s a hint. Be there when your company reports, while the market’s yet open. Those edge sessions are where many of the magical moves you’re looking for happen.

Read more
BUSINESS, CULTURE, FUNDAMENTALS, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MONEY, THE AMERICAN DREAM, THINKING NOW

Black Ops. “Retail This.”

FEBRUARY 27, 2019. Money is three-sided. We earn it on the front side, invest it in-between, and spend it on the back. Many ways exist to handle each. Standing tough on the front end is only a piece of the puzzle. Investing is an entire stand alone story. Leveraging it on the retail back side is a saga loved by all. Who doesn’t relish retail war stories?
Using simple brute dollar power is crap. Great news. Investors have special powers, powers about which others are clueless. No? Yes. Retailers do not exist in a vacuum. Any investor knows that. But what do you do about it? Use it to get more. You can, and your working dollar deserves the support. But we are responsible to learn those available angles.
Active investors know both markets and economic conditions. Example. Retail is struggling to meet the tricky brick-and-mortar and online balance. For many, it’s the physical store that’s suffering. Amazon’s a big part of that. When retailers struggle, you can win. It’s called business. It’s what they do to you–use it back. Here’s how to leverage slow sales using a BBBY example.

Read more
CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, INVESTING, MONEY, THINKING NOW

Screw Gun

FEBRUARY 21, 2019. Life’s complicated enough without having to dodge every screw bag operation organized to get at your stack. A million angles exist, but they’re all aimed at the same thing. Being charged for schemes that make it worse is ridiculously common. Think the now ubiquitous “subscription model.” What you used to pay for once, you’re now bent over for monthly. What else do you need to know to gather intent? Many do not find the dynamics of money and how to keep it riveting. We love it, and make it easier, for us and you.

Read more