TAL Education Group Is Up 2,288% In Five Years

Sep 17, 2017
J. Webster
The best performing stock in the last five years is one you've probably never heard of, TAL Education Group. Its stock is up 2,288%, which is just amazing. The five year low for the stock is $1.30 a share and the five year high is $34.19 a share. And just what does TAL Education Group do? It must be some kind of new app or Internet company of some kind, in the education space, right? No, it's a Chinese tutoring company. For TAL's stock to run up that much they must have tutored a lot of kids! It does look

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Apple’s iPhone 8: Take All My Money

Sep 11, 2017
J. Webster
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I think this tweet below sums up all the talk about Apple's new iPhone being too expensive. If there's an item we never leave home without and sometimes pretty much sleep with and can't stop looking at, I'm guessing a $1,000 for an even better one ain't going to be much of a deterrent. Rather, it's like Apple can just take all your money whenever there's a new iPhone coming out. Yes, there will be long lines for the new iPhone and Apple will sell tons of them. For Apple, what makes them great is their products do get incrementally

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Warren Buffett Not a Bitcoin Fan

Sep 8, 2017
J. Webster
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Sometimes you miss a few investment trends, but in the long run you don't lose a bunch of money...Warren Buffett says to pass on buying the bitcoin phenomenon, it's not an investment he would make. Buffett said back in 2014 that bitcoin was a mirage and didn't offer anything intrinsically valuable that say a simple "check" could offer, as far as payments go. Buffett of course has missed out on buying some technology stock early on, said he just didn't understand them enough, and he's still had a bit of success as an investor. Bitcoin has been going crazy since then,

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Did Trump Call the Top in the Stock Market…?

Sep 5, 2017
J. Webster
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Looking back, I wonder if this tweet will be when the stock market topped out. With everyone saying the market is nearing a top, probably for the past three years, who knows if and when it will go down. But it's risky to rely so much on the stock market maintaining a never ending rise, especially when your policies create a lot of chaos. The Fed has to raise interest rates at some point, or at least

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Will Costco Get Amazoned?

Aug 30, 2017
J. Webster
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The majority of the articles being written about Costco the past few days say the stock is a buy. The headlines say that Costco's stock has been too beaten up with all the talk of Amazon encroaching on it's turf. There's also talk over at Bloomberg that tons of Amazon Prime members are also Costco members, as though a choice between the two has to be made. And what with Amazon buying Whole Foods and then cutting prices, Costco stock was was knocked down once again. The articles are saying Costco stock is on sale. But will Costco get "disrupted"

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Ate Some Popcorn & Cashed In My Profits

Aug 28, 2017
J. Webster
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I'm kind of thinking maybe it's time to go long the $VIX. Especially after reading this article in the NY Times. I also don't know why a trader would want to be featured in the paper about making money shorting the $VIX, especially if he's making millions of dollars. I don't think you want that much attention, do you? But what sticks out is how seemingly confident the former Target logistics manager is about shorting the $VIX and not worrying about volatility:
It has been a lucrative strategy as the so-called fear gauge has been, outside of the

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Finally There’s Some Volatility

Aug 17, 2017
J. Webster
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The $VIX is still alive. Just when everyone thought the market would never go down, it finally did and volatility has returned. I bet if you bought the $VIX just when all those articles about how the $VIX was so calm and quiet and it'd been ages since it moved at all, you'd be pretty happy right now. The $VIX shot up around 30% just today. Volatility is back. How many articles have to be written before the bottom is in for something? Is there a number or average? Usually it’s the front page of the paper thing, when the market

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Maria Bartiromo Defends Donald Trump

Aug 16, 2017
J. Webster
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After Trump's press conference where he went back again and talked about "both sides" being bad at the white supremacy gathering/march in Virginia where three people were killed...Maria Bartiromo, once beloved in the financial sphere, seemed to show her true colors and who she supports. She takes a shot at the mainstream media too, with her #msm hashtag. I never really understood

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Weight Watchers Has Made Oprah Even Richer

Aug 4, 2017
J. Webster
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Weight Watchers was a very good investment for Oprah Winfrey. When can Oprah sell some shares though or is this a long term investment for her? I mean just how much higher can the stock go? It's up nearly 25% today and has a market capitalization of about 2.5 billion. However, Weight Watcher's stock is no where near it's all time high, which was over $80 back in 2011. So, I guess Oprah is going to just get richer and richer with this investment.

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Calavo Growers Toasts the Avocado

Jun 29, 2017
J. Webster
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The big joke these days is about people spending too much money on avocado toast. But there's a company that's been making a lot of money growing avocados that you could have been investing in the past five years and made a lot of money. I'm sure the growth in not just avocado toast eaters but in companies like Chipotle have also helped Calavo Growers stock keep rising. Nice chart. Do you want guacamole with your burrito or toast...?

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