Is Free Stock Trading a Good Thing…?

Feb 19, 2017
J. Webster
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Commission free trading, does that really help the young investor or trader...? In the past I joked around that I wish TD Ameritrade had "don't ever sell button" for certain stocks, say for Starbucks or Domino's when they were both trading for around $5 a share during the financial crisis. Don't you think you'd have sold some if you'd owned either one once they doubled and then doubled again and again....Check out the chart for Domino's and Google when they went public, how many people held on to these stocks for the last ten years or so...?

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Kellyanne Conway Now a Stock Market Pundit

Feb 16, 2017
J. Webster
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So I guess this isn't fake news...or a stock market bubble or all just caused by Janet Yellen's low interest rate policy now that Trump's in charge. What happens if the stock market goes down, who's to blame then? With a couple recent tweets, Kellyanne Conway has become a stock market pundit, saying that markets are very happy with Trump's vision. Conway isn't just a retail expert, pushing Ivanka Trump's brand, soon she'll be letting everyone know when they should sell shares of Tesla or Apple...

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Gary Cohn’s Thoughts on S.A.C. Capital….

Feb 15, 2017
J. Webster
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When Gary Cohn worked at Goldman Sachs as the chief operating officer and president, he was a big fan of S.A.C. Capital and all the money they paid Goldman Sachs to trade stocks and invest in IPOs. Cohn didn't seem too concerned about just how Steve Cohen (Yes, their names are confusingly similar) and S.A.C. Capital "trafficked in inside information". Cohen is now the chief economic advisor to President Donald Trump (Yes, still weird to write that), do you think he's going to worry about insider trading cases at Wall Street firms....?
“They have been an important client to us,” Goldman

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Watch Billions Season 2 Premiere Episode for FREE

Feb 13, 2017
J. Webster
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Watch the full Season 2 premiere episode of Billions now. Chuck faces scrutiny from the AG. Axe weighs his options. Starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Don't miss new episodes of Billions beginning Sunday February 19th at 10 PM.

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Mathew Martoma’s Email Coverup Attempt….

Feb 13, 2017
J. Webster
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There are plenty of crazy details in Black Edge about Steve Cohen, but there's even more crazy details about Mathew Martoma, and one of the crazier details is how his parents took out a second mortgage and gave him a million dollars to start a computer company to try to coverup an email scandal he was involved in while at Harvard Law school. The email scandal was about how he said he sent an email to withdrawal from clerkship positions he'd emailed out at a certain day and time. Yes, it's all very confusing...it started when he changed

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US Weekly Has Some Good Investing Advice for Sean Spicer

Feb 12, 2017
J. Webster
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Wise advice not just for Sean Spicer but for one and all: buy an index fund and don't try to pick individual stocks....why waste all your time worrying and trying to game the market when you can just sit back and relax when you own an index fund. No need to worry about Trump tweeting about a stock you own when you own a broad mix of index funds...

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The Pinball Wizard of Shorting Stocks

Feb 11, 2017
J. Webster
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Marc Cohodes is the pinball wizard of shorting stocks. I'm not sure if Bally Manufacturing, a major pinball company back in 1983, still exists, but when playing video games at arcades started to become popular, a famous short seller got his start shorting the stock. I wonder how much money Marc Cohodes made on what appears to be the first time he shorted a stock....he also happens to have a six pinball machines in his office/man cave to remember this first shorting of a companies shares.
Cohodes’s journey to the top ranks of short selling began in Chicago, where he didn’t

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When You Should Have Taken the Google Stock Options….

Feb 11, 2017
J. Webster
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It's very hard to look towards the future and think about how much something might be worth. It's especially hard, say if you might need the money right away for something, like say paying your rent or mortgage, but if you have a long term view of investing and money and Google stock options, man, you might end up with $1.7 million instead of $4K.

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Let Stevie Cohen Eat Steak

Feb 10, 2017
J. Webster
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If you want your kid to grow up and to run a hedge fund and have a net worth somewhere around $13 billion, give that special kid the steak and let the rest of your kids eat hot dogs for dinner....this little piece of information about Steve Cohen is from the new book Black Edge, by Sheelah Kolhatkar. Cohen didn't grow up wealthy, there wasn't enough steak to go around, and he seemed to develop a desire to make money trading stocks at a very young age. Cohen first started making money playing Poker and then got into

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The Very Happy Faces of Wall Street Traders & Investors

Jan 23, 2017
J. Webster
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Instead of seeing the very sad faces Wall Street traders, brokers, and investors, we're now seeing the grinning face of the Wall Street trader and hedge fund manager once again. It's all about cycles, right. With Donald Trump winning the presidency, the joy is back. Just look at the smiling faces of hedge fund "titans" and Wall Street insiders. They are no longer being beating down and hit like a pinata. They no longer have to hide from potential criminal investigations due to the financial collapse of 2008. They no longer have to

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