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What Do McDonald's, Microsoft and Yahoo All Have In Common?

The simple answer is that all had new leaders in the last couple of years. But, here is the problem - they're all old school, old hat, and not so relevant anymore to investors.

Take a look at the latest casualty in the boardroom. Don Thompson was the CEO of McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD) and he held that position for just over two years, during which time McDonald's went nowhere and had zero growth. He is stepping down effective March 1st and Steve Easterbrook, will be taking over the reins of McDonald's. The problem I see with McDonald's is that it's associated with fast, unhealthy food when the entire food industry is turning to healthy eating. You only have to look at places like Baja Fresh, Chipotle and a host of new up-and-comers in the fast, casual, healthy dining service industry to see where McDonald's has completely missed the boat. Like the stock market, perception is everything and the perception is McDonald's just doesn't cut it anymore with most young parents and millennials.

Ray Kroc had a brilliant idea when he first stumbled on the original McDonald's in California back in 1954. Here he discovered Dick and Mac McDonald's fast food restaurant in San Bernardino, California. One year later he incorporated McDonald's Corp. and the rest is history. Now 60 years later, like a lot of corporations, it has lost its relevance in the marketplace and it's going to be extremely hard to play catch-up and change their image. What do you think?

When was the last time you were in a McDonald's?

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) had a similar start to McDonald's, only this time, a young Bill Gates bought a program from a hacker for $50,000 (remember DOS?) and promptly turned around and licensed it out to IBM for a cool $1,000,000 a year. [Read more...]

Looks Like The Trade Triangles Got It Right

Before Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) announced their earnings yesterday, I shared with you exactly how the Trade Triangles were positioned going into this earnings announcement.

I am happy to report that things turned out exactly how MarketClub's Trade Triangles had predicted. Apple closed up on the day with a solid gain of a little over 6% and Yahoo closed out the day down almost 3%.

Here is the link to my original post.

If you take the time to follow the Trade Triangles, you will do very well, in my opinion.

You can also follow one of our three model portfolios: [Read more...]

Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery

We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.

Michael frequently appears on multiple business networks including Bloomberg news, Fox Business, CNBC Worldwide, CNN Business, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a guest on First Business, which is a national and internationally syndicated business show.

Gold Futures

Gold futures in the February contract are trading above their 20 and 100 day moving average settling last Friday in New York at 1,277 while currently trading at 1,288 an ounce down about $12 this afternoon as I have been recommending a bullish position when prices cracked 1,245 and if you took that trade place your stop at the 10 day low which in Monday’s trade will be 1,217 still risking about $70 or $7,000 per contract plus slippage and commission, however the chart structure will start to improve on a daily basis starting next week. Gold prices hit a 5 month high this week and now is being considered as a currency and not a commodity as nobody wants to own any of the foreign currencies especially the Euro currency which was down another 100 points today sending the U.S dollar to an 11 year high as countries like Yemen are collapsing right in front of our eyes and many other countries are getting crushed by the low crude oil prices so investors are seeking a safe haven in gold despite today’s negative tape. [Read more...]

The Internet Portfolio Hit The Jackpot In 2014

Last year was another good year for the stock market with all the indices ending up on a positive note.

The DOW was able to make it into the positive column by 7.5%, the S&P 500 managed to outdo the DOW with a double digit return of 11.5% and standing on the top of the hill was the NASDAQ index, which put in a stellar 13.9% performance for the year.

What if there was another way to make money, one that had about the same amount of risk, but produced higher returns on your money - now that would that be interesting, don't you think?

Two years ago, we started our model Internet portfolio which consists of 5 stocks. We divided the funding for this portfolio into 5 equal amounts of $10,000 each and used that to trade as many shares as we could both from the long and short side of the market.

The stock we chose to trade in this Internet portfolio are Facebook Inc.(NASDAQ:FB), Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP), and finally Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Based on the stock's price, we traded the maximum number of shares we could for each stock, rounding down if needed.

The first year tracking this portfolio (2013), we had a stand out year with a return of 65.3%. Last year (2014) this portfolio performed well, easily outperforming all the major indices and beating the top performing NASDAQ. For 2014, the Internet portfolio put in a super performance of 16.4%. While not as good as 2013, it was nevertheless a very positive one when you measure it against other stock portfolios.

The signals for this portfolio, along with our other two model portfolios, the World Cup portfolio and the Perfect ETF portfolio are provided for you.

If you are looking to start 2015 off on the right foot, with a clear direction, then one of these model portfolios could be the answer you are looking for. Each portfolio carries, like all investments, a degree of risk.

The most conservative portfolio is our Perfect ETF portfolio. The Internet portfolio has a slightly higher degree of risk. Our World Cup portfolio carries the most amount of risk and is not for everyone. However, it does have a place in large portfolios as a non-correlating asset class.

Have a question about the Internet portfolio? Please comment below this post.

Every success in 2015 with any of MarketClub model portfolios!

Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

Caution, Caution, Caution

Here we are at the first trading day of 2015. You may remember one of my posts in December indicating that the markets can be quite dangerous over the holiday time period. Well, that same danger carries over in to the first week of January when many traders are just getting back from vacations and preparing to setup their trading desks for the New Year. Typically, I like to get serious about the market after the first full trading week of January is over and volume once again returns to the market.

At the moment, we're still in a very low volume period indicating that the markets can be extremely volatile on a moment's notice. You only have to look at gold in the last several days to see the extreme swings up and down that market is going through, which proves my point. This extreme kind of market action can happen in any market with little or no notice - so the word for today and next week is caution, caution, caution.

On A Personal Note

I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and loved ones over the Christmas holidays.

I am very fortunate, thought some would say unfortunate, that right after Christmas I have a birthday. The 26th of December is my birthday, for those of you living in England and Australia, that's Boxing Day. I've gotten to the age when birthday presents really aren't my thing anymore as I pretty much have all the underwear and socks I will ever need. However, this year was different, as I did want something, something very special and close to my heart. [Read more...]

What's Ahead In 2015?

Here we are, the first day of 2015, thinking about what's ahead this year. There's no doubt about it, 2014 was a good year for most stock investors and we hope you got your share of the pie.

The big standouts to me in 2014 were the mega drop in oil prices and the fact that gold prices have lost two years in a row. The last time that happened was in 1997 – so what's ahead in 2015?

I think that 2015 will offer some amazing opportunities for smart, knowledgeable investors. The key to trading this year is to go with the flow and don't fight the market. I don't know of any market expert who, in January of last year, forecast a 40% drop in oil prices. I'm not sure I heard anyone predicting that gold prices were going to have back-to-back losses two years in a row.

What does that tell you?

The investors or gurus who hold fixed beliefs and feel compelled to defend their market opinions are doomed. Investors who hold rigid market opinions in 2015 are not going to fair well and enjoy positive returns. That's just my opinion, and I reserve the right to change it at any time.

Here is another timeless piece of advice for 2015: [Read more...]

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Optimizing the ABC Charting Formation

As a special treat to Trader’s Blog readers, Ron Ianieri is offering you an in-depth look at how to optimize the ABC charting formation.

The ABC Charting Formation is one of the most basic and frequently occurring charting patterns that exist. Watch how this basic chart can be turned into a big payday with the use of options. Follow along as we use options to safely and easily follow the ABC's charting patterns twists and bends. We start out with the most basic and most easily understood strategy, roll it, morph it and finally close it. Suddenly, this simple charting pattern, traded with the simplest option strategy, becomes a sophisticated looking trading strategy that is incredibly simple to use, fully hedged at all times, and very profitable!

The concept of synthetics has always been fundamentally important to understanding options. Synthetics show us the mathematical relationship that exists between the stock, a call, and its corresponding put. This mathematical relationship not only relates the price of these instruments in relation to each other, but also shows how a call can be changed into a put, or a put can be changed into a call by simply adding the stock into the equation. Understanding synthetics allows investors the ability to morph positions from the wrong position to the right position quickly and efficiently. Understanding synthetics also allow investors to take advantage of the put/call skew we frequently see in the options market today.

Watch it now: Optimizing the ABC Charting Formation

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The INOTV Team

Merry Christmas to all of our Traders Blog visitors!

Merry Christmas From MarketClubWith all the hustle and bustle, it’s sometimes difficult to remember the real reason for the season. But regardless of what you believe and what religion you practice, if any, we hope you find yourself surrounded by love. The INO.com staff is very appreciative of your interest and we love having you return to our blog time and time again.

As you share a meal, or a gift, please reflect on all you have despite the many things you hope that 2015 will bring. Merry Christmas to you and we are excited to help you build your financial goals and trading confidence.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, please accept our most genuine wishes for any happy holiday and a prosperous new year!

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