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There's Going To Be A War

And it is taking place right now in your neighborhood. No, I'm not talking about ISIS invading your neighborhood, what I'm talking about is credit card payments to merchants.

Earlier this month, Apple announced its mobile payment system called ApplePay. The Apple iPhone 6 uses a technology called Near Field Communication or NFC, which is built into their new iPhones to pay for a product in a store that supports this technology. This is similar to Google Wallet which uses the same technology.

On one side of battlefield you have Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), on the other side you have a consortium of merchants led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), , which includes CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD). That consortium whose name is MCX (The Merchants Exchange) want to use their own mobile system that they have been developing since 2012. That system is named CurrentC. What's that going to do for consumers? You only have to look at the MCX website to understand what their goal is.

From the MCX Web site: "Merchant Customer Exchange is the only merchant-owned mobile commerce network built to streamline the customer shopping experience across all major retail verticals."

From the press kit: "It will also offer innovative features and benefits, such as merchant loyalty programs and instant coupon savings, all stored on the phone and available right at the point-of-sale."

Sounds very similar to Google wallet and ApplePay, does it not? Mobile payment solutions such as Google wallet have not really caught on with Millennials or anyone else for that matter. It was only when Apple came along with their new payment system that the MCX realized they had to attack. The first part of the attack was putting pressure on CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) to turn off their NFC receivers on their cash registers so ApplePay would not work. What is strange is that Target, who is also a member of MCX, will accept ApplePay as it offers a more secure and superior method of payment over a regular credit card. Looking at some of the recent challenges that Target has had with credit card theft, it is understandable.

So today's poll question is:

Who do you think will win the mobile payment wars?

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If you have any comments you'd like to share with us about this post or about mobile payments in general, please feel free to leave them below this post.

Life is never boring, even in the mobile payments section.

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

The Real Reason Why Crude Oil Is Moving Lower

As you may well know, crude oil (NYMEX:CL.Z14.E) prices have been dropping precipitously this year. In fact, they are at their lowest level in two years. I have a theory as to why oil prices are dropping.

I believe one of the great unsung victories for automobile manufacturers are the new cars they are producing that are getting, on average, an amazing 25 miles per gallon. That is a quantum leap from just a few years ago. With hybrids (cross between electric and gasoline) becoming more mainstream and more motorists turning in their old cars to buy new, more efficient cars, I would expect to see this trend continue. Better cars produce better mileage, therefore their need to go to the pump to fill up is less frequent than before.

Last week I witnessed the markets having one of their best weeks ever, up close to 4%. This strong market action for the week put a smile on a lot of people's faces, however it is still too early to confirm a major trend reversal to the upside.

I also mentioned in my last video that I liked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which was making new all-time highs on Friday, along with Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). I will be checking in on those stocks today to see how they're doing. Also in today's video, I'll be looking at crude oil (NYMEX:CL.Z14.E), gold (FOREX:XAUUSDO), the U.S. Dollar Index (NYBOT:DX) and the major indices.

You are more than welcome to join in the conversation or leave your comment below this post.

It's going to be an interesting week for sure, so stay tuned.

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

Building a Better Trader - Volume 4: Adding the Finishing Touches

In the fourth and final volume of this series, you'll discover how to combine what you learned in the first three volumes into a simple, but effective trading approach. You'll be on the edge of your seat as professional trader Glen Ring shows you some valuable tools and techniques you can use to lay down a foundation on which to build your own successful trading structure. After completing this program, you'll know how to apply some of Glen's most powerful, time-tested trading ideas to recognize potentially explosive moves - and get in and get out of the markets for the maximum profits.

WATCH NOW: Building a Better Trader - Volume 4: Adding the Finishing Touches

Best,
The INOTV Team

Amazon's Greatest Nightmare

Yesterday, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) reported its earnings. They were a shocker and pushed the stock down over 9% overnight.

While Amazon was reporting no profits, Jack Ma, the head of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA), was in Hollywood looking to buy content and movie studios for his mammoth "find everything" website. Mr. Ma has also said publicly he wants to have US companies on his website so they can sell their products in China. Alibaba has over half a billion customers at the moment and is growing fast.

When I look at the stock of Amazon I can see that this stock hasn't gone anywhere and keeps losing money. Somewhere along the line, I think investors are going to say enough with Amazon already, it's got to start making money. Amazon has its fingers in a lot of pies including advertising, merchandising, newspapers, the cloud and probably a lot of other ventures you don't even know about.

But even if you didn't know anything about Amazon or Alibaba and you just look at the charts, you have to say that the chart on Alibaba looks a lot more positive than the one for Amazon. Now admittedly, Alibaba has not been trading in the US that long, but something seems to be right about what's going on with this company and its charismatic leader, Jack Ma.

While Amazon stock has gone up and come down, it's practically unchanged from where it was a year ago. It is down over $100 for the year, while AliBaba's stock is within 2 or 3% of its IPO high price of $99.70 on September 19th.

In today's video, I will be looking at both the stock of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA). I'll also be looking for some weekend trades of the 52-week kind and see what I can come up with. And of course, I will do a recap of the week and show you the winners and the losers.

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

2 Stocks To Buy Today

Good day traders and MarketClub members everywhere! I have found two stocks that I believe are going to move higher in the near future and I will be discussing those stocks with you today.

I'm also going to be looking at the general market and analyzing how much further this rally can go in the major indices. Also included in today's video is a look at gold (FOREX:XAUUSDO). How much further can it go on the upside? Has crude oil (NYMEX:CL.Z14.E) finally found a bottom? Lastly, a quick peek at the US Dollar Index (NYBOT:DX) and why it took a breather.

You are going to have to watch the video to find out which two stocks I really like. I think you'll find the stories behind them very compelling as one of these particular stocks takes up almost 40% of a well-known hedge fund's portfolio.

Don't miss today's video!

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

Will The Rally End?

Will Friday's rally continue or was it just a "dead cat bounce"? There is no doubt about it, we have been seeing lots of volatility in the markets. Is it likely to continue? Like in the past, it will continue until it stops and the market settles down. Nobody can give you an exact timeline when that's going to happen, but it will happen. In the meantime, having a solid game plan, one that you know has been successful in the past, will lead you to successful trades.

You've heard me say this before, the market can only move three ways, it can go up, down and sideways, that's it! When you boil it down to those simple terms, it is easy to see how investors can create many of their own problems by over-thinking a situation. You may have been guilty of this yourself at some point in time, I know I have. It is so easy to get caught up with the hubris of the market and lose sight of your investment goals. It's also easy to fall into the trap of listening to too many talking heads. Oftentimes when this happens, it leads to confusion and will leave you in a state of paralysis. [Read more...]

Building a Better Trader - Volume 3: Using the Right Tool for the Job

It's amazing how many investors dive head-first into trading before they understand how the markets work. In Volume Three of this series, Glen Ring will teach you how to view the markets from an analyst's point of view. You'll discover why markets trend and why they go sideways - and why learning how to recognize these situations can be extremely valuable. You'll also learn four different ways to identify support and resistance, and you'll become familiar with some specific tools you can use to identify trends. Finally, you'll learn how markets behave at certain junctures and how learning this information can be useful in building a winning trading structure.

WATCH NOW: Building a Better Trader - Volume 3: Using the Right Tool for the Job

Best,
The INOTV Team

Is This Index Predicting The Future?

Today I'm going to be looking into the Dow 30 Index. This index is home to some of the biggest and most valuable companies in the world.

Using our Trade Triangle technology, you can quickly see that out of the 30 stocks that make up this index, just three stocks remain in a bullish trend. Out of the remaining 27 stocks, 6 are in a trading range and 21 stocks are in downtrends.

With two-thirds of the stocks in this important index in downtrends, this index is casting a shadow over the general economy.

The 3 stocks that remain in uptrends are rather mundane companies that have been around a long time.

Here are the 3 stocks that are still bullish and I will be looking at in today's video: [Read more...]

Did ISIS, Ebola, And The White House Crash The Market?

Exactly 19 days ago, the Dow was trading at a new all-time high. So how did everything become unraveled in less than three weeks?

In my humble opinion, the complacency that was in most investors' minds was overcome with uncertainty and distrust.

It arrived in the form of three waves.

The first wave was ISIS and their rapid takeover of key areas in the Middle East. This uncertainty was exacerbated and emboldened ISIS further when the president of the United States stated on national TV that "we have no strategy" to deal with ISIS. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican - you do not expect to hear the president make a statement like that.

The second wave came with the news that Ebola had reached across West Africa to the shores of the United States. This scary news should not have been a problem, however it became a major problem with the conflicting stories about how a nurse who was in fully dressed in protected clothing contracted this deadly disease. To make matters worse, this morning we hear of another nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) so far seem ill-prepared. Not leveling with the American people about what is going on just adds another layer of uncertainty and distrust in government. [Read more...]

The One Market Truth You Need To Know

There's no question about it, the markets are a little jittery right now. With the S&P down almost 6% from its September highs, people are beginning to ask themselves, "is this the big one?"

Here is the one market truth you need to know:
No one knows for sure what's going to happen, except the market itself.

The market determines prices and when you are investing, how the market closes directly effects your bottom line. Whether you are in business or in the business of investing, the bottom line is what everyone looks at. You invest or trade to make money and how a market closes determines how much money you're making or losing at that particular point in time.

You can watch all the economists, all the talking heads, read all the blogs you want and you'll come away with 100 different views about what's going to happen to the market.

The only voice you really need to pay attention to is the voice of the market. The market itself tells you what it's going to do if you listen carefully. If you been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I have been out of market and on the sidelines since about the middle of September. If you take a look at Gold (FOREX:XAUUSDO), I have been either short or out of the market since July 13th. It is pretty much the same picture with Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.Z14.E), where I have been either short this market on the sidelines since early July, with the exception of one fake out in late September.

Let the market tell you what it wants to do, rather than guessing or trying to pick a top or bottom.

In today's video, I will be listening to all the major markets. I am also going to share with you how the market actually talks, you won't want to miss that.

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

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