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"Flash Boys" author says the stock market is rigged

In his latest book on Wall Street, author Michael Lewis claims the stock market is rigged - What do you think?

To get more background on Lewis' claim, you might want to check out this recent "60 Minutes" video clip.

Vote first, then share with us what you think and have the chance to win a brand new copy of "Flash Boys," the book that started the uproar on High Frequency Trading. You have to leave a comment in order to win a copy of the book. We will pick the most creative comment!

Do you think the stock market is rigged?

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The INO.com Team

POLL: Do You Think Putin Is Going To Invade The Ukraine?

In all the years I've been following the markets there comes a time like now, when geopolitics takes center stage. I am of course referring to the recent annexation of the Crimea by Putin. The question now is with a very tepid response from the US and the EU will Putin say to himself Crimea was easy I'll do the same thing with the Ukraine. With an approval rating of 80% back home in Russia, Putin and has little to worry about as he practically walks on water in the minds of most citizens.

Do you think Putin will expand his Crimea take over to the Ukraine?

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Are You Bullish or Bearish on the Stock Market in Q2?

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Are you Bullish or Bearish on Gold in Q2?

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Are you Bullish or bearish on Crude Oil in Q2?

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Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and viewpoint with us.

Every success in Q2 and beyond,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

Poll: Ukraine Crisis: What Are Your Thoughts?

The European Union is ready to give Ukraine 11 billion euros ($15 billion) in loans and grants over the coming years to help stabilize its economy, the head of the bloc's executive arm said Wednesday. Read the full article here.

Coincidentally, the headline figure of $15 billion for the EU's aid package is the same amount that Russia was prepared to grant Ukraine in loans until the government of President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted last month.

Yanukovich took the Russian loans instead of a wide-ranging trade and economic agreement with the EU, a move that fueled the protests that led to his ouster.

Barroso said that an agreement was still on the table, and the EU is prepared to provisionally grant Ukraine the benefits deriving from it before a full ratification. Ukraine's industrial and agricultural exporters could save some 900 million euros annually through reduced tariffs, the Commission said.

"The situation in Ukraine is a test of our capability and resolve to stabilize our neighborhood and to provide new opportunities for many, not just a few," Barroso told reporters in Brussels. "We need to be up to this challenge."

What are your thoughts on the situation in the Ukraine? Below are several polls to vote on and of course we would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Do you think Vladimir Putin is going to take over all of Ukraine?

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Your thoughts on FaceBook buying WhatsApp?

The big news today, at least in the internet/financial world, is FaceBook’s purchase of WhatsApp, an instant messaging service. WhatsApp has 55 employees, 450 million users and was started a little over 4 years ago. It also makes very little money. The price tag for WhatsApp is rumored to be $19 billion dollars, $4 billion in cash and the balance in FaceBook stock.

In essence, FaceBook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is buying 450 million eyeballs to make a major move into the mobile space. Do you think it was a mistake to buy WhatsApp and what effect do you think this acquisition will have on the stock of FaceBook?

Do you think FaceBook's stock will go up or down from here?

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Thanks for your viewpoint on FaceBook. Please feel free to add a comment below.

The INO.com Team

Poll: What Best Describes Your Position Heading Into Next Month?

With January coming to a close, 2014 is certainly off to a rough start. Looks like the DOW will close down about 4% for the month, the S&P 500 down close to 2.5% and the NASDAQ down around .80%. And, it doesn't look like the news is going to get better any time soon.

The Fed announced this week they are going to cut another $10 billion from their $75 billion bond buying program, to make it $65 Billion. When will they pull the rug out completely?

Jobless claims rose more than expected by 19,000, to make 348,000 total claims. The four week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market conditions as it irons out week-to-week volatility, edged up 750 to 333,000.

With all of that in mind, we wanted to ask....

What best describes your position heading into next month?

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Every Success,
The INO.com Team

When Did Financial Wellness Matter To You?

As you might expect, the older people get, generally the more money they have saved. According to Fidelity Investments, by age 35, you should have saved an amount equal to your annual salary. By age 45, you should have saved three times your annual salary. At age 55, you should have five times your salary and when you retire at age 67, you should have eight times your annual pay (1).

While these guidelines don't guarantee any future financial wellness, it is sometimes helpful to have a savings goal for your future financial well-being.

As daunting as those guidelines may sound, we were wondering...

At what age did you first start considering your own financial wellness?

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Accumulating financial wealth can be an overwhelming concept for someone just starting out. Do you have any words of wisdom or lessons you have learned that have made a difference in your own financial situation?

We'd love to read your thoughts and comments.

Best,

The INO.com Team

(1)Kadlec, Dan. "What You Should Save By 35, 45, and 55 To Be On Target." Time Business & Money. TIME.com. September 12, 2012. http://business.time.com/2012/09/21/what-you-should-save-by-35-45-and-55-to-be-on-target/

Poll: Where Is The Market Headed In 2014?

2013 is coming to a close tonight, and the stock market is closing out a banner year. As of last night's close (12/30/13) The DOW will finish up about 3400 pts., the S&P500 will be up 415 pts., and the NASDAQ will finish up about 1136 pts. That's an impressive year! With that run, you have to wonder if it will continue into the new year. What do you think?

Will the stock market extend its 2013 rally into 2014?

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Take a moment to cast your vote and leave a comment with where you think the markets will end 2014.

Every Success in the coming year,
The INO.com Team

Do You or Have You Ever Traded Binary Options?

Trading binary options has been growing in popularity since 2008. Binary options are considered to be one of simplest trading products available to traders, since the trader knows their exact risk/reward when entering the trade and they can essentially place trades with little-to-no knowledge of the stock market.

We wanted to take a quick poll to see how many of our readers trade binary options, so....

Do you trade binary options and if so, did you make money?

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Please take a moment to place your vote and leave a comment on the subject if you like.

Every Success,
The INO.com Team

Do You Know What Bitcoin Is?

In a recent Bloomberg phone poll, 46% of Americans had no idea what Bitcoin was, while 42% knew that it was a virtual currency. Even funnier was the fact that 6% thought it was a new iPhone App and another 6% thought it was an Xbox game. I found that poll amazing, as I was sure that more people knew what Bitcoin was.

Exactly what is Bitcoin and how does it work?

Bitcoin is the world's first decentralized digital currency. Originally outlined in a paper by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, the Bitcoin network was developed and the first Bitcoins were released in 2009. This experimental cryptocurrency process claims to conduct quick, freeze-proof, irreversible chain of digitally-signed transactions in any country, without using a financial institution as an intermediary.

Bitcoins are predictable and limited in supply, unlike that of centralized currency. The total amount of Bitcoins in circulation is set to top out in 2140 at 20 million coins.

This open source, peer-to-peer payment network and digital currency uses public-key cryptography for security. Users send payments by broadcasting digitally signed messages from their "wallets" that transfer ownership of Bitcoins to another user. Then a decentralized network of specialized computers called "Miners" verify and time stamp all transactions using a proof-of-work system. The operators are then rewarded with transaction fees and newly minted Bitcoins.

Do you own any bitcoins?

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Bitcoin was first noticed due to its use in illegal activities. In 2013, the FBI shut down the Silk Road online black market and seized $28.5 million worth of Bitcoin from the alleged mastermind. More recently, they have gained traction in the investing community and can be used to buy everything from pizza to a Tesla car. Even with its volatile exchange rate, do you think Bitcoin will be able to overtake current forms of currency and change the way people use money online?

Every Success,
Jeremy Lutz
INO.com & MarketClub.com

Has Natural Gas and UNG Finally Bottomed Out?

1) Trade Triangles Positive. (2) Trend Line. (3) First Bottom of Double Bottom. (4) Pivot Point. (5) Second Bottom of Double Bottom. (6) Breakout. Upside target zone for UNG $23-$24.

Has Natural Gas and UNG Finally Bottomed Out?

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