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A New Smartphone ETF Launches

Filed in AT T, New Gold, o, Spot Gold by on February 20, 2011 0 Comments
A New Smartphone ETF Launches

Filed under: Launches , ETF There’s an apt story in business: There’s always room for one more. Take McDonalds ( MCD ) and Burger King ( BKC ) for example. Burger King competes directly with McDonalds. The same is true in the exchange-traded fund (ETF) craze. There is already an ETF that tracks smartphones: the NASDAQ OMX CEA Smartphone Index ( QFON ). But like Burger King, we have a brand new ETF that tracks smartphones and other major holdings: the First Trust NASDAQ CEA Smartphone Index Fund ( FONE ). Continue reading A New Smartphone ETF Launches A New Smartphone ETF Launches originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos

Filed in commodities, New Gold, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments
Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos

Filed under: Major Movement , Industry , Market Matters , Commodities , Agriculture The cotton market is in a state of chaos. On Friday, March cotton on the ICE exchange closed at $2.1102 per pound, up the 7 cent daily limit, the Financial Times reported. The market opened limit up at $2.1102. That means that you cannot buy cotton even if you wanted to. The market is frozen. Commodities are much different from stocks. Commodities are a zero sum game. Contracts usually last for three months. At the end of the three months, the longs take delivery from the shorts who deliver their cotton, and zero contracts are left. Continue reading Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation

Filed in commodities, inflation, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments
Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation

Filed under: Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) , Commodities Raw commodities like grains, sugar and cotton are skyrocketing in price. These raw foods are then processed for consumption. Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM ) is one of the world largest food processors. It processes corn into corn oil syrups, sweeteners, citric and lactic acid and ethanol. Soybeans are crushed into soybean oil and meal, Wheat is processed into flour and pasta. Cocoa is turned into chocolate and confections. It provides animal feed for farmers and meal for brewers. It has one of the largest distribution networks in the world. Continue reading Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Gold, Silver, Copper, Nickel and the Slow Death of Money

Gold, Silver, Copper, Nickel and the Slow Death of Money

A huge opportunity to hedge against both inflation and deflation is lying out there in the open. There are no transaction costs and right now there’s even a built-in discount. But most people will never realize any of this. In 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, which made it illegal for U.S. citizens to hold gold bullion. Prior to that, the $20 bill was essentially a warehouse receipt for a one-ounce gold coin. Prior to the Federal Reserve Act of 1914, the $20 bill actually told you this. After Executive Order 6102, $20 notes weren’t allowed to be exchanged for gold anymore. Americans couldn’t legally own or trade gold as money and savings, only as jewelry or collectible coins. A year after making monetary gold ownership illegal, FDR revalued gold from $20.67 per ounce to $35 an ounce with the Gold Reserve Act. The Act also required all gold and gold certificates to be turned over to the Treasury. The dollar was debased. A chunk of the gold it used to be good for was legally removed. Instead of  “containing” 1/20 an ounce of gold, each dollar now only contained (or represented) 1/35 an ounce. And of course you couldn’t actually own the gold itself. In 1971 Nixon severed the last official ties between gold and the dollar. The dollar quickly sunk to its real value, which had been debased by years of money supply inflation. By 1975 Americans were allowed to own bullion gold again, but during the roughly 40 years bullion gold ownership had been illegal, the dollar had been drastically debased. At its former lowest point in the summer of 1980, the dollar …

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Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest

Filed in commodities, Gold, Lear, New Gold, o, Spot Gold by on February 15, 2011 0 Comments
Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest

Filed under: China , Middle East , Commodities , Oil When it comes to the biggest threat to world economies, oil scarcity is second only to nuclear war. What started in Tunisia, then spread to Egypt has now spreading to Bahrain and Iran, where protesters are clashing with police. In Iran, lawmakers are threatening death to protesters. The fear of chaos spreading across the Middle East has sent the oil market into overdrive. Brent crude traded at $104 per barrel Tuesday. Continue reading Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Card Readers to Generate $11 Billion in Sales

Filed in Apple, AT T, E Reader, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 14, 2011 0 Comments
Card Readers to Generate $11 Billion in Sales

Filed under: Intuit Inc (INTU) , VeriFone Holdings (PAY) , Smartphones , Technology New technology spawns still more technology. Such is the case with smart phones. Entrepreneurs have found a way to facilitate buying with your smart phone. Companies like Intuit ( INTU ) and VeriFone ( PAY ) have created a card reader that can be inserted into your iPhone ( AAPL ) or other smart phone. Then you can swipe a credit card through the reader and use it to make online purchases. The potential of this new technology is enormous. Analysts estimate that the industry will grow to $11 billion this year. Continue reading Card Readers to Generate $11 Billion in Sales Card Readers to Generate $11 Billion in Sales originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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How Savings and Investment Increase an Economy’s Output

Filed in BP, Debt, deflation, economy, interest-rates, Lear, o, silver, Spot Gold, target, US Dollar by on February 14, 2011 0 Comments

Everyone who has held a job and a bank account understands the potential benefit of postponing consumption today in order to enjoy greater consumption in the future. However, many people — if pressed — would explain this increase in saver’s income by an offsetting reduction in the income of a borrower in the economy. This is certainly a possibility. For example, if Bill (the borrower) forgets his lunch money on Monday, he might ask his coworker Sally (the saver), “Can you lend me $10 and I’ll pay you back $11 tomorrow?”  If Sally agrees, then it is clear that her $1 in interest on the personal loan was paid out of Bill’s reduced income for that month. In other words, if Bill’s take-home pay that month were $5,000, then he would actually only have $4,999 to work with, because of his $1 expenditure in “buying a loan” from Sally. At the same time, if Sally’s normal paycheck were also $5,000, then this particular month she would actually have $5,001 to work with, after earning $1 in providing “lending services” to Bill. In the scenario above, what basically happened is that Bill financed his consumption with an “advance” made by Sally. On the Monday morning is question, …

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Nvidia: A Company on the Move

Filed in Apple, ipad, NVIDIA, o, Spot Gold, Tegra by on February 13, 2011 0 Comments
Nvidia: A Company on the Move

Filed under: Stocks to Buy Investors are always searching the landscape for new and upcoming companies. This year and last the tech sector has had the greatest stars. One small tech company on the move is Nvidia ( NVDA ). The company specializes in visual computing technologies. Why give this company a second look? Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone and iPad have changed the way we view the Internet. Now the iPhone and iTablet are using an increasingly large amount of graphic design. Nvidia is on the cutting edge of this new technology. Continue reading Nvidia: A Company on the Move Nvidia: A Company on the Move originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed in Apple, Google, ipad, Microsoft, New Gold, Nokia, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 13, 2011 0 Comments
Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed under: Competitive Strategy , Microsoft (MSFT) , Nokia Corp. (NOK) , Smartphones This is probably one of the most interesting stories of the Internet revolution. Microsoft ( MSFT ) jumped out the starting gate with its Windows operating system and took the world by storm. Then for some unknown reason, Microsoft missed the entire search engine revolution and Google ( GOOG ) raced to first place. Now Microsoft has again missed the next leg — the iPhone and iPad revolution, and Apple ( AAPL ) holds first place in this segment. Nokia ( NOK ) was a pioneer in the smartphone revolution, but with Apple’s drive to the top, Nokia lost its momentum. Once Nokia had 50% of the handset market . Now that share has fallen to just 29%. It’s hard to believe but Microsoft has only 2% of the global phone software market. Continue reading Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Qualcomm Joins the Competition for the Tablet Market

Qualcomm Joins the Competition for the Tablet Market

Filed under: Launches , Industry , Internet , Competitive Strategy , Apple Inc (AAPL) , QUALCOMM Inc (QCOM) , iPhone , Technology The chip competition for the iPhone and iTablet is incredibly fierce. A little company called Nvidia’s ( NVDA ) design won so far with its Tegra 2. Its shares are up almost 50% since December. Texas Instruments ( TXN ) is also a player in tablet chip market with its OMAP5 processor. Now, Qualcomm QCOM ) is joining the fray with its new APQ 8060 dual core Snapdragon processor . It allows for high definition and 3D video. Hewlett Packard is using it in its new “Touch Pad.” Continue reading Qualcomm Joins the Competition for the Tablet Market Qualcomm Joins the Competition for the Tablet Market originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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A Makeover for eBay

Filed in amazon-com, eBay, Lear, New Gold, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold, ubs by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments
A Makeover for eBay

Filed under: Management , Competitive Strategy , eBay (EBAY) We’ve oft heard the saying: “We must reinvent ourselves.” This is the new mantra at eBay. According to chief executive John Donahoe: “Clearly, I hope you see that we are starting to play offense.” EBay ( EBAY ) has long been a dominant player in the e-commerce industry. Started in 1995 , it has brought together buyers and sellers in an auction format. Now, 16 years later and highly successful, the company finds a new competitor in Amazon.com ( AMZN ), which is grabbing market share. In the meantime, eBay has acquired Paypal, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Paypal, an online payment service, helped to propel eBay’s business transactions. Continue reading A Makeover for eBay A Makeover for eBay originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Goodyear Posts Third-Straight Annual Loss

Filed in AIG, AT T, earnings, o, Spot Gold by on February 10, 2011 0 Comments
Goodyear Posts Third-Straight Annual Loss

Filed under: Earnings Reports , Goodyear Tire and Rubber (GT) Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT ), North America’s largest tire maker, posted losses in the forth quarter and for the year. This marks the third-straight annual loss. To stave off further deterioration, the company is closing its Tennessee plant. In 2009, union negotiations left the plant unprotected, meaning that it could be closed at the company’s discretion. Continue reading Goodyear Posts Third-Straight Annual Loss Goodyear Posts Third-Straight Annual Loss originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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