• 26 Aug
    Epic Failure Of U.S. Government Cybersecurity Puts It 88% More At Risk Of Attack

    Epic Failure Of U.S. Government Cybersecurity Puts It 88% More At Risk Of Attack

    DATA BREACHES AND hacks of US government networks, once novel and shocking, have become a problematic fact of life over the past few years. So it makes sense that a cybersecurity analysis released today placed the government at 16 out of 18 in a ranking of industries, ahead of only telecommunications and education. Health care, transportation, financial services, retail, and pretty much everything else ranked above it. The report goes beyond the truism of government cybersecurity shortcomings, though, to outline its weakest areas, potentially offering a roadmap to change. More →

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  • 26 Aug
    The New Device That Will Make You Ditch Your iPhone

    The New Device That Will Make You Ditch Your iPhone

    AFTER THE DISASTROUS launch of the Galaxy Note 7, which saw explosive sales until the moment it started exploding, Samsung considered dropping the Note altogether. It surveyed thousands of Note owners to see just how sullied the name had become—and found nothing but love. Some people hated giving up their Note, even after all those ominous airline announcements. Others knew Samsung had screwed up, but wanted the next Note anyway. More →

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  • 26 Aug
    Solar Powered Cyborg Bacteria Will Take Over The Energy Market

    Solar Powered Cyborg Bacteria Will Take Over The Energy Market

    Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.

    The so-called “cyborg” bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.

    In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more efficient at harvesting sunlight than plants. More →

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  • 26 Aug
    Hitler’s Abandoned Nazi Resort Will Soon Be The Luxury Playground For The Rich & Famous

    Hitler’s Abandoned Nazi Resort Will Soon Be The Luxury Playground For The Rich & Famous

    Three years before Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of the world’s largest tourist resort, located on a beachfront property on the island of Rügen.

    The Nazis called it Prora.

    Capable of holding more than 20,000 residents, Prora was meant to comfort the weary German worker who toiled away in a factory without respite. More →

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  • 25 Aug
    Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Facebook Stock Forever

    Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Facebook Stock Forever

    • Good long-term investments can only come from companies that possess durable competitive advantages.
    • I’ll mention 6 things to watch for when looking for a durable competitive advantaged.
    • Today’s tech companies don’t have large moats, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in them.

    Introduction

    As you probably remember, 1999 was a great year for stocks and a relatively bad year for Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B).

    Warren couldn’t really compete with the hysteria surrounding dot-com stocks and his performance in 1999 was a mere 0.5% increase in book value while the S&P 500 was exploding. This was due to several of his investments lagging the market due to lower operating earnings. Nevertheless, Buffett mentioned in his 1999 letter to shareholders how he was still happy to hold onto those companies because over time, he believed his businesses would do better than the S&P 500. More →

  • 24 Aug
    Gold Miners Vs. Gold Steaming Companies – There’s A Clear Winner When It Comes To The Better Investment Now

    Gold Miners Vs. Gold Steaming Companies – There’s A Clear Winner When It Comes To The Better Investment Now

    • I’ll compare current operating assets, future potential assets, valuations, costs, and cash flows for Barrick Gold and gold streaming company Franco Nevada.
    • Gold royalty companies have a lean business model and the appeal of constant positive cash flows, no matter the price of gold, is on their side.
    • Gold miners have a history that’s better to forget after terrible investments were made in 2012 when gold prices were high, but are you investing in the past or for the future?

    Introduction

    Two days ago, I described gold royalty, or streaming, companies and how they have outperformed gold and gold miners in the past.

    Today, I want to compare the largest gold royalty company, Franco Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV), with the largest gold miner, Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX), to determine which is a better investment at this point in time, a gold miner or a gold royalty company. More →

  • 23 Aug
    The Practical Approach To Constructing An All-Weather Portfolio

    The Practical Approach To Constructing An All-Weather Portfolio

    • Creating an all-weather portfolio is pretty technical. Today, I’ll try to make it as practical as possible and give actual investment examples of where to invest.
    • It’s all about risk. Counter to general knowledge, bonds carry large risks at the moment.
    • I’ll describe 4 different investments that will behave differently in 4 different economic scenarios, but all of them offer a yield all the time.

    Introduction

    Two months ago, I wrote a pretty detailed technical article on how to build an all-weather portfolio. The results were quite discouraging as a huge part of the portfolio would have ended up in short term bonds, especially treasuries.

    In today’s article, I want to deviate a bit from the pure technical side and approach the creation of an all-weather portfolio from a practical side that includes actual stocks to buy and doesn’t put as much in treasuries. More →

  • 22 Aug
    Gold Royalty Companies – Reap The Reward Without All The Risk

    Gold Royalty Companies – Reap The Reward Without All The Risk

    • Gold streaming companies carry much less risk than a miner thanks to lower costs and better diversification.
    • However, these companies are still exposed to exploration upside and benefit from higher commodity prices.
    • Most of them even pay a dividend.

    Introduction

    Central banks will continue to print money even if it looks like they are taking a breath now. Therefore, gold investing still remains an important hedge for every portfolio. A hedge that is even cheap if gold prices are at a subdued level. More →

  • 21 Aug
    Real Estate Vs. Stocks – What Sven Says Makes The Better Investment Today

    Real Estate Vs. Stocks – What Sven Says Makes The Better Investment Today

    • As investors, we must be primarily concerned about risk and return, not asset class.

    Introduction

    I often get a question from people that have a decent amount of money about where to put that money as they know I specialize in investing, and especially the stock market.

    They’re often surprised when I tell them to invest in real estate and to leave the stock market to those who can take advantage of the volatility and greater risks especially now that stock valuations are extremely high, or to do both as an excellent diversification strategy. More →

  • 18 Aug
    The Bear Case To Investing In China

    The Bear Case To Investing In China

    • The first risk is a possible contraction in the Chinese credit cycle.
    • However, any kind of interest rate spike leads to immediate PBOC intervention.

    Introduction

    I have been pretty bullish in my previous articles about investing in China as I think it’s a positive risk reward situation. Nevertheless, a positive bull case wouldn’t be fair without looking at the risks China carries. So in today’s article we’ll discuss the main risks plaguing the Chinese economy and stock market. Understanding the specific risks will also help in better positioning your portfolio to the ugly things that might happen and carefully selecting the stocks that will be less affected. More →

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