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1 day ago
Russia’s Economic Motivations in Syria

It has been nearly 7 years since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad first began, and Russia has backed them nearly every step of the way. Beginning in 2011 when the conflicts first arose, Russia provided military aid to Syria, and in 2015 th...

1 day ago
Tax Avoidance Strategies Utilized by Big Companies

Introduction Big companies, like Apple and Boeing, are becoming better at implementing tax avoidance strategies.  Tax avoidance strategies are legal methods that adjust a company’s financial standing to lower the amount of tax it owes.  Miss...

1 day ago
Trump Calls Out China – Currency Devaluation

With the United States and China having the world’s two largest economies, the dollar to yuan conversion has become one of the most widely-watched exchange rates. Historically, until 2005, China had a pegged exchange rate with the United States. The T...

2 days ago
The Flattening of the Yield Curve

While speaking at an international symposium in Madrid Tuesday, John Williams discussed the flattening of the yield curve, possibility of inversion, and the implications of it doing so. John Williams is the current head of the San Francisco branch of the Fed a...

6 days ago
Understanding and Exploiting the Deficit & National Debt – A Response to the CBO’s Report

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest budget deficit and national debt projections for the next 10 years in response to the Trump administration’s December tax revamp.  The report warns of a deficit reaching $1 trillio...

1 week ago
The Trial of Mark Zuckerberg and the Tech Industry

The story that has been dominating the news recently has been Cambridge Analytica’s use of private Facebook data and subsequent fallout, which culminated this past week when Mark Zuckerberg faced a Congressional hearing on April 10th and 11th. Zuckerberg...

1 week ago
Oil and Gas Industry Outlook

Oil and gas had a strong run throughout 2017, with crude oil production climbing sharply, especially in the US. In the first 3 quarters of 2017 US oil production grew by 650,000 barrels per day (b/d), and by year end the OPEC Reference Basket grew by about 29%...

1 week ago
The Ups and Down of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency markets have had a wild ride over the past year.  As general public interest peaked in late 2017, early 2018, we saw record price for most of the biggest cryptocurrencies.  Since these highs the market has seen a severe decline. Price ...

2 weeks ago
US-China Trade Relations

In 2017, President Trump proposed increased tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese industrial products, which makes up 9% of US imports from China. In response, President Xi Jinping fired back at the United States with proposed tariffs on $50 billion of American i...

1 month ago
Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway Disrupting Health Care?

Earlier this year, Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos - representing their companies JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon respectively - gave a press release stating that they were working together to figure out how to reduce healthcare costs. In th...

1 month ago
Trade War? Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

President Trump’s tariffs on aluminum and steel imports could mean several things for the U.S. and global economies.  As of March 8, 2018, levies on imports of steel will rise in price by 25% and aluminum by 10%. There are some details that still ne...

1 month ago
Options Trade Idea: NUE Mar 16’18 $67.50 Call

For years, other countries such as China have sold steel and aluminum in the United States at prices below the cost of production, costing the industry hundreds of thousands of jobs. During his campaign, President Trump made a promise to blue-collar voters in ...

2 months ago
Designing Blockchain Smart Contract Securities Transfer Systems that Comply with Securities Law Re-Sale Restrictions

Jim Verdonik JFV@Wardandsmith.com  (919)  277-9188 In my last article, we discussed why securities law resale limitations for “restricted securities” pose serious problems for both issuers of COINS and Utility Tokens that the SEC...

2 months ago
Securities Re-Sale Restrictions: The Achilles Heel of ICOs

Jim Verdonik JFV@Wardandsmith.com  (919)  277-9188   Original Article: https://gatewaycapitalx.com/2018/03/01/securities-re-sale-restrictions-the-achilles-heel-of-icos/   COINS and Tokens are creating a new capital ra...

2 months ago
Delaware Law on Blockchain and Other Automated Stock Transfer and Records Systems

Jim Verdonik JFV@Wardandsmith.com  (919)  277-9188   Original Arictle: https://gatewaycapitalx.com/2018/02/16/delaware-law-on-blockchain-and-other-automated-stock-transfer-and-records-systems/   One of the best applic...

2 months ago
Options Trade Idea: GE Jan 18 '19 $18 Call

Company: General Electric (NYSE:GE) Options trade: GE Jan 18 '19 $18 Call Current Underlying Stock Price: $14.00   Trade:     General Electric’s stock price has dipped significantly as of recently, losing 50% o...

2 months ago
The Basics of Derivatives

     A derivative is a security with a price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets; it is a contract between at least two parties based on the asset or assets. The value is determined by fluctuations in the underly...

2 months ago
The VIX Measure and Suppresion

     The VIX is a measure of the market’s near-term expectation of volatility as realized by a basket of 30-day options in the S&P 500 Index. This basket represents the range of movement expected in the S&P 500 at an annualized rat...

2 months ago
Global Trends & Real Assets

     With future global economic growth outlook appearing strong (IMF expects global growth to hit 3.9% in 2018, up from projected 3.7% in 2017), central banks around the world are beginning to look into pulling back on stimulus. Inflationary pr...

2 months ago
A Comparison of Fed Chairs

BACKGROUND Jerome Powell: Republican, studied at Princeton (AB in Politics) and Georgetown (JD) Spent five years as a clerk and lawyer, then six years as an investment banker Served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Fi...

5 months ago
FAQ: What Businesses Need to Know About Investment Crowdfunding

What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a marketing tool that businesses use to obtain capital from a large number of individuals, typically over the Internet.  Original article written by Benji Jones of Ward and Smith. Are There Different Kinds of...

6 months ago
NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) As of 10/28/2017 Sector: Technology Industry: Semiconductor – specialized     P/E: 58.06 P/B: 20.28 P/S: 14.52 Market Cap: 121.12B Beta: 1.47   Introduction NVIDIA Corporation o...

6 months ago
CoreSite Realty Corp (COR)

CoreSite Realty Corp (COR) As of 10/27/2017 Industry: REIT – Data Centers PE: 63.94 P/B: 12.49 EPS: 1.7 Beta: 0.19 PEG: 2.74 Market Cap: 5.34B Earnings Yield: 3.16%   Company CoreSite delivers secure, reliable, high-perfor...

6 months ago
CyrusOne Inc. (CONE)

CyrusOne Inc. (CONE) As of 10/25/2017 Sector: Finance Industry: REIT – Diversified   P/E: -186.60 & 135.18 (forward) P/B: 3.66 P/S: 8.82 Market Cap: 5.27B Beta: 0.71   CyrusOne Inc., a real estate investment...

6 months ago
Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (SRBA)

Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (SRBA) As of 10/23/17   Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry. The company's se...

6 months ago
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI)

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI) As of 10/15/2017 Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company primarily originates, acquires, invests in and manages performing commercial first mortgage loans...

6 months ago
Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)

Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Sector: Technology Industry: Application Software   P/E: 82.95 P/B: 16.47 P/S: 8.13 Market Cap: 21.49B Earnings Yield: 1.2%   Introduction Red Hat, Inc. provides open source software solutions to d...

6 months ago
LTC Properties (LTC)

LTC Properties (LTC) As of 10/14/2017   Industry: REIT – Healthcare Facilities   P/E: 20.76 P/B: 2.47 P/S: 11.1 EPS: 2.3 FFO/Share: 3.07 Beta: -.03 Market Cap: 1.9B Earnings Yield: 4.83%   Overview LTC Properti...

9 months ago
Interview with WHUP

On August, 4th, we were invited for an interview with Mr. B on his show 3-D News, on WHUP-LP 104.7. In the segment, we discussed the importance of community in supporting local growth, the future of NanoVest, and how we believe our novel approach to local enga...

10 months ago
Oil Bear Market Sends Global Stocks, Yields Sliding; Chinese MSCI Addition Fizzles

In an eventful overnight session which saw a historic transition in Saudi Arabia, an unexpected Republican victory in the Georgia Special Election, China's inclusion in the MSCI EM index and Travis Kalanick's resignation, S&P futures continued to fall,...

10 months ago
When Will The Fed Tighten Enough To Cause The Next Recession?

In addition to the wildly popular topic of the market's record low volatility, coupled with speculation what could break the current spell of "endemic complacency" and what its impact would be on asset prices (yesterday we posted a fascinating take by DB&#...