Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
by Deron Desautels
Membership Manager, M4 Research
Hello from M4 Research!
2013 has arrived and we did not suffer the end of the world as many Doomsday Preppers believed.
With the new year arrives The Aussie Battler Version 1.33.
Back in March of 2012, we adopted a successful automated Forex trading system under our M4 publishing brand that had been running on live accounts since late 2009.
This long-term, conservative system, The Aussie Battler, has continued its success since that time; and we fully expect it to continue in 2013 and beyond.
At the end of 2012, the product team (in charge of installing and monitoring The Aussie Battler on user accounts) went in and reviewed the statistics of 2012 vs. the previous years.
This included reviewing the results in all of the live accounts, running tedious back-tests with the current settings vs. alternative settings, and taking a broad look at the AUDCAD pair over the last 5+ years.
While reviewing all of this, they came to a fantastic realization:
Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:19 am
via Fidelity Viewpoints
Looking for a bit of optimism in the face of today’s daily drumbeat of negative news? Look no further than Fidelity’s latest survey on the mindset and recent investing moves of some 1,000 millionaire households.1
While they too see the myriad short-term risks out there for the economy and investors, they are more upbeat on the market outlook a year from now than at any time in the survey’s five-year history.
So what are the rich doing with their money? The number one investment added to portfolios in the last year was U.S. equities. And that was regardless of respondents’ outlook on the economy, financial goals, or whether they were born into wealth (14%) or made it themselves (86%).
Of course, these successful investors understand the power of building and maintaining an asset allocation mix in line with their personal style, time horizon, and investing goals.
Self-made millionaires report they also added individual domestic bonds and domestic equity mutual fund investments among their top additions, while those who were born wealthy contributed more to real estate investments and bond ETFs.
Growth-oriented millionaires were more interested in adding individual U.S. stocks, international and emerging market stocks, equity ETFs, as well as individual bonds.
On the other hand, wealth preservers were relatively more focused on CDs and other money market equivalents, as well as annuities, though they too cited individual domestic stocks and bonds, equity ETFs, and real estate as top investments in the last year.
[ Details / Source: Above is our hand-picked KEY excerpt(s) from this full article: "Inside The Millionaire Mindset"]
Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm
by Rebecca Lipman
The Facebook Index
The most significant role Facebook users play in providing value to businesses is word-of-mouth recommendations to friends. If you “like” a page, you are more likely to purchase that company’s products and twice as likely to recommend that page’s products to a friend.
That being said, it appears there is not much companies can do to attract “likes” to their page, but are better served encouraging those who already visit the page by maintaining an active online presence and rewarding loyal followers.
It is also uncertain if there is causation between liking a page and making purchases, or making purchases and then liking the page.
Business Section: Investment Ideas
Data is still being mined on the success of Facebook fan pages and advertising dollars, but preliminary studies are encouraging.
If, as an investor, you believe a larger presence on Facebook can truly translate into better business performance, then it would be prudent to keep an eye on user engagement.
With this in mind we list here the top nine companies with the most “likes” on Facebook. Who knows…
[ Details / Source: Above is our hand-picked KEY excerpt(s) from this full article: "The Facebook Index : The Most Liked Firms on Facebook..."]
Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm
by J. Alex Tarquinio
Along with the now standard advice from financial planners to focus on large, dividend paying stocks and ultra-short term bonds, he’s advising clients to stash real estate investment trusts into the alternative asset portion of a balanced portfolio. Rosenberg has stopped recommending commodities, including gold, to clients. “Commodities are dead,” he says. “They expand with economic growth.” And that has become a scarce commodity recently.
Financial planners also advise sticking with a long-term strategy, especially when saving up for distant goals like your children’s college tuition or your own retirement. Yet the best of them are constantly tweaking their clients’ portfolios to adjust to the markets ups and downs.
The above portfolio allocator is from the Smart Money article link below. It is one of 12 portfolios, by allocation, based upon a ‘life-stage’ scenario (example of one shown above).
All portfolios, of course, have a few commonalities. One of which, is ‘cash‘ !
So, the question is: Where can you get cash-like investments outside of a boring savings account? Outside of low-yielding bonds?
Look no further than our ‘Where to Stash Your Cash‘ section inside the Vault.
[ Details / Source: Above is our hand-picked KEY excerpt(s) from this full article: "Perfect Portfolios: Your Next Move in This Market…" ]
Posted May 17, 2012 at 3:50 am
from the M4 Research team
Did your trading or investing account earn you 42% profits (or more) in 2011?
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We are proud to be the managing publisher of an investment service that takes automated forex trading to the next level.
This service provides full-scale hosting and monitoring of the trading system as an all-inclusive package. Its unique programming provides risk-mitigated trading by focusing on only one currency pair.
With an exclusive member area also included in the subscription rate, subscribers receive access to monthly webinars, tutorials, and more.
The best part is, you pay a flat subscription rate — no matter how large your account grows — and you keep all the profits for yourself.
If you’re even remotely intrigued, be sure to watch this video in its entirety….
Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:50 am
by Deron Desautels
Dear Profit Seeking Friend,
If you’re anything like me, then you probably know there’s plenty of money to be made in the Forex market.
But you don’t want to spend countless hours shackled to your computer screen, falling asleep and wearing your poor eyes out from staring at charts.
You want to actually have a life, right?
Well, if you’ve been searching for a service that will consistently trade the Forex market for you (even while you’re sleeping), then pay close attention.
I’m going to show you something so effective yet so simple even a 5th Grader could make money with it.
In fact, you don’t need to know ANYTHING about the Forex market because this 100% automated Forex trading service was designed for both “newbie” investors as well as experienced traders.
Introducing The Aussie Battler…
Possibly the world’s most stable and safest automated Forex trading service available… so safe it can even be traded in an IRA account…
Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:42 am
by Rob Wile
Wanna know how long Apple’s gonna keep moving up?
Maybe you should look to Starbucks.
We recently came across Select Sector SPDR’s Correlation Tracker. The site tells you which stocks and ETFs have the highest and lowest correlations to any given ticker.
The three-year movement on AAPL, it turns out, has a .98 correlation coefficient with SBUX
[ Details / Source: Above is our hand-picked KEY excerpt(s) from this full article: "Here's The Awesome Widget That Calculates The Correlations Between Anything And Everything" ]
Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:52 am
How does a mentor make you a better trader? Think of it this way, if you are trying to get better at golf, there are a number of different things that you can do to improve your game. Problem is, you may not know what those things are, nor where to start, or how to implement them.
If you had a teacher/mentor who could cut out the superfluous and focus you more on what’s important, your learning curve would shorten drastically. Having a mentor will make you a better trader, and the process of finding a mentor will also make you a better trader as well.
A few quick codicils first…
What is a mentor?
Unless you are a new hire in the trading department at Goldman Sachs or your uncle is Paul Tudor Jones, you are going to have to redefine what you consider a “mentor” to be. Having a veteran trader sit down with you and walk you through his collected knowledge while sipping brandy by the fireplace is not going to happen.
We live in a different time where the one on one mentor/protégé relationship rarely exists in that form. If you have it, consider yourself extremely lucky. However the rest of us can still use the power of [continue to link below...]
[ Details / Source: The wording above is our hand-picked preface from this full article: "How To Become a Better Trader in 30 Days Usiung StockTwits?" ]
Posted April 9, 2012 at 3:07 am
by Jay Pestrichelli
I’ve had a few conversations recently with Buy and Hedge blog followers about how to own Apple. The main theme is that they feel like they are missing out on the incredible run this stock has been on, but are concerned that the price is too high.
As blog followers I remind them we already told them how to own Apple. At first there’s silence as if they were thinking, “wait…you did?” That’s when they realize that the indexes or ETFs we’ve blogged about already gave exposure to this juggernaut.
Whether it’sthrough the indexes of the S&P 500, SPX, or the Nasdaq 100, NDX, holders of those spreads have enjoyed the gains driven by Apple. I’ve heard the statistic that 13% of the growth of the S&P this quarter came from Apple.
We haven’t done the math on it, but since Apple constitutes 4% of the S&P and has grown 50%, by simple multiplication, that seems about right to us.
More directly, the NDX has a 17% weighting so the exposure there is even higher and gains in this index are even more attributable to Apple.
In addition, we like to look at some of the core holding ETFs [continue]…
Posted April 2, 2012 at 1:11 am
Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino. Not long before that, he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million. Here’s how he did it.
by Mark Bowden
Don Johnson finds it hard to remember the exact cards. Who could? At the height of his 12-hour blitz of the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, last April, he was playing a hand of blackjack nearly every minute.
Dozens of spectators pressed against the glass of the high-roller pit. Inside, playing at a green-felt table opposite a black-vested dealer, a burly middle-aged man in a red cap and black Oregon State hoodie was wagering $100,000 a hand.
Word spreads when the betting is that big. Johnson was on an amazing streak. The towers of chips stacked in front of him formed a colorful miniature skyline. His winning run had been picked up by the casino’s watchful overhead cameras and drawn the close scrutiny of the pit bosses. In just one hand, he remembers, he won $800,000. In a three-hand sequence, he took $1.2 million.
The basics of blackjack are simple. Almost everyone knows them. You play against the house. Two cards are placed faceup before the player, and two more cards, one down, one up, before the dealer. A card’s suit doesn’t matter, only its numerical value—each face card is worth 10, and an ace can be either a one or an 11. The goal is to get to 21, or as close to it as possible without going over.
Scanning the cards on the table before him, the player can either stand or keep taking cards in an effort to approach 21. Since the house’s hand has one card facedown, the player can’t know exactly what the hand is, which is what makes this a game.
As Johnson remembers it, the $800,000 hand started with him betting $100,000 and being dealt [continue]…