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There's no greater sense of investment accomplishment than selling a stock after it's doubled or tripled in price. Some stocks break even higher and put up returns tenfold or more. Google debuted at $85 per share in 2004 but today under the Alphabet name, the stock is worth over $1,000 per share – a gain of well over 1,000%. Of course, for every big winner like Google, there are plenty more stocks that never come close to those kinds of returns. It takes a lot of patience and determination to be able to invest in a stock and believe in your analysis for years, regardless of what the markets do or analysts say. It doesn't always work out, but one breakout stock can easily make up for a number of other stocks that haven't met expectations. The winning criteria There's no simple rule that will let you spot potential gainers of 100% or more. Instead, you need the ability to spot trends that will last years and be able to invest before the majority discover it happening. That means staying… Read more

There's no lack of media coverage when it comes to big tech names like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook. Technological advancements seem to be coming out of Silicon Valley on a daily basis and innovative products are changing the way the world works. Not every company that's making breakthroughs is actually defined as a technology company. One company making a huge impact in the field of technology today is actually classified as an automaker – Tesla. But don't let the label fool you, Tesla is anything but a simple automotive company. The company of tomorrow Tesla first broke onto the scene as a maker of electric vehicles. It took the trend towards green energy and fuel-efficient vehicles a step further than other manufacturers by producing only electric cars. Many investors take one look at Tesla and wonder why the stock is so popular. The metrics are not in line with other automotive manufacturers and by some accounts, the stock looks too expensive to justify buying it. But in truth, the company isn't just an auto-maker. One of Tesla's strongest products is… Read more

There's a common saying on Wall Street: “Bulls make money, bears make money, and pigs get slaughtered.” In other words, you can make money in the market whether it's going up or down but getting too greedy could erase any profits you had up until that point. It sounds good, but many investors get stuck at the “bears make money” part. After all, it's relatively easy to profit from bull markets, but profiting from bear markets isn't quite as simple. In order to make money in a bull market, all one needs to do is buy low and sell high. Easy enough when markets are trending higher. But in a bear market, the same principle is applied in reverse: sell high, buy low. Luckily, there are a number of various strategies you can employ to profit from down markets without taking on more risk than you're comfortable with. Bear strategies for any portfolio The simplest way to profit from a bear market is to simply short a stock. You sell a stock upfront, pocketing the money, with the intention of… Read more

Most investors are familiar with asset classes like stocks or bonds; some might even have experience with trading options or currencies. But one area where many investors are lacking in knowledge and exposure in their portfolios is futures. Even experienced investors may not have much exposure to the futures market. With large initial balances, sometimes $50,000 or more, opening a futures account is reserved for investors with significant resources. But there are other ways to play the futures market so you aren't left out of the loop. Trading futures for the novice Investing in futures is much different from trading stocks or bonds. The risk is considerably higher due to a number of factors such as the use of leverage and mark-to-market accounting. Because of the risks, futures should only be used by investors with a high-risk tolerance. The use of leverage in futures is ubiquitous. Investors might have some experience with leverage in their brokerage accounts with margin. These types of accounts let you borrow up to 50% which acts as a loan that gets paid back with interest.… Read more

Until the summer of 2014, crude oil prices topping $100 per barrel was a common occurrence in the markets. But the OPEC-driven war against foreign oil competitors like US shale flooded the market with oil, creating a crash that dropped prices down below $30 per barrel just a few years later. Since then, there have been a slew of unprecedented changes in the oil industry. OPEC appears broken, as their plan ultimately ended up hurting them as much as anyone else. An agreement to curb production has helped lift oil prices out of the doldrums, but there's still a lot of room to go before prices touch $100 per barrel again. The oil resurgence Oil prices are surging ahead for 2018, with crude oil jumping almost 19% year-to-date. Recently hitting north of the $70 mark, investors are beginning to wonder where the bullishness will end and if $100 prices are in our near future. Considering that OPEC production cuts are still being implemented, it stands to reason that prices could indeed continue to climb. It's not all about supply and demand… Read more