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January 6, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Tips to Prepare for a Profitable 2012

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» Innovation Nation: Reinventing a $30 Billion Industry

Talk about a gamechanger...a smart entrepreneur with an innovative idea has revolutionized a "boring" industry and built a $40 million business in just 5 years! Get the full story.

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» 2012 Market Outlook

I visited Nightly Business Report again last week to share my 2012 market outlook and some of my top stocks. To watch the video, click the link below, then select the "Street Critique" tab in the video player box and select the video titled, "Stocks to Watch in 2012". Watch it now.

» Want to Get Rich? Become a Politician.

Washington's political rolls have long been filled with wealthy Americans like the Kennedys, Guggenheims and Rockefellers. But today nearly HALF of all members of Congress are millionaires. Look, I don't begrudge ANYONE who works hard and creates success and wealth for themselves and their families, but something doesn't smell right with this one. While the median net worth for Americans dropped by 8%, the median wealth of members of Congress jumped 15%! Another sign of a system gone amok...take a look and decide for yourself.

Then take a minute to comment below.

January 12, 2012

Does This Seem Like a Good Idea to You?

Fixing the housing crisis is a lynchpin of fixing the economy. I have been saying that for the better part of two years, yet here we are with the housing crisis still raging--some might say it's even getting worse...

•After stabilizing a bit, housing prices have resumed their fall.
•48% of Americans now say owning a home is the American nightmare rather than the American Dream.
•Foreclosures are about to surge as banks ramp back up their actions against delinquent owners.
•There are almost 2 million homes in the late stages of foreclosure.

Beyond foreclosures, an increasing number of "strategic defaults" may hit the market this year. More and more homeowners who CAN afford to make their payments are choosing to walk away from their mortgage anyway. They are so far under water that they know they have no chance of recovery, so they are cutting their losses. Sad but true.

Look, until people are able to make their mortgage payments and stay in their home, until people are able to sell their home and move to where they can find a job or get a better one, until people again build up some equity in their homes, this economic recovery will remain shaky.

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The government has poured trillions of our tax dollars into failed government agencies like the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The government has already created no fewer than 21 programs aimed at stabilizing the housing market. And all of them have been a complete and utter failure and waste of our money.

But here comes yet another new government attempt at addressing the housing crisis. At least this one is a somewhat innovative approach.

The program would sell the more than 250,000 foreclosed home that are now owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to investors in bulk. Those investors would then have to convert them to rental properties.

The program's goals as stated in a CNN Money article:

"In addition to getting the properties off the government's books, officials are hoping putting the homes back into productive use will stabilize neighborhoods and housing values. Also, it is looking to expand the supply of rentals, which are increasingly in demand."

The pilot program is set to kick off early this year.

So, it's your turn to weigh in ...

Do you think the government's new program to sell foreclosed property to investors in bulk is a good idea? Share your thoughts below.

January 23, 2012

Is This Obama's Biggest Mistake Yet?

President Obama set off a firestorm last week when he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to Texas.

Environmentalists, who had threatened to withhold support for the President's re-election if he didn't reject the project, cheered.

Republicans pounced, attacking the President's move as putting politics ahead of our energy security and jobs.

So now it's your turn to weigh in...

Do you agree with President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline?

Vote Now!

January 24, 2012

Dear Mr. President: Regulation is Killing America

I recall sitting in the green room at Fox News and a very prominent fund manager was in a rush to head to Boston to see his elderly mother. I asked him how many siblings were in his family. He said, "Seven, I mean none, I mean seven, well, actually, my mother was an alcoholic and neglected me back in the 1950's. A loving childless couple that lived on the block took me in, raised me as their own, educated me and that's really my mother who I am going to visit today."

I was taken aback by his story. Imagine a similar situation today. His story would be complicated by a dozen different temporary foster homes, trips to court and endless paperwork. A loving couple wouldn't have had the chance to raise a productive and honored member of society.

Instead, this man has a thriving firm full of employees and has become one of the most respected managers on Wall Street.

I thought of this encounter last winter when we realized that a young girl in my daughter's kindergarten class didn't have a coat to wear. When the parents of another student wanted to subtly buy one for her, the teacher told them that they were prohibited from getting involved due to a Department of Education policy.

Why all this red tape when people are simply trying to do the right thing?

This is one of the things wrong with our country today. We have become overwhelmed with regulation in the wrong places. Veterans struggle for their benefits, Medicare recipients find their doctor's leaving the system, and our children are being left behind.

It's no different in the business world, where new regulations can strangle innovation, growth and productivity.

Regulation Is Killing Innovation

During tonight's State of the Union, the very LAST thing I want to hear from President Obama is anything that has to do with MORE regulation.

Over the past 15 years, almost 60,000 new federal rules have been created - and that doesn't include state regulations. According to the Small Business Administration, compliance with all these regulations alone costs $1.75 trillion annually.

These costs hinder job creation, since the more businesses have to spend on regulatory demands, the less they have to spend on hiring.

Even if a company did have the cash for new employees, many executives are reluctant to hire because they don't know what the regulatory landscape may be down the road and can't make strategic growth plans. For executives, it makes more sense to sit on the money and build up a reserve for what may lie ahead.

Business regulations can also hurt innovation--the key to advancing our world. The opportunity to experiment and make mistakes to figure out what works is what has led to some of the most ingenious creations of our time. But in this age of guidelines and endless red tape, entrepreneurs are beaten back and discouraged by the process, and creativity is left by the wayside.

But those affected by regulations aren't staying silent. This week, a huge Internet groundswell resulted in House and Senate leaders abandoning plans to move forward two pieces of controversial legislation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

These anti-piracy acts would allow the government to block access to certain web sites that contained copyrighted content. Founders of companies like Google, Twitter, eBay and Wikipedia led the charge against the reforms that they said could stifle innovation and censor free speech.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly has also been vocal on how regulations have hurt his business, and is fighting a recent ruling that requires the company to display fare totals that include taxes on its web site.

When you buy a new shirt at the mall, does the price tag show the final cost with sales tax? How about a bottle of wine at the store? Typically, regardless of the industry, the cost of goods and services do not include taxes. I just watched a great interview where Kelly argues Southwest is no different. He goes on to talk about the unnecessary layer of complexity and how much the additional costs will hurt during an already brutal environment.

The freedom to innovate is critical to continuously moving our society forward and growing our economy. If we, as a society, are willing to sacrifice innovation for regulations, then we've just kicked ourselves out of the global innovation race.

And that would have dire consequences that would make the Great Recession look like a walk in the park.

I'll be watching the State of the Union closely tonight to hear the President's ideas for creating a robust, job-creating economy--and listening closely for new innovation-killing regulations and proposals. What will you be watching for?

P.S. Innovation isn't just good for society...it's good for us as investors, too. Investing in the visionary companies behind today's biggest tech and medical innovations is the key to outsized profits. Innovation is the reason my GameChangers readers pocketed 15 double-digit winners in 2011 while the market went nowhere. Start putting my proven profit strategy to work for you in 2012.

January 31, 2012

Tech Titans Declare War - Who Wins and How You Can Profit

An epic battle is underway as we speak for nothing less than the future of the digital age.

Today's four Tech Titans--Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook--have declared an all out war the likes of which we haven't seen since the epic Microsoft, IBM, HP and Dell battles of the 1990s.

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