07-JULY 27-2020

                                                                          Good morning.

Humpty Trumpty“All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision,
I make it and forget about it.”
—Harry S. Truman

The market’s performance over the past several months has been historic in so many ways.  One way that is most pressing is the few companies driving the performance.
Four of these companies are set to announce earnings this week.  Last week, there was the early indication of jitters, the real question is whether Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Face-book can calm the jitters and turn investors feverish again.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

“What will follow this time could easily be America’s Next Civil War” according to Porter Stansberry.
There have been three times in the last 100 years that most Americans saw a HUGE amount of their incomes and their savings get wiped out…
All because of simple monetary change they didn’t understand…
What follows these incredible monetary revolutions is poverty, violence, and a political upheaval.

John Persinos warns: “Don’t Let The Covidiots Erase Your Wealth”
Cursed with what he says is an excellent memory, he remembers back in 2007, on the eve of the global financial meltdown and Great Recession, many policymakers and pundits were insisting that everything was just fine because the market was up and stock prices are the best gauge of prosperity.  Clinical psychologist call it “toxic positivity.”  Maybe, the term best used should be Mindless optimism…

Headlines about “positive” results concerning vaccines have accomplished at least one goal: they’ve lined the pockets of corporate insiders.  Maybe, the term used here should be The vaccine pump-and-dump…  Financial media are hyping the hopes for a coronavirus vaccine.  However, it’s highly unlikely that a vaccine can be developed and deployed this year.

Kindergarten on the Potomac…  Meanwhile, amid a contracting economy and high levels of unemploy-ment, Washington’s politicians are squabbling like children.

July 27, 2019

black-holeAn agreement was just reached to have the debt ceiling suspended again, allowing for more federal spending to add to the U.S. debt “black hole”.  But that isn’t the only “monster” brewing in the economy.

Corporate share buybacks have been increasing, and risky lending practices are also plaguing the economy.  If this continues to grow, it could push the economy to its “boiling point”.  [Gold, says expert Ray Dalio, is a must-have investment.]

THE UPTREND IN DATA SECURITY

Most companies lose when hackers steal data.  CapitalOne for example: But today, we’ll show you one that wins…

Friends know we’re always looking to invest in big secular trends.  Today, one of these trends is the personal data we store on the Internet… and the growing need for cybersecurity.  Last year’s breach at credit-reporting bureau Equifax (EFX) compromised the personal information of about 145 million Americans.  As hacks like this keep increasing, more businesses will turn to cybersecurity experts for help.

Today, we can see this concept at work in shares of the Proofpoint (PFPT)… Proofpoint’s software helps secure companies’ communications.  It also defends against viruses and
hacking attempts.  Earlier this month, Proofpoint reported that its sales jumped 36% from last year.  Plus, it’s setting its sights on future growth.  Last year, it took over two other cybersecurity firms, Cloudmark and Weblife.

Proofpoint stock price risesProofpoint has soared.  Shares are up more than 620% over the past five years… And they just hit a new all-time high.

More companies are turning to companies like Proofpoint for protection…  😉

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