“The Big Short” guy is now sounding the alarm yet again.

Michael Burry, who is the hedge fund manager that famously bet against the nation’s housing market back in 2008, recently said in a now deleted tweet, “Stock markets and bonds depend on the Fed being stripped of all credibility.”

This was not his first warning.

“All speculation and hype is doing is bringing in retail right before the mother of all crashes,” Burry said in another deleted tweet he made earlier this year.

Burry does a lot more than just talking.

As of June 30, the top position in his company was a huge $730 million bet against Tesla (using put options).

Still, Burry is not down on everything. Let us take a look at two companies that the top investor is very bullish about .


Burry’s largest “long” position is interesting to many investors: call options for 941,000 Facebook shares.

Call options give investors more upside possibility than simply owning the company shares, but they are also more risky.

To be sure, Facebook has had a rough time recently. The company had a huge outage last week and has faced criticism over a whistleblower’s recent testimony.

The stock is lower by around 13% over the previous month. But year to date, the stock has returned a good 23%.

Facebook is without a doubt the biggest social media platform out there, with its family of services having a whopping 3.51 billion monthly active users as of June.

Financials are also on the increase. In the second quarter 2021, revenue went up by 56% year-over-year to a $29.1 billion value while the company’s earnings per share (EPS) more than doubled from one year ago.


Alphabet now controls a market cap of more $1.8 trillion as the parent company of Google. But Burry believes it might get even larger.

At the close of June, his company had call options on 91,900 Alphabet shares.

The search engine handily beat Wall Street’s predictions in the second quarter this year, getting a 62% revenue growth and a net income increase of 166% from last year.

In their recent earnings call, Ruth Porat, Alphabet’s CFO, said she anticipates “a more muted tailwind to company revenues in Q3.” But that didn’t stop shares of Google from going up.

Author: Scott Dowdy

Fluctuations in the stock market can be difficult to deal with, but volatility is the price you pay for better returns. However, dividend growth stocks can usually give investors more security from dramatic moves during corrections or even recessions.

Furthermore, these dividend growth stocks can give you stability in the form of goods or services that are never cut back by customers — even during uncertain times. Today we will look at two of these S&P 500 growth stocks that should keep regardless of what the market is doing.

Waste Management

Operating in a sector that will go away only if humanity stops existing, aptly-named Waste Management offers a good 1.5% dividend that has gone up for 18 years in a row. Reporting earnings for its Q2, the company had cash from operations of more than $1 billion for the quarter and guidance of $2.5 billion in free cash flow for the whole year of 2021.

For investors, these cash flow numbers show just how well-funded the firm’s dividends are as it spent less than $1 billion in dividends during the previous 12 months. But maybe what makes Waste Management even more interesting to investors is that the stock has greatly outperformed the S&P 500 over the past two and five years, increasing 140% and 350% over both time frames, respectively.

Looking to keep going with its growth, the company bought Advanced Disposal in late 2020 and now expects 15% revenue for fiscal year 2021 as it completely integrates the new company. Looking ahead, Waste Management might be a quiet reopening move with the pandemic ending and daily life getting back to normal leading to even better things for the company.


McCormick’s various flavorings and spices can raise the taste of any meal. In short, McCormick’s products are a cheap way to keep normalcy in life, regardless of what might happen to someone’s finances or the economy overall. Similarly, owning McCormick stock is a wonderful way to add better stability to a portfolio since it gives a nice 1.7% dividend with 35 years in a row of increases.

Also, after having sales increase of 8% in its latest quarter, the firm has been revealing that it is growth-focused and not just about income. Led by their flavor solutions segment, McCormick is also somewhat of a reopening play, since this segment sells to restaurants and other foodservice companies that slowed down during the pandemic.

Author: Blake Ambrose

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, made new remarks suggesting there is a growing tolerance for Bitcoin and cryptos in the Kremlin during his interview with CNBC that was published on the Kremlin’s website this Thursday, Bloomberg says.

“I believe it has some value,” Putin said to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the Russian Energy event being held in Moscow this week. “But I do not think it can be used within the oil trade.”

The questions came out of concern for how Russia might exit dollar-denominated oil agreements due to United States economic sanctions.

Putin stated that while Bitcoin and cryptocurrency might exist as a payment means, it is still “too soon” to talk about crude contracts being completed with Bitcoin or crypto instead of with dollars.

The Russian president also showed concerns about the energy needed to keep the Bitcoin network, however, he conveyed a clear goal to move Russia away from its United States dollar reliance.

“I believe the United States makes a huge mistake in using their dollar as an instrument of sanction,” he said. “We have no other choice but to go to other currencies.” In June, Russia said it would remove the U.S. dollar asset from its wealth fund.

“About this, we can say the U.S. bites the hand that feeds it,” Putin said. “This dollar is their competitive advantage. It is a universal reserve currency, and the United States today uses it to push political goals, and they hurt their economic and strategic interests because of this.”

While it not clear enough to report if Russia is thinking about replacing the U.S. dollar with Bitcoin, it is clear that its officials understand the dollar is not a good reserve currency in the long term and that Bitcoin might pose a possible neutral alternative.

This comes almost one month after the acting media secretary for Putin, Dmitry Peskov, stated that Russia has no cause to recognize Bitcoin.

Many Bitcoiners want to see which nation will adopt Bitcoin next in state capacity. While Russia might not be a close-term contender for Bitcoin usage, its government is now talking about it like it’s on the table.

Author: Blake Ambrose

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Chances are good that Social Security benefits will be crucial for you during retirement. Obviously, you will need to know exactly how much monthly income those benefits will give you so you can make a good assessment of whether you are ready to leave work and support yourself without any wages.

Unfortunately, millions of people in America who are retired are now at risk of losing some of these benefits they might expect to get. Here is why.

If you live in these states, you might lose some of your Social Security benefits

Retirees are now at risk of losing some of their benefits if they live in any of these 13 states that charge state taxes on Social Security funds. The 13 states that tax your Social Security income include:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Utah
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

Now, if you live in these states, it is not necessarily a given that you will always lose some part of your retirement income to your government because to its tax laws. That is because many states do not start enforcing a Social Security tax until a retiree hits a certain income amount. Most often, it is the upper middle class and those who are wealthy who find themselves in danger of losing some of their retirement funds to taxes, while low income retirees will not have this problem.

Still, there is a chance you might see some of your benefits stolen by your state if you reside in any of those 13 places. And if you want to ensure that does not happen, it’s a good idea to go to your state’s Dept. of Revenue so you can find out if you are liable for any tax rules on your benefits.

If it turns out that you will lose some of your Social Security money, consider moving — especially if your state has even more bad tax policies that could affect the income you will get as a senior. When you are on a fixed income, every dollar matters and losing some of your retirement checks to taxes might be a big hit you simply cannot afford.

Author: Blake Ambrose

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For much of the previous 18 months, investors have enjoyed the historic rally. Since bottoming out in March of last year, the S&P 500 has now doubled in value. For some context, the S&P 500 has had an average annualized return (including dividends) of nearly 11% since the start of 1980.

But for some stocks, there is still plenty of upside left. According to high-water price targets from some analysts, the following two growth stocks can give you a share-price upside ranging from 187% to 434% over the next 12 months.

Plug Power: Possible upside of 187%

The first high-growth stock with the possibility to get your motors running is the hydrogen fuel-cell company called Plug Power. Analyst Amit Dayal of H.C. Wainwright thinks Plug Power is going toward $78, which is far from its ending price of $27.19, as of this previous weekend. Dayal’s Street-high price target implies a 187% boost in the company’s shares.

The excitement about Plug Power has to do with developed nations emphasizing greener energy to lower carbon emissions. Plug’s hydrogen fuel cells can then be used to power commercial and consumer vehicles, and they have other applications too (like forklifts). Further, there is an opportunity for the company to benefit at many levels of this green-energy change, like in building hydrogen refilling stations.

The buzz around this company reached a crescendo back in January, shortly after Plug got two major partnerships. First, SK Group got a 10% equity stake in the company and agreed to create a joint venture to have fuel-cell technology brought to South Korea and other Asian nations. A few days after, Plug and French vehicle maker Renault made an agreement to create a joint venture to go after Europe’s light commercial-vehicle sector.

There is absolutely no question that Plug Power has top partners and an amazing opportunity at its doorstep. The next question is: Can it grow into its current $16 billion cap with profitability still so far away? To that end, I am not so certain.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals: Possible upside of 434%

The top upside opportunity, at least in this article, is the biotech stock Inovio Pharmaceuticals. According to analyst Hartaj Singh from Oppenheimer, Inovio is expected to hit $35 per share. Based on its $6.55 ending price last week, this implies a possible 434% upside to the company’s shares.

Singh’s bullishness is mostly centered around the company’s development of a covid disease vaccine. With billions of people still not being inoculated, there is room for new vaccine players.

On the other hand, Inovio’s development of its coronavirus vaccine, INO-4800, has only been as dubious as its long-term drug-creation record. Last year, it seemed as though Inovio had a real shot at having one of the first vaccines to hit the market. Unfortunately, their plans were derailed by partial clinical holds in the U.S. To boot, the United States eventually pulled phase 3 trial funding, which then forced Inovio to have its large-scale phase 3 study within Mexico and other nations around the world.

Perhaps the bigger issue here is that, even with robust clinical pipelines, Inovio has not yet brought a drug to market more than 40 years after it was created. The company has been lucky enough to bring in capital to keep its work going, but it has never been able to deliver on the hype around the company. Suffice it to say, I do not foresee a $35 price target working out anytime soon, if ever.

Author: Steven Sinclaire

Binance, the world’s top blockchain ecosystem and crypto platform, has created a $1 billion Growth Fund for the Binance Smart Chain, to expand the use of digital assets and better blockchain technology.

In the upcoming months numerous programs will be created under it to empower the spread of cryptocurrencies globally. Designed to help rising crypto projects this fund will help run advanced tech development programs.

“BSC’s growth has brought in 100M+ DeFi users with an initial fund of $100 million.” said Changpeng Zhao, who is the CEO of Binance. “With this new contribution of $1B, we will further disrupt traditional banking and speed up global usage of digital assets to turn into the first-ever one billion user blockchain ecosystem,” he said.

The $1 billion new fund will be sectioned into 4 larger categories:

1 — Talent Development

$100M of the funds are being kept for Talent Development which concerns mentoring communities, educating new investors, giving academic scholarships, running and supporting research and development around Cryptography more.

2 — Liquidity Incentive Program – Trading

The Liquidity Incentive program will run sub-programs to help increase participation in traditional bank markets as well as crypto and give support to traders and groups to allow more liquidity in DeFi protocols.

3 — Builder Program – Technological startups

The Builder Program will be increased with another $300 million. $100 million of which will be used to conduct global hackathons, bug hunting programs, developer meetings and will support mainstream development. The other $200 million will be used to help 100 new dApps built on top of BSC who will also get mentoring from top VCs and support from the core community.

4 — Investment Program for Industrial development

To increase mainstream usage and allow disruption a total of $500 million will be held back. This fund will be used to expand decentralized computing, metaverse, gaming, virtual reality, AI and blockchain-based banking services.

“The thriving blockchain ecosystem has caused us to invest our efforts, time and resources in aiding companies going from 0 to 1. With this $1 billion initiative, our drive will be increased to building cross-chain infrastructures that work with different types of blockchains. We are gearing up to boost the adoption of crypto and accelerate its global growth.” said Gwendolyn Regina, Director at the BSC Accelerator Fund

Author: Scott Dowdy

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Jamie Dimon, who is the CEO of the largest American bank, took another hit at bitcoin bulls this week, saying that the crypto might not be limited in quantity after all.

“I will just challenge you all to one more thing: how do you know Bitcoin stops at 21 million? Have you all read these algorithms? You people believe it? I don’t know, I have always been skeptical of stuff like that,” said the bank CEO while speaking at the Institute for International Finance event on October 11.

The price of bitcoin was staying near $57,000 recently.

Dimon was questioning the fundamentals of bitcoin: a 21 million limitation that gives the crypto the appeal of have a controlled supply.

But the bitcoin code certainly notes that the maximum amount of coins is around 21 million. In theory, the open source code of bitcoin would allow for alterations to the cap, but it would need a large share of Bitcoin “nodes” to agree to the change.

The 21 million coin limit serves as a big pillar of the crypto’s value proposition, making it not likely that the community would ever agree to such a change.

‘I won’t stop our people from banking it’

Dimon said that he still believes bitcoin is “worthless,” but also said his ideas on cryptos don’t decide his company’s approach to giving crypto products. The bank CEO said that his bank can give clients “legitimate” access to the sector if they want (although the bank is not offering custody services).

The CEO’s comments echo his statements from May, when he said the booming asset was like the business of banking weed.

“My own advice is to stay away from it. This does not mean our clients do not want it,” Dimon said in May. “This goes to how you must run a company. I don’t use marijuana but if you legalize it, I won’t stop our customers from banking it.”

Even though JPMorgan Chase is not giving crypto custody right now, the bank is messing around with blockchain using its “Onyx” business. The bank is creating a network that it started to trade smart contracts with other top banks.

Author: Steven Sinclaire

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