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Disney On Stream

Disney On Stream

In June of 2017, The Walt Disney Company also known as Disney (DIS) gathered with its board of directors to discuss the growth of two new business segments: direct-to-consumer and international, particularly seeking to expand the distribution of new streaming products, services, and offerings. A lot (not so quietly) has happened since then. Disney established a foothold in the direct-to-consumer marketplace by acquiring a 30% […]

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The Tax Grant Games

The Tax Grant Games

In 2014, Elon Musk secured $1.3 billion in tax grants from the state of Nevada to open a battery plant, this caught the attention of Jeff Bezos. Green with envy over Musk’s ability to pit five states against one another in a bidding war for thousands of manufacturing jobs – he wondered why Amazon was regularly accepting comparatively minuscule incentives. In 2017, an executive sent […]

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Musk’s Biggest Rocket: Tesla Stock

Musk’s Biggest Rocket: Tesla Stock

Tesla (TSLA) stock has gained 112% this year, boosting the company’s market value higher than that of General Motors Co (GM), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Volkswagen AG… COMBINED! There is much speculation as to whether Tesla represents the future of electric vehicles or is over hyped – leaving many to question whether Tesla’s stock is driven by record revenue & fourth quarterly profit in […]

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Individual Retirement Accounts

Individual Retirement Accounts

The concept of saving for retirement is not addressed as early as it should be, in fact with all the alarming data, it is something that should be on the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. While most employers offer 401(k) plans to their employees, you should also be making contributions to a self driven retirement plan early in your career, especially when you’re earning less money. […]

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Barbarian’s at the Arcade

Barbarian’s at the Arcade

Private Equity Puppet: Dave & Buster’s Edition In late January, the Private Equity behemoth known as KKR disclosed a 10% stake in Dave & Busters (PLAY). Is this a case of Barbarian’s At The Arcade, where KKR makes radical changes to the company through a hostile takeover? Time will tell. KKR is typically known as a management friendly Private Equity firm who passively buy stakes […]

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Juul Goes Up In Smoke

Juul Goes Up In Smoke

E-cigarette start-up, Juul Labs exploded in popularity with its initial 2015 launch. It is the highest-selling and fastest growing e-cigarette on the market. In 2017, it generated $224 million in revenue. In 2018 that figure rose to a cool $1 billion, no big deal. However, what was once praised as Silicon Valley’s $38 billion darling, now faces an uncertain future amidst Congressional investigations, criticism by […]

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WeWork Valuation Not Working

WeWork Valuation Not Working

Office-sharing startup WeWork, owned by The We Company and in partnership with major backer, SoftBank Group, is pressing ahead with plans to go public in spite of lukewarm interest for shares which many claim are overvalued. In January 2018, The We Company (which has a really sick website) raised money at a $47 billion valuation, however, institutional investors responsible for purchasing shares before the IPO […]

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More Than A Coffee Shop

More Than A Coffee Shop

This month Starbucks (SBUX) celebrated the 40th anniversary since beginning with Howard Schulz and a packed coffee store in Seattle and growing into a manifestation of the American Dream with a founder running for the Presidency and thousands of coffee stores across the globe. With revenues of $10.7 billion last year and 16,850 shops in 40 countries, Starbucks is one of the world’s most well-recognized […]

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The Big Four: Here to Stay

The Big Four: Here to Stay

In 1997, shares of Amazon (AMZN) & Apple (AAPL) traded below $2 per share. Facebook (FB) & Google (GOOGL) hadn’t even been started. It was the dawn of the Internet Era. The following year, Google was launched by a pair of Ph.D. students who now collectively own 14% of a $835 Billion company. Mark Zuckerberg was 14 and probably hadn’t started applying to Harvard. As […]

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Making Money in a Market Slump

Gold versus Stocks Wow! The S&P 500 lost 4% of its value since October 1st. That’s about $1.3 trillion and might leave you wondering…. How can I make money when the stock market goes down? That’s where we come in! We spent the week researching companies, trying to find investments that have both growth opportunity and protect your downside risk. We came up with 4 […]

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