Fico: It’s Failure, Evolution & What It Means

Fico: It’s Failure, Evolution & What It Means

What started out as Fair, Isaac and Company, FICO, the analytics company and their omnipotent FICO Score has come to dominate many parts of our life. Want a mortgage? FICO. How about a car loan? FICO. Maybe refinance that student debt? FICO. The list goes on and on. But what exactly is a FICO Score, where do they come from and more importantly, do they […]

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Merger: A Sprint to 5G

Merger: A Sprint to 5G

In 2018, Sprint and T-Mobile announced a merger, to form a new company. This new company would be at a whopping $146 billion. Ownership of the new company would be split three ways. Deutsche Telekom would own the majority – 42%. SoftBank Group is eager to make-up for its WeWork Snafu and currently holds 27%. The remaining 31% will remain publicly traded. Two years later […]

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Disney Stock On Stream With Comcast Bidding War

Disney Stock On Stream With Comcast Bidding War

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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Tax Grants Gone Wild: Musk vs. Bezos

Tax Grants Gone Wild: Musk vs. Bezos

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. Bezos grew green with envy over Musk’s ability to pit five states against each other in the form of tax incentive packages. As a result, Bezos couldn’t help but question why it was regularly accepting comparatively minuscule incentives. […]

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Private Equity at The Arcade

Private Equity 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 Altria Smoke

Juul Goes Up In Altria Smoke

THE RISE OF JUUL 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 […]

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The Big Four: Dominating The Stock Market

The Big Four: Dominating The Stock Market

As of last week, the Big Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) have a combined market cap of $3.2 TRILLION which represents over 15% of the $20 trillion US economy. 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 […]

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Stocks & Dating Apps: Industry Spotlight

Swipe right if their annual returns on stocks are higher than 20%. Led by Match.com, Zoosk, and Tinder, online dating stocks is revolutionizing how we define relationships. Newfound dating apps might not be the perfect match for everyone. But they have generated billions in revenue and grown to become some of the app store’s top-grossing apps. The Rise of Online Dating Stocks In 1959, the […]

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Stock Industry Spotlight: Salmon

Stock Industry Spotlight: Salmon

From the tops of our bagels to the centerpieces of our Friday night dinners, one food has forced its way deep into our diets. Constantly in stock at grocery stores and showing no signs of slowing down: salmon. Americans’ waistlines continue to expand. So doctors have pushed for fish (in place of meat), specifically salmon, to make up a greater stock of the consumer’s daily […]

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Trader Spotlight: Healthcare & An Aging Population

Trader Spotlight: Healthcare & An Aging Population

After WWII, the boom in childbirths created lasting effects that the US is starting to realize. Welcome to the price of the Baby Boomers. For each trader out there, we wanted to highlight the Healthcare Industry. First we provide a high-level overview; then examine where a trader may find opportunity in an industry that services the aging, but is hardly aging itself. So What is […]

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