Time in the market is more important than timing the market

There is so much mental energy spent by investors, media and gurus spent on “guessing” the market top, market bottom, and whether we are in a bull or bear market, it is exhausting for me to watch. Frankly, in order to be successful in investing, one needs to keep it simple, and follow common sense principles. You do not need to successfully pick tops or bottoms in order to be successful, but have…

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The Wearable Device That Powers Your Phone

Ampy: The Wearable Device That Powers Your Phone

By Martin Denholm, Editor-in-Chief

“An engineering marvel,” says Crain’s Chicago Business.

“Why has no one invented this before?” asks BuzzFeed.

They’re talking about a brand-new technology that dates back to the 19th century.

Before his death in 1931, Thomas Edison was on the verge of harnessing kinetic energy.

Today, his blueprint is about to tackle an extremely common – and irritating – problem that all of our smartphones face.

Even better… this clever creation is beautifully simple to use…

Want to Charge Your Phone? Get Up… And Get Moving!

I’m talking about battery life.

Or, more specifically, lack of it.

How many times do you check the battery on your mobile device each day… and start stressing when it gets low, or at the prospect of a dead battery?

How often do you have to find a power outlet to juice up? For me, it’s every morning or evening.

We’re slaves to our phones… and the energy that powers them.

But what if that energy came from… well, us?!

That’s the thinking behind a new invention called Ampy.

The premise is simple: Why waste all the energy you spend each day through walking, running, or cycling when you could instead put it to use by powering your mobile devices?

In an increasingly populated world, where energy demands are growing, this kind of cheap, highly efficient motion-based power generation is gaining popularity.

For example…

  • We’ve covered how this bio-battery tattoo uses sweat from exercise to generate energy to power devices.
  • How a school in England installed motion-activated floor tiles from energy-harvesting company, Pavegen, to generate electricity from footfall to power the lights and electronic devices.
  • How Georgia Tech researchers have used nanotechnology to create thin, plastic sheets that become electrically charged through motion from people and traffic. Using a special generator, one sheet stores 400 watts of power, which is used for lighting.

Ampy follows a similar, do-it-yourself energy generation method…

No Power Outlets Required

Measuring 2.5 inches square and weighing 140 grams, Ampy is a device that you either wear or slip into your pocket. The lithium-ion battery inside it captures energy from your daily movements, which you can then use to charge your phone or other USB-enabled devices, via a regular USB cable.

Simply hook up the phone to Ampy, and it charges as fast as it would at a regular power outlet.

The beauty of it is that the more activity you do, the more power you generate. For example, walking 10,000 steps per day with Ampy produces three hours of battery life. But you can generate the same amount of energy by simply jogging or biking for 30 minutes.

The battery will store a week’s worth of energy from motion and can also be charged via a conventional power outlet if needed.

This is an absolute no-brainer idea.

I mean, why would you not carry Ampy everywhere you go?

Make it part of your regular daily routine… walking the dog… jogging.

The Ampy team has also designed an accessories kit that captures energy from just about any exercise or movement.

And it’s perfect for when you’re sightseeing. Harness all the energy from walking around to charge your phone on the go, so you don’t risk it dying as you’re taking photos and videos.

With users essentially turning into mini power stations, the product has an associated smartphone app that tracks how much energy you create, how many calories burned, and the amount of carbon emissions you’ve saved by generating clean energy.

So who is the Ampy team?

From Prototype to Mass Production

The invention is the brainchild of Tejas Shastry, Alex Smith, and Mike Grier – engineering doctorates who met at an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern University.

The three have used their knowledge to not only design the technology that powers Ampy… but also shrink it down to a suitable size and weight, so the device can be worn or carried.

Indeed, they claim that conventional charging devices that capture kinetic energy would need to be three times bigger and heavier to produce the same power.

After much trial and error, multiple prototypes, and both in-house and consumer testing, the team now has a patent pending on the technology.

The result is a product that’s won the Northwestern University Venture Competition, plus the Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize and the 1776 Global Challenge Cup Crowd Favorite.

Take a look…

The Ampy team currently has a Kickstarter campaign to drum up support and funding for manufacturing, so it can turn the prototype into a mass-produced product.

To help achieve this aim, the campaign is Dragon-certified, which means Ampy has manufacturing partners lined up and ready to go for the initial production run. Funding will also help meet the team’s production target within the stated funding limit and timeframe.

Ultimately, you’ll get to produce your own clean, environmentally friendly, renewable energy. And it’s good for you, too. It’s innovation at its smartest, simplest, and finest.


Martin Denholm

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Is EOG Resources Reaching Success In The Eaglebine?

By Richard Zeits:

ZaZa Energy (NASDAQ:ZAZA) yesterday provided an interesting operating update with regard to its East Texas Eaglebine joint venture. In the statement, ZaZa announced well performance results for three of its East Texas vertical wells in Madison and Walker counties, Texas, that have been on production for approximately one year. The well results are quite strong and impress with their consistency. ZaZa also indicated potential for very strong drilling returns for these wells, even in a relatively weak commodity price environment.

The East Texas acreage, in which ZaZa holds a 20.78% working interest, is comprised of approximately 144,000 acres and is operated by EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG). EOG holds a 75% operated working interest in a large portion of this acreage.

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Apple Pay Goes Live

Apple Pay Goes Live: Is This the Safest Alternative?

By Tech Research Team

Last Friday, we mentioned the imminent launch of Apple’s (AAPL) new mobile service, Apple Pay. And now it’s here!

In fact, it just went live yesterday. The question is, though: Will shoppers now be persuaded to ditch traditional cash and credit cards and jump on the Apple Pay bandwagon, instead?

To recap, here’s how it works: With their payment information stored in Apple’s Passbook app, customers simply hold the new iPhone (or soon-to-be-released tablets and smartwatches) in front of the participating retailer’s NFC payment reader at the till… and voilà! The purchase is made! It’s that easy. The reader automatically processes the transaction with the user’s payment information stored on the device.

Is It That Safe?

But with ongoing cyber security and hacking concerns, what’s to stop thieves from stealing confidential payment info stored on the devices?

Glad you asked.

The card information is converted into a token. Think of it as an alias for the credit card number.

Taking security to another level, the token is then stored on a chip and not Apple’s servers. Analysts predict that the app won’t be perfect right away… but we will see a jump in customer loyalty for Apple’s products.

Already, Apple has teamed up with six major credit card issuers, which will handle over 80% of credit card volume. It also has three major card processors in on the deal, too – American Express (AXP), Visa (V), and MasterCard (MA). The company has also 500 banks nationwide.

As of now, Apple Pay works at over 220,000 locations. At this very early point, it’s really a popularity contest. No one likes to be left out. And while card companies may make a small percentage per transaction with Apple, they’ve jumped on board anyway – figuring volume will make up for the difference in commissions.

Here’s a curious fact, though: The world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT), has yet to join up with Apple Pay. For now, both it and Best Buy (BBY) are sticking with an Android-based rival.

Tech Research Team

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Beat the Fed at Its Own Game

Economy Now Mixed, Thanks to Federal Reserve

By Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst

With this week’s carnage on Wall Street, it’s no surprise that investors are feeling insecure.

But while everyone is fretting, I remain confident and hopeful. That’s because I know that the Federal Reserve calls the shots, and we’re merely players in its game.

And just like any other game, you have to know the rules to successfully invest in the markets.

So even if you don’t share my inner calm, I’m going to tell you why you should…

Knowing the Rules

First of all, you have to understand that the Federal Reserve works to protect government first and then the governing elite in tandem.

Basically, don’t expect the rich to do without their Ferraris or Maseratis. The Federal Reserve stands ready to print dollars until the moneyed are happy.

Just last week, John Williams, the San Francisco Fed President, was preaching low-interest rates to Reuters: “If we don’t see any improvement in wages that would be a sign that we’ll still have a lot of slack in the economy and we’re not getting any inflationary pressure to move inflation back to 2%.”

If this does turn out to be the case, then any increase in interest rates will be postponed. What’s more, the Fed may even consider revving up its purchase of assets through another round of quantitative easing (QE), according to Williams.

He said, “If we really get a sustained, disinflationary forecast… then, I think moving back to additional asset purchases in a situation like that should be something we should seriously consider.”

Even with $ 4.4 trillion of assets already under its bloated belt, this devourer of the private economy still can’t get enough.

Heck, maybe these socialists won’t be happy until they own every piece of paper in the country. After all, it’s obvious that their real motive is to keep borrowing costs low for governments that are gobbling up the world’s wealth.

The Ultimate Monopoly

So after accepting that the Fed is the author of the game, you have to come to grips with the simple fact that America is no longer a free market economy. Instead, it’s what economists would call a “mixed economy.”

Some vestiges of once-free markets still work resoundingly well, but government has been socializing sector by sector. First, the progressives captured Washington, D.C. with the election of Woodrow Wilson… then the income tax was established… and finally there was the creation of the ultimate monopoly: the Federal Reserve.

Today, the most successful of businesses seek to be vassals of government, rather than the masters of the universe seen in the 19th Century.

Don’t believe me? Just look around. Google (GOOGL) catalogues data for the U.S. government and monetizes the data by selling search-related advertising. Boeing (BA) builds planes and rockets for Uncle Sam first and the world’s airlines second.

Even financial firms and banks reap billions selling and trading government bonds, a market that wouldn’t exist were it not for government overspending.

But what does this have to do with the everyday investor? It’s simply proof that, because of the way government works today, stocks are the only place to be.

In fact, if it weren’t for the government, many companies wouldn’t even be in business…

Some of the best customers of hotel chains and airlines are the hordes of government workers traveling on “business.” And who do you think fills all those business class seats to Europe? It isn’t private enterprises or pensioners, that’s for sure.

Make Your Final Move

Is my portfolio nominally down right now? Yes, but over the long run, stocks have paid me very nicely to be a long-term investor.

If you’re sitting in the bond market today (with rates being crushed to barely a trickle), you’re just slowly losing money. Your returns in real dollars are an illusion.

Basically, this is the final inning of a rigged game. Massive wealth is being transferred from the productive to the nonproductive, and people who saved and scrimped in the 1950s and ‘60s are being drained.

The only thing we can do is avoid falling prey to the Fed’s plan.

Look for firms with good margins, real profits, and dividends. These firms and real assets – such as real estate, timberland, farmland, and natural resources – are the place to be. When the washout comes, even though few places will be a haven, these will be the best.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown

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