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I remember all of my bosses. Some were bad. Most were good.

 

But only one was, in the best possible way, truly memorable.

 

Unforgettable bosses possess qualities that may not show up on paper but always show up where it matters most — in the minds and even hearts of the people they lead.

 

Here are some of the qualities of truly unforgettable bosses:

 

1. They believe the unbelievable.

 

Most people try to achieve the achievable; that’s why most goals and targets are incremental rather than inconceivable.

 

Memorable bosses expect more — from themselves and from others. Then they show you how to get there. And they bring you along for what turns out to be an unbelievable ride.

 

2. They see opportunity in instability and uncertainty.

 

Unexpected problems, unforeseen roadblocks, major crises… most bosses take down the sails, batten the hatches, and hope to wait out the storm.

 

A few see a crisis as an opportunity. They know it’s extremely difficult to make major changes, even necessary ones, when things are going relatively smoothly.

 

They know reorganizing an entire sales team is accepted more easily when a major customer goes under. They know creating new sales channels is a lot easier when a major competitor enters the market. They know reorganizing manufacturing operations is a lot easier when the flow of supplies and components gets disrupted.

 

Memorable bosses see instability and uncertainty not as a barrier but as an enabler. They reorganize, reshape, and re-engineer to reassure, motivate, and inspire — and in the process make the organization much stronger.

 

3. They wear their emotions on their sleeves.

 

Good bosses are professional.

 

Memorable bosses are highly professional and yet also openly human. They show sincere excitement when things go well. They show sincere appreciation for hard work and extra effort. They show sincere disappointment — not in others, but in themselves. They celebrate, they empathize, they worry. Sometimes they even get frustrated or angry.

 

In short, they’re human. And, unlike many bosses, they act as if they know it.

 

Professionalism is admirable. Professionalism — with a healthy blend of humanity — is inspiring.

 

4. They protect others from the bus.

 

Terrible bosses throw their employees under the bus.

 

Good bosses never throw their employees under the bus.

 

Memorable bosses see the bus coming and pull their employees out of the way often without the employee knowing until much, much later… if ever, because memorable bosses never try to take credit.

 

And if they can’t, they take the hit. (And later speak privately to the employee in question.)

 

5. They’ve been there, done that… and still do that.

 

Dues aren’t paid, past tense. Dues get paid each and every day. The true measure of value is the tangible contribution we make on a daily basis.

 

That’s why no matter what they may have accomplished in the past, memorable bosses are never too good to roll up their sleeves, get dirty, and do the “grunt” work. No job is ever too menial, no task ever too unskilled or boring.

 

Memorable bosses never feel entitled, which means no one feels entitled to anything but the fruits of their labor.

 

6. They lead by permission, not authority.

 

Every boss has a title. That title gives them the right to direct others, to make decisions, to organize and instruct and discipline.

 

Memorable bosses lead because their employees want them to lead. Their employees are motivated and inspired by the person, not the title.

 

Through their words and actions they cause employees feel they work with, not for, a boss. Many bosses don’t even recognize there’s a difference… but memorable bosses do.

 

7. They embrace a larger purpose.

 

A good boss works to achieve company goals.

 

A memorable boss also works to achieve company goals — and achieves more than other bosses — but also works to serve a larger purpose: to advance the careers of employees, to rescue struggling employees, to instill a sense of pride and self-worth in others. They aren’t just remembered for nuts and bolts achievements but for helping others on a personal and individual level.

 

Memorable bosses embrace a larger purpose, because they know business is always personal.

 

8. They take real, not fake risks.

 

Many bosses, like many people, try to stand out in some superficial way. Maybe through their clothes, their interests, or a public display of support for a popular initiative. They do stand out but they stand out for reasons of sizzle, not steak.

 

Memorable bosses stand out because they are willing to take an unpopular stand, take an unpopular step, accept the discomfort of ignoring the status quo, and risk sailing uncharted waters.

 

They take real risks not for the sake of risk but for the sake of the reward they believe possible. And by their example they inspire others to take risks in order to achieve what they believe is possible.

 

In short, memorable bosses inspire others to achieve their dreams: by words, by actions, and most importantly, by example.

 

I would want to add two more crucial pieces to this list.

One is that they trust their team. I’ve had bosses that operate on a need-to-know basis and keep certain pieces of information under wraps or limit access to tools/man power because they think we’re not protective of the brand or we’ll exploit the knowledge for personal gain. I’m here to succeed and grow and that means helping the company to succeed to the best of my ability. Compartmentalizing knowledge can only prevent me and my colleagues from doing what we know how to do.

And second is that they are willing to surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are without fear that those people will overshadow them. An intelligent team headed by a self-confident leader can only do great things in a company!…jp

 

8 Qualities That Make Great Bosses Unforgettable..with 2 added from myself..jp/ Bluewaters2u

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Iraq, August 28, 2014
Gas Oil Law
Nouri al-Maliki and the Islamic Dawa Party took office in Iraq eight years ago. Oil revenues topped $41 billion in 2007 and rose to nearly $86 billion in 2013. Oil production ranged between 2 million barrels per day at the beginning of that period to nearly 3 million barrels at its end.
Maliki’s government made an important decision to call on international oil companies to invest in Iraq to increase [oil] field productivity. Despite the need for modern technology and management, these two factors were not the main reasons behind the decision. Instead, it was the government’s urgent need for additional funds, given the global financial crisis and the declining oil prices at the end of the last decade.
Maliki’s rule will be known as the “post-Mosul ravage” in Iraq’s history. He ended his term by failing to repel the “neo-Nazi” invasion of Mosul and the Ninevah province, where mass murders are being committed against Christians and Yazidis. Militias have displaced the region’s peaceful population and confiscated their homes after painting on them a letter identifying their religion, just as the Nazis did to European Jews during World War II.
Maliki’s rule has ended and the Iraqis still remember what they learned in history books about the Mongol invasion of Baghdad — the burning of libraries and bloodshed, the capturing and selling of women in the slave markets, just as the Islamic State (IS) did in Mosul. History will not forget that the Iraqi army did not defend Mosul’s population, nor will it forget the rampant corruption, as the robbery and loss of billions of dollars has become normal.Maliki has threatened the Iraqi people with opening “the gates of hell” if he is removed from power. It is as if this post is reserved for him and his heirs eternally. Since oil is the mainstay of the Iraqi economy, the first thing that comes to mind is the absence of an oil and gas law in Iraq since 2003, which is normal in light of political differences and the absence of a new social contract. Is Iraq a federal state as stipulated in the constitution or a centralized state? Is there any political will for real coexistence — with middle-ground solutions and understandings that take into account the views of other parties in the state — or is there a tendency for some, especially the Kurds, towards independence from Iraq?

The Iraqi people have not given their final answers to these questions, despite the 2005 constitutional referendum. The Iraqi oil industry has suffered from the absence of a social contract between political leaders. Although oil revenues reached $10 billion a year, it is not enough to build a stable modern state in the absence of an understanding among officials on whether the state is centralized or federal. With no clear contract, oil officials will not be able to rationally manage their sector without this understanding between politicians and their parties.
In fact, the disputes that have prevailed over the country’s politics for the past years — adding Iraq to the group of failed states — resulted from delays caused by a fruitless political polemic. The debate has prevented the parliament, since 2007, from passing the oil and gas law, which attempted to resolve the distribution of privileges and responsibilities of the sector between the federal Ministry of Oil in Baghdad and the authorities in the provinces and regions. The dispute over oil also resulted in the possible division of the country, the exploitation of its weaknesses and its invasion by terrorists.
The draft law is clear. It confirmed that the ownership of oil and gas was for the whole Iraqi people in all regions and provinces.
It also suggested forming a federal council for oil and gas that included officials from the federal government and the provinces and regions, and made the necessary state-level, oil-related decisions through coordination and negotiations between the federal oil ministry and the provinces.
In many of its provisions, the draft reiterates tasking federal authorities with the planning and implementation of oil production in the country, on condition of negotiating and coordinating with the different sides. Such responsibility imposes the presence of a responsible and open government that negotiates with the parties and transfers to them the allocated funds on time, without monopolizing them in Baghdad.
This also means that the parties should specify exactly what they want from Iraq. Do they want to exploit Iraq’s natural wealth, then leave? If this threat resurfaces every time the dispute escalates between Baghdad and Erbil, it will be hard to develop the Iraqi oil industry and stop threats from reaching other regions. Conflicts and perhaps international tribunals would be the only alternatives in such a case.
Iraq must learn from two experiences. The first is the experience of the Council for Reconstruction in the 1950s. At that time, oil revenue was allocated to well-studied reconstruction and infrastructure projects instead of salaries of employees and pensions. Furthermore, [oil revenue] failed to provide electricity and water for citizens, as is currently the case.
Second, Iraq is a country that is almost closed geographically and needs a foreign policy that shields it from wars and conflicts with neighboring regions. The country cannot bear the burden of halting its oil exports for long.
It is understandable that disputes regarding the oil law happen, given the conflicts of interest. However, it is inexcusable to keep inviting global oil companies and increasing production in the absence of this law. This means that Iraq will face many problems in the foreseeable future, whether internally, like the division of the country, or legally due to disputes with the oil companies. The absence of the oil law is as serious as the dissolution of the Iraqi army. They are both pillars of the country, albeit each with a different role.
If the Iraqi governments keep bickering over the same issues and following the policies that have been around since 2003, the only solution would be to change the regime rather than these policies. The doors of hell might then break loose, and this is what Maliki has always feared.
(iraqdirectory)
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HYDROCARBON LAW APPROVAL IS KEY FOR THE FUTURE OF IRAQ.. Bluewaters2u
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7 Sure Signs That You Should Not Be Playing The Stock Market

(at least not the Penny Markets anyway)

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1. You Believe That The Share Price of Your Penny Stock Is Down Because of Shorting

No, no, no! Impossible!  We’ll say it again.  It is impossible for a significant short position to exist in any penny stock.  Anybody who tells you otherwise is conning you.  Any tout who tells you that his “pick” went down because of shorting is a liar.  There is only one reason for a penny stock to go down in price.  And that is because sellers (mostly insiders) are flooding the market with stock.

2. You Believe That There Is Such A Thing As A “Paid Basher”
The fact of the matter is that most penny stocks are scams.  The regulators have made it far too easy for con artists to infiltrate the stock market with ridiculous schemes, most of which are designed to dump worthless stock onto an unsuspecting public.  In order for these cons to get you to buy their stock, their company has to be “talked up” and that is through paid promoters who have developed email or snail mail lists by advertising their own feigned success in the penny markets.  Some of these promoters are so good at conning their audience, they even convince subscribers to pay for their membership.  Most, but not all, will specify some sort of compensation for their promotion, as required by law.

When a penny stock goes down, touts and company insiders will often invoke the idea of shorting as the cause.  As discussed previously, shorting penny stocks is so prohibitive, that it never causes the demise of the price of a penny stock.  Still, people will try and convince you that anybody speaking negatively about the prospects of a penny stock is a “paid basher” out to aid the shorts.   As there is no upside to paying somebody to speak negatively about a penny stock, paid bashers are a fairy tale.  Same goes for these fantasy so-called “short and distort” schemes.  If you believe that the share price of a penny stock can go down because of a paid basher, GET OUT OF THE MARKET NOW!

3. You Think That A Stock Can Have More Buyers Than Sellers or Vice Versa
Every trade requires a buy and a seller.  Period.  There is no such thing as more buys than sells or more sells than buys.  Think of a stock as a car.  If you are looking to buy, you know how much you are willing to spend.  Same with a stock.  You make a bid and if the seller is willing to sell it to you at that price, then you have a deal.  But there is still a buyer and a seller.  Same if you are selling a car.  You know what price you want and if the buyer meets your price, then you have a deal.  Once again, you still have a seller and a buyer.  It takes two to tango and two to complete a transaction. A stock, like a car, boat or house is only worth what somebody will pay for it.

4. You Think That Penny Stocks Can Be Charted


The concept of relying on charts to determine when a penny stock should be bought and sold is one of the most ridiculous theories out there.  Chartology is unreliable at the best of times even with legitimate stocks.  Penny stocks are at most times manipulated and Bolinger Bands or Candlestick analysis cannot ever be relied on to indicate buy or sell signals.  In fact, applying these theories or others like them, is guaranteed to give you a wrong answer every time. Even those that devised these analytical techniques will tell you that they cannot apply to penny stocks.  Once a promotion of a penny stock ends, there is no logic as to where it will trade, except that it will trade lower.

5. You Believe That If The Company Makes A Statement, It Is Guaranteed to Be Truthful
There is still the perception out there that regulators like the SEC check out every statement a company make for legitimacy.  Or that the regulators will catch and prosecute a stock schemer every time.  Not even close to true.  Most securities fraud artists, especially in the penny markets, get away scot-free.  Even those that are eventually prosecuted, can spend years spinning their cons before they are stopped.

A press release or SEC filing issued by a company involved in a pump and dump scheme rarely speaks the absolute truth, if at all.  At a minimum, the truth is distorted with a positive bent to make the announcement seem better than it is.  Many are just outright fabrications.  It bears repeating, that you should look for the caveats in announcements, which will eventually lead to an easy out for the announcer.  For example, financing of up to x dollars.  An option to acquire…  Will buyback up to x dollars of stock from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Our favorite term is “best efforts”.

6. You Believe That Paying A Tout For Penny Stock Picks Makes the Pick More Legitimate
It is unfathomable that some touts garner fees from their subscribers.  These are promoters getting paid from both sides.  Almost always, they are promoting the same stock that the “free” touts are promoting.

7. You Believe That Trading In Penny Stocks Is Indicative of The Major Markets
We laugh when we hear someone claim that their penny stock was down because the DOW was also down on the day.  How preposterous.  Except perhaps in the event of a horrendous day on the major markets (like a crash), when everyone is jittery, penny stocks are absolutely not indicative of the major markets.  Most penny stocks go up because of independent promotions and most go to down when the promotion ends or insider selling weighs on the share price.  The performance of the DOW or any other major index generally has no relevance to the performance of penny stocks.

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Sources: Pumps & Dumps, Blue’s research Team

http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/p/its-pump-dump.html

Blue’s Comments / JP

I will continue to share this info to all that want to read it..I can’t say enough on how important it is to arm yourself with knowledge before trading in any market with the Stock Market playing field..It is my hopes to help you to be a better Investor armed with good Information to help you to level out that playing field the best you can..thanks and good luck with your Investments..jp

7 Sure Signs That You Should Not Be Playing The Stock Market


Pump & Dumps Schemes in the Stock Market continued..jp

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Don’t ever let go of the notion that stock touts are not working for you, no matter how magnanimous they sound.  They are working for their clients, namely the insiders who hired them to them to promote, market and pimp their stock.  These touts rely on the success of their current promotion to be able to get them future clients and promotions.  Their success is gauged by their ability to separate you from your money.  As a result, they will say anything to make you believe that they are credible and their clients are the real deal.

Here are some of the common lies a tout will spout in order to gain credibility for himself and his client:

1. AS SEEN ON TV

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Touts often like to make themselves sound important and credible, concocting lies about their connections and visibility.  One of the more common lies they post on their website is the “As Seen On” boast where they’ll post the logos of television networks and important websites to give you the impression that they’ve been relied on as a source of information by journalists.  This is an out and out lie, as no legitimate media is going to rely on these hustlers for any information.  The only time you’ll may ever seen a penny stock tout on TV is if one is busted for running a massive stock fraud.  In fact, we’re pretty sure that any of these news organizations would have attorneys issue a cease and desist letter if they got wind of their trademarked logos being used for these devious schemes.

2. CLAIMS OF RESEARCH
“We are working hard and researching companies so that we can bring you our next pick,”  The only research these guys are conducting is to find the next insider who will write them a check.  Then the “exhaustive” research they’ve done on their client company will consist of parroting the company’s press releases within the tout’s own mailings.  They are not “discovering” undervalued plays or finding “unique opportunities” or presenting you a “revolutionary” company.

3. PREDICTIONS OF ASTRONOMICAL GAINS 
“Easy 3 bagger!” or “Is this stock going to double tomorrow?”, or “This could Soar 300% tomorrow!”.  Not only are these kinds of price predictions an absolute indicator of a pump and dump, they are 100% illegal.  It is fine to set a price target based on solid research.  But making outrageous prognostications of ridiculous increases in a short period of time is fraud.  And many have gone to prison for it.

4. PREPOSTEROUS NOTIONS
“Is GOOGLE about to buy out this company?” You get this kind of rhetorical question a lot from touts trying to put a bug in your ear.  Just as illegal as making ridiculous predictions of share price increase, you can be guaranteed that whatever con job the tout is trying to make you believe, it is never going to happen.

5. FANTASY RESULTS 
Touts always like to use the highest attained share price as a sign that “they were right”  Often they will give only partial reports on the day’s trading of their promoted stock.  For example, they’ll boast that, “the stock gained as much as 700% today”, without mentioning that the stock closed down 50%.  Or they’ll broadcast the stocks gains without mention that only a few shares traded.  And they’ll always forget to talk about the stock tomorrow, when it has given back all of its gains and then some.

Our favorite boast is when they’ll reissue an alert on a past tout. “We’ve been right before on this stock and now we think it’s ready for another run.”  What they forgot to tell you is that the stock is now trading at a lower price than it was when they issued their first alert.  In other words, they forgot to tell you that a ton of people lost money on the stock directly because of this tout’s last recommendation!  They bought it at higher prices and were left holding the bag or sold at lower prices when the promotion ended.

6. BLAME IT ON THE SHORTS
If a stock promotion hasn’t been successful then it must be the fault of the naysayers and the shorts.  It couldn’t possibly be that nobody was buying the story or that insiders were selling into the promotion.  Comments in follow-up emails like, “We were battling with the shorts”, are a sure sign that a pump and dump program was on.  The battle was not with the shorts but with the insiders who were filling all the bids they could.  After all, if the so-called shorts were willing to sell stock at lower prices, then why wouldn’t they have hit bids prior to the promotion?

7. COMPENSATION DISPENSATION
Touts are required to disclose their compensation and name their benefactors within their promotional materials.  Many refuse to do so, thereby blatantly breaking the law.  Others will outright lie and claim that they were not compensated for their work.  Still others will overstate their compensation in order to give the appearance of a massive promotional effort thereby lending hope to an extended campaign.  This type of ruse has proven very effective in the past with claims of $2 million dollar promotional campaigns.  One would have to question how a company with a few hundred dollars in the bank would expect to pay for a $2 million dollar promotion if it was not by selling stock.  Furthermore, a reasonable person would question whether that two million dollars would not have been better spent on executing the company’s purported line of business.

The most common form of compensation disclosure fraud is the “Third Party” con.  Insiders hide their intent to sell stock by having some third party hire the tout, thus leaving the insiders free to claim innocence and lack of knowledge of any pump and dump scheme.  They will sometimes even take the step of  deflecting responsibility by issuing a press release refuting the promotion, deeming it “unauthorized” and claiming that it has no knowledge as to who the perpetrators of the campaign might be.  This often occurs after an inquiry by the SEC or other regulatory body.

8. SHELL GAME 
Occasionally, a tout will take the good news from one company and “accidentally” apply it to another, dormant penny stock with a similar name.  He’ll buy up a bunch of the dormant company’s cheap stock and then tout the real company’s news as if it belonged to the dormant company.  Although this “error” is usually recognized in fairly short order by investors, it still often enables the tout to cash in from those who did not immediately see that they were being conned.

9. BAIT & SWITCH 
To make their real pick seem more legitimate, a tout will often pick a real company to tout along with the scam company.  In this way, he is trying to get you lump in the two companies together and believe that they have similar legitimacy.  You’ll see a story about a $100 stock or two touted together with the story about a 5 cent stock and the hope is that you’ll think, “Hey maybe the 5 cent stock is a better buy.”

Sometimes, the tout will even make the scam even look like an after thought.  For example; “We really like gold stocks right now, which is why you should look at our favorites: ABX and GOLD. We think that GGRI could be an up and coming player too.”  While ABX and GOLD are legitimate and actual gold producers, GGRI was and is a sheet pink scam.

Facebook Group: JP’s Investment Round Table

SourcesPumps & Dumps, Blue’s research Team

http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/p/its-pump-dump.html

Blue’s Comments / JP

I will continue to share this info to all that want to read it..I can’t say enough on how important it is to arm yourself with knowledge before trading in any market with the Stock Market playing field..It is my hopes to help you to be a better Investor armed with good Information to help you to level out that playing field the best you can..thanks and good luck with your Investments..jp

9 Unscrupulous Things A Stock Tout Will Do To Gain Your Confidence.


Pump & Dumps Schemes in the Stock Market continued..jp

1. SPAM EMAIL

A legitimate company will never send you spam email. First of all, spam is illegal. Secondly, all the information that they would need to get out to the public is disseminated though press releases. If they need to make themselves aware to the public, they do it through a number of legitimate campaigns such as advertising, technology fairs and the like.

2. STOCK TOUTS
Sometimes emails received are from a free subscription based touting service. Sign-ups are how these touts get around spam laws. However, the intent is the same: to con you out of your money. These touts are paid by the people intending to dump their stock on you and usually say so in the fine print of their promotions. While their names are constantly changing currently subscriptions are available to GrowingStockReports.com, EpicStockPicks.com, Eastwind Research, Penny Stock Alerts and dozens of others. These sites often tout the same stock and there is a good reason for that. Touts usually own many touting sites and promote under various names in order to give the perception of a wide following for the particular stock they are touting. StocksGoneWild.com, and EpicStockPicks.com are sisters as are QualityOTC.com and BestOfPennyStocks.com.

MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon is an example of another touting service paid for by insiders wishing to promote their stock under the perception of a TV interview show. The fact is that these insiders pay to be on this “show” and just about the only place you’ll see the interview is on MoneyTV’s own website. The insiders will usually disseminate a press release bragging about how they were interviewed on MoneyTV in an effort towards self-importance.

3. THE BACKGROUND OF THE OFFICERS
There’s an old saying, “Once a crook, always a crook”, and that’s why it’s always a good idea to see who is running the show at the company. Verify his resume. Most companies at one time, will offer up the qualifications of the President, CEO or other officers. Check his past involvement with public companies and the past performance of that stock. Chances are that if he’s been involved with past pump and dumps or other schemes, you’re now looking at one that is heading in that direction. Also, it is a good idea to look into court records of the individual(s) involved and their previous companies and see if anyone has been involved in civil or criminal proceedings, especially for fraud.

4. MESSAGE BOARD CONTENT
Yes, forums such as investorshub.com, siliconinvestor.com or the Yahoo Finance Message Boards usually contain contributions from child-like posters who are there for no other reason than to try and convince themselves that they made a good investment. But you can often find the touts or Investor Relations guys posting anonymously trying to keep the pom poms shaking and keeping the naysayers in check. They know that people who are apt to follow spam email or stock touts probably consider these message boards to be research so they want to bluster about their great investment and brag about all the money they are supposedly making. These are the guys who call anybody negative or questioning the company a “paid basher” (there is no such thing) or the ones who claim they have done their “DD” ( due diligence) when there is really none to be done. When you ask what DD they did, they will be vague with their answer or give a non-answer, with a “Because I said so” kind of response. They are also the ones who offer up lame excuses for down days such as naked short selling (does not occur in the penny stock market) or MM (market maker) manipulation. They are also the ones who make bold and baseless predictions like, “This is an easy ten-bagger” (stock price will increase by a multiple of ten).

5. PRESSURE TO BUY IMMEDIATELY
Stock touts and other promoters will do anything to keep you from thinking, using words like, “You’ll miss the boat” or Everyone in the know is getting in right now” or “the entire street is talking about this stock”.  They’ll even call you a fool if you “don’t buy right now”.  Sometimes, you’ll get the same high pressure email over and over again, a clear sign that they need more volume in order complete all the planned insider sales.  If you’re being given the “now or never” option, pick never and you’ll save money every time..  You’re being conned into participating in a pump and dump scheme.

6. CLAIMS OF BREAKTHROUGHS
Beware if the company claims to be an industry leader (do you really think a penny stock can be a leader in anything except possibly scams?) or has made a breakthrough discovery. A company with legitimate breakthrough technology is unlikely to be promoting itself on the penny stock market and will most likely have funding available to it within a variety of partnerships with major companies. These same companies will not likely be interested in dealing with a penny stock company.  Also, question the likelihood of a fairly new company being the leader in anything other than schemes.

7. PRICE AND VOLUME UPSWING ON NO NEWS
If a stock’s trading volume and price per share, show a recent and sudden increase, there is a good chance that the stock is being set up for a pump and dump. Especially if it has been involved in one in the past.

8. FINANCIALS (or lack thereof)
A legitimate company will always make recent financials available, even if it is a penny stock that is not required to file financials with the SEC. And if there are financials are they fabricated? Would a billion dollar company be found within a penny stock?  Also, compare the assets of the company to the market cap of its stock.  Is a company with a couple of thousand dollars in the bank really worth $100 million?

9. ISSUED AND OUTSTANDING
If nobody will tell you how many shares are out on the street or if that number is disproportionate to the stock price (a billion shares of a stock trading @ one tenth of a penny for example, stay away. Chances are a reverse split is coming and you will be left with only a few shares worth a fraction of what you spent.

10. LOOK AT THE HISTORY
Look at the history of trading on the company over the last year or so.  If you see sudden big jumps in share price and volume over a few days followed by just as quick drops in price and volume, chances are that the stock has been the subject of past pump and dumps programs.

11. CLAIMS OF SHORT POSITIONS
Sometimes you’ll hear that a particular penny stock will rise because of a tremendous short position in the stock and an upcoming short squeeze.  We’ll say it again.  Large short positions in penny stocks don’t occur because it is almost impossible for anybody outside of a market maker to take a significant short position in a penny stock.  There has yet to be the penny stock that had a rise in price because of  a short squeeze.  Very few brokerage firms will allow you to short penny stocks and those that will encounter so many restrictions that it is impossible for a significant short position to exist.

12. CANCELLATION OF SHARES AND BUYBACK PROGRAMS
For some reason, dupes consider the announcement of a cancellation of shares or share buyback programs to be signs of authenticity of the insiders’ intentions.  Insiders will announce these programs part and parcel with a pump and dump scheme.

The cancellation of shares, usually involving an insider’s return of some of his common stock to the company treasury, is usually meaningless because the insider(s) will never give back enough stock to relinquish control of the company.  And as along as the insider(s) have control, they are free to reissue themselves stock under a number of schemes, once they have sold enough to put their control in peril.  They also probably hold enough preferred shares, options and warrants to give themselves all the future shares they want.

Share buyback programs are usually announced with caveats such, “at the discretion of the board” and “from time to time”, meaning they might buy stock when they want, at the price they want and as many shares as they feel like.   There has yet to be a significant buyback program carried out on the penny stock market.

13. RASH OF NEWS RELEASES
If a previously quiet penny stock suddenly has a rash of news releases within a few days, chances are it is the subject or about to undergo a pump and dump program.

14. RELENTLESS TOUTING
If you are receiving email after email you can be sure that the insiders have not sold enough stock yet.  If a tout feels the need to send you more than one email, never mind several emails per day, then he is desperately trying to convince you to buy the stock.  If there are several touts who have suddenly come up with the same “idea” then you know that the insiders are pulling out all the stops.  The more touts  they hire, the more money they’ve spent meaning they have that much more stock to sell you.

15. PROMOTIONS AHEAD OF AN SEC FILING
If the company is a reporting company, take a look at the SEC filings.  Is a quarterly (10-Q) or annual (10-K) report about due, or worse overdue?  If the promotions are beating SEC filings to the punch, chances are they are trying to get you to buy the stock before the bad news is about to be revealed.  Bad news may include a significant increase in the number of shares outstanding or liabilities and/or a significant decrease in cash or other assets.

16. ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTAINING CAVEATS
Look for the caveats in press releases and SEC filings, which will may lead to an easy out of the announcement.  For example, financing of up to x dollars.  Anoption to acquire…  Will buy back up to x dollars of stock from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Our favorite term is “best efforts”.  If the announcement contains an easy out, chances are it will be exercised.

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SourcesPumps & Dumps, Blue’s research Team

http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/p/its-pump-dump.html

Blue’s Comments / JP

I will continue to share this info to all that want to read it..I can’t say enough on how important it is to arm yourself with knowledge before trading in any market with the Stock Market playing field..It is my hopes to help you to be a better Investor armed with good Information to help you to level out that playing field the best you can..thanks and good luck with you Investments..jp

16 Ways To Recognize A Pump & Dump Scheme


Anatomy Of A Pump & Dump

Continued series on Pump & Dumps Schemes in the Stock Market..Jp

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 Pump & dumps are stock hypes, often illegal, but always ruthless and usually within the penny or micro cap market. The schemes are performed to artificially raise the trading volume and often the price of a stock (“pumping”) through a campaign of hype which may include misinformation and/or misrepresentation. This enables insiders or other large shareholders to sell their stock (“dumping”). Dupes purchase the stock and unwittingly create a façade of legitimacy. This can entice even more people to believe the hype and buy even more shares. Once the schemers have sold their shares, the pumping ends, and the share price plummets.

 There is only one reason that penny stock insiders spend money to promote their stock.  It is so that they can sell their own stock.  Often, dupes will buy into the story that, “We’re just trying to increase shareholder value”.  Well we challenge anybody to find a penny stock that has been the subject of a promotion and has been able to maintain its increased share price for more than just a few days.  The share price of a promoted stock will obey the law of gravity 100% of the time.  There is only one way to permanently increase shareholder value and that is through hard work and legitimate results.

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 There is this perception that the purpose of a stock promotion is to increase the share price.  On the contrary, the purpose of a stock promotion is to increase trading volume.  An increase in share price is purely a bonus to the insiders selling.  In order for the pump and dump to be successful, bids must come into the market.  While bidding up the stock is preferable, the insiders are more concerned about getting buyers to take their stock at any price.  As they will never relinquish control, the insiders are always free to issue themselves new stock whether in lieu of payment for services rendered, by exercising stock options or warrants, or employee bonus programs.  Therefore, the price that the insiders get for their stock is of secondary importance

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Sources: Pumps & Dumps, Blue’s research Team

http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/p/its-pump-dump.html

Blue’s Comments:

I will continue to share this info to all that want to read it..I can’t say enough on how important  it is to arm yourself with knowledge before trading in any market with the Stock Market playing field..It is my hopes to help you to be a better Investor armed with good Information to help you to level out that playing field the best you can..thanks and good luck with you Investments..jp

Anatomy Of A Pump & Dump


Iraq’s CBI IQD Currency Revalue scenario.

A shared thought to entertain..jp

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THIS IS JUST MY OPINION OF WHAT IRAQ COULD DO…………(Brewbaby from DS)

I have been sitting here reading everything everyday that Iraq has put out in the media: i.e. the Dinar will RV, it won’t RV, they can cover by 2.5 times the nominal value and they can’t cover it, the political politics say it can’t happen the Parliamentary Finance says it has to happen, yada, yada, yada. Well, I put my thinking cap on and came up with a possible scenario of how it could happen, and here it is………..

We all know that Iraq has a history of never paying their bills, of always saying they are broke, of never making a decision until it is almost to late, and always looking for someone else to save the day for them. The IMF has been in Iraq since the May meeting going over their books before Iraq goes out on their own and screws things up, and also in giving CBI the opportunity to come up with a rate that is feasible to their situation (I think they already have one). The (4) banks that just opened up in Iraq if you think about it have covered the bulk of the Paris Club countries, BOA – USA, CITIGROUP – Middle East, JPMORGAN CHASE – Europe, and Standard for China and Russia. These banks are not in Iraq to twiddle their thumbs. They would not have opened up unless something was definitely fixing to happen and not in 6 months, they invest money to make money they need to get an ROI (return on investment) like yesterday. 
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This is where my thinking came in. CBI has 76-80 Billion in their coffers, and 30 Tons of Gold which at today’s price is another 1.25 Billion. The IMF told them they only had to back 15% of an RV instead of the normal 25%, (again someone saving their bacon). So, if 33 Trillion Dinar is 28 Billion in USD at .86 per Dinar, then 2.5 times that would be $2.15 per Dinar or 70 Billion, they are covered with 78 to 80 Billion.

Now, before you go getting excited, my theory is Iraq will not pay out 1 dime of anything they have to anyone or any country. The IMF and the Parliamentary Finance Committee is negotiating with every country that Iraq owes money to by coming out at a decent rate of let’s say $2.15 per Dinar and what those countries have in Dinar in their own coffers will cover the debt, or they will give Iraq immunity from the remainder of their debt to them. CBI and the Gold reserves, will cover the RV, and once again nothing leaves Iraq. The people will get a one to one in country so they know their USD is now equal to their Dinar (or vice versa) and they will get their new Dinars. They will be very happy, their ppp will increase so they can buy better goods from outside the country, and not have to accept the junk they have been getting from China.

So, to sum it up, between the CBI Reserves and the GOLD, the RV is covered at $2.15, the Countries that Iraq owes will get paid or accept the rate as their payment, because it increases their currency assets for their countries, the Paris Club banks are involved in the exchange inside Iraq so they will increase their currency assets, the protection can be lifted, and their 800 million in frozen assets stays intact, CITIgroup will collect Dinar and split it up between the Middle East countries for their currency assets, Kuwait will benefit from that and still get the balance owed them from the DFI for the 11 Billion, we will get ours, and the US will get their taxes from us and increase their currency assets thus decreasing our debts.

All of this and not one dime leaves the Country of Iraq. Perfect scenario for them, and they actually pay back their debts to everyone and they gain the 800 million in frozen assets, unprotected.

PLEASE, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS STRICTLY MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION OF HOW THIS COULD TRANSPIRE……..DO NOT TAKE IT OUT OF CONTEXT. THANK YOU!

Sources: Sunny’s shared post from “The Right Choice” facebook IQD group 

Blue’s added Thoughts: Interesting post for sure from Sunny and from Brewbaby over at DS..I can rap my thoughts around this with a few minor adjustments but overall very well thought out..and not unrealistic at all..

#Iraq, #CBI, #IQD, #Currency, #IQDRV, #Bluewaters2u

Iraq’s CBI IQD Currency Revalue Scenario July 2013!


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Facing these challenges and many more, they took action to protect themselves and their shareholders. Now, these companies are starting to reward their stockholders with above average dividend increases.

Now lets break this down and bring in some great examples of this…

Even though I think Coca Cola is a sell at the moment lets start there.

Buffett Collects A 50% Dividend Yield… From Coca-Cola?!

When most investors want a big dividend check, they look at stocks with the highest yields. They think bigger equals better.

To some extent they’re right. Clearly, a higher dividend puts more cash in your pocket.

But you also need to consider a company’s dividend growth — and the likelihood it will continue that growth going forward. Given enough time, this can turn a lower-yielding stock into an even bigger income producer than some of the highest yielders on the market — and with a lot less risk.

Savvy investors know this and use it to their advantage. When Buffett bought shares of Coca-Cola in 1988, it paid less than 8 cents per share annually in dividends, yielding a modest 4%. But since then the company has grown its dividend by an incredible 1,300%, giving Buffett more than a 50% yield on his original investment today.

Fortunately, thanks to the “dividend vault” phenomena — which StreetAuthority co-founder Paul Tracy originally explained in this essay — investors have a chance to do exactly what Buffett did — earn outrageously large yields by owning solid companies with large cash hoards that will grow their dividends by a sizable amount over time.

Let me explain…

You see, starting from the financial crisis of 2007-2008, American corporations have been in a frenzy to hoard cash to protect their businesses from the worst. Over the five years following the crisis, many companies were still not seeing the demand that they wanted from consumers, so they just kept hoarding more cash.

Today, corporations in America hold close to a record $1.7 trillion worth of cash in the bank — an amount larger than the GDP of 180 countries. Because the economy is still on uncertain ground, many of these companies will choose to only use a small amount of this cash to expand their business. Instead, they’ll likely use most of it to reward shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

The companies most likely to do this are mature, steady growing businesses — companies like Coca-Cola and Microsoft, for example. In fact, we’ve identified 13 companies that are likely to use their billion-dollar cash hoards — or their own personal “dividend vaults” — to reward shareholders.

We expect these “dividend vault” companies to be some of the fastest dividend growers on the market over the next 10 years. And that could easily lead to double-digit yields in just a few short years for investors who buy companies like these today.

Take “Dividend Vault” stock Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), for example. It has a $47 billion “vault” — more than twice the size of Coca-Cola’s cash reserves.

The $134 billion company practically dominates the routing and switching market, providing what is essentially the “backbone” of the Internet. And considering that global Internet and data traffic is projected to continue growing at a near-exponential rate in the coming years, the company stands to benefit from steady cash flows to keep adding to its “dividend vault.”

But rather than just letting that money just sit there, Cisco has been rapidly increasing its dividend since it began paying one two years ago.

Since March 2011, Cisco has raised its quarterly dividend 183% — from 6 cents per share to 17 cents per share. For investors who bought it then, that means a $1,000 annual dividend check has turned into $2,830 in a little more than two years.

If you bought shares today and the company kept growing its dividend at that pace, you would collect a 73% yield just five years from now.

To be realistic, it’s unlikely that Cisco can keep raising its dividend by 90% every year, even with as much cash as it has saved. But even if the company increased its dividend by less than a third of that pace (with a more realistic 25% dividend growth rate) every year, look at what kind of yields you could collect after just holding onto your shares for a few years…

 

By 2018, you would collect a hefty 8.5% yield if you bought shares today. And in just 10 years from now, you would earn a 26% yield. In other words, by the 10th year, a $10,000 investment made today would throw off $2,600 worth of dividends in that year alone.

Now that’s tall order for most companies. But it’s not hard to imagine Cisco, with its $47 billion “dividend vault” and its stable, expanding business, growing its dividend by about 25% a year for the next few years.

Whatever the exact dividend yield ends up being, Cisco and the 12 other “Dividend Vault” stocks could grow their dividends for decades. And that could easily mean yields of 10%, 20% or more for investors willing to simply hold on and collect a growing stream of income from these stocks.

Sources:

http://www.streetauthority.com/research/3/item/8865

 

Buffett Collects A 50% Dividend Yield… From Coca-Cola?!


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Corporate America’s $1.7 Trillion

“Problem” Could Save Your

Retirement.

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Right now, Corporate America has a huge problem on its hands.

I’m not talking about another banking crisis, real estate crash or hedge fund manager running a Ponzi scheme…

And I’m not talking about any sort of ominous regulations being handed down by the U.S. government, either.

I’m not even talking about the growing levels of debt being accumulated by Uncle Sam each and every day — not to mention the lack of progress from our leaders in Washington in finding a solution to fix it.

Actually, the “problem” I’m about to tell you about is could be really a once-in-a-lifetime investing opportunity.

The problem?

Corporate America has spent the past few years hoarding money like it was going out of style, effectively creating what I call a “Dividend Vault.”

It started back at the height of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Acting out of fear, companies started hoarding cash as banks stopped lending and the economy came to an abrupt halt.

And now this “Dividend Vault” is so large, many companies simply can’t decide what to do with all that cash.

The only solution: start paying that money out to shareholders as dividends.

A select few companies are already seeing the writing on the wall. They’re tapping into the “Dividend Vault” and using it to increase their dividend payouts, rewarding smart shareholders who knew about the “Dividend Vault” early on.

These investors appreciated the fact that these companies were saving for a rainy day. And now, they’re being rewarded…

For example, Neva M. from Sweet Home, Oregon, recently said she is “currently earning $22,000 per year in dividends” thanks to the “Dividend Vault.”

So how big is this “Dividend Vault”?

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According to information on an obscure form labeled “Z.1” buried deep inside the Federal Reserve’s website, U.S. companies now have a combined cash stockpile worth $1.7 trillion.

That’s more money than the gross domestic product of 180 countries.

It’s also enough money to give every retiree in the United States a check for $42,500.

Of course, these companies aren’t going to pay that out all at once. But you’d be surprised by the sheer magnitude of this opportunity. For example, S&P Senior Index Analyst Howard Silverblatt recently told The Wall Street Journal that S&P 500 companies paid a record $281.5 billion in dividends in 2012 — up 17% from 2011 and 14% higher than the previous record set in 2008.

And he says, “the only way for there not to be a record in 2013 is for mass cuts in dividends…” But with all that extra cash sitting in the bank, I don’t expect that to happen.

Right now, investing in the “Dividend Vault” is much more lucrative than, say, 10-Year Treasury notes… which yield about 1.87%. Also, the average yield of dividend-paying companies in the S&P 500 is not much better, yielding 2.6%.

I’ve already gone on record saying that we’re headed for a “Dividend Decade” — a period where ALL of the market’s returns in the next decade come from dividends.

That’s why I’m so convinced you need to own shares of companies that are tapping into their huge cash balances, or “Dividend Vaults.”

We predict these 13 companies will account for roughly 10%, or $30.1 billion, of all dividends paid by major U.S. corporations in 2013.

One “dividend vault” company could pay a 45% dividend yield right now if it wanted to.

With its wide economic moat (a 67% market share to be exact), this “Dividend Vault” stock has accumulated $45 billion in cash, which comes out to a whopping $8.48 per share… or enough to pay a special dividend that would make for a 45% yield.

Another “Dividend Vault” stock is one I call “the most shareholder-friendly company on earth.” (You won’t believe which company it is.) In just four years, the company has raised its dividend 85% and bought back 467 million shares of stock. Its shares have also returned roughly 100% since 2008 and 35% in the past year.

 

Action to Take –> While there are no guarantees with investing, I strongly believe investing in the “Dividend Vault” is going to be the best way to beat the market for years to come.

Sources:

http://www.streetauthority.com/income-investing/corporate-americas-17-trillion-problem-could-save-your-retirement-460384

Next we will discuss the “Dividend Vault” in detail and what companies could be a part of this..jp

Corporate America’s $1.7 Trillion

“Problem” Could Save Your

Retirement.

 


2 American Icons to Buy, 2 You Should Be Selling
July 15, 2013

When it comes right down to it, nothing is more American than the desire to achieve and to profit. In fact, buying great American companies has been a winning strategy of mine over the years. The key is to buy the right ones at the right time.

With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some great American companies and see how they stack up in today’s market.

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Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is one of the truly great American success stories. The company started in 1978 with two stores in Atlanta and has been the fastest-growing retailer in U.S. history. Today the company has 2,257 stores in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It’s the world’s largest home improvement retailer — and with the real estate markets starting to improve, Home Depot is in the sweet spot for future growth.

As American’s situation continues to improve, they will feel more comfortable spending money to fix up their houses and improve their yards. And Home Depot’s dominance of the marketplace means the company will see a lot of this spending. Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock grading tool, has ranked the stock a “Buy” all year — this month the stock was upgraded to an “A” and is a “Strong Buy.”

Kellogg (NSYE: K) was founded in 1906 by W.K. Kellogg and his brother Dr. John Kellogg. The company used aggressive advertising, giveaways and premiums to rapidly gain market share in the domestic market. Eventually the company expanded internationally; today it is one the largest food companies in the world, with a large portfolio of cereals, snacks and other food items.

In 2012 Kellogg purchased the Pringles lineup of snacks from Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), making it the world’s second-largest snack food company. Kellogg’s already strong fundamentals have been improving with the economy and the shares were upgraded back in April — this stock is also currently a “Strong Buy.”

The unfortunate truth is that not all great companies make great investments. There are times during the market and economic cycle where conditions don’t favor even the very best of companies. When these great companies are out of step with the stock market, investors should stand on the sidelines.

Here are two giants of U.S. industry whose stocks should be sold right now:

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) has dominated the computer and IT space for decades, but right now those industries are growing at a snail’s pace. IBM is one of the most innovative companies in the world, with offices in 170 countries around the globe, but the pace of business is still too slow for substantial fundamental improvement.

This great company will be a great stock again at some point, but for now, investors would be wise to avoid the shares. The stock was downgraded back in May to a “D” rating, and IBM shares have retained their “sell” recommendation since then.

So it goes with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO). The distinctive outline of a Coca-Cola bottle defines America in many foreign countries, and it is the dominant soft drink company in the world. However, sales growth will be in the low single digits for the next few years as business conditions around the world remain soft.

Right now, not enough people want to buy the world a Coke for the fundamentals to improve substantially, so expect the stock to continue to lag. KO was recently downgraded to a “D,and thus should be avoided or sold by growth-oriented investors.

The U.S. has seen some of the most revolutionary and important companies from inside its borders, and we have a reputation for the type of innovation and hard work that builds great companies. But in spite of their greatness, they are all subject to the cycles and whims of the economy. The fundamentals of these great companies will be in the sweet spot for investors at times and at others they simply will not be positioned for profits.

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2 American Icons to Buy, 2 You Should Be Selling

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