Apple’s Apex Coincides with Alibaba’s Much Anticipated Debut

It’s time for Apple investors to hop on to the next big thing in Alibaba and leave the fond memories of a once cutting-edge company behind them.

As originally published at Money Morning
Why Alibaba Stock (NYSE: BABA) Is a Better Bet than Apple
By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

Several years ago I made the comment that I thought Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) may be the world’s first $1-trillion company. Now, I think Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is the better bet.

Sacrilege?  Not if you think about the big picture.

Today I want to talk about why Apple investors should switch horses and what the Alibaba IPO means for your money. Then, we’ll dive into two profit plays you can make right now that could help you capture some truly outrageous profit potential in the months ahead.

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    What Investors Can Do with the Possibility of an Independent Scotland

    The U.S. dollar is on the rise thanks in part to the anxiety surrounding the push towards Scottish Independence. Investors have an opportunity to pick up some quality companies that may be on sale in the days ahead.

    As originally published at Money Morning
    The Best Investments for a Rising U.S. Dollar
    By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

    The latest Poll of Polls compiled by political expert Professor John Curtiss of WhatScotlandThinks.com suggests a neck-in-neck race with those favoring Scottish independence almost evenly divided with those who don’t. The outcome, which will be decided on Sept. 18, – less than 72 hours from now – is going to lead to a whole host of unintended consequences.

    Chief among them is the rise of the U.S. dollar – a move that’s going to take many investors who are fed up with Washington’s meddling by surprise.

    Just over a week ago, when the first polls were released showing that the move for independence was gathering momentum, the pound sterling slipped to a 10-month low, trading at $1.6115 against the U.S. dollar. Lloyds Banking Group, for instance, lost £1.7 billion ($2.77 billion) by noon the day the poll was released while Standard Life shares also got knocked to the tune of £400 million ($651 million), as did other companies with similar exposure.

    Since then, the British pound has gotten, well, pounded.

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      Keith on Varney & Co: Apple

      The Apple hype machine was on full throttle last week but what the company unveiled was nothing new or surprising. In fact, if Apple isn’t careful they could end up being the next Nokia or Sony. See what I and Charles Payne had to say about the topic as well its effect on the broader market.



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        Dividends is a Key for Long Term Successful Investing

        Altria Group is the quintessential example of why High-Yielding Dividend stocks are a cornerstone for any long term prosperous investor.

        As originally published at Money Morning
        Why the Best High-Yield Dividend Stock to Buy Is Altria
        By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

        Most people invest in companies hoping to catch a stock on the upswing – and bring in mega-returns for themselves in the process.

        But what if you found a company that could rack up mega-returns even if its stock price stays flat?

        That’s the situation with the high-yield dividend stock Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) – a company I’ve recommended to my subscribers for doing just that.

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          Keith on CNBC: The Most Important Fundamental Event Today

          Believe it or not, Apple is the most important issue facing the markets today. The company, who has built its reputation on trust, is in chaos. With the selfie scandal in play and all eyes on the unveiling of the iPhone 6 next week, it wouldn’t surprise me if analysts rethink their buy ratings.

          Also, the Japanese Yen is currently a safe haven currency, but how long can that and the yen carry trade last?

          Finally, the bogus report of a Russian-Ukrainian cease fire is only more proof that the markets are being held back by the myriad of geopolitical events.



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            Keith on Varney & Co: Burger King Moving to Canada & ISIS

            Burger King heading for Canada through Tim Hortons – politicians are screaming and Obama is lambasting CEOs. What they should be doing is looking in the mirror. Congress and 40 years of bad policy are making this happen. Money always flows to where it is treated best and CEOs have a duty to their shareholders to profit.

            Plus, ISIS and Middle East news hasn’t produced much market turmoil which is evidence to the spirit of capitalism.



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              What NOT to do When Inflation Returns

              Don’t be so quick to hit the sell button as inflation starts rearing its ugly head. Staying in the “game” is still the best alternative.

              As originally published at Money Morning
              You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do
              By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

              It’s commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you’d be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.

              No doubt it’s tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the “sell” button.

              The three companies I’m going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.

              First, let’s take an “Econ 101″ look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising…

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                Keith on CNBC’s Closing Bell: Fed Minutes & BofA Settlement Payment

                In July’s FOMC meeting, Fed members announced they may raise the near-zero interest rates sooner than expected, citing improvements in the labor market. See why I believe why the Fed is grasping at straws.

                Also, here are my thoughts on the BofA mortgage mess settlement and why it was just a small slap on the wrist.



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