TrueCar Can’t Serve Two Masters

TrueCar shares the same fatal flaw that sunk Angie’s List. As a middleman, it has to appeal to consumers while remaining valuable to its actual customers, car dealers. In trying to balance the needs of these two opposing sides, TrueCar is conflicted and struggles to provide value to either.

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Solar Stock Faceoff for The Solar Eclipse

With investors’ eyes turned towards the sun today, which of these solar stocks is the best bet to make your portfolio shine?

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Disney Dumps Netflix, And So Should Investors

Investors should capitalize on the opportunity provided by Disney’s streaming service announcement and the market’s overreaction to earnings. Buy into a great company at an attractive valuation (Disney) and sell an overvalued company with holes in its business model (Netflix).

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An Industry Leader In A Rapidly Growing Market

We previously highlighted the semiconductor equipment sector as a “pick and shovel” play to benefit from trends such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and the Internet of Things. Today we are digging deeper into one of those stocks.

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A Practical Solution To Fulfill The Duty Of Care

Without the Duty of Care, the Duty of Loyalty is nearly worthless. An advisor that tries to act in your best interest, but doesn’t have the skill or diligence to do so can cause just as much harm as a conflicted advisor.

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Why Diligence Matters: Don’t Buy Acadia Healthcare’s Roll-Up

We put behavioral healthcare provider Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) in the Danger Zone just over a year ago and despite the company touting its impressive non-GAAP numbers, the stock is just as dangerous as ever.

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Nelson Peltz On Procter & Gamble: Sign of The Future For ROIC Laggards

Linking executive compensation to ROIC could create immediate shareholder returns and drive a long-term commitment to the lean and disciplined corporate structure that Peltz wants P&G to adopt.

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Open Letter To The Department of Labor And SEC: Markets Deserve Clarification On The Duty Of Care

We welcome the SEC’s request for comment on the fiduciary rule and hope to see both the SEC and DoL work together to refine the fiduciary rule in a way that improves access to high-quality advice for all investors.

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5 Unappreciated Stocks With High ROICs

In order to find value, it’s time to get back to the basics of reading footnotes and focusing on economic earnings and return on invested capital (ROIC), the true drivers of valuation.

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Value Investing Is Not Dead, But It Is Harder

We think today’s market is the best in many years for value investors, the real value investors, that is. The real value investors analyze footnotes and balance sheets in addition to income statements. 

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Bad ROIC Drives Bad Valuation

GAAP-Based ROIC has a significantly weaker link to valuation than our ROIC calculation, which uses our Robo-Analyst technology to make adjustments from rigorous analysis of footnotes and the MD&A.

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Winner & Losers from Amazon’s Proposed Purchase of Whole Foods

While this deal certainly could be good for AMZN, we believe the market may be ignoring some of Whole Foods Market’s off-balance sheet liabilities that make this acquisition more expensive than it appears.

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The Fed Can’t Wish Inflation Into Existence

Even with inflation running below target, the Fed chose to raise interest rates again. The Fed’s influence is overstated, but it’s still troubling that major policymakers are acting on such an outdated view of the economy.

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Selling Shovels In A Gold Rush: Buy This Sector To Profit From The Internet Of Things

As the Internet grows more engrained in everyday life, a new “gold rush” presents an excellent opportunity. In this special report, we provide four stocks that we think will be tech winners and one stock to avoid.

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Blind Spot Alert: Fiduciary Duty of Care

We think few advisors will fund much success if they do not embrace fiduciary levels of service. However, we think few in the business are prepared to fulfill the Duty of Care.

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DOL Can’t Hold Back The Fiduciary Tide

After months of delay, the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule will finally go into effect on June 9. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta confirmed the rule’s implementation on Monday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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Crossing the Chasm 2.0: Rise of the Robo-Analyst

In the same way online trading disrupted the distribution of investment advice, big-data analytics and machine learning will disrupt how financial advice and the research behind it is created.

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The Earnings Recovery Is A Sham

Our analysis of the latest 10-K filings for the 2,600 largest and most actively-traded companies shows that the much-hyped end to the earnings recession is an accounting illusion.

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10-K Filing Season Recap

During filing season, our robo-analyst technology read through 2,139 10-K (or international equivalent) filings and collected 49,862 data points. Our analyst team used this data to make 49,862 adjustments with a dollar value of $16.1 trillion.

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Diligence Will Matter More Than Ever In 2017

Uncertainty defined 2016. In the midst of all the uncertainty, investors grew more and more aware of the need for real diligence. Market conditions, changing investor behavior, and new technologies all come together to make diligent research matter more than ever.

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