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  • Shootings and Gun Sales

    By Matt Faherty - December 16, 2012 | Tickers: SWHC, RGR

    Tragedy struck Newton, Connecticut on December 12th. With yet another gun massacre making headlines in the media, fears are running high. As terrible as the event was, the historical trend cannot be ignored: shootings are good for the gun business. After nearly every incident during the last few years, a significant jump in gun company stock prices occurs a few months later, and continues to trend upwards before peaking more »

  • Don’t Buy Into GameStop’s Supposed Saviors

    By Matt Faherty - November 30, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, GME

    It’s a minor miracle in and of itself that GameStop (NYSE: GME) is still alive. Their business model within the video game industry is eerily similar to that of Blockbuster’s within the home movie industry a few years ago. How can a store which sells hard copies of a digital product persist while customers can download that same product for lower prices from the comfort of their own more »

  • The Coming Education Boom

    By Matt Faherty - November 28, 2012 | Tickers: ODP, OMX, SMT, SPLS

    With election fever finally dying down, it is time to take stock of the various promises made throughout Barack Obama's campaign to search for future investing opportunities. What immediately jumps out at me, as a consistent basis of his rhetoric at speeches and debates, is the future of education spending in America. Assuming the president re-elect follows through on his promises, the United States may be seeing an unprecedented more »

  • The Other Side of Hurricane Sandy’s Broken Window

    By Matt Faherty - November 5, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, WFM

    The Broken Window Fallacy is a deceptively simple trap economists and investors alike constantly fall into. If a hooligan chucks a rock through the window of a house, the homeowner will then have to go buy a new window. This means the act of destruction was actually beneficial for the window-maker, even if it was terrible for the homeowner.

    This scenario has led many economists to conclude that acts of more »