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  • Delivering the Goods: How the Grocery Industry Is About to be Disrupted

    By Robbie Laney - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, WMT

    E-commerce has grown more than 400% in the past decade. The reasons are obvious: Shopping in your underwear and getting a great price is better than driving to the store and ducking behind aisles to avoid acquaintances  But there is still much more growth possible in e-commerce, and you might be surprised by the next market it will disrupt: groceries.

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    Back to the basics
    Why do you shop online for more »

  • 10 Thoughts After Apple's Q2 2013 Earnings Release

    By Robbie Laney - April 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, GOOG, VZ

    Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently announced earnings (2Q 2013) proved to be a mixed bag for investors and many (including myself) are questioning an investment in Apple. The market quickly responded to the call by trading about 5% higher than it closed just a few minutes earlier. Good news, right?
    Well, it seems the market had a change of heart because in pre-market trading the day after earnings, the market more »
  • Is the Market Crazy For Valuing Apple at Less Than $400 a Share?

    By Robbie Laney - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    Many investors have written off Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) since the stock reached dizzying heights of more than $700 per share in September 2012.  Since then, Apple stock has lost over 40% of its value, and those same investors are asking the question: "Is Apple a smart value play?" Let's review both sides of the argument.

    Why Apple is a buy 
    Apple has a loyal fanbase and a strong brand more »

  • Is the Market Crazy For Valuing Apple at $400/share?

    By Robbie Laney - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    I've been plagued with the same question for months now.  Is the market crazy to value Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) around the $400/share mark (as it is trading for as of the date of this writing) or am I crazy to think the company still has a lot of life in it?  I'll present both sides of the argument and let you tell me.

    Why Apple is a more »

  • How to Spend $170 Billion

    By Robbie Laney - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BRCM, GLW, GBL, GOOG

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has a problem we would all like to have.  How does it spend $170 billion?  That is the amount in cash reserves the company is likely to have by the end of 2013.  Well, I've got some ideas.

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    The issue is bigger than you think; causing lawsuits and introducing uncertainty in the stock price. Of course, per Apple Insider, "about 70% of Apple's more »

  • 3D Printing: The Basics

    By Robbie Laney - March 17, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, ADSK, DASTY, SSYS

    As an engineer, 3D printing has been on my radar for quite some time.  Only recently though has it been thrust into the mainstream as "The Next Big Thing".  The concept is easy enough to understand.  It has been used in local dentist offices for years as a way to make custom-fitted crowns for clients as they wait.  3D printing was likely used to prototype the phone in your pocket more »

  • The Next Biggest Losers

    By Robbie Laney - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, BBRY, FB, GRPN

    Pick the winners, don't pick the losers.  That's the name of the game, right?  With that in mind, some might say don't even worry about the losers.  Your focus should be on the winners.  Isn't it easier to pick the losers?  When a company fails, don't we all say we could see that coming from a mile away?  I can't tell you who will more »

  • The Dumbest Mistake I've Made In the Market

    By Robbie Laney - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EBAY, NFLX

    Jimmy had two rules about investing.  He could make decisions to buy or sell within the bounds of the rules, but he stuck to the rules no matter what.  We'll get to those rules in a minute, but first ... a little background.

    I got my a Bachelors in Engineering and set off into the wilderness of the job market with a diploma in hand and a twinkle in my more »

  • Apple's Next Move? iWatch and See!

    By Robbie Laney - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GRMN, NKE

    It is no secret that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has taken a dive since September 2012.  One of the issues affecting the stock has been declining gross margins, but that's boring so let's talk about something more interesting.  Many investors, myself included, are worried that Apple may have lost its mojo on releasing revolutionary products.  Before we get to the main topic of this article, how about a history more »

  • Moats and Boats

    By Robbie Laney - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BRK-A, DELL, GRPN, QCOM | Editor's Choice

    Around these circles, Warren Buffett, leader of Berkshire-Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), is more than a role model.  He is a little 'g,' god.  And rightly so, the man has an unparalleled track record in investment growth.  One of the core concepts Buffett has preached over the years is the concept of moats. 

    “In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable ‘moats’.” - Warren Buffett

    What did Buffett mean by the more »