Saturday, May 27, 2023

How Airbnb Turned a 100-Year-Old Industry on Its Head

By Whitney Tilson

Editor's note: The Empire Financial Research offices are closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Look for your next issue of Empire Financial Daily on Tuesday, after the Weekend Edition. Every year, thousands of designers gather for the Industrial Designers Society of America's annual conference... In 2007, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were two […]

Friday, May 26, 2023

Looking for a Winning Investment? Turn to the Dictionary

By Whitney Tilson

Look at some of the top-performing stocks of the past decade... I'm talking about companies like Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), Google's parent company Alphabet (GOOGL), and Facebook's Meta Platforms (META). These tech giants share a few important traits that led to windfall profits for investors. For one, they all rode the wave of accelerating growth... […]

Thursday, May 25, 2023

The Road to Better Tech Is Strewn With Losers... Here's How to Find the Next Winner

By Whitney Tilson

As technology evolves, the victims always pile up... Take camera and film maker Kodak, for instance. The company traces its roots all the way back to the 1880s. Kodak mastered the "razor and blades" business model... It would sell inexpensive cameras (the razor) and then make large profits from its film sales (blades). For decades, […]

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

How to Find the Next Apple, Microsoft, or Netflix

By Whitney Tilson

Yesterday, I shared the story of how I discovered Amazon (AMZN) before it became the trillion-dollar behemoth we know it as today... I used a similar approach to buy Apple (AAPL) in 2000, Microsoft (MSFT) in 2010, and Netflix (NFLX) in 2012. These investments were one of the reasons I was able to grow my […]

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Why Amazon Is (Still) a Screaming Buy Today

By Whitney Tilson

If you're anything like most investors, you probably think you missed the boat on investing in e-commerce juggernaut Amazon (AMZN)... And at first glance, it's hard to argue with it: Every $1,000 invested in AMZN shares on May 15, 1997, would be worth about $1.3 million today. Of course, to do that, you would have […]

Saturday, May 20, 2023

My Latest Stock Idea Has 183% Upside and Just 5% Downside

By Whitney Tilson

I'm always on the search for profitable investment ideas and insights to share with Empire Financial Research subscribers... That's why I read widely, travel to conferences and events all over the U.S. and Europe, and have built a network of relationships with the smartest investors I know all over the world. Sometimes it's exhausting. In […]

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Get Ready For a Generational Buying Opportunity in This Sector

By Whitney Tilson

Regular readers know we've written extensively about the coming boom in energy... During the 2010s, the U.S. initiated one of the great investment booms of our time when oil companies perfected hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), which allowed them to extract large amounts of oil and gas from previously depleted fields in the U.S. What had previously […]

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Here's Why You Can't Blindly Trust All Insider 'Whispers'

By Whitney Tilson

Over the past week here at Empire Financial Daily, I've explained how tracking insider buying – or what I call 'whispers' – can lead to massive gains in the market... To recap, an "insider" refers to a company executive, like a board members or director. It can also mean any person or entity that beneficially […]

Thursday, April 27, 2023

This Misunderstood 'Backdoor' Can Lead to Windfall Profits in the Stock Market

By Whitney Tilson

Editor's note: If you haven't yet watched Whitney's brand-new presentation on how to take advantage of one of the most reliable indicators in investing – following the insiders into trades – you can watch it, for free, right here. Over the past few days, I've revealed how insider buying works as a reliable trading indicator […]

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Insiders Are Flooding Into This Corner of the Market Right Now

By Whitney Tilson

Over the past few days, I've shared one of my favorite indicators that a stock is headed higher, regardless of what the overall market is doing... I'm talking about insider buying, or what I call following "whisper trades." To recap, an "insider" is a senior officer or director of a publicly traded company (like a […]

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Don't Let Your Pride Get in the Way of a Profitable Trade

By Whitney Tilson

Thanks for your well-thought-out notes! Earlier today, Luke, my customer care director, reached out to you asking what questions you've had about our first-ever "whisper traders" week here at Empire Financial Daily. For those of you who responded, thank you. I'm poring through all your questions now and will make sure I do my best […]

Monday, April 24, 2023

One of the Most Reliable 'Buy Signals' in the Stock Market

By Whitney Tilson

On Saturday, I showed you how tracking insider buying – or what I call inside 'whispers' – can lead to massive gains in the stock market... Today, I'm going to show you why that's the case. Strictly speaking, an "insider" can mean one of a few things... It can describe a senior officer or director […]

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Want to Make Money in Stocks? Listen to the 'Whispers'

By Whitney Tilson

It's one of the questions I get asked the most often... "Which investor should I be following?" Whoever asked the question then usually expects me to cough up the names of individual investors – the latest "guru" on a hot streak. Maybe they want to hear about an exciting new hedge fund manager or a […]

Friday, March 3, 2023

Four More Big Keys to Your Long-Term Investment Success

By Whitney Tilson

On Wednesday, I shared three important lessons that I've learned from more than two decades on Wall Street... These are: Beware of speculating, avoid the hottest sectors, and think independently. Let your winners run. Tune out the noise and focus on fundamentals. And in today's essay, I'd like to share four more lessons you can […]

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Three Big Keys to Your Long-Term Investment Success

By Whitney Tilson

For the first dozen years of running my own hedge fund, I crushed the market – nearly tripling my investors' money in a flat market... Along the way, my assets under management grew from $1 million to $200 million. And I made a lot of money for myself. I don't tell you this to brag. […]

Saturday, February 25, 2023

When It's a Mistake to Use Stop Losses

By Whitney Tilson

The recent volatility in the markets underscores why I think it's a mistake for investors to use stop losses... It's not a popular opinion. In some ways, it's counterintuitive. After all, automatically selling a stock if it moves against you by a certain percent (or if you lose a certain dollar amount) can reduce risk […]

Friday, February 24, 2023

The Valuable 'Cocktail-Party Indicator'

By Whitney Tilson

I've learned a lot over my 20-year career on Wall Street... But perhaps nothing is as valuable as talking about investing with average folks. I call it the "cocktail-party indicator." Whether it's your trainer at the gym, a neighbor who has never shown any interest in the markets, or the proverbial shoeshine guy... When you […]

Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Three Most Dangerous Words in Investing

By Whitney Tilson

The common cliché on Wall Street is that the four most dangerous words in investing are, 'This time is different'... But I've found a three-word phrase that's uttered just as frequently... and is arguably even more dangerous. "I missed it." You've probably grumbled these words before, especially if you've ever passed on a stock you […]

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

How to Spot a Successful Turnaround

By Whitney Tilson

Not all declining businesses are 'value traps'... Companies stuck in an extended decline often make the smartest, best-performing value investments. The difference is that these companies successfully stabilize their business and then start to grow again. One form of a turnaround is identifying a company in a sector that is getting crushed. Take retailers, for […]

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Ignore Growth and Value and Turn Yourself Into a 'Make Money' Investor

By Whitney Tilson

I had it backwards my whole career... For most of my time on Wall Street, I was an old-school value investor. That meant I dug through the "bargain bin" looking for stocks that traded at low multiples of their earnings or other key metrics. Of course, I cared about the quality and future growth prospects […]