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U.S. Economy: Healthcare by Amazon, JPMorgan, and Warren Buffett?

U.S. Economy: Healthcare by Amazon, JPMorgan, and Warren Buffett?

U.S. Healthcare: Healthcare by Amazon, JPMorgan, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway? How Does China Compare?

Title: U.S. Healthcare: Healthcare by Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway?How Does China Compare?
By: Flipping Wall Street
Date: January 31, 2018

What in the Sam Hell is going on in the US health care system and US health care stocks? Well, on Tuesday, January 30th three major powerhouse employers announced they have decided to join forces to create an independent non-profit healthcare company.

Amazon, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan said they plan to form the new venture, which will be focused on building technology solutions that will provide “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost” to US-based employees and their families.

US Healthcare: Amazon, JPMorgan & Warren BuffettBased on how few details were in the release about what this company looks like, the stock market’s reaction looked quite dramatic. The announcement sent healthcare stocks plummeting on Tuesday morning, especially health insurers and members of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Talk about a ripple effect!

“The health care system is complex, and we enter into this challenge open-eyed about the degree of difficulty,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, the first time he’s addressed the company’s health care interests since news the online retail giant was making moves to potentially enter the sector bubbled up in 2017. “Hard as it might be, reducing healthcare’s burden on the economy while improving outcomes for employees and their families would be worth the effort. Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.”

Now before most Americans think this provides an alternative to their current employer healthcare of the government provided healthcare, a key focus of this announcement is that the venture will be geared toward employees of Amazon, JPMorgan & Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, rather than health care consumers overall in the US, though JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon did say that potentially, all Americans could benefit.

US Economy HealthcareThis is a very interesting announcement, as some major China technology employers have already begun to disrupt the Chinese healthcare industry. Technology companies like Alibaba and Tencent have made health care a priority for years, and are using China as their laboratory. After testing online medical advice and drug tracking systems, they are now focused on a more advanced tool: artificial intelligence (AI).

The companies’ technological push is encouraged by the government. Beijing has said it wants to be a leader in A.I. by 2030 and pledged to take on the United States in the field. While officials have emphasized the use of artificial intelligence in areas like defense, automated stock trading platforms and self-driving cars, they have also aggressively promoted its use in health care.

This begs the question, will other large employers follow suit to create their own non-profit healthcare venture to combat the U.S. healthcare situation? We can’t wait to watch the dominoes  fall and find out more!

What Happens To The Stock Market When the Government Shuts Down

What Happens To The Stock Market When the Government Shuts Down

This Week in the Stock Market & U.S. Government 2018: What Happens When the Government Shuts Down? Solar Panels & Washing Machines Tariffs? Predictions for Economic Growth in 2018 and 2019.

Stock Market 2018: Government Shutdown Republicans vs. Democrats

Government Shut Down: This latest government shut down has been the 18th government shutdown since 1976. Stocks opened this week flat Monday morning but ticked higher as the news that the Senate reached a deal to reopen the government. During the previous 17 shutdowns, the stock market was unchanged during the majority of the duration of the shut downs. The median change for the S&P 500 during shutdown periods is actually zero.

This week, President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending bill to reopen the government and fund it until Feb. 9. Republican leaders promised Democrats that they’ll soon address immigration and other political issues. This week, economics Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics said the chances of a repeat performance of the government shutting down are 35% when this deal expires on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Energy and technology companies advanced Monday as U.S. stocks continued their bull run. High-dividend stocks were also up as bond yields held steady. Yields had climbed to their highest level in more than three years the previous week.

Stock Market Trading & U.S. Government: Wall Street TradingOverall, the government shut down had very little effect on the stock market and historically never has.  In fact, as of today Thursday, January 24th the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2839.25 today-its 13th record high-while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 140.67 points, or 0.5%, to 26,392.79, which is also a record. However, the Nasdaq Composite declined 0.1% to 7411.16. Despite the new highs, it was another day of selling into strength. This is a sign that the market has rallied into an extremely overbought condition and appears to be correcting in some degree. This can be a sideways resting period for the market.

Tariffs: The other major news that hit this week was the Trump tariffs on solar panels and washing machines that could raise prices. Trump approved recommendations by the U.S. Trade Representative to impose tariffs of up to 50% on imported large washing machines and parts, and up to 30% on solar panels. The tax on washing machines decreases and then expires after three years, while the duty on solar cells and modules phases out after four years. The solar industry has been booming as system prices have become more competitive with standard electricity prices. U.S. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, a big solar power producing state, said in a Twitter post that the tariffs amount to “nothing more than a tax on consumers.”

U.S. government and U.S. economic growthU.S. Economy: As the U.S. economy continues to change, the International Monetary Fund just upgraded its prediction for world economic growth in 2018 and 2019, saying “U.S. tax policy changes are expected to stimulate activity” both in the U.S. and its trading partners, at least over the next couple of years. Even so, the IMF isn’t predicting warp speed growth. Instead it raised it U.S. forecast from 2.3 percent to 2.7 percent in 2018, and from 1.9 percent to 2.5 percent in 2019. This leaves the U.S. economy far short of “fixed.” However, Rising deficits and higher interest rates, due in part to those very same tax cuts, may well offset the longer-term impact of the fiscal stimulus.

Stay tuned for more market and economy news from Flipping Wall Street blog as the world(and stock market) turns!

Trading Places: The Rise of the DIY Investors and Robo-Advisor Trading Software

Trading Places: The Rise of the DIY Investors and Robo-Advisor Trading Software

Trading Places: The Rise of the DIY Investors and Robo-Advisor Trading Software

Be a part of the new generation of algorithmic trading software that is turning traditional Wall Street trading options on its head with DIY robotic trading software.

Trading Places: Wall Street vs Robo-Advisors
By Flipping Wall Street
January 20th, 2018

By now, most investors have heard of the new-wave of robo-investment trading software that is offered by companies such as Betterment and WealthFront. For over the past two century, the conventional stock trading process was to hire a personal financial advisor that on all accounts would look to diversify your portfolio and invest in trendy or hot stocks, ETFs and mutual funds. Robo-advisors which were introduced in 2008, have been steadily gaining market share from their human financial counterparts much the same way that companies like Amazon and Netflix have taken market share from companies like Walmart and local movie theaters such as Regal.  With the rise of robo-advisors as an emergent technology for the DIY investors, changes are undoubtedly to come not just in their evolution, but also for clients and financial and investment advisors.

FLIP DIY Investor Trading Software

Robo-advisors for DIY Investors

The reason why robo-advisors have become so popular among traders is that they are so much better at computations: volume, accuracy and speed. With an automated trading system on one’s personal computer, an investor has the convenience factor of always being able to view their portfolio and account instead of having to call their financial advisor to find out about their account. Along with the convenience of always knowing exactly what is happening with their trading portfolio, robo-advisors provide a key element in today’s trading market. They eliminate human emotion. With having an automated trading system performing the buying and selling of stocks and ETFs, an investor no longer needs to make quick and sometimes irrational decisions. The algorithms within the trading software are designed to buy low and sell high.

Another key note to mention is the trust factor. While many people have lost trust in Wall Street and their financial advisors, robo-advisors are providing a trust factor to the DIY investor as they are able to customize their own trading strategies, back-test these strategies and symbols to see past performances and even simulate these strategies without risking real money until they feel confident in the selection of symbols and strategies to trade in the market.

A recent study by Deloitte estimated that “assets under automated management” (including hybrid offerings) in the U.S. will grow to U.S. $5 trillion to U.S. $7 trillion by the year 2025. Currently, the estimated assets under automated management is believed to be around $300 billion. This increase would represent between 10% and 15% of total retail financial assets under management. By the end of 2016, the Fitch Ratings estimated that all robo-advisors managed  under U.S. at $100B in assets. The Fitch Ratings predicts double-digit growth in assets under management over the next several years.

With the shift in the economy, and as more millennials begin to make higher salaries and take an interest in stock trading, robo-advisor software has provided a revolutionary new way for new trading investors to enter the market. Millennials seem to not care about a 200 year history of an established fund company as more innovative and modern technology such as robo-advisor software is offering a cheaper and more personalized trading experience. In fact, millennials are taking an interest in even working for financial institutions that have embraced robo-advisor software.

It’s clear that robo-advisors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) play an important and growing role in the financial services industry. In fact, AI is growing exponentially in enterprises. Companies that are at the digital forefront such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are investing vast amounts of money in AI — believed to be somewhere between $20 billion and $30 billion alone in 2016. A 2017 Deloitte survey suggested that 20% of many U.S. well-established firms have made substantial investments in AI as well.  As the costs of AI-enabled tools continue to decrease and availability continues to rise, the projections of companies in every industry to invest in AI will far exceed the 20% in upcoming years.

Robo-Advisors Are Changing the way Wall Street Trades in the Stock MarketWith all the latest news that robo-advisors have garnered in media and the mass popularity they have won among their users, the fintech robo-advisors industry will continue to disrupt the financial services industry. As a newcomer to the fintech scene, Flipping Wall Street’s FLIP trading software which was created by former Wall Street portfolio and risks managers, was designed to be a digital account management service that utilizes trading algorithms to actively buy and sell stocks and ETFs.

For many investors who lack an advanced understanding of how the stock market works, FLIP makes the normally difficult investing decisions automated with pre-programmed strategies that base buy and sell decisions strictly on changes in market conditions. FLIP also provides its DIY investors the ability to back test trading strategies with whatever stock symbol or ETF the user chooses along with the ability to simulate these strategies until the user is comfortable trading with real money in the market.

To highlight the FLIP robotic software is best for:

  • Hands-off investors
  • Retirement investors
  • For both users who either have low or high account balances
  • Users who like goal-based tools
  • No account minimum to begin
  • Users who like to back test trading strategies and symbols
  • Users who like plug and play software with no technical experience required

Contact Flipping Wall Street today to learn more about the automated FLIP trading software and how this form of artificial intelligence can financially benefit you today!

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