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March 24, 2015

We're presenting a free webinar for CTAs:  "Systematically Exploiting Trends in Commodities, Forex, and Global Equity Indexes Using Media Sentiment Analysis."  Register Here (Select WEBCAST 4).

January 28, 2015

A recording of our webinar "Arbitraging News Sentiment Across Global Equities" is available on YouTube.

January 21, 2015

Join us for a webinar explaining results from our newest equities sentiment research:  "Arbitraging News Sentiment Across Global Equities", ​hosted by Unicom and presented by Dr. Peterson.

Recent Press

January 29, 2015

Watch Out: Financial Advisors Are Selling ‘Life Planning’ Services -- Joanne Cleaver U.S. News and World Report

January 28, 2015

Market Watch with Chuck Jaffe: Investor amnesia can doom our portfolio -- Chuck Jaffe Tulsa World

January 11, 2015

Baby bulls put stock in market -- Aaron Elstein Crain's New York Business


April 05, 2015

Belief, Rigidity, and the Power of Critical Thinking

“Herbalife: the customers are fictitious, the business opportunity is a scam, the university degree is a fraud.”
~ Bill Ackman

Multilevel marketing preys on a suspension of disbelief.  The radio show “This American Life” ran a report on a multilevel marketing venture called “WakeUpNow” (WUN).  WUN’s business was very difficult for the reporters to ascertain.  It appeared to be cultivating a positive belief that one could convince others to hold the same positive belief (and pay for a monthly subscription while doing so).  The radio story about the company reveals the psychology behind the multi-level marketing of belief.  The company now appears shuttered.

Herbalife (HLF) is the best-known multi-level marketing company.  Bill Ackman, a successful hedge fund manager, took a $1 billion short position in HLF in 2012.  He claimed that Herbalife is multi-level marketing scam that preys on the poor and the ignorant.  Others joined him. Per The Atlantic magazine in 2014, critics claim “Herbalife is targeting groups who are easily victimized by false promises of riches.”  On the other side, Carl Icahn accumulated a 17% stake in Herbalife and claimed it was a legitimate business.  

Again according to The Atlantic, “Fundamentally, Herbalife targets our cognitive weaknesses, though which weaknesses is a subject of debate.”  HLF is not unlike many other businesses (payday loans, tobacco, etc…) that prey on biases.    HLF and WUN are selling positive belief – the belief that one can get rich through effort and chutzpah.  

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World Markets

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Econunc Govinst
United States -100.0%
United Kingdom -0.4%
Germany -2.9%
Japan +0.5%
China +18.5%
India +0.6%

updated 2015-04-18

Currencies

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Prcfrc Volatil
US Dollar +0.1%
Euro -0.1%
Brazilian Real +6.9%
Japanese Yen +1.3%

updated 2015-04-18

Commodities

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Prodvol Cnsmvol
Crude Oil +19.7%
Natural Gas -5.5%
Gold +1.5%
Corn -1.4%

updated 2015-04-18

US Sectors

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Innovtn Earnfct
Technology -2.5%
Energy +6.5%
Utilities -2.0%
Financials -2.3%
Industrials -2.3%

updated 2015-04-18

US Large Cap

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Mktrisk Fundmstr
Apple Inc -0.9%
Bank of America Corp -1.8%
General Electric Co +7.3%
JPMorgan Chase & Co +1.8%
Microsoft Corp -3.0%
Wal-Mart Stores Inc -6.4%

updated 2015-04-18


Countries Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Residential Real Estate Values
Highest Lowest
South Korea Singapore
United Kingdom Norway
Netherlands China
Sweden Hong Kong
Canada Russia
Fiscal Policy Loose vs Tight
Highest Lowest
Saudi Arabia Brazil
Sweden Spain
Philippines Ireland
India United Kingdom
Russia Belgium

updated 2015-04-18

Currencies Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Carry Trade
Highest Lowest
Russian Ruble US Dollar
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar
Euro Euro
Australian Dollar Japanese Yen
US Dollar Russian Ruble
Emotion vs Fact
Highest Lowest
Euro United Arab Emirates Dirham
Australian Dollar Taiwanese Dollar
British Pound Norwegian Krone
Russian Ruble Argentine Peso
South African Rand Israeli Shekel

updated 2015-04-18

Commodities Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Supply vs Demand Forecast
Highest Lowest
Heating Oil Platinum
Soybeans Wheat
Corn Cattle
Palladium Coffee
Copper Silver
Buzz
Highest Lowest
Crude Oil Orange Juice
Gold Heating Oil
Copper Hogs
Wheat Palladium
Natural Gas Platinum

updated 2015-04-18

Equities Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Time Urgency
Highest Lowest
Constellation Brands Inc Southern Co
Brown-Forman Corp Valero Energy Corp
Seagate Technology PLC FMC Corp
Garmin Ltd Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
Tyco International Ltd FirstEnergy Corp
Relative Buzz
Highest Lowest
Accenture PLC Prologis
Nabors Industries Ltd People's United Financial Inc
Avago Technologies Ltd QEP Resources Inc
Seagate Technology PLC TripAdvisor Inc
Facebook Inc Leucadia National Corp

updated 2015-04-18