Friday, June 22, 2012

Titanic Sinks!

If the timing here seems a little off to you, you’re not alone.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cruel Summer

Merrill Lynch fined for overcharging customers, as far back as 2003.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

European Staycation

More noise from the ECB about the ECB, where is this train going again?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Negative Convexity

This should sound very familiar to IQ readers, interest rates can only go up from here.

Comic Relief

Tortured? Charlie, you may want to avoid getting taken prisoner in Syria, you’re in for a rude awakening.

FedEx Corp. (FDX) gaining traction ... see link below .

Even with all the global mess FedEx Corp. (FDX) has been hanging in there.  Click the link below for more details ...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Of Revelations

Notorious market bear David Rosenberg suggests we might be turning the corner, did Hell freeze over?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gamblers Anonymous

Jamie Dimon gets the Oprah treatment from Congress, while the media continues to enable the Wall Street culture.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Generation

Wait, Millennials are expected to lead the recovery? Hello, my name is Mark Zuckerberg.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Romancing The Phone

Apple and Facebook get engaged, are Facebook shares suddenly cheap?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Hills Have Buys

Recent market sell off lacking in panic, is it time to buy?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Best Laid Plans

Fund managers looking to buy Facebook on the cheap, that’s bad news for short term investors.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Revisiting NextEra Energy (NEE)


We are revisiting NextEra Energy (NEE), the old Florida Power and Light, a provider of electricity-related services with two operating subsidiaries, FPL and FPL Energy. NEE is a name we featured in FusionIQ a couple weeks ago.  We continue to believe the Florida Power & Light rate case this summer should be helped by lower natural gas cost rebates and a more favorable regulatory climate, and see leverage from a rate base of 9 million people.  Additionally, recent acquisition of some distressed solar utility scale assets should be accretive for years to come. We continue to believe, NEE which is up 2.00% from our original FusionIQ posting, during the same time the broader market produced negative returns, looks like the classic case of a great picture (chart) and great story (solid fundamentals). 

Add in, NEE provides insulation from Europe, a necessity consumer purchase and a solid dividend (3.71 %), IQ Master rank of 90 (out of 100) and this looks like a great risk/reward trade off.

To see the full story and associated chart on NEE visit us on the web and take IQ for a test drive today at 

Suicide Squeeze

Are ETF’s the next bubble? The glut of new issues suggests there’s trouble on the horizon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Communication Breakdown

There Will Be Blood

U.S. Treasury yields at 220 year lows, that’s not a buy signal.

Monday, June 4, 2012

New IQ Poll - Is Europe already factored in ?

The Death Star

Facebook co-founder citizenship stunt costs an extra $43 million.

June 4, 2012 8:00am EST New York, NY - When Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) co-founder and Brazil native Eduardo Saverin controversially renounced his United States citizenship in September 2011, ahead of Facebook's IPO, most Americans were up in arms. Americans accused Saverin, a 4% owner of Facebook, of permanently exiting the United States to avoid the hefty tax bill associated with Facebook’s upcoming 2012 IPO and all but guaranteed subsequent stock price pop.

In response to the public outcry, Senators Schumer and Casey quickly proposed the “Ex-PATRIOT Act”, a 30% exit tax (compared to the current 15% capital gains tax) on those the IRS deemed to have renounced their U.S. citizenship to avoid U.S. taxes.

However, angry Americans need not rage much longer, as Saverin's tax avoidance has actually backfired, now costing him an extra $43 million in taxes per PrivCo calculations of Friday's fallen price of $27.72/share. Saverin’s tax savings were contingent on the “sure thing” that Facebook, the most overly hyped and now most disappointing IPO of the decade, would rise sharply. By renouncing his U.S. citizenship in September 2011, PrivCo calculates that Saverin’s tax bill locked in at $461 million, as it is permanently tied to the September 2011 FB price of $30.58/share (according to Facebook internal third party valuation measure used for its RSU issuances to employees).

While Saverin initially appeared to “save” $112 million in capital gains taxes based on the $38 IPO price, he is actually paying $43 million more in taxes per PrivCo calculations as of Friday's fallen share price of $27.72. Since Saverin’s tax liability is permanently fixed at $461 million based on the September 2011 price, PrivCo calculates that he will overpay the United States Treasury $15 million for every dollar Facebook sinks below $30.58 than he otherwise wo uld have owed to the IRS had he stayed an American.

"With so many Americans agreeing that Eduardo Saverin's citizenship renouncement was a self-serving - and many feel downright disloyal - move, the fact that it has actually raised his tax bill, not lowered it, may be the ultimate Karmic Justice to many Americans," said PrivCo Founder & CEO Sam Hamadeh in a statement.

By giving up his citizenship, any future appreciation of Saverin’s Facebook stock beyond its September 2011 value of $30.58/share will be free of capital gains. However, as Facebook has fallen far below this price, that benefit proved illusory, and will remain so unless  Facebook rises above $30.58 by the time Saverin starts unloading shares after the lock-up expires late this year.

Additionally, Saverin, unlike many insiders, did not sell any of his 4% Facebook stake during the IPO at the $38 offering price, meaning his $461 million tax bill will have to be covered by liquidating Facebook shares at their current market price.


Saverin Could Theoretically Be Entirely Wiped Out:


Furthermore, Saverin could face a worse-case scenario if Facebook stock sinks to a low of $4.59/share, according to PrivCo calculations. At this price, Saverin’s fixed September 2011 tax liability of $461 million would equal his entire 4% ownership stake of Facebook, according to PrivCo calculations. At any price below $4.59/share, Saverin's ownership of Facebook is worth less than his tax bill, effectively wiping him out financially, and demonstrating the enormous risk of his citizenship gamble, which he clearly bel ieved to be a risk-free bet.

"Saverin's tax-move backfiring also shows that for newly public companies, the period between an IPO and its typical 6 month lockup expiration can be an eternity during which the company's value can easily fall, posing risks for the timing of tax-related actions like taxable stock options exercises, Restricted Stock Unit taxable vesting, and even renouncing one's citizenship on the expectation of tax avoidance, a lesson Eduardo Saverin just learned the hard way," Hamadeh added.


Mark Zuckerberg's Timing of Stock Option Exercise Also Backfires:


In related move, PrivCo confirms that Mark Zuckerberg will also be overpaying his taxes based on his poorly timed exercise of stock options on 60 million shares at the $38/share IPO price, as Facebook shares are now worth only some $27.72/share. By exercising his taxable stock options on the eve of the IPO when the share price was at the $38 IPO price, Zuckerberg stuck himself with a $342 million tax bill as opposed to a $250 million tax bill had he exercised based on the June 1 close of $27.72/share.  "By law, the taxable amount is determined on the date of exercise; as a result, the IRS and the State of California will share in the extra $92 million in taxes Zuckerberg will pay, according to PrivCo calculations," said PrivCo CEO Sam Hamadeh, also a corporate attorney and tax law expert.

"It confirms Benjamin Franklin's famous adage that Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," Hamadeh added.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Universal Remote

The internet is expected to grow 4X in the next 4 years, is that news?