On January 9th, The Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would be launching its own digital currency called KODAKCoin. According to Kodak the cryptocurrency will, “allow photographers to take part in a new economy for photography”. However, talking to the New York Post Guy Gentile, CEO of SureTrader called the newest cryptocurrency “completely useless”.

The 130-year-old company partnered with London based paparazzi firm, WENN Digital. Together they will launch KODAKOne the image rights management platform and KODAKCoin. The exempt initial coin offering (ICO) opens to qualified investors on January 31. Weeks before, Gentile appeared as a guest on Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss” and called such moves “pump and dump schemes”. The CEO said that companies in need of capital publish press releases announcing their move into the cryptocurrency industry to boost their stocks. Then eventually a secondary offering follows, leaving retail buyers holding the bag.

Before its announcement on Tuesday, Kodak’s stock was trading at around $3. After its announcement it jumped to around $6.80, rising again to $10.60 the following day. But, on Thursday as reports of doubts came in from Wall Street the shares dropped 21 percent to around $8.40. Gentile being a professional day trader began tweeting as the stock moved. On his Twitter (@GuyGentile) he warned, “This has the potential to be a super squeezer and could get over $20. But it will crash after the squeeze be (careful) shorting this”. Walking away with a gain after shorting the stock the expert trader tweeted, “Thank you for the easy money”.

But Gentile is not the only one calling out Kodak. Bloomberg’s columnist, Matt Levine also criticized the announcement. The former investment banker believes that the post-film photography company does not need to use blockchain technology or their own currency to operate a web crawler and central database for photographs or to create a market place to buy and sell images.

In his article,“Good Luck Spending Your KodakCoins” Levine points out that due to Kodak’s exempt ICO, middle class individuals will not be able to buy KODAKCoin stocks. All purchasers must be accredited investors, having either $200,000 in come or a net worth of $1 million. The former lawyer also highlighted the fact that the digital currency will be hard to sell for cash. The SEC warned about private-placement securities like KODAKCoin in 2014 saying, “you should not expect to be able to easily and quickly sell your restricted securities. In fact, you should expect to hold the securities indefinitely.”

 

About SureTrader

SureTrader is a division of Swiss America Securities, Ltd. and operates as an online, discount stock and options broker dealer for active traders. Brokerage services are not intended for U.S. residents. SureTrader offers a trading platform accessible to all experience levels with market access to retail traders and investors all at a cost-effective price and with the latest technology. SureTrader’s platforms technology includes real-tie quotes and stock charts in web-based, downloadable or mobile applications for flexibility and convenience. It also features lightning fast stocks, options order executions coupled with real-time market data, advanced order types, multiple charting features, including technical indicators and more. For more on Sure Trader, visit www.suretrader.com.

You don’t have a crystal ball to tell you good stocks to invest in the next few years, but you do have historical charting, scientific and news reports and demographic information. That what’s driven the top industries of the past, and will continue to do so into the future. Making decisions about stocks to invest in involves performing comprehensive research. Here are five fields worth your time and effort.

Artificial Intelligence

What do driverless cars, inventory management, and e-commerce all have in common? They are industries dependent on artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI is still an industry where you can get in on the ground floor with stocks that should skyrocket. Look at tech stocks with deep AI strategies. Those stocks include some classic chip producers and newer ventures concentrating on autonomous cars. Businesses as diverse as drone manufacturers, cyber security, banks and insurance companies are increasingly reliant on AI. As a regular stock market investor, you’ll rely on AI, too. True AI has the ability to actually learn, rather than just rely on its software. The technology will become more human – but smarter and more adaptive – and that’s not necessarily a good thing, as science fiction films teach us. For now, though, AI means good stocks to invest in.

AI is closely linked with another space-age technology, that of robotics. Together, these technologies will make huge changes in the way societies and businesses functions. Along with investing in quality AI tech companies, you may want to avoid purchasing stocks in industries that AI and robotics may drive out of business. On the other hands, there are industries immeasurably enhanced by AI. No one invests in the taxi industry right now, for obvious reasons. AI will put most people who drive for a living out of work within the next few decades. Pharmaceutical companies and those engaged in medical research will profit enormously from AI, as the technology can analyze data in seconds that might take a human several weeks to digest. That results in more effective drugs for treating and preventing diseases. When investing in any industry, consider its AI component. Those with the strongest AI levels are more likely to prosper over the long term.

Elder Care Services

The generation that proclaimed “don’t trust anyone over 30” is now at least twice that age, with the oldest Baby Boomers now in their early 70s. During their lifetimes, their huge numbers affected every industry they touched, from toys and games in their youth, automobiles, housing construction and now, in their twilight years, elder care services. Seniors still pack an economic wallop, far larger than their millennial offspring. Look for companies dealing with various elder care services, and don’t limit yourself to pharmaceutical companies producing medication for senior citizens. Other industries with a big stake in the aging population include:

  • Cruise lines, recreational vehicle manufacturers and other entertainment venues catering to the older traveler
  • REITs heavy in the senior housing market
  • Home health care franchises
  • Nursing homes

Then there’s the funeral industry. The family-owned funeral home, like the downtown mom-and-pop store, is becoming a thing of the past. Many funeral homes are owned by chains publicly trading on the stock market. While living longer than their predecessors, Baby Boomers are going to shuffle off this mortal coil in large numbers. Once again, it’s demographics and the facts of life. Related companies include casket makers and cemetery plot providers. While you won’t make a “killing” in the funeral-related industry, it’s historically a steady market and should remain a growth industry for the next quarter-century.

Much of the West is turning silver, so good stocks to invest in for elder care are not limited to the U.S. and Europe. Much of Asia, especially Japan and China, are experiencing the same phenomenon.

 

Green Energy

The future is green. Even those in the fossil fuel industries know that green, renewable energy will win in the long run. “Green” involves quite a few industries, but they all have one thing in common: They come from natural resources and are renewable. Put together a green portfolio by focusing on different aspects of the green revolution.

In another generation or two, the gas powered vehicle will likely appear as a quaint mode of transportation from a bygone era, like the horse and buggy. Frankly, draft animal power is pretty green, but that’s not an industry likely to make a comeback. The major automobile manufacturers are increasingly concentrating on hybrid and electric vehicles. Sales of electric vehicles, while still relatively small, have soared in the past few years. These established companies may fare better for long-term investors than green energy vehicle start-ups, and the large manufacturers will likely purchase the most promising of the green vehicle technologies for their use.

With green energy, it’s crucial to think outside the box. Yes, solar power and wind farms are far cheaper to build and much cleaner than nuclear power or coal plants, but alternative energies consist of so much more. The world is awash in garbage, but green companies are converting that former trash into clean energy. Search for that kind of forward thinking when doing your green energy investment research.

Investing in green energy isn’t limited to renewables per se. Look for companies committed to cutting down on emissions and helping the environment, so that they are using green tech even if they are not a green energy industry. If you take a personal interest in our planet, you can successfully gear your investing toward a greener world, and put some “green” in your pockets while doing so.

3-D Printing

3-D printing will revolutionize manufacturing. It’s not a question of if, but when. 3-D printing will eventually eliminate entire industries, and the move is already beginning. Although 3-D printing seems relatively new, the concept has been around for decades, and there are good companies to invest in with a strong 3-D track record. If you don’t want to invest in individual stocks, there are 3-D printing ETFs available.

3-D stocks flew high in recent years, but came crashing down because the expectations far outweighed the valuations. Still, the “D” in 3-D could stand for “disruptive” as well as dimensional. Some of the best 3-D stocks to invest in don’t make actual 3-D printers, but provide services for 3-D manufacturers. Top 3-D choices also contain valuable intellectual property. The range of what 3-D printing can create is rising exponentially. In the near future, a dwelling and almost everything it in may result from 3-D printing. That means this formally hot sector is like to warm up again very soon. By 2020, certain analysts are predicting a $20 billion 3D market. Also consider companies relying on 3-D technology for their manufacturing, which runs the gamut from automakers and aerospace to medical/dental and footwear.

Marijuana

Another type of green looks promising, but while the long-underground marijuana industry gains legitimacy, which companies to invest in remains murky. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states and the District of Columbia, while medical marijuana is available by prescription in 29 states, at least officially if not in practice. Uruguay is the only country where recreational marijuana is completely legal, but Canada may soon follow. In many European countries, such as The Netherlands and Spain, marijuana possession is decriminalized and Holland allows cannabis smoking in coffee shops. In short, marijuana acceptance and legalization is growing, but is still considered a Schedule 1 drug – the same as heroin – in the U.S. So why should you consider investing in this nascent legal industry, and what should you look for? Any new industry is littered with start-ups receiving lots of hype but making little money.

The wisest way to invest in marijuana involves looking at stocks – often those of pharmaceutical companies – in which marijuana is just one of their products. Most pharmaceutical companies market medications geared for the older population, so that ties in with elder care investing. Older people are likely to become avid consumers of recreational marijuana. Theirs was the generation that made pot use popular on a widespread basis. While they wanted to get high in their youth, now they want the pain relief marijuana can offer.

Other marijuana-related companies to invest in include fertilizer and hydroponics companies, necessary for producing top quality plants.

 

Buffett’s Advice

When considering good stocks to invest in, always heed the sensible advice of the Oracle of Omaha, the great Warren Buffett. He cautions investors to buy what they know. That doesn’t mean you need a Ph.D. in the workings of a particular industry to invest in it, but you do need a realistic idea of a company’s valuation and prospects. At SureTrader, we provide you with the top technical analysis and other tools to help you make decisions regarding stocks to invest in. Along with low fees, lightning-fast execution and 24/7 customer service, it’s just one more part of the SureTrader advantage.

 

 

 

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NASSAU, BahamasJuly 12, 2017— SureTrader, a division of Swiss America Securities, Ltd., has announced its implementation of a new onboarding application process for day trader accounts. The online, discount stock and options broker dealer for active traders, has streamlined the application process to ensure that it’s aligned with top class, seamless on-boarding programs in the industry.

“This update was 100 percent centered around and motivated by our clients,” says Guy Gentile, CEO of Swiss America Securities, Ltd. “As much as we are focused on being the leader in low-cost trading, we also want to make it simple for prospective clients to sign up to trade with us because we are convenient and focused on their end-to-end experience.”

SureTrader’s platforms gives day traders access to quality service at an affordable price and is focused on trading technology, customer support and security features to protect customer information. This update to the onboarding application process takes these values one step further.

Most notably, the new onboarding application process has been streamlined to decrease the overall time required to complete the application. It asks for less information from the prospect, however, still maintains the integrity and collects the information necessary to fulfill its compliance requirements.

This update also allows prospects to begin trading faster because the funding and verification process happen simultaneously. Previously, prospects were required to complete the already lengthy application process that was then followed by a compliance review. With the introduction of this new onboarding process for day traders, the compliance review begins earlier in the process which gives the user the option to begin trading sooner.

Additionally, SureTrader assures that with this new onboarding process clients will have a smooth transition from the application process to completing their first trade. The goal of it is to be seamless and enable new day-trading clients to begin trading immediately after verification.

This change is part of the SureTrader’s focus to be more customer service oriented and in turn improve its overall operational process. SureTrader specializes in low-cost trading and executes all trades in a principal capacity, with them as the counterparty, which allows traders to day trade with a six-to-one leverage. Additionally, SureTrader provides three online platforms to trade stocks that range from a free version to a monthly subscription.

This new onboarding application update is already live on the SureTrader website and any prospect interested in applying for a day trader account need only apply at, https://accounts.suretrader.com/. For more information on Suretrader, a division of Swiss America Securities, Ltd., visit www.suretrader.com.

About: SureTrader is a division of Swiss America Securities, Ltd. and operates as an online, discount stock and options broker dealer for active traders. Brokerage services not intended for U.S. residents. SureTrader offers a trading platform accessible to all experience levels, with market access to retail traders and investors all at a cost-effective price and with the latest technology. SureTrader’s platform technology includes real-time quotes and stock charts in web-based, downloadable or mobile applications for flexibility and convenience. It also features lightning fast stocks, options order executions coupled with real-time market data, advanced order types, multiple charting features, including technical indicators and more. For more on SureTrader, visit www.suretrader.com.

NASSAU, Bahamas, April 25, 2017– 2017 is shaping up to be a stellar year for Swiss America Securities, Ltd. as the company realizes exponential growth in its division, SureTrader, in the first quarter and is expediting additional growth in the second quarter.  SureTader, an online stock and options broker for active traders, provides low cost trading with a mobile or desktop platform. This year, Swiss America Securities, Ltd. placed a strong emphasis on top-line growth by implementing several key initiatives to improve its service and client experience.

“SureTrader is laser focused on improving its operations and service. Our goal is to grow the company tremendously this year and this means making an investment in our resources and customer offerings,” says Guy Gentile, CEO of Swiss America Securities, Ltd. “We know that our business model works and we’re proud to be able to allow traders to day trade with a six-to-one leverage and no pattern day trading rules. In order to continue to execute this well, we felt that we needed our operations to be more customer-centric and offer services that were going to make it convenient for clients to trade. We’ve been invested in back office technology, 12 new staff members and personnel training, and we could not be happier with the results.”

What the Company Has Been Up To

In the past several months, SureTrader has launched a new simplified pricing model, improved its internal operations, hired industry-experienced staff members, and launched the SureTrader MasterCard.

The new SureTrader pricing model is a low per share pricing at a one cent per share, with a $4.95 minimum and cut its options contract prices in half at 50 cents per contract. The company has also introduced a tiered commission structure, which has attracted high volume traders looking for more competitive rates. More importantly, there is zero routing fees with the new pricing model.

To improve its operation process, SureTrader created a strategy centered around its customers and hired staff to better serve those customers. This has amounted in an over 40% percent increase in staffing. In terms of offerings, SureTrader has introduced a prepaid MasterCard as an efficient alternative for customers to withdraw funds from their SureTrader account.

These combined efforts have increased SureTrader’s trade volume to more than 70 percent as compared to its trade volume in 2016 with SureTrader’s platform currently averaging between 15,000 to 20,000 trades per day. It is anticipated that the investment in development will continue in the next six to twelve months, with the intention of continuing customer satisfaction and increased customer activity. 

SureTrader provides three online platforms to trade stocks that range from a free version to a monthly subscription. SureTrader’s platforms give investors and active traders access to quality service at an affordable price by its continued focus on trading technology, knowledgeable and timely trader support, and security features to protect customer information.

For more on SureTrader, its platform updates and results, visit www.suretrader.com.

About: SureTrader is a division of Swiss America Securities, Ltd. and operates as an online, discount stock and options broker dealer for active traders. Brokerage services not intended for U.S. residents. SureTrader offers a trading platform accessible to all experience levels, with market access to retail traders and investors all at a cost-effective price and with the latest technology. SureTrader’s platform technology includes real-time quotes and stock charts in web-based, downloadable or mobile applications for flexibility and convenience. It also features lightning fast stocks, options order executions coupled with real-time market data, advanced order types, multiple charting features, including technical indicators and more. For more on SureTrader, visit www.suretrader.com.

We are happy to announce the addition of the SureTrader MasterCard® card is an easy and efficient way of withdrawing funds from your SureTrader trading account. We are committed to giving you the opportunity to extend the use of your trading account by instantly gaining access to your funds and transferring it directly to your SureTrader MasterCard® card.

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Use your card worldwide wherever MasterCard® cards are accepted, including using ATM’s for cash withdrawal and making in-store and online purchases. This card is not a credit card so it encourages you to only spend what you load.

You are now able to quickly and easily transfer funds from your trading account to your MasterCard® card, allowing for easy access of your trading funds wherever you are in the world that accepts MasterCard® cards. Even track your spending through a customized online banking tool where you’ll be able to view your transaction history, check your card balance, manage your card account, and much more.

Turn your profits into cash quicker and easier by instantly transferring funds to your SureTrader MasterCard® card and being able to withdraw the cash at any ATM wherever MasterCard® cards are accepted.

Here’s how to request your SureTrader MasterCard® card

  • Click on Banking tab in the navigation bar
  • Click Withdraw at the top of the table
  • Click MasterCard® card in the bar
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for receiving and/or loading funds to your SureTrader MasterCard® card.

You will receive an Activation Instructions E-mail for your MasterCard® from Card Services within 1-2 days. This email will outline how to access your SureTrader MasterCard® Card Account to request a plastic card, upgrade your account, view your account balance, and more. After activating your account, to get a Plastic Card, select “Convert to Plastic” and confirm your request. You will then receive your SureTrader MasterCard® card by mail within 7-15 business days, using this method, for the first time. Once you’ve received your SureTrader MasterCard® card, when you request to withdraw funds again using the same method, it will loaded within 24-hours to your existing card.

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