Momentum for Stocks

Many of today’s market rock stars, including Google (NASDAQ: GOOGLE), Amazon (NYSE: AMZN), (Netflix: NASDAQ: NFLX), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST), are momentum stocks. The theory driving these stocks is that the new markets these companies create are capable of generating unlimited growth.

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Some Predictions for 2015

PayPal will start disrupting the financial services industry as soon as it gets spun off by eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY). Expect PayPal to unveil its version of Apple Pay in the form of a souped-up Venmo and enter the banking industry, possibly by buying a bank.

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Are Digital Wallets a Threat to Banks?

The threat to banks is best shown by PayPal’s growth rate. PayPal’s mobile payment volume increased by 72% between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014, growing to $12 billion. Mobile payments now make up 20% of PayPal’s payments. Venmo, a mobile payment App offered by PayPal subsidiary Braintree, saw its payment volume grow by 50% between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014.

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Swiss Vote on Gold Could Boost Big Miners

Okay, the initiative would be great news for gold miners, but it could be a recipe for disaster for the Swiss economy. Among other things, it could make the Swiss franc vulnerable to a currency collapse if the price of gold collapses. It could also create a bubble in the gold market that could wipe out a lot of fortunes.

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