Ted Bauman: A Different Perspective On Industry Giant Amazon As A Possible Monopoly

In a recent article penned by expert financial writer Ted Bauman, the concept of Amazon and its role in the global economy are examined. While some are titling Amazon a monopoly and touting it as an enterprise too big to fail, Bauman warns shareholders and the general public that Amazon still retains a level of vulnerability. Current market data demonstrates that Amazon, while immensely popular and an undeniably strong player in the market, does not hold a controlling interest that creates a comprehensive level of domination and eliminates all competition.

Most recently, Bauman discusses how the shareholders were affected by negative comments made about Amazon owner Jeff Bezos and the company itself by President Donald Trump. Following the harsh comments by the President, a fairly significant decline could be seen in stock value. Additionally, Bauman warns of how vulnerable Amazon is to both real and simply perceived trade and tariff issues. One more point of consideration is that Amazon does not pay dividends despite their hefty profits. This means that the only way for an investor to profit off of Amazon stock ownership is upon the sale of the stock; therefore, stockholders are more likely to unload their shares at a much smaller wave of trouble.

Ted Bauman shares his views on economics through a variety of writing outlets as a professional financial writer and as owner of a stock trading service known as “Smart Money”. Recently, he co-authored a book with his father, Robert Bauman, entitled Where To Stash Your Cash (Legally).

As an extensively well-traveled individual who has studied global economics at great length, Ted Bauman offers a financial perspective that can only be attained through research and experience. A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa with degrees in both Economics and History, Ted Bauman worked for over 25 years in Africa before returning to the United States which was his country of birth. After returning to the U.S., Bauman initially took a position as Director of International Housing Programs for Habitat for Humanity International which he retained for five years before making writing and consulting his main professional focus.

Ted Bauman Says Amazon Isn’t a Monopoly, Warns Shareholders of Vulnerability

Who is Wes Edens in Investment Management

Who is Wes Edens in Investment Management

Some people have managed to be successful in investment management. One of the many people is Wes Edens. You can view Mr. Edens as a business magnate, but I see him as an investment magnate– a person with influence and unlimited skillset in investments. You name it, from private equity to publicly traded alternative investments he has been involved. You will wonder how he has traced his path to success.Wesley Robert Edens commonly known as Wes Edens was born in the sixties. He then proceeded to receive an undergraduate degree in Finance from Oregon State University. This was a career-changing opportunity that opened his doors to business, knowledge wise. He is now a renowned businessman. He is experienced in private equity deals. Anything you will find online about Wes Edens in one way mentions Fortress Investment Group. This is one big company that he founded with other two partners – Peter L. Briger and Randal A. Nardone.

But of course, he did not just move to Fortress in a snap from college. He first transitioned through other companies being assigned different roles.Wes Edens was previously before Fortress a partner and managing director to Black Financial Management Inc. In BlackRock, he was head of private equity fund – Asset Investors. He was also a partner and managing director at Lehman Brothers. The good thing about this is that if you require managerial skills he got them. If you need finance skills, he also got them. Who wouldn’t want a double-edged sword to run investment management? So valuable to the point of founding Fortress and Fortress being acquired. He received quite a lump in the mega-acquisition. You will be shown this later. Fortress, like the name suggests, is a fortress of wealth.

The wealth is from investments of Fortress valued at $70 billion. He earned the wealth from an acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by Softbank in 2017. The purchase was worth over $3 billion. This is quite a fortune. This fortune worked for him. He took home over a $0.5 billion. This value resulted from bonus dividends and unvested shares payouts.Wes Edens has an interest in sports. After all the money he has made, you will naturally want to take part in sports investment as most billionaires do. He too took the challenge and acquired Milwaukee Bucks. He bought it for $0.5 billion. Received $0.5 billion and then spent it on Milwaukee. This was very easy indeed. But it did not happen that way as the Milwaukee buyout was in 2014.

Stansberry Research Updates Readers on the “Original” Dominator

One interesting story being played out in the American economy and the stock market is the continuing battle between WalMart and Amazon for dominance of the retail sector. Young investors are those who do not realize WalMart is the original disruptor in retail. It was blamed for driving many small, local stores out of business through its relentless focus on giving customers lower prices. Amazon has taken that concept to new levels using technology.

Dan Ferris, editor of Extreme Value, a financial newsletter published by Stansberry Research, began recommending Wal-Mart in 2006. Subscribers who took his advice doubled their money or better in the stock. However, he closed out that recommendation in February 2015 because he believed its share price had gotten too high, and could not continue to grow at double-digit rates. A few months later, WalMart’s stock fell.

However, late last year, Ferris recommended WalMart again. He believes the market is underestimating WalMart’s potential. And it is not perceiving the reality of the changes in retail. Retail is not going online. It’s going omnichannel, with physical stores and websites feeding customers to each other. That’s why Amazon is building physical stores.

But WalMart obviously has a major advantage over Amazon. It’s already built many brick and mortar stores. 90% of Americans live within ten miles of a WalMart store. WalMart can catch up on the technology a lot easier than Amazon can build enough physical stores (Releasefact).

That’s the kind of realistic, no-nonsense financial research and investing advice Stansberry Research subscribers expect from the experts who write newsletters for the company. They want independent opinions free from bias, not the same old stories that the mainstream media love to repeat.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Stansberry Research is an independent financial research and publishing company founded by Porter Stansberry. They specialize in digging up the facts and presenting them to readers to guide people who manage their own portfolios. They do not accept advertising and do not manage money. Their loyalty of the editors is to helping subscribers grow and protect their wealth. Porter Stansberry also produces a show on YouTube every week with Buck Sexton, called The Stansberry Investor Hour.