Being in your mid-40s and doing what you like to do... That's not an image that comes to mind when we think of retiring. But, that's exactly what Eric Cuka is doing. Eric is a successful sales executive in his 40's and he is on track to retire in the mid-40s. He is the portfolio publisher of Stock Card's Get F.I.R.E.D. Up! portfolio and in this episode of Renegade Investors podcast, he lays out a detailed plan about how he is going to retire early and live off of his investments, and how you can do it too!

Can it be it done? And, can the stock market get you there?

As always, this podcast show would not have been possible without the free and publicly available content, primarily through several YouTube channels.

Detailed list of sources:

  • CBC News YouTube channel: Breaking down the basics of "F.I.R.E." for retirement planning |
  • Afford Anything YouTube channel: Suze Orman: Why I Hate the FIRE Movement | Afford Anything Podcast (Audio-Only) |
  • https://freesound.org​

After we published part 1 of the two-part podcast episode about whether to invest in pot stocks or not, Mark Bernberg launched The Green Fund on Stock Card's portfolio Store. Since then, the market has decided to test our intelligent ways of investing! Most of our picks in the portfolio are a bit down due to a variety of reasons, none indicating any changes in the future market potential. That's why in this second part of my conversation with The Green Fund portfolio publisher, we dug deep into a few practical ways of evaluating pot stocks and we discussed how to create a diversified portfolio of cannabis stocks. 

If you haven't listened to part one of this series, make sure to listen to it before listening to the second part. 

As always, this podcast show would not have been possible without the free and publicly available content, primarily through several YouTube channels.

Detailed list of sources:

  • CNBC Television YouTube channel: Green Thumb Industries CEO on big catalysts for cannabis |
  • https://freesound.org​

Worried about high valuations, regulation, and stock price fluctuations in the cannabis industry? You are not alone! Welcome to the party! Just in time for your weekend binge-listening, we published the latest episode of Renegade Investors podcast. It's part one of our CEO's conversion with Mark Bernberg, founder of TheGreenFund[dot]com and the publisher of a portfolio by the same name on Stock Card's Portfolio Store. The two of them go through all the key questions investors have about pot stocks! 

As always, this podcast show would not have been possible without the free and publicly available content, primarily through several YouTube channels.

Detailed list of sources:

  • CNBC Television channel: Pot stocks too pricey, says 'dean of valuation' |
  • https://freesound.org​

We are taking a breather from the tech IPOs hype and exploring whether India is the new China. The Indian economy and the stock market has grown faster than the U.S. and China. Should you consider investing in Indian companies? India is an excellent mix of new, young companies that are creating the latest technology-driven products and old, large, stable ones that have been in business for several decades. The new startups, springing up in all the major cities, are driven by an ambition to build innovative, unique and future-defining products using modern technology and atypical business models. Stable companies are the foundation of India's economy and have steady operations. However, the Indian stock market is not as much talked about in the U.S. and mostly out of the sights of the U.S. investors. In today's episode of the Renegade Investors podcast, we invite Stock Card's Senior Financial Analyst and the Portfolio Publisher of the Emerging India portfolio on our Portfolio Store to discuss the similarities between India and China. Some of the companies we discussed are Infosys (Ticker INFY)HDFC Bank (HDB)Dr Reddy's (RDY) and Larsen & Toubro (LTOUF)MakeMyTrip (MMYT) and YatraOnline (YTRA)

As always, this podcast show would not have been possible without the free and publicly available content, primarily through several YouTube channels.

A detailed list of sources:

  • CNBC YouTube channel: How India's Economy Is Growing At A Faster Pace Than China |
  • CNBC International YouTube channel: Why is India growing so fast? | CNBC Explains |
  • ​CNBC - TV18 YouTube channel: Paytm's Founder On Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Investment |
  • ​DW news YouTube Channel: How the 2019 elections could change the face of India: Interview with Raghuram Rajan |
  • Netflix YouTube channel: Cooked | Official Trailer [HD] | 
  • Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-ecommerce-explainer/explainer-what-are-indias-new-foreign-direct-investment-rules-for-e-commerce-idUSKCN1PP1Y2 |
  • Yahoo Finance: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-drop-preferential-trade-treatment-065638247.html |
  • https://freesound.org​

Have you ever listened to Lyft drivers' stories on Pick Me Up podcast show, sponsored by Lyft? Those stories are beautifully told and are truly inspirational. However, since a few days ago, there has been a bigger Lyft story that has me and potentially another 60 million stock market investors in the U.S. wishing to be a Lyft driver. You ask, why? 

Lyft, Inc. has just filed its S1 documentation with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to go public on Nasdaq stock exchange in 2019. Lyft drivers, assuming that they have completed at least 10K rides with Lyft are going to get a slight bump in their net worth, because as you will hear in the latest episode of our Renegade Investors podcast show, Lyft drivers are entitled to a nice going-public bonus and have a chance to use that bonus to invest in Lyft's shares before the rest of us. While Lyft drivers are considering to become investors in Lyft, you and I, on the other hand, won't be able to complete 10K drives anytime soon. But, we may still decide to become an investor in Lyft when it goes public soon. The question is, should we?

This episode would not be possible without the free and openly available content around the web, especially on YouTube. We are fortunate to live in the golden age of free information. Thank you!

Detailed list of sources:

  • Pick Me Up podcast website:

    • https://creative.gimletmedia.com/episode/will-won-grammy/ |
    • https://creative.gimletmedia.com/episode/as-long-as-were-together/ |
    • https://creative.gimletmedia.com/episode/im-gonna-restaurant/ |
  • CNBC Television YouTube channel: 
    • Ridesharing app Lyft files for 2019 IPO, and its jump start could be a major advantage for the stock |
    • Kara Swisher on Lyft and other hotly-anticipated IPOs for 2019 |
  • Boss Files with Poppy Harlow website on Sticher- Lyft Founder John Zimmer: On the Brink of IPO:  https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/turner-podcast-network/being-boss-with-poppy-harlow/e/58848176
  • Rani Milla Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ranimolla/status/1101588325603913728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1101683206137438208&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherideshareguy.com%2Ftakeaways-from-lyfts-financials%2F |
  • CBS This Morning YouTube channel: Lyft president on self-driving cars, what sets them apart from Uber |
  • Bloomberg Technology YouTube Channel: Lyft Should Include Drivers in IPO Ownership, NYU's Sundararajan Says |
  • Bloomberg YouTube channel: Why GM And Lyft Are Teaming Up |
  • Pitchbook.com: https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/an-inside-look-at-lyfts-ipo-filing |
  • Renan Dincer's Twitter account:  https://twitter.com/rrnn/status/1101953759175860225 |
  • https://freesound.org

Passive index fund investing is arguably the most well-accepted wisdom of modern day finance. No one is smart enough to buy low and sell high consistently. And, all you need is to believe in capitalism and put your money in an index fund that is representing the overall market, and that's the winning formula.

That's the proven formula of wealth. Or, is it?

Borrowing some wisdom from the nutrition and health industry, some times things that are deemed to be not so good for you now were once considered healthy. Sugar was once considered a medicine, and we now have started a  war against it.

Can passive index fund investing be the new Sugar?

This episode would not be possible without the free and openly available content around the web, especially on YouTube. We are fortunate to live in the golden age of free information. Thank you!

Detailed list of sources:

  • CBC News YouTube Channel: The Secrets of Sugar - the fifth estate |
  • Freakonomics Radio YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2gliEYBo10 |
  • Fox Business YouTube Channel: 
    • Vanguard Group founder on how to manage your 401 (k) plan |
    • Vanguard Group founder on the problem with index funds :
  • Morningstar, Inc YouTube Channel: Bogle: Keep Investing |
  • The University of Chicago YouTube Channel: Japan's Economic Bubble and the Lost Decade, with William Tsutsui |
  • NPR Planet Money Podcast: Japan's Lost Lesson |
  • oldiesfan1968 YouTube Channel: ITALIAN MUSIC - THAT'S AMORE - ROCCO GRANATA |
  • Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-funds-passive/index-funds-to-surpass-active-fund-assets-in-u-s-by-2024-moodys-idUSKBN15H1PN |
  • https://freesound.org​

The first time I heard NVIDIA's CEO saying that Moore's Law is dead, I was confused! How can Moore's Law be Dead? How is it possible that we can imagine a future with chips and semiconductors in everything we own and use, from the packaging of the food we eat to the clothing we wear? And, at the same time, say Moore's Law is dead. More importantly, if Moore's Law is dead, does it mean Semiconductor stocks and companies are dead too? As an investor, how can we stop mourning the death of Moore's law and instead celebrate it? Or, the question we'd want to answer is how do we invest in the semiconductor sector in the post-Moore's Law era?

We are going to hear from a well-known physicist, Nvidia CEO, Xilinx CEO, AMD's CTO and even Alphabet's chairman and dig deep into the technology that is emerging to continue to increase computation speed, and of course, we do all that in order to discover companies and stocks that are leading the post Moore's Law era and maybe are good additions to our investment portfolios.

Moore's Law can be dead, but the investing party must go on!

This episode would not be possible without the freely and openly available content around the web, especially on YouTube. We are fortunate to live in the golden age of free data and information. Thank you!

Detailed list of sources:

  • Frederick Penn's YouTube Channel: Artificial Intelligence(AI) Defies Moore's Law! NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, GTC 2017 Keynote |
  • Big Think YouTube Channel: Michio Kaku: Tweaking Moore's Law and the Computers of the Post-Silicon Era |
  • FW Thinking Podcast on iHeart Radio website: The End Of Moore's Law? (Not Really) |
  • NVIDIA YouTube Channel: NVIDIA GTC Europe 2018 - Jensen Huang Keynote |
  • Xilinx Inc YouTube Channel: XDF 2018 Keynote: Platforms for the Adaptable, Intelligent World by Victor Peng, President and CEO |
  • Google Developers YouTube Channel: The future of computing: a conversation with John Hennessy (Google I/O '18) |
  • https://freesound.org

What do Apple and IBM have in common? Well, in the past few years, the media is beating a new drum roll. It's not so much about IBM. Instead, it is about how Apple - once an arch enemy of IBM - is now morphing into a modern-day IBM. Considering the recent disappointing iPhone sales and the lack of any significant innovation by Apple in the past years, is it fair to assume that Apple is the new IBM and is destined for the same fate? We are going to hear what Tim Cook had to say, explore Warren Buffett's point of view on both companies and dig deep into the state of affairs at IBM of 2013 vs. Apple of 2019.

This episode would not be possible without the freely and openly content available around the web, especially on YouTube. We are fortunate to live in the golden age of free data and information. Thank you!

Detailed list of sources:

  • Wall Street Journal YouTube Channel:

    • IBM's Chief to Employees: Think Fast, Move Faster |
    • Masters Flap Won't Deter IBM Chief |
  • Apple Financial Results - Q1 2019 Conference Call |
  • IBM's Annual Report - 2012 |
  • CNBC Website:
    • Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway has sold completely out of IBM |
    • Warren Buffett: The iPhone is 'enormously underpriced'  |
  • https://freesound.org​

Beyond Meat filled its S1 Documentation in November of 2018, which means the company is getting ready for going public soon. Typically, when it's a new IPO, we hold off on it. There is no rush to invest in an IPO for several reasons including the fact that most IPOs get hyped up at the beginning to give the company a chance to raise as much money as possible. But, Beyond Meat maybe an exception to such rule. In this episode of Renegade Investors podcast, we explore whether or not you should invest in Beyond Meat when it goes public. We will hear from the founder and CEO of the company. We also dig deep into the S1 document and other resources to assess whether the company is worthy of a spot in our long-term portfolios.

As always, this episode would not have been possible without Freesound.org and several YouTube channels. Here are the primary sources for the content we used as a reference:

  • https://www.sec.gov, Beyond Meat S1 Document |
  • Beyond Meat YouTube Channel: Beyond Meat Presents | The UN Recognizes Beyond Meat as a “Champion of the Earth” |
  • FORA.tv YouTube Channel: Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown: The Future of Protein & Meat |
  • CNBC Television YouTube Channel: Beyond Meat taps investment banks for IPO |
  • Freesound.org

Considering the U.S.-China tariffs and trade war and the rapid fall of the Chinese companies' stock prices in the past few months, a drift is shaping up in the stock market community. On one side, people believe China is a trap. It's full of fraudulent practices, the numbers are baked, and the government is unfair and has control over everything. Other investors believe that the decline is temporary and marks a unique opportunity to invest in great businesses at affordable levels. Who is right? And, as stock market investors what should we do? Should we hold on to our Chinese stocks, should we double-down and invest more, or should we sell them all off?

This episode is the result of 3 to 4 weeks of detailed research, reading, watching and listening to the content that is shared freely and openly by following YouTube channels, television programs, and podcast shows. We are fortunate to live in the golden age of free data and information. Thank you!

  • NBRbizrpt YouTube Channel: Republic Services CEO says current recycling business is 'broken' | 
  • Fortune Magazine YouTube Channel: China Is at The Beginning of an E-Commerce Boom | 
  • CNBC Television YouTube Channel: Next tech innovation will come from China, not the US, says Recode's editor-at-large | 
  • VOA News YouTube Channel: Vice President Mike Pence's China Speech at Hudson Institute | 
  • CNBC International TV YouTube Channel: Bannon: We're at an economic war with China | Squawk Box Europe | 
  • Freakonomics Radio YouTube Channel - Can This Man Stop a Trade War? | 
  • Bloomberg YouTube Channel: Warren Buffett: I'm Bullish on China, It Has Long-Term Potential |
  • CNBC Television YouTube Channel: Ray Dalio: Size of tariffs not a big deal to the Chinese economy but nature of US relationship is | 
  • Bloomberg Markets and Finance YouTube Channel: Ray Dalio Is 'Excited by Opening Up of China Capital Markets |
  • https://freesound.org

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