The corrupt edifice that has propped up the US big banks and financial system is beginning to crumble before our very eyes.
First and foremost, the former head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the group in charge of calculating the “official” unemployment numbers and inflation measures) has stepped forward and stated, point blank, that the unemployment numbers in the US are a joke.
Keith Hall believes the US economy is a lot sicker than the 7.6 percent unemployment rate would lead you to believe.
And he should know.
Hall was, from 2008 until last year, the guy in charge of Washington’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency that compiles that rate.
“Right now [it’s] misleadingly low,” says Hall, who believes a truer reading of those now wanting a job but without one to be more than 10 percent.
Source: NY Post
The Government claims we’re in recovery because the unemployment rate is falling. But we have the former head of the BLS stating that real unemployment is greater than 10%.
The revelations continue with the inflation measure used by the Feds/ Federal Reserve. I’ve written about the various gimmicks the Feds use to downplay inflation many times before, but now the former head of the BLS has openly admitted the Fed’s methodology is incredibly outdated.
So how do the Feds measure inflation? They perform hundreds of thousands of surveys to see what consumers are buying. Then the BLS sends people into stores to determine how much these items cost.
So the Feds are relying on people:
1) Remembering what they bought last month for groceries
2) Remembering the price they paid
I don’t remember either these things in any great detail. I doubt 99% of people do either. And yet this is the basis for our inflation metrics!
The phony unemployment data and unbelievably low inflation measure are two of the biggest reasons that the Fed has to continue with its futile QE efforts. And the media is finally catching on that both are a joke.
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Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:53 CDT
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:53 CDT
I don't mean to put a damper on the everyone's summer holidays, but the current heatwaves in the U.S. and Europe has me thinking back to numerous warnings issued during last summer's major drought and "record-breaking heatwave" in the U.S.
Analysts at Rabobank, a Netherlands-based bank specialising in food and agri-business financing, were crunching the numbers and predicted at the time that food prices, specifically meat prices, would soar in 2013 as a result of the U.S. drought.
Back in 2011, the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), a research body of academics from Harvard and MIT, using data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Food Price Index, published a paper that correlated "outbreaks of unrest" in 2008 and 2011 with increases in food prices. They claimed to have identified the precise threshold for global food prices that leads to worldwide unrest: 210 points...
Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of NECSI and one of the paper's authors, said:
The aggregated FAO Food Price Index averaged 211.3 points in June this year, but more telling indicators might be their June 2013 Cereal Price Index, which averaged 236.5 points, and their Sugar Price Index, which averaged 242.6 points. Dairy prices are also riding above this 210 threshold, so when we consider that most people's diets are substantially based on sugar, cereals and dairy, followed by meats from cattle raised on grains, it seems pretty clear that we're very much in the danger zone.
In fact, the NESCI paper, 'The Food Crises and Political Instability in North Africa and the Middle East', went further and forecast the highest risk of global unrest for August 2013.
Compounded by speculators in the commodities markets "making a killing" on the food crisis, prices for staples like corn and wheat rose nearly 50% on international markets last summer. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that rising global food demand will "push up prices 10 to 40 percent over the coming decade" [that is, between 10 and 40 percent higher than their current highs].
Meanwhile the UN has warned that world grain reserves are so dangerously low that "severe weather in the U.S. or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis in 2013."
'Green guru' Lester Brown, president of D.C.-based think-tank, the Earth Policy Institute, says the climate is "no longer reliable" and that demands for food are growing so fast that a breakdown is inevitable:
Here's what Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior FAO economist, had to say about the global food crisis last year:
Yes, that means there's no room for unexpected events this year (2013).
China, normally the world's second largest surplus exporter of wheat, just this week announced that it will be importing wheat from the U.S. this year, following major crop failures resulting from the northern hemisphere's record-breaking cold, wet spring.
But the U.S. isn't faring any better, with the 2012 drought extending into this year and condemning the growing season before it even started. Far from producing "no unexpected events", 2013 is producing even wilder weather extremes than ever before.
Buckle up: we're in for a rocky ride...
Information seekers face a problem. Common topics widely publicized and researched get hundreds or thousands of analysts of various types (professional, paid, volunteer, hobbyists), with different backgrounds, and thus come up with wide ranging analysis. Much of this analysis is severely biased, especially when commercial interests pay analysts to reach conclusions conducive to their business. This is most notable with the stock market, where analysts work for the same companies that hold positions in the stocks they are giving good ratings to. But this is not a terrible situation because other information is available, and so it's possible to compare analysis and filter biases, some of which are very obvious. For common topics, such as a natural disaster (Hurricane Sandy), a political election, or the financial crisis, there is an overwhelming amount of data and thus an overwhelming amount of analysis. Much of this is freely available on the internet, although there are niche companies that might charge for it, but in any event it is publicly available even if some is in paid form.
But what about 'non events' - things that supposedly never happened or don't exist. Or topics where data is sparse and widely misunderstood. Such as:
- The radiation poisoning of the West Coast of North America
- Contact with Extraterrestrials and it's implications on known information
- The foreign exchange market
The problem with events that 'never happened' or where officials downplay, deny, or obfuscate the topic, leads researchers off the trail. Analysts, journalists, and others won't want to even discuss the topic for fear of losing their jobs or being branded with a negative connotation, thus reinforcing it's non existence. This also creates negative pressure on available data, as they won't want to host it on their websites or collect more data as it's 'a waste of time.' There's so much going on in the world today, and living in an age of near instant communication causes the need for people in the information business of all types to prioritize and focus.
Even in cases like the JFK conspiracy, even though many do not believe in the conspiracy, enough people consider the possibility that there was another version of events, that many have collected additional data and did scientific studies of the Zapruder film.
Let's take a look at the 3 above examples from 3 unrelated fields.
The Foreign Exchange Market "Forex"
The Forex market is the most significant market in the world, in that it represents the global financial system as a whole (with the exception of a few small countries that do not participate). In some ways it determines the value of money itself, because a central bank can only create as much of it's OWN currency as it wants. That money can be used internally, but if there are not sufficient means to deploy it domestically, and they want to purchase foreign goods and services, they first need to enter the Forex market and exchange their money for foreign currency. Because of this, the United States since WWII has pursued a policy to force other nations to use the US Dollar, thus making Forex less relevant for monetary policy in the United States. Some great examples of this policy, Cuba has been an enemy of the US since Fidel Castro took power, but during that time, until 2004 the US Dollar was the most widely used currency on the island, being accepted for payment in shops and to conduct business. The largest example is the Petro Dollar, where the US has convinced oil producing nations to sell oil in US Dollars, and to reinvest some of that money into US markets. Today, Al-Waleed bin Talal is Citibank's largest single shareholder, and Saudi Arabia enjoys military protection from the US and spends the most on arms as a percentage of GDP (8.9%) than almost any other country on the planet, mostly from US arms dealers. Standing up to this policy usually follows with a troubled fate.
The US has an untold policy (but known in high circles) in the 3rd world (actually any non G8 country) "Use US Dollars or we bomb you." The most obvious recent example being Iraq, where in 2000 they decided to price oil in Euros, not US Dollars in retaliation for sanctions. Experts feel this is a large reason why Iran is the next significant US target. US hegemony is literally expressed in US Dollar hegemony. As Rothschild is quoted as saying:
"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws" — Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild
It is not needed to make this official policy because there is a correlation between the use of US Dollars and contracts with US Corporations, which is the lobby that pushes politicians. The bankers support the corporations same like they support the government, by supplying them with a near unlimited supply of money, so their agenda remains subtle but clearly there. If you look at any US intervention since WWII there is an obvious trail of local policies designed to go off the US Dollar system (whether it's a blatant switch to Euros or another currency, or the introduction of a socialist currency system such as seen in Chile with the introduction of Project CyberSyn).
Isn't it ridiculous how Senators accuse China of being a 'currency manipulator' when the Fed is creating money out of nothing, sending it to the Chinese, and they are sending products to the US? The US is trading worthless paper for products; they have effectively convinced the Chinese to send a bunch of manufactured goods to the US for nothing. To put icing on the cake, they reinvest their profits in US Treasuries! It's a better economic situation for the US than if the entire country of China was annexed. This goes to show you in the example of Forex how little is understood even by power brokers.
The origins of modern Forex since the Nixon shock remain a mystery. Few official accounts outline what went on at Camp David the weekend before Nixon announced the suspension of the gold window (Here's one). But we know the State Department and National Security Council were not invited, and we know George Schultz and Henry Kissinger were the leading voices of the shock plan. On the surface, it was simply a negating of obligations, so the commonly held view is simply that the US didn't feel obliged to fulfill the Bretton Woods agreement. But what if something else was going on? The facts are that both men are members of CFR and both have openly promoted the use of a Global "One World Currency." Both have been advisers to some of the world's largest corporations and several US Presidential administrations.
From an analytic perspective, Forex remains the largest market in the world and the only one that is completely unregulated. While Dodd-Frank and other regulations seem to have regulated Forex, all they really did was regulate retail Forex, in other words, they regulated the retail investor. Interbank Forex remains completely unregulated.
Another problem is that because there is no central exchange for Forex, data supplied about figures like volumes and profits are largely voluntary. The BIS does surveys of banks which are not only voluntary they are not audited. In other words it may be possible that there are private banks exchanging trillions per day on the Interbank Forex market and no one would ever know. By use of offshore banking jurisdictions it's theoretically possible there are some whale banks that no one even knows exist. As central banks create money out of nothing, they could theoretically transfer money into one of these banks via swap lines or other instruments (not necessarily direct M3) and it would be totally off the books. In an accounting sense on a central bank level, Forex is the largest legal money laundering operation that's ever existed. Once a central bank creates electronic currency and transfers it via Forex to another jurisdiction, possibly through multiple corresponding banks, it morphs from whatever instrument the central bank used into depository cash that can be spent in the real economy.
Forex is essentially a derivative in this context, however, there is a big difference between Forex and other derivatives. First, Forex is a cash market that is settled immediately (although due to a trading rule trades are settled after 2 days) but you have a profit or loss in foreign currency immediately upon closing your position. Second, every participant in the economy uses Forex and money, whereas most derivatives are used by only sophisticated institutions and corporations. The significance of the value of the US Dollar is felt by every American who uses US Dollars to purchase products, as is the same in other jurisdictions.
Another mysterious fact about the Forex market is that while it is the largest market, it's also the most concentrated. While retail Forex has been growing, most brokers and even most banks are just middlemen to several key players. About 90% of the entire global Forex volume is handled by 10 banks, and about 5% by another 2o-30 banks, and 5% by retail customers and brokers. The 10 banks essentially control the Forex market, under a veil of complete secrecy. The Forex market is essentially whatever these banks tell us it is. Most of what we know goes on by these banks in the Forex market has come from insider testimony, and surveys such as the BIS survey. The point here is that these 10 banks could literally agree and decide to fix all Forex rates and it would be legal, and no one could do anything about it. Sure, black markets would ensue like we are seeing in Argentina. But these banks have such a monopoly on international payments it would be difficult for these black markets to flourish.
Fortunately, the Forex market isn't very complicated. No matter what is going on behind the scenes, the Forex market trades within a certain limited numerical range and aside from large shifts (such as the creation of the Euro and China's plan to make the Yuan convertible) it's not difficult to analyze the market with GIGO (Garbage in Garbage out) approach. But it still remains the largest market in the world, the most significant market in the world, that we know the least about.
Extra Terrestrial Influence
Unlike Forex, there is a large amount of data from governments and individuals around the world. Even US President Jimmy Carter filed a report that he witnessed a UFO. But the available public data is a fraction of a percent of the total, most being held by governments under security regulations. Many governments such as the UK have released files pertaining to the subject, but still keep many classified. Organizations such as the Disclosure Project have organized the testimony and release of files from high level, highly credentialed government and corporate witnesses. Much of the reports on ET/UFO info are uncorroborated or in some cases even hoaxes. So by focusing on extremely credible sources with all governments but most specifically the US DOD (Military/CIA) and experts from the Aerospace and Defense industries, the Disclosure Project brings credibility to the information. Many of the older witnesses have only come forward now that they are deep into their retirement because many signed non-disclosure and secrecy agreements that would have put them in violation, thus losing their pensions or being targets of smear campaigns or worse (there is a high tendency for witnesses to disappear or develop diseases shortly after coming forward).
What some of this information indicates not only provides smoking gun proof evidence, both in the form of testimony and documentation, it shows that world governments have not only known about the ET presence they have made contact and contracts with ET. One of the most interesting accounts comes from Philip Corso, highly decorated retired Army.
According to Corso, the reverse engineering of these artifacts indirectly led to the development of accelerated particle beam devices, fiber optics, lasers, integrated circuit chips and Kevlar material.
He goes on to describe in detail how the Military released this technology to major US corporations through research groups such as PARC and through R&D at major corporations in the fields of Aerospace, Defense, Technology, and other industries. This correlates with a 'jump' in research in many technology fields. For example, until the early 1950's computers were built using vacuum tubes, and most research was done on a theoretical basis. With the introduction of micro circuitry and the micro processor, computing power doubled every 18 months according to Moore's law, and gave rise to and entire industry eventually leading to mainframe use by large organizations and the PC revolution. Other technologies include Fiber Optics, Kevlar, "Beam Weapon" or "Death Ray" technology, Stealth technology, Weather Modification, and more. Scientists such as Nikola Tesla were working on advanced technology before this time, but the release and use by industry ironically coincides with reports of Military working with ET.
Further accounts state that Eisenhower had made a technology exchange deal with ETs secretly, only known to top Military brass which continues to this day. While this in itself is not well documented, witness testimony such as from Philip Corso corroborates with this. Also many Air Force personnel have reported seeing ETs in Military jump suits, and evidence found by hacker Gary McKinnon such as a list of Navy officers, some of which were listed as "non-terrestrial officers."
'I found a list of officers' names,' he claims, 'under the heading Non-Terrestrial Officers.' ...
'Yeah, I looked it up,' says Gary, 'and it's nowhere. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of fleet-to-fleet transfers, and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't U.S. navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet.'
If Aliens are actually involved in Earth politics, even on a basic level such as providing technology, this has profound implications on our current view of the world. History books would literally need to be rewritten taking into account such influences on Politics, the Economy, the Military, and Society. Some in the UFO community claim that a time will come when all will be disclosed. If that does happen, global society would endure a sudden paradigm shift, such as happened at major technological breakthroughs in history such as Special Relativity, and the industrial revolution.
Radiation Poisoning of North America
Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, reports indicate a growing radioactive cloud moving across the Pacific affecting North America, primarily the west coast. Unlike other types of research, anyone with a Geiger counter with minimal training can test for radiation. Some types of tests require special equipment, but basic Alpha/Gamma/Beta tests can be done using a Geiger counter available from retail outlets. First take a look at some of the data collected:
.. and so on
So why isn't this in the news? There was a scare after the event where residents of cities like San Francisco rushed out to buy potassium iodine pills, and after that the EPA and other government organization raised the levels of safe radiation creating a 'new normal' so that alerts would not be triggered (such processes are highly automated today). Also, several monitoring stations that monitor radiation in California were closed.
California is the 12th largest economy in the world with GDP comparable to Spain or Italy. The implications of radioactive produce coming from a state that produces a large percentage of the US food supply would be devastating. Ironically, California is a leading eco state with laws that don't exist in any other state protecting the environment and consumers. One would think Californians would be leading the information exchange about this topic, considering the lengths the state goes through to protect the environment such as a $1 Million fish ladder.
In this last case, the data is most clear, because it's impossible to deny readings of hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of radiation detection equipment. What's scary about this radiation case though, it will affect the health of people living on the west coast of North America as well as people who eat foods produced in that area.
This article is Socratic, not a hypothesis. By understanding the challenges facing information gathering and analysis of 'non events' or things that supposedly never happened or don't exist, we can begin to understand how to approach such areas where data is sparse or inconclusive. Also we must consider such non-events when considering analysis even when based on perfect information. In other words, if we are analyzing the food system we must consider the possible impact of the radiation in California which may take years or longer to have substantial evidence (as the effects of this radiation are very subtle). Or consider the announcement by the US government about the ET presence, how would that affect the stock market, and society? Of course there are many other topics, and worse for researchers, there are things that are complete unknown unknowns that can surface at any time. Before the industrial revolution, it was inconceivable to imagine that machines could do the work for us. Before the technological revolution, many things now commonly done by computers and gadgets were inconceivable.
Many sound analysis which become part of the common understanding of how things work, over time, are subject to ruin by such unknown unknowns, or 'black swan events' as called by Nassim Taleb. TEPCO, the Japanese energy company who owned the Fukushima power plant, calculated a zero percent chance what actually happened in 2011. Nothing in statistics is ever 0% or 100% except for knowns such as 1=1 but even then when you consider tolerance or quantum mechanics 1 isn't always 1. After the event happened, in the past, the chances of it happening were actually 100% because it did happen. This analysis formed by TEPCO was created by leading mathematicians and nuclear scientists from a nation of supposed superior technical capabilities. It proves that when looking at the facts, one must consider 'non events' even if they have a low probability of impacting the conclusion.
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,326.75, EUR 1,007.10 and GBP 864.84 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,313.75, EUR 998.21 and GBP 859.22 per ounce.
Gold climbed $39.30 or 3.04% yesterday and closed at $1,333.70/oz.
Silver surged $0.97 or 4.98% and closed at $20.46.
Gold Prices/Fixes/Rates/Vols - (Bloomberg)
Gold surged over 3% yesterday due to what appears to be have been significant short covering due to concerns about gold backwardation and the continual haemorrhaging of gold inventories from the COMEX.
Concerns about a default on the COMEX, once the preserve of a few observant market watchers, are becoming more widespread as we appear to be witnessing a run on the highly leveraged bullion banking system.
Very robust physical demand from the Middle East, Asia and particularly China and a decline in the dollar also helped prices log their biggest one-day gain in over a year and their first close above $1,300 an ounce in nearly five weeks.
Gains in silver futures, meanwhile, outpaced gold’s rise, with silver surging 5%.
Gold may have been higher also due to the weak U.S. dollar which is under pressure from poor U.S. home sales and comments from Bill Gross, PIMCO co-chief investment officer, who said he expected the Fed won't tighten policy before 2016.
Gold has recovered nearly $150 or more than 12% in less than a month since hitting a three-year low of $1,180/oz on June 28th. Gold has made the strong gains due to robust physical demand as seen in the still high premiums in Asia.
Respected investor and precious metals guru, Jim Sinclair has again warned of a risk of a default on the COMEX and said that gold prices will rise to $3,500/oz and that gold at $50,000/oz is “not out of the question.”
Sinclair, the successful gold and silver investor and a former adviser to the Hunt Brothers in their liquidation of silver from 1981 to 1984, said in a posting on his blog that was emailed out to subscribers that:
“The cause of today’s spectacular rise in the gold price is the reality that with Friday continues large drops in the Comex warehouse gold inventory. No cogent argument can be formed against the reality that because of the continued fall in gold inventory that within in 90 days or sooner the Comex must change its delivery mechanism.”
Sinclair, said that the COMEX would have to move to cash settlement as they do not have nearly enough gold bullion to make deliveries and warned that owners of futures may be forced to accept payment in the form of the SPDR GLD ETF. This which would make them unsecured creditors of the bullion banks who are the custodians and sub custodians of the SPDR GLD.
He said that this could lead to the GLD ETF being “destroyed” and said that “it is a truism in gold that which is convertible into gold will in fact be converted over time.”
Comex Gold Inventory Data
Sinclair was likely alluding to a form of Gresham’s Law where bad money drives out good and where ‘bad’ or more risky gold investments are driven out by ‘good’ or safer gold ‘investments’ such as physical bullion in your possession or allocated in a vault outside the banking system.
Gold rose yesterday and Sinclair said, “because those knowledgeable know the inevitability of the changing of the Comex contract.”
“There is no question this is the emancipation of physical gold from the fraud of no gold, paper gold. The emancipation will cause physical gold exchanges to take birth and to be the discovery mechanism for the price of gold. This is the end of the ability to use paper gold future contracts as a mechanism to make the gold price sing and dance at the will of the manipulators.
With manipulation coming to an end the true value of gold will be discovered by the cash exchanges that are now taking birth. The advent of the cash spot exchanges around the world is the natural demise of the Comex.
GOFO (Gold Forward Offered Rate) is screaming this truth. The warehouse inventory of every futures gold exchanger is screaming this. The fact that there is no meaningful above ground supply of gold is screaming this. The fact that most of the central banks supply of gold is leased is screaming this.
There is no reason why gold cannot move up hundreds of dollars a day when the Comex changes their spot contract settlement, as they must, as they will, very soon.”
Support & Resistance Chart - (GoldCore)
With regard to price, Sinclair said that “gold will trade well above $3,500/oz and those who have lived in the gold market like me for now 53 years know it”.
The respected investor said that “a price of $50,000 for gold is not out of the question as a result of its emancipation from “fraudulent paper, no gold, paper gold.”
Mr. Sinclair has a good track record and it is believed that he has insider knowledge due to his family history and relationships with key players on Wall Street.
He predicted back in the early 2000’s with gold below $300 an ounce that gold would reach $1,650 within a decade. Now he is talking about “quantitative easing to infinity” and a similar trajectory for gold and silver prices.
Sinclair is highly respected amongst precious metal buyers due to being extraordinarily generous with his knowledge and his time in recent years. His writings on his website JSMineset and his free email have protected tens of thousands of people around the world.
This year he has undertaken conferences where hundreds of people have turned up in Los Angeles, London and New York City for highly informative, interactive, question and answer sessions and is holding more conferences around the world in the coming months.
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Tara Clarke writes: or months now, we've been harping to our readers about why cybersecurity is one of the absolute best investments you can get involved with right now.
Now the rest of the financial media is catching on.
This weekend, Barron's profiled cybersecurity investing, detailing why it's one of the hottest sub-sectors of 2013.
That means cybersecurity investors are closer to realizing huge gains as more investors pile in to these stocks.
Take a look at these shocking numbers and you'll understand why this industry is exploding with profit potential:
American Businesses Under Fire
Currently, hackers are stealing around $250 billion a year in intellectual property.
Homeland Security reported a 68% increase in cyberattacks at federal agencies, critical infrastructure, and government partners.
According to Internet security firm Symantec, attacks on companies rose 42% in 2012.
Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, describes these attacks as "the greatest wealth transfer in history."
According to tech research firm Gartner, corporations are projected to spend $67 billion in information security this year. Security spending will increase by around 39%, to $93 billion, in 2017.
Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, told FOX Business, "Clearly, people are now paying attention. Cybersecurity is no longer a footnote in the needs of supporting a business end-to-end."
In fact, Gartner approximates that 80% of the world's 2,000 largest companies will report security preparation to their boards over the next year.
Despite spending cuts, the U.S. government is beefing up spending in cybersecurity measures.
David Burg, head of PwC's cybersecurity practice, sums it up well to Barron's: "There is a major evolution, with companies moving beyond a baseline of complying with regulation to those looking at cybersecurity as a competitive advantage."
This rapidly developing industry is making cybersecurity absolutely ripe for the harvest for investors. In the words of Rob Owens, head of Pacific Crest Securities:
"I can't point to anything with a better secular backdrop than security right now, given the rate of technological change and the impact of mobile and applications on security."
This is precisely why we've wanted our readers to take advantage of cybersecurity - it's one of the best investments you can make right now.
And it's not too late for you to take advantage; here's how...
How to Invest In Cybersecurity
Barron's reports that there are three key areas in cybersecurity technology to watch: Protection, Detection, and Response.
But there are a lot of moving parts, so it's hard to know exactly where to invest. Who can come up with key technology in the right areas? Who can keep it up and running after launch, adding critical updates for continued viability?
Tech startups, small pure-play tech firms, large internet security firms, cyber-insurers, consultants and defense contractors are all in the game.
It can seem daunting to choose where to put your money, but we're here to help.
First of all, we agree with Barron's pick on Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP). This is a veteran Internet security firm that brings years of experience to the table.
We also agree with Barron's on Fortinet Inc. (NASDAQ:FTNT). Fortinet is a smaller pure-play firm and its stock is trading at 34 times 2014 earnings.
Recently, its CCFO Ken Goldman left the company and subsequent quarterly earnings pushed the stock lower.
However, we expect a recovery due to its attractive all-in-one cybersecurity package solution for businesses, so now is the time to buy at a discount.
Also, back in March we recommended four stocks to buy in the exploding cybersecurity market.
One is BASF SE (BASFY). This company is one of the big players in the Active Authentication (AA) defense technology that Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing right now.
Another is NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE:NQ), a mobile security company that has worked its way into mobile games and advertising.
NQ Mobile hit us front and center last year, when our Private Briefing investment service released its list of stocks to buy in 2012.
The stock soared as high as 153% after the recommendation, and we're pretty proud of that!
In fact, Private Briefing has been chock full of cybersecurity investing opportunities, especially in light of the series of alleged Chinese-sponsored cyberattacks on several major U.S. weapons systems earlier this year.
Check it out if you're serious about getting into this sector - which you should be.
Additionally, see "How You Can Help Destroy China's "Internet Army" - And Make 300% In The Process."