Nathan Slaughter

Nathan Slaughter, Chief Investment Strategist of The Daily Paycheck and High-Yield Investing, has developed a long and successful track record over the years by finding profitable investments no matter where they hide. Nathan's previous experience includes a long tenure at AXA/Equitable Advisors, one of the world's largest financial planning firms. He also honed his research skills at Morgan Keegan, where he managed millions in portfolio assets and performed consultative retirement planning services. To reach more investors, Nathan switched gears in 2004 and began writing full-time. He has since published hundreds of articles for a variety of prominent online and print publications. Nathan has interviewed industry insiders like Paul Weisbruch and CEOs like Tom Evans of Bankrate.com, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times for his expertise on economic moats. Nathan's educational background includes NASD Series 6, 7, 63, & 65 certifications, as well as a degree in Finance/Investment Management from Sam M. Walton School of Business, where he received a full academic scholarship. When not following the market, Nathan enjoys watching his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, and camping and fishing with his family.

Analyst Articles

I remember when the housing bubble burst back in 2007. Most people thought it would never make a comeback. Some went so far as to predict it would take America 50 years or more for the housing sector to climb back to pre-recession levels. Well, just a short five years later, I am pleased to say that housing is back. #-ad_banner-#The latest housing data from the Commerce Department from July shows that new home purchases are up 6.8% and median home prices gained 8.3% since a year ago. Read More

I remember when the housing bubble burst back in 2007. Most people thought it would never make a comeback. Some went so far as to predict it would take America 50 years or more for the housing sector to climb back to pre-recession levels. Well, just a short five years later, I am pleased to say that housing is back. #-ad_banner-#The latest housing data from the Commerce Department from July shows that new home purchases are up 6.8% and median home prices gained 8.3% since a year ago. And a survey by Standard & Poor’s found that housing in 20 of the largest U.S. cities — from Boston to Los Angeles — posted gains in June. After going through what was the housing market‘s darkest hour, housing is now one of the most popular investments in America. But that’s only half the story. There’s a much larger force in play behind the uptrend in the housing market. And it’s not what you’d expect. Read More

Americans are being betrayed by their own government. Never in our 237 years as a country have 12 faceless bureaucrats had so much control over our wealth. You see, these bureaucrats, along with their leader — in the blink of an eye — could soon be responsible for one of the worst market crashes in history. #-ad_banner-#I’ll explain more about that in a minute. But first, you should know that when this crucial event takes place, you’ll want to have your portfolio ready to ride it out…… Read More

Americans are being betrayed by their own government. Never in our 237 years as a country have 12 faceless bureaucrats had so much control over our wealth. You see, these bureaucrats, along with their leader — in the blink of an eye — could soon be responsible for one of the worst market crashes in history. #-ad_banner-#I’ll explain more about that in a minute. But first, you should know that when this crucial event takes place, you’ll want to have your portfolio ready to ride it out… and potentially profit tremendously. So what market do I think is about to take one of the biggest hits in a century?  The bond market. And this won’t be an isolated incidence — every investor will be affected.  When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the 12 voting members of the Federal Reserve Board meet in late October, there is a very real possibility they’ll vote to taper the $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, or… Read More

If you want to be successful in the stock market, then sometimes you must think like a contrarian. I’ve spent 15 years in the investment industry. In that time, I’ve seen many investors struggle and many others make a fortune. The difference between success and failure usually has little to do with intelligence or analytical skills. Rather, the best investors generally have an ability to stay cool under pressure and the fortitude to break… Read More

If you want to be successful in the stock market, then sometimes you must think like a contrarian. I’ve spent 15 years in the investment industry. In that time, I’ve seen many investors struggle and many others make a fortune. The difference between success and failure usually has little to do with intelligence or analytical skills. Rather, the best investors generally have an ability to stay cool under pressure and the fortitude to break away from the herd when necessary.#-ad_banner-# This is the best way to make money when it comes to commodity investing. Like many investors, I’ve been neutral to bearish for most precious and industrial metals over the past couple of months. However, there is one notable exception. Before I tell you about this metal, let me give you some background on it first… It’s one the scarcest metals on the planet. In fact, for every… Read More

As the editor of two natural resources newsletters, I stay closely attuned to various industry costs: the average cost to mine an ounce of gold, the cost to refine a barrel of oil into gasoline, the cost to produce and ship a ton of coal from Australia to China. It goes without saying that fluctuations in these costs have a direct impact on the bottom line (and thus the share prices) of the companies involved. And in most cases, expenses are trending higher. Labor costs climb with each passing… Read More

As the editor of two natural resources newsletters, I stay closely attuned to various industry costs: the average cost to mine an ounce of gold, the cost to refine a barrel of oil into gasoline, the cost to produce and ship a ton of coal from Australia to China. It goes without saying that fluctuations in these costs have a direct impact on the bottom line (and thus the share prices) of the companies involved. And in most cases, expenses are trending higher. Labor costs climb with each passing year as workers receive salary bumps. Businesses that lease property and equipment usually see annual rent increases. And, of course, the raw materials needed to make finished products have grown more expensive. Many of these businesses aren’t in a position to raise prices, so they simply have to absorb the higher operating expenses and watch their profit margins get squeezed. Trust me, the market hates margin contraction. But there’s one small group of… Read More

Sometimes the best way to play a commodity is to find one getting beaten up by Wall Street. As any seasoned investor knows, Wall Street has a tendency to overreact, and that’s happening right now with one of the most important metals on Earth… At the moment, commodities … Read More

Sometimes the best way to play a commodity is to find one getting beaten up by Wall Street. As any seasoned investor knows, Wall Street has a tendency to overreact, and that’s happening right now with one of the most important metals on Earth… At the moment, commodities analysts flat-out hate iron ore. Forecasters at prominent brokerage houses like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have slashed their short and long-term price forecasts. And top Australianeconomists are projecting prices to slide from an average of $119 per ton this year to just $90 per ton by 2015. Nobody knows the iron ore … Read More