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  • FTC Investigation Is A Game Changer For Herbalife Longs [View article]
    Justice has a way of reappearing when all logic seems lost. In my days I have seen tyrants fall from power and even the Berlin Wall come crashing down. Think of all the people that left their hard-earned money on scammers with pictures of houses and cars by just selling some shakes on their spare time. You have no idea what it is like to see the face and sorrow of those after comprehending the fraud and knowing there is nothing further they can do. Justice speaks for those who are silent simple-minded entrepreneurs, that have a testimony to bear in both their shame and financial loss. Consider the amounts of money these executives for these pyramid schemes put in their pockets. That was money that should be spent on technology, medical research or some utilitarian cause to aid humanity. Instead it was perpetuated in a cycle of lies and deceit.

    It brings tears to my eyes to see the government respond and whatever the outcome, MTM will not be a good investment in the US or abroad. Thank you with the deepest appreciation for the human experience and spirit, for Mr. Bill Ackman, Mr. Matt Stewart and Quoth The Raven, for keeping sanity in this world of immorality.
    Mar 13 06:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife Tragedy Unfolds: Act IV, Scene 3 [View article]
    I had the experience of watching my wife and a friend become distributors for a number of MLM companies. They are all pyramids and exploit the innocent. We had plenty of milkshakes sitting I our garage at one time. It took time to consume what was bought in search of sales leadership.

    Investment wise, my short was based on a simple analysis of the charts and the experience within our household. A friend and I shorted NUS as we had identified it as a sister stock to HLF. This was before Ackman and Icahn created tidal waves. Left that position before the momentum changed and avoided taking further positions because the outcome is uncertain in the short term.

    Summarizing, I believe Ackman, Stewart and QTR are correct in their assessments and for that reason I second their thoughts. Investment wise it would be foolish to touch this stock.
    Jan 29 09:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Senator Markey From Massachusetts Skewers Herbalife [View article]
    I am surprised no one has caught the wit of Matt Stewart. Jesse Pinkman is the helper and secondary figure in the Breaking Bad series that finally unravels Heisenberg because he is troubled by the moral issues faced when a young kid is killed and his death is accepted as a necessary evil. Nothing but a delicious use of sarcasm that has left all the barkers making accusations of plagiarisms and pseudonyms. Keep it up Matt, we enjoy your writing. LOL
    Jan 25 11:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Senator Markey From Massachusetts Skewers Herbalife [View article]
    It is amazing to count the amount of writers hired by HLF to attack anybody who writes about this pyramid scheme. This company is taking on the semblance or atmosphere of a cult-based organization. It is even more amazing how in the face of so much controversy, fraudulent and predatory practices can be ignored by our government institutions like the SEC and FTC. Why did no one investigate Bernie Maddoff when top dogs at Wall Street knew that his investments were a Ponzi scheme? Why was the derivatives market allowed to grow out of control when another government overseer warned of the upcoming doom? Why did so many mortgage loans go out to people who clearly did not qualify? Because we all chose to remain silent. We have to hope that people that have been afforded the public trust remain with the ethical and moral understanding that we are indeed our brothers keeper. We cannot let profit blur the lines between true marketing and MLM schemes.

    Let us not permit an institution created for the investment of public monies by hard working common folks be corroded by companies that defy reason with products that you can replicate in your blender. How is it possible to pay the highest salaries from a traded companies on mere dietary supplements. Americans have a long standing aversion to tyranny and exploitation. We should not with our silence let mediums like this be overrun by barters who want to confuse the public discourse. Money is power and influence, it needs to be used cautiously and with prudence. These MLM companies are our ambassadors to the world. And they speak of false promises and cult-like organizations. That is not what we need to export and give acceptance to in our free market economy. That is not our sense of fair play. The USA needs to begin the reforms at home and demonstrate to the world that our honesty is above profit and not condone the trading of companies that delve in deception. Let our free market capitalism provide a path to prosperity and creative products that provide true solutions.

    I am neither short nor long on HLF or NUS.
    Jan 24 01:22 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • You Can't Beat Mickey Mouse, So Stay Out Of Herbalife [View article]
    From a speculator's point of view and mathematically speaking, HLF is a good long position. That is what the chart tells us.

    The struggle that we face as investors however is that we cannot ignore the underlying moral issue. Pyramid schemes and MLM are taking advantage of the common folk. You only need to buy the product to understand how money is extracted from the unsuspecting victims.

    These huge salaries for MLM executives do not come out of thin air. We are our brother's keeper and should restrain from profits that encourage further existence of such predatory business models. It doesn't matter how many large investors with intelligent records and large bank accounts get involved, right and wrong are still pretty evident. My dismay is why the government takes no action? Why are fraudulent operations able to operate without impunity in trading institutions where honesty and good practices often marked the American way?

    Ackman is indeed a brave activist and a fine example of a human being. It take courage to take a stand that may not be popular but correct in its affect. Money is not only legal tender but also inherent with power and influence. It should be used with much economic wisdom and social awareness. It is an ugly canvass to see Ackman attacked with the knowledge that his short position strategically was and is vulnerable just because someone can make a profit.

    Where are the watchmen from the FDA, SEC and FTC to bring justice for the inequities caused in the name of publically traded companies that erode the public confidence? Hopefully I err in my painful analysis yet this article points out that political interest may be the greater mechanism.

    Why did Bernie Madoff operate so long when many insiders knew something was wrong? Nothing stains our souls more than a consenting silence. We are not just money exchangers before the temple of commerce. We cannot let undue profits erode our sense of ethics nor should we break the trust with our fellow citizens who long have invested their hard-earned money in an industry that has traditionally stood for fair play and true capitalism.
    Jan 17 05:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife LBO Reality Check [View article]
    The trade for the common folk on this stock is full of peril. If you swim in a pool full of sharks you are likely to be bitten. However, there is a fundamental flaw in the HBL business model and MLM is beginning to catch the public eye. These shares may rise or fall depending on the expectations of investors and speculators. But one thing is evident, should the warning signs be true and a startled HBL collapse under legal scrutiny, all the sharks will drown when the pool is emptied of water. There may be greater forces at play here since the market may be blotted with so much artificial economic manipulation and risk aversion caused by QE. That bubble can blast anyday. That could be the case of an earthquake hitting the pool and in a more dramatic way empty the water anyway. Either way take the words of warning from Ackman and Stewart's meticulous research. Old dogs may be in line to learn new tricks.
    Nov 21 01:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Noose Starts To Tighten Around Herbalife's Neck [View article]
    Matt thank you for another good article. Don't waste your time answering the detractors and cult followers from HerbalDeath because they are not interested from the investor's perspective only on confusing the arguments developed on this platform. Many companies pay individuals to surf the Internet forums to counteract negative publicity that may arise from spontaneous chatter. But every good researcher can read through the noise and smoke screens.

    Carl Icahn showed his true colors by going after Ackman personally and not caring about what Herbalife has done to many aspiring entrepreneurs. George Soros is not too far behind and many Englishmen still remember what he did to the Bank of England. Scruples and morality may look dim but they are not forgotten. But don't worry there is always karma and the way of Justice never fails.

    Oh and as a fluent speaker of the Castillian tongue, Gordo is neither racial nor derogatory. In fact many mothers call their baby boys Gordo. If it was a slur, Taco Bell would not have named their soft tacos Gorditas. But maybe if the detractors would lay of those chalk-tasting shakes, they would have the clear mind to know the difference.
    Oct 19 03:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DA Davidson does an about-face on Herbalife (HLF -1.3%) this morning, upgrading the shares to Buy once again after the company made assurances that they didn't see any risk of a delisting notice from the NYSE, nor do they believe they're in violation of their loan covenants. Davidson had cut the stock to it to Neutral earlier in the week due to uncertainty over the the news of KPMG resigning as its auditor and its impact on the company's NYSE listing. [View news story]
    Mr. Toolman, I am neither short nor long on Herbalife. This page is meant to inform investors as to what is happening with given risk and opportunities. As a husband, I have seen my wife fall prey to these MLM shemes. They are a scam and under the law should not be permitted to continue abusing the unsophisticated at finance. From an investment perspective, HLF is a bad investment and is destined to be uncovered as both predatory and illegal. Just ask yourself, how a company that sells nutritional supplements can have one of the highest paid executives from a publically traded company? We can not block the sun with one finger.
    Apr 16 05:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DA Davidson does an about-face on Herbalife (HLF -1.3%) this morning, upgrading the shares to Buy once again after the company made assurances that they didn't see any risk of a delisting notice from the NYSE, nor do they believe they're in violation of their loan covenants. Davidson had cut the stock to it to Neutral earlier in the week due to uncertainty over the the news of KPMG resigning as its auditor and its impact on the company's NYSE listing. [View news story]
    Matt's opinions are more valid than the people who obfuscate the fact that HLF is a bad investment. It gives the impression that this media is being monitored by employees of the company in question. Interesting enough, these are the same tactics used by cults like the Church of Scientology. And in a similar fashion the nutritional value must have been written by a science fiction writer.
    Apr 12 11:42 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 New Questions For Herbalife Investors [View article]
    A televised discussion between Ackman and Icahn is not public scrutiny. When proceedings by a regulatory or judicial authority commence and HLF is obligated to open its books, the true scrutiny will commence. If you want to gamble your hard-earned money and advice others to do so, you are free as such. But for the discerning investor who can read between the lines, Matt's article is a lighthouse.
    Apr 10 12:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 New Questions For Herbalife Investors [View article]
    The fact remains that for investors the dark clouds are beginning to surround HLF. True that this event was not caused by the company but the effects from its outcome will have unintended consequences. Like a prophet in the wilderness, heed Matt's concerns. This is a company with questionable compensation practices and in due time destined to higher public scrutiny.
    Apr 10 11:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bill Ackman's Pershing Square fires it latest salvo at Herbalife (HLF -1.05%), comparing the nutrition company to Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, which was charged in January with operating an illegal pyramid scheme and making false earnings claims. [View news story]
    With a marginal product at best and a scheme that zaps resources from the already disadvantaged, MLM will reach a pinnacle where the public eye will begin to scrutinize the underlying pyramid that can't be hidden.
    Mar 14 12:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ackman V. Icahn - Don't Forget Whitman [View article]
    Bottom line, people in the trenches know Herbalife is a pyramid. When you lose your money dreaming of financial independence, there is no return from such a hard reality. This is the end result for many small entrepreneurs that join a venture with no possibility of success. As investors we carry not only the responsibility of providing a profit for our stakeholders but also to achieve it with a social conscience. We should not invest in companies that take from the poor and unsophisticated. As Americans we have a strong sense for honesty and this struggle should not lose that focus. Carl Icahn is standing on the wrong side of justice and history. The accusations against Ackman lack substance and are personal. All we have seen so far is a young man cool and collected, trying to be as civil as possible. You are on the mark again Matt. Thank you for this article.
    Feb 15 12:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife's Disclosures Don't Add Up - Again [View article]
    Matt you speak for all the MLM junkies too ashamed too admit they got scammed by the greed of unattainable profits from the comfort of their home. They are your silent partners in this struggle to return ethics and fairplay in the pursuit of financial freedom and happiness. Your articles are also a beacon for the cautious investor. Thank you and continue to educate this forum of well-intentioned and discerning readers.
    Feb 8 05:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife's Disclosures Don't Add Up - Again [View article]
    Rather you are short or long, there are a lot of red flags coming out of the scrutiny of this business model. I can't truthfully say that I have seen Herbalife products accumulated in my garage but my wife has run the gamet from magnets to miracle water filtering machines. They all came in with the same promise of making her rich and enlisting others. I suspect there is no proof you loose weight with this product. You can go to your local store buy protein, soy milk and a banana with the resulting shake better and healthier than this miracle drink and certainly much cheaper. I also admit these companies are well managed in order to make their CEO amongst the highest paid in a publicly traded company. The more we look, the more we realize something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
    Feb 8 02:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment