Why Did Donald Trump Register the DonaldTrumpSucks.com Domain Name?

Based on an article that originally appeared at Stockerblog.com on August 19, 2015

A domain name is, in simple terms, the address for a website. For example, Apple.com, Google.com, and Yahoo.com are all domain names. Domain names are often referred to as URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) or website addresses. Usually, it is what comes after the http:// or the https://, and sometimes you see a www thrown in there.

Some people actually register domain names as investments, which for the right name, can pay off handsomely. For example, whoever originally registered fb.com, eventually got lucky and sold out to Facebook (FB) for $8.5 million. The person who owned loans.com sold to Bank of America (BAC) for $3 million, with mortgage.com going to Citigroup (C) for $1.8 million. There are many other high priced domain sales that can be found in the Stock Market Trivia book.

Donald Trump, the current president of the United States, owns the DonaldTrump.com domain of course. Well technically, the registration shows the ownership as the General Counsel of The Trump Organization, originally registered back on March 7, 1999. It is registered through GoDaddy (GDDY).

But when I checked out the owner of DonaldTrumpSucks.com back in 2015, I expected that it might have been registered by a Republican opponent of Donald Trump or possibly someone on the Democratic side. Yet it turns out that this domain is also owned by The Trump Organization.

DonaldTrumpSucks domain 1

When checking again today, it shows the same thing.
DonaldTrumpSucks domain 2
What is interesting is that this particular domain was registered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014.   Was that the day that Trump really decided to run? This domain was registered through GoDaddy.
Trump’s company has registered over 3,000 domain names, and according to an article by the International Business Times, the organization buys tens of thousands of domains every year.
Some of these purchases are for legitimate purchases, although currently the pages don’t appear to be live. For example:

trumpequities.com
donaldtrumpbriefcases.com
thetrumpexperience.com
trumpwatches.com

Trump isn’t buying all of them them for investment though. Apparently, many are purchased for guarding against “predators.” Here are some of the domains acquired by Trump:

trumpnetworkmarketingsucks.com
trumpnetworksucks.com
trumpcorporationsucks.com
trumporganizationsucks.com
trumpnetworkfraud.com
trumpnetworkponzischeme.com

All of the above point to a generic GoDaddy web page. However, it is interesting to note that if you go to TrumpSucks.com, it brings you to The Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The owner of TrumpSucks is unknown as it  is privately registered through Domain Privacy Service.

The problem with acquiring the anti-Trump domain names is that there are thousands variances of domain names that people can come up with. One example, that I would rather not put in writing but begins with an F is owned by an individual who apparently has had it registered since 2004. For that matter, another domain, which has as its last part, a four letter word that begins with the letter S is also owned by an individual, and was registered a few years ago. Neither of these domains have developed web sites.

But even without the dirty words, there are other top level domains such as .net and .org that could be used with the anti-Trump words, As a matter of fact, an individual just registered donaldtrumpsucks.net in August 2015. And donaldtrumpsucks.org was registered exactly one month ago. Both with the registrar of, who else, GoDaddy, and neither of which are developed.

I’m not sure what the intent of these individuals are. Maybe they think they can resell their domains to the Trump Organization. Have fun dealing with the Trump lawyers.

But is there an investment angle to this, other than trying to find a good (bad) domain to resell to Trump? The one investment that sticks out is GoDaddy, due to its popularity as a domain registrar. Potential investors should be aware that the stock trades at nosebleed high price earnings and forward P/E ratios.

It will be interesting to see how the Trump domain activity plays out. If anyone has any ideas on an investment angle to the Trump domains, please post in the comment section below.

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Business, Investing, & Entrepreneurship Books on Sale

The following entrepreneurship, investment, and business Kindle books are now on sale at Amazon (AMZN). If you are interested in any of these books, you should order them as soon as possible, because often these sales only last for just a few days.

Flipping the Switch
By John G. Miller
A positive, can-do attitude can change your career
Sale: $1.99 Retail: $10.99

The Business Romantic
By Tim Leberecht
The power of romance can energize your professional life
Sale: $1.99 Retail: $10.24

Chaos Monkeys
By Antonio García Martínez
The start-up industry and its monumental influence
Sale: $2.99 Retail: $14.49

Boundaries for Leaders
By Dr. Henry Cloud
Take your career or business to new heights
Sale: $1.99 Retail: $13.99

Success: The Psychology of Achievement
By Deborah A. Olson
Proven psychological strategies and expert advice for reaching your potential in all areas of work and life
Sale: $2.99 Retail: $12.99

The Yummies are Causing the All-Time Stock Market Highs

Many have wondered why the stock market continues to make all-time highs, almost every day. This exceptional rise may be due to the Yummies, the Young Upwardly Mobile Millennials. Yes, the Millennials, also known as Generation Y. Many traits have been ascribed to this generation, but you don’t ever hear the members referred to as being invetor-oriented.

So let’s look at the facts. Legg Mason Global Asset Management, the 20th largest asset manager in the world, produced the 2017 Global Investment Survey, and the Summary of U.S. Results are very enlightening.

For example, did you know that Millennials invest more in non-cash investments than the Generation X or the Baby Boomers? As a matter of fact, 77% of Yummies apply their funds toward these assets, versus 75% for Gen x and 69% for Baby Boomers.

Let’s look at some definitions before continuing. Legg mason consideres Millennials to be between the ages of 18 and 35, Gen X at age 36 to 52, with Baby Boomers ranging from 53 to 71 years old.

Some other interesting factoids about the Yummies. They invest three times as much as Boomers in non-traditional investments. Plus, a far greater percentage of Yummies put their money into investment real estate than the Baby Boomers.

But what is most amazing is the fact that 11% of the Yummies invest in gold and precious metals versus only 7% of the Gen Xers and a measly 2% for the Baby Boomers.

When the respondents were asked which investment categories they believe offer the best opportunities over the next 12 months, 46% of the Yummies said domestic stocks, with Gen X and Boomers closely agreeing, both at 42%. International stocks came in second as an investment opportunity in the opinion of the Millennials.

Finally, 87% of Yummies have saivings, investments, or both but only 81% of Boomers have these assets, and just 75% of Millennials.

Many wonder why the FAANG stocks, Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Google (GOOG), continue to rise. So now you know. If you are wondering who is driving up the price of stocks and cryptocurrency, you need look no further than the Yummies.

by Fred Fuld III

Disclosure: Author owns AAPL and AMZN.

Top Books by Top Business Executives

If you are looking to be successful, look no further than several of the top people in their industries. Many of these individuals have written books about themselves and their successes.

These are all definitely worth reading:

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition by Warren Buffett

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban

Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

On Success by Charles Munger

The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future by T. Boone Pickens

Ross Perot: My Life & The Principles for Success 2nd Edition by Ross Perot

Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity by Steve Forbes

The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) by Ken Fisher

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy by Bill Gates

 

Stocks that are Up over 20% for the Week

As goes the first few days of the year, so goes the rest of the year? If that’s true, you should check out these stocks. They are all up over 20% for the week, and up today.

It is interesting to note that most of them are in the biotechnology industry, with one software company, one utility, and one oil and gas drilling company.

Here they are:

Appian (APPN)

Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA)

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR)

Coheres Biosciences (CHRS)

Immutep (IMMP)

SCANA (SCG)

W&T Offshore (WTI)

Ripple Cryptocurrency Now has a Larger Market Cap than Bitcoin

Many investors and traders believe that if there is one winner in the cryptocurrency race, it will be Bitcoin. One of the main reasons for that belief is that it has maintained the largest market capitalization.

The market cap, at least for cryptos, is the total number of coins times the current price. However, the key is “total number of coins”. Most sites reference the market cap based on Circulating Supply (the “float” in stock market terms), and in that case, Bitcoin would be at the top.

However, if you base it on the Supply Limit, which is the total number of coins possible, Ripple would be at the top with a market cap of $328 billion, based on the prices displayed at the time this article is written. Bitcoin would be $321 billion.

See the chart below for more detail:

Crypto Market Caps
Market Caps based on Supply Limits as Opposed to Circulating Limits
Coin Supply Limit Price Market Cap
Ripple 100,000,000,000 $3.28 $328,000,000,000
Bitcoin 21,000,000 $15,289 $321,069,000,000
Ethereum* 103,862,556 $962 $99,915,778,872
Stellar Lumen 103,570,548,975 $0.86 $89,535,911,024
Bitcoin Cash 21,000,000 $2,595 $54,494,580,000
Cardano 45,000,000,000 $1.04 $46,800,000,000
Litecoin 84,000,000 $244.16 $20,509,440,000
*Estimated supply limit. No set block limit.
Source: Based on prices at coinmarketcap.com on 1/3/17 at 5:10 pm PT

New Years 2018 Investment Poem

To be sung to the tune of My Favorite Things

New Years 2018 Investment Poem

Facebook and Apple and Netflix and Google
Throw money at them, no need to be frugal
Amazon’s up over fifty percent
It’s probably not just a random event
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad

Bitcoin and Ether and Litecoin and Ripple
It certainly looks like my money will triple
California will have legalized pot
Which should cause all weed stocks to get very hot
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad

The stock market indexes have gone very high
Investors made money and that is no lie
The markets have risen nine years in a row
Everyone’s guessing how high it will go
When my stocks drop
When I lose bad
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite trades
And then I don’t feel so sad


© 2018 Fred Fuld III, All rights reserved