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Must-See TV: Tom Jacobs on CBS Affiliate in Rochester, NY

Tired of the same old faces predicting the market's direction on CNBC? Who needs Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernan when we have our very own Tom Jacobs hitting the local airwaves on the CBS affiliate in Rochester, NY?

Tune in here to see Tom discussing the current state of the market and what kind of investments not to make right now. He also shares some of the lessons he learned from his father, and the very first stock he bought back in the '60s.

Is TV ready for its new celebrity? Tune in to find out.

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Tom Jacobs in the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse area tomorrow!

If you're in the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse area tomorrow, August 7, you’re in for a treat. Tom Jacobs will be presenting his thoughts on the stock market and his book, What’s Behind the Numbers?, in the Pittsford Plaza Barnes & Noble at 7 pm.

After the event, attendees are invited to join Tom at the Cheesecake Factory (across the parking lot), where a good time will be had by all.

So mark your calendars: August 7, 7 pm, Tom Jacobs at Barnes & Noble. Upstate New York will never be the same!

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Dark Closets Ahead for Container Store Investors?

The Container Store (NYSE: TCS) reported first-quarter earnings last week, and let's just say they were less than stellar. The company blamed the problems on the general malaise that's been hitting the entire retail industry. But just how deep are the company's problems?

To find the answer, we'd like to point you to a compelling analysis at the Motley Fool by community member MonsterFluff, who takes a look at the company's accounting practices, which he claims are a "nightmare tangle of charges for impairments, restructuring, (and) IPO related costs."

Is The Container Store a potential short? Read the article to discover what's behind the numbers... and you be the judge.

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Do you live in the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse area?

If you live in, or plan to visit, the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse area on August 7, you're in for a treat. Tom Jacobs will be presenting his thoughts on the stock market and his book, What's Behind the Numbers?, in the Pittsford Plaza Barnes & Noble at 7 pm.

After the event, attendees are invited to join Tom at the Cheesecake Factory (across the parking lot), where a good time will be had by all.

So mark your calendars: August 7, 7 pm, Tom Jacobs at Barnes & Noble. Upstate New York will never be the same!

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Del Vecchio's Favorite Short?

What is John Del Vecchio's favorite short? It's possible that it's 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), the hotly debated 3-D printing company that has already dropped 50% from its yearly high.

Read why Del Vecchio's pessimistic about the company's recovery, and learn the six reasons why he thinks the spectacular drop isn't over yet.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! WBTN Goes Audio!

In today's hectic world, it's hard to find time to read. And for those of you who have been longing to read What's Behind the Numbers?, but simply haven't had the time, we have good news: You can now take Tom Jacobs and John Del Vecchio with you everywhere you go -- in your car, the subway, and yes, even the bathroom -- because WBTN is now available as an audio book. Listen to an excerpt.

Did you know that 63% of wealthy people listen to audio books on their commute? Become an AudibleListener today and make What's Behind the Numbers? your first book!

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Dallas Biz Columnist Lauds Del Vecchio ETF

Tax season has passed, and now, earnings season has begun. Daily press releases and conference calls give investors much to focus on -- and less time for themselves!

But according to well-respected Dallas Morning News business columnist Will Deener, earnings aren't always what they seem. He writes:

"Much of what passes for fair and accurate earnings reports is fiction, or the truth stretched so thin it's hardly
recognizable. Shrewd corporate financial officers use all manner of financial levers to manipulate the income
statement in order to beat Wall Street expectations.

"For example, revenue that should have been booked in the second quarter is shifted into the first quarter to make things look better now. Some companies push inventory out the door to reluctant customers by offering big discounts. And they deliberately misclassify routine expenses as one-time, non-recurring charges."

How can an individual investor know what's real and what's manipulated? According to Deener, any small investor can have the work and research done by simply purchasing shares of  FLAG -- the Forensic Accounting ETF created by John Del Vecchio, co-author with Tom Jacobs of What's Behind the Numbers?

Read Deener's column to learn more about how the fund works. He also takes a look at FLAG's performance during its first full year of operation.

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