5 Best Stories on Real Money: Cramer's August Warning, QQQ

Here are five must reads from Jim Cramer, Helene Meisler, Rev Shark, and the team at Real Money/Real Money Pro!
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Watch out because the pandemic will hit the economy hard in August. Then there's the chart of the QQQ Nasdaq 100 ETF, how to make money by being aggressive, a new tech index, and a look at the Fed. It's all on Real Money right now.

Here are five must reads from the columnists of Real Money and Real Money Pro, our premium sites for Wall Street professionals and active investors:

Jim Cramer: August Is When the Rubber Hits the Road

There are four reasons why August will be the month the pandemic really starts to hit Americans, writes Jim Cramer

Cramer explains in detail how optimism over the curve flattening nationwide, vaccines being rolled out, the desire to spend, to go anywhere and the non-existent fear of being evicted will all coalesce to crimp the economy.

Meisler: OK Folks, This Is Where I Draw the Line (Chart)

Real Money's Helene Meisler discusses how she approaches the chart of the all-important Nasdaq 100 ETF, the Invesco Trust  (QQQ) - Get Report .

Meisler begins by answering a question she's gotten so often in the last few days. Why did she draw the line on the QQQ starting in mid-April and not at the March low? 

There are few rules when drawing a line. This is an art, not a science.

Rev Shark: To Make More Money Be More Aggressive

James "Rev Shark" DePorre asks, How do we take on the increased risk needed to produce better returns? 

He points out that the market offers us endless opportunities and our ability to capitalize on them is an endless balancing of risks against potential returns. If we adjust our thinking and our methods we can handle more risk and that will increase the potential of greater gains.

Here are 6 steps to take.

McMillan: New Tech Index Tracks the Likes of Alibaba, Tencent in Hong Kong

As Alex Frew McMillan observes from his perch in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng as a stock market has always had a very traditional bent, dominated by banks and property developers. But after attracting a string of secondary listings over the past few months, Hong Kong has a new focus: technology. Now, the Hang Seng Tech Index monitors the performance of the 30-largest tech companies listed in Hong Kong.

McMillan is a widely respected and experienced foreign correspondent. Since moving to Hong Kong over 15 years ago, he has devoted himself to coverage of Asia.

Bengali: When the Lagging Asset Classes Go Euphoric, Watch Out

As Maleeha Bengali points out, all eyes will once again be on the Fed when they meet this week. Will the Fed be happy with what it has accomplished over the pasts few months, or will they continue to boost their purchases and stoke risk assets higher?

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