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  • Technical analysis, or charting, is the art and science of graphing past price movements of an asset in attempt to divine their next moves. In a world of sophisticated financial analysis and correlations between various arcane assets, charting is often dismissed as voodoo. Despite claims to the contrary, it's a dirty truth of Wall Street that everyone analyzes charts.

    Fundamental analysis is much more important for the long-term. Macroeconomics, as we've seen, can make hash of a graph overnight. Charts are dispassionate and visual. They reduce the noise both in and outside of your head.

    Why Use Charts?

    Because sometimes they work; which is much better than most investing metrics.

    Too much trading is dangerous, but paying more commission is a better deal than pointlessly hanging on for dear life when you can see a sell-off coming. Breakout viewers got a heads up last May when the S&P500 broke through it's uptrend, ultimately falling 19%. There were plenty of missteps in between but losses were always, always, limited.

    Your brain will tell you whatever you want to hear in terms of holding on to a losing stock. Prices and graphs don't lie. If trends hold up, you hold or buy on the line. If they break, you sell on any close 1% below support and retreat. That's a plan; an exit strategy for trading. Once you have a way in and a way out you can try most anything you want.

    Read More »from How to Use Technical Analysis
  • Never has there been a time in market history when more people who think of themselves as investors were actually gambling with their money. From Wall Street to Main Street the lines are blurry. Just look at the trials of JP Morgan (JPM), where even the bank itself confused hedging risk with making an enormous bet; and Facebook (FB), whose IPO created a frenzy that has so far lost money for investors that rushed in. If it can happen to them it can happen to you. Mark Matson, the author of "Main Street Money" joined Breakout to discuss three signs that you're gambling with your money, not investing it.

    1. Stock Picking

    Matson says "the idea that you're going to have inside knowledge, or knowledge that nobody else has" and use it to pick stocks with better returns than the broader market is folly. Individual stocks are always more risky than a diversified portfolio. You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise. This rule applies not just to the go-to names like Apple (AAPL) but perennial value plays like Berkshire Hathaway (BRK).

    Matson advises that instead of hand-picking your portfolio of five to ten stocks, you must be much more diversified with exposure to 11,000 global stocks.

    2. Market Timing

    "The trick to investing is not buy and hold, it's buy and re-balance," he says.

    Read More »from 3 Signs You’re Gambling, Not Investing!
  • It sounds a little like an old Johnny Carson bit, but you know things are really getting slow when burger and beer sales start to disappoint. With the U.S., Europe, and Asia all trying to juice their ailing economies, it's clear that the era of slow growth is more than a passing trend, despite the fact that corporate profits continue to come in at or near record levels.

    It's a predicament that investors of all sizes must contend with, and for our next installment of Investing 101, we've brought in Jerry Webman, chief economist at Oppenheimer Funds and author of the new book MoneyShift, to take a closer look at how you can prosper under these circumstances. We've compiled a list of five key things you need to remember to make money in a slow growth environment.

    Know Your Needs: At one point in your life, you may have teased little old ladies who dipped their toe in the pool before taking the plunge. However, Webman says investors should do the same thing, no matter their age or the water temperature.

    "Start thinking about your needs and objectives before you invest," Webman says in the attached video, adding that you need to know how much money you are able to put at risk before dipping that proverbial toe in the water.

    Read More »from Maximizing Profit in a Slow Growth Economy

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