• Invest Accordingly!20 hours ago

    Where Do WE Go From Here?

    The U.S financial markets rose to new high last week while overseas markets rallied too. Despite all of the pessimistic rhetoric and fear in the marketplace, the OECB only lowered its global economic growth projections for 2018 and 2019 by 0.1% and 0.2% respectively to 3.7% which is pretty darn good.

  • S&P 500 down 22 of 28 during week after September options expiration, average loss 0.96%
    Almanac Trader3 days ago

    S&P 500 down 22 of 28 during week after September options expiration, average loss 0.96%

    The week after September options expiration week, next week, has a dreadful history of declines especially since 1990. The week after September options expiration week has been a nearly constant source of pain with only a few meaningful exceptions over the past 28 years. Substantial and across the board gains have occurred just three times: 1998, 2001, 2010 and 2016 while many more weeks were hit with sizable losses.

  • What Makes a Buyer's Market?
    SmartAsset3 days ago

    What Makes a Buyer's Market?

    You’ve probably heard the phrases “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” but do you know the difference between the two? In a buyer’s market, there is plenty of housing inventory on the market and low competition for each listing. In a buyer’s market, conditions are favorable to those who want to buy a home rather than those who are selling homes.

  • Doc Copper breaking out after large decline, says Joe Friday
    Kimble Charting3 days ago

    Doc Copper breaking out after large decline, says Joe Friday

    Doc Copper breaking out after large decline, says Joe Friday

  • Advance/Decline Lines Continue to Send Mixed Signals
    Almanac Trader5 days ago

    Advance/Decline Lines Continue to Send Mixed Signals

    DJIA and S&P 500 moved closer to their respective all-time closing highs today, but NASDAQ and Russell 2000 did not partake in today’s rally. This is basically the exact opposite of what transpired in August when NASDAQ and Russell 2000 were leading. In the following chart today’s mixed performance is confirmed by the mixed advance/decline lines for the NYSE Comp, NASDAQ, Russell 2000 and S&P 500.

  • Free Webinar: Last Great Buying Opportunity of the Decade
    Almanac Trader6 days ago

    Free Webinar: Last Great Buying Opportunity of the Decade

    Don’t Miss the Last Great Buying Opportunity of the Decade! Join Jeffrey Hirsch, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader’s Almanac and Almanac Investor and Chief Market Strategist for Probabilities Fund Management LLC, for this no-nonsense, candid webinar that will fully prepare you for the “Sweet Spot’ of the last Four-Year Cycle of this decade. You will get his straightforward analysis of best three-quarter span of the Four-Year Cycle.

  • Emerging Market Stocks: What We Are Watching
    Jeffrey Kleintop's Tumblr6 days ago

    Emerging Market Stocks: What We Are Watching

    Emerging markets have delivered solid returns for investors over the past 30 years, with the index delivering an annualized total return of 10.06% since the inception of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index at the end of 1987 through the end of August 2018. This exactly matches the 10.06% total return of the U.S. stock market over the same period, measured by the MSCI USA Index. This characteristic of emerging markets is one reason they make up a relatively small part of diversified portfolios, generally speaking.

  • S&P 500 down five of last 6 on September option expiration day
    Almanac Trader7 days ago

    S&P 500 down five of last 6 on September option expiration day

    September’s option expiration week is up 61.1% of the time for S&P 500 and NASDAQ since 1982. DJIA has a slightly weaker track record with gains 55.6% of the time. However, the week has suffered several sizable losses. The worst loss followed the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. In the last fifteen years, NASDAQ has the best record during September’s option expiration week, up thirteen times. Triple-Witching Friday had been firm with all three indices advancing every year 2004 to 2011, but S&P 500 has been down five of the last six since and DJIA and NASDAQ four of six.

  • Invest Accordingly!8 days ago

    Begin with the End in Mind

    In “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” Stephen Covey, globally renowned leadership coach and business leader explains that in order to be a successful you need to develop and maintain key habits. Let’s state for the record that every administration has failed using statesmanship and negotiations to change unfair trade policies.

  • Invest Accordingly!8 days ago

    Begin With the End In Mind

    Stephen Covey, the globally renowned leadership coach and businessman, wrote a book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” He explains that great leaders need to be clear about their vision starting with the current reality then putting together a strategy to go from where they are to their desired outcome. Let’s state for the record that every administration has failed using statesmanship and negotiations to change unfair trade policies.

  • What Caused the Financial Crisis?
    The Aleph Blog8 days ago

    What Caused the Financial Crisis?

    There are a lot of opinions being trotted around ten years after the financial crisis.  A lot of them are self-serving, to deflect blame from areas that they want to protect.  What you are going to read here are my opinions.  You can fault me for this: I will defend my opinions here, which haven’t changed much since the financial crisis.  That said, I will simplify my opinions down to a few categories to make it simpler to remember, because there were a LOT of causes for the crisis. For different reasons, these two central banks kept interest rates too low, touching off a boom in risk assets in the USA.  The Fed kept interest rates too low for too long 2001-2004. The Fed explicitly wanted to juice the economy via the housing sector after the dot-com bust, and the withdrawal of liquidity post-Y2K.  Also, the slow, predictable way that they tightened rates did little to end speculation, because long rates did not rise, and in some cases even fell.

  • What Is a Bear Market?
    SmartAsset10 days ago

    What Is a Bear Market?

    Are you facing a bull or bear market? During bull markets, prices are either already rising or investors are feeling confident that they’ll see an increase in the prices of stocks, bonds, commodities or a different group of securities. A bear market is a long-term trend that leaves investors feeling “bearish” or pessimistic about the future outlook of financial markets.

  • Join Me In Dallas, Baltimore or Vegas!
    Almanac Trader10 days ago

    Join Me In Dallas, Baltimore or Vegas!

    The Sweet Spot is the best consecutive three-quarter span of the Four-Year Presidential Election Cycle beginning with Q4 of the midterm year and going through Q2 of the pre-election year. This three-quarter span has posted gains of 20.4%, 21.1% and 32.0% respectively for DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ since 1949. You will learn about relevant market seasonality and tactical seasonal trading strategies beyond “Best Six Months” and “Sell in May.” I will show you how to capitalize on the sweet spot of the four-year cycle that begins in the fourth quarter of 2018 and talk all about market seasonality, how we rotate in and out of sectors with the highest probability for maximum returns using fundamental and technical analysis in conjunction with seasonal and cyclical trading strategies, economic trends and historical patterns.

  • (Trend-)Setting The Stage For Market Fireworks?
    Dana Lyons' Tumblr11 days ago

    (Trend-)Setting The Stage For Market Fireworks?

    More major global equity indices have joined the ranks of those testing key bull market trendlines. Last week, we highlighted the plethora of major stock market indices that were testing (breaking?) key uptrend lines across the European region. As this week’s edition of #TrendlineWednesday on Twitter points out, the “trend” of important global equity indices undergoing key trendline tests has expanded.

  • China's big decline providing a sweet entry point?
    Kimble Charting11 days ago

    China's big decline providing a sweet entry point?

    China’s big decline providing a sweet entry point?

  • Silver creating a "Double Bottom" pattern?
    Kimble Charting12 days ago

    Silver creating a "Double Bottom" pattern?

    Silver creating a “Double Bottom” pattern?

  • Any Fourth Quarter Rally Could Be Underwhelming
    Almanac Trader13 days ago

    Any Fourth Quarter Rally Could Be Underwhelming

    As of today’s close DJIA is up 5.1% year-to-date, S&P 500 is up 8.0% and NASDAQ is up a solid 15.5%. All three indexes are just a few percentage points below their respective all-time highs. S&P 500 and NASDAQ were at their highs in August while DJIA still has not cleared its January high.

  • My401kPro: September Update!
    Dana Lyons' Tumblr13 days ago

    My401kPro: September Update!

    My401kPro’s September update is in. Check out the Commentary, current Equity Allocation and your Fund Rankings at http://www.My401kPro.com.

  • Central Banks and Sour Grapes
    Market Philosopher13 days ago

    Central Banks and Sour Grapes

    “Sour Grapes” is my response to all the complaining about central banks (“CBs”) distorting markets, ruining price discovery, and leading their countries into the hellscape of negative real rates. Indeed, if global financial markets were a palace, the floors would be sparkling clean: the central banks have been using their counterparties as a mop for almost a decade. In fact, they are giving you real assets in exchange for it!

  • Les Moonves Exits CBS as Board Settles Ugly Legal Fight With National Amusements
    The Wrap15 days ago

    Les Moonves Exits CBS as Board Settles Ugly Legal Fight With National Amusements

    CBS announced late Sunday that it has reached an agreement with longtime CEO Les Moonves that will see the executive exit the company he has led for the last 15 years, effective immediately. The CBS board also reached a settlement to end its nasty legal fight with its controlling stakeholder, National Amusements Inc. In May, CBS filed a suit against Shari Redstone and National Amusements, a family-run business that controls roughly 80 percent of the voting power in both CBS and Viacom. Joe Ianniello, who has served as the company’s COO since 2013, will take over as president and acting CEO, while the board searches for a permanent successor.

  • The Intrinsic Value of General Mills, Inc.
    Stig Brodersen15 days ago

    The Intrinsic Value of General Mills, Inc.

    General Mills, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. During the previous fiscal year, it generated $15.7 Billion in sales and $2.2 Billion in free cash flow (after interest expense).

  • Finding finance experts: top 40 job posting sites
    Finance Beat16 days ago

    Finding finance experts: top 40 job posting sites

    Searching for finance professionals on general job boards can eat up months of your time, which could cause you to miss the opportunity to hire the best person for the job. If you’re looking for a finance freelancer, you have even less time to spare, which means you’ll need to start looking at the right job posting sites for employers from the very beginning of your hiring journey. You’ll need a few specialized job posting sites to find the perfect full-time finance professional or part-time financial consultant for your company.

  • What Is a Bull Market?
    SmartAsset17 days ago

    What Is a Bull Market?

    If that’s the way you feel about the term “bull market,” here’s your chance to finally learn what it is and why it’s associated with investing in the stock market. Bull markets indicate that the prices of a group of assets have been increasing for a period of time or are likely to go up soon. In fact, the longest bull market in American history for stocks lasted for 4,494 days and ran from December 1987 to March 2000.

  • Market Reversals Common Following “Strong” August Performance
    Almanac Trader18 days ago

    Market Reversals Common Following “Strong” August Performance

    DJIA is a slightly higher, but S&P 500 and NASDAQ are not. Looking back at past strong August performance there is a pattern of below average performance in September. The dividing line for “strong” August performance was drawn at each index’s respective performance this August.