As I have noted in past columns, I have been charting stocks for more than three decades, and my personal belief is that analysis of chart patterns is an essential part of sizing up the tradeoff between reward and risk for investors at any point in the market cycle. This does not mean that so-called
By James Zdralek, Senior Usability Design Expert, SAP What if the world ran on new classes of digital currency that are inflation resistant, create price stability, discourage bubbles and deflationary spirals? What if they could protect citizen’s savings without reducing liquidity when they save rather than spend? Rapid change will continue due to ongoing digital transformation.
At long last, Brazil is back and it will blow Mexico away next year as a relatively safe bet for growth in 2018, analysts from Morgan Stanley suggested in a report dated Dec. 8. Mexico’s been doing quite well, thanks to the strong U.S. economy that it depends on for nearly all of its exports.
The U.S. stock market was up 8% in three weeks, which is a little under half of what the S&P 500 did all last year. January marked the 22nd of the last 23 months that the market was higher in total return. It’s almost impossible today to make a bear case for anything except for,
Watch Now Jon Maier, Chief Investment Officer, Global X sat down with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel to discuss their suite of income, thematic, country funds, and factor-based ETFs. Maier moved to Global X from Merrill Lynch to offer his experience and knowledge of ETF model portfolio management. As the due diligence manager and gatekeeper
When I started cold calling for prospects at the Dean Witter Reynolds office on 17th Street in Denver in the early 80s, the 30-year municipal bonds I was pitching yielded 14%+ tax-free — without checking, I believe this was substantially more than is paid these days. I’d passed the securities exam and had just returned
For some, moments like these on Wall Street were made for the risk takers. National economic advisor Larry Kudlow warned the Fed about an inverted yield curve and what it means for the economy: in short, it means recession. The Fed is hiking. The market is thinking the economy will slow, and that’s pushing Treasury
The believers are hanging on for dear life. The bull market is in its 9th year as of March, when it hit 666 in intraday trade on March 6, 2009…and hasn’t looked back since. If this keeps up for another 12 months, it will be the longest running bull market in history. BlackRock Investment Institute,
Trade war or trade skirmish? Either way, supply chain risk is hitting the markets as investors reconsider the impacts of a new package of tariffs to goods coming and going to China. U.S. equities are dragging global stock markets lower, with the big short China ETFs ready like the ProShares UltraShort FTSE China (FXP) opening
Global markets were volatile again last week. Here are some of the major movers and indicators that investors should be watching. As you read through, note that the breakdown in historical relationships between different markets can be just as important as a new high or low in price or value. Gold & U.S. Real Yields
Today, at the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Warren Buffett and his partner, Charlie Munger, shared their continuing faith in the U.S. stock market, as well as reasons for pessimism on other assets such as crypto-currencies, bonds and gold. They discussed how their investment strategy has evolved. They are now happy owning more capital intensive
These 2 very different markets have price charts that hit higher highs this week: the yield on the 10-year Treasury note and the price of oil, as seen in the actively traded West Texas futures contract. It had an almost synchronous feel Tuesday when both established fresh 52-week highs — if you followed along, you
Despite the failure this week of the NASDAQ Composite Index to make it to new highs, these 5 NASDAQ listed stocks all showed real strength by taking out previous peaks in price and establishing fresh multi-year highs: Points International is an internet information provider based in Canada. The stock hasn’t been this high since 2015.
History shows investors will stick with their mutual fund and Exchange Traded Fund holdings in the next downturn, Investment Company Institute Chair Ted Truscott asserted today. It’s a myth these investors are prone to panic when the markets go against them force and force funds to dump securities onto the market at fire-sale prices, Truscott
That’s “big dividends” in the relative sense. With the U.S. 10-year Treasury rate at 2.7%, then stocks paying more than a 4% dividend yield are of interest. An equity has more risk intrinsically than a government bond — if you’re willing to accept that, then you may find the higher yield a more attractive choice.
European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi signaled that further rate cuts in the euro-zone are unlikely. That means rates are going higher sooner rather than later. Who is going to be the buyer of all that negative interest rate debt, nearly a trillion of it in the market according to Fitch. Negative to zero
The re-election of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff did not wipe out local asset prices as many predicted. And even though many investment firms see the Bovespa index eventually bottoming out at 46,000 points before rallying again, the story on the long-term is still out. For now, a short honeymoon period with the new Dilma is
For years Boyar Research has offered up winning stock picks for value investors to study during the holidays when it publishes a list of 40 forgotten companies set to surge in the new year. Since Boyar Research began hunting for its so-called Forgotten Forty stocks, these picks have handily beaten the S&P 500 Index. The
Investors are bidding down the yields on bonds issued by highly rated countries around the world, causing German, Swiss, Japanese and Dutch 10-year bonds to offer negative yields. Lending to the United States for 10-years presently yields 1.35%, down from the 2%-plus rates they yielded at the end of 2015, even once risky governments like
Warren Buffett, the jocular Midwestern billionaire best known for his appearances in business magazines and on CNBC, has joined Twitter. Yes, that’s right, the online bastion of starlets and rappers and millions of ordinary teenagers is now an outlet for probably the most anti-technology curmudgeon of modern times. His first tweet? “Warren is in the