Are Investors Doomed To Subpar Performance — Or Is There Hope?

Are Investors Doomed To Subpar Performance — Or Is There Hope?

Here is an intriguing exercise for you. It is not a “test” or a “quiz”… but a look inside your “trading mind”. Take a look at the following chart and decide what your mental response would be if, overall, your portfolio was positioned “bullish” when this trading action took place:   I think it is → Read More

Eurozone Regulators Battling The Evils Of A.I.

Eurozone Regulators Battling The Evils Of A.I.

Seemingly at the perfect moment, an amazingly telling story emerged from the Eurozone at approximately the same time as United Kingdom “Brexiteers”[1]. The story was simple in its content… but offers implications galore regarding current trends within the European Union… trends that have exerted a profound impact upon member nations and their economies. Here is → Read More

From “Star Funds” To Index Funds… And The Dominance Of Vanguard

From “Star Funds” To Index Funds… And The Dominance Of Vanguard

Back in the “glory” years before the “Lost Decade” (2000-2010)[1]… … and before anyone had ever heard of terms such as “Flash Crash”, “Quantitative Easing”, “Mortgage Crisis”, “Fiscal Cliff”, “U.S. Bond Credit Downgrade”, “Grexit”, “Brexit”, “HFT”, or “Dark Pools”… United States’ investors enjoyed an era during which “Super Stars” managed key U.S. mutual funds to → Read More

“To Be (part of the EU) or Not to Be (part of the EU)… that is the Question!”

“To Be (part of the EU) or Not to Be (part of the EU)… that is the Question!”

Lately, when assessing daily news stories in general, and financial news in particular, it has become difficult to decide which topic has become more tiresome and irritating: The U.S. Federal Reserve and Janet Yellen’s every word[1]; or ‘BREXIT” – the referendum within the United Kingdom on June 23rd that will speak to whether the UK → Read More

A 35,000 Feet View Of The Markets

A 35,000 Feet View Of The Markets

Now that we are nearly halfway through the 2016 investment year, let’s assess “where we are”. The simple fact is that most traders operate on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis[1], while investors generally think in terms of months or quarters. However, we run the risk of not seeing “the forest for the trees” when we → Read More

What If You Were Chair Of The Fed?

What If You Were Chair Of The Fed?

In our two previous articles, we have reviewed the history of central banking in the United States — with a special focus directed at the impact upon the Federal Reserve System of the suspension of the “Gold Standard” during the “Great Depression”, and the war debt accumulated because of World War II and the Korean → Read More

From War Bonds To Dots: The Evolving Federal Reserve

From War Bonds To Dots: The Evolving Federal Reserve

In our previous article, we offered an historical summary of how central banking – sometimes reviled and almost always under suspicion – emerged at the birth of the United States (through the leadership of Alexander Hamilton) and then experienced notable ebbs and flows through the following 235 years of U.S. history. Within that long history, → Read More

Who Guards Our Money?

Who Guards Our Money?

In years long gone by, the financial markets were primarily moved by economic factors, including such things as:          1) Corporate Earnings; 2) Federal tax policy (eg. the lowering of capital gains tax on long-term appreciation; a special rate for “Qualified Dividend” income);          3) Announcement of major government contracts;          4) News regarding economic → Read More

The Power behind 93% of U.S. Equity Movement!

The Power behind 93% of U.S. Equity Movement!

In our previous article [https://www.markettamer.com/blog/plato-comments-from-the-grave-on-the-current-stock-market], we offered detailed data and graphs that demonstrated the degree to which the U.S. stock market has depended heavily upon corporate buybacks for a surprisingly high proportion of the “fuel” that has driven it higher. In fact, we even referenced a credible authority that claimed that the recovery in stock → Read More

Plato Comments from the Grave on the Current Stock Market

Plato Comments from the Grave on the Current Stock Market

What can Plato tell us about the stock market? Yes, I am referring to “the” Plato, that intellectual giant from fifth century BC Greek history who was taught by Socrates and went on to found the first institution of higher education (the Academy of Athens) and generate writings that are widely considered the foundation of → Read More

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