Charles Schwab Shakes Things Up!

It may be fitting that, during this year marking the 20th Anniversary of the birth of the ETF Industry (SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust: “SPY”), a big development is announced that is sure to further shake up the retail investment world. On February 7, 2013, Charles Schwab announced the availability of a so-called one-stop broker → Read More

Crazy Bellringer Was Right

Since the beginning of the year, the Q’s have just been sitting’ there. I looked back at recent years in QQQ’s price chart. There were other times it sat like this for a month. But just a month. Every time, after about four to six weeks, fingers hovering over buy or sell buttons on trading → Read More

What You Did Not Expect

I’m doing something different today. Usually, a more general, no specific trades version of the Seasonal Forecaster newsletter is sent out to get people familiar with this unique approach to trading. My focus on high probability trade candidates have produced 19 winners out of 19 closed trades so far in the past two months, and → Read More

ETF’s: A Top Story In 2012

The financial “Upstart” is shaking up the investment world Almost all of the “2012 retrospectives” about the financial world have referenced the continued rapid growth and evolution of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as one of the year’s top stories. For any who aren’t quite sure what an “ETF” is, it is an investment vehicle that → Read More

A House Full of CATs

Emails from readers often provide ideas for topics I should cover in the next newsletter. A rather impassioned email arrived in response to my Friday morning’s comments about CAT (Caterpillar). The writer took umbrage with what he viewed as the pumping up of a dog stock. There are some important points that were missed in → Read More

A Climbing CAT

In the January 11th issue of Seasonal Forecaster, I stated “…Taking positions in them before their earnings announcement will be higher risk, lower probability trades. Waiting after earnings and jumping in on positive reactions can be quite profitable with less risk.” Disney (DIS) is one stock I suggested watching. It hasn’t reported earnings yet. They → Read More

Looking “Inside” INTEL

This image below shows the INTEL DH61AG “Apple Glen” Motherboard. It is just one example of past Intel innovation.  Back in 2009-10, home theater machines struggled to overcome issues like poor integrated graphics performance, power consumption, thermals, noise and size. Thanks to Intel, most of those issues were addressed by January 2010, through the release of → Read More

I Trade Like I Drive

I trade like I drive. On warm, sunny days I’ll take out the garage dweller, and if there is a left lane and traffic is clear, that’s where you’ll find me. When the weather suggests otherwise, I am in my faithful 4×4 pickup, riding conservatively in the rightmost lane on the best snow tires. Slow → Read More

How To Analyze A Company’s Fundamentals

How To Analyze A Company’s Fundamentals

Below are some quick tips to analyzing a company fundamentally. – Start by reading the business section in the quarterly or annual report so you get a strong overview of the industry business. – Identify the business drives that lead to upside potential and those that can cause downside risks. – What category does the → Read More

Eddie: The Terminator

Last night I watched the original version of the movie classic, “The Terminator”.  I was struck by how much younger Arnold Schwarzenegger looked back then, as well as by how many portions of the movie I had forgotten. However, what interested me most was the ways in which the lead character brought to mind the → Read More

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