Fibonacci is Not an Italian Pasta Dish

Fibonacci is Not an Italian Pasta Dish

Over the past few decades, I've investigated and experimented with countless ways to analyze stock charts and pick promising trade candidates. Not every approach found a place in my toolbelt of commonly used techniques.  Elliott Wave never made it. I never got the hang of Point and Figure charts. Another odd ‘tool' that never quite → Read More

How The Average Investor Performs And Simple Steps to Improve

How The Average Investor Performs And Simple Steps to Improve

After writing a piece on investor fear and market volatility, I ran across the most interesting chart provided through Dalbar and Blackrock – a chart showing “average investment returns” over the past twenty year period (ended 12/31/2011). Why did I find this so fascinating? It’s simple – looking at that 20-year period made trading look → Read More

Car Parts are Hot

Car Parts are Hot

A number of quality stocks appear to be forming, or just coming out of, short-term cycle lows. After yesterday's close, my list of possible stocks to focus on in today's newsletter was pretty lengthy. But after further reflection, I began crossing one after another off the list. The complete uncertainty of the Syrian situation and → Read More

How Sentiment Moves Stock Markets

How Sentiment Moves Stock Markets

This article is going to be a departure from my “usual” style. It is going to focus upon a particular form of an “invisible” force that helps shape the financial markets each day. The force to which I refer is the human mind and heart, and the “form” is anxiety. Anyone who has studied the → Read More

Would Warren Buffett Call Skechers a Cigar Butt Stock?

Would Warren Buffett Call Skechers a Cigar Butt Stock?

As I walked through the downtown Chicago Loop area very early Saturday morning (on my way to an all-day investment webinar) I saw a Skechers Shoe store. That caught me by surprise because, although I am very familiar with Skechers shoes (I have owned and worn one pair of Skechers for at least the past → Read More

Stocks Showing Strong Accumulation

Stocks Showing Strong Accumulation

Today marks the start of the rest of the year. By this I mean I have always considered the market to change in character right after Labor Day. The volume drops over the summer as traders and money managers take time off. Stock movement often seems more a case of a lack of buyers or → Read More

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Short Case for Tesla Blow by Blow

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Short Case for Tesla Blow by Blow

[1]  The quarter in which Tesla turned to profitability resulted from a one-time, non-cash warrant charge as well as a foreign exchange gain to show a bottom line profit of $11 million despite generating a $5 million operating loss. [2]  Emission credits of $68 million supported results but how sustainable these credits are remains dubious. → Read More

How The Smart Money Trades Gold

How The Smart Money Trades Gold

In Part I, we began a review of the market performance of SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) during the past 14 years. We did this because of the extraordinary bull market in GLD during a twelve-year period that culminated in a peak (closing price) on August 22, 2011 of $184.59, which was followed by a prolonged → Read More

Facing September with an Open Mind

Facing September with an Open Mind

Anyone who initiates new trades today needs to stay after class. In the U.S., this is a 3-day holiday weekend with the markets closed on Monday. This may be a quiet weekend with no action on Syria and Miley Cyrus staying out of sight. A few dozen cruise missiles may be lobbed at Syria, but → Read More

A Short History of Gold and How It Compares To the Dollar Index

A Short History of Gold and How It Compares To the Dollar Index

In my estimation, one of the most interesting and compelling world-wide investment stories of the past decade has been the story of Gold, traded most commonly within the stock and options world through the ETF SPDR Gold Shares (GLD).  During the twelve years prior to August of 2011, it was “common knowledge”[1] that (at first) → Read More

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