Is It Time To Worry?

Is It Time To Worry?

Is last week’s action in the markets the sign of something more ominous? Of course there’s the possibility a long-overdue more significant pullback may be starting. Time will tell. And the statement coming out Wednesday after the two-day meeting of the Fed could really set off the fireworks, especially if the Fed announces further tapering → Read More

What Does the Federal Reserve Taper Mean For Interest Rates?

What Does the Federal Reserve Taper Mean For Interest Rates?

As I looked back at the week of December 16-20th, I immediately thought of the icon-busting, irreverent, quasi-TV news show from Great Britain: “That Was the Week That Was” (TWTWTW)[1]. The show first aired in November of 1962, but ruffled so many feathers that it was discontinued in Britain after 1963[2]. TWTWTW developed within the → Read More

It Is That Time Of Year

It Is That Time Of Year

That time of year that we all hold our breath for is just around the corner. The date is etched in our mind, having long surpassed our birthday in importance. Yes, it’s none other than tax time, April 15th. And the biggest company associated with tax season is Intuit, maker of the tax preparation package → Read More

Halloween Horror Story: The Danger Of Focusing Only On Yield

Halloween Horror Story: The Danger Of Focusing Only On Yield

I must start with a “full disclosure” caveat.  “Horror” is a very subjective term. What Jack or Harold might consider a “horror movie” could easily be a “relaxing, entertaining tale” for Thelma and Louise! Within the investment world, the most genuine, objective “horror stories” include such things as: 1)    Bankruptcies – within which stockowners and/or → Read More

What Happens When Interest Rates Rise?

What Happens When Interest Rates Rise?

Those of you who regularly consume financial media reports (print, TV/Radio, and/or Internet) have become extremely familiar with a basic axiom inherent within the fixed income market, namely: Bond prices (the market value of any given bond) move inversely to bond interest rates. During the most recent couple of years, financial experts have regularly forecasted → Read More

Something Is Rotten On Wall Street

Something Is Rotten On Wall Street

September 18th, 2013, will be “writ” a bit larger in the annals of Wall Street than other days in recent financial history!  That was the day that, according to most of the financial press, and many pundits, the Federal Reserve Board “pulled a fast one” because it didn’t actually “do” what “everyone” knew the Fed → Read More

A Little Patience Pays Off

A Little Patience Pays Off

Today’s newsletter focuses on the importance of waiting for trades to set up properly. This is even more important in market environments like we are currently dealing with. A number of good quality stocks have been trading sideways, forming tight trading ranges. Few stocks have been able to find the momentum to post new highs → Read More

What Joe Granville Can Teach You About Investing Wisely Might Surprise You

What Joe Granville Can Teach You About Investing Wisely Might Surprise You

Because so many of my “investment” friends hold Warren Buffett in extremely high esteem, I spent some time last week contemplating the financial world’s reaction when the day comes (as, eventually, it certainly will) of his death. We will then become bombarded by a plethora of: media tributes, Twitter and Facebook messages, TV specials and → Read More

Why Emerging Markets Fell and How They Will Perform in the Next 20 Years

Why Emerging Markets Fell and How They Will Perform in the Next 20 Years

We all know that, within the equity asset space, we have (for the most part) enjoyed 8.5 months of an upward sloping market.  Most U.S. Index “buy and hold” investors have earned a surprisingly solid return year-to-date (YTD). In light of that fact, here’s an interesting visual exercise for you. Consider these unidentified graphs – → 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

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