Weekly Update

Economic and Stock Market Outlook for 2022 – Part 1


Published December 3, 2021

Stock markets have come under pressure lately as the Fed begins withdrawing stimulus and a new Covid-19 variant hits investor confidence in the economic recovery. Over the remainder of the year, we will pass along Schwab’s 2022 outlook, breaking it into a few parts covering the economy and markets. Schwab, having acquired TD Ameritrade, is the biggest retail stock broker in the country. As such, their analysis and insights can have a substantial audience and potential impact on investors. (more…)

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A Look at Investor Sentiment


Published November 26, 2021

In the end it is investor sentiment that drives stock prices. Optimism and enthusiasm pushes money into the market and prices higher. Pessimism and downbeat attitudes send money under the mattress and safety. Liz Ann Sonders evaluates investor sentiment in the article below. As always, it’s a mixed bag, especially given that we are in the middle of what is typically the most seasonally strong time of year. (more…)

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A Look at the QQQ


Published November 19, 2021

Here at TimingCube we are focused on the Nasdaq 100 index, trading with the symbol QQQ. This index typically contains the most innovative and “high tech” companies in the stock market with a strong bent toward technology and consumer services. Schwab recently posted an article outlining the pros and cons of the broad tech sector, which has a very high correlation to the QQQ. We thought you might find it interesting. (more…)

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Stock Investors Look Increasingly Confident


Published November 5, 2021

 

A pivotal week for stocks in the near-term as the Federal Reserve (finally!) confirms its plan to begin reducing (aka “tapering”) its portfolio of bonds. This gradual stepping back from active participation in the bond markets is viewed as a first step in the central bank’s path to raising interest rates. (more…)

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Rising Volatility Ahead


Published October 29, 2021

There were some unusual moves in the markets this week. Some of those movements are attributed to the taxable year-end for mutual funds, which occurs at the end of October. That year-end leads to selling of some positions to capture gains and losses for the tax year. As a result, it is possibly too early to draw any firm conclusions from these moves. (more…)

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The Fuel for Stocks


Published October 22, 2021

The stock market is driven by earnings + liquidity + sentiment. With the Federal Reserve providing money at near-zero interest rates, the liquidity piece of the formula has been overflowing. Sentiment, or how optimistic/pessimistic investors are regarding the economy and markets, has generally been favorable. Corporate earnings have been stellar, rebounding strongly from the Covid-induced weakness. (more…)

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How Do We Value the Stock Market?


Published October 15, 2021

There is always plenty of talk about whether the stock market is ‘fairly’ valued, expensive, or cheap. It is a question without an answer; there are only opinions. Because in the marketplace, the price is determined solely by what investors are willing to pay. (more…)

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The Storm Below the Market’s Surface


Published October 8, 2021

Markets have clearly been gripped by uncertainty over the past month as interest rates have risen while concerns about government funding and China have called into question the trajectory of the economic recovery. Below is a portion of an excellent overview from Schwab’s Liz Ann Sonders on the noisy information facing investors these days. (more…)

Weekly Update

Market Finally Pulls Back


Published October 1, 2021

For the first time in a year, the stock market delivered a negative monthly return. We have written about the negative seasonality of September, which has proved out once again. October can be a dicey month as well, with wide swings in performance. (more…)