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Tech Takeover Speculation – Apple Taking Over Netflix


Published November 10, 2017

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Given that our investment focus is on market indexes and sectors, we don’t talk much about individual companies in our weekly blog. However, this opinion piece from noted investment industry figure Barry Ritholtz published on Bloomberg’s website, showcases two of tech’s (and the Nasdaq’s) largest and most influential companies. We thought you might find it interesting as the market grinds ever-higher. (more…)

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Is GE the Canary in the Coal Mine?


Published October 27, 2017

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Investors are always wary of the “this time it’s different” mantra. Just before the housing crisis which led to the financial crisis in 2008, we were told that housing had entered a different phase, one where it somehow made sense that people were buying 2 and 3 houses on speculation. (more…)

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Bullish Developments for Stocks and the U.S. Dollar


Published October 20, 2017

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We took a couple of charts from a recent presentation made by technical analyst J.C. Parets and his firm All Star Charts to highlight a couple of longer-term trends that you might find interesting.

First, the U.S. dollar has been falling all year as the expected rise in interest rates has not really played out and non-U.S. economies have gained strength. Technically, this drop in the dollar is very near a point of key support, one where we would expect the dollar to stop falling and return to a multi-year uptrend. (more…)

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Happy Happy


Published October 13, 2017

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The stock market continued its happiness this week rising to further new highs. This bullishness is certainly rewarding to our subscribers as well as, frankly, anyone fortunate enough to have chosen to invest in the Nasdaq late last year. (more…)

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Small Ball


Published September 29, 2017

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After spending much of the year lagging well behind their large-cap brethren, small caps stocks have caught fire! They are being spurred on by a shift in favored market sectors toward financial and energy companies as well as the announcement (finally!) of a tax cut plan by the Trump Administration. (more…)

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A New Bull Market


Published September 22, 2017

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While many in the industry speculate on the coming end to a years-long bull market, there are others who argue that the bull market has just begun. How does this disagreement come about? (more…)

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U.S. Economic Indicators Show Strength


Published September 15, 2017

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Below is a really good overview of economic activity in the U.S. looking at some lower level data.

When times are good, people go to Vegas. Since the recession in 2008, Las Vegas convention attendance has climbed to new highs. At the current pace, convention attendance and overall Vegas visitation will set new records in 2017. (more…)

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Non-stop Goodness


Published September 8, 2017

timingcube_cartoon090817The article below, excerpted from Charles Schwab, displays just how strong global equities have been this year.

Chart 1 below is a table of global stock market returns by month using the MSCI All-Cap World Index (ACWI). August came close to breaking the uninterrupted streak of monthly gains for global stocks. This year has seen the only time the index ever (since its inception 30 years ago) posted a gain in every one of the first eight months of the year, as you can see in the heat map of monthly returns below. (more…)