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All Hail the Central Banks!


Published February 7, 2020

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We were reminded again this week of the psychological power of central banks over today’s market participants. An announcement early in the week of new money(!) pushed into Chinese markets by the Chinese central bank (PBOC) made stock investors forget all about the potential global economic hurdle that is the coronavirus (with investor enthusiasm aided by a reduction in the spread of the virus). (more…)

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The Fallacy of Thinking Things Will Change


Published January 31, 2020

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We found the following article from Nick Maggiuli’s blog Of Dollars and Data to be interesting and hope you will also:

“Assume I flip a coin 5 times and get the following result (let H = heads and T = tails):
HHHHH

What is the probability that my sixth flip is also a heads (H)? Assuming the coin is fair (equal likelihood of heads and tails), you already know that the answer is 50%. Because coin flips are an independent process, prior flips have no bearing on future flips. (more…)

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Utilities(?!) Power Ahead


Published January 24, 2020

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One of the oddities of the market so far in 2020 is the decline in interest rates. After rising in the latter half of 2019, interest rates appear to have rolled over and begun heading back down over the past month. While that’s not long enough to declare a trend, the behavior of interest rate sensitive sectors tells us that this is a significant shift. (more…)

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Risks for the Market Year Ahead


Published January 17, 2020

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Below we reprint a recent article from Charles Schwab analyst Jeffrey Kleintop outlining the possible risks to the current market uptrend. While the comments focus on the risks, we can also read between the lines and understand what the market’s expectations are – which creates the risks, of course. (more…)

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The Winding Road to a Strong Year


Published January 10, 2020

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Rarely has a +30% gain felt so lackluster. The year of 2019 closed with that substantial gain, one that registers in the top tenth of all market years. Yet those of us who watch the markets day-in, day-out and seek to follow the market’s trend viewed it as a play in three distinct acts, with only the final four months of the year delivering any real upside. (more…)

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Our Knowledge Base


Published January 3, 2020

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One of the benefits of a subscription to TimingCube is the cache of weekly articles on investing, investor behavior, and economics. While most of these articles are archived in our Blog, there are a good number of classic articles held in our Knowledge Base (see the menu at the top and choose Resources to find both the Blog and the Knowledge Base). (more…)

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Years in Review


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Published December 27, 2019

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In looking through some year and decade in review posts, we found this summary by Ben Carlson to be a relatively concise and interesting one.  Mr. Carlson begins his review by noting what has perhaps been the decade’s best trend – unemployment has been on a very long and steady decline; to the point where job openings now go begging for prospective employees.
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Yet More Signs of Market Risk-Taking


Published December 20, 2019

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Investors continue to be willing to take on more risk. Now that the “phase one” trade deal with China appears to be completed, the UK election results are in, and the Federal Reserve projects being on hold for quite some time, investors have breathed a collective sigh of relief. (more…)