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Speaking of Stock Market Rallies
This morning's classic E-mail question wondered: "Is this the real thing?" The reference was to the Media applauded five month spurt in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), an advance to the highest levels in about four years, but still miles from an All Time High (ATH). The meaning inside was much, much greater --- speaking as it does to some basic misconceptions many people have in their approach to stock market investing…
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The Dow Jones Industrials - Is It Still a Blue Chip Average?
In addition to a well thought out investment plan, successful equity investing requires a feel for what is going on in the real world we refer to as "the market". To most investors, the DJIA provides all of the information they think they need, and they worship it mindlessly --- thinking it has mystical predictive and analytic powers far beyond the scope of any other market number…
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S & P 500 +8%; IGVSI +13%; MCIM +20%
The Market Cycle Investment Management model has outperformed the popular investment indices since it was first developed in 1970. It features an approach that embraces market volatility; selects securities using strict quality, diversification, and income standards; and operates under strict disciplines for asset allocation, buying securities, and profit taking…
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What are Closed End Funds (CEFs)?
A Closed End Fund (CEF) is a publicly traded investment company that invests in a variety of securities such as stocks, bonds, preferred stocks, real estate, mortgages, oil and gas royalties, etc. The variety of sectors, classifications, and geographical representation is every bit as confusing as it is with traditional funds, but the advantages are easy to understand…
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Stock Market Corrections - Shop At The Gap
A correction is a beautiful thing, simply the flip side of a rally, big or small. Theoretically, even technically I'm told, corrections adjust equity prices to their actual value or "support levels". In reality, it's much easier than that…
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A Preemptive Portfolio Protection Strategy: Investment Retrospective
A participant in the morning Working Capital Model (WCM) investment workshop observed: I've noticed that my account balances are returning to their (June 2007) levels. People are talking down the economy and the dollar. Is there any preemptive action I need to take?…
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How is Your Investment Portfolio Doing? 7 Long-Term Indicators.
Before Wall Street and the media combined to make investors think of calendar quarters as "short-term" and single years as "long-term", market cycles were used as true tests of investment strategies over the long haul. Bor-ing…
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Investment Grade Value Stock Index (IGVSI)
The Investment Grade Value Stock Index is a barometer of a small but elite sector of the stock market. Some Investment Grade Value Stocks are included in all averages and indices, but even the Dow Jones Industrial Average includes several issues that are below Investment Grade and very few boast an A+ S & P rating…
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Crisis Investing - Three-Pronged WCM Strategy
One of the great things about being a professional investor is the opportunity one has to apply his or her long-term experience to the investment environment that is unfolding (or coming unglued) in the present…
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How to minimize risk when investing into stocks
Most investment mistakes are caused by basic misunderstandings of the securities markets and by invalid performance expectations. The markets move in totally unpredictable cyclical patterns of varying duration and amplitude…
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When All Stocks Are Value Stocks
Value stocks are those that tend to trade at lower prices relative to their fundamental characteristics than their more speculative cousins, the growth stocks; they have higher than usual dividend yields and lower P/E and P/B ratios…
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Article/Letter/Op Ed Submission: Wall Street Conventional Wisdom and Stock Market Corrections
During every correction, I encourage investors to avoid the destructive inertia that results from trying to determine: how low can we go; how long will this last? Investors who add to their portfolios during downturns invariably experience higher Market Values during the next advance…
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Article/Letter/Op Ed Submission: The Investor's Creed and Your Investment Portfolio
Growing up at Lake Hopatcong in Northwest Jersey, the most popular entertainment around was the rickety old Roller Coaster at Bertrand Island Park. The excitement would build as you ascended the first peak, anticipating the breathtaking plunge; eyes wide open (or shut), screaming from the thrill with a white-knuckled grip on either the safety bar or your date's hand…
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How Much Is Your Financial Consultant Really Worth?
How Much Time Does A Big Time Investment Firm's Financial Consultant Devote to Your Account? Most financial consultants that work for a large global investment firm need about U.S. $50 million of assets under management to make a decent living in a metropolitan region…
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How To Build Wealth During Turbulent Markets, Part II
I’m not really sure why but the private client wealth divisions of large investment firms by and large seem to ignore year after year investments in precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, zinc and others…
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How To Build Wealth During Turbulent Stock Markets, Part I
In mid-2006, the global markets corrected a great deal. In the U.S., the Dow plummeted 4%, the Nasdaq about 6%, and the S&P 500 about 5% in a single week. European stocks posted their biggest drop since May 2003…
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The Surging Interest in Dividends, Especially Among Boomers
This article explains the growing interest in dividends among stock investors, especially baby Boomers looking for income in retirement…
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Welcome to the BIG Buy Low
Every correction is the same, a normal downturn in one of the Markets where we invest. There has never been a correction that has not proven to be an investment opportunity. You can be confident that the Federal Reserve, as hypnotized as it is with keeping inflation under control, is not going to cause either a financial panic or a prolonged recession with tight money and high interest rate policies. While everything is down in price, as it is now, there is little to worry about. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping…
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On Formulaic Investing
One question almost every investor asks at some point is whether it is possible to achieve above market returns by selecting a diversified group of stocks according to some formula, rather than having to evaluate each stock from every angle. There are obvious advantages to such a formulaic approach. For the individual, the amount of time and effort spent caring for his investments would be reduced, leaving more time for him to spend on more enjoyable and fulfilling tasks…
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8 Tried and True Commodity Stock Trading Application Rules
Some commodity Stock Trading Application rules are made to be broken, but when you’re trading, there are some rules are meant to be followed. Here some of the Stock Trading Application rules that I consider the most important principles of trading. I suggest that you make a copy of them and place them in your trading diary or tape them to your desk, so that you’ll always remember to follow them…
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How May Continued Global Crises Affect the Stock Market?
Nearly five years have passed since the devastating 9/11 attacks on the United States, and it appears that time and perspective may have helped investors learn difficult lessons about staying calm amid the uncertainty that terror generates. On July 7, when a string of bombings hit the London public transportation system, U.S. markets opened down but spent the rest of the day recovering, as major U.S. stock indexes finished the day on an upward trend…
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12 Rules of Investing
RULE 1: WHY DO YOU INVEST?
Make more money, this is the answer to most people. If your reason is to make more money, then ask yourself these three questions…
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The Danger Of Inflexible Enterprises
Whenever a large investment has been made in a particular area, whenever there is a lot capital, people, and ego tied up with some operation, the transition away from that operation is apt to be far slower than what an objective observer would have expected…
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Stock Market Window Dressing: The Art of Looking Smart!
As investors, and we all are investors these days, it is important that we understand the idiosyncrasies of the Stock Market pricing data we use to help us in our decision making efforts. On Wall Street, investing can be a minefield for those who don't take the time to appreciate why securities prices are at the levels that appear on quarterly account statements. At least four times per year, security prices are more a function of institutional marketing practices than they are a reflection of the economic forces that we would like to think are their primary determining factors…
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Relax, A Volatile Stock Market Is Your Dearest Friend
Most people never forget their first love. I'll never forget my first trading profit! But the $600 (1970 dollars) I pocketed on Royal Dutch Petroleum was not nearly as significant as the conceptual realization it signaled! I was amazed that someone would pay me that much more for my stock than the newspaper said it was worth just a few weeks earlier! What had changed?…
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In Value Stock Investing, Quality is Job One
How much financial bloodshed is necessary before we realize that there is no safe and easy shortcut to investment success? When do we learn that most of our mistakes involve greed, fear, or unrealistic expectations about what we own? Eventually, successful investors begin to allocate assets in a goal directed manner by adopting a realistic Investment Strategy…
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Mismanagement At The New York Times
The New York Times Company (NYT) isn’t just reporting the news – it’s making the news. At yesterday’s annual meeting, shareholders withheld 28% of their votes for the four directors elected by holders of the company’s common stock. Nine other directors are elected by holders of the Class B shares, effectively granting control of the company to a group holding less than a 1% economic interest in the business…
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average: Failing the Average Investor
In addition to a well thought out Investment Plan, successful Equity investing requires a feel for what is going on in the real world that we all refer to as "The Market". To most investors, the DJIA provides all of the information they think they need, and they worship it mindlessly, thinking that this time tattered average has mystical predictive and analytic powers far beyond the scope of any other market number…
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What is Value Investing?
Different sources define value investing differently. Some say value investing is the investment philosophy that favors the purchase of stocks that are currently selling at low price-to-book ratios and have high dividend yields. Others say value investing is all about buying stocks with low P/E ratios. You will even sometimes hear that value investing has more to do with the balance sheet than the income statement…
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An Analysis of Lexmark (LXK)
In 2005, Berkshire Hathaway bought about a million shares of Lexmark. I haven't followed this story closely, but I assume the stock was purchased by Lou Simpson rather than Warren Buffett. I have only two reasons for believing this: the total purchase was small relative to Berkshire's investable assets and the Lexmark purchase is typical of Simpson's investment philosophy (or at least, what little I can glean about his investment philosophy from his past purchases). Regardless of who actually makes the purchases, a new Berkshire holding always draws a lot of commentary…
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Investment Strategy: The Investor's Creed
Fascinating, isn't it, this stock market of ours, with its unpredictability, promise, and unscripted daily drama! But individual investors are even more interesting. We've become the product of a media driven culture that must have reasons, predictability, blame, scapegoats, and even that four-letter word, certainty. We are a culture of investors where hindsight is rapidly replacing the reality-based foresight that once was flowing in our now real-time veins…
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Steal Warren Buffet`s Stock Market Lesson Plans?
Why should you want to steal someone else`s stock market lesson plans?
First, let me tell you that a trading plan is only useful if you follow it. Following your plan will make you successful, yet many traders circumvent the stock market lesson plans that they have carefully created…
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The Idiots Guide To Back Testing For Confidence
After you`ve set your initial stop loss, chosen your method for calculating your trailing stop loss, and implemented all your money management rules, there is one last thing you should do; you should begin back testing your system…
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Stock Option Trading Millionaire Principles
Having been trading stocks and options in the capital markets professionally over the years, I have seen many ups and downs.
I have seen paupers become millionaires overnight…
And
I have seen millionaires become paupers overnight…
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Could an Oil Slick Trip Up Stock Investors in 2006?
After generally rallying for the last 2 or 3 months, stocks suddenly ran into an unexpected roadblock. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) had climbed to within about 6% of its all-time high and other indexes, while not as close to peak historical levels, had risen in tandem…
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The Case for Value Stock Investing... What If?
Wall Street Institutions pay billions of dollars annually to convince the investing public that their Economists, Investment Managers, and Analysts can predict future price movements in specific company shares and trends in the overall Stock Market…
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Avoid Day Trading Your Dollars Down the Drain
Day traders quickly buy and sell stocks during the day, hoping their stocks will continue climbing or falling in value for the seconds to minutes they own the stock. This allows them to lock in quick profits. Day traders usually buy on borrowed money, hoping that they will reap higher profits through leverage…
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Will Santa Visit Stock Investors in January?
Bullish investors would likely have rather received a lump of coal in their stockings, given the prevailing lofty level of energy prices, than the uncharacteristically lackluster performance delivered them by the stock market in the waning days of 2005. What made the sour ending so unusual was its defiance of the well-documented normal tendency for stocks to rise in December, particularly near the end of the month…
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How To Buy Stocks That Are Hot With No Effort
Even traders want to be trendy when they buy stocks. Many traders make trades because of public opinion, not because the trade itself makes sense. When a particular stock seems popular, they rush in so they don`t feel they`ve missed an opportunity. As a result they end up buying at a price point where the trade can`t possibly work out. You should always avoid the emotion of the HOT stock…
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Fiscal Measurements
A former colleague at a major stock brokerage firm always confused "fiscal" with "physical". On June 30th, he would talk about the close of the "physical year". Just a mental block for an intelligent man. Fiscal year-end differs for corporations with most ending June 30th while others use December 31st. Fiscal is fancy jargon for "show me the money"…
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Metastock Part 2: Designing a Trading System in MetaStock
In Part 1 of Designing a Trading System in MetaStock, I had discussed the major components you needed to be able to track to create a mechanical entry system. These were measures of price, liquidity, trend, and volatility. The question now is, how do we code this into MetaStock?…
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Now That the Stock Market Made an October Low, Where Will it Go?
A lot has changed in more than a century since Mark Twain first uttered his memorable quote, but with no less than 14 important stock market lows established in the month of October just since the launch of daily S&P indexes in 1928 (a disproportionately large 17% of all bottoms), it appears Mr. Twain was on to something…
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Securities commission
Securities commission is a general term used for a government department or agency responsible for financial regulation of securities products within a particular country. Its powers and responsibilities vary greatly from country to country, but generally cover the setting of rules as well as enforcing them for financial intermediaries and stock exchanges.…
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The Stock Market Report That Wall Street Does Not Want You To Read
The best way to maximize your profits is to be prepared to give some back to the Stock Market. When most traders first hear this, they are a little taken back. Why would you give any of your profits back to the Stock market; because you are never going to be able to exit right at the peak of the Stock market trend. But, you can still stay with the trend as it develops, and let your profits run in the Stock market. Then, when the price turns, you can exit…
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Professional Stock Market Advice Reveals Most Common Trading
The best Stock Market advice you will ever read is to learn from mistakes when someone else has made them. So, this stock market advice list I made a list of some of the most common trading mistakes that are made. Even I`ve made some of these. If you have already made some of the mistakes, you can rest assured that you aren`t alone in making them. If you haven`t made them, then here`s a way to get around having to learn by making the mistakes yourself, by reading my stock market advice list…
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A New Wall Street Line Dance: Performance
It matters not what lines, numbers, indices, or gurus you worship, you just can't know where the stock market is going or when it will change direction. Too much investor time and analytical effort is wasted trying to predict course corrections. even more is squandered comparing portfolio Market Values with a handful of unrelated indices and averages. If we reconcile in our minds that we can't predict the future (or change the past), we can move through the uncertainty more productively…
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Penny Stock Strategies
Why should the rich guys have all the fun? The small investor can seek out huge returns too...if they know how.
Technical analysis that uses statistics for forecasting price fluctuations is one approach. However, because it is difficult to track changes in fractions of a penny, there simply isn’t enough data to be able to analyze. Therefore, you have to keep an ear to the ground when you trade penny stocks…
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What Makes A Good Surety Bond Producer?
The difference between bond producers can be night and day. A good producer knows the surety industry and the construction industry (for contract bond producers). For contractors, a bond producer is a key to the door of suretyship. The differences in contract producers could be the difference of approval and declination, bond line size, collateral requirements versus no collateral, etc…
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Why Do I Need A License Surety Bond?
There are thousands of different surety bonds in the United States alone. One of the most common types are license bonds. Simply put, these bonds are required by the government in order to obtain a license to legally operate a business…
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Investing Stock Market ABC’s
While most folks today trust mutual funds and their professional managers with their investments, it’s still important to understand the basics of the stock market. Although investing in individual stocks may not be right for everyone, a basic understanding of the stock market is essential to understanding the workings of our economy and business sector…
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The Uranium Bull Market Keeps Getting More Bullish
China Demand for Uranium, World Growth in Electricity Demand to Drive Uranium Price Higher.
Industry expert says all new production already factored in uranium price “We are consuming far more uranium than we are producing worldwide,” explained David Miller, Wyoming legislator and recently appointed president of Strathmore Resources (TSX-V: STM; OTC: STHJF.PK)…
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Stock Options: Limited Loss and Unlimited Profit
Many people believe that the stock market can make you rich one day, but also make you bankrupt the next. Well, how eould you like to know about a method of stock trading that completely saves you from unlimited loss, but still leaves the door open for unlimited profit? That method is buying and selling stock options. How to trade stock options would best be explained using the following example…
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Metastock Part 1: Relative Strength Comparison (RSC) The Key Success Tool In Trading By Stock Market Sectors
Within this report I`ll show you how you can find these profitable trading opportunities with MetaStock. You`ll be able to make use of techniques usually only used by professional traders, such as the Relative Strength Comparison. The basis of the RSC (Relative Strength Comparison) is found in sector analysis…
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How to Read Stock Market Quotes
The stock market quote is the basic collection of numbers an investor must understand to achieve success in the stock market. It is a list of prices for certain stocks at one point within the trading day. In the past, stocks were quoted in fractions, but now, most exchanges use decimals. Stock market quotes are found in newspapers, as well as online. Stock quotes are updated regularly during the trading day…
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Understanding Fixed Income Securities: Expectations
I’ve come to the conclusion that the Stock Market is an easier medium for investors to understand (i.e., to form behavioral expectations about) than the Fixed Income Market. As unlikely as this sounds, experience proves it, irrefutably. Few investors grow to love volatility as I do, but most expect it in the Market Value of their equity positions. When dealing with Fixed Income Securities however, neither they nor their advisors are comfortable with any downward movement at all…
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3 Steps To Profitable Stock Picking
Stock picking is a very complicated process and investors have different approaches. However, it is wise to follow general steps to minimize the risk of the investments. This article will outline these basic steps for picking high performance stocks…
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