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Investments Matter More than their Form

by David Merkel Open-end Mutual Funds, including index funds Closed-end Mutual Funds Exchange Traded Funds, including index funds Separately Managed Accounts Unit Investment Trusts Hedge ...
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Will the Fed’s Experiment End Badly?

Put together these ingredients: The biggest weekly market decline in two years, the winding down of earnings season, and a light week for economic data. The result? Financial TV producers ...
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Stock Corrections: How Bad Can They Be And What Can We Do?

2013-2014: Not A Good Benchmark It has not been difficult to find “as long as the Fed is in charge, we will never have another serious correction” comments in recent weeks. The ...

The Current Correlation in Stocks and Bonds

If you’re not paying close attention, you may be missing the stealthily increasing positive correlation between stocks and bonds. Let’s cut through the charts and focus on the “Positive ...

Did the Federal Reserve Cause The Recent Disturbance and Increased Volatility?

As the markets continued to go higher and higher lately it became increasingly uncomfortable to stay long.  For many, no doubt it is safer being on the sidelines before a major storm ...

Tactical Asset Allocation And The Understanding Of Longer-Term ETF Trends

One of the most common expressions in the investment world is that “one day does not a trend make.” Indeed, it would be foolhardy to over-analyze the stock and bond market reaction ...
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Can Earnings Growth Reignite the Stock Rally?

To the surprise of many observers, stocks have survived a series of recent challenges. As Q214 earnings reports starts begin, the questions has changed: Can strong corporate earnings ...
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Is Recent Volatility Cause For Concern?

Earnings: A Big Role This Week Before we get into the subject of recent volatility, it is important to understand the primary market driver in the days ahead – earnings. From The ...
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Sector ETFs In 2014 And 2007

The S&P 500 has served up a 7%-plus return through the first six-and-a-half months of the year. That’s remarkably impressive when one considers the depth of geopolitical conflict, ...

The World Cup is the Best Time to Buy Silver

There’s an old saying in the investment market that goes something like this: “Sell in May and then go away.” This means that in order to avoid a slow market, investors should ...

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