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Got a ‘Chip and a Chair’? Then You’re Still in the Game!

There is a great story of luck and persistence about  Jack ‘Treetop’ Strauss.   A towering figure, Strauss was an accomplished poker pro.  In 1982 he was playing in ...

The 6 Ill-advised Financial Tips You Should Avoid

Sometimes the worst ‘vice’ is advice – even if it’s well intended. This is especially true when financial topics arise. Unfortunately, no one can tell you how to ...

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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