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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 ...

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 ...

The UK’s Property Fuelled Economic Growth Could All Go Wrong

The housing market in the UK, and the south east of the country in particular, is seeing its best period of growth in a long while and although this is a positive, it has left many ...
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Is Wall Street Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

“The contraction in the first quarter is not reflective of the underlying state of the U.S. economy and the subsequent flow of data points to a significant snap-back in the second ...

Can You Admit When You Are Wrong?

Admitting you are wrong is not admitting defeat.  But many traders and investors let their ego get in the way and that leads to a calamitous road.  I have seen more train wrecks by ...

This Is Not Your Father’s Business Cycle Risk

Keeping interest rates for too low for too long risks another financial crisis, warns the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in its newly published annual report. The concern ...
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Three Reasons Why We Are Not in Another Tech Bubble

Three Reasons Why We Are Not in Another Tech Bubble A tech bubble is a rise in the stock markets ascribed to speculation in technology stocks. When rapid share price growth alongside ...
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ETF Investors React With Caution To A Weakening Consumer

Last week, board members of the Federal Reserve signaled that they may begin hiking overnight lending rates as early as 2015.  A majority of analysts believe that the message is in ...
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5 Reasons Your Simple Bear Market Plans Could Backfire

Weekends are a good time to review investment risk management strategies. If an approach or system can manage to avoid the common bear market pitfalls below, the odds of successfully ...
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Trading Degrees for Dollars?

Though it hardly feels like another school year is almost over and summer is within reach. It’s already time for graduation plans and gearing up for beaches and barbecues. Before ...