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What (or Who) Are You Listening To?

With the increase in market volatility, we find ourselves reaching for and needing more certainty. Is our approach correct? Do we need to make adjustments? Is there better information ...
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Will Springtime Bring Some Optimism?

Some weeks feature a contrast between past and future — a possible inflection point. Here are the current elements: Important economic data with a forward look; Earnings news ...
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A Volatility Cocktail!

This week brings the makings of an explosive volatility cocktail: Important economic data; Key Q1 earnings reports; Options expiration; A short trading week; and An edgy market environment. This ...
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The End of Fantasy Land

If you are relatively new to the investing world, you may not have a realistic reference point to understand how painful stock market corrections can be. A trip down the memory lane ...
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1994, Rising Interest Rates, And Your Approach To The Markets

Janet Yellen’s remarks last Wednesday brought rising interest rates back into focus. If the bond market reacts and interest rates spike as they did in 1994, it could spell trouble ...
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Yellen Takes the Stage

  Rightly or wrongly, markets continue the Fed fixation. Many expect (or demand?) a change in Fed policy. This week marks the first FOMC meeting with Janet Yellen as the Chair. ...
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How Strong Is The Bearish Case For Stocks?

The Bears Had A Nice Set-Up In late January/early February, economic fundamentals were looking shaky. The text below comes from a February 3 Reuters article: U.S. manufacturing activity ...
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Why We Cut Stocks, Added Bonds Thursday & Friday

Investors were greeted with more “red” Friday morning. The S&P futures were down 11 points two hours before the opening bell rang. The extension of Thursday’s sell-off was ...
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More “Experts” Predicting a Market Top

Most potential stock investors have been bruised by events over the last decade. They are receptive to a message of fear, and many pundits are happy to satisfy their urges. Calling ...
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Managing Risk In A Mature Bull Market

Legitimate Fear of Investing Cash Near A Top On January 16, we presented the chart below, which shows the possible negative impact of holding too much cash during the latter stages ...