We can officially count 2014 as another bad year for Wall Street's investment strategists.
Not only were they dead wrong about their prediction that interest rates would rise. They were also wrong about bond prices crashing. And 2014 isn't yet over, yet with moxie and bravado, Wall Street is... Read More
When measuring the investment performance of a portfolio, the biggest mistakes people make are 1) not tracking performance at all, or 2) comparing a portfolio’s performance to flawed yardsticks. The first point should be self-explanatory, so let’s focus on the second point.
If a certain... Read More
The financial services industry likes to preach the benefits of compounding returns and long-term investing. Have they overstated or even misstated their cause?
It’s common for industry types to illustrate unrealistic long-term time horizons of 100 or 200 years of equity returns (NYSEARCA:DIA)... Read More
If you think the stock market is a volatile place, you ought to get a load of ETFs that use leverage.
From Sep. 15 to Oct. 16, the ProShares Ultra 2x Dow 30 Fund (NYSEARCA:DDM) collapsed 10.22%. But from Oct. 16 through Nov. 14, DDM soared 19.50%. That’s a breathtaking swing of 29.72% from... Read More
Stocks around the globe are swooning and bonds are zooming.
The almost 3% correction in the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) over the past week has pushed long-term Treasury bond ETFs (NYSEARCA:TLT) higher by around 2.75%. And just like that, the bull market in bonds that 100% of Wall Street's... Read More
Are momentum stocks losing their luster?
High flying momentum stocks like Tesla Motors (NasdaqGS:TSLA), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and GoPro (NasdaqGS:GPRO) have experienced sharp pullbacks over the past few months. Tesla and Twitter have fallen below their 50-day and 200-day moving average while... Read More
If you own a portfolio of investments, this article is for you. It doesn't matter if you're new at investing or a veteran with years of experience. It also doesn't matter whether you have a tax deferred retirement plan like an individual retirement account (IRA), a 401(k) plan, or a taxable... Read More
Keeping track of global macroeconomic trends is a daunting task.
For that reason, each month we organize and rank the key market trends in our Mega Investment Theme Report by order of significance.
Here's a few of this year's biggest themes:
Commodities Get Crushed
All of the... Read More
Reader poll: What’s among the most depressed asset classes in the world? If you answered “volatility” you’re right on! The problem for volatility bulls (NYSEARCA:VXX) is we haven’t had a sustained level of stock market volatility. That hardly means a lack of opportunities to profit... Read More
Isn't it more than ironic that of all the times stock picking fund managers would post their worst multi-decade performance - that it would be smack dab in the middle of a raging bull market?
Never mind how the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) is about to record its fifth consecutive yearly gain and... Read More