What’s a telltale sign of a poorly designed investment portfolio? Answer: A portfolio that underperforms indexed yardsticks. Is it reasonable to expect this type of portfolio which is unable to deliver satisfactory results during a favorable stock market climate to miraculously thrive during an... Read More
Although we know market prices always trump seasonality in terms of importance, we shouldn't completely ignore the significance of historical seasonal trends.
Since 1996, the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) has ended higher during the month of January 55% of the time but with a flat return. This... Read More
Sometimes the quirkiest predictors of stock market performance are the most accurate. And for whatever reason, the Super Bowl Indicator fits that precise description.
It has scored an accuracy ratio of 81% over the past 48 Super Bowl games. How does it work?
If the NFC team wins, the U.S.... Read More
How did market participants react to the ECB's 1.1 trillion euro QE-styled asset purchase plan? By pouring money into European stocks.
Europe focused stock ETFs (NYSEARCA:VGK) collectively raked in 65% of all global ETP asset flow last week, gaining just over $4 billion in new assets.
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It’s that time of year again. You know, the wonderful season when Wall Street’s strategists crawl out of their crevices to make predictions about the year ahead. What are they prophesying for 2015? Wall Street foresees grave danger and disaster in the bond market.
(Audio) Is the Bottom in... Read More
Never mind how the U.S. stock market is posting modest year-to-date losses close to 2%. Momentum stocks are up and so is risk taking.
A comparison of the iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (NYSEARCA:MTUM) - a good proxy for the risk appetite of bullishly trending stocks - versus the... Read More
What does the optimal investment portfolio look like? Is it the portfolio with the hottest stocks and ETFs? Is it the portfolio managed by famous money managers?
Actually, the optimal portfolio is perfectly compatible with you. Furthermore, optimal portfolios deliberately minimize investment... Read More
Stock market volatility is frequently portrayed as an evil force that all investors should strive to avoid. However, embracing volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) rather than avoiding it can be extremely lucrative.
On 12/17/14 we told our subscribers the following via our Weekly ETF Picks:
"The... Read More
Your investment portfolio is nothing more than a reflection of you. Put another way, it's a personal statement about how you view risk, taxes, diversification, and investment cost. If you're negligent in building an investment portfolio that fails to correctly address these key areas, your... Read More
After gaining five consecutive years and gaining nine out the past 10 years, the U.S. stock market is on a roll. And while it's easy to become complacent, warning signs are already showing up in the bond market.
(Audio) Which of these 3 investors is you? + the Most Accurate Stock Market... Read More