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Investing Trends in 2020: Where to Invest

This is an excerpt from our latest video, Investing Trends in 2020 and Where to Invest with Lynn Dolan at ETFguide and Dave Mazza at Direxion Investments.

Lynn: As we head into a new decade, the market is already taking shape and new investment themes and trends are starting to take shape.

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How to Cut Your Trading Cost in Half

Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially true when stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) is rising.

The chart below illustrates how historical bid-ask spreads (also known as “bid-offer spreads”) have widened by more than 40% (from just 0.8% to 1.4%) during periods of 20% or greater one-month realized volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY).

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Gift-Wrapped Trades Courtesy of the Fed

The almost +2% jump in the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) just three-days before the release of the Federal Reserve’s no rate hike decision looks suspicious and so does the heavy call buying volume. And while this type of curious trading activity resembles insider buying right before a big corporate takeover, I’m confident the Securities and Exchange Commission will look the other way by pretending nothing happened.

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What Stock Market Sectors are Gaining the Most from Low Rates?

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 already predicting higher interest rates for 2015.

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Is Gold’s Knockout Punch Coming?

Having an entrenched view is a good recipe for failure. And perhaps, there’s no better Wall Street case study than Peter Schiff, a precious metals permabull.

Never mind his incorrect calls about a U.S. dollar collapse (NYSEARCA:UUP).

On Feb. 13, 2013, Schiff stubbornly reiterated his bullish view of gold,

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