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Crimea’s regional parliament voted unanimously to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia—virtually guaranteeing a prolonged confrontation between Russia and the West. The current standoff is the biggest escalation between Russia and the West since at least the 1990s Balkans Wars and perhaps since the Cold War.
And yet a funny thing happened: Emerging markets across the board had a spectacular rally on Thursday. Russia itself was the only emerging market of any note to fall, yet the Ma...
Everyone seems to believe Treasury bonds are going down due to the lack of demand, specifically by the Fed. The 'taper' is the cause, a gradual cutback of bond purchases by the Fed that is expected to completely wind down later this year. Of course, rates are still low and will remain rock bottom for some time to come, because inflation is nascent. The Fed is not only trying to stimulate growth and help create jobs , they are also trying to fight off deflationary fans that always seem to thr...Read More
Industrial stock sector ETF Relative Strength Ratio crossed back up above its 50-day SMA on 3/6/14, thereby turning systematically bullish .
Utilities stock sector ETF Relative Strength Ratio turned systematically bearish on 3/6/14, when it crossed below its 50-day SMA.
The S&P 500 Composite Index absolute price opened higher and rose further in the first 25 minutes. SPX spent the rest of the day choppy/sideways/mildly lower in a fairly narrow trading range. SPX closed very near the ope...
If one is so inclined, one should see the market as teacher these days. Actually, it is always a teacher, but since January, it has excelled in teaching about the relationship between data, price-action, and expectations in the market – on the surface it seems inconsistent, but underneath …
- U.S. stock index futures ticked higher on Thursday ahead of labor and factory data, while developments in the Ukrainian crisis kept traders on edge.
So, the indexes did open higher this morning, but on...Read More
If you live in the Midwest like I do you may be wondering if we will ever see green grass or temperatures above 40* Fahrenheit ever again. Chicago is experiencing the coldest and snowiest winter in 35 years. The average temperature through February has been 18.8* F, along with 67.4 inches of snow . March has certainly come in like a lion, with snow the first five days of the month along with the coldest March 3rd in 130 years. The calendar tells us spring is a few weeks away, but I’m not so...Read More
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We’ve all heard the saying about the smart money and the, well, not smart money.
When a stock is trending up or down, it is wise to follow the smart money versus your gut feelings, news, or what your friends are doing.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
If you’re not familiar with “On Balance Volume” let’s touch on what exactly OBV is. OBV was initially introduced to the world of technical analysis by Joseph Granville. It was one of, if not the first indicator, to measure positive and negative volume flow...Read More
I used to watch CNBC pretty much all day. Every uptick and downtick of the S&P, the Nasdaq Composite and the Dow – I was right there.
IPOs? Sure, I could tell you about them. Earnings reports, hot trades, analyst actions. All of it.
It’s exciting. It drives TV viewership. However, for investors, not only is it useless, but it’s actually dangerous.
Nobody makes serious life decisions based on “Monday Night Football” or “The Voice.” But for some reason, an entertainment vehicle l...
As the calendar turns to March, tensions in the Ukraine are escalating and the threat of war is looming. It's a mid-term election year which is typically negative for U.S. stocks.
The current U.S. equity bull market will enter its sixth year on March 10, which is long in the tooth by historical standards. March could prove to be a bumpy ride for traders.
Here's a quick look back at top stories from last month.
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Becoming involved in the impact investment space may sound good, but the Global Impact Investing Network , a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and nonprofit B Lab jointly offer an analytics platform that helps investors measure the social, environmental and financial performance of their investments.
Specifically GIIN and B Lab together promote tools that help impact investors measure and track the environmental, social and financial performance of their investments using...
Here is the inconvenient truth about successful trading. It’s work.
Trading is more than just numbers — it is a three dimensional fight that rages primarily inside the traders themselves. Missing any crucial element can ruin a trader quickly. The trader must first develop a robust trading system that fits their own personality and risk tolerance. Then they must trade it with discipline and faith consistently through ups and downs. But that’s not all. Risk exposure must also be managed carefu...Read More