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One Key Trait of Successful Advisers and Investors

As the stock market struggled to move higher last week, it was pummeled by news out of Washington D.C.  that kept investors on edge every day. Even on Friday, as the market was struggling to move higher, there were new rumors about who might next leave the White House’s revolving door. There was also the…
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Don’t Let Fear or Greed Hurt Your Portfolio – Jan. 28th

This cartoon in many respects reflects the swings in sentiment as well as the role that fear and greed play in the stock market. Though it plays a role in the direction of stock it is often not easy for the investor or trader to recognize these extremes in sentiment. In January and February 2016…
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Another Bear Trap?

The global markets were shocked on March 1st, as Trump promised tariffs on steel and aluminum.  The already-declining stock market was hit with more selling on the news, as the S&P 500 dropped 36 points or 1.3%.   The three-day selloff ended the next day, and with the 1.7% gain on Friday, the S&P 500 is…
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Is It Time To Rotate Into Small Cap Stocks?

In 2017, the small-cap iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) was up 14.60%, following a 21.60% gain in 2016. By comparison, the Spyder Trust (SPY) was up 21.6% in 2017, as the large caps outperformed the small caps by 7 percentage points for the year. However, in 2016, SPY was only up 12% for the year,…
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Are The Stock Market Bulls Winning?

Stocks had a roller coaster ride last week, in a battle between the bulls and the bears. On Wednesday and Thursday, the early buying was met with selling in the afternoon as the gains were erased. Despite last week’s action, the S&P 500 is still down 2.7% for the month, so it may have the…
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Are We Witnessing A V-Shaped Stock Market Bottom?

It was a record-breaking week for the stock market, which was a welcome surprise to many investors and traders who had been panicking in the face of heavy selling just last week. The Dow Industrials and S&P 500 were up 4.3% for the week, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 was up 5.7%. Last week, I…
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