Apr 18

More To Economic Slowdown Than Weather

The stock market has hung in there so far this year in spite of negative economic reports from December through…

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Apr 11

The Market Is Too Dependent On Hopes That

The market remained positive, near its December peak for three months, primarily based on hopes. Economic reports were dismal during the…

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Apr 4

The Market’s Annual Seasonality is a Real Concern

As we move into April, it’s important to look at the stock market’s long history of making most of its…

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Mar 28

Why Mutual Fund Managers Cannot Protect Investors In

Over my 27 years in the business, I often discuss bull and bear markets with investors. A couple of popular…

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Mar 21

The U.S. Market Is Swimming Against an Ominous

After an unusual blow-out 2013, the U.S. stock market has gone nowhere so far this year. Down for January, back up…

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Mar 14

Can U.S. Market Avoid A Serious Correction Again?

The Dow is down about 2% for the week, so minor that it’s hardly a blip on the charts. However,…

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Mar 7

Safe Havens Are Trouncing Stocks So Far This

Investors are going crazy for stocks, piling into individual stocks and equity mutual funds at a near record pace. Investor…

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Feb 28

Do Economic Reports Mean Anything This Time?

Some of the Federal Reserve’s districts compile and release monthly economic reports for their regions. In the last week or two,…

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Feb 21

Markets Are Still Loving The Economy’s Increasing Problems

The economic reports turn ever uglier, and the stock market loves it. Something seems wrong with that picture. In recent months, it…

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Feb 14

Watch For A Taper Time-out

Good luck to new Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her expectation that the Fed can continue to taper back its…

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Feb 7

The Economic Outlook Is About More Than Just

The Labor Department’s employment report for January was the second straight monthly negative surprise in that area of the economy.…

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Jan 31

Bonds Are Defying Dire Forecasts

There was no doubt about it in 2013. If the Fed were ever to cut back on its five years…

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Jan 25

Was The Fed Too Hasty With Its Taper

The Fed surprised markets with its December decision that the economy is strong enough to stand on its own with…

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Jan 18

I Sure Hope It Was The Weather’s Fault.

There were only 74,000 new jobs created in December according to the Labor Department’s employment report, way below the consensus…

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Jan 10

The Jobs Report Rained On New Fed Chair

Once again, the Labor Department’s monthly employment report lived up to its reputation of providing a surprise in one direction…

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Jan 3

Will The Market’s 2013 Winners Also Be Winners

As the headlines proclaim, the stock market produced unusual gains in 2013. Be careful how you react. It’s common knowledge and well…

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Dec 27

Investor Expectations Also Need Tapering As We Enter

Psychologists say much of the reason investors have such a dismal record of buying high and selling low, of being…

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Dec 20

The Fed Will Still Provide Massive QE Next

The Federal Reserve announced this week that it will provide $75 billion of quantitative easing (QE) in January, a massive…

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Dec 13

Three Stocks To Avoid

As Pete Seeger’s musical adaptation from Ecclesiastes puts it (approximately) ‘to everything there is a season, a time to plant,…

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