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The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

So, here we are heading onto one of the most important holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day – and the market is acting normal, still. “Really?” you might think. Valentine’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year? Think about it, boys and girls … So, yes, the market seems to have quieted down from its rebellious volatility this winter, this winter of discontent, or not....

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A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

“Epiphany.” I love the word. It has a nice ring to it, a pleasant sound when heard or played in my head. Interestingly, it is Greek in origin, and with what is going on with Greece right now, well, that is not so pleasant. Anyway, the longer I live, the more I come to understand that life is rich with epiphany. In fact (you guessed it), I had one this morning. Oh, nothing of a magnitude,...

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Turning Technological Corners and Finding Cool, Scary?

Turning Technological Corners and Finding Cool, Scary?

Yes, I did say it, but I kinda pulled back from it, meaning, I did not want to come off as saying I really was in a rut, even though sometimes the market boxes me in with the news, so it feels as if I am in a rut, and maybe that is enough to actually put me in a rut, but, hey, what is a “rut” after all – a state of mind? That opening sentence would be enough to take anyone out of a rut, if...

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Job Openings Just About Says It All

Job Openings Just About Says It All

Do you ever feel as if you are in a rut, and you just cannot get out? Of course you do; everyone does, now and then.  I do now, and it is not the first time I have felt this as I write. When I feel this way, I always wonder why. After all, I can write about anything in the market, so why do I sit here and feel what I am writing about is me in a rut? Actually, the answer is not about me at...

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Oil, Could It Go To $20?

Oil, Could It Go To $20?

I have an idea – let’s talk oil. Aside from Greece and Ukraine, it is one of the hot market topics of the, day, uh ... week, no, month, year? In any case, oil is hot, and with the current uptick in prices, one has to ask – is the fall in prices over? Me? Well, you know my position. Oil has become subject to fundamentals, generally speaking. Now, having said that, the current uptick in prices...

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Can’t We Just Enjoy the Moment?

Can’t We Just Enjoy the Moment?

Dare I ask it? No, I can’t. Okay, I can’t help myself – Could it be the market might return to a sense of normalcy based on the jobs report that came out today? Could it be that the market will see the absolutely fantastic jobs report that came out today as some kind of a sign that the US economy is still moving forward despite the problems in Europe, China, Japan, Ukraine, the Middle East,...

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Oil, QE, Europe, And ETFs

Oil, QE, Europe, And ETFs

It is difficult to watch the market day in and day out and not pay attention to the plight of oil. This reality kindles in me a spark of compunction, a sense of regret that I, writing daily about the market movement, am compelled to write about oil. Actually, my reality is such that I must write about not only oil, but the other headlines that might, or might not, actually be the underlying...

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Sail Past The Rocks, Leave The Siren Song Behind

Sail Past The Rocks, Leave The Siren Song Behind

Temptation … The word itself has a seductive quality, much like the market. Yup, I said it – the market has a seductive quality. For example, after a horrible week last week, the market comes back this week singing siren songs of breaking resistance. Yet, giving in to the seduction of a good week might just land you on the rocks, much like the fabled seduced sailors in ancient times. The...

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Up and Down We Go … I Remember When I Was A Kid

Up and Down We Go … I Remember When I Was A Kid

I remember when I was a kid … Oh wait! I thought I was talking to my son. Sorry. What I meant to say was, “I remember all the way back to 2008-2009 when the market was swinging wildly, much like it is today. The big difference, though, is the size of the swings. Back then, (when I was a kid), a 1,000 point swing was not uncommon and many a day saw a 500 pointer. So, if you think it is tough...

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The January Effect – Really?

The January Effect – Really?

January has ended and so goes the “January Effect.” More on that in a moment, but, in the meantime, February is here and the market, although still edgy, seems to have lost a little of its panic, as has oil prices. Crude oil finally hit the 43 handle and came within cents of our long standing Fibonacci target. In doing so there was massive short covering on Friday which finally sparks hope...

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Who Said Anything About Normal?

Who Said Anything About Normal?

Just when I thought the market was headed back to a bit of normalcy … I know, I know, when is the market ever normal? In fact, if I, or anyone for that matter, ever thinks the market is behaving, well, ”normal,” I would ask that the term be explained, relative to the market. I can’t do it, so why would I think such a thing? The simple answer is I want the market to stop going crazy with wild...

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Positioning Money For The Future

Positioning Money For The Future

As I have written so many times, this is a brave new a world of changing technologies, changing so quickly that the markets hardly can keep up. In fact, they can’t, which suggests investors need to get ahead of the market, to find out what is the next big thing to get your money into. Okay, so there are many new “big” things to get you money into, but when you break it down fundamentally,...

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Is The Market Going Back To Normal?

Is The Market Going Back To Normal?

For the first time in some time, I feel the market is behaving normally. I am not sure why I feel this way, but somehow the market action today feels right. I suspect it is the VIX going down, along with the Dow (incrementally), while the Russell 2000 is going up. That just feels right, as if it is the way to go now after all of the recent volatility. The US dollar going up and remaining on...

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Get Your Money Into Europe

Get Your Money Into Europe

Okay, so the market volatility continues, in a big way. Perhaps it is the ECB actions that are driving the market. Actually, the ECB is driving the market. This is big news out of Europe. The expectation is that the QE there will do for Europe what it did for the US. As we all know by now, the central bank announced a Quantitative Easing program to the tune of €60b per month, beating the...

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The Oil War Is Not Over, Nor The Volatility

The Oil War Is Not Over, Nor The Volatility

Is the “Oil War” coming to an end? This is a question the talking heads are starting to throw around. U.S. drillers have taken a record number of oil rigs out of service in the past six weeks as OPEC’s sustained production sent prices below $50 a barrel. As I have written recently, US oil production is curtailing especially among the smaller independents, but this does not mean that enough...

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