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The Market Running Away From What?

The Market Running Away From What?

What Is the Market Afraid Of? Last Wednesday, I mentioned Dr. Gary Dayton’s article on the “experts” who predict market movement (Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?), and then on Thursday, I wrote … It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and...

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Ya Gotta Believe That With …

Ya Gotta Believe That With …

It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and taxes (ouch – just got that one done … the latter that is), but as it stands now, the market is flirting with all-time highs, again. Perhaps the floating rumors about the Fed not raising rates until 2016, or, at the...

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It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

I like words. I am a writer. So, when a few words strung together impact my brain, I take notice. It’s a technology, not a fuel. The above few simple words opened my eyes even further to the reality of renewable energy and its impact on the world. In particular, the above sentence referenced solar power, but the statement can be applied to all forms of renewable energies. The transformation...

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More Than A Lot, Nothing More Than A Drop – Interesting For Sure

More Than A Lot, Nothing More Than A Drop – Interesting For Sure

The longer I live, the more astonishing life becomes. This is a good thing, as it keeps life interesting (among other things), but, at times, I do shake my head and smile. I mean, who woulda thunk, say, ten years ago, that the name “Amazon,” the word “drone,” and the phrase “red tape” would all be used in the same sentence – Red tape does in Amazon as it pursues its drone delivery program....

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Oil Again … Oh My

Oil Again … Oh My

Monday arrives and the mind begins to machinate again. The sluggishness from two days of not thinking deeply thinking about the market slowly fades and the data/information coming in begins to penetrate, albeit slowly. Like most jobs, going back to work on Monday requires a bit more effort. And so it goes … Today’s market movement seems to be requiring a bit more effort; the market seems to...

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Now, When I Was A Kid …

Now, When I Was A Kid …

The world is different from when I was a kid. Yes, yes, everybody says that; it is trite but true. Anyway, my teen got on a private jet, flew out of our little airport to San Diego, where, from box seats, he watched the Giants and Padres play. He then got back on the jet, flew home, and told me about his adventure in the calmest of voices. Yes it was fun, but not at the top of the hit...

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More Folks Working, Wages Rising And A Liquidity Problem?

More Folks Working, Wages Rising And A Liquidity Problem?

The word that first popped into my head this morning as I sat down to write was “droll.” I wanted to say the content of today’s writing was lacking pizzazz, in effect, boring. The problem I have, though, is I have long misunderstood the meaning of droll. I thought it meant dull, but, in fact, “dull” is its antonym, which means, I am backward on the meaning of the word. No matter, as the...

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Ground Hog Day Again, And Again?

Ground Hog Day Again, And Again?

Some days in this world, the financial world, I find myself thinking about Bill Murray. True, he is a funny guy, but it is not him, exactly, that I think about – it is his movie, Ground Hog Day. Some days, it seems to me, I have lived this day before in this, my financial reality. One reason is there are stories that just never die, that go on and on, and no matter how important they are to...

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More Things In Heaven And Earth …

More Things In Heaven And Earth …

The really good news is that right here, right now, at this very moment, it is raining right here in California. Mind you, this is April, a mere 17 days after the Spring Equinox. Coincidentally (or not), the market is enjoying another day of green. I parenthetically say “or not” because last night  I read an analyst who discussed the current market in Gann terms, which means, of course a...

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Confounded By The Daily Barrage of Economic Data?

Confounded By The Daily Barrage of Economic Data?

Contradictory, antithetical, and conflicted are three words that come to mind after thinking about recent economic news. First off, last week’s employment report came in at less than 150,000, which broke the record string of consecutive months of 200,000 plus jobs gained. And then …   Hourly pay was a silver lining in Friday’s monthly jobs report, rising by 0.3 percent from the prior month...

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I Say Unto You …

I Say Unto You …

A high school Track and Field meet goes on and on, seemingly accomplishing nothing in the hours it takes to get through it, yet all the while, the jumping, running, throwing, putting, and dashing is adding up to one team doing better than the others. In the end, it is the total accumulation of points that defines the winner; it is the team that wins more that it loses that comes out on top....

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Correcting the Distortion In The Picture

Correcting the Distortion In The Picture

I am not sure what to think today, as the news is, well, both conflicting and seemingly positive overall, but, and still, the market is not happy. US manufacturing came in at a five-month high, but the ADP employment report missed its target; yet the manufacturing report from Markit also pointed out that US manufacturers are hiring (even as the ISM report showed manufacturing at a 22-month...

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A Bright Morning, Indeed

A Bright Morning, Indeed

Some days, the reality of the market hits me like a clear, crisp sunny morning after a rain the night before – I step out into the light and I understand … This morning, my perusal of the world news reminded that the market is about people, people just like you and me, and in that reality, it is as clear as a sunny morning after a rain that when market folks are happy, the market will...

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We Will Know More When Earnings Start Coming Out

We Will Know More When Earnings Start Coming Out

This week promises more volatility as it is a short week, more data about the US economy comes out, Greece promises more excitement, and Iran comes to the table with a deal or it does not. Though markets will be closed for the Good Friday public holiday, the Labor Department will release March U.S. payrolls in the morning. Wall Street will keep one eye on the situation in Greece. The Greek...

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Analyzing Oil Is Crazy Making

Analyzing Oil Is Crazy Making

Tracking market opinion can make you crazy. Analysts are all over the board on any given day. Take the hot topic of our time – oil – for example. Pat Flynn (yes that Pat Flynn) is a new contributor to TraderPlanet and he has an interesting take on how oil got here and where it is going. Check out Oil-Dollar Breakdown, Higher Prices To Come? His thorough look at oil and the correlation to...

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