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Real Positive Returns and Media Streaming

This morning I woke up to a foreign computer. Well, “foreign” is not exactly the right word; rather the screen lacked a number of items normally on my screen, such as my Think or Swim trading platform. A quick reboot fixed the problem, but a couple of other issues arose with my Carbonite backup system. An hour later, after hearing the Carbonite tech voice at the other end say, “I have never...

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Seven Years Is Forever in the Market

It is Monday, and the world did not change much over the weekend. Today’s opening in the market suggests it too has not changed much since last week – volatility still marks its personality. Steady as she goes is not the applicable phrase … yet. A National Association for Business Economics (NABE) survey published on Monday found 61 percent of the firms surveyed planned to increase capital...

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Uncertainty Breeds Caution and Rightfully So

So, we get a day off tomorrow, which makes the work week shorter and the weekend longer. It’s weird, I know, but I like that notion – a longer weekend. It’s just as well with this week in the market. A fella could feel a bit seasick if he hadn’t been on this ride before. Up and down and all around we go … So, yesterday, I pointed out what the breathless media has yet to seriously talk about...

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Rising Wages Are Good, Right?

Yesterday, I wrote the line below to help articulate why the market trend will resume its upward position sooner rather than later. U.S. consumers grew more confident in the labor market last month, with younger workers in particular seeing a greater chance of finding work should they lose their current job. The sentence reflects a sentiment, a feeling that things will get better. As it...

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Did I Answer The Question?

Clearly the bulls and the bears are fighting it out in the trenches now. Today’s market action typifies what happens when these forces collide in an effort to control the trend. Understandably, this volatility has some worried, especially in the context of the military buildup in Ukraine. Ed, I'm getting a little concerned about the situation in Ukraine.  What do you think? Is the market...

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No Matter, Go With the Good Advice

I read an interesting piece this morning that suggested we are witnessing the first true market correction in 10 years. The author’s point is that all the major sell-offs we have seen in that last ten years began on a piece of news, a natural disaster, a political act of idiocy, a rumor, or something happening in “a country you never heard of.”  This time around, there is no crisis. There...

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Wait for More Earnings to See Where We Are

The market is officially in panic mode. I repeat. The market is in panic mode. Yesterday, the market took quite a hit and today it appears bad as well. The Dow lost 1.62 percent, closing at 16,170.22. The S&P 500 lost 2.09 percent, closing at 1,833.09. The Nasdaq lost 3.10 percent, closing at 4,054.11. Oil lost 0.26 percent, trading at $103.34 a barrel Gold gained 0.99 percent, trading...

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I’d Rather Go Outside to Work

Honestly, some days “at the office” are boring. Today is one of those days. The market is going off in the opposite direction from yesterday’s over-reaction to the recent pullback, and that leaves me doing nothing because I don’t where this is all headed. Check that. I know where the market is headed longer term, but in the near-near term, I am lost. So, this means I read “news” about...

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Nothing Changes, As Much As it remains the Same, Count on It

A long time ago, when I had a 9-5 job, I would go into work every day to see the same sign above my desk, a sign I did not put there, but, apparently, had been there long before I assumed my seat at that desk. Anyway, the sign read: “Nothing changes as much as it remains the same.” Well, it took me a few days of pondering back then to understand the meaning, but, once I got it, the idea...

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Finding the Chinese Solar Trade

This Tuesday morning starts with a battle, a fight between the bears and the bulls for control of the recent market trend. The early advantage went to the bulls, but the bears quickly came back. That quick and powerful response to the bull’s early attempt at wining the trend made it appear as if the bears would win the battle decisively. The indices were running deeper into the red. A...

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Finding the Chinese Solar Trade

This Tuesday morning starts with a battle, a fight between the bears and the bulls for control of the recent market trend. The early advantage went to the bulls, but the bears quickly came back. That quick and powerful response to the bull’s early attempt at wining the trend made it appear as if the bears would win the battle decisively. The indices were running deeper into the red. A...

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Despite the Panic, The Circus Will Go On

Given Friday’s “sell-off,” one might think the bears are ready to take the market down, to finally bring the top-heavy market to its knees. Friday's action sure smacked of panic selling. Thus, the question of the day is if the problems in mo-mo-land will wind up causing investors of all sizes to start dumping stocks en masse. Looking at the movement in the indices this morning, the VIX, and...

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Ride the Ups and Downs, Then Get Back to Business

Oh boy, it’s Friday! Hmmm … OBIF … Could that acronym catch on? Oh, sorry about that. I am a little giddy this morning. Not sure why, but I think it’s because I slept well. In any case, the market is not the reason for the giddiness. It is showing little enthusiasm for the recent spate of solid economic data, including today’s jobs report, which showed a sizeable jump in folks working. In...

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Who Cares and It Is Time to Find New Trades

This morning is a beautiful morning here on the Central Coast of California. The rain that has been falling over the last few weeks is more than likely gone for the rest of spring and summer, which means I can get to work finishing the “playhouse” for my teen-age boy and his roughhouse friends and I can get to finishing the front yard landscaping and the backyard decks. Wow! That sure makes...

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Trading Is an Engaging Business, No Doubt

Trading is an engaging business, no doubt about it. Ya gotz to pay attention. If you don’t, if you lose focus for just one moment, one tiny moment lasting no more than 30 seconds, or if you are lackadaisical, casual, or otherwise just slow about executing a trade, you might find yourself staring at the monitor with a quizzical look, one that suggests you are thinking, “What just happened?”...

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