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If you’ve been investing very long, you no doubt understand the importance of having a solid system in place. By “system” I’m not referring to a secret black box or to technical rules, though both can be valid approaches in the right hands.  I am speaking far more broadly. ...
The crisis in Ukraine lingers on—yet Russian stocks have quietly rallied to new multi-week highs. After falling to as low as $23.00 in early August, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) closed Thursday at $24.61—a rally of 7%. The reversal is driven by mounting evidence that...
It was a game of chicken, and neither side blinked.  Argentina and its holdout creditors failed to reach an agreement, and as a result Argentina defaulted Wednesday night, the second time it has done so in 13 years. On Thursday, the Global X FTSE Argentina ETF (ARGT) was...
Here we go again.  First, the U.S. puts new sanctions on Russia, limiting the ability of Russian companies to raise capital in the United States.  Then—and much more disturbingly—a commercial airliner crashed in Eastern Ukraine.  News is still dribbling in at time of writing,...
With the 10-year Treasury yield back to just 2.5% at time of writing, it’s time to do a little digging for income investments.  An ideal income investment is one whose cash payout is regular and dependable.   Of course, it helps when the stock’s payout schedule also happens...
I’ve grown to like World Cup soccer or, at least, tolerate it.  Though to be honest, I didn’t have much of a choice.  Being married to a South American woman, I had two options: Either embrace the impassioned screaming at my living room TV in Spanish or resign myself to a...
You could write a morality play about Argentina’s debt woes.  A vengeful market has never forgiven the country’s original sin of debt default in 2002.  Argentina spent years running away from its debts, even running to the likes of the late Hugo Chavez for funding.   The...
For the first time in years, Iraq news is moving the markets again.  Turkish stocks took a beating on Wednesday, with the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR) shedding 5.2%.  The apparent reason?  Armed militants from the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”)...
It wasn’t quite the “Big Bazooka” that some had hoped for, but ECB President Mario Draghi took major steps this week to breathe some life into Europe’s capital markets.  For the first time, he lowered the ECB deposit rate into negative territory in an attempt to spur Europe’s...
Earlier in May, I asked if Treasuries were in for a short squeeze.  Two weeks—and another five basis points on the 10-year—later, and it’s looking more and more like that is the case.  As I’m writing this, the 10-year Treasury yields just 2.4%. Treasury yields at these levels...
Here’s a contrarian call if I’ve ever heard one.  Jeffrey Gundlach, head of DoubleLine Capital, believes that we could be on the verge of “one of the biggest short-covering scrambles of all time.” So, to what asset class is Gundlach referring?  Beaten-down social media...
Last month, I recommended readers short a basket of social media and new technology stocks, including Twitter (TWTR), Facebook (FB) and Tesla Motors (TSLA), among others.  It proved to be the right call.  Since that piece was published on April 11, those stocks are down...
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