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The long awaited 3rd quarter numbers were released a few days before the election and seemingly no one took notice. Stocks gained one-percent that day, Thursday, October 29, only to lose the same amount on the following day. And with the election just around the corner from that weekend, a typical Wall Street response would have been to digest the news during the two day layoff before returning to work Monday in full sales mode — a delayed reaction to the hint of inflation embedded in the GDP release (3.9%) — to throw a wrench into the equation late in...
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Successful investors have the ability to separate policy from politics – and to completely disregard the latter. Understanding the link from policy to profit is important because it affects both market activity and behavior and therefore prices, which then helps investors to either capitalize on, or hedge against, expected market trends. Healthcare is a great example. The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, was rammed through Congress in a most unconventional way. Up until Congress passed the ACA on Christmas Eve 2009, all major pieces of legislation required at least 60 senatorial votes. But the 60th vote in favor of...
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Timing is one of the things that scares people away from taking control over their investment capital. The question of when to act – to buy, sell, or hold – paralyzes many because they don’t have guidelines that make action easy.  My method, for instance, takes the guesswork out of decision making by inserting triggers like the one highlighted in ACTION POINT APPROACHING back in November ‘19. That blog demonstrates my market-based approach to using asset allocations driven by market activity – not gut instinct or speculation – to make investment decisions. Another one of my prompts is when “the...
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The government reported an economic contraction of 34% in the 2nd quarter of 2020 and I’m not so sure how they came up with that. Using the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) raw datasets the annualized change from Q1’s $19.0 trillion economy to a $17.2 trillion economy in Q2 calculates to a contraction of 38% in Real terms, not 34% – a reporting error of more than ten-percent. That’s government accounting for you. Look for a major revision with the second estimate due out in a few weeks. Broad market inflation can be defined as the difference between Nominal...
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The 2nd quarter is over and the economy is still far from where it was before Trump gave the order to shelter in place. In what was promised to be a short two week quarantine in March ended up destroying the entire 2nd quarter economy – numbers are due out in a couple of weeks. At the end of tunnel there may be light, but right now it is nowhere in sight. Soon after Trump exercised an unconstitutional power to shut down the vast majority of the U.S. economy governors swiftly transformed themselves into kings (that’s what happens with bad...
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The last time a major correction was unfolding right before my eyes I was four years into writing the first edition of LOSE YOUR BROKER NOT YOUR MONEY. The first several drafts contained extensive analysis that forecasted the major correction that was developing as the housing-boom approached its predictable end. And then bang, it happened. It took three more years to deliver the rewritten manuscript to market on July 4, 2011, more than two years after stock prices reached their cycle bottom. Former CNN Headline News pundit Glen Beck was the first public personality I saw wave the red flag...
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Both are pretty scary in their own right but for me it’s the virus because I’m not a doctor or virologist and only know what’s in the news – and I know how unreliable that is. But what is happening in the financial markets was bound to happen, and quite frankly, long overdue. Those who follow money, credit and banking have been waiting for something like this for a long time. The question was never whether or not another major stock market correction would materialize, but what would inspire it. This year’s coronavirus is just that motivation. Once identified it...
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Success is a constant pursuit, not a moment in time – especially when it comes to investment. Those looking for overnight success are gamblers, who must rely on luck to win. And that is the riskiest approach to take with investment. The least risky tactic, therefore, is one that seeks success over a long period of time that relies on something more easily had than a blessing from the heavens – like logic, math, historical fact, or better yet a combination of all three.
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Investment is more of a discipline than anything else. You must have rules and boundaries – and you must honor them, or else they don’t exist.  In my book I mention my rule not to invest in public equity stocks with prices less than $15. It’s a hard and fast standard, and something I just won’t do. Another bedrock principle in my market-driven approach is a rule I call “10-and-3” which goes hand-in-hand with the 15-51™system and a multiple asset class portfolio.   
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It’s a shame that so many people still feel they can’t invest successfully on their own. They incorrectly believe that managing a portfolio is high finance and stock picking is rocket science. Those false perceptions are exacerbated by a common belief that investing demands too much time that involves constant attention and tinkering. So not true – and I am living proof. With my book and these blogs it may seem as though I live, eat, and breathe the investment markets 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. But like most of you I have a day job that...
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Ever since the Federal Reserve changed policy positions in late 2018 the markets have reflected the dysfunction in their rationale. Fed chairman Jerome Powell espouses that his policy decisions are “data dependent.” They look anything but. Notwithstanding the agita caused by stock and bond market volatility nothing – and I mean nothing – in the economic numbers warrant the Fed’s decision to change posture from tight to loose and cut interest rates. In fact, anything that has changed in the economy has been slight, irrelevant, and/or positive. Here are the facts… The U.S. economy is consistently growing, and while it is slightly stronger under Trump growth...
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In yet another gross display of managerial incompetence Nike gave its investors another great reason to exit the stock. Their recent decision to pull shoes featuring the first American flag from the shelves during this year’s July 4th celebration is almost as stunning as making former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of their brand. It was Kaepernick that convinced Nike to remove the sneakers from circulation because the flag, he believes, is a symbol of racism and hatred towards black people. Kaepernick is an ignorant fool, which is the reason he is no longer playing in the NFL. Yet somehow...
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GONE BABY GONE highlighted my contempt for Nike’s decision to glorify the unpatriotic action of kneeling during our national anthem with a multi-million-dollar ad campaign featuring the leader of the movement, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That was reason enough for me to sell the stock and replace it with German competitor adidas in my 15-51i portfolio. And while I am not one to constantly tinker with my portfolio, nor do I advocate such practice, managerial malpractice has once again called. This time it was Boeing who rang the bell. Two fatal airplane crashes, one in October 2018 (Lion Air) and the other...
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The only reason the whole MEDICARE FOR ALL thing has any mojo is because there’s something seriously wrong in the healthcare and medical insurance markets. The Affordable Care Act only exacerbated the faulty pre-existing condition of those markets. The law misplaced billions of dollars to no avail while screwing taxpayers, consumers, and service providers in favor of freeloaders, bureaucrats, and insurance companies. Let’s start with some basics…Governments control markets through laws and regulations, tax policy and interest rates. Their policies change Market conditions and dynamics, and thus affect corporate performance and stock prices. This can be evidenced by showing how the...
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It’s a shame that the word stupid is no longer acceptable in America today. The unfortunate results, of course, are more stupidity and stupidity on a much grander scale. MEDICARE FOR ALL is a prime example. The GREEN NEW DEAL is another. The economics for both is so absurd they are impossible to initiate let alone sustain, and their ideological support is as fraudulent as it is corrupt. Ditto for their advocates, who are not the socialists they advertise to be. To prove this, let facts and honest assumptions be submitted to a candid audience… According to industry data collector...
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