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Brace Yourselves, Traders and Investors: October Is Crash Month

Brace Yourselves, Traders and Investors: October Is Crash Month

Don't look now, but it's October. You've undoubtedly been hearing the talking heads on financial news shows recapping the market horrors and ghosts of Octobers past. The month of October indeed gets a bad rap, but there's good reason. Notoriously, October is home to some of the worst market declines in stock market history, including: Wall Street ...

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Clinton Vs. Trump: Which Stock Sectors Potentially Gain or Lose?
October 5, 2016

Clinton Vs. Trump: Which Stock Sectors Potentially Gain or Lose?

Can stock sectors be red or blue? It sometimes seems that way. The energy sector, for instance, thrived under President George W. Bush but wilted under President ...

6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets
October 4, 2016

6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets

There’s no shortage of books available on investing, trading, and the financial markets. Are you finding it tough to separate the signal from the noise? Here are ...

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Confirmation Bias: When Good Results Lead to Bad Trades
September 28, 2016

Confirmation Bias: When Good Results Lead to Bad Trades

Let’s take a look at a psychology mistake many of us fall into in the stock market and in our personal lives—something we should seek to minimize or even ...

Elections: How Might a Change in Congress Affect the Markets?
September 27, 2016

Elections: How Might a Change in Congress Affect the Markets?

About a decade ago, a study found an interesting trend: When Congress stayed home, the stock market did better. Through that time, about 90% of the capital ...

Trade Time Out? Candidates' Foreign Policy and the Market
September 22, 2016

Trade Time Out? Candidates' Foreign Policy and the Market

It’s safe to say that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t agree on much. But when it comes to foreign trade, they’re talking similar language.

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Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months
September 19, 2016

Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months

Just as summer fades into fall and winter takes over, the stock market has its "seasons," too. The start of the U.S. stock market's so-called "best six months" is right ...

Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan
September 14, 2016

Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan

Feeling overwhelmed by the constant outpour of Economic Reports? Simplify your top-down analysis.

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 10: Forward-Looking Durable Goods
September 13, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 10: Forward-Looking Durable Goods

The durable goods report released each month by the Census Bureau is often dismissed as a second-tier report that’s not nearly as market-moving or attention ...

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Election & Stock Sectors: Possible Influence of Domestic Policies?
September 12, 2016

Election & Stock Sectors: Possible Influence of Domestic Policies?

“The buck stops here,” said President Harry S. Truman. He was talking about presidential responsibility when things go wrong, but he could also have been referring ...

Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range
September 9, 2016

Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range

After closing higher for five straight months, the S&P 500 finished August with one of its quietest months ever. This is not typical for the last month of the...

Apple’s Big Reveal Was a Bust, Say Analysts. Will Updated iPhones and Watches Spark Sales?
September 8, 2016

Apple’s Big Reveal Was a Bust, Say Analysts. Will Updated iPhones and Watches Spark Sales?

Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Tim Cook failed to knock the socks off investors Wednesday when he introduced the newest rounds of bells and whistles on the iPhone, the latest dubbed the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch, according to analysts.

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Trading the Range: A Potential Strategy for Active Investors
September 7, 2016

Trading the Range: A Potential Strategy for Active Investors

The jobs report released last week was okay, but not enough to supercharge expectations that the Fed would hike interest rates during its September 21 meeting.

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for August 2016
September 6, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for August 2016

Talk about a turn-around! After retail traders stepped back slightly from the stock market in July, they raised their exposure in a big way during August.

U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance
August 30, 2016

U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance

Next January 20, a new U.S. president will take the oath of office. Are there implications for the stock market? The presidential election cycle theory claims that the ...

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3 Questions Investors Can Ask as Stocks Reach Record Highs
August 23, 2016

3 Questions Investors Can Ask as Stocks Reach Record Highs

Through August 15, the S&P 500 recorded ten new all-time highs since July 11. Not too shabby. This bull market in U.S. stocks has surmounted a wall of worry...

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