Three cheers for the Dow

The Dow has been setting record highs for over a week now. You'd think the economy was booming or something. But as I've said before perhaps it is all just "funny money."  Is it possible that even though inflation isn't affecting the price of most … [Read more...]

Is Another Risk-On, Bailout-Induced Rally Beginning?

The news Tuesday regarding the latest European bailout program could ignite another leg up in stocks.  Spain may ask for “bailout lite”, which would take the form of a “precautionary” credit line from the European Union.   The bond market also … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Avoid Bad Investments

Avoiding Bad Investments- Investing can be scary and confusing.  You may be dealing with someone who has a conflict of interest with what they’re selling, but you don’t want to miss out on what seems like a great opportunity -- even if you don’t … [Read more...]

3 Unexpected Predictors for Stock Market Investing

Investing in the Stock Market The ability to predict stock market movements is one of the most sought-after skills on Wall Street. Yet research indicates that there are simpler ways to consistently use publicly-available information to improve … [Read more...]

Facebook’s Botched IPO

Who's Winning and Who's Losing from Facebook's Botched IPO By Adam J. Crawford, Casey Research  In less than a week's time, the Facebook IPO has gone from the most-hyped technology event since Google went public into "blame-storming" mode. … [Read more...]

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Moving Averages: Determining Trend and Avoiding Whipsaws

The moving average is a simple tool designed to help you easily determine the underlying financial trend of a stock, bond, commodity, mutual fund, or any other financial instrument. According to Wikipedia a moving average is "commonly used with time … [Read more...]

Capital Safety: Is There Such a Thing as “TOO Safe”?

We all know that the stock market has been rising for 3 years. Many economic measures -- unemployment, consumer spending and confidence, etc. -- also show strong improvement. Yet is that a good reason to stay bullish on stocks? What a silly … [Read more...]

Want to Know Who’s Going to Be President? Ask the Stock Market

A recently-published, landmark research paper shows the link between stock market performance and presidential election winners. What's the biggest influence on the outcome of presidential elections? Many observers would identify the role of … [Read more...]

Do Low Interest Rates Power Stocks Higher?

This chart debunks a long-held myth. Back in the day, one of the first things I "learned" about investing was that low or declining interest rates are good for stock prices. I've since had to "unlearn" this. A certain market commentator … [Read more...]

New Year, New High Hopes for Stocks

You can probably relate: Every year, come January 1, I just can't help but feel that "every little thing is gonna be all right," as Bob Marley sang. This year, the mainstream financial community is sharing the same sentiment. Here's how EWI's … [Read more...]