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We’re Nolonger Investors – We’re Just Playing Financial Chicken! Here’s Why

Investing...is dead! It died when markets became dominated by political rather than economic events. Investing principles that worked for most of the last 150 years are irrelevant in today’s politicized world. Investors, whether they know it or not, have been forced into a gigantic game of financial chicken....We are all forced to play this game whether we consider ourselves investors or not. [Let me explain.] Words: 848

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It’s Time to Apply the “Greater Fool Theory” and Sell Your Winners to All Those Fools (+2K Views)

The Dow has surpassed its all-time record high - set in October 2007 - and the S&P 500 is not far behind? Is this the early stage of another great bull market? Let's look back at the two previous times when the S&P 500 set new all-time highs and see if we can learn something. Wait...first put your "this time it's different" glasses on. OK, let's go. Words: 430; Charts: 1

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Watch Out For Falling Stocks! Here’s Why (+2K Views)

The stock markets make no sense. They have literally lost touch with reality. Divergences between fundamentals, confidence and the valuation of markets are large [and, as such,] cannot last for long....The only question is how...and how quickly....this correction occurs. Words: 261

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Manage Your Own Portfolio? Then These Articles Are For YOU

The vast majority of people who have money saved have it invested in the stock market, be it stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs or warrants, and have it "managed" by their financial advisor/planner. Very, very few individuals manage their assets in self-directed accounts either through a full-service brokerage firm or totally on their own via an internet account. As such, very few articles are written for such an audience. This post changes all that with links to some very informative articles on virtually everything you need to know to succeed in today's marketplace.

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Will It Be Different This Time? Will the Dow and S&P 500 Go Up, UP and Awaaay? (+2K Views)

Since the late 1800's, the Dow has experienced three periods where it traded sideways, ranging from 13 to 17 years, [which always] resulted in upside breakouts . The S&P 500 finds itself within a few percentage points of where it was 13 years ago [so the question is "Has the time now come for the Dow and S&P 500 to once again go Up, UP and Awaaay?" Let's take a look at some charts.] Words: 299; Charts: 2

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Can Photos of 35 Swimsuit Models Be Wrong? Latest “Swimsuit Issue Indicator” Suggests An UP Year for S&P 500! (+2K Views)

The Swimsuit Issue Indicator says that U.S. equity markets perform better in years when an American appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual issue as opposed to years when a non-American appears on the cover. [What is the nationality of this year's cover model? Can we expect returns above the norm or will we see a year of underperformance for the S&P 500 this year? Read on.] Words: 323 ; Table: 1

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Stop! Don’t Forget Market Risk – Remember What Happened in 2000 & 2007/8 (+2K Views)

Investors are more bullish now than at any time since 2002 but the current rally has not been fueled by improved prospects of actual growth and wealth creation. Instead, it’s mostly due to 1) investors desperate for income denied them elsewhere by central bank policies; 2) printed stimulus cash seeking a home and 3) sheer technical momentum but nowhere do they seem to be considering market risk - the risk that your investment will lose value because it gets dragged down in a falling market. Words: 615

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