The worst January start for U.S. stocks since 2009 should get your attention. If you've been hiding underneath a rock or hibernating in a cave-like dwelling, it's time to come out. "A little sunlight is the best disinfectant," as Judge Brandeis might say.
Most global stock yardsticks from... Read More
What’s more important? Making gains in the stock market or preventing losses?
Before answering that question, let’s list a few common fallacies about risk:
• The full spectrum of market risk can be accurately defined in a single magic formula or statistic
• Long-term investing always... Read More
Stock market volatility ain't what it used to be. And unlike recent years, the VIX, a benchmark of volatility in S&P 500 stocks, (NYSEARCA:VOO) has been consistently up in 2016.
The chart below illustrates how market conditions and stock market volatility or VIX (ChicagoOptions:^VIX)... Read More
Yes kids, stock prices can sometimes plummet. And they did during the first trading session of 2016. It's a helpful reminder to forgetful innocents about this unforgiving fact.
The chart below shows how the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) has declined 1.65% over the past month. That in... Read More
The beginning of a new year is always an important moment for personal reflection.
And whatever it is that we want from our lives - whether it's to become a better spouse, begin a new exercise routine, or just become better people - we must recognize that change is imperative if we're going to... Read More
Stock market volatility is often wrongly portrayed by the mainstream media as an enemy. In reality, it's not.
First, prudent investors use volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) as an effective tool to measure the stock market's psychology. Why? Because excessive bullishness or bearishness in... Read More
Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially true when stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) is rising.
The chart below... Read More
Does your portfolio have a margin of safety?
I ask that question because the total U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:SCHB) has been rocky over the past few weeks and now has a year-to-date (YTD) loss of -1.23%. And since most investor underperform the stock market and the index ETFs tied to it, it's... Read More
Heading into the final trading month of the year, the U.S. stock market has history riding on its side.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA), the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY), and the Nasdaq Composite (NasdaqGM:ONEQ) have all posted average of gains between +2.3% to 5.1% during the... Read More
In a statement the NYSE said:
"Subject to effectiveness of a rule filing with the SEC, NYSE and NYSE MKT will no longer accept new Stop Orders and Good Till Cancelled (“GTC”) Orders beginning February 26, 2016. Additionally all existing GTC and Stop Orders residing on the NYSE book will be... Read More