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How To Find High Yields In 2016

2015 was one tough year for stock investors.  However, despite the meager 2% total return, including dividends, the overall stock market still outperformed long-term bonds, short-term treasuries, and commodities.2016 has started on a difficult note with stocks opening with their worst performance in many years.According to CNBC, despite the stock market still beating many other asset classes in 2015, it was the toughest year for returns since 1937 when the treasury bill beat all other returns with a meager 0.3% return.Adding color to the difficult year, CNBC went on to point out that even the great Warren Buffett experienced ...
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What This Ancient Tool Says About 2016

This time of year everyone is working hard on predicting what to expect in 2016.   While no one knows for certain what will happen in 2016, one thing is for certain, it will be a year full of surprises.Investors use all types of techniques to make longer term stock market projections.  One of these techniques is truly the cornerstone of all longer term technical analysis.This method is called Dow Theory.Let’s take a closer look at Dow Theory and then see what it is saying about what may happen in 2016.Dow Theory is a tool to determine the actual trend ...
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3 Stock Plays You Need To Know For 2016

It’s difficult to believe that 2016 is almost here.  It truly feels like it was only yesterday that we were joyously ringing in 2015.2016, a Presidential Election year, promises to be one full of opportunities for the informed and savvy stock market investor.Right now, we have identified three main themes that will drive the stock market in 2016.   These themes are rising interest rates, the Presidential election, and central bank strategy dislocation. Understanding these three known macro themes for 2016 will provide you a framework from which to base investment decisions.This article will take a closer look at each ...
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Leveraged ETFs: What You Need To Know

A quiet revolution has taken place in financial markets over the last 25 years.  The funny thing is that many investors don’t even realize that this revolution has taken place.  That’s the interesting fact about some revolutions, when you are living through the revolution it can be difficult to realize what is happening.The revolution I am talking about is the rise of Exchange Traded Fund or ETF’s.   Today ETF’s account for nearly 1/3 of all stock exchange volume with over a billion shares per day traded in 2014.ETF’s allow everyday investors to access global markets in their regular ...
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How To Profit From The Soaring Job Market

They finally did it.  The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in 9 years.  After nearly a decade of accommodative monetary policy, quantitative easing, and near zero interest rates, the Fed jumped off the fence by raising rates by a quarter of a percent.The interest rate increase itself will have very little effect, if any, on the economy.  However, it is signaling something far bigger than just the beginning of a cycle of interest rate increases.It is signaling a greatly improved economy.  The Federal Reserve no longer has to coddle and baby the economy to keep ...
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The Most Crucial Technical Patterns

Technical traders can easily get mired down in the sheer volume of information available today.  There are hundreds of different chart patterns and literally thousands of indicators.  It is extremely difficult for a new and even many experienced traders to determine what tools to use and when to use them. We took a long hard look at this dilemma to determine the optimal way to use technical analysis for profits.Pattern breakouts are perhaps the next most popular form of breakout trading for stock traders.  I am speaking of Technical Analysis patterns like double-top, descending/ascending triangles, double bottoms, head and shoulders, ...
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A Profitable Opportunity In This Crushed Giant

The best investments are often those that other investors have given up on.  Sometimes a company’s share price gets beat down mercilessly until even the strongest bull proponents begin to question their stance.There is usually an excellent reason for the share price smack down.  It could be any number of factors from a series of weak quarterly reports to untrustworthy management.  Stocks can be beaten down even from a simple short-term consumer shift away from the company’s products or services.Sometimes the beat down company’s true value, historical significance, and future prospects are completely ignored by most investors.  Investors like ...
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How To Master The 3 Investing Time Frames

There is one question that I am asked continuously about investing.  It doesn’t matter if it is a rank amateur asking or someone with quite a bit of knowledge about the financial markets.  The question is what one word differentiates successful investors from the masses who lose money or simply barely break even when plunging into the markets?I was a little taken back when I first heard this question.  I immediately thought that the markets are far too complex to distill down into one simple word.Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  There is a single, very ...
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