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 decis...
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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 r...
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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 kee...
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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, desce...
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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 prospe...
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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 powerful word that is tr...
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Profit From The Next Big Financial Crisis

“A thought crossed his mind: How do you make poor people feel wealthy when wages are stagnant? You give them cheap loans.”  ― Michael Lewis: The Big Short  If you have seen the recent movie or read the book entitled “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis, you have a very real picture of the gravity of the last U.S. financial crisis in housing. Many of you don’t need the movie or book to understand the damage the housing crisis did to the economy and everyday people.  It just wasn’t the risk taking house flippers or folks who bit off more than they can chew who suffered from the crisis.  It ...
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A Simple System For Consistent Wins

The one word that describes the stock market right now is confused.  A plethora of conflicting economic reports and no consistency in company earnings has left even the most experienced investor uncertain as to likely future direction. The only certainty right now is that volatility is very likely to continue to increase as geopolitical and economic events show no signs of abating. These are the times that savvy, short term traders thrive.  During steady and sure markets, there simply is not enough volatility to created profits for the short term players. In order for longer-term swi...
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The 3 Highest Yielding S&P 500 Stocks

The search for yield has resulted in investors doing some downright crazy things. It is the current ultra-low rate economic environment that has forced many investors to believe that high risk is a must to earn high yields on their investment portfolio. This means that investors have been pushing the risk envelope by investing in high yielding REIT’s, questionable stocks, and other frankly risky instruments. While risk is a prerequisite for winning in the stock market and there is nothing wrong with holding a few high-risk investments, high-risk assets SHOULD NOT make up the major...
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Don’t Fear El Nino, Profit From It Instead!

One way consistently profitable stock market investor’s create wealth is by identifying and exploiting recurring patterns. These patterns can be price based such as used in technical analysis. They can also be built upon recurring fundamental or cyclical happenings in the economy. One cyclical pattern that many stock market investors don’t pay attention to is the weather.  The weather is one of the most reliable patterns on earth and it has a huge effect on certain sectors of the stock market. Those investors who understand these recurring weather patterns are set to earn substantial...
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