Lower Volatility Stocks Gain Favor
Low volatility is outperforming. In a rising market, taking more risk usually pays off. The recent reversal has investors seeking tangible value. Nothing exemplifies intangible value, or more accurately ephemeral value, better than Bitcoin. The great Risk On trade began the day of Trump’s election victory, when an overnight market swoon quickly reversed. Bitcoin buyers […]

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E Crude Oil Ending A Bigger Impulse; Be Aware Of A Bullish Reversal!

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Farm Bankruptcies Soar In The Midwest
Eighty-four farms in the US Midwest region covered by the Minneapolis Fed’s Ninth District states (Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) filed for chapter 12 bankruptcy in the 12 months that ended in June – more than twice the level observed in June 2014, according to a new report from the Federal […]

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How Many More Rate Hikes?
There have been numerous housing reports which have missed estimates in the past few months. It’s a bad sign for the economy because housing is a leading indicator. The initial problem in housing has been catalyzed by a lack of affordability and rising interest rates. The problem may morph into being caused by a weak […]

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S And P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index Continues To Slow
The non-seasonally adjusted S and P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities) year-over-year rate of home price growth decelerated from 5.5 % to 5.1 %. The index authors stated, “nine cities saw prices decline in September compared to August”. Analyst Opinion of Case-Shiller HPI I continue to see this a situation of supply and […]

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Lower Volatility Stocks Gain Favor

Lower Volatility Stocks Gain Favor

Low volatility is outperforming. In a rising market, taking more risk usually pays off. The recent reversal has investors seeking tangible value. Nothing exemplifies intangible value, or more accurately ephemeral value, better than Bitcoin. The great Risk On trade began the day of Trump’s election victory, when an overnight market swoon quickly reversed. Bitcoin buyers […]
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                        Crude Oil Ending A Bigger Impulse; Be Aware Of A Bullish Reversal!

E Crude Oil Ending A Bigger Impulse; Be Aware Of A Bullish Reversal!

Farm Bankruptcies Soar In The Midwest

Farm Bankruptcies Soar In The Midwest

Eighty-four farms in the US Midwest region covered by the Minneapolis Fed’s Ninth District states (Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) filed for chapter 12 bankruptcy in the 12 months that ended in June – more than twice the level observed in June 2014, according to a new report from the Federal […]
How Many More Rate Hikes?

How Many More Rate Hikes?

There have been numerous housing reports which have missed estimates in the past few months. It’s a bad sign for the economy because housing is a leading indicator. The initial problem in housing has been catalyzed by a lack of affordability and rising interest rates. The problem may morph into being caused by a weak […]
S And P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index Continues To Slow

S And P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index Continues To Slow

The non-seasonally adjusted S and P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities) year-over-year rate of home price growth decelerated from 5.5 % to 5.1 %. The index authors stated, “nine cities saw prices decline in September compared to August”. Analyst Opinion of Case-Shiller HPI I continue to see this a situation of supply and […]
Gold: Tax Loss Season Or A Bull Era?

Gold: Tax Loss Season Or A Bull Era?

The next Fed meet (and rate hike) is December 19, and just weeks after that, US president Donald “The Golden Trumpster” Trump may be set to unleash a new round of inflationary and growth-crushing tariffs. It’s not easy (to put it mildly) for American business to create new factories to replace the products made by […]
Another Couple Of Nat Gas Bounces Fail

Another Couple Of Nat Gas Bounces Fail

It was a slow natural gas trading day by recent standards, yet the December contract still saw a range of 20 cents with large, quick moves in both directions as weather models bounced around and December futures options expired at the settle.  Heavy selling into the settle cut into the December gain on the day, […]
When Will The Bull Market End?

When Will The Bull Market End?

As we approach the final month of this year, it’s worth reflecting on our thoughts and actions over the past year. Reflection is how you become a better investor and trader. I posted the following chart in December 2017. Interesting how this year’s max drawdown is pretty much in line with the average drawdown of […]
Cyber Monday: 3 Rallying Consumer Stocks

Cyber Monday: 3 Rallying Consumer Stocks

Marilyn Monroe said, “Happiness is not in money, but in shopping.” Now that Black Friday is behind us, let’s review some happy shopping news. Yesterday was Cyber Monday, the day of online sales and deals, and the day when shoppers, unencumbered by the need to show up at a crowded store, can pick up some […]
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                        Metals And Miners Finished Lower

E Metals And Miners Finished Lower

Metals and Miners finished lower, and it’s beginning to look like their cycles peaked. Follow-through has been elusive the last few months, so it’s best to proceed tentatively until prices close below their November lows. Juniors look weakest followed by silver. If metals and miners are indeed breaking lower, then those two should lead the […]