Protection Against a December Volatility Spike

Protection Against a December Volatility Spike

Stock market activity has essentially slowed to a crawl, and many traders are wondering if that’s it for volatility in 2019. Some traders are jokingly wondering if they should take the rest of the year off. It certainly seems like the market isn’t interested in action these days. There are certainly mechanical reasons for the […]

With the Short Seller Squeeze in Energy These High Yields Are Getting Attention

With the Short Seller Squeeze in Energy These High Yields Are Getting Attention

Energy infrastructure stock prices are under attack. Institutional investors are bailing, individual investors are running scared, and I believe the short-selling crowd has jumped on the sectors to push share prices down to unbelievably low levels. These are all dividend-paying stocks, which means yields have risen to eye-popping levels. I think the sector is set […]

Disney+ Launches: Netflix Killer? Maybe Not

Disney+ Launches: Netflix Killer? Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 12, was a momentous day for consumers. That’s when Disney launched its Disney+ streaming service. This is a game-changer. I’m not exaggerating when I say this could be on the same scale as when Henry Ford started paying his workers $5 for an eight-hour workday. For $169.99 per year or $6.99 per month, […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Consumer Staples

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Consumer Staples

This week, the options trade of the week concerns the consumer staples sector. A trader took a large bearish position on the Consumers Staple Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP). XLP covers the sort of goods consumers buy regardless of economic conditions like toothpaste and soda. It also includes the places where most people buy those goods like Walmart […]

The Fed’s Dilemma Is Our Problem!

The Fed’s Dilemma Is Our Problem!

Pundit Bill Bonner predicts: “Most likely, the stock market will crash sometime before the 2020 election. We can’t know when. …. The end of the stock market boom, too, is unpredictable. But each passing day brings us a day closer to when it will crash and burn.” Bonner’s prediction is in line with our 2017 article, “An […]

Is Market Volatility Done For The Year?

Is Market Volatility Done For The Year?

2019 has certainly seen its share of ups and downs in the financial markets. There were quite a few spikes in market volatility this year – usually related to China trade war news or concerns over the direction of interest rates. There has also been a lot of talk about the US falling into a […]

These 5 REITs Are Expected to Raise Dividends in December

These 5 REITs Are Expected to Raise Dividends in December

We are almost at the end of another year, and I hope your dividend income stream has marched steadily higher throughout 2019. Tracking your dividend income and managing your portfolio to grow that income makes it easier to go through market corrections as we saw in the final quarter of last year. (If you’re having […]