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Three Ways to Protect Yourself During the Chaos

Three Ways to Protect Yourself During the Chaos

Wall Street Lays an Even Bigger Egg Last week was one of the most dramatic weeks in Wall Street history. Twice the New York Stock Exchange had to halt trading because the S&P 500 reached its intra-day down limit. For the first time since the Great Depression, the Dow had back-to-back days where it moved […]

Is Apple Going To Lead the Market Lower?

Is Apple Going To Lead the Market Lower?

Can you name the biggest stocks in the U.S. markets? It probably won’t take you long to pick out the highest market cap companies, with well-known names like Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Microsoft (MSFT). What’s interesting is that the five largest U.S. companies, and several others near the top, are all primarily tech companies. […]

An Easy Way for Conservative Investors To Get Into Preferreds

An Easy Way for Conservative Investors To Get Into Preferreds

I have direct contact with hundreds of individual investors. I am a speaker at the MoneyShow investor conferences. I host webinars for subscribers to my newsletter services, including the Dividend Hunter. I get dozens of emails daily with questions about income stocks and investing strategies. I often see that individuals are confused about the structure, […]

Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

The stock market can be a crazy place. The unpredictability of the financial markets is what makes them so exciting and challenging for traders (and investors). While the long-term direction of stocks has always been up, there are definitely significant periods of volatility over shorter time frames. For instance, this year we’ve already had a […]

Where is the Skepticism?

Where is the Skepticism?

Editor’s Note: It’s now early March and the market appears to be collapsing around us. I wrote this article about six weeks ago saying that the market had become complacent and a shock would come sooner than we expect. I never would have dreamed it would be just a month later. However, the stocks I […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in the Consumer Discretionary Sector

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in the Consumer Discretionary Sector

Synopsis: Recently, there was unusual options activity in SPDR Select Sector Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY). XLY represents consumer/retail spending in areas that aren’t considered essential products. It’s a good ETF to buy if you think economic growth is going to continue in 2020. It seems someone is bullish on discretionary spending through February as over […]

What’s In Store for Chipmakers In 2020?

What’s In Store for Chipmakers In 2020?

2019 is at an end, and it was undoubtedly a great year for stocks. The S&P 500 was up over 28% for the year. However, semiconductor companies had an even better year. VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) was up nearly 62% over the same period. Granted, SMH did plunge sharply at the end of 2018, […]