ETFs

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?

Fifteen months ago, during the final months of 2018, the financial news was full of predictions of an economic recession in 2019. Now in hindsight, it is obvious all of those “experts” were wrong. Through 2019 the economy maintained a path of steady growth, and the stock markets gained almost 30%. Not at the beginning […]

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, […]