Technical Analysis

Make This Trade for 113% Returns in Calm Markets

Make This Trade for 113% Returns in Calm Markets

For a brief period, prior to both last week’s Fed meeting and the jobs report, it seemed like volatility was returning to the market. The VIX, the most popular measure of market volatility, climbed from about 13 to 15 possibly in anticipation of surprising news. The FOMC meeting did cause a bit of uncertainty, but […]

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The Sneaky Way Congress Plans to Fix Social Security

Politicians of all flavors continually remind us social security is in danger of going bankrupt. Now our esteemed leaders want to fix it by increasing benefits. What could possibly go wrong? Newsmax Finance reports on a recent interview with former fed head (Big Al) Alan Greenspan: (my emphasis) “Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warns that cuts […]

When Is Capital Preservation Not Enough?

When Is Capital Preservation Not Enough?

Pundit Bill Bonner’s article about our growing government debt grabbed my attention. “…. When it comes to government debt, the borrower never pays; the feds have no money. The lenders – big banks, investment funds, well-heeled insiders – don’t want to pay. Generally, they collude with the feds to make sure the real cost is put on […]

Closed-End Bond Funds, Friend Or Foe?

Closed-End Bond Funds, Friend Or Foe?

In our article, “Is Your Money Manager Really Listening?”, subscriber Rick G. reported a bad experience when his money manager invested in a closed-end bond fund: “…. He put me in several Closed-End Bond Funds (CEFs). He said they were good deals as they were selling at a discount to Net Asset Value (NAV). Upon further […]

The Bond Fund Risks Your Broker Won’t Tell You

The Bond Fund Risks Your Broker Won’t Tell You

Historically, funds holding investment-grade bonds have been considered a safe investment. Lending money to hundreds of well-known companies had little chance of major default and provided interest income. Has your broker mentioned new risks emerging? Bonds ratings fall into two major groups, investment grade and high yield (called junk bonds). The bond rating generally determines […]

Puzzled Confused Lost Signpost Shows Puzzling Problem

Is Now the Right Time to Move to Cash?

Is the British government going to ignore the will of their citizens and not leave the EU? The EU’s immigration policies are sparking political backlash and citizens are taking to the streets. In January, Bloomberg reported, “Mario Draghi Sounds Economic Alarm for the Euro-Area”, citing persistence of geopolitical uncertainties. What in the world is going on? […]

Socialism – The Real Trickle-Down Economics

Socialism – The Real Trickle-Down Economics

While politicos like to call tax cuts “trickle-down economics”, the real culprit is socialism. The Robin Hood theory of “steal from the rich and give to the poor” sounds noble however, in practice it doesn’t work that way. The political class tax and spend for their benefit first, then some may trickle-down to the masses. […]