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This Is The One Easy Trade to Make Before December

This Is The One Easy Trade to Make Before December

Thanksgiving is in two weeks, if you can believe it, and that means 2017’s trading year is coming to a close.  By December 15th or so, volume will dry up dramatically and many investors will close shop until next year.  But does that mean stocks are done moving for the year? While September and October […]

5 REITs Raising Dividends in December

5 REITs Raising Dividends in December

We are almost at the end of another year, and I hope your dividend income stream has marched steadily higher throughout 2017. One bit of assistance I like to provide is to list those real estate investment trusts (REITs) expected to announce higher dividend rates in the upcoming months. This knowledge can give you a […]

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The Federal Reserve Strikes Again!

With a concerned look on his face, my friend John said, “A special assessment would be close to $5,000 per home.” My wife Jo and I live in a Del Webb community in the Phoenix suburbs. Our community is responsible for maintaining our own roads. Here is the conversation that followed: John – “Most roads […]

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When Do You Sell Good Dividend Paying Stocks?

Which dividend stocks should you sell, and which should you keep? The stock market is setting records. Since the bank bailouts began in 2008, it’s no wonder. Interest rates dropped to historic lows, causing the stock market to soar. We recently discussed the acronym, TINA (There Is No Alternative). Investors, particularly baby boomers and retirees have few […]

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Retirement Investing – Picking the Lesser of the Evils

When the Federal Reserve bailed out the banks, interest rates hit historic lows. Safe, good yielding fixed income investments disappeared. Investors were forced to put more of their capital at risk to earn a decent return. A recent article by Matthew Kerkhoff in the Dow Theory Letters titled, “Where Did TINA Go?” grabbed my attention. The bailouts […]

A Low-Risk Big Payoff on the Market Moving Higher

A Low-Risk Big Payoff on the Market Moving Higher

We’re close to entering the final quarter of 2017, and the S&P 500 is continuing to set record highs above the 2,500 mark. So where will it be when 2018 hits? Will the record-setting highs continue? Are we going to pull back in the fourth quarter? Or, is it going to be mostly sideways action […]

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Diversification, What Are You Trying to Accomplish?

“I’m no longer trying to get rich. I’m trying to keep from getting poor!” …uttered by millions… Friend Courtenay W. referenced recent articles where Chuck Butler and I emphasized diversification. He made a great suggestion, “You should explain what you mean – diversification means different things to different people.” I visited several mutual fund companies’ booths at The Money […]

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Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me!

In 2007 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told America that, despite soaring prices, the real estate market was fine and derivatives were nothing to worry about. In 2008 America was “surprised” when the Fed went into a crisis mode. Congress passed the controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). It was supposed to be a one-time […]

Trading The Fed With Options

Trading The Fed With Options

If you were to take a poll of investors who’ve traded options, you’d probably find the majority of them have traded single stock options. I’d venture to guess most investors think of options as a way to trade names like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) or Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). A handful of the people you poll may […]