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Market’s Weekly Bill of Health

Nov 14 – When considering the market’s overall health, two topics central to the discussion are trends and momentum. Changes in the market’s vitality and direction are felt in both areas, providing early warning and guidance to investors who are aware of these two factors...

Macro Nutrients: Oil Slumps, Midterm Aftermath and the Coppock

Nov 13 – Last week, the U.S. issued waivers to eight countries including China, India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Greece and Japan which allows them to continue importing Iranian crude, worsening oil producers' concerns about oversupply. On Friday, WTI and Brent...

Earnings in Focus After October Whirlwind

Nov 13 – October has been nothing short of a whirlwind for the markets as they experienced a second correction this year. Contributing to the year’s market rollercoaster were third quarter earnings; a majority of companies within the S&P 500 reported in October...

Nearly Two-Thirds of the Entire U.S. Stock Market Just Went Through a Bear Market

Nov 12 – The S&P 500 fell 6.9 percent last month, making it the third worst month since the bull market began nearly 10 years ago. The decline was sharp and swift with some U.S. companies losing over $10B in market capitalization...

The Good, Bad and Indifferent With Target Date Funds

Nov 12 – The person that developed Target Date Funds (TDF) is a marketing guru. The premise is to develop a fund an investor can stay in over their lifetime that will automatically reduce risk over time as the person approaches retirement. The concept is simple in nature and has spread like wildfire as the investment of...

New Book Shows America Now Dominated by Monopolies in Virtually Every Industry

Nov 8 – Last week we had the honor of speaking with Denise Hearn and Jonathan Tepper on their new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Their main theme is the rise of monopolies and the rapid...

Rethinking Your Retirement Mindset

Nov 8 – Many of us tend to have preconceived notions about retirement and how to plan for it. But some of the challenges retirees face aren’t so obvious. We spoke with Jamie Hopkins, author of Rewirement: Rewiring the Way You Think About Retirement!, about some of these hidden challenges...

The Future Is Already Here – It's Just Not Evenly Distributed

Nov 8 – When William Gibson would say, "the future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed," he was referring to how wealth and location determine one's access to technological advances (the future). Yet it equally can apply to the U.S.-Chinese relationship...

Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Utah and Missouri Ease Restrictions

Nov 8 – National laws are in need of a serious overhaul as states take matters into their own hands. In midterm election votes, Michigan, Utah and Missouri eased restrictions on marijuana. There are now 33 U.S. states that have legalized marijuana to some degree...

Crude Oil Breakdown

Nov 7 – There are a couple of charts here from our Global Cross Asset Market Monitor. Key point: WTI crude oil prices are breaking down . On the technical side, we've got a double top here and a downside break of the 200-day moving average, which leaves the...

No Trade Deal With China Means Weaker Stocks and GDP

Nov 6 – Stock prices will stay on the defensive in the months ahead due to the trade dispute between China and the U.S., peak profit margins and downward earning growth forecasts. The equity bull market can be sustained and a recession can be avoided...

Services Still Strong, but Tariffs Starting to Have an Impact

Nov 6 – The October ISM services index fell 1.3 points to 60.3, however it was 1.3 points better than expected and is the second best print since 2005. Internally, new orders were little changed but backlogs did fall five points to a three month low...

Thoughts on the Midterm Election

Nov 6 – The midterm election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 6. There are local and state races to be determined, judges to be elected and referendums to be decided. The stock market, however, cares very little about any of that. What it cares about most...

The Cycle That Saves Home Buyers $3,000 Per Year Just Ran Out of Fuel

Nov 5 – Home buyers in every city and state have benefited from a powerful financial cycle for almost five years. Most people are not aware of this cycle, but it has lowered the average monthly mortgage payment for home buyers on a national basis...

On and Below the Surface

Nov 1 - The global market in securities has shown us over the past month just how volatile and risky investing can be. The catalysts and drivers behind the selling pressure are hard to pick out because it’s been fluid these past few weeks...

Patience Needed When Stock Market Breaks 200-day Moving Average

Oct. 30 - The current market correction is down roughly 11 percent intraday from the Oct. 3 peak and six percent below the point when this moving average was broken, so statistically there is time and price potential for more pain in the months ahead...

Global Slowdown Rattling Markets

By FS Staff – We’ve heard a lot recently about a global slowdown and a possible recession brewing for 2019. This time on FS Insider, we spoke with Andrew Zatlin from Moneyball Economics about the three pillars of the world economy...

Late-Stage Bull Market Correction

By Cris Sheridan – There’s no such thing as a “holy grail” for stock market indicators but, when it comes to risk management and knowing whether to scale in or out of the market, these two are pretty high on my list for whether we are looking at a major...

Draghi Sticks to Guns, Disappointing the Doves

Marc Chandler – ECB President Mario Draghi rebuffed calls for a reconsideration of policy in light of the disappointing string of economic data. Bunds have sold off and the euro firmed in the initial reaction to Draghi's press conference. He acknowledged...

The Race Between China and the U.S. for AI Dominance

By FS Staff – On this week’s podcast, Dr. Kai-fu Lee, former president of Google China and founding director of Microsoft Asia discussed his recent book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order with Cris Sheridan on FS Insider.

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