Dr. Ron Paul discusses the Fed's easy money policies, which have left stocks and bonds on the verge of a massive collapse.
The S&P 500 is playing catch-up to these early breakouts to start off the week. So it's time to look for the stocks that could make the move from mediocre to market leader. And the best place to look is large-cap tech stocks...
The next time you fear the market's moving against you, take note of what the media and other investors are saying. When everyone moves to one side of the boat, that's usually a good sign that the exact opposite is about to happen.
Old reliable Walmart is leading the pack lower, followed by American Express and Intel. These three former anchors are down double-digits in 2015 -- while the Dow Jones Industrial Average itself is hovering around breakeven on the year.
Right now, the S&P is a couple of weeks and a little more than 2% removed from its all-time highs. If I showed you a chart it would look like a perfectly normal bull market. But that chart wouldn't show you one key metric: participation. That is, the number stocks in the S&P 500 that are actually rising with the overall index.
Small-caps are showing signs that they're ready to get back into the game this summer. After giving back all of their 2015 outperformance to the S&P 500 in early May, the Russell 2000 small-cap index is once again working on separating itself from the bigger averages.
Twitter was down more than 20% in just eight weeks. LinkedIn had shed 24% over the same time frame. And Yelp had dropped 17%. To call it a bloodbath was the understatement of this young century. So it's no surprise that many of these social media misfits became lepers. And even weeks later, plenty of longer-term investors still won't touch 'em. Maybe that's why a prominent Twitter investor just released an 8,000-word report on strategies he believes will pull the company out of its tailspin.
Don't think that buying what you know means you have to understand every aspect of the business. Take cybersecurity, for example. I have no clue how these big cybersecurity firms defeat hackers. But I do know identity theft is on the rise. That's a huge trend!
It's easy to lose your discipline when you've been waiting around all day with a rod in your hand and you finally get a slight tug on the line. Is it "the big one"...or a minnow? Many traders feel they're onto something big. And their aggressiveness can get them into trouble.
If you look at the past six years you can't name a single moment when a reasonable person couldn't rattle off a list of reasons to sell out. And plenty of bears did rattle off a list. Truth is, there's always a "good" reason to sell. Doesn't make it right though. For the past six years all of those reasons have been wrong. Dead wrong.