Market Timing?

The recent criminal fiasco in the mutual fund industry is being used by Wall Street to persuade investors that market timing is a bad thing. The late trading by Janus, Bank America and several other well known mutual funds is falsely being called market timing.Wall Street, better known as Maul... Read More

More Window Dressing

Two weeks ago I wrote about what the Securities and Exchange Commission was doing to regulate the mutual fund industry to help the small investor, the "poor folks". It really added up to zero.Now the SEC is going to make new regulations for hedge funds to protect the rich folks.... Read More

Market Success

Who are the successful investors?There are those who follow the advice of their brokers and financial planners or those who choose to use their own good judgment? If you care to compare the results of the past 4 years from 2000 to now I believe you will see who as... Read More

Mindset

In 1960 an engineer working for a watch company in Switzerland discovered that a small crystal would vibrate at a constant rate. He found this was so accurate that it could be used to calibrate time so he took it to company management and said it would make an entirely... Read More

Mousetrap

The spring-loaded rat catcher is the ultimate low-tech device invented more than 100 years ago and remains the best demouser in the world. It is so simple anyone can master it and best of all you can keep on using it year in and year out. It always works.Now I... Read More

Investing in Dividend Paying Stocks

I was recently interviewed for a press release through a financial question and answer format. One of the questions asked of me in the interview was:Where do you think the stock market is headed over the next five years?My Answer!Charles M. O'Melia: No one knows! There is an old Chinese... Read More

Traders, Defend Against the Dreaded Death Spiral.

It has often been said that there is only two ways to get hurt really bad on a stock trade, getting caught in a "death spiral" by not using DTM: Decisive Trade Management in the way of stop loses and having a stock halted on you. Halts you have zero... Read More

Investment Research - The Dalbar Study

Very few people, even professionals, have heard of the Dalbar Study that originated in 1995. Its purpose is to determine the profitability of trading for the small investor of mutual funds. Their results are even worse than I thought.The BuyNHolders will love the results as it "proves" that buying and... Read More

Direction

It is difficult to make money in a bull market, but what do you do when you are in a bear market? In what direction should you go not only to make money but to protect what you have from loss?Almost immediately investors think what should I buy that will... Read More

Investment Discipline

One of the great "secrets" of successful people is discipline and it doesn't make any difference whether it is manufacturing, processing, servicing or investing in the stock market.Before you can have that discipline you must have a successful plan and stick with it. If the method you use does not... Read More

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No Load Mutual Funds: Boost Your Portfolios Returns

Investors who exclusively use broadly diversified, no load mutual funds... Read More

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a... Read More

Alfred E. Newman

What! Me worry?Many of you remember the cover of MAD... Read More

Complacency

During the month of January the Dow Jones Industrial Average,... Read More

Stock Loans

Hedge current portfolio positions and gain access to capital resources... Read More

Big Buildings Can Mean Big Economic Disaster

AS BUILDERS BEGIN WORK ON THE FREEDOM TOWER in New... Read More

Money, Insanity and Wall Street

Money: the most charged word in the planet. It means... Read More

How Eating Bitumen Made Me a Better Trader

Trading is a fascinating activity.There are so many layers to... Read More

Lights of the Stock Market

There are red lights, green lights, blue lights and spot... Read More

Trading Tips No 2: The Big Lie in the Stock Market

It is commonly reported that the stock market averages about... Read More

Good Stock Market Tip; Good Return!

Forget making a profit; instead focus on the income provided... Read More

Different Ways of Buying Stocks

Let's say you are interested in this one company. You... Read More

Trend Trading - Trading Stocks Using Technical Analysis and Swing Trading Strategies

Peter is a professional trader, Paul is not. Peter has... Read More

The Secret Method to Selecting a Winning Trading System

Every successful trader has a winning system. There are of... Read More

Stock Market Investments

If there is one term over-used when talking about making... Read More

The Club

Yesterday I received my monthly issue of MONEY magazine. This... Read More

Its Better

Question: How does it get better when it gets worse?Last... Read More

A Common Misconception about Stock Prices

I cringe every time I hear a novice investor tell... Read More

Using Sector Funds to Construct Diversified Mutual Fund Portfolios

'Sector funds are too risky.' 'I doubled my money with... Read More

Why Change Funds?

On November 17 I bought 7 different mutual funds and... Read More

Cash Is A Position

I go to the Money Show every year to visit... Read More

A Good Fund Manager

Every Wall Street analyst, financial planner and broker will tell... Read More

Pension Plans

If you have a pension plan at work you will... Read More

Are You A Stockaholic?

Today's society gives special recognition to alcoholics, sexaholics, binge-aholics, shopaholics,... Read More

Buy and Hold: How to Perpetuate Your Investment Losses

A recent cartoon in my daily newspaper showed two guys... Read More

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