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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Its Snowing

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I Love To Lose Money

Well, not really. What I mean is I don't mind... Read More

How to Maximize Your 401k Mutual Fund Returns

When it comes to 401k's there is an overabundance of... Read More

Stock Market Insanity

Let's first define insanity. It is doing the same thing... Read More

The Value of Stocks of a Company

The debate rages all over Eastern and Central Europe, in... Read More

Again With the Bubbles?

A few years back ? it seems like an eternity... Read More

How to Pay Less and Get More: Discount Broker vs Professional

How do you invest? What do you really pay? At... Read More

The Information Age

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Keep Your Profits

It looks like we have now entered a new bull... Read More

The Stock Market Investor?s Worst Enemy

Every stock market investor faces one primal enemy. An enemy... Read More

Peer Groups

Whenever I see mutual fund comparisons in the trade publications... Read More

Time Out

Are you paying any attention to your retirement savings? Do... Read More

Investment Research - The Dalbar Study

Very few people, even professionals, have heard of the Dalbar... Read More

Low Expense Ratio

One of the big advertising kicks today from mutual funds... Read More

Is Active Trading The Answer?

One of the main reasons many of us get into... Read More

Wall Street Paradigm

In 1960 an engineer working for a watch company in... Read More

My Neighbor Got A New Car

I don't know what kind it is, but I saw... Read More

The Cub; II

We keep hearing about this bear market and that the... Read More

Buying New Issues

Has your broker been calling you recently with the "great... Read More

Stealth Bull

If you have been watching the stock market at all... Read More

Eternal Sunshine

There is a current movie entitled "Eternal Sunshine of the... Read More

Box Of Chocolates

Ever have one of those sample boxes of candy? Each... Read More

How Covered Calls Turned a Trader Around

Sidney felt sick as she looked at her latest OptionsXpress... Read More

How to Find Value in No Load Mutual Fund Investing

What are you thinking when it comes to your no... Read More

Mr. Market

I constantly hear the talking heads on CNBC-TV, the radio... Read More

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