Inertia Syndrome

When it comes to buying a stock or mutual fund most people act pretty quickly. There are some who will take the time to get a report from Morningstar (it is worthless) or get reports from their broker (also worthless) or even do a search on the Internet (if you... Read More

Perfect Storm

Having lived aboard a sailboat for 2 years I was stricken when I saw the movie "PERFECT STORM". I know these are things you want to avoid at all costs. Even little storms can play havoc with your life style on a boat.From a world view it looks like we... Read More

Complacency Indicator

If you haven't heard of the technical indicator with the stock market symbol VIX it is now time to pay some attention to it. When the number is running low, as it is now, around 15 to 18 it means everyone is happy and thinks the stock market is going... Read More

Paddle Your Canoe

At some time in your life you have been on a river in a canoe and hopefully you had a paddle. You know about being up the creek without one.You quickly learned that paddling up stream is much harder than paddling down stream. The lesson of going with the flow... Read More

Trading Systems

To become a successful trader you must have some kind of method or system to follow that will keep you on track. You may be buying and selling on tips, the weather or phases of the moon (there is a system like that).The two basic methods are based either on... Read More

Expense Ratios

Mutual funds and brokers are always preaching not to buy any fund with a high expense ratio. That is the annual costs of the fund to pay for trading of stocks within their portfolio, salaries, rent, telephone, analysts, etc. Most of them tell you not to buy one that exceeds... Read More

Protectionism

First let's see what protectionism is. According to Mr. Webster it is the advocacy, system, or theory of protecting domestic producers by impeding or limiting, as by tariffs or quotas, the importation of foreign goods and services.That sounds pretty good. It is something that will protect the jobs of our... Read More

Stuff

I continually hear from economists, talking heads, other market letter writers, analysts and assorted "experts" that I need to know all kinds of "stuff" about the stocks and mutual funds I am going to buy and I should keep up with them on a regular basis.What is this important "stuff"?Let's... Read More

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

What Are You Waiting For?

Do you own any mutual funds? In an IRA or 401K or wherever. Privately or at work.Have you called your fund manager to find out what is going on with your fund? Are they under investigation for late trading, improper pricing, deviation from length of sales defined in the prospectus... Read More

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Being Wrong Buying Stock is Okay

Being wrong is OK, but let's not carry it to... Read More

Selling Strategies - Setting a Stop Loss

Sometimes the best way of lowering exposure to risk is... Read More

Look Out The Window

Quick, look out the window. It's raining. No, the sun's... Read More

Pamplona, the Wild Investment Bulls

You remember (they show it on TV every year) the... Read More

Advisory Service for You?

It depends on your level of understanding of the market... Read More

Hill of Hope

Just about now everyone is confused as to which way... Read More

Economists

In today's volatile and confusing stock markets everyone is searching... Read More

401K-itis

Are you one of those many people who dread reading... Read More

Price Targets

Every day in any financial publication you will find the... Read More

Is Active Trading The Answer?

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

The Right Mutual Funds For Baby Boomers

If you are a baby boomer, time is not on... Read More

Play another Day

Money management starts with protecting your capital, realizing profits and... Read More

Box Of Chocolates

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

The Elephant

Four blind men were asked to give a description of... Read More

Evaluation I

An insane person cannot evaluate an insane evaluation system.As you... Read More

Stock Market Investments

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

Dont Lose All Your Money

That sounds like good advice doesn't it? Don't lose all... 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

High Price/Earnings Ratios and the Stock Market: a Personal Odyssey

After some forty years of banking and investments, I retired... Read More

Buying New Issues

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

Stocks Options Trading

Let's assume that you want to make some serious money... Read More

Starbucks Stock is Up

Starbucks earnings are up again and so is their stock... Read More

Choosing A Fund

For years I have been saying you must have a... Read More

Is The Bear In The Cage?

For the last few weeks we have seen the stock... Read More

Low Expense Ratio

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

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