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The place to find our latest market insights, financial planning tips and media appearances.

Friday, December 8, 2023

We look at 3 market topics to consider heading into 2024: small-caps, AI's affect on the markets, and US-China relations & semiconductors.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

As investors know, gold has ramped over the past few weeks – unexpected with inflation readings falling across the board.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Lance Roberts ( wrote this week to expect a pullback. I agree, at least for the Mega Caps and NASDAQ stars. However, in the reshuffling process, expect more troops to come on the field and take leadership from...

Monday, November 20, 2023

By Sinéad Carew and Amruta Khandekar Microsoft rises as ousted OpenAI CEO set to join company Bristol Myers down as Bayer's anti-clotting drug trial fails Indexes up: Dow 0.55%, S&P 0.70%, Nasdaq 1.05% Nov 20...

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Seasonality, Amplified Against a global macro environment filled with things to worry about, the stock market has already ripped 10% from the October low. What could the market be telling us? Fundamentally, the consensus view seems to...

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Ultimately, today’s market is still in a strong uptrend that started over a year ago. Seasonal factors are with investors. The presidential cycle is with investors. And all key Point & Figure indicators are with investors.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Because interpretations of their forward guidance could be all over the board, an unclear statement will likely lead to more volatility in both stocks and bonds, albeit part of a bottoming process that should soon end for the stock market.

Friday, October 27, 2023

As growth stock managers we keep a close eye on earnings trends and, more importantly, the markets reactions to those reports. Here is a rundown of that action with a few Big Techs that have already reported. AMZN Beat significantly...

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Hard as it may feel with all that’s happening around us, a bullish posture remains the right side of the market at present – precisely in line with historical seasonality. Here's why.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Most of us have a memory or two of the brighter sides of childhood. Unending summer days with sun kissed cheeks from chasing a frisbee at the beach, sandy feet and salty hair. Unequaled freedom of time never seen during the school year...

Thursday, October 5, 2023

We wrote in July and September to expect a pause that refreshes. This view remains our base case as we believe the pause will be soon concluding.

Friday, September 29, 2023

In this article, we talk about personal finance as it relates to putting one's money to work for them, and how once it's earned, money can do 3 things: work for you, against you, or do nothing at all.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

"Investors have been focused on crude as a key inflation indicator. With crude falling, investors might feel it's time to crawl out of the bunker and make some commitments to stocks," said Bruce Zaro of Granite Wealth Management.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The stock market pause that refreshes, which we've written about throughout the 3rd quarter, is close to its end.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

With the November print of $93 straight ahead, there exists some meaningful overhead resistance nearby for Crude, meaning a short-term pullback could be seen. If $94 is breached, a price objective all the way up to $115 area looks possible.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The number of public companies continues to decline. The number peaked in the 1990’s with about eight thousand companies to invest in. As of March 2023, the NYSE had a combined total of 2385 listed domestic and international...

Friday, September 8, 2023

Apple runs into a wall near $200 August has not been especially kind to the stock after hitting an all-time high of $198.23 on July 19th. China has put limitations on government employees use of iPhone in a likely retaliatory move...

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Yes, August was down – but the month-end rally meant it only fell 1.4%. And sure, September is a historically weak month. For now, I expect any short-term weakness will end up being viewed as standard consolidation when we look back on it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

We have recently written on the international markets and to what extent they should be featured in your stock portfolio. Today we focus on China.. It is widely known that China's problems center around its heavy...

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Warren Buffett recently initiated large positions in home builders DR Horton, Lennar and NVE through his Berkshire Hathaway holdings. Is this a typical Buffett contrarian bet for him? Is he bucking the trend and sentiment toward...

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The 50-Day Moving Average: A Reliable Indicator? A recent headline on MarketWatch blared: “S&P 500 flashes a warning that stocks are likely headed lower after  breaking below its 50-day moving average.”So frightening!...

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

We discuss timing the market versus spending time invested in the market for the long term, and how they are not necessarily competing ideas, though can rather be used in conjunction for an optimized portfolio.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

We don’t have to predict with certainty what comes next. Let’s wait and let the wisdom of the markets show us clearly whether the Pound is finally ready to fall the way so many are predicting.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Speaking with as many locals as possible while visiting this week, things sound dreadful if you listen to the average Brit. Our country is losing its relevance, the political landscape has been in tatters, the economy is stagnant, etc.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

A couple weeks ago, we discussed AI fundamentals. Last week, we examined the technical health of AI-related sectors. Today, we take a look at some of the most prominent names related to AI and how they shape up from a technical perspective.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Before we can look at individual names, however, we must first evaluate the health status of the sectors in which these stocks trade.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The video below is the first episode of my Chart Whisperer podcast. I'll be recording at irregular intervals at first but will perhaps make this a more permanent and regular endeavor going forward.The following conversation is one I...

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The 10 Year Yield Index broke out rather decidedly in the last daysPlaceholder tnx chartA few prominent strategist are looking for PPI figures to be released on Thursday coming in soft, and allowing cover for the fed to proceed cautiously.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

As the third quarter begins, we will look at both short- and long-term broad market indicators and I’ll provide some thoughts regarding how to approach stocks today.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Waiting for the water to warm to the perfect temperature to finally enjoy those summer days can be just as restrictive as waiting for the "perfect" market environment to implement your investment plan. But you'd be missing out on a lot...

Thursday, June 15, 2023

To my eyes, the market's advance is broadening out.

Monday, June 5, 2023

In January, the end of last year’s brutal tax-loss selling allowed beaten down growth stocks to once again take over. Today as we approach mid-year, this one important indicator suggests that trend will be longer-lasting than most think.

Monday, May 29, 2023

This is what it feels like to be an investment advisor. At times a GOAT...........other times just a plain goat.Our friends and partners at Dorsey Wright NASDAQ have run this piece from time to time over the years. A humorous twist on...

Friday, May 26, 2023

While news headlines are overwhelmingly negative, there are a lot of positive signals on display throughout the economy and stock market. From breakout price positions of the NASDAQ, to falling home sale numbers, we look at some positives.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

We see little cause for alarm in the market's technical picture overall, that picture is not nearly as clear today as it was at the October lows. Sometimes that is simply the case. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Remarkably, the returns of this "negative" timeframe are virtually identical to the supposedly favored period: the S&P has returned 137% while the Q's returned 272%, just like the positive months!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Yesterday's CPI print continues to portray a picture of moderating inflation and increasing calls for the Federal Reserve to pause, perhaps as early as next month’s meeting.Such a backdrop should be great for higher gold prices,...

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Unrelenting and uncontrollable anxiety. Drastic mood changes. Inability to focus. Peaks of bliss and valleys of anger and defeat. Boston sports fans know what comes with the role of watching their favorite team’s journey...

Thursday, April 20, 2023

We know the difficulty today of being in the Prediction Business, as economists and stock analysts are squarely in this business. The Prediction business is fraught with over-optimism and over-pessimism. Is it a tough job? YesWhen it...

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Being realistic in a world where everyone has an opinion, and everyone’s opinion is in your face (via social media) is an important skill.

Friday, March 31, 2023

As the anxiety from the Silicon Valley Bank crisis took hold in early March, that pullback started. What we've seen since is healthy market action and adds an important part of our chart analysis……. A higher bottom.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

In the last 40 years, when the 2-year UST fell beneath the Fed Funds Rate by 50 basis points or more, the Fed has cut interest rates within 1 year.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Those investors who followed the fundamental analysis alone alone (or worse, blindly followed the recommendations of Wall Street’s analysts) got a very nasty surprise. Good technical analysis could have alerted them something was wrong.

Friday, March 3, 2023

We feel a 5% pullback during this in-between period resulting in an intermediate, higher bottom from October is increasingly likely. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

We occasionally are asked about after-hours trading, which are hours outside of the normal stock exchange hours of 9:30am - 4:00pm EST for buying and selling securities. Long story short: there's no advantage vs. buy and hold.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

NEW YORK, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 gave up earlier losses on Wednesday while the dollar was rising along with U.S. Treasury yields after data showed U.S. retail sales in January increased by the most in nearly two years,...

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The action of the US dollar can have major implications on both a strategic level (the economy) and a tactical level (such as a “tactical” investment strategy). For this simple reason, we find it prudent to consider...

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Liz Ann Sonders from Charles Schwab recently pointed out, market breadth, or the number of stocks participating in this year recovery is broadening and increasing.What does the data say?Looking under the microscope we see an expanding...

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.This isn’t literally true, and the real lesson is in the strategic view of what happens over time. The apple represents something good for you. The day refers to the consistency of which the...

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

After a long stretch where growth investors were richly rewarded and value investors took their position in the rear, late 2021 saw a shift. In the market drawdown of 2022, value investors jumped ahead…..and saw much less decline...

Thursday, January 26, 2023

A common stock market concept says that the week of monthly options expiration often sees increased volatility, and whichever way the market moves during expiration week will be unwound the following week. Is it true?

Friday, January 20, 2023

We define the Santa Claus rally period of December 15th to January 15th. Traditionalists consider the Santa Rally Period December 15th to December 31st. In our blog post of December 14th ("Santa Claus Rally & The January Effect"), we...

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

When the markets are piping hot, much like they were for the second half of 2020, investing feels like such an easy endeavor. When the markets cool to levels where growth is hard to find, investing seems much more bleak - and 2022...

Friday, January 13, 2023

We get asked quite a bit…..Is this the bottom or a bottom? Given the dreadful performance of all asset classes in 2022 it's a question investors are asking themselves.I felt confident in my call that the October 14th bottom would...

Wednesday, January 4, 2023


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

DECEMBER 14, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTINVESTMENT MANAGEMENTMARKET HISTORYTECHNICAL INSIGHTSWe believe the rally will arrive this year, but with a caveat. Expect this to be more prominent for small caps.The period between...

Thursday, December 8, 2022

DECEMBER 8, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTTECHNICAL INSIGHTSWe have monthly Investment Policy Committee Meetings to discuss the changes that take place in the markets. Fundamental and technical factors are on the agenda. We want to...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

How has the earnings season gone? But, more importantly, how have stocks reacted to those earnings releases? Going into earnings, investors had great concerns about the 3rd quarter, as well as forward earnings visibility.Historically,...

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

NOVEMBER 15, 2022  GEN ZINVESTMENTMILLENIALSPERSONAL FINANCERETIREMENT FUNDINGAs we approach the end of the calendar year, we want to remind you of the guidelines for contributing to your retirement account(s) for 2022.The...

Thursday, November 10, 2022

NOVEMBER 10, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTINVESTMENT MANAGEMENTSector rotation is an investment strategy revolving around the movement of money between various industry categories of the markets, such as technology, financial...

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Today is election day, and that always comes paired with unrelenting news platforms blasting forecasts and results in your face for days leading up to the election, and weeks afterwards as well. What also comes along with midterm...

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

NOVEMBER 1, 2022  EARNINGS SEASONINSIGHTSINVESTMENTINVESTMENT MANAGEMENTMARKET HISTORYTECHNICAL INSIGHTSShort-term indicators are pointing investors to look through the windshield. We believe this is an early signal...

Friday, October 28, 2022

OCTOBER 28, 2022  BEHAVIORAL FINANCEINVESTMENTMONEY MINDSETPERSONAL FINANCERETIREMENT FUNDINGIt was 97 degrees and the humidity must have been sitting above 90% the entire week. It was the middle of North Carolina in the...

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

OCTOBER 19, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTINVESTMENT MANAGEMENTRaging inflation, war in Europe and an economy teetering on the brink of recession – what a beautiful time to look for a stock market bottom!We all know that we...

Friday, October 14, 2022

OCTOBER 14, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTINVESTMENT MANAGEMENTRETIREMENT FUNDINGCertainly you’ve seen some of the aftermath of Hurricane Ian somewhere in the news. Astounding to see the damage caused, right? After hitting...

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Some advice is timeless. I'd argue the best advice in life is timeless. This blog post from January 2016 is a great reminder that while time changes, some things stay the same. Enjoy this piece from our friend at Ritholtz Wealth...

Friday, September 23, 2022

Preparing for retirement just got a little more financial wiggle room. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced new contribution limits for 2022.Staying put for 2022 are traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), with the...

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

When it comes to investing, the common terminology says that you're investing in "the markets" or Wall Street. But what do these terms mean, and how are markets defined?Simply put, financial markets are where traders and investors buy...

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Investing strategies consist of a few different types of financial theories. This article examines two popular theories you may have heard of: modern portfolio and behavioral finance theory.Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)Modern portfolio...

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Do you dream of retiring before you turn 60? How about before you turn 50? If so, you might want to think twice before you make the move. If your heart is set on leaving work early, be sure you leave with the right mindset and the...

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

It seems like when summertime hits, time slows down. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, the taxes are complete and the vacation days are scheduled. If you find yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands in the...

Thursday, June 23, 2022

JUNE 23, 2022  INSIGHTSINVESTMENTRETIREMENT FUNDINGHow do we make sense of these market environments, where the S&P 500 is down over 20% and the NASDAQ is down over 30%? The first thought might be to compare what the last...

Thursday, June 16, 2022

With summer quickly approaching, you could be asking yourself which expenses are worth the investment when planning ahead for your vacations. Especially when it comes to travel insurance, you want to make sure you’re not...

Friday, May 13, 2022

We certainly could use a crystal ball right about now, but that’s not how this works. We aren’t in the business of predicting the future. We are, however, in the business of making the best decisions possible with the most...