A Market That Defies All Expectations

A constant refrain over each of the last six years has been the imminent bursting of the bond market bubble. But with each passing year, the bond market continues to defy the skeptics. Despite all of the talk about the Fed ending its quantitative easing program and the threat of rising interest rates in the coming year, the bond market has not only been holding its own but also has been rallying smartly in 2014. The bull market in bonds is now in its 32nd year and remains very much intact. And the latest rally in bonds has brought with it a new and unusual cast of asset class characters this time around.

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2 Key Tests For The True Dividend Growth Investor

It is one of the most popular and time-tested stock market investment strategies. It is dividend growth investing, or DGI, which is a strategy that focuses on companies that consistently increase their dividend payouts each year, supported by the predictable long-term growth of earnings per share. The recent success of this strategy, coupled with the yield-starved zero interest rate environment over the last several years has attracted scores of new dividend growth investors, both young and old. But with so many newcomers to the strategy, it raises an important question. While you may have fully bought into the approach over the last few years, are you a true dividend growth investor? And are you truly ready to not only withstand, but capitalize on the potential risks that may lie ahead.

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A Crisis Less Extraordinary

It is often said that the financial crisis that was unleashed from July 2007 to March 2009 was a once in a century event. Some investors even take comfort in this notion with the belief that any future stock bear markets will almost certainly pale in comparison. In short, if one could survive the financial crisis, one can certainly weather what may come in the future. But upon closer examination, the market shock resulting from the financial crisis was not all that extraordinary. In fact, it was rather modest in many ways when compared to other major historical bear markets. Instead, the only thing that has been truly extraordinary this time around has been the policy response. And this fact alone may be setting investors up for a far more challenging bear market experience the next time around.

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Euro Trashed

European stock markets have been absolutely trashed in recent weeks. This recent sharp decline has raised concerns among investors about whether such trends may soon spread to other global markets including the U.S. A closer look at the trading climate around the globe provides clues as to what we might expect in the coming days and weeks.

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Hunting For Bears

Stocks enjoyed a marvelous day of trading on Friday. But despite this latest notable recovery in the headline indices, trouble is increasingly brewing under the stock market surface, as a growing number of stocks are finding themselves mired in their own individual bear market. Investors should take note, for only so many individual stocks can drift into bear market territory before the broader market finally follows along. Of course, where there are meaningful corrections there is often opportunity to be found. As a result, today is a good time to get started in hunting for bears.

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