Making The Sale

Companies are continuing to make the sale in 2017. Bottom line earnings are a primary metric used to monitor corporate performance at any given time. But another useful reading to follow is top line revenues. And the sales story is continuing to paint a positive picture for stocks as we move into the second half of 2017.

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The Sky Is Falling

It is a perspective that I am increasingly seeing among investors the further we move away from the financial crisis. And it is one that concerns me about how they might be impacted the next time the market takes a sustained turn for the worse.

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The Two Words Every Investor Should Remember

All investors should do well to follow the example of the Boy Scouts when managing their investment portfolios. Be prepared.

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Flying Below The Radar

Members of the U.S. Federal Reserve have gathered for their latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting this week. The fact that this meeting is not followed by a press conference makes it a sleeper, but it is still worth watching for the important signals that come out of this latest gathering of what are arguably some of the most influential and powerful people in the world. What can we reasonably expect and how might the markets react?

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The Most Dangerous Game

It is an observation that I have been hearing frequently in recent years when it comes to investing in the U.S. stock market. What is it? Put simply, fundamentals no longer matter, and valuation is no longer a primary concern when making investment decisions. Simply scour the 52-week high list, identify those securities in a sustained uptrend, and ride the wave in stock prices higher valuations be damned. But only if it were that simple, for many investors are unwittingly playing a most dangerous game in today’s financial markets.

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