If you’re looking for trouble, the U.S. stock market is the right place. Sure, stocks are within a stone’s throw of fresh new highs in what is the second longest bull market of all-time. But investors are not getting paid tomorrow for what stocks have done for the past eight years, two months and twelve days. And beyond the fact that the economy has been chronically sluggish and that price gains over the past six years have come almost purely from valuation expansion, the U.S. stock market is dealing with a whole new batch of trouble today. Will the U.S. stock market defy fundamentals once again to continue fighting into the future?

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I Told You So!

The stock market is a funny place. Unlike nearly all other markets where buyers and sellers come together with a rational mind to make decisions that perpetuate their best self interest, participants in the stock market often find themselves acting with different priorities and taking on peculiar behaviors that can lead to self-destructive outcomes over time. As a result, it can be useful to stand back and evaluate our perspectives as they relate to the stock market to consider whether they truly make good sense.

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Fell On Black Days

Just when it seemed like everything was fine, the world has suddenly fallen on black days. For investment markets, the sudden rise of political uncertainty both in the United States and abroad has sent stocks that were joyous just days ago suddenly feeling down. Now that things have suddenly changed, what should we reasonably expect next?

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Impeachy Keen

We are starting to hear the “I” word getting thrown around more as events unfold in Washington. Seeking Alpha is a platform for investment research and not political opinion, so whether the actions by the President warrant impeachment is a subject for debate on other news forums. But given the fact that such a topic is being raised along with the fiscal and monetary policy implications related to such episode potentially unfolding in Washington warrants considering the related investment market implications.

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Blue Skies

It’s another beautiful day for stock market investing. The skies are clear and bright, the temperatures are warm outside, mister bluebird is singing his song, and stocks are setting new all-time highs. What in the world could possibly go wrong?

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