Does Buy And Hold Investing Still Work?


First let’s identify what buy and hold investors are.  They are individuals who are content purchasing quality shares and holding them for many, many years.  They are looking to build a retirement account so they really have no price target or exit timeframe. While I believe that this has been a very viable way of…

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Why All the Interest in the S&P Futures Pre-Market Activity?


I remember when I began learning how to trade I was told I needed to keep an eye on the S&P futures – specifically the pre-market activity. There are many free tools on the Internet that give us an indication of what the S&P futures are trading at before the market opens for trading. As…

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Why Such Reactions to Economic News?


We just had a Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) event on Friday 2 October 2015. The markets are usually on pins and needs awaiting the result of this vital piece of information. Well the initial reaction was quite sharp to the downside. While the markets made an amazing bounce from that initial drop one way wonder: Why…

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Should We Be Concerned?


For the past week the market had not rallied immediately prior to Labor Day, the US banking holiday, so it did so immediately after the holiday when the market opened for trading on Tuesday. This is a typical market reaction prior to and after US banking holidays.  After the market rally it really went nowhere (south to flat). We are however…

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Labor Day Monday – Market Closed


For the past three weeks the SPY has been trading below the 200dma – the market has been in a correction territory or a technical bearish environment. The longer term buy and hold investor has now given back almost one year of profits which is why that style of trading does not appeal to me.…

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Roller Coaster Ride Anyone?


What a wild ride the market had this past week. The $INDU was already trading below its 200dma (daily moving average) however on Friday of last week the SPY (or the ETF for the S&P 500) also closed below  that same moving average so we now had a fairly good idea what was coming —…

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Mid Year Mayhem?


Hi all. Its now the middle of the year. We’ve seen new highs this year and a bit of a tight trading ranges for the overall broader market. There was a saying “Buy in October, Sell in May” May is over and if anyone has been holding anything for long term investing on the overall…

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All time highs

jan effect

  We have seen an all time high in the market in March and are now midway into April. Interesting stuff coming up ahead this week includes Taxation in the Middle of April, FOMC at the end of the month as well as May’s NFP incoming. We also can now see a tightening range of…

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January effect this year?


There’s a saying in the stock market “As January goes, so goes the year?” This barometer of the stock market generally says, that the rest of the year will follow the start/finish of the entire month of January. It has been right 62 out of the last 85 years. We can see now that January…

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Update As At 29 Sep 2014


The market had a bit of a pullback over the past week. I would not be surprised to see a bit of rally for the coming week as it is the last week of September and also the end of a quarter. Generally the end of a quarter represents what is called Window Dressing which…

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