The Fed-Trump Divergence

To the surprise of almost no one, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced that it raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points (0.25%) to the range of 0.75% to 1.0%. This was the third interest rate hike in a decade, but the second since December. This seems to signal that the Federal…

 

Dow 21,000 Reached in Record Time

Just seven weeks ago in this column, I was discussing how the Dow’s inability to cross the 20,000 barrier had reached historic proportions. At that time, the Dow had traded within 1% of the 20,000 mark for 23 days. Eventually, it took 30 days after getting within 1% of 20,000 for the Dow to crack…

 

Politics and Corporate Earnings Guiding the Market

The “Trump Rally” for stocks seemingly hit a wall this week. Optimism among investors following the election of Donald Trump has given way to more of a wait-and-see attitude and even animosity in the wake of several administration actions. There are times when stocks are the victims, as well as the beneficiaries, of politics. Following…

 

February Changes to the SSR Portfolio

We have posted our monthly changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletion and addition, read the February SSR Monthly Report. January Market Recap With only two trading days remaining in the month, U.S. stocks are on pace for their best January in four years. Through the close on Friday, January…

 

Market Rally Stalls, Investor Sentiment Sags as Trump Era Begins

At noon (Eastern time) on January 20, 2017, Donald John Trump took the oath of office, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Since the close of Election Day, November 8, 2016, the S&P 500 index gained 5.8% through the close on Thursday, January 19. Per Schaeffer’s Investment Research, average post-election return for the…

 

William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM Approach to Selecting Growth Stocks

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM Approach to Selecting Growth Stocks Using Fundamental and Technical Data The CAN SLIM approach is a popular investment strategy that uses fundamental company and industry factors to identify attractive stocks and employs technical price and volume analysis to help determine…

 

9 Rules for Better Stock Investing

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Why Value Beats Growth: A Brief Explanation The various characteristics of stocks that generate higher returns than what the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) would predict are known as “stock market anomalies.” Two of the most famous anomalies are size and value. This article sets out…

 

Most Investors Looking for Consistent, Growing Dividends

Last week we asked our readers what they consider to be the best long-term investment, and here is what they said: Of the 2,377 people who voted by 7:15 a.m. (Central) on Sunday, July 24, 70% view stocks or mutual funds as the best long-term investment. Real estate came in a distant second with 24%…

 

Don’t Underestimate Equities in Retirement

Many retirees reflexively believe that they can live off of the interest from their investments while preserving principal. Using interest payments alone to fund one’s living expenses in retirement may have been possible in decades past when life expectancies all but guaranteed a shorter retirement and yields on the 10-year Treasury note were in the…