Posts filed under “Markets”

Succinct Summations of Week’s Events 9.13.14

Succinct Summations week ending September 12th


1. Job openings are at the highest levels since 2001.
2. Average price of gasoline fell to $3.42 on supply glut (lowest level since February)
3. Retail sales gained 0.6% m/o/m. up from a flat July (which was revised up 0.3%).
4. Consumer confidence rose to 84.6, up from 82.5 and above the 83.3 expected.
5. NFIB small business index rose to 96.1, half a point from the highest readings since ’07.
6. Chinese exports rose 9.4%, better than the 9% expected; German exports rose 4.7% in July, well above the 0.6% expected.
7. Industrial production in the Euro Zone rose 1% m/o/m after falling three of the last four months.
8. The US budget deficit shrank to $128.7B, down from $147.9B from last August.


1. Initial jobless claimes came in at 315k v 300k expected.
2. The S&P 500 and the Dow both finished in the red for the first time in six weeks.
3. Mortgage applications fell 2.6% w/o/w to the lowest level since February.
4. Chinese imports fell 2.4% y/o/y vs expectations of a 3% gain.
5. German imports fell 1.8% m/o/m vs expectations of a 0.2% rise.

Category: Markets

Too Bullish or Too Bearish?

One of my favorite pastimes is dissecting accepted Wall Street wisdom to see if it contains any value for investors or traders. Often, upon examination, the widely held beliefs turn out to be closer to magical thinking than financial acumen. One of the more recent examples is the way some analysts use data on sentiment…Read More

Category: Markets, Sentiment, Trading

Employment Better, Equities Worse Than Average Post Crisis Recovery

Major economic indicators from 4 quarters before to 28 quarters after financial crises. Line marked “average” shows the average performance in 15 major financial crises since 1973, as identified by the IMF in the April 2009 edition of its World Economic Outlook, Index set so quarter of onset = 100. For the recent U.S. crisis,…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Markets

1958: Public Investing in the Stock Market as Never Before

This week in 1958: LIFE Magazine highlights a strange new phenomenon: The public is investing in the stock market as never before. “On the average,” reports LIFE, “500,000 new customers a year have been getting into the market and 8.6 million Americans now own some kind of common or preferred stock…. To an extent which…Read More

Category: Investing, Markets, Sentiment

RIP Paul Macrae Montgomery, originator of Magazine Cover Indicator

  Paul Macrae Montgomery, best known as the originator of the Time Magazine Cover Indicator, and for popularizing the Hemline Indicator of the stock market, died this weekend. He was 72. I was fortunate to have had several conversations with Mongomery over the years. He was humble and soft spoken but he took delight in…Read More

Category: Analysts, Markets, Psychology

Flowchart: Are You a Freelancer?

Source: Freelancers Union

Category: Employment, Markets

Kiron Sarkar’s Weekly Report 6th September 2014

Mr Draghi has come to the rescue yet again. The cut in all of the ECB’s policy rates by 10 bps, combined with an asset backed securities (ABS) and covered bond purchase programme, was more than the market expected. The decision was agreed by a “comfortable majority”. Mr Draghi confirmed that whilst the ECB did…Read More

Category: Markets, Think Tank

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 9.5.14

Succinct Summations week ending September 5th Positives: 1. ECB lowers rates  gives further clarity in its attempts to encourage a greater level of small and medium sized business lending. He also gets another leg lower in the euro via another cut in short rates and by adding covered bonds to its menu of asset purchases….Read More

Category: Markets

Longest Bull Market?

The longest bull market for the S&P 500 since 1950 lasted 9 ½ years (actually 2,388 trading days).  The current bull market (which began on 3/09/09) has lasted 1,375 trading days (through Friday 8/22/14), or 1,013 trading days short of the longest bull since 1950.  During the final 1,013 trading days of its 9 ½…Read More

Category: Markets

How to Win the Loser’s Game

Most of what we see and hear about how to invest comes from either the fund industry or the financial media – both of which have their own agendas. This landmark documentary is an attempt to redress the balance.

Nine months in the making, How to Win the Loser’s Game aims to provide ordinary investors with the information they need to achieve their investment goals. It includes contributions from some of the biggest names and brightest minds in the investing world.

It’s being released in ten weekly, stand-alone parts, followed by the full-length, 80-minute film. Please share these videos with family, friends and colleagues, and help us to build a better, fairer and more transparent investment industry for all.

Via Sensible Investing

Transcript here

Category: Investing, Markets, Video