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Yesterday’s sell off has the bulls worried. Major U.S. indexes fell about 1.5 percent. Ten of the past 12 trading sessions saw swings of 100 points or more in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The list of worries ranges from the strengthening dollar’s harm to U.S. earnings, the end of quantitative easing, Europe’s weakening economy and the International Monetary Fund’s reduced forecast for global growth. I am far less certain that those headlines are anything more than the excuses for the selloff, rather than the cause.
Perhaps more significant than the headlines are these facts:
• This bull market is now more than 5 1/2 years old;
• The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index hasn’t had a 10 percent pullback since October 2011;
• Small-cap stocks as measured by the Russell 2000 have fallen below their 200-day moving average for the first time since November 2012;
• Almost half of Nasdaq stocks are down 20 percent from their one-year highs, meaning they are already in a bear market;
• U.S. markets are down 3 percent from all-time highs;
What might this mean in coming months?
Gold is one of those topics that always generates fierce pushback whenever I write about it. Yesterday’s column How Low Can Gold Go? was no different. A deluge of emails and over 150 comments soon followed. I may post some of the more informative, vociferous and misguided comments / emails from readers later today as…Read More
Volatility David R. Kotok October 5, 2014 An era is ending: for over half a decade, nearly worldwide, zero interest rates suppressed volatilities. That is over. The first sign of this evolution came over a year ago when the bond market experienced the “taper tantrum” as then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke alluded to…Read More
> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at The world’s greatest stock picker? Bet you sold Apple and Google a long time ago. (Thats the print headline; online it was Why the world’s greatest stock picker would’ve ditched Apple). This is the third (and likely final) installment of…Read More
This week’s Masters in Business Radio show at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Bloomberg Radio 1130AM and Siriux XM 119 (it also repeats all weekend).
Our guest this week is Jack Schwager, best known as the author of the seminal and popular Market Wizards books, first published in 1988.
All of the past Podcasts are here (and coming soon to Apple iTunes).
Next week, we speak with Larry Swedroe, Buckingham Asset Management’s Director of Research.
Books by Jack Schwager:
• Market Sense and Nonsense: How the Markets Really Work
• Getting Started in Technical Analysis
• A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets: Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis, Trading, Spreads, and Options
Streaming audio after the jump
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
China is on the verge of breaking out from its pattern of consolidation, at least according to the monthly chart book from the analytics team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. If you look at the chart above you can see that the Shanghai Composite Index is in the midst of transitioning into an…Read More
Nice graphic showing the 10 greatest — and worst — trades of all time. The lure of these outsized billion dollar wins seems to affect the psychology of many investors and traders, looking for that one giant score.
click for full infographic
Source: 888 Markets
No matter what, the long-term investor comes out ahead of the short-term trader Barry Ritholtz Washington Post, August 10, 2014 Last time, we looked at why traders are at an almost insurmountable disadvantage against investors due to short-term capital gains taxes. Many of you wrote in to note several factors that would have allowed…Read More