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Markets Don’t Close 4/20 On A High

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:19:23 +0000

The weekly Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; Barron’s devoted a lot of pixels to the latest goings on with the slope of the yield curve. Earlier in the week the 2-10 treasury spread got close to 40 basis points before widening out to 49 basis points at the end […]



When Knowing What Will Happen Isn’t Enough

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:34:39 +0000

My latest post at Alpha Baskets is up and includes the following; As I write this post on Monday afternoon Bitcoin is just under $6800. At that figure Yahoo Finance has it down 60% from its early January high. Obviously, people were buying at/near the highs. How many of those folks are looking back at […]



Tariffs Throw A Cat Amongst The Pigeons

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:47:17 +0000

The weekly Market Update is up at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; Bitcoin had a bit of a tumble last week down as much as 10%, trading in the $6500’s for a time on Friday before snapping back to $7000 over the weekend. The cryptocurrencies continue to be fascinating on several levels including what […]



Don’t Let Big Tech Ruin You

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:37:57 +0000

My latest post for Alpha Baskets is published and includes the following; There was one sentence that made me laugh out loud; “Passive investors who want to avoid the overconcentration risk from cap-weighted indexes can buy funds that own equal proportions of each stock in an index …” The idea may be perfectly valid but it […]



Did Anyone Get The License Plate?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:31:11 +0000

The weekly Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; Tech was also seen a driver of volatility after leading the market higher in January. While you might think that tech had a relatively bad quarter that was not the case. Looking at the more heavily traded, broad tech sector funds they […]



Learning From Iomega

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:42:29 +0000

My latest post for Alpha Baskets is posted and includes the following; Reading a headline like that, a cynic might immediately think of the famous BusinessWeek cover from 1979 proclaiming the Death of Equities or Irving Fisher declaring equites having reached “what looks like a permanently high plateau” on October 16, 1929. And from my […]



Markets Crumble Under The Weight of Tariff Threats

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:47:22 +0000

The weekly Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; As a qualitative observation this drop doesn’t feel as panicky as the one in early February but interestingly both declines in SPX terms stopped at that index’ 200 day moving average at least that was the case at the close on Friday. […]



There’s An ETF For That

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:21:11 +0000

My latest post at TheMaven looks at Howard Mark’s thoughts on managing volatility over the course of the stock market cycle and includes the following; If you knew you could get an 8% return every single year for the next 20 years, I mean exactly 8% every year, and that the stock market would have […]



March Magic

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:29:19 +0000

This week’s Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; The ten year anniversary of Bear Stearns going under was last week. It was an amazing period of history for markets as Bear was of course a venerable name on Wall Street and its failure created more awareness that any company can […]



The Bull Market Turns Nine!

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:33:02 +0000

The weekly Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; We now know a little more about the steel and aluminum tariffs. While actual trade wars can’t be good for anyone, the detail we have now implies that this all may be a negotiating ploy. Canada and Mexico have a very visible […]