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January, 2017 Archives

Equities Sectors

By Jon S. Strebler

 

With last week’s official increase to a 40% allocation in equities, this is a good time to revisit some market sectors: Where to put that 40%?  We’ve offered a simple solution – just buy SPY or DIA or even QQQ.  Those are Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that represent the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ 100 Index –three of the most widely followed indices of US stock prices and performance.  By owning one of more of those, you are basically “buying the market”, and will do as well or as poorly as the whole US stock market does.

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Protectionism A-Comin'

By Jon S. Strebler 

 

Mexico is a very special place for Americans, or US residents to be more precise.  And even more so for me, having grown up just three miles from the US/Mexico border.  My first memory of the place was riding along the high cliffs between the border and Ensenada with my grandpa, overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean.  As a little kid, my dad would take me to Tijuana (TJ) for 25 cent haircuts, or sometimes 50 cents.  50 cents gradually became the norm, so those trips stopped; unlike today, firemen didn’t make much money back then. 

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A Pause in the Action

By Jon S. Strebler

 

US markets continue to revolve, at least to some degree, around the things that President-elect Trump says and does. Almost every day brings something new and shocking, things that might roil markets but for the most part haven’t. With the inauguration just a couple of days away, people are wondering if it’s going to stay this way, or if things will calm down and Trump will act in more predictable and presidential ways once in office. Time will tell.

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BIG Numbers

By Jon S. Strebler

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been threatening to blow through 20,000 for the last few weeks – a feat especially remarkable since it first rose above 19,000 in November. The causes, the rationale – all of that has been done to death. Today we’ll merely look at the action of the Dow breaking above a big round number and what that means.

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Time Frames Matter

by Jon S. Strebler

 

We haven’t looked at the precious metals much in recent weeks, but with the New Year upon us, it’s about time to do so. Are gold, silver, platinum, and their mining shares bullish or bearish, undervalued or overvalued? That’s surely what we want to know, but the answers are not so simple. One of the complicating factors is the time frame we’re using.

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