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April, 2017 Archives

Higher Metals Ahead?

by Jon S. Strebler

 

The situation in N. Korea has in some ways been a case of “different day, same old same old,” beginning at least as far back as the rule of Kim Jong Il (1994-2011). No matter what the reality of the situation is, the country’s leaders tend to react by threatening the most dire military consequences, using verbiage that – were the situation not so serious – is nearly comical. In the recent past, for example, it has threatened to “invade America” and “reduce Washington, DC to ashes” as it “leaves no Americans alive.” 

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Mutual Funds or ETFs?

By Jon S. Strebler

 

Back in the mid-1970s when I started in the investments business, the brokerage firms encouraged their people to sell mutual funds. A few of us hotshots scoffed at that idea, thinking we could do better than the funds which, after all, basically rode stocks up and then rode them down again. You see, the period from 1967 until the early-1980s was essentially a sideways, going nowhere stock market, and mutual funds had become widely panned; we wanted nothing to do with them. But by investing with the trend, we could be in stocks when they were bullish, and on the sidelines when they were bearish.

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Financial Safe Havens

By Jon S. Strebler

 

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately from the Saxon invasions of Britain era and the later Viking invasions era. They’re historical fiction, basically true to what little we know of those times and events, but with gaps filled in with creative narratives. Great fun for a history geek seeking a bit of interesting reading! 

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Why Tech?

by Jon S. Strebler

 

Markets generally lacked big developments last week, perhaps related to relatively light news regarding the Trump administration towards the week’s end. Gold, and by extension the rest of the precious metals complex, is bouncing around in no-man’s land – neither clearly bullish nor bearish at this point. Fixed income markets are still trying to decide if they’re going to mount a legitimate upward rally, and the dollar remains neutral short-term, bullish long-term. And of course the stock market’s bullish primary trend sees no imminent danger and remains solid. 

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