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Matt's Market Insights

October, 2017

Global Growth Cues Abound

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Sometimes stock market rallies can be so powerful that you just have to grab ahold of something sturdy and hang on. Every once in a while, the upward surge can be so strong that it feels as though it’s fake – too much wealth being created in too short a time, inevitably destined to evaporate.

 

The last 12 months have felt that way. With the major averages up anywhere from 19–26%, many investors are logging in to see account balances that have never been this high.

 

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Navigating Aberrant Data

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

We’ve seen some really great economic data lately, and we’ve seen some lousy data as well. Some of it suggests that we’re in the middle of an incredibly strong expansion, while other data shows a sharp decline in key areas such as employment and corporate profits.

 

As you can probably guess, much of this aberrant data comes as a result of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which wreaked havoc across the Southeast. Today we’re going to examine some of this data in an attempt to gauge whether the U.S. economy remains on stable footing.

 

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How to Buy Stocks for Half Price

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Welcome back to our ongoing monthly options series, designed to help you understand how options can be used in a portfolio to enhance returns and minimize risk. In the last installment, we wrapped up our discussion on how to get paid while we wait for stocks to come back down to more desirable levels.

 

Today, we’ll dig into a new option strategy - the fourth of five that we will cover in total. The topic today is how we can use our capital more efficiently to “purchase” stocks using roughly half the capital otherwise required.

 

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