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 for over 50 Years!


Founder Richard Russell's team of talented analysts work daily to bring you the best of primary trend analysis, investor education and intelligent investing advice.


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  • We believe in “market timing.” Our goal is to get you out at the top and in at the bottom of major, long-term market moves.
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Quote of the Day

"Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it." - Cullen Hightower

Stop Yourself From Giving Back Those Gains

By Matthew Kerkhoff


The major averages are setting new record highs, the U.S. economy is maintaining its slow but steady expansion, and the global economy appears to be picking up steam. In an environment like this, one of the best things we can do as investors is not overthink the situation, but instead sit back and allow the primary trend to express itself.


Rather than provide you with another round of data suggesting the expansion is likely to continue, I thought we would talk portfolio strategy today and go over the pros and cons of using stop orders.



Richard's Thoughts On Third Phases & Where We Currently Stand

Richard's Comments


All great bull markets come in three psychological phases. The first phase is the accumulation phase, during which sophisticated and value-oriented investors pick up what is generally being ignored.


The second phase is the phase where the seasoned professionals and a few more sophisticated funds take their positions. It is in the second phase where we see the most painful secondary corrections, which are almost always mistakenly taken to be primary bear markets.



Where Were You 30 Years Ago This Week?

By Chuck Butler


Thirty years is a relatively long time ... three decades… and a lot of trading days between the day the stock market saw its largest one-day decline, until now, when things seemingly know only one way, which is up.   


I was close to everything that was happening in 1987 at our little stock brokerage at the old Mark Twain Bank. Yes, this week marks the 30th anniversary of the “Great Stock Market Crash of 1987."




Daily Recap

Apparently unable to stay weak for more than a day, stocks moved higher, again led by the strong Dow Industrials.  23,000 came and went, not even a bump in the road for this steamrolling market average.



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