The Trend

Why Investors Are Sending Markets Higher, Especially Small-Caps

Six months ago, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Half a year into the cuts, the economy is on sound footing, despite fears of a trade war. Unemployment is at multi-decade lows. Even corporate stock buybacks are reaching record highs, sending markets to unbelievable heights.

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Why It Is Essential to Study Market History

It was one of the exciting times in history to be an investor.

Stocks were soaring to new highs.  Investors were pouring money into stocks on the idea of an improving economy.  Optimism was exceptionally high.  Unemployment was at historic lows.  Thousands of people were becoming millionaires every day.

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The Toughest Part of Any Trade

The toughest part of any trade isn’t knowing when to buy a stock.

It’s actually knowing when to sell, especially when you become emotionally attached. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  Then again, so is trading on emotion. 

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Case Study No. 2 – Never Ignore Fundamental Growth

Oftentimes, we’re told to ignore small cap stocks that are trading at their lows, especially those ignored and left for dead by most analysts. 

And while that may be true most times, good research can lead to explosive potential. 

 

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Case Study 101: A Lesson in Why Fundamental Analysis is Essential

It’s just as important as technical and news analysis.

It helps us understand the very nuts and bolts of a company to arrive at fair value.  With it, we have a better understanding of competitive advantage, earnings strength, revenue growth, and quality of company management.

With it, we can understand which stock is truly the better buy.

 

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Shelter Shares: The Most Interesting Investment of 2017

Call it the ultimate bunker portfolio.

When the world goes nutty with threats of crisis, a handful of stocks typically run higher.  Between them, they provide the very essentials of a fallout bunker for those that think the world is coming to an end – bottled water, canned goods, gas masks, guns, generators, and even spam. 

 

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Crisis and Opportunity: Were You Even Aware of This?

Over the last several years, we’ve had our legs cut out from under us.

Consumers have had their most private information exposed.

In 2016, more than 50% of Americans were hacked and they don’t even know about it. 

Attackers weren’t just stealing your information. They were...

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Every Crisis Creates an Opportunity to Make Money

There’s always opportunity in crisis.

Capture it at the right time, and you stand to make a fortune.  However, it all depends on...

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2017: The Top Five Smart Ways to Handle Taxes

“American tax laws are constantly changing as our elected representatives seek new ways to ensure that whatever tax advice we receive is incorrect,” once quipped Dave Barry.

Others joke that perhaps the second of life’s two certainties is better.

As one of life’s two certainties, taxes can be, well… the most taxing. But if you’re aware of...

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The No. 1 Fundamental Tool Used to Unlock Value

One of the single best stocks to own over the last four years had nothing to do with oil, biotech or really anything revolutionary. In fact, it was quite boring and ignored.

Unjustly ignored, as it would turn out. The company is...

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How to Get U.S. Presidents to Pay You

Every President in history has impacted stocks.

The key to being in those very stocks lies in policy announcements. All we have to do is pay close attention and buy as the policy news begins to hit the press.

Going back to Barack Obama, we can see how it works:

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Three of the Most Overlooked Technical Patterns

They are some of the most overlooked trend reversal patterns.

But spot them first, and you could jump well ahead of the pack.

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Top Three Questions to Ask Before Any Trade

No one was ever born a successful trader, but we all have the potential to become one. 

The other week, we discussed the key reason why so many traders fail: because they...

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Boring Stocks Can Be the Most Exciting Stocks

Sometimes, boring is better.

Tell me – would you rather invest in a company that’s soaring on the latest, hottest trend, or would you rather buy a stock that’s so boring, it’s been years since it’s had any press?

Like most of us, you’d choose the first one. Unfortunately...

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How to Identify Trends Perfectly Every Time

Drawing lines on chart has been a matter of contention for years.

There are fundamental analysts that despise the very idea that studying wiggles and lines on a chart can lead to rewarding payouts.

In fact, Warren Buffett once...

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The Most Important Economic Indicator

Arguably, the U.S. consumer is the most watched economic indicator.  We’re the barometers of economic growth (if you will), accounting for 70% of GDP growth.

As the fortunes of many Americans goes, so goes the economy… 

What we're seeing now is...

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Technical Analysis: How to Recognize a Crowded Trade

Crowding the wrong side of the trade is the worst thing any one can do.

All of a sudden, every one and their 80-year-old grandmother are piling money into a trade, thinking some one must know something they don’t. Instead, what’s happening is they’re getting caught up in...

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