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Many Catalysts Can Wreck The QE-Inspired Bubble

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Does the stock market care about the after-tax profits generated by corporations? Not in the era of Federal Reserve QE (a.k.a. “quantitative easing,” “balance sheet expansion” or “electronic money printing.”) Over the last five years, stock prices for the S&P 500 have gained more than 50%. Meanwhile, after-tax profits at non-financial companies have actually declined in the period. Is that sustainable? Credit the Fed for its QE-inspired wealth effect. Some believe that the Fed stopped QE when they halted purchases with the…

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Here’s Why You Need To Hedge Your Stock Investments

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Stock market records have a way of enthralling everyone. However, the stock market is not currently reflecting the economy or the corporate backdrop. For example, one may hear that the job market is strong. Yet job growth and job openings are both fading. One may be told that the consumer is spending. On the other hand, year-over-year retail sales (2.88%) are well below last year (4.58%). In a similar vein, The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to a nine-month low…

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Why Dividend ETFs, REIT ETFs and Low Volatility ETFs Still Work

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Many investors are aware that the current economic expansion is the longest in U.S. history. 10 years and six months. Some believe that the growth does not need to end. Ever. They quip, “Economic expansions don’t die of old age.” Others wonder if the business cycle will end soon. After all, every decade on record has experienced at least one recession. The problem with focusing on when the next recession will occur? It assumes that asset prices decline dramatically because…

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This Is Your Market. This Is Your Market On Drugs. Any Questions?

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An authoritative figure pulls a chicken egg from a carton. He holds the egg up for the television viewer to see. “This is your brain,” he announces. Then he points to a frying pan and says, “This is drugs.” The man cracks open the egg on the side of the pan. He then spills the viscous contents into the skillet and allows the slop to sizzle. “This is your brain on drugs.” He waits for a second or two to let…

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The Stock Market Bear That Began 19 Months Ago

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Mainstream pundits have been telling stock investors throughout 2019 that it does not matter if long maturity Treasury bonds yield less than short maturity Treasury bonds. They have been explaining that you should ignore the fact that, for the most part, the 10-year yield has been offering less than the 3-month yield since mid-May. However, financial institutions often rely on borrowing money at lower short-term rates and lending at higher longer-term ones. When the spread between short and long flattens,…

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The Last Ones To Add More Stock Risk Will Have Rotten Nest Eggs

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U.S. large company stocks may be celebrating the anticipation of rate cuts. After all, the S&P 500 has been toying with record highs. Yet a broader view demonstrates that the asset class is struggling more than advertised. For example, diversified investors might be aware of world index funds that exclude the U.S. In particular, the iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. (ACWX) sits in correction territory, nearly 10% below its January 2018 peak. What about the Russell 2000 – an index that…

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Why Do Bond Investors Doubt The Stock Market Recovery?

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Is a recession in the U.S. around the bend? Few economists are predicting one. On the other hand, longer-term Treasury bond yields continue to slide below shorter-term maturities. Bond investors are gobbling up long-term government debt because they believe that the economy will slow dramatically. Normally, the longer an investor allows the U.S. government to keep capital, the more that an investor would expect in annual interest from Uncle Sam. That is what transpires in a healthy economy. This past…

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