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Consumers Put Stock Market On Notice

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Stock assets looked rather sharp in the first 2 weeks of trading. Heck, it was only yesterday (1/14/) that the Dow Industrials had closed at a 15-month high of 10,710. Of course, markets can change on a “reflated” dime. U.S. equities had previously managed to shrug off disappointing job losses, an earnings miss from bellwether Alcoa and stimulus-removing rate hikes in China. Yet investors weren’t able to look beyond the stagnant Consumer Sentiment Index for December (72.8) or weakness in consumer banking at…

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January’s First 5 Days: A Bullish Sign In The New Year

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The January Barometer for stock price appreciation boasts an accuracy rate of better than 75%. It postulates, “As January goes, so goes the year.” Equally intriguing, however, is the whole-year gains that came when stock assets rose in the first 5 days. Stock Trader’s Almanac suggests that… since 1950… the “early warning system” has been nearly as predictive. In the “first 5,” the S&P 500’s notched 2.7%, the Nasdaq accumulated 2.1% and the Dow recorded 1.8%. Not a bad start, indeed! The major story for the week?…

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2010… Here We Go!

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of my “Weekly Write-Up.” This is the place to come for my Friday commentary; this is the place to get my big-picture take on risks to your exchange-traded fund investing endeavors. At times in my editorial, I may mention an ETF or three. However, if you’re looking for specific info on an individual holding, you’ll want to search the 400+ ETF Risk Alert database. There you’ll find the latest Risk Level as well as any specifics tied to…

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