Education

Investing Strategy 101: It Pays To Follow Your Process!

One of the earliest recollections from my start in the industry was an investing strategy founded by Michael O’Higgins called the ‘Dogs of the Dow’. The simplicity of buying high yield blue-chip companies lured in numerous investors and became quite the phenomenon in the early 1990’s. The premise of this investing…

Insights Into Investing Through Financial Bubbles and Elevators

Financial Bubbles and Elevators Volumes have been written on behavioral finance and the seemingly “irrational” decisions investors tend to make to avoid straying from the herd. This article examines a current example coined “FOMO” (fear of missing out), in today’s texting parlance. Through a better understanding of the psychological dynamics of…

Trading Can Be A Bloodsport

I’ve spent the past week recharging my batteries on a family vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado). I’ve snuck in a few trades and worked on the website, but other than that it’s been great to just spend time with the family and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I was…

Corporate Bond ETFs Offer Varying Opportunities And Risks

Corporate bond ETFs were one of the biggest disappointments of the fixed-income landscape in 2015. Their lackluster returns and weakening fundamentals suggested an undercurrent of fear in the credit markets despite the ongoing trend of stable interest rates. Fortunately, many of these corporate bond ETFs have turned a corner in…

What Is Under Your ETF’s Hood?

Much is written daily about exchange traded funds (ETFs) as they continue to grow in popularity and are increasingly becoming the vehicle of choice for investment portfolios. There are now roughly 2,000 ETFs listed in the U.S. and there are multiple funds covering any given financial market index, asset class, sector, sub-sector,…

Traders Education: The Importance Of Price Confirmation

I wanted to clarify a tweet I sent out earlier about the importance of position sizing based on price confirmation by highlighting a recent trade I made in SolarCity ($SCTY). Price confirmation is an important variable to our trading process, so it deserves a bit of attention. SCTY has been…

Inside 3 Prominent Software & Semiconductor ETFs

Last week we did an in-depth review of the largest technology ETFs and their associated price action. As a follow-up to that post, we want to dig deeper into both hardware and software indexes within the overarching technology realm. Today we’ll look at both semiconductor ETFs and software ETFs. One of…

Conviction Is A Good Thing… Just Tune Out The “Big Calls”

A large segment of Wall Street – analysts, news pundits, etc. – is paid to make calls for individual stocks and the broader stock market indices as a whole without personally committing capital towards these predictions. Do you see any conflict there? If your prediction is wrong, the majority of…

Trading Streaks: Seeing Through The Ups And Downs

If you are a trader, it is almost a certainty that you have had to deal with the ups and downs of trading streaks… and the effect they have on your psychology. Today, I am going to dig into some detail about this topic of trading streaks in data. I…