Stocks & Bonds

The Best Of See It Market – May 2014

The first few weeks of May were choppy, but didn’t give way to the “Sell In May” seasonality. In fact, the last week was very strong, propelling the S&P 500 to new highs. That said, the S&P 500 is up a hard earned (and leading) 4 percent on the year,…

June Seasonality: Strong And Weak Trending Stocks

A new month is upon us. The month of June typically ushers in the summer doldrums when it comes to stock market action. So now is a good time to take a look at some stocks and etfs that show strong and weak June seasonality trends. Let’s take a look at…

Interest Rates: Will Unexpected Drop In Yields Continue?

The technical picture for interest rates has continued to resolve lower this year despite the best guesses of leading economists.  The CBOE 10 Year Treasury Note Yield (TNX) has descended to an intra-day low of 2.45% this week after coming into the year at a high of 3.00%.  This 20%…

Breakouts and Breakdowns: Chart Setups To Watch

Heading into the holiday weekend, it was clear that this week would produce some interesting price movement on the major indices and across select asset classes (i.e. commodities).  The markets were ripe with technical chart setups: the S&P 500 was on the verge of breaking out, the Russell 2000 was trying…

Volatility Nearing Multi-Year Lows: Signs Of Complacency?

It is difficult not to notice that volatility is getting crushed today. The Volatility Index (VIX) is nearing multi-year lows, which is in line with the S&P 500 as it tries to breakout to new all-time highs (and the holiday weekend).  Yet the question remains: Is this a sign of…

Market Masters: The Case For Using Investment Leverage

by Raj Dhaliwal     The word “leverage”, more now than even before the 2007 -2008 financial crisis, has a worse reputation than practically anything I hear in the financial media or social finance spaces. Perhaps it’s because investment leverage is blamed for the financial crisis and constantly vilified across…

When Stock Market Volatility Will Return (And What It’ll Look Like)

What is the S&P 500’s best single-day performance of 2014, year-to-date? +1.55% or + 28.7 points to 1873.91 on March 4, presumably sparked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conciliatory comments regarding Ukraine and a not-yet-annexed Crimea following signs of heightened belligerence and growing expectations of war the day prior. And…

Are Japanese Markets Signaling Risk Off?

If there’s any developed market evocative of the shift in tone between 2013 and 2014, it’s Japanese Equities. After a blistering 57% rise (it’s best in 4 decades), the Nikkei has slid -14% YTD (v. the S&P 500’s 1.7% gain). But the Japanese markets are deeper and more complex than…