Stocks & Bonds

NASDAQ Trend Line Converging With 2000 High: Breakout Coming?

As the major stock market indices march higher, all eyes are on the NASDAQ Composite. This popular tech index is getting a ton of press lately because it’s approaching its former all-time “bubble” highs from 2000. Yep, it took 15 years to get back to these levels. I’m also seeing a…

Mutual Fund Investing: Not All Behavior Gaps Are Created Equal

I spend a lot of my time writing about the common mistakes made by investors because I operate under the assumption that cutting down on unforced errors could drastically improve portfolio performance for a majority of investors. The behavior gap between reported fund returns and actual investor returns that results from poorly…

Euro Stoxx 50 Index Shows Topping Pattern

Many of our readers know that our big-picture charts for equity and commodity markets fit together to imply a somewhat pessimistic scenario for the global economy in coming years. We’re not gloomy by nature, but we go where the charts tell us. At present, global equity markets show topping patterns….

Global Equities Rise As Investor Fears Take A Back Seat

As we look around the globe, we are seeing stronger global equities markets that have benefitted from what investors perceive to be a safer playing field. And this has shown up in lower bonds and gold prices, and a falling Volatility Index (VIX). The net result: The S&P 500 is up nearly 6…

More Upside For The Russell 2000? Try A Bullish Butterfly

Small caps have finally broken out from their resistance level with the Russell 2000 (RUT) so far holding above the important 1220 level. Bullish momentum may carry the index another 2-3% higher, but that should be about it. The RUT has rallied from 1153 to 1232 for a gain of…

International ETFs Watchlist: Current Trends And Thoughts

The landscape of international investing has become more complex than ever, particularly for ETF investors. The reason for this is actually a good thing – there are now more choices than ever when it comes to varying country, regional, economic development, or currency exposure than ever. So there are a…

Why The Italian Stock Market Is Readying For Liftoff

The ongoing Greece negotiations have overshadowed the improving technical conditions of several European equity markets. The London Financial Times Index (FTSE) is attempting to breakout above the 1999 highs after successful tests of the 200-week sma in late 2014. The French CAC 40 Index (CAC) has broken out from a…

Is Volatility Flashing A Warning Sign For Stocks?

On Friday the S&P 500 closed at an all time high while the Volatility Index (VIX) went into the weekend just under 15. While a value of 15 isn’t incredibly low, it is on the lower end of the 3 month range. While everything looks great on the surface, other…

How The US Dollar May Impact US Equities: 4 Key Takeaways

What You REALLY Need To Know About The US Dollar… And How It Might Impact U.S. Equities Most active investors are aware of the near vertical move of the US Dollar Index over the past 7-months or so. Some investors might agree that the long-term RSI readings are at extremely…