Stocks & Bonds

Investors Beware: Dividend Stocks Becoming a Crowded Trade

By Ross Heart If you are currently investing in dividend stocks, have invested in them, or are considering them, you may also be aware that there exists a bit of an “it’s a no brainer to buy dividend stocks” consensus right now in the marketplace. Furthermore, it is very difficult…

Trading Ideas for the Week Ahead: July 16

By Alex Salomon As I have written before in “Investment Lessons for Life,” I strive to limit my number of transactions (and urge to trade all the time) by timing my investments (long and shorts) based on a multitude of indicators. In short, I try to pick my spots and define…

Weekend Market Update: Technical Shakeout

Last week, I mentioned that the uptrend line may be a likely target for the S&P 500 as it heads lower, stating that it was a “confluence of support:  lateral, uptrend, and 50 dma.” Although this area was broken intraday, it was not “sustained” and there wasn’t any follow through…

Ford (F) Stock Nearing Critical Juncture

If you are looking for an economically sensitive stock, look no further than Ford (F). The European crisis coupled with global economic fits and starts have hit the stock hard. And from a technical perspective, Ford is reaching a critical juncture. On the weekly bar chart below, a fairly symetrical,…

Chart of the Week: Apple (AAPL) Surges Through Resistance

By Andrew Nyquist Last week, Apple (AAPL) surged through resistance at 590 and didn’t look back. The stock was assisted by analyst earnings chatter and rumors of new products, including the iPad mini. Technically speaking, the stock has run a bit, but is in good shape. The best near-term risk/reward comes…

S&P 500 Weekend Update: 1363 Looms Large

By Andrew Nyquist Well it’s Friday and Wall Street is busy finishing up yet another wild week of “As Europe Turns.” And you know what that means: lots of whipsaws and sentiment extremes. Without a doubt, this type of action makes a week feel more like a month!  So if your…

S&P 500 Weekend Update: An Up Close Look At the Technicals

By Andrew Nyquist As per usual, Fed week has proven to be both volatile and pesky. Monday started with a nice ramp up that overflowed happily into Tuesday. But just as investors settled in to their newfound frothy sentiment (dreaming of QE and just right porridge), the market reversed. Turnaround Tuesday…

3 Key Mistakes Investors Make and How to Avoid Them

By Jeff Voudrie One of the most difficult aspects of investing for retirees is to go against the investing tide. We have all heard that we need to buy low and sell high, but few investors are able to consistently do it. Invariably, we give in to our emotions and…

Investment Lessons For Life

By Alex Salomon Let’s face it, this column should be short, sweet, and to the point. Something like this: “The single most consistent investment advice is, “don’t ever think you have the market figured out, because it will quickly remind you that you can never completely have it figured out!” Done,…