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June 6, 2020

Would you keep a cool head if a bear market in stocks dented the value of your retirement fund and your stock portfolio? How would you respond as an investor if business conditions turn downward and the stock market drops precipitously?

July 10, 2015

May the leaders of the People's Republic of China continue to successfully hold their grip on the pulse of the world's second largest economy?  With help from America, China transformed itself into a world power. This writer discusses the economic policy balancing act that China's rulers must continue in order to perpetuate their hegemony. Also, the question is considered whether the 30% decline in the Shanghai stock market may be a buying opportunity or the last chance to sell Chinese stocks.

May 12, 2015

What can working as a McDonald's fast food server do for you? Should McDonald's workers be entitled to a $15 per hour wage as some of its employees demanded? Does the economics of the hamburger business support that wage? Are making Big Macs a career job, an end in itself, or a stepping stone to further personal advancement.

February 3, 2011

Can the most educated, experienced, successful and humble stock market money managers be called visionaries in their chosen field? Read Stock Investing 101's take on this controversial topic.

February 3, 2009

At the apex of the 2008 financial and economic crisis in America, Reizner related the events of the day and prognosticated about America's economic and stock market future beyond the severe financial crisis that shook the country to its foundations.

December 8, 2008

During the heat of the financial markets and stock market meltdown in December 2008, this writer wrote that long term investing in the stock market was not dead. He related that investors may have been better served during the meltdown by keeping part of their portfolios in long term equity investments. Investors who wish to learn how to start investing in the stock market may gain insight about the markets by studying this previous long term buying opportunity when stocks were hated and on sale.

February 28, 2007

The systemic threats to our economic system and to the current bull market both internal and external have not changed much since 2007 when this prescient article was written and is re-posted here; namely; (i) a destabilizing and growing national debt; (ii) a proliferating derivatives markets and (iii) potential fallout now emanating from China that stems from the struggle of Hong Kong chinese determined not to live under mainland tryanny.

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How the Stock Market Works

September 30, 2016 by John Reizner

Would stock market aficionados potentially benefit from an investment strategy that successfully captured almost a nine hundred S&P 500 point gain over a seven-year period (yes, nine-hundred S&P 500 points) without any trading other than a single entry and exit?  If you want to learn this actionable knowledge and determine for yourself where the stock market may be headed; then this post may be right up your alley.

March 2, 2016 by John Reizner

Would stock investors like to use just a single chart and just one indicator to potentially identify when secular (long term) bull and bear markets are starting and ending? Would checking just one stock chart monthly for ten minutes be useful in order to determine where the stock market may be headed; then (i) potentially identify the market's primary direction and turning points; and (ii) reap the benefits of long term investing while avoiding the brunt of devastating bear declines?

October 2, 2015 by John Reizner

May stock investors live and profit by a particular set of investment rules? Though the writer missed on his stock market and economic call - he purports in this article an investing system that has held up well through the test of time. He writes that the momentum indicator on a twenty year monthly chart of the S&P 500 crossed below zero only five times in the last twenty years. Two of those times were just prior to the important bear markets in 2000 just after the dot-com mania burst and after the major market top at the end of 2007.

April 8, 2015 by John Reizner

May the majority of Wall Street economists who repeatedly forecasted a rising U.S. interest rate scenario continue to be confounded in their predictions? Stock Investing 101's October 2014 forecast of lower interest rates panned out as the Fed continued to postpone a rate increase. We answer the questions of where may interest rates go from here and whether the Street's posture that the economy is recovering may be flat-out wrong.

March 9, 2015 by John Reizner

Stock Investing 101 blog shows investors the basics of portfolio protection in this edition of how the stock market works. This post shows how investors may be well-served by buying put options on ETF's such as SPY or QQQ at ranges in the market where the indexes are determined to be vulnerable to a potential decline.

January 5, 2015 by John Reizner

Do you utilize technical indicators such as MACD and Onset Trend Detector in your analysis of the stock market? Stock Investing 101 explains how to use these indicators to potentially determine an interim high of the uptrend in the S&P 500 and why buying put options may make sense in some instances.  We describe what to looks for in order to determine a potential bottom in the market. By understanding how the stock market works, investors may better protect themselves from stock market declines..

December 30, 2014 by John Reizner

Is hedging a stock portfolio and the financial markets is a lot like football? It's a game of inches - or points - and timing.  John shows how he hedged his long positions and the difficulties that he encountered.

December 10, 2014 by John Reizner

Stock Investing 101 reveals in this stock market strategy update  the nuances of calling potential tops and bottoms in the market by using indicators such as pivot points, onset trend detector and relative volume standard deviation histogram bars. For those who aspire to learn how the stock market works using these indicators may lead investors into profiting in stocks