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August 5, 2016

The dark snake is captured trading its nation
In whispers with the czar’s minion sharing their opinions
Plying the younger to turn accomplice in gambles
Revealing its nature by selling the chosen

September 10, 2015

Confidence is the glue that holds our society together - without it social and economic order cannot be maintained. The American people's confidence in our economic, financial, judicial and political systems represents an unseen social contract that binds our society together. This consensus is based upon the belief that those systems are just. A break of confidence in our political institutions by part or all of the population may hinder the ability of the government to maintain social order. 

August 13, 2015

Is your prospective financial advisor an ethical practitioner worthy of entrusting your financial future? Is he or she an independent thinker whose investment research can transcend the investing herd's many mistakes? In this update to a 2009 article, Stock Investing 101 offers some important questions to ask a prospective financial consultant - and we question whether benefit may be accrued by not hiring one in the first place.

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 are demanding? 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.

March 24, 2015

Speculating in this apocalyptic poem, the writer offers food for thought on the prospective turn of events in America and the Middle East.  He rhymes as President Obama negotiates with Iran for a nuclear deal and the U.S. economy still struggles to regain its footing in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

December 3, 2014

Are you a long term investor or a trader? Or are you just getting started in stocks and want to learn how the stock market works? Stock Investing 101 compares the value of long term investing as a means of creating wealth over time versus trading stocks for a living in order to produce wealth on a repetitive basis. The writer also discusses the personality traits of each investor profile.

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. I 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.

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How the Stock Market Works

August 15, 2018 by John Reizner

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 conditons turn downward and the stock market drops precipitously? Will you continue to be a calm and collected investor if your friends or colleagues are losing their jobs, the housing market cracks and your brokerage balance falls every week?

September 30, 2016 by John Reizner

Would stock market aficionados potentially benefit from an investing technique 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 dertermine for yourself where the stock market may be headed; then this post imay be right up your alley.

March 2, 2016 by John Reizner

Do you think stock investors would 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

The month and quarter of September 2015 just came to a close with the stock markets having its worst quarter in four years. Investors are questioning whether this seven year financial markets rally may be running out of steam. So where is the stock market headed? This writer sees long-term stock market momentum in October marking a potential triple confirmation of a potential major peak in the market.

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.