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How One Indicator Beats the Stock Market over the Long Term

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 a short time be attractive in order to potentially reap the benefits of long term investing while avoiding the brunt of devastating bear declines?

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Is Momentum the Siren Song that May Topple the U.S. Stock Market and the Economy?

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 stock market 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.
 

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Why Many Financial Advisors Fail: What to Ask Your Prospective Investment Advisor

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.

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Put Hedge entered after March 2nd Interim SPX High; Barron’s Columnist’s Call-Buying Advice Discussed

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.

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Ring around the Rosie, Pocket Full of SPY Put Options

Do you utilize technical indicators such as MACD and the 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 the stock market, investors may better protect themselves from stock market falls.

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Why Long Term Investing in the Stock Market is not Dead

During the heat of the financial 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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