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How the Vortex Indicator Beats the Stock Market over the Long Term

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?

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Stock Investment Rules to Live and Profit By

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.

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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 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..

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Why Long Term Investing in the Stock Market is not Dead

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.

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