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Monday, April 30, 2012

Why Pinterest is so Valuable


Facebook’s recent acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion dollars shows how valuable Pinterest has become in the short time it has been around.  The key to this acquisition is as much a reaction from Facebook attempting to slow the growth of a potential competitor as it is a message about how we, the user, want our social media.

Pinterest is a simple concept.  We take pictures, either our own or others, and pin them to our walls.  But the key here is not so much the ability to pin what we like but the control we have over those photos. 

How many people get upset when friends or others tag us in photos where we do not want to be tagged?  How many people want more control over what others show about us online?  After all, for good or bad, it is our lives and our social experience and we should have the final say. 

This is where Pinterest succeeds on a grand scale.  We have control over our wall and can pin, organize, comment, and like items as WE see fit. 

For those wondering if they should be on Pinterest in terms of driving sales traffic the answer is unequivocally yes.  Well constructed boards can drive traffic to a website especially when combined with a campaign supplemented by other Pinterest users pictures. 

An example would be in the travel industry where visitor photos when combined with a hotel’s or tourist location’s board can create a positive feedback loop stronger than an ordinary review.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well, that may be true and if some of the pictures being shared are any indication Pinterest is doing a very good job of allowing us to communicate and share how we feel making each picture worth a thousand words.










First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

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Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

European Bond Yields and Commentary, April 30, 2012

Italian 10 year bond yield – 5.64%








Bulls – 27.6%
Neutral – 35.0%
Bears – 37.4%


PE Ratios
Dow Jones Industrial Average - 14.81
S&P 500 - 16.09

Dividend Yield
Dow Jones Industrial Average - 2.51%
S&P 500 - 2.01%


Everybody cooled off except for Spain which continues to hover close to the 6% line.  It seems as though Spain is becoming isolated although the closing of the IMF tranche probably caused traders to front run the program.

We are still not out of the woods on Spain which, despite what is being played out in the press, will be a huge problem for the markets.  So far the IMF and EU have raised almost $1 trillion between the extension of the swap programs and the new program to deal with the crisis but nothing has been accomplished on the growth side of the equation. 

When you are told that Europe’s problems cannot affect us remember back to shortly after the two Bear Stearns funds collaped we were told that ‘Everything was contained’.  We all know how that worked out.  Am I expecting a collapse?  No but a definite pullback to the 200 day moving average is needed and necessary for the market to properly reassess the risks eminating from Europe and Asia. 












The 2012 First Quarter Update is now available!!!


I am pleased to say that the 2012 Investment Forecast is available through smartwords.com, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor, by clicking here.

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

The quarterly commentary is priced at $4.99. 

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Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nasdaq 100 Technical Analysis Weekend Edition


Daily chart

Key:

$BPNDX - Bullish Percentage NDX
$NDXA200R - Percentage of stocks over 200 day moving average
$NDXA50R - Percentage of stocks over 50 day moving average



The NASDAQ chart looks interesting for next week.  The sojourn below the 50 day moving average appears to be an island bottom but earnings were not that strong and economic data is weak.

This week should be a bit odd and depending on how the cards fall we may see a double top.

What would it take for me to become bullish?  A pullback to the 200 day moving average.  Too many parallels between 2008 and now for me to be bullish.









First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

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Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.


S&P 500 Weekend Analysis - April 29, 2012


Daily Chart

Key:

$BPSPX - Bullish Percentage SPX
$SPXA200R - Percentage of stocks over 200 day moving average
$SPXA50R - Percentage of stocks over 50 day moving average



The market has put in a decent rally post-Apple earnings that got people excited possibly due to a double bottom but the number of stocks above the 200 day moving average remains elevated.  The number above the 50 day has fallen back and rallied but the bullish percentage has yet to turn positive. 
The big question for next week is will the market’s run continue in the face of bad economic news from around the world or will we begin the fall back to reality?  The end of the week will likely be more important than the beginning.








First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reading Material, April 27, 2012



No respite seen for euro zone periphery woes: poll



Well this is interesting.  In a surprise move S&P decided to make a ratings cut after the markets closed on a Thursday rather than a Friday.  While some euphoria has jumped through the markets this week on the back of great earnings from Apple reality is about to set in. 

The S&P and Dow Transportation Average is not confirming the moce by the Industrials should concern traders and investors. 

Despite the feelings over first quarter earnings, which look good only after lowered bars, and a GDP number which came in weaker than forecast when all is said and done, look for the real selloff to start soon.

When someone tries to talk about decoupling remind them that decoupling never works.  It is just a signal that the rally is over.








First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

Brent Crude Technical Analysis, April 27, 2012




Weekly chart



Looking at the Brent chart today.  While the daily chart appears to show a rally back to the 50 day moving average the weekly chart has a clear double top in with an initial price target of the 50 week moving average and possibly back to the $100 level.









First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gold Technical Analysis - April 26, 2012

Daily





The Gold price continues to grind along and the pattern is beginning to look more and more like a base.  One positive for me is that the more we grind along here and people forget the yellow metal the closer we are coming to a breakout later this year.



Weekly





The basing pattern is more clear on the weekly chart where we are testing the 50 week moving average for support.  The key here is to watch the MACD line as it continues to trend lower.  A long-term buy signal will be generated when the line begins to move sideways and crosses over the signal line.  Until then it is best ot show patience.








First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reading Material, April 25, 2012



Plunge in durable goods orders clouds U.S.outlook


  

Some interesting reading today concerning the US economy since it is Fed day.  In a curious move the FOMC raised growth forecasts.  I am not sure what data they are looking at but after seeing the drop in Durable Goods and Britain entering into a recession those numbers look a bit off track.

Three of today’s links come from Canada’s Globe and Mail which provides an interesting perspective as to how Canada views the problems in the US. 

As for the Fed, well let’s just say that it is becoming more clear by the day that they have no idea what is happening in the economy.  No wait, I take that back.  They know what is happening globally but continue to put on a happy face. 






First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




Disclaimer
Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.



Nasdaq Technical Analysis - April 25, 2012

Nasdaq Daily Chart



The Nasdaq continues its slide on the daily chart and has breached the 50 day moving average.  The RSI is coming close to oversold status and we may see a rally but the key will be what happens at the 50 day moving average.  Does it now become resistance?

Weekly




On the weekly chart we see a different pattern playing out.  The MACD is a week or two away from rolling over which would confirm the price action seen above.  Once that happens it is selloff time.







First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

If you wish to place a banner ad and help distribute the 2012 Investment Forecast and future works I am offering a 25% commission on all sales.  You can find more information here: 




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Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This article and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. This article may not be reproduced without credit or permission from the author. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.
PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
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Bubble, Bubble, Toil And Trouble


Bubble, Bubble, Toil And Trouble



Bubbles start in areas where we do not expect and continue until they reach such a size that eventually they collapse upon themselves.
It has been said that bubbles need more and more money to keep expanding but eventually they collapse upon themselves.







First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

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PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dow Transportation Average - Technical Analysis for April 24, 2012


Dow Transports



Technically the transports are a bit odd and may be signaling what is to happen to the broader market.  Since resolving the wedge to the downside the index has traded sideways with a resistance line showing while the index uses the 50 week moving average for support. 

Long-term we have the 200 week moving average going sideways while the long-term trendline continues to rise up for support.

With both the MACD and RSI turning lower it appears as tough the sideways movement will resolve itself lower, likely when the broader indices break their head and shoulder top formations.  My price target would be the long-term trendline in green providing support for the transports.








First Quarter Update is Now Available!!!!

The first quarter update is now available through Smashwords, the world’s largest independent ebook distributor for just $4.99, by clicking here.  In this update I take a look at the political climate and how it will affect investing over the next quarter as elections in Greece and France take center stage with the national election ramping up in the United States. 

The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Where do we go from here?
Chapter 2:  Election Risk is Rising in Europe
Chapter 3:  An Early Look at the 2012 Elections
Chapter 4:  What happens for the next three months?
Chapter 5:  Three Long Ideas Update
Chapter 6:  Finale

The next update will be in early July covering gold and silver and putting some meat into my call for $2800 gold and $75 silver next year. 

Smartwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and others along with instructions on downloading to your Kindle meaning that this and future work will be available in multiple formats from mobi to ebook to pdf. 

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PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.
Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile. This is not intended to be investment advice or a solicitation to purchase any of the securities listed here. I will not be held liable or responsible for any losses or damages, monetary or otherwise that result from the content of this article.