January tests investors’ resolve

Thank goodness this month is over. As January draws to a close, many are ready to throw in the towel as volatility skyrockets and bad news abounds. Don’t be in such a hurry. Day to day movements in share prices is getting larger and intraday swings in the indexes are...

More stimuli equal higher markets

  We can thank Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, for snapping the stock market out of its month-long lethargy. This week, the ECB launched a trillion dollar program of monetary stimulus that gave investors worldwide a shot in the arm. The...

What will the New Year bring?

It was a good year for the stock market. The S&P 500 Index was up in excess of 12.5% with the other averages putting in a good performance as well. Naturally, investors are hoping for another year of stellar returns. Is that a reasonable expectation? At the...

The January Effect

Now that the Santa Claus rally has come and gone, many investors are anticipating up markets for the rest of this month. That may not be a sure bet. Historically, January has been a good month for stocks.   It is a time when new money supposedly floods into the stock...

Santa comes to Town.

Pessimists are on vacation this week. It doesn’t matter that the indexes are overbought. That markets are hitting new highs without a pause. It’s Christmas and Hanukkah week. The Big Guy has come to town. Of course investors have had a little help from the Fed and the...

It’s all about oil

Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present...