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Gold’s down 8 days in a row… now what?

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Mar 10, 2017 | Investing Strategies

Gold has now fallen eight days in a row. Something that’s happened only seven times since 1973. Are gold prices today a signal to get out… or buy more gold? Over the last 8 trading days, gold has dropped from a recent high of $1257 to $1202. Is it time to panic? Could this actually be a good thing? Let’s…

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Pruning portfolio weeds

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Mar 07, 2017 | Investing Strategies

One of our guiding investment portfolio management principles at TradeStops is to consider risk before worrying about profits. Today, we’re going to ignore that advice … and focus just on how quickly we can expect to make a profit … and when to consider throwing in the towel. We showed you that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has seen…

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Has this rally gone too far?

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Mar 03, 2017 | Investing Strategies

In this current stock rally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has risen an astounding 18.37% in the last three months. The talking heads in the media are telling us that the market is strongly overbought. It has to take a break. Right? Wrong. The DJIA has risen over 3000 points since the beginning of November. That’s what I call…

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Being Warren Buffett

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 28, 2017 | Investing Strategies

Quick… who said, “It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money”? If you guessed Warren Buffett, congratulations. Of course, we tipped our hand in the subject line, but we want to let that statement sink in. When we compare ourselves to someone of Buffett’s stature, it’s easy to focus on the huge advantages he has over…

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Long live the bond rally!

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 24, 2017 | Investing Strategies

Two months ago we wrote about the opportunity to lock in higher yields while you still can. Since then, our favorite yield generating investment is up a solid 4%. The window of opportunity to lock in higher treasury yields is still open … but this may be your last chance. In the past eight months, yields on U.S. Treasuries have…

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TradeStops … and True Love

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 21, 2017 | Investing Strategies

Last Valentine’s Day a panicked lover, and TradeStops subscriber, wrote in to say: Getting tested today as my NAK stock that was up 300% has fallen by 30%. Hoping it’s a flash crash, so I’m not going to panic. But OUCH! NAK is Northern Dynasty Minerals – a widely held junior gold mining stock with a compelling mining opportunity in…

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Wrong…and Long

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 17, 2017 | Investing Strategies

Being right … or making money. That’s the choice we investors often face. Weve been warning of bearish signs in the U.S. Stock Market for weeks now. We’ve been wrong … but we’re still long. There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about this market. Last week, we showed you that the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) recently traded…

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Optimizing Covered Calls with VQ

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 14, 2017 | Investing Strategies

We’re often asked the question, “Can the TradeStops Volatility Quotient (VQ) help with covered calls?” Today, we’ve got the beginnings of an answer to that important question. Covered calls are a popular strategy for generating income from your existing portfolio and doing so with limited risk. If you own 100 shares of Walmart, for example, you can sell a covered…

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A Troubling Signal From the VIX, aka the ‘Fear Index’

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 10, 2017 | Investing Strategies

It’s often said that bull markets climb a wall of worry. That’s certainly been true of this eight-year long bull market. Investors have been nervous and incredulous about this bull market ever since the bottom in early 2009. What we’re seeing today, however, suggests that all the worry that’s fueled this bull market may have finally been used up. The…

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SSI vs. 200-Day Moving Average

By: TradeSmith Research Team

Feb 07, 2017 | Investing Strategies

A reader once again challenged us to test our Stock State Indicator (SSI) strategy against a widely followed Wall Street strategy – the 200-day simple moving average (SMA) strategy. We’re up to the challenge. Let’s get started. For the past few weeks we’ve been putting our SSI system to the test against buy and hold strategies on the Dow Jones…

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