Selling Is the Secret—Not Buying

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Al Thomas, author of the well known book “If It Doesn’t Go Up, Don’t Buy It,” wrote another interesting article this past weekend. Take a look:Every year in the last issue of Forbes, Fortune, Money, Kiplinger and countless other publications the magazine mavens predict the best performers for the coming year. It is almost a given they are always wrong. …

Some Get It—Some Don’t

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MarketWatch reports that “Some stock-fund managers see cash as king:” While many mutual fund managers boldly charge into stocks regardless of market conditions, others have kept their powder dry by holding more in cash. For some of these managers, stashing cash has proved a valuable defense against the economic downturn. For others, boosting cash was a prudent decision at a …

Sunday Musings: Words Of Wisdom

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I found this article written by Minyanville’s Peter almost exactly a year ago on January 8, 2008 titled “The Courage To Choose:” Having been asked to provide my thoughts regarding 2008, I am going to stray a little bit from my usual Buzz & Banter messages and share what I see as the most important theme for 2008 – making …

The Bottom Of The Barrel

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The past year has shown that even professional money managers of mutual funds with an impeccable past record are not immune to failure. MarketWatch reported that “In a bad year, these funds were the worst:” Investors reeling from the 39% plunge of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index this year should console themselves that it could have been worse: three …

No Load Fund/ETF Tracker updated through 1/8/2009

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My latest No Load Fund/ETF Tracker has been posted at:http://www.successful-investment.com/newsletter-archive.phpThe bears got the upper hand this week as poor economic data killed all bullish ambitions. Our Trend Tracking Index (TTI) for domestic funds/ETFs remains below its trend line (red) by -8.70% thereby confirming the current bear market trend. The international index now remains -18.41% below its own trend line, keeping …

Whacking The Bulls

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The market took one on the chin yesterday with the result that the gains for January were just about wiped out. The sell-off accelerated as many traders realized that it was impossible not to forecast a recession. While that is hard to believe, it seems that reality had not fully sunk in. The trouble started the night before as Alcoa …