No Load Fund/ETF Tracker updated through 12/16/2010

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My latest No Load Fund/ETF Tracker has been posted at:http://www.successful-investment.com/newsletter-archive.phpNot much volatility, but the S&P; 500 managed to eke out a small gain. Our Trend Tracking Index (TTI) for domestic funds/ETFs has moved above its trend line (red) by +5.26% (last week +5.12%) and remains in bullish mode. The international index has broken above its long-term trend line by +6.46% …

Nothing But Red

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Yesterday, the markets did a repeat of the last few days in that an early rally ran into resistance causing the trend to reverse, and we ended up with slight losses. Interestingly, there was no place to hide and red numbers dominated the computer screens. Stocks were down along with bonds, gold, oil and most country funds while the dollar …

Repeating The Fade

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If you look at yesterday’s chart, and compare it to the one shown above, you will see a virtual mirror image of market activity, reflecting almost the same highs and lows in the S&P; 500. The markets crept higher in the early going, supported by better than expected November retail sales, but sold off after the Fed announcement. There were …

Emerging Market Trends

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While no trend will last forever, emerging markets have been on a tear for most of this year as the 1-year chart above shows. There was a brief interruption in upward momentum when the S&P; 500 dropped over 13% during the May/June period. More recently, since the Fed announced its Quantitative Easing (QE-2) program in early November, emerging market ETFs …

Sunday Musings: Retirement Thoughts

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Al Thomas, author of the well known book “If It Doesn’t Go Up, Don’t Buy It,” wrote an interesting column a couple weeks ago on the subject of retirement, which offers some food for thought: PLANNING TO RETIRE The first question is when? Second question is will I have enough money? And third question is what will I do? Maybe …

Reader Question: More On Sell Stops

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In “Missing the Point” I talked about the purpose of using sell stops, which is to limit downside risk and not to initiate a short position as one investor intended to do. I also said the following: If you are a very aggressive investor, you could work without sell stops and only use the crossing of the trend lines as …