More Window Dressing

 
Two weeks ago I wrote about what the Securities and Exchange Commission was doing to regulate the mutual fund industry to help the small investor, the "poor folks". It really added up to zero. Now the SEC is going to make new regulations for hedge funds to protect the rich folks. And it is more window dressing. In fact, it looks downright stupid. When I say rich folks it is because in order to qualify to invest in a hedge fund you must have assets of one million dollars and income of $200,000 per year for a single person and $300,000 for a couple....
 

Outsourcing

 
It's about time someone spoke the truth concerning outsourcing. The politicians sure won't. They prefer to do finger-pointing saying it is "his fault". It is those greedy manufacturers who want to make bigger profits by having cheap labor in Asia perform your task for less money. Did anyone ever tell you that if it wasn't for outsourcing you might not havea job? Did anyone ever tell you that the underwear, shoes, jewelry and hundreds of other items you own would cost much more if it wasn't for outsourcing?...
 

Investment Research - The Dalbar Study

 
Very few people, even professionals, have heard of the Dalbar Study that originated in 1995. Its purpose is to determine the profitability of trading for the small investor of mutual funds. Their results are even worse than I thought. The BuyNHolders will love the results as it "proves" that buying and holding is better than trying to switch to so-called "hot" funds. My readers know I think that mindless buy and hold is a guaranteed loser - and I can prove it. During the greatest bull market of all time from 1984 to December 2002 the study came up with an annualized return of 2....
 

How To Beat The Mutual Fund Companies At Their Own Game

 
You'd have had to be living on a desert island with no TV, newspaper or internet connection to have missed hearing about the great mutual fund scandal of 2003. The issue was that some mutual fund companies allowed certain hedge funds to engage in after-hours trading, sometimes incorrectly referred to as market timing. Unfortunately, some companies have used the confusion about the term "market timing" to further their own cause. How? They have used this issue to pretty much ban all forms of trading their funds, and some companies are imposing hefty short-term redemption fees-penalties for all intents and purposes-in the name of avoiding impropriety....
 

Investing Basics - Stocks, Mutual Funds, Real Estate & Online Investing

 
Have you ever thought of investing? Do you have a family that you would like take care of? Does the idea of making money with stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate interest you? Investing is essential to making money. Whether it be stock investing, investing online, real estate investing, finance investing, investing in bonds, investing in mutual funds. All are essential in helping secure your finances, and financial stability for you and your family. If you are interested in investing, continue reading about ways to make money....
 

Trading Tips No 6: The High Cost of Low Cost Stock Market Information

 
It has been said that low cost or even free stock market information or trading advice can be the most expensive advice you can get. The meaning is clear. You get what you pay for. In order to win in the markets consistently, you must have a winning edge and you must execute it faithfully. But as we all know this is far from easy. Average annual returns in excess of 10% with good risk management are difficult to achieve and average returns of 20% and greater are a rarity. Clearly a trading system that has the potential to achieve 20% or greater average returns with limited risk is hard to find and worth a lot....
 

Online Broker Trade History Not Doing the Job

 
Let me start by saying that... Most online brokers do not make it easy for their clients! There are absolutely no standards for trade history reporting from one broker to the next. This presents a real challenge for any trader who wants to analyze his or her trade history. How does one get their trades into some sort of trade analysis software or spreadsheet? How can this be done for several different brokers? What do they provide? Some brokers provide simple trade history reports while others provide very complex statements or reports which have so much HTML formatting that it makes it virtually impossible for any one to copy and paste the information into a personal spreadsheet!...
 

Its A Duck

 
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck it must be a duck. In the stock market if there are more buyers than sellers, more stocks are going up than down and the trend of the general market is higher it must be a bull. Not a duck, not a squirrel, not a possum and especially not a bear. And everyone likes bulls better than bears in the stock market. The mix of news that feeds this bull is indeed strange as is the economic background. Each day there is a report of "...
 

Roller Coaster

 
I love roller coasters. The steeper the better. High and fast and curvy. Yahoo! Let's go again. But to get to the drop off point you have a slow grind up. Kinda reminds me of the stock market for the past 3 years. From 1982 to 2000 it was 18 years of up, up and away with very little down. From 2000 it was over the edge, down, down, down with few hints that we are going up. Recently, since October, there has been a respite and we have seen an advance of about 25%. Can we get back to the top? Gosh I hope so, but I have to remember this is a roller coast and it goes back to where it started....
 

The POWER of a Proven Stock Investment Plan

 
When you invest in the stock market for ever-increasing cash dividend income, verses trying to make a buck in the stock market, your mindset will change. There will no longer be a fear of losing money in the stock market. With the right type of investment plan and investment choices all worries of losing money in the stock market will disappear. The mind set that will emerge when you adopt a proven income producing investment plan in the stock market will create an air of worry-free concern about the up and down turmoil of a volatile stock market....
 

Successful Trading - Taking Profits - Part 1

 
So you're started trading, you bought some positions with your online broker, you've set some reasonable stop-losses to protect your account and all of a sudden one of your positions move strongly in your favor - so what do you do now? This my friend, is probably the hardest situation to deal with in trading the market - believe it or not. Do you take profits? Do you hold on for more profits? Do you take partial profits? There is no textbook answer to these questions as it depends on your trading objective....
 
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