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The Odds of a U.S. Stock Market Panic – Or of an Economic Renewal

Is the recent decline in the S&P 500 from the December 5, 2014 recent high of 2079.47 a significant top that potentially may be followed by continued selling waves similar to the sharp sell-off ending in the autumn of 2011 or even during the stock market debacle during the 2007-2009 financial crisis?
 
Or may “buying the dip” at this juncture be the right move for investors? I think that either is possible as there are many similarities between the stock markets of 2007 and now.
 

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Lost your Stock Market Investing Mojo? Read this!

Many experienced investors and traders have at one time or another have lost their investing mojo. An investor or trader may no longer make money (they lose money) or he or she earns a low rate of return even in good markets. Life events, health issues, relationship problems, a poor financial adviser, lack of sufficient knowledge about what may work in a given market cycle, or poor execution of the investor's game plan may cause ineffective trade decision-making in the marketplace.
 

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What has Become of America? Musings of an Equities Investor

I intend to depart in this blog entry from my usual style of investment commentary that has previously appeared on this website and make some brief personal comments. It has been quite a while since I have written for my website.
 

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Inflation, QE2 and Financial Survival in 2011: Five Questions to Ask

In 2008 few Americans were privy to the discussions that determined whether the world financial system would completely implode or be saved. Wall Street was crashing while policymakers argued about what was to be done in the little time before the unthinkable could happen.
 

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Visionaries and the Stock Market: An Introduction

Consider that one may think of certain equities investors, who may possess the ability gained through education and/or long experience, to anticipate the probable long term future direction of the stock prices of individual companies or the stock market in general, as investors with both vision and conviction.

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U.S. Stock Market, Precious Metals and Fed Watch: October 10, 2010; Pre-U.S. Midterm Election Letter

Wednesday, October 6, 2010's Wall Street Journal's front page headline read: "Central Banks Open Spigot.... Japan launches Bond Buying, Fed Officials Urge More Easing."

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Deflation Risk May Now Threaten Many Asset Classes

The immediate force starting in May 2010 with which our investments may have to reckon may be deflation (lower or stagnant prices) throughout our economy and in asset classes such as the stock market, oil, silver and potentially gold.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10136.6 on Friday, May 28, 2010. Gold closed at $1,212.20 per troy ounce and silver closed at $18.43 per ounce on this date. (Editor's note: oil traded at $74.09 when this post was written).

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Is Taking (Some) Stock Market Profits Appropriate Now?

The stock market may continue to rise - but realizing partial profits at the present time and in the manner described below may be a way to protect your portfolio from a correction and enrich your emergency kitty. In this article, I describe price ranges on the Dow Jones futures continuation chart which may be levels to consider for such investment actions. The Dow Jones closed at 10,038 on the continuation chart on October 22, 2009.

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Silver Rally: Is It Ready for Primetime?

Silver is once again garnering attention as it traded through the $17 per ounce barrier this week.

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Stock Market Rally Supported by 20% of Consumers with Substantial Assets

The stock market continues to rise to a disbelieving chorus of many hedge fund managers who are simply along for the ride and a mostly noncommittal investing public. Readers of my blog may know that I am invested in equities, various mutual funds and ETFs, and gold and silver.

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