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An Introduction to Factor Investing and Smart-Beta (Part 1)

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We’re going to mix things up today and talk about a topic I’ve been meaning to get to for quite some time: factor investing. My original intention was to create an in-depth report on this topic – which I’m still planning to do – but today’s article will serve as preliminary attempt to get those juices flowing.


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Posted in: Educational Factors Index Funds Investing Basics Stocks

A Deeper Look at Valuation Levels

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At the end of each quarter J.P. Morgan puts out their so-called “Guide to the Markets,” which includes a wealth of information about the market and economy. The information isn’t the most timely, but it helps investors wrap their arms around many key data points.

There are a handful of charts that I’d like to discuss today, but before we do that let’s take a quick look at the technical condition of the stock market.


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Posted in: Earnings Economy Interest Rates Stocks Taxes Valuations

It’s Retest Day

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I’ve been sitting here parsing through all kinds of economic data trying to make the case for a bear market, and I’ll be honest – it’s tough. There just aren’t many data points that portend a rolling over of the business cycle, or primary trend.

There are of course a few, such as the declines in housing starts and building permits (shown below), but other than that, most leading indicators remain in firm uptrends (the S&P 500 being the notable exception).


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Posted in: Corrections Economy Momentum Primary Trend Stocks

Dow Theory “Lines in the Sand” Have Been Drawn

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Let’s begin today’s note with a quick update on the S&P 500. Two weeks ago, on October 30th, I suggested that a possible short-term bottom was coming into view based on relative price action in the VIX and small-caps.

As it turns out, the October 29th bottom did hold, and the S&P subsequently rallied back up to where it began its second leg down (at approximately 2815). From there, we had three down days of increasing magnitude, followed by today’s attempt at a rally.


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Posted in: Dow Theory Emerging Markets Market Breadth Primary Trend Stocks

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