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Stock Summer. Moving Through.

MAY 30, 2019. Summer comes.  The heat boils up your neck and beads down your back, and then it’s over.  Once again days shorten.  Again we miss the blazing light and glance quickly back wondering  where it all went.  A perspective falls naturally into place.
Summers don’t come off a rack.  They are not stock.  Each is unique, in its’ own way.  Patterns shift.  Yet each year we stare past a sunglass and feel a solidarity with others–people we don’t know, yet sense a unity with in this thing we know as life, and heat, and prolonged unfolding.  Amen to that, because together we’re at our strongest. That’s one thing that brings us to this page.
Stocks are only part of our days.  But we love it–honestly we do, or we wouldn’t bother.  You’ve heard it before “Sell in May and go away.”  Summer action is a slower, even sleepy time, traditionally.  Many money managers actually go on vacation.   Funds go on auto-pilot.  The French abandon their desks.  They flee a heated Paris for a month and live.  God knows the Italians do.  They understand.  Perhaps there’s a clue here, for us, concerning stocks, and a sweaty stressed stupid market, in need of a flighty butterfly heart.  It’s summertime.

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Galaxy of Guesses. Stone Fact.

MAY 5, 2019. Fighting stone theft has brought down the acid rain of trade warring. Correcting the outrage of “Forced Technology Transfer” is turning out to be outrageously expensive. Follow the bouncing tariffs, as the process takes now bumbling share prices down the basement stairs into chaos. No predictable end exists to a war that looks likely to produce a prolonged market decline.
If you’re not defensively positioned now, it’s too late. The remainder of the market seems set for lower prices. We see China-free secular momentum stocks as a refuge, even in a slower economy. Yet even those are targeted now. A descending market takes everyone down. Stay and ride it out? Or return when prices are lower?
Should you be invested in this trade war market?

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Extended Hours. The Market is Your Oyster.

MAY 14, 2019. The surface is, well, just the beginning. Much of the story lies below and beyond. Why? Trading never sleeps. Life’s for living and the market’s for winning. Yesterday’s trade war turbulence made that both more difficult, and easier.  The value of existing positions was dragged down, while better prices were created.  We intend to buy more of what we already own, thus reducing our cost basis.  But not yet.
The volatility picture has two additional pieces.  The regular trading session is the sun-bubbly party. Extended hours is the exclusive memory-making after party. Many will tell you to remain top-side, in bounds. Most do, rightly so. Every explorer is warned. Only the few move past those entreaties. They’re the ones with tales to tell.
The pre-market and after hours sessions are known as “The Wild West.” True. Barrel-head bargains are cut in mere minutes while butt-fugly knives routinely fall from a darkened sky.
Collectively these flickering hours are called “extended,” and oodles of the good stuff resides there. We go often now, and so might you. We have two tales, in HD detail–and close up gruesome. Yet we go, to get that good stuff. Plan and know, before you go. Otherwise, you’re just working for the man.

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Cord Cutter. Claw Back. Your Time, Your Dough.

APRIL 28, 2019. Music met television and they couldn’t keep their hands off one another. House on fire. MTV once played music and drove cable by outer space-sized leaps. Homes lacking a hookup became campsites overnight.
That raging fire died long ago. Prices bled into stupid while lineups bloated with garbage. Together they produced only a nation-wide hangover of singed resentment.
Today the shocking brilliance of cutting-edge creators runs more free than ever. Cable brought that, over outlets such as AMC and FX. Yet pure nonsense is devouring cable. The entire point of being an American is getting what you want, especially once you’ve Fa King paid. But cable lost that key and has no intention of providing what people want. Broadcasters grew deaf and blind over decades, left solely interested in collecting from an obdurate system blinking on “Autopilot.” And now? Cord Cutter. Claw Back. It’s you time, and your dough.

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EDITOR'S DESK, INVESTING, MONEY, THE AMERICAN DREAM, THINKING NOW

Giddy Spring Joy. Blame it on Your IRA.

APRIL 13, 2019. April brings joy. It marks a turning point. Bubbles of inspiration tickle our spirits. Why not? Well, taxes? We’re here to remind. We’re simply brimming with four joys of this new season.
Our taxes are done and with very little pain. But what pays you? Everyone get the relief of finishing.
The federal forced march toward the 15th becomes merely a memory. Repeat our move, if you haven’t already. That pays you.
Many know the abiding truth. Available to you each year, and every year there after, is a safe place from which to file. Once done, it’s forever. That’s a joy right? You can simply be there, annually, at this very time of year. Birds sing there, and lunch is always Al fresco. The service is wonderful, and cheap. For many no trading reports are required. That’s a joy, right?
The blooms of spring lead to summer and airline tickets to places worth visiting. The money you save by the above hinted move, may just pay for your trip. Raise a glass. Our four summer kick-off joys, just for you. Two will pay you all year long. Enjoy.

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Pay Yourself First. Signal To Launch.

APRIL 9, 2019. You often hear it. “It’s your money.” Is it? Only yours until you spend it. The spent becomes someone else’s. Learn to keep it, and create joy. Oops. Money doesn’t create happiness. No, it allows joy, something far superior. A thousand cappuccinos equals two shares of Amazon. More actually. Fact. Who knew? Long-time Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Yet living like Martin Luther during his monastic tour leads to little. Hair shirts are nonsense, and so is frittering all your hard-earned jack.
The clean soothing new car smell is outstanding. We love it, every time we load into someone else’s car. That’s because ceaseless car payments grow monastic, except for dealers and OEMs. Depreciating assets don’t pay. What does? Paying yourself first.
PYF is a skill set. No? Were it not, more people would be doing it. We pay ourselves straight off the top, like a Fa King blizzard. If you do also, you know exactly what we’re speaking of. Living better is no accident. Nor is it a money treadmill. Get your edge.
PYF is that edge. It’s about creating more than the sum of your days. Make your efforts accumulate. Again–it’s your money, and time. It’s also your life. Your name’s on all three. PYF means you’ll have more. More means you’re on your way to better. And there’s even more than that. That’s called the Gift of O. It’s simple. You can do this.
Here’s how it’s done.

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Harbor. Here Comes The Storm.

MARCH, 31, 2019. Times change. But god it’s been nice. For years we rode that rising wave. Everyone had a great time. Now it’s curling if not crashing. Storms have come to our formally splendid seas. Many have harbored. As the placid and neat turned angry, utils have grown too expensive to buy. That’s how it goes. Did you grab your slice? Upward and onward we go. Oops, we meant simply onward, and up and down.
The S&P can’t hold 2815 with either wet hand. Our fed’s given up attempting to predict what he isn’t reading. Our bull’s shuffling restlessly. Long term investors are rethinking their approach, as every spike simply melts away into sad little puddles. Has your thinking shifted? Still attempting to climb in that smart slow way? Yeah, us too. But we’re scattered.
Predictable pauses had for years led gracefully into plumy runs of joy and slap-happy success. We’re here to help you forget all that. The way forward feels different now, more difficult, and clearly less promising. We’re struggling to maintain focus. We’re ready to instantly sell any three hundred dollar move. But we did exactly that when ETSY reported, and were promptly left behind.
Market storm socks are stiff. Headwinds shift and gales whip ugly everyday. The warnings are in the water. Our markets now, as seen through five mega-leaders and their clutch of sectors. FANG will not prove a pristine harbor this time. Nor will healthcare. We’re all gonna get wet.

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