Issue 812

December 19, 2018

This volatility is out of sync with the strong economy. Job openings are up, housing starts and building permits are still healthy, and retail sales are enjoying a good holiday romp. But it seems to be politics (as usual) that is driving the market’s gyrations, including the ‘wall’, with Trump threatening to shut the government down due to lack of funding, China’s continued exposure as an international hacker and spy, and the continuing investigation into our leader’s affairs, especially as regards to Russia.

Nevertheless, while short-term sentiment has turned more bearish, long-term, market mavens continue to be bullish, yet expect the volatility to continue.

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Issue 811

November 14, 2018

While the market has certainly been choppy, long-term sentiment, as you’ll see in our Advisor Sentiment Barometer skews bullish. But short-term—as our contributors note in our Market Views—it will pay to be cautious, so make sure you have your price targets and stop losses firmly set.

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Issue 810

October 17, 2018

Wow! The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a bumpy month the first couple of weeks in October, but made up for those doldrums yesterday, gaining 547 points—all in one day! The catalyst? Some important and very positive earnings news from Morgan Stanley, who pointed to the resurgence of its IPO business; Goldman Sachs, who also enjoyed increases in its underwriting area; and Johnson & Johnson, who cited some nice sales improvements.

Overall, it just seems like folks were ready for some good news. Sentiment remains bullish, as you’ll see from our Advisor Sentiment Barometer, which barely moved this month. However, some caution is being advised—at least in the short term—as reflected in our Market Views section of the newsletter.

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Issue 809

September 19, 2018

The markets—despite continued shenanigans in D.C.—were virtually unchanged since our last issue. Unemployment remains steady, the CPI is stable and consumer sentiment is very positive.

As you’ll see in our Advisor Sentiment Barometer and Market Views, market experts remain bullish, although we’ve seen a bit more selling this past week.

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Issue 808

August 14, 2018

Our Spotlight Stock, a company that is taking the market of used cars to places that no one expected. The growth of the company is tremendous! In my Feature article, I report on the company’s stunning second quarter, as well as the catalysts keeping this market growing at significant rates.

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Issue 807

July 18, 2018

The economy continues to strengthen—rising retail sales, lower jobless claims and steady unemployment. Consequently, it’s no surprise that the broad markets are holding their own. Of course, volatility this year has risen, creating a bit of seesawing in the markets, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining just 1.4% so far in 2018, but sentiment—as you’ll see in our Market Barometer—remains bullish.

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Issue 806

June 20, 2018

We were having a pretty good month on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, until the trade tariffs issue raised its ugly head again. That consternation has driven the markets back to their month-ago trading levels—after a 1,000 point or so gain. While short-term trading is volatile again, most market insiders remain very bullish, as you’ll see in our Advisor Sentiment Barometer and in our Market View.

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Issue 805

May 16, 2018

At last, market volatility has lessened and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is steady, resting at about the same level as it was at last month’s issue.

Economic stats also remain status quo, with a slight improvement in job openings, a small dip in retail sales, and a Consumer Sentiment Index that continues increasing.

That has given rise to a return to a more bullish environment for advisors, as you will see in our Advisor Sentiment Barometer and our Market Views this month.

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Issue 804

April 18, 2018

The market seesaw continues, but overall, we’re trading at about the same levels as this time last month.

The most recent retail sales report showed improvement, as did housing starts. And with the unemployment rate and job openings steady, the economy continues on a positive trend. First quarter earnings—so far—look good, and the S&P 500 forward P/E of 16.4 tells us that values are not overblown.

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Issue 803

March 21, 2018

Volatility is the theme in the 2018 markets. And while the markets have bounced about since our last issue, at least the momentum has been upward, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining almost 600 points.

The economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, with job openings increasing, unemployment steady and consumer sentiment rising.

Market sentiment, as you’ll see in our Advisor Sentiment Barometer and our Market Views remains bullish, although some of our contributors are expressing caution in the long run.

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Issue 802

February 21, 2018

While the market’s volatility increases the need for selective stock picking, it also presents some fantastic opportunities to buy stocks whose shares have been discounted through no fault of their own. Our contributors are pouncing on those ideas.

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Issue 801

January 17, 2018

While the broad market returns were fantastic in 2017, there was no stopping our contributors, whose Top 5 Picks gained an average of 72.83%! And in today’s 2018 Top Picks issue, you’ll find a great selection of investments, distributed among almost every sector and investing style.

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Issue 800

December 20, 2017

Bullish sentiment remains high, both for investors and advisors. And one contributor also believes that the market is becoming more attractive for gold investors. Our Spotlight Stock is a two-pronged recommendation, as the company is benefiting from owning and selling off its land holdings, which also happen to be in one of the most profitable oil regions in the country. As I explain in my Feature article, this oil basin is nowhere near depletion, so the profits should continue to roll in for many years.

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Issue 799

November 15, 2017

Most of our contributors remain bullish for now, and are still finding pockets of opportunities for our subscribers. We begin this issue with our Spotlight Stock, a company that is steeped in a variety of technology channels, including some very disruptive technologies that I discuss further in my Feature.

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