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Finance Trends 2019 Mid-Year Markets Review

Email subscribers of the Finance Trends Newsletter receive the first look at new articles and market updates, such as the following piece, sent out to our email list on Sunday (6/14).

Hello and welcome, everyone!

If you received our last email notice over the July 4th holiday, you'll know that this weekend's newsletter will serve as a mid-year market update and a follow-up to issue #29, "How to Reinvest in a Rising Market".

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let's start the show... 

Finance Trends Newsletter: Our Mid-Year Market Review

When we last spoke, back in February, the U.S. stock market was rallying off its December-January lows.

As the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reclaimed their 200 day moving averages in February and March, it became increasingly apparent that a lot of retail investors (and perhaps some institutional investors) were left under-invested while watching this recovery move from the sidelines. 

The U.S. stock market has moved steadil…

Finance Trends Newsletter #30 Sent to Subscribers

Finance Trends Newsletter #30, our mid-year market review, has been sent out to email subscribers!

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How to Invest in a Rising Market

Note: Email subscribers of the Finance Trends Newsletter receive the first look at new articles and market updates, such as the following piece, sent out to our email list on Sunday (2/24).

How to Invest, or Reinvest, in a Rising Market

The S&P 500 (SPX) recently climbed above 2,700 for the first time since last December. The question on many minds is this: are we experiencing the start of a new uptrend or are we in the middle of another "bear market" rally?

First, let's dispense with the loaded "bear market" vs. "bull market" terms and simply look at the charts. Here is a daily chart of the SPX, one of the world's most widely watched stock indexes. Clearly visible on the chart is the sharp correction (downtrend) in the S&P from October 2018 to January 2019. The market had a recovery move starting in January 2019, with the index climbing to higher highs and setting higher lows (uptrend) as it moved back above 2,700.

Now that the S&a…

Jesse Livermore Quote: Buying at the Right Time

Jesse Livermore on buying stocks or commodities when they are seemingly "cheap" after a decline:

"It isn't as important to buy as cheap as possible as it is to buy at the right time."  - J. Livermore


For more on the great (and ultimately doomed) speculator of the early 20th century, see "Jesse Livermore: How to Trade in Stocks (1940 ebook)".  

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Moneyball: How the Red Sox Win Championships

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The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series titleof the 21st century this week.

Having won their first Series in 86 years back in 2004, the last decade-plus has marked a very strong return to form for one of baseball's oldest big league clubs. So how did they do it?

Quick background: in late 2002, team owner and hedge fund manager,John W. Henry(with his partners)bought the Boston Red Sox and its historic Fenway Park for a reported sum of $695 million.

Henry and Co. quickly set out to find their ideal General Manager (GM) to help turn around their newly acquired, ailing ship.

This brings us to one of my favorite scenes from the 2011 film, Moneyball, in which John W. Henry (played by Arliss Howard) attempts to woo Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) over to Boston with an excellent job off…

On Being Wrong... and Profiting Anyway (Quotes and Wisdom)

Lessons on Being Wrong... and Profiting Anyway

While revisiting the 1996 documentary Triumph of the Nerds this week, I came upon this fantastic segment on Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs.

Finding it eminently quotable (and useful), I just had to share his thoughts from this special clip here.

"I don't really care about being right. I just care about success." - Steve Jobs



While Jobs was an entrepreneur in the emerging computer industry, and not an outright share investor or speculator, his quote about the relative unimportance of being right hit me right in the trader's gut.

Here is a game changing company founder saying, "you know what... I don't need to have the best forecasts or even the most original insights and innovations (hence the looting of Xerox's PARC). I don't need to always be right. I just want to ship the best products and win. That is what will ultimately make Apple the most successful company in our industry."   Now anyone …