Asset protection

Here's the Biggest Mistake People Make With ETFs

Posted by Jared Dillian - NewsMaxFinance

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:48

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Pretty cheap to trade these days—$7 or whatever. Costs less than lunch. Some online brokers will give you the first 50/100/200 trades free. What a deal!

But there are consequences.

Have you ever gotten nervous about one of your positions, sold out of it, then watched helplessly as it shot up 40% in six months?

Chances are you are overtrading. And that’s one of the most common mistakes investors make, especially with ETFs.

High Commissions Are Better

I’m going to say something truly radical: high broker commissions are better.

Let me give you an example. You buy 2,000 shares of XYZ at $20 a share, paying a $7 commission. It goes up to $40/share. Hooray! But then it goes down to $30/share.

You panic and sell it, paying a $7 commission. It then goes up to $80/share. You cry yourself to sleep on your big, fat pillow.

What if your commission structure was not $7 per trade, but $.07 per share?

In this case, you would have paid a $140 commission to sell your shares of XYZ.

Would it have prevented you from selling it? Maybe!



Stocks & Equities

The Economics of Trading + 2 Stocks That Meet The Featured Strategy

Posted by Tyler Bollhorn - StockScores

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:45

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perspectives commentary

In This Week's Issue ending September 19, 2017


  • Stockscores Webinar – How to Create a Trading Strategy
  • Stockscores’ Market Minutes Video – Beware of Parabolic Trends
  • Stockscores Trader Training – The Economics of Trading
  • Stock Features of the Week – Abnormal Breaks


Stockscores Free Webinar – How to Create a Trading Strategy

Stockscores Founder Tyler Bollhorn will show the steps and thought process to create a new trading strategy, whether you are looking to day, swing or position trade.

Click here to register.  http://www.stockscores.com/trader-training/upcoming-events/#events

Stockscores Market Minutes – Beware of Parabolic Trends

This week, a look at what a parabolic trend is in stocks or markets, and the importance of understanding how they affect your trading. Plus, my weekly market analysis and my trade of the week on Ballard Power ($BLDP). 



Real Estate

Home ownership bounces from a 50-year low

Posted by Steven Saville - The Speculative Investor

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:45

In a 2015 blog post titled “Unintended Consequences” I explained that policies implemented by the Clinton and Bush administrations to boost the rate of home ownership not only had unintended consequences, but the opposite of the intended consequence. This post is a brief update on the US home ownership situation.

As evidenced by the following chart, the government was initially successful in its endeavours. The home-ownership rate sky-rocketed during the second half of the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s as it became possible for almost anyone to borrow money to buy a house. As also evidenced by the following chart, the home-ownership rate subsequently collapsed. The collapse was an inevitable consequence of people throughout the economy first responding to the Fed’s and the government’s incentives to take on excessive debt and then finding themselves in drastically-weakened financial situations.

The home ownership rate ended up bottoming in Q2-2016 at a 50-year low.

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No one in the government or at the Fed has ever admitted culpability for the mortgage-related debt binge that led to the spectacular rise and equally-spectacular fall in the US home-ownership rate. Apparently, it was a market failure.


Asset protection

Surviving the Plight of the Black Swan

Posted by Brent Woyat, CIM, CMT - Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:27

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 6.37.37 AMA brief look over time at periods of extreme volatility in the stock market shows us that many of these periods are associated with unpredictable, large-scale disruptions, often termed as “black swan” events. We have experienced these events within our own lifetime – the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and the unforgettable 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

The origin of the term “black swan” dates back historically to a time when swans were only believed to be only white in colour. At that time, a black-coloured swan was seen as an impossibility. More recently, former Wall Street analyst and Chicago options exchange trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb redefined a black swan event to be an outlier which has an extreme impact but, due to human nature and rationalization, becomes explainable.

A look back over time shows that black swan events occur fairly frequently. They may have a significant short-term impact on the financial markets, but oftentimes do not create any long-lasting impact. These abrupt market-changing events often cause discomfort and, due to human nature, often pressure investors to hastily react. However, in hindsight, after these black swan events are over and things have returned to normal, the simple act of staying-the-course may also be a viable defense.

Are there any pre-emptive measures that you can take to prepare for a black swan event? Here are some practical investment tactics that you might consider to help you to black swan-proof your investment portfolio.



Gold & Precious Metals

Gold Ownership: A Golden Wave

Posted by Stewart Thomson - Graceland Updates

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:15

Sep 19, 2017

  1. Several weeks ago, I surprised most investors by issuing my “Book Profits Now!” call for the precious metals asset class.
  2. When I did so, head and shoulders top formations immediately formed on gold and GDX, and prices have swooned.
  3. Rumours of a sudden drop in Indian dealer demand appeared to become a concern for commercial traders on the COMEX. 
  4. India’s monsoon season has turned out to be a bit of a “bust”, with both flooding and drought. Farmers buy gold with a portion of their crop profits. With only another week or two left in the monsoon season, crop sales may not be very good.
  5. Of further concern to me was the fact that the demand drop was occurring as gold arrived at the $1352 resistance zone. That resistance was created by Modi’s cash call-in that took place in November of 2016.
  6. The upcoming Fed meeting will probably mark the end of the decline related to those concerns, but there could be additional weakness until the next US jobs report is released.
  7. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge.
  8. For investors, this gold chart tells the entire tactical story. The $1270 - $1260 area is the target of the H&S top pattern. 



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