Weighing the Week Ahead: A Volatility Cocktail!

This week brings the makings of an explosive volatility cocktail: Important economic data; Key Q1 earnings reports; Options expiration; A short trading week; and An edgy market environment. This is a very unusual combination, and the various elements will compete for attention. Prior Theme Recap Last week I expected the theme to test the divergence […]

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Strategy in the Face of Volatility

I planned to take tonight off since it is my Birthday and Mrs. OldProf is preparing my favorite dinner. On the other hand, I like to post whenever there is a market development that will get a lot of media buzz and contribute to investors being Scared Witless (TM OldProf). Please check out last year’s […]

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Faceoff on Greece: An Interim Update

About two years ago the situation in Greece was at a flashpoint. It was at the top of the list of investor worries. Leading that argument was John Mauldin, who had written over thirty posts tagged Greece culminating with aggressive statements in June, 2012. He also has a book on the impending collapse of Europe […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Fluff or Fundamentals?

Sometimes markets emphasize simple themes, rejecting even modest efforts at nuance. The current big stories are the record highs in stocks, the length of time since the last significant correction, and the “market is rigged” meme. These themes are all easily grasped and interesting media fodder. It has set the agenda. Meanwhile, the economy seems […]

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How to Handle a Big Gain

Here is a happy problem: You have a large instant gain from one of your stocks. What should you do? The topic comes from an actual question raised at Scutify.com, where participants exchange ideas and get a wide range of opinions. (I get to play the role of the straight man in a world of […]

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