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When market volatility rules the investing landscape for weeks at a time, taking the time to screen for companies that are impervious to the triple-digit swings and the downward bias is an enormously useful exercise. While the Dow has retreated by 13%, the S&P by 12% and the Nasdaq by 18%, with numerous subsectors of […]
At the most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Fed announced that it would keep its target band for the Fed funds rate at 0.00-0.25%. In its policy statement, the Committee said that “recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put further downward pressure on […]
All the buildup. All the angst. Fed Chair Janet Yellen not talking publicly for the past 65 days. All the speculation. All the over-hyped rhetoric about how the financial world would stop spinning on its axis if a minuscule move of a quarter-point of one percent were to occur. And now that the curtain has […]
One of the hottest themes for big-cap money managers coming out of the Great Recession was taking a stake in high-yielding preferred stocks of companies backed by the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. It seemed the government’s promise to “do whatever it takes” to breathe life back into the banking system had attracted fresh […]
In the midst of all the hand-wringing associated with the U.S. Federal Reserve contemplating the raising of short-term rates by a quarter point from zero, investors are rightfully looking elsewhere for opportunities that offer exponential returns from special situations that aren’t getting front page attention from financial reporting outlets. Among those enormously enticing themes that […]
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Recent calls by the Chinese government and other nations for a single global currency send shivers down the spines of dollar bulls at futures exchanges in New York and Chicago. The greenback has always been considered the world’s reserve currency, namely because the U.S. economy is so much larger than any other economy. Japan’s economy […]
One of the most versatile tools to use to generate income is through covered call writing, or the selling of covered calls on existing positions. In this volatile market, most of what you hear about options is from people buying puts and calls on very short-term directional trades. Such trading of options is full of […]
The price of crude oil this past week traded to new lows based on growing concern about global growth prospects, coupled with new supply from Iran. The bluest of blue-chip energy stocks buckled under the selling pressure to where the situation is rapidly taking on the look and feel of a sector under total capitulation. […]
One of the most significant stories for the stock market in 2015 has been the wholesale collapse of oil prices and the energy sector. First, it was the highly leveraged junior exploration and development producers that felt the brunt of selling pressure. Then the mid-stream master limited partnerships (MLPs) took on new downside pressure followed […]
The first major chink in the dollar’s armor was felt by Wall Street recently when a key employment data point effectively sent the Fed off the playing field and right to the showers. The dollar has been under heavy pressure following the July 31 release of low data regarding the U.S. Employment Cost Index (ECI). The […]