Monday Morning Update – 8/22/2011

Last week's market action was the most unsupportive since the dark days of March 2009.  Negative trends now exist for nearly all market segments as the swift declines of the past several weeks have impacted all of the short-term trends we monitor.  Click here to access our current view of the markets - our five-year ETF [...]

By | 2011-08-22T08:45:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Monday Morning Update – 8/22/2011

Stepping off the Roller Coaster

The extraordinary volatility seen in the markets for the past two weeks has clearly been a concern.  Over the past two days alone, the S&P 500 Index has been up by more than 4% and down by more than 4% consecutively.  We've used the recent volatility to reduce invested positions further, selling into strength on [...]

By | 2011-08-11T09:01:02+00:00 August 11th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Stepping off the Roller Coaster

Monday Morning Update – 8/8/2011

S&P's downgrade of the United State's debt rating from AAA to AA+ (the smallest move possible) is not being taken well by the market this morning. Futures at around 6:30 CST showed the markets down by around 2%. Click here to access our current view of the markets - our five-year ETF charts with both their [...]

By | 2011-08-08T07:15:52+00:00 August 8th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Monday Morning Update – 8/8/2011

Portfolio Update – 8/5/2011

The rapid and sizable market correction underway has triggered several portfolio adjustments, with the high probability that more may be required if the market cannot find its footing very soon.  Yesterday's five-percent declines spared no growth sector of the markets - dividend-paying stocks declined as much as growth stocks; large, mid and small cap stocks [...]

By | 2011-08-05T11:37:37+00:00 August 5th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Portfolio Update – 8/5/2011

Tipping Point – 2011

I'd like to talk to you for a moment about my lawn.  Back in 2003, my family purchased one of the great "old ladies" of Appleton, an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian complete with a wrap-around porch, a turret, and even the ghost of a former teacher (Mae Webster).  Yes, the house was in need of [...]

By | 2011-08-04T14:13:04+00:00 August 4th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Tipping Point – 2011

Current Market Trends – 8/2/2011

Over the past month, the global market advance that began back in September of last year has showed increased evidence of fatigue.  The upward momentum in equities, real estate, commodities and even in fixed income, while still present, is clearly deteriorating.   Click here to access our current view of the markets - our five-year ETF [...]

By | 2011-08-02T07:10:24+00:00 August 1st, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 8/2/2011

Current Market Trends – 6/28/2011

Over the course of the past six weeks or so, several major market segments have not only stopped rising but have begun to clearly demonstrate declining price trends. Click here to access our current view of the markets - our five-year ETF charts with both their respective short- and long-term trend-lines. These segments include international emerging [...]

By | 2011-06-29T10:33:32+00:00 June 28th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 6/28/2011

Current Market Trends – 5/2/2011

As has been the case for the last seven months, the market continues to be in the midst of a sustained, rising price-trend environment.  This has been ideal, as it reflects the reality that the markets as a whole continue to be normal, they are experiencing more positive days and weeks than negative ones, and the risks of owning equities right now [...]

By | 2011-05-03T10:04:51+00:00 May 2nd, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 5/2/2011

Current Market Trends – 4/12/2011

 Earnings season is upon us once again, with a few companies schedule to release quarterly profit reports, revenues and their own forecasts in the coming week.  By perhaps the best measure, the market has already priced in much of the current economic recovery: the current modified price to earnings ratio (PE/10) for the S&P 500 index [...]

By | 2011-04-12T11:34:16+00:00 April 12th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary, Trend-Following|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 4/12/2011