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Flirting, Deficits, Fear and Snow

Flirting, Deficits, Fear and Snow

Stocks held modest gains across the board Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average flirting with the psychologically-important 14,000 level, lifted by a batch of upbeat economic reports from around the world. The Commerce Department reported the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $38.5 billion in December which was its lowest reading for 3 years.... read more

Will the Heat in the Middle East Dampen the Bulls?

Will the Heat in the Middle East Dampen the Bulls?

It’s been a great start to the year for many equity markets in developed countries. The U.S. equity domestic markets have seen some of their best annual starts for years. What could hamper progress now? The Fiscal Cliff problems have not been resolved, but as far as equity markets are concerned the can was... read more

S+P Back to 2007 Levels

S+P Back to 2007 Levels

The S&P closed above 1,500 for the first time since 2007 with most of the U.S. markets ending the week positively. There was more strong economic data (unemployment benefit claims continued to fall) and good earnings reports (better than expected news from Netflix saw their shares rocket 42%) which compounded investor’s bullishness. The NASDAQ... read more

Some Good Economic Data

Some Good Economic Data

Housing Stocks had a good run this week with the SPDR S+P Homebuilders (XHB) gaining 1.9%. The rise came on the back of encouraging news from the housing sector. The U.S. Census Bureau reported housing starts in December increased by 954,000 which is a 37% increase on a year over year basis. They also... read more

Eying up Earnings

Eying up Earnings

After last week’s leap in equity prices it’s not surprising that this week saw more modest rises. However, the continued jubilation regarding the resolution of the fiscal cliff drove reasonable gains across most of the asset class spectrum. Yet more gloomy data poured out of Europe as Eurozone unemployment reached yet another high and... read more

Investing Quotes

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    • “Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

      —Warren Buffett

    • “The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator.”

      —Benjamin Graham

    • “Know what you own, and know why you own it.”

      —Peter Lynch

    • “Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

      —Donald Trump

    • “It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.”

      —George Soros

    • “My favorite holding period is forever.”

      —Warren Buffett

    • “The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns.”

      —Benjamin Graham

    • “You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.”

      —Shelby Davis

    • “We have two classes of forecasters: Those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know.”

      —John Kenneth Galbraith

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