The DOW Jones Industrial Average started with a dozen listed stocks back in 1896, and now lists 30 American conglomerates with only one original company, General Electric, still participating. The addition of Apple to the DJIA in 2015 shows that it is no longer a listing of just “industrial” companies. The DOW took 77 years to achieve the first 1,000-point mark, and in 2017 alone it’s achieved that five times over, ending the year near 25,000. (more…)
Bitcoin has been a hot topic in the trading community the past few months, with spectacular runups in price for Bitcoin and a whole host of alt-Coins. We could write for days on what Bitcoin is, or we could spout another article contributing to the FOMO syndrome (fear of missing out), but we would like to get right into the trading-related stuff, and tell you what you really need to know about trading Bitcoin. (more…)
Another year and the stories of corporate scandal, wrongdoing on the part of either corporate big wigs or their employees, never seem to slow down from giving us something to talk about.
Here’s a recap of some of the most notorious dealings or just plain dumb mistakes that occurred in 2017. (more…)
There are many advantages to trading stocks versus futures, with some of the best trading opportunities found in newly created IPOs. One advantage of trading stocks is the sheer number of products available with thousands of individual stocks to choose from, compared to a handful of indexes on futures markets. Even on days when the overall market is quiet, many individual stocks have an actionable trading range due to company or sector news. (more…)
A new bill was just introduced by Representative Loudermilk (R-GA), which would amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to basically reduce or eliminate regulation overreach into business models of exchanges that do not involve either reporting or effecting a transaction on the exchange. As Representative Loudermilk put it in the following statement when introducing the bill, “Regulatory agencies have a tendency to expand their reach into areas they should not be regulating and engage in mission creep, which can stifle innovation”. (more…)
Volatility in the stock market has a direct impact on stock performance and annualized returns. Historically, when market performance is positive, volatility will tend to decline. Conversely with higher volatility, investors experience greater risk, while the market sees a decrease in returns. With the current calmness of the stock market, we have to wonder how long the market will sustain its low volatility, and when we should be concerned. (more…)