Stealth Climb

With tax legislation on the horizon and unemployment concerns lingering, it seems the minds of Americans are preoccupied. In the past, crude oil would have been on everyone’s mind as it crosses above the $90 per barrel level. Now, it’s hardly mentioned in the main stream media and rightly so as the other issues deserve…

Secular Bear and Cynical Bull

I would usually use the term “cyclical bull” or “cautious bull,” but this week a client tagged me with a new moniker, a “cynical bull.” To be fair, lately I’ve been describing two different ways you could be bullish and one of them I describe as being cynically bullish. Let me explain. It seems to…

Breakouts

The stock market has had a very cheery start to December, which is typically the best month of the year. In just the first two trading days, the S&P 500 is already ahead by 3.5%. With all of the negative headlines swirling about the continuing debt problems in Europe, and on the heels of strong…

The Average Depth of a Lake

The other day, I found myself writing a response to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal written by Burton Malkiel from November 18th. If you don’t know, Malkiel is one of the most stalwart of the buy and hold crowd, and his article, called “Buy and Hold is Still a Winner,” pointed out the…

The Holiday Effect

Well, it is now 12:30 on Wednesday November, 24th. It is the day before Thanksgiving and very likely 90% of traders are at home anticipating one of the biggest party nights of the year. Total volume on the day is ¼ of the usual total volume on a regular trading day. And the S&P 500…

Dip Buying 101

Pinnacle Advisory Group is presently engaged in an investment practice known as “buying the dip.” Dip buying implies that you have a bullish stance towards whatever security that you are purchasing, and that you are using a short-term price decline to enter the position at more favorable prices. Dip buyers sometimes affect a somewhat self-important…

Unusual Excitement in the Muni Market

Lately we’ve been watching municipal (muni) bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) fall at a rate that hasn’t happened since the Great Credit Crisis of 2008. Most of the available research is painting a picture of an almost perfect storm hitting the municipal market at the present time. Municipalities currently face: tough budgetary constraints due to…

Bond Market Not Cooperating With QE2

Since November 2nd, the day before the Federal Reserve officially unveiled QE2 (consisting of $600 billion in new purchases of Treasury securities), the 10-year Treasury yield has climbed by 36 basis points, from 2.59% to 2.95%. Higher yields run counter to the Fed’s intentions, since they’ve specifically cited lower interest rates as one of the…