One of the bright spots in the commodities asset class, as well as the broader market this year, has been precious metals. In Q2 2019 among all alternative assets, precious metals ETFs were well represented in the top ten.

The recent rally in precious metals presents a few questions. Why this type of performance in precious metals? How have technicals improved as a result?

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August has been the worst performing month of the year over the last 31 years. Money flows from harvesting made August a great stock market month in the first half of the Twentieth Century. It was the best month from 1901 to 1951. In 1900, 37.5% of the US population was farming. Now that less Read more ➝

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Our article back on on January 16th highlighted Brazil stocks (EWZ) as a place to search for growth companies. We felt that Brazil’s economy should perform well in 2019 after better economic results and decreased regulation. We liked MercadoLibre (MELI) when the stock was trading in a range between $250 and $350 dollars. We then repeated our comments about MELI again in Read more ➝

Recently Bloomberg commented on a newly released study by Hendrik Bessembinder regarding how many global stocks that actually perform well.  Variations of this study have been done by a number of different academics and practitioners – all with fairly similar conclusions – many stocks are duds.  Two years ago, an Arizona State University professor made waves Read more ➝