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, November 2017 Monthly Market Review

Retirement is increasingly seen as a long journey to look forward to, not, as it once was, a relatively short period of life that spelt the end of the road. Today’s retirees are more busy, independent and curious than ever and have more time to settle into a life filled with endless possibilities. But at Read more ➝

, November 2017 Monthly Market Review

We all know that there is no such thing as the perfect investment, but I have one that comes pretty close. Working with the American Association of Individual Investors for many years, I have done research on dividend paying stocks. Investing in stocks that pay dividends offers a tantalizing triple play of 1) greater safety, Read more ➝

, November 2017 Monthly Market Review

With the US Fed widely expected to raise interest rates several times in 2018, we get many questions about how to take a position that could benefit from the rate hikes using low cost ETFs. The ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) stands out as a good idea. As bond prices and interest rates are Read more ➝

, November 2017 Monthly Market Review

The year ended strongly for the world’s equity markets and commodities. The strength in non-US markets was exceptional. Commodities finally came back to life after months of listlessness. The S&P 500 strengthened in the first part of the month, and then traded sideways for the last two weeks. The last three months have been very Read more ➝

, November 2017 Monthly Market Review

The S&P 500 closed positive for eight consecutive months in November.  The index gained nearly 3% in November, and is now higher by more than 18% in price-only returns in the first 11-months of 2017. More significantly, S&P 500 has now increased 13 consecutive calendar months when including dividends. Since 1970, eight-month price-only winning streaks Read more ➝