• Behold the April Commodities Surge

    Both oil and gold stocks were up huge last month, and now we need to watch these trends to see if and/or when they might start really affecting other markets.

  • Will a Weak Economy Derail the Bull Market?

    Yesterday, the first-quarter real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate came in at an anemic 0.2%, confirming my view that the economy has slowed to a crawl.

  • Two Market ‘Revelations’ That Could Impact Your Portfolio

    We entered last week with a punch list skewed toward corporate earnings and some economic data, but what we got during the week served as a reminder that the stock market still can offer some unexpected surprises.

  • Why Investing in Japan is Still a No Brainer

    The gains in the Japanese stock market have been particularly robust, with Japanese stocks near the top of the 46 global stock markets I monitor daily.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    Careful selection from top-down analysis is a proven method of finding income-paying instruments that have real legs, not just in up markets, but also displaying durability during market corrections.

  • Economic Slowdown Confirmed by Gross Output and B2B Data

    Economic Slowdown Confirmed by Gross Output and B2B Data

    The U.S. economy is slowing but thus far is avoiding a recession, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

  • The Numbers Don’t Lie

    Very few things in life are as irrefutable as numbers. Sure, statistics can be manipulated to support all sorts of claims (witness the political realm). But when it comes to pure numeric performance, well, the numbers don’t lie. This week, | Read More »

  • Bond Fund Offers Safer Haven

    One of the many uses of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is that they let investors conveniently and accessibly invest assets in markets that trade less frequently. In the search for stability, the bond market stands out as an obvious way to produce income | Read More »

  • This ‘One Word’ Will Lead You to Success on Wall Street

    Too often investors panic and get so emotional they sell near the bottom of a bear market or get greedy and buy at the top.

  • Profiting from the Cybersecurity Pain Point

    A new report purports that cyber attacks surged by 40% in 2014; the attackers are getting ever more sophisticated.

  • Big Gains Come in All Sorts of Packages

    Investing is a harsh taskmaster. Each day, cold, hard numbers tell you what you got right and what you got wrong. If you’ve been bullish on a country’s stock market and that country lights up the scoreboard with big gains, | Read More »

  • Staying at Home amid the Temptation to Travel

    By Bryan Perry Leading up to Friday’s pronounced sell-off, a growing number of equity strategists have been recommending raising equity weightings in Europe, China and the other three BRIC nations: Russia, Brazil and India. While the urge to diversify outside | Read More »

  • Seeking Profits in Calmer Waters

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to international assets and companies without having to pay big fees or jump through hoops for the privilege of owning foreign securities.

  • Under a Blood-Red Friday Sky

    Though bank earnings were on the whole solid, the real news this week was the huge sell-off on Friday.

  • How to Raise the Minimum Wage without Legislation

    Walmart and McDonald’s recently have raised wages to $9 an hour or more, substantially higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. They did so following a highly publicized campaign by protesters to force McDonald’s to increase wages and | Read More »

  • Sitting at the Intersection of Opportunity and Pain Lies Battery Life

    Subscribers to The Growth & Dividend Report know that we’ve been able to book some stellar gains during the last few years by looking at the world through PowerTrend eyes. At the heart of PowerTrend investing is keeping a close eye (and | Read More »

  • To Hedge, or Not to Hedge, That is the European Question

    By Jim Woods When Nicholas Vardy asks you to do a guest column for The Global Guru, the first thing that goes through your mind is flattery. The second thing is abject fear that you’ll be able to at least somewhat fill | Read More »

  • Execution is King in Choppy Markets

    By Bryan Perry Today’s notable market participants and the media alike are fixated on a few central themes that have painted the investing landscape for most of 2015. Those factors include the 50% rally in the dollar against the euro, | Read More »

  • Mid-Cap Fund Could be a Portfolio Centerpiece

    It is possible to strike a balance and choose companies that are not as risky as the smaller ones and still have plenty of room to grow their businesses by gaining market share or expanding internationally.

  • Look at the Fire-Breathing China Dragon!

    Stocks in China are hot, and I mean smoking hot, with HUGE gains during the past month.