• The Biggest Economic Time Bomb

    “When it comes to roads, bridges, and airports, America is a Third World country.” — Jim Rogers, “Street Smarts” The August 29, 2015, issue of The Economist lambasted the West, and the United States in particular, for failing to address | Read More »

  • Using Starbucks as an Example of a Deep Dive into a Stock

    Last week’s PowerTrend Bulletin dealt with something that is near and dear to most every investor — the need to monitor their holdings. As I said, in this increasingly rapid age, the notion of crock-pot investing, or “buy and sleep” | Read More »

  • Trump Calling Carson an ‘Okay Doctor’ is Laughable

    Trump Calling Carson an ‘Okay Doctor’ is Laughable

    Real estate investor Donald Trump’s recent retort that world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and rival Republican presidential candidate, Benjamin Carson, M.D., was merely an “okay doctor” may be the most preposterous statement yet from the bombastic New Yorker.

  • The 2015 Hale Index of the Top 500 Global Economic Entities

    By Patric Hale This week’s Global Guru guest columnist is my friend Patric Hale, who has put together a compelling and original list of economic entities from across the world as a measure of global economic power and influence. I | Read More »

  • A Preferred Source of Yield

    By Bryan Perry One of the hottest themes for big-cap money managers coming out of the Great Recession was taking a stake in high-yielding preferred stocks of companies backed by the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. It seemed the | Read More »

  • Searching Abroad for Brighter Opportunities

    This week’s ETF Talk concerns the second-best-performing ETF in the international equity fund category during the first half of 2015.

  • New Rule for ETF Investors: Stop Using Stops

    The recent price action in many ETFs during a period of extreme market stress has prompted very real concerns for investors.

  • Meeting with Donald Trump and Learning His Formula to Get Rich

    “Stay with the winners… Invest simply… Be your own financial advisor.” — Donald Trump, “How to Get Rich” On July 11 in Las Vegas, I met up with Donald Trump, the front-runner in the Republican presidential race. He spoke at my big show, FreedomFest, | Read More »

  • Uncover and Monitor Well-Positioned ETFs and Stocks

    Congrats! After weeks, if not months, of hard work and answering all of my “10 Questions You Have to Answer Before You Buy Any Stock,” you’ve successfully assembled your target investment portfolio. It’s not easy and odds are it took | Read More »

  • The Global Stock Market Washout

    Last week, I discussed how BRIC investing went bust. Well, as it turns out, I may have unfairly picked on the BRICs. After all, investors everywhere on the planet are having a rough time. In the past, it has been | Read More »

  • A Sweet Spot from Across the Pond

    By Bryan Perry In the midst of all the hand-wringing associated with the U.S. Federal Reserve contemplating the raising of short-term rates by a quarter point from zero, investors are rightfully looking elsewhere for opportunities that offer exponential returns from | Read More »

  • Selective Dividend-Focused ETF

    This ETF Talk rounds out the category of the top-performing domestic dividend-paying exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the first half of 2015 with Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD). View the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of SYLD at | Read More »

  • It’s More Like 2011 than 2014

    The latest bout of selling in equity markets has been compared to the big drop below the 200-day moving average that occurred in October 2014. While the 2014 breakdown was similar to what’s happened this year in terms of its | Read More »

  • My China Prediction Comes True — Now What?

    “A Chinese stock market crash could set off a chain reaction around the world.” (August issue, Forecasts & Strategies, p. 4). Recently, I watched the film “Fast and Furious.” I thought it was a perfect description of the first serious sell-off | Read More »

  • The Trade-offs in Owning Stocks vs. ETFs

    For the last several weeks, I’ve shared my top 10 questions to ask before you buy any stock. As some of you probably thought to yourselves, “Wow! That is a lot of work. And after doing it all, I may | Read More »

  • How the BRICs Came Down to Earth

    The popularity of the acronym “BRICs” — which stands for the fast-growth economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China — spread like wildfire in the post-financial-crisis world. Coined by ex-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2003, the BRICs came to | Read More »

  • Oil… The Global Currency of Choice

    Whether the United Nations is aware of it or not, we already have a world currency. It’s called crude oil, and it is where more emphasis is being placed by currency traders every day.

  • Trusted Covered-Call Income Producer

    Even in market areas that are underperforming, there always are some stocks and funds that hold up better than the rest, demonstrating remarkable relative strength.

  • Bad Things Happen Under the 200-Day Average

    To describe this wild week as anything but the epitome of craziness would be the height of understatement.

  • Which is Best for Income: Real Estate or Stocks?

    Over the years, I’ve met quite a few friends and relatives who need regular income but are afraid of the stock market, especially when it plunges from time to time (like it did on Monday). They prefer to invest in income-producing | Read More »