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Picks 12/01 – 12/05


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $1,903.78

Account value = $1,809.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $1,809.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for DECEMBER 2008 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -19.19%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -19.19%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


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Do not be fooled by today’s rally

Do not be fooled by today's rally

In newspapers or in the internet articles you can read [tag]market[/tag] commentaries which may sometimes look very optimistic and another day very pessimistic. Usually these commentaries are dedicated to that particular [tag]trading[/tag] day. For example when you look at Market Dispatches 12/2/2008 you may get fooled that the market has finally recovered and is in a rally. The post reads:

[tag]Dow up 270[/tag] despite darkening auto picture

The [tag]rally[/tag] comes as financial stocks and General Electric move higher. GM says it needs $4 billion to get through 2008; its November sales fell 41% from a year ago. November sales for Ford, Toyota and Honda fell at least 30%.

[tag]Dow[/tag]
+270.00 +3.31% 8,419.09
[tag]Nasdaq[/tag]
+51.73 +3.70% 1,449.80
[tag]S&P[/tag]
+32.60 +3.99% 848.81

Even the results of today’s trading were impressive, these results are based on weak data and rumors. It is frustrating watching the market and [tag]stocks[/tag] everyday, but it is very important to stay out of these daily up and down moves and watch the market as a whole picture. When we take a look at the [tag]intraday trend[/tag] the picture looks completely different:

Dow Jones Intraday chart

As you can see, the market was choppy and most likely driven by rumors. Such a rally is weak and unsustainable. When looking at daily chart, the result is even more mediocre:

Dow Jones Daily chart

The trend goes nowhere with a high probability of further drop. When watching all euphoric data about rallying as well as declining market, always take a look at the whole picture.

Tip: This market is not the one you want to be [tag]invest[/tag]ed in, unless you can use a day-trading technique. The market is usually very volatile during the side-way period and most stocks tend to follow it. There is still nothing to do than waiting. Use this time for studying the market and stocks, save money, do not open any new positions, create [tag]emergency account[/tag] if you still do not have it, build a [tag]watch list[/tag] and wait for the market to tell you when it is the best time to start [tag]buying stocks[/tag] again.


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Automakers want…


“…[tag]Ford[/tag] (F) described Tuesday’s request for a $9 [tag]billion[/tag] government [tag]loan[/tag]. [tag]General Motors[/tag] (GM) wants $12 billion in loans and a $6 billion [tag]credit line[/tag]. [tag]Chrysler[/tag] is requesting a $7 billion loan.” (cited from today’s IBD Featured story). Altogether they require $29 billion of a loan (credit line is excluded).

I would be cheaper. I want just one [tag]million[/tag] of dollars and I will be truly happy. When the automakers made billions of dollars, did they give you something whenever you just “wanted”? I don’t think so. I believed that we have capitalism in the USA, now it seems we are going toward socialism or communism. In those systems governments were also bailing out and keeping inefficient and bankrupting companies artificially alive by pumping inflationary money into their budgets. Any time a big company will act irresponsibly (banks) or will become inefficient and outdated (i.e. automakers) we (taxpayers) will bail them out. They don’t even have to work hard on improving, finding new solutions, innovative, efficient, and green products. Why, we all will pay for it. Gosh, I have seen this already somewhere…


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I want to start investing, are stocks best for me?


On this blog I write about [tag]investing into stocks[/tag] for beginners. However, it is dedicated to those [tag]investors[/tag] who want to actively invest into [tag]stocks[/tag] instead of putting [tag]money[/tag] into [tag]Mutual funds[/tag], CDs, [tag]savings accounts[/tag], [tag]ETF[/tag]s or any other investing vehicles. This blog is about a small portion of the entire investing [tag]portfolio[/tag] every investor should build. So, I assume you already have your investments diversified.
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Stay away from a choppy stock market

Stay away from a choppy stock market

A bear is still raging in the [tag]market[/tag]. Today’s drop ended the [tag]rally attempt[/tag]. I was thinking to keep the market status as it is, but the drop was too big.

[tag]Dow[/tag]
-679.95 -7.70% 8,149.09
[tag]Nasdaq[/tag]
-137.50 -8.95% 1,398.07
[tag]S&P[/tag]
-80.03 -8.93% 816.21

The market is probably entering its side way trend. The only positive thing on this would be that it won’t go further down (well, it still can go lower, if my assumption is wrong).

Dow Jones Industrial Index

Tip: This market is not the one you want to be [tag]invest[/tag]ed, unless you can use a day-trading technique. The market is usually very volatile during the side-way period and most stocks tend to follow it. There is still nothing to do than waiting. Use this time for studying the market and stocks, save money, do not open any new positions, create [tag]emergency account[/tag] if you still do not have it, build a [tag]watch list[/tag] and wait for the market to tell you when it is the best time to start [tag]buying stocks[/tag] again.


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Investor’s checklist III. – Strategy 1.

Investor's checklist III. - Strategy 1.

Having a [tag]strategy[/tag] in a battlefield was a key to a battle or a war victory. Having a strategy in a [tag]business[/tag] is a key to a success in everyone’s business. People plan their work, vacation and even their family budget (well, some of them). Every morning when we get up, we may start our thoughts with a simple question: “What am I going to do today?”. At work we have schedules and plan our meetings. When it comes to investing our hard earned money, we are blind and deaf. We [tag]invest[/tag] without any plans, strategies and tactics. It is a random walk, which looses our money. About 80% of all [tag]investors[/tag] and traders loose their [tag]money[/tag]. There are many causes, one of them is a lack of any kind of strategy.
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Picks 11/24 – 11/28


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $1,903.78

Account value = $1,809.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $1,809.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -4.94%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for NOVEMBER 2008 = -5.74%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -19.19%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -19.19%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


Are you interested in Reverse Scale Strategy and see how it works when implemented to even a small account?

[tag]Subscribe[/tag] to [tag]Hello Suckers[/tag] today!

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The stock market: promises and wishful thoughts

The stock market: promises and wishful thoughts

When the [tag]stock market[/tag] started rocketing last Monday, I was very suspicious about it. I truly wished the [tag]market[/tag] would turn already, finish its bottoming and start moving up, even slowly, carefully, but with confidence. Then I have realized that all this move is based on a fake power. The news that the Government is going to bail-out CitiGroup by pouring 20-something billions of inflationary [tag]dollars[/tag] into another [tag]company[/tag], which doesn’t deserve it at all, Obama’s picks of people in his future administration and some others, are just promises and wishful thoughts, which won’t do anything good to the market in a long run. I would like to be wrong however. The truth is that the stock market is [tag]oversold[/tag] and it needs some impulse to boost its growth. Maybe these “news” will help it grow. We may see what would happen in the stock market next week. All the rise could be a pre-holiday rush, which will fade next week.

[tag]Dow[/tag]
+247.14 +2.91% 8,726.61
[tag]Nasdaq[/tag]
+67.37 +4.60% 1,532.10
[tag]S&P[/tag]
+30.29 +3.53% 887.68

However when you take a look at the chart we can see a turnover, which was missing last time. The OVB indicator turned sharply up and the Dow index raised 4th day in a row. However the only negative point is declining low volume.

Dow Jones chart

I am changing the market status to “Rally Attempt” even though the low volume and the sources of this attempt are weak and may cause another failure next week.

Tip: There is still nothing to do than waiting. This attempt may fail as a few attempts ago. Use this time for studying the market and stocks, save money, do not open any new positions, create [tag]emergency account[/tag] if you still do not have it, build a [tag]watch list[/tag] and wait for the market to tell you when it is the best time to start [tag]buying stocks[/tag] again.


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Protect your money: timing the market


I wrote about [tag]timing the market[/tag] in my previous post to emphasize this approach and to show that it is a [tag]good strategy[/tag], which every [tag]individual investor[/tag] who wants to manage his own [tag]portfolio[/tag] actively and [tag]make money[/tag] consistently should learn and practice as long as he or she becomes a pro. This strategy can help you to survive [tag]bear markets[/tag] like this one with the peace of mind while protecting your own [tag]money[/tag] you already have made during your [tag]investing[/tag] career.
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