Investing in Cloud Computing

Savvy tech investors are always looking for the next best thing. They’re not content with buying the Q’s (PowerShares Nasdaq 100 Index: QQQQ). They want the latest breakthrough technology stocks before everyone knows about them – think Twitter or cloud computing.  The latter isn’t new, but... 

Income Planning: How To Spend Your Retirement

Much has been written about the importance of saving for retirement. However, people pay less attention to an equally important subject – how to take income once you do retire. As we noted in a previous article on the phases of retirement investing, the third phase is less about saving and more about... 

Why Dollar Cost Averaging?

How do you invest new cash?  Do you immediately jump into the market any time you receive a monetary windfall?  Or do you patiently horde cash waiting until you think the market is low enough to buy in?  If you’re attentive to the market, this may be your preferred method.  The effectiveness of... 

The Volatility of Volatility

The VIX index is one of the most widely followed market volatility gauges.  Investors trying to capture volatility have had two ETNs at their disposal the past 15 months:  iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ).  Anyone who has followed... 

Risk Wise Investing: Another Portfolio Approach

Portfolio management is serious business. As in every profession, there are different ways to approach the job – some better than others.  Last week we reviewed one such approach with Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). MPT showed how non-correlated asset classes can be used to mitigate risk while seeking... 

Five Common Investor Mistakes

We’ve all made mistakes in the market.  Admitting defeat is never fun, but it’s better than denying your problems altogether.  Today I will reveal some of the mistakes I’ve made and seen other investors make. The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute published a similar list: 12 Common Mistakes... 

What is Investment Management?

Brian Campos and Ron Rowland contributed to this article. Far too often, we as investors seek market commentary, opinions, forecasts, strategies, trading ideas, and hot tips.  We often overlook the bigger picture, and more important aspect of investing –  investment management.  Investment management,... 

Should You Buy the Big Winners of 2009?

There are almost as many trading strategies as there are investors in the market.  That’s why countless newsletters, stock services, and web sites sell their picks to anyone with a credit card.  Investment publishing is big business. Though most publishers tack on tiny disclaimers saying something... 

Black Friday Investing: Should You Buy or Sell?

The biggest annual test of the American consumer is upon us.  Both online and offline stores are about to enter their busiest time of year.  Starting with Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – stores will clamor for the attention of shoppers while shoppers clamor for the best deals.  Yes,... 

Consumers and the Recession

Where we are in this recession is something the economic historians will decide. What we’ve become during this recession is already evident. Whether it’s scaling back on a flat screen TV purchase (like my family) or clipping coupons again, we’ve all been affected by “recessionitis.” Chances... 

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