What Lost Decade?

Much has been made of the so-called “lost decade” of investing during the period of 2000-2010. But what does the “lost decade” mean? Is it true and does it even matter?

The idea behind the lost decade is that investors either made no money or lost money over that period a 10-year period. After all, the [...]

Why Is The Stock Market Going Up?

Unemployment is still around 10%, foreclosures are rising and inflation, taxes and interest rates have nowhere to go but up. So why is the S&P 500 up almost 75% and the Nasdaq nearly 90% from a year ago?

I’ve wondered this for quite a while, and it seems to be the topic du jour on wall [...]

Investing Term Tuesday – January Effect.

In honor of just closing the books on January, I thought it might be nice to examine the January Effect.

The January Effect is an investing term that refers to a general increase in the stock market during the month of January. This effect is typically attributed to an increase in buying caused by the addition [...]

Investing Term Tuesday – January Barometer.

The January Barometer is based on the theory that the performance of the S&P 500 during the month of January is indicative of how the market will perform for the year. For example, if the S&P 500 is up for January, the January Barometer states that the stock market as a whole should end the [...]

Investing Around the Blogosphere: July 2009 Roundup.

It’s the end of July, and that means it’s time for a roundup of investing news, tips and general info from around the blogosphere!


The ETF DataBase has a great post detailing the history of the ETF industry by way of 25 people who helped create it. Read The ETF Hall of Fame: 25 People Who [...]

Why you Should Keep a Close Watch On Your Stops.

Aaron Task at Yahoo! Tech Ticker has a post of the 5 Keys to the Market, from Todd Harrison, CEO of Minyanville.com.

The money quote is near the bottom:

“Given these crosscurrents, Harrison’s advice for traders is to keep a tight leash on stops and be extra focused on risk management.”

Here’s why Harrison thinks you should keep [...]