All Posts by Erik Conley

Why It’s So Important to Avoid Bear Markets

Have you drunk the buy-and-hold Kool-Aid? If so, don’t worry – it might be the best approach for you. After all, when Warren Buffett endorses a strategy, how bad could it be? This article shines a light on a significant flaw in the entire premise of buy-and-hold as a universally superior strategy. What’s the big […]

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The Jason Voorhees Market: Nothing can stop it

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The late, great Marty Zweig said “Don’t fight the tape.” And fans of the Halloween movie franchise say “Don’t assume that just because you shot Jason Voorhees 17 times, he will stay down for long.” This bull market isn’t dead yet. It is showing signs of fatigue, but as long as it keeps making new […]

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Game Plan for Next Week – September 2, 2017

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The question many of you are asking yourselves these days was nicely captured by The Clash:“Should I Stay or Should I Go?If I go, there will be troubleAnd if I stay it will be double.One day it’s fine and next it’s black.This indecision’s bugging me…”The Game PlanThis bull market is now the second-longest on record. […]

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What Kind of Investor Are You and Why Should You Care?

Why should you care?Knowing what kind of investor you are is surprisingly important. In fact, it can often make the difference between under- and over-performance in the market. Why?Because different investor types require different investing strategies. If your strategy doesn’t match your type, you will be ineffective and frustrated. On the other hand, if you […]

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ETF Leader Board: 2007-2017

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It’s time once again to review the ETF Leader Board. Data is updated through June 2017, and goes back 10.5 years to 2007. We look at the winners over several time frames: 2017 YTD, and 1, 3, 5 and 10 years.We also look at the ETF category level, and the individual ETF level. The goal […]

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Bear Markets, Recessions, and How to Profit From Them

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IntroductionBear Markets are the bane of the investor, with two exceptions: professional traders who specialize in short-selling, and regular investors who have a particular skill. Namely, they have learned how to tell the difference between market declines that are linked to a recession, and those that are not. Those who have mastered this skill are […]

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