An Alternative Portfolio Strategy: The Yale Endowment Model

2013 was a phenomenal year for the stock market.  Nothing seemed to derail the rapid ascent of the market-- not even a government shutdown or a near default on U.S. debt.  Major indexes in the United States posted solid double digits gains, with the S&P advancing 29.6% and the Dow increasing 26.5% (source:  While [...]

By |March 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Stock Market Correction Is Over, For Now.

The S&P 500 had a terrible first month of the year, but it bumped back all the way to near record highs. Going forward we have a slew of economic indicators, especially next week. On Tuesday we have the Empire State Mfg Survey and the Housing Market Index. On Wednesday we have Housing Starts, the [...]

By |February 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Financial Markets Today: How You Can Reduce Risk

In my post, "How I made $12,000 and paid off my student debt by investing", I outlined how I traded options to make a significant monetary gain in 3 weeks. I took my gains out of the market and put it towards paying down my student debt. The entire experience gave me a tremendous amount [...]

By |February 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Recovers from Sell Off: Earnings in Play

Stock Market Today Now that the market has sold off, earnings are going to be under more scrutiny. Emerging market health and poor manufacturing data in the US and China will still be in the back of investor's minds. Stock Market Superstitions Since 1971, the S&P has declined 72% of the time when January returns [...]

By |February 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Markets Get Slaughtered: Emerging Markets Sell Off

Wow. You're probably counting pennies after today's massive and nearly 2.5% sell off. So what's going on? Why is the market selling off? What gives? Stock Market Today: Get Out Now Or Get Killed Emerging Markets - Policy tightening in emerging markets is prompting a global sell off. Turkey, South Africa, and India all raised [...]

By |February 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Markets Retreat Over Fed Taper and Emerging Market Concerns

The S&P 500 deteriorated today losing over 1.0% after the Fed announced it would taper its asset purchases by another $10 billion to a $65 billion monthly pace. FOMC Meeting Announcement Although the Fed continued with its taper of quantitative easing, policy rates were left unchanged with the fed funds target rate at a range [...]

By |January 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bernanke Takes One Last Sip from the Punch Bowl

The FOMC announced today that they would further reduce QE3 by $10 billion, reducing the Fed's monthly purchases to $65 billion, continuing to end the era of easy money. The stock market responded with an abrupt crash, ending the day down over 1%. Market sinks following FOMC announcement of further $10 billion cuts to [...]

By |January 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Markets Wobble Ahead of Earnings and FOMC Announcement

The S&P 500 whipsawed today, but ultimately ended down 0.50%. Economic Indicators New home sales nose dived in December, coming in at a 414K annual rate, below the 450K consensus. Home prices and weather may have been some of the main culprits, as interest rates remained low. Tomorrow morning Durable Goods Orders are expected to [...]

By |January 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Weekly Roundup – Market Correction in Full-Swing

Financial Market Updates This week, the stock market began its inevitable sell-off that analysts (and us) have been calling for over the last several months. Jon (and futures) predicts that the stock market has further to slide. After all, a technical analysis view of the overall S&P ETF SPY shows that we are in a downward [...]

By |January 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments