The market is most decidedly on a nice little roll so far this year. Out of the twenty-two sessions that have taken place to date, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) have been in the black nearly two-thirds of the time.

So is all this a collective post-fiscal cliff sigh of relief from investors? Sure, that plays a part in the recent bull run now underway, as do the domestic economic numbers, particularly gains in employment numbers and positive growth in manufacturing numbers, as indicated in the rise of the ISM Index. But do these factors really justify the SPX coming within 60 points of hitting its all-time high? Read more about ETF Periscope: Wall Street High on Main Street Money Influx

daniel / Tag: : FDN, SMH, QTEC, IGV, MTK, DJIA, SPX, COMP, NASDAQ Technology, ISM, Eurozone, BLACK SWAN / 0 Comments

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Investors seem ready to forgive and forget a lot of the problems that inhabited the 2012 equity market.

And why not? Read more about ETF Periscope: Wall Street Seeks to Get a Little Higher

daniel / Tag: SPX, FDN, SMH, QTEC, IGV, MTK, VIX, fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, Eurozone, fear gauge / 0 Comments

david trainerMost of my research and publishing tends to focus on companies manipulating accounting rules to make their reported earnings look better than the real economic cash flows of their business.

It is unfortunately rare that I find a company whose economic earnings are outpacing the reported accounting results and whose stock is cheap.

dtrainer / Tag: LRCX, QTEC, USD / 0 Comments

10,000 Reasons to Hedge Your Bets

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though it’s not quite officially over, for all practical purposes it’s time to say goodbye to the dog days of summer. Read more about ETF Periscope: 10,000 Reasons to Hedge Your Bets

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Is VIX a Fix for What Ails You?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”   ~Albert Einstein

A whole lot of commotion, but not so much motion. It all depends on your perspective. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is VIX a Fix for What Ails You?

daniel / Tag: ETF, ETN, IWP, KBE, MFE, POT, QTEC, VIX, VIXX / 0 Comments

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”  ~ Sun Tzu

It is not uncommon to hear that nothing quite compares with the mad frenzy that is World Cup soccer. Nothing, perhaps, except for Wall Street, where degrees of both frenzy and madness can be as common as yellow cards dished out in the course of a fever-pitch match. Read more about ETF Periscope: World Cup Meets Wall Street

daniel / Tag: BAC, BP, C, GS, IAI, IWP, JPM, QTEC / 0 Comments

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." ~ Mark Twain

There’s a lot to like about gold at the moment. Read more about ETF Periscope: Gold Tops and Crude Remarks

daniel / Tag: ETFs, gold, IAI, IWP, QTEC, RYJ / 0 Comments

“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.” ~ Dali Lama

Last week, British Petroleum’s press coverage got ramped up considerably, supplanting the European Union’s sovereign debt crisis as the focus of the financial press. Euro debt swapped out for oil slicks, in a manner of speaking. Read more about ETF Periscope: Devil and the Deep Crude Sea

daniel / Tag: ETF, exchange-traded-funds, IAI, IWP, QTEC, RYJ / 0 Comments

“To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect” ~ Lao Tzu

The markets are ready to dive off a cliff. Or maybe it just feels that way. Read more about ETF Periscope: A Random Walk On Eggshells

daniel / Tag: ETF, ETF-trading, IWP, KBE, KBW, PIIGS, QTEC, XOP / 0 Comments

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