Trump's first 100 Days
   There was a lot that went down in President Trump’s first 100 days in office, and a lot that didn’t. The market reacted well when Trump was announced the winner of the presidential election and that momentum stayed going until his inauguration. From his inauguration to the end of his first 100 days in office, the S&P 500 produced a 5.5% gain under the new president.…
   May 16, 2017    0   
A historical look at IPO performance
   In my last article, I wrote about the Snap IPO and how other fairly recent IPOs performed after going public. The results, for the most part, weren’t too impressive. To get a better understanding of how IPOs have done over the last two decades I back tested the IPO screener to go back all the way to 1998.…
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How are investments like apple pie?Think back to the last slice of apple pie you have had. My last slice, eaten with my wife and two daughters, was delicious. It was out of this world. For me, it was the best apple pie. What makes it special? The recipe (passed down from my mother in law to my wife, Emily) is simple:Ingredients:6 Granny Smith Apples1/2 cup of sugar cinnamonnutmegFour Pillsbury frozen pie crustsFirst question: why are we using four pie crusts for one pie?!?…
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The Stocks you pay forThe other day I wrote an article discussing my distaste for penny stocks and for how they are marketed as “the next big thing”, ruining thousands of people’s financial lives. Well, if you can’t invest in penny stocks, what can you invest in? How about we invest in stocks that, at an extremely basic level, are actually worth something?…
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What is Fama French, and does it have anything to do with fried potatoes?  Eugene Fama and Kenneth French are Nobel prize winning economists who advanced, then disproved the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH).  We’re more interested in their disproof here, as obviously if the stock market were perfectly efficient, there would be no reason for a stock screener. …
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Why Penny Stocks are never a Good IdeaWhen I was younger and first started learning about the stock market I was a bright eyed 13 year old that would have believed anything you would have told me, because, of course, adults knew everything at the time. That being said, now that I am an adult, I don’t think I’m any smarter.…
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Using Equities Lab as a Charting ToolWhen most people think of “charting tools” when it comes to the stock market, their minds begin to wander to technical analysis and day trading. However, chart analysis doesn’t have to mean you’re going to look for a head and shoulders pattern or for when the price crosses a 50 day moving average.…
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I was reading yet another Seeking Alpha article (by Eric Parnell) commenting on the earnings recession, and decided to see what the data says about earnings recessions.  So I pop into Equities Lab and see how earnings have looked since 2014.Well!  If I believe that chart, earnings are so smooth, they don’t need predicting.  …
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The stock market is no longer simply about buying stocks you believe in and selling those you don’t. Today’s stock market is full of promotion and false statistics. This is the negative affect of the information age as many people have used these mediums as a way to spread lies that play into their personal agenda.…
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For the past few years the market has been dominated by two companies, Monster and Red Bull. These two drinks work really well, and you see them in almost every store you go into. However, these drinks, for a small 16OZ can it will cost you around $2.50 depending on where you live.…
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We've launched on the Tradier platform! Trade automatically with Tradier using Equities Lab.
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It certainly feels like all the small cap stocks have had a terrible time of it.  Since the beginning of the year, the Russell 2000 Index fund (IWM) has gone down 3.5%.  The S&P 500 Index fund (SPY) has gone up 4% in the same period.What's going on here?  Is it due to some particular stock or set of stocks in the S&P 500 or in the small cap universe that are acting oddly?  If it were a particular set of stocks, then equal weighting the S&P 500 and picking a basket of small cap stock should kill the effect.