Sean O'Shaughnessey on December 29th, 2017
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What a great year 2017 was for investors. No matter what your risk appetite nor your investing/trading strategy, you almost definitely ended the year with more money in your portfolio than you started with. S&P 500 $SPY +19% Dow Jones $DIA +24% Nasdaq-100 $QQQ +31% Long 20+ Year Treasuries $TLT +6.5% Gold $GLD +13% Emerging […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on December 26th, 2017
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Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette and his team sent a research note to clients a few days ago suggesting that the real value of bitcoin might be … $0. That’s zero dollars. (Bitcoin stood at around $14,400 at the time of writing.) The paper (titled “Bitcoin decrypted”) did not give a price target for bitcoin. But in […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on December 12th, 2017
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A little-discussed provision in the Senate tax bill could lead to a higher tax bill for millions of individual investors and cause many to unload stocks before year-end to avoid those costs. Under the Senate’s $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, investors would lose the ability to choose which shares they can sell to reduce a position. […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on December 10th, 2017
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The environment still looks more friendly for stocks than bonds. Global growth is broad and momentum appears good. Earnings have recovered and are forecast to rise further around the world in 2018. And the environment still looks more friendly for stocks than bonds. Global growth is broad and momentum appears good. Earnings have recovered and […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on October 31st, 2017
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Americans are saving less as the economy and stock market heat up and they boost their spending on big-ticket items like cars and refrigerators. The U.S. saving rate fell to a 10-year low of 3.1% in September, down from a recent peak of 6.3% in October 2015, the Commerce Department said Monday. Low unemployment and rising […]

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