Relative strength is a measure that helps investors evaluate investments relative to the general market. By many standards, we are now in a bear market, however, some equity groups have seen relative strength during the midst of constant and dramatic...

After a 20% decline from all-time highs in the S&P 500 within only a couple of weeks, it’s hard to imagine a return to normalcy. There definitely is a new normal forming, rife with volatility and a fast rush to safe assets in the face of bad news. So...

The art world is getting even busier. I recently attended one of the most popular art fairs, Frieze, which debuted contemporary works in Los Angeles recently. The best pieces were bought by local celebs, collectors, and gallerists on the first night,...

You wouldn’t know it by going to a coffee shop but coffee prices are actually freefalling. In the L.A. coffee shop that I frequent, an espresso costs $4.11, including taxes. I have it in mind to explain to them that the wholesale cost of their coffee...

The SP500 returned 19% in 2017, -6% in 2018, and 29% in 2019. Technically, stocks are likely to continue to rise another 6% to 3,420, which is the symmetrical opposite to the Dec 2018 low. If this high is reached, the risk of a correction is stronges...

Should you put your money in stocks or real estate has been the question of generations but there should by now be enough evidence to point us toward an answer. Keep in mind that basic principals of keeping your investments diversified, understanding...

Not so exciting to day-traders is the rationale for why time invested surmounts all other trading strategies. Calendar year returns define the bonus size of portfolio managers and sends the wrong message to investors who have decade(s) of time on the...

Last weekend I attended the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA) of San Francisco annual conference, hosted by talented money managers that I’ve followed and befriended for the last 10 years. The first presenter, Craig Johnson, Chief Mark...

After a rough couple of weeks in the equity markets, it was easy to forget that we recently reached new highs in the S&P 500 and the chance for a major correction remained low. Nevertheless, novice investors got spooked due to the “inverted yield-cur...

Two of three floors in a building in Chelsea, Manhattan, there are standing desks, dogs, and cold brew on tap. This is Betterment HQ, the home of the startup that is taking on the Wall Street old guard. They are also my technology partner, back-offic...

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