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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning January 20 2020

Australia: Quiet week ahead • The fourth week of the year looks to be a quiet one for economic data, both in Australia and the US. In Australia consumer sentiment and employment data dominate the list of scheduled releases. • The week kicks off on Tuesday when the Commonwealth Bank releases the December Household spending…

Gold buying surges can be precarious

Gold dramatically surged to major new secular highs this past week, fueled by stunning geopolitical news. The US assassinated Iran’s top general, so Iran fired ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq used by the US. That naturally ramped gold bullishness, spawning all kinds of predictions for much-higher prices. But geopolitically-driven gold spikes never last…

Can these Worst Performers of 2019 Make a Comeback in 2020?

Regardless of investing philosophy, retail investors who pick their own stocks have much to consider reviewing the share price performance of annual “winners and losers” Growth investors who believe in buying high and selling higher gravitate towards the year’s best performers. Momentum and value investors can consider select losers capable of a comeback or a…

Beware The Downside Of Gold Stocks

The gold miners’ stocks have largely been consolidating high following last summer’s powerful upleg. That resilience has left sentiment relatively bullish, with traders mostly expecting this sector to soon start surging again. But the jury is still out on whether gold stocks will be lucky enough to evade a bigger correction. Major downside risks still…

How Much Crude Oil Do You Unknowingly Eat?

You may think (or hope) that in your daily life you don’t need to worry about unknowingly eating or otherwise ingesting crude oil or any of its many, many petrochemical byproducts. But you would be wrong. And not just a little wrong–very, very wrong. Petroleum-based substances are in all kinds of innocuous-seeming things that we…

Story Stocks in the Making

Why do many newcomers to share market investing seek the advice of history’s great investors and then ignore what they have to say? Two of the most successful investors in recent memory both shared the same belief: Stay away from businesses you can’t explain. Warren Buffet has earned the reputation of the Oracle of Omaha….

Shares vs property

There’s no quick answer to the question of where to invest your hard-earned money. However, there are some basic facts and rules that can help guide your decision. Is property best? We all love property. We all want to buy property. Whether we can afford to buy it is another question, but we all talk…

The Worst Is Over For Oil Markets

Some analysts see the world dodging a recession next year, which provides some upward room for oil prices. Last week, the IEA warned last week that “the hefty supply cushion” building up in the first half of 2020 will cause OPEC+ problems as the group tries to balance the oil market. Part of the reason…

ASX Medical Marijuana Stocks – Buy, Wait and See, or Stay Away

On 5 December of 1996 the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, coined a phrase that should be etched in the psyche of all retail investors – irrational exuberance. It was the time of the dot.com stocks qualifying as “next big thing” stock market entries, sometimes backed by little more than a paper…

Big US Stocks’ Q3’ 2019 Fundamentals

The US stock markets have surged to all-time-record highs, fueled by extreme Fed easing. It jawboned about rate cutting, slashed rates, and birthed a new large-scale Treasury monetization campaign! All this has left traders hyper-complacent, assuming the upside will continue indefinitely. But are these lofty stock levels fundamentally-justified? The big US stocks’ just-reported Q3’19 results…