Saturday, January 3, 2015

How to Score Triple-Digit Profits on the Dogs of the Dow in 2015

Some traders argue that once an indicator or strategy is well known it loses its effectiveness. But that doesn't seem to ring true for the Dogs of the Dow, which was popularized in the early '90s.
The Dogs are the 10 highest yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is comprised of 30 of the largest -- and arguable safest -- companies in the world.

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The idea is that the higher yields indicate better value, and the chance for above-average returns. And indeed, the strategy does appear to deliver on that. Between 1973 and 1996, the Dogs returned 20.3% annually versus 15.8%for the Dow. In 2013, the Dogs beat the Dow 30 by 8.4 percentage points, returning 35%. (more)

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Gerald Celente -- Very Serious Economic & Geopolitical Game Changer Coming in 2015

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The Next Big Move for Gold Stocks

Gold stocks have gone nowhere for the past eight weeks. But that's about to change...
When we last looked at gold stocks in October, I said the benchmark Market Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX) may need to consolidate for a few weeks before attempting a new rally.
That's exactly what has been happening. GDX has been trading back and forth in a tight range – storing up energy for its next big move. And the move is about to start...
Take a look at this chart of GDX...
GDX is in a consolidating-triangle pattern (the blue lines on the chart). A consolidating-triangle pattern is a series of higher lows and lower highs on the chart. This pattern typically occurs following a large move in a stock, and it allows the stock to build up energy for its next big move.  (more)

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Billionaire Mark Spitznagel Explains How To Make A Fortune (Or Go Broke)

It’s a new year, and a new opportunity to get rich. Or at least start making better financial choices.
But where to begin? You could seek guidance from your uncle, who swears he has investing ideas that could make you a small fortune. You could watch that Mad Money CNBC show, where Jim Cramer smashes red buttons and pretends he has any idea what he’s talking about. You could find a broker who hopefully isn’t a crook, or a penny stock investment guru who hopefully isn’t full of shit. Or you could skip the middlemen and just ask a billionaire.
Let’s try the billionaire approach.
Mark Spitznagel is the founder of Universa Investments, a Miami-based hedge fund that specializes in profiting from stock market crashes.
We asked Spitznagel the questions you want to know. We also asked him the questions you didn’t know you wanted to know, but you really should know if you’re serious about making a lot of money in 2015. And of course, we asked him at least one question about the likelihood that we’d ever own a private island, because how cool would that be?
What’s the easiest, fastest way to get rich in 2015?
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33% Of North Sea Oil & Gas Drillers Face Bankruptcy / By Andrew Critchlow at The Telegraph / January 1, 2015
A third of Britain’s listed oil and gas companies are in danger of running out of working capital and even going bankrupt amid a slump in the value of crude, according to new research.
Financial risk management group Company Watch believes that 70pc of the UK’s publicly listed oil exploration and production companies are now unprofitable, racking up significant losses in the region of £1.8bn.
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The Canadian housing bubble makes California real estate look sensible

As the year comes to a close, it is useful to put things into perspective. Sure, California has a love affair with real estate and we go through our traditional booms and busts. $700,000 crap shacks now litter the landscape but there are fewer and fewer lemmings taking the plunge. In Canada there was no correction. In fact, households continue to go into deep debt to purchase real estate. The argument goes that mortgage standards are much tighter in Canada so therefore, they are much more enlightened when it comes to financing homes. People forget that the bulk of the 7,000,000 foreclosures in the US came in the form of standard loans. Garbage loans imploded in more dramatic fashion but people lost their homes because the economy shifted. At that point, it merely meant covering the monthly nut. We were housing dependent and that market contracted aggressively. Canada is housing and oil dependent. And oil just got a big kick to the shins.

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