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Housing Market Attract Buyers… But For How Long?

Harry put his finger on the most important factor in the real estate market: it’s not interest rates. It’s not lending standards. It’s supply and demand. Or, as Harry puts


Outperformance of Regional Banks Waning

Regional banks had a good run. Over the past 15 months, the SPDR S&P Regional Bank ETF (NYSE: KRE) is up just shy of 58%. The gains made by these


Second Financial Crisis Ahead – Savers Revolt

Rodney Johnson | Monday, January 7, 2013 >> We need a banking revolution… or at least a saver’s revolution. The latest twist in the saga of the bank bailouts is


Buyers Beware

Harry’s right on. Australia has a lot of great things going for it right now. It’s an amazing place to visit, from a tourist’s perspective, and it’s one of the


And You Think Gas Prices are Volatile!

I got a good laugh myself when Rodney first told me his story of the $800 plastic button. It reminds me of similar gripes my dad had when he drove


Teutonic Shift Ahead?

Rodney Johnson | Thursday, January 3, 2013 >> In 2008 I almost bought a Mercedes. It was a two-year-old E500, black on black… very cool… very fast… and for my


A Trip Around the World

Keeping with the theme of world travel, let’s look at how the global equity markets fared in 2012. Here’s a chart of three ETFs that track major economic regions: In


How Sector Cycles Drive the Market

Cycles drive markets. I know, you’ve heard this before. Market analysts have studied cycles for hundreds of years. The interesting thing is, the more we look for cyclical activity in


The Next Stock Market Crash Starts by Mid-Year

As I mentioned in a recent article, the biggest lesson we learned in 2012 was that governments would stimulate without limit to avoid a downturn or a debt deleveraging. In


Rallies and Pullbacks of 2012

While the U.S. stock market has returned an average of about 8% annually over the past several decades, that does not guarantee an 8% return each year. Long-term investors know