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The Real 401k Plan Manager 26 June 2017

Written by Lance Roberts, Clarity Financial

The Real 401k Plan Manager - A Conservative Strategy For Long-Term Investors

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Do We Have The Calm Before The ...?

Written by Jim Welsh

What Are the Odds?

Since 1928 (89 years) the S&P has averaged a decline of 11.2% in the first half of the year. So far in 2017, the largest decline in the S&P has been 2.9%, about one quarter of the average and the second lowest ever. With one week remaining in the first half of 2017, and given the level of the volatility index as I write this (9.87), it's probably a safe bet the S&P's maximum decline of 2.9% won't be exceeded this week!

calm.before.the.storm

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Market And Sector Analysis 25 June 2017

Written by Lance Roberts, Clarity Financial

Data Analysis Of The Market and Sectors For Traders


S&P 500 Tear Sheet

The "Tear Sheet" below is a "reference sheet" provide some historical context to markets, sectors, etc. and looking for deviations from historical extremes.

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The Breakout Fails

Written by Lance Roberts, Clarity Financial

Last week, I discussed "This Market Seems Bulletproof" and how, despite the carnage in Technology and Discretionary sectors, the overall market was mostly unaffected.

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Early Headlines: GOP Healthcare Waivering, UK's Great Brexit Divide, Hopes Of Defeating Merkel Fade, Saudi-Qatar Impasse, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 25 June 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Technical Thoughts: Handling A Losing Trade

Written by Jeff Miller, A Dash of Insight

Each week this series highlights the results from different technical trading methods. We also provide contrast, and often dissent, from a fundamental analyst. Usually we get to celebrate winners and consider new picks. This week a couple of our participants need to face the music, discussing a losing choice.

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A Tale Of Two Offshore Drillers

by Investing Daily, Investing Daily

-- this post authored by Scott Chan

It is difficult to find a more hated industry on Wall Street than offshore drilling right now. One of the ugliest stocks in the space, Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL), closed trading on Friday at $0.44 a share. Exactly three years ago, it was at $39.43 a share, or almost 90-times higher. Put another way, in just three years, SDRL has lost 99 percent of its market value.

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Fed Unwinding

Written by Lance Roberts, Clarity Financial

Last week the Fed hiked their lending rate 1.25% which is the highest level since the financial crisis. More importantly, they announced they will consider beginning to allow their $4.5 Trillion balance sheet to begin to reduce by not "reinvesting" proceeds from redemptions and interest payments.

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Amazon Purchases Whole Foods: The Global Context

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

The financial world is abuzz about Amazon's offer to purchase Whole Foods for $13.4 billion. Before speculating about Bezos' plans, it is worth standing back a bit and put this in its global economic context. First off, we are not just talking about Amazon entering the grocery industry. Once a digital company is established in retail, there are significant economies of scale in entering other retail sectors.

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