Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:50 am
by Deron Desautels
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Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:07 am
Chinese e-commerce, offline retail and social media companies are generating shockingly steep growth curves by catering to the continent’s burgeoning middle class.
With the world’s largest population and its rapid industrialization, China offers a wealth of opportunities for companies catering to its rising middle class. For example, only one-third of China’s population is online, giving e-commerce and other web 2.0 companies plenty of room to grow.
The road is a bit more challenging for private oil, gas, telecom and financial services firms, since those industries are largely state run. But given China’s overall explosive economic growth, there will probably be select opportunities in those sectors as well.
It’s been a rough time for some Chinese companies, which have come under fire for questionable accounting practices. While the problems were largely confined to companies that went public through so-called reverse mergers, the fallout was felt broadly by most Chinese companies, with marked stock declines.
Read on for seven companies already tapping China’s growing marketplace that have demographics in their favor and are beating out their competitors.
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Posted April 24, 2012 at 12:31 am
by Darrin Donnelly
People enter the trading world eager to multiply the money they’ve earned from their other career. However, the crucial skill (productivity) that helped them earn all that money outside of trading doesn’t translate to success as a trader.
The reasons are obvious. You can’t force a winning trade the way you can force yourself to finish a task. You can’t create more winning trades the way you create more widgets for your company. You can’t fix or improve a trade the way you fix or improve the product or person you were hired to fix.
New traders rarely adapt well to this fundamental difference. The most common response to a dwindling trading account is to change the trading system.
It’s easy to see why this is such a common response. In other careers, where all success hinges on production, if something isn’t working, we continuously make changes until the final product is working the way we want it to.
But in trading, constantly tweaking our strategies is a recipe for disaster because we’re not building a final product. Put another way, we can’t force the market to behave exactly the way we want it to.
Successful trading is about reading and reacting, not changing and creating. It’s about coming to terms with the fact that we have very little control – actually, none whatsoever – over what opportunities the market will give us on any given day.
[ Details / Source: Above is our hand-picked KEY excerpt(s) from this full article: "Why Most People Fail As Traders" ]
Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:42 am
by Rob Wile
Wanna know how long Apple’s gonna keep moving up?
Maybe you should look to Starbucks.
We recently came across Select Sector SPDR’s Correlation Tracker. The site tells you which stocks and ETFs have the highest and lowest correlations to any given ticker.
The three-year movement on AAPL, it turns out, has a .98 correlation coefficient with SBUX
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Posted April 20, 2012 at 3:00 am
Contrary to popular belief, the potential investment gains of a future event do not become instantly priced into a stock the moment that future event becomes reality. Usually there is an initial pop, followed by a quick pull back, and then the larger move emerges.
So let’s talk about China. The big fear gripping China traders right now is that Chinese growth is slowing and that their economy may experience what is called a hard landing. A hard landing is when economic growth suddenly and swiftly drops. For instance, China GDP is currently on an 8% pace, and a drop to 5% would be considered a hard landing.
So if the Chinese are successful and can pull off a soft landing, it could potentially ignite a powerful rally as the central planners start loosening monetary policy. This will immediately benefit Chinese financial services stocks.
Under this “what if?” scenario, the best play would be through the ETF iShares Trust FTSE China 25 Index (symbol: FXI).
52% of FXI’s exposure is to financial services, 18% is committed to Telecom, and the balance is in Basic Materials and Energy. The bottom line is that if the Chinese are successful in containing inflation, then they will eventually loosen monetary policy and that will unleash massive economic growth.
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Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:52 am
How does a mentor make you a better trader? Think of it this way, if you are trying to get better at golf, there are a number of different things that you can do to improve your game. Problem is, you may not know what those things are, nor where to start, or how to implement them.
If you had a teacher/mentor who could cut out the superfluous and focus you more on what’s important, your learning curve would shorten drastically. Having a mentor will make you a better trader, and the process of finding a mentor will also make you a better trader as well.
A few quick codicils first…
What is a mentor?
Unless you are a new hire in the trading department at Goldman Sachs or your uncle is Paul Tudor Jones, you are going to have to redefine what you consider a “mentor” to be. Having a veteran trader sit down with you and walk you through his collected knowledge while sipping brandy by the fireplace is not going to happen.
We live in a different time where the one on one mentor/protégé relationship rarely exists in that form. If you have it, consider yourself extremely lucky. However the rest of us can still use the power of [continue to link below...]
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Posted April 18, 2012 at 3:57 am
by Stoyan Bojinov
Columbia Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategy Fund (RWG): Up 20.53%
This is the top performing active ETF year-to-date; with gains nearly double that of the S&P 500, RWG can certainly boast bragging rights when it comes to bottom-line returns.
This ETF has been able to charge ahead of most broad-based equity benchmarks thanks to its creative security selection approach; the management team behind RWG combines fundamental and quantitative analysis to select large cap securities which are deemed to have above-average growth prospects.
[ Source: The above excerpt is from this article: "Three Active ETFs Beating The Market" ]
Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:37 am
by Jason Zweig
Often, understanding where a word came from can help us understand what it does – and even what it should – mean.
In his brilliant book Against the Gods, the investment writer Peter L. Bernstein said:
The word “risk” derives from the early Italian risicare, which means “to dare.” In this sense, risk is a choice rather than a fate. The actions we dare to take, which depend on how free we are to make choices, are what the story of risk is all about. And that story helps define what it means to be a human being.
In most dictionaries, however, the standard derivations of the word don’t explain where the Italian root came from: Greek? Latin? Sanskrit?
Nor do most dictionaries give a satisfying explanation of what the root word might have meant. The Collins English Dictionary speculates that the original Italian verb, rischiare, “to be in peril,” stemmed from the Greek rhiza, or “cliff,” since sailing along rocky shores was supposedly dangerous.
But, given the range of real and imaginary hazards that ancient sailors feared (storms, diseases, sea monsters), it’s hard to see why Greek navigators would have regarded sailing past a cliff face as the epitome of “risk.” And the Oxford English Dictionary notes that this derivation is “unsupported by documentary evidence.”
The language blog odamaki recently drilled down deep into the origins of the word “risk.” The likeliest explanation: It came into Italian from the [continue]…
Posted April 9, 2012 at 3:07 am
by Jay Pestrichelli
I’ve had a few conversations recently with Buy and Hedge blog followers about how to own Apple. The main theme is that they feel like they are missing out on the incredible run this stock has been on, but are concerned that the price is too high.
As blog followers I remind them we already told them how to own Apple. At first there’s silence as if they were thinking, “wait…you did?” That’s when they realize that the indexes or ETFs we’ve blogged about already gave exposure to this juggernaut.
Whether it’sthrough the indexes of the S&P 500, SPX, or the Nasdaq 100, NDX, holders of those spreads have enjoyed the gains driven by Apple. I’ve heard the statistic that 13% of the growth of the S&P this quarter came from Apple.
We haven’t done the math on it, but since Apple constitutes 4% of the S&P and has grown 50%, by simple multiplication, that seems about right to us.
More directly, the NDX has a 17% weighting so the exposure there is even higher and gains in this index are even more attributable to Apple.
In addition, we like to look at some of the core holding ETFs [continue]…
Posted April 9, 2012 at 3:04 am
by Paul Sullivan
FINE watches have long been about more than just telling time. They have served as gifts for graduation and retirement. They have been collected and coveted for their craftsmanship. They are often flaunted as status symbols.
Even so, the current economic climate would not seem conducive for timepieces filled with wheels and springs — the finest ones do not use batteries — that start at $15,000 and go up to $1 million or more. Plus, any cellphone can tell you the time.
It turns out, though, that the market for vintage timepieces has been booming. Watches are now the sixth largest department at Christie’s, accounting for $116 million in sales in 2011. That was a 26 percent increase from the year before, and much of the growth is being driven by Asian collectors.
“We have new collectors looking at watches as alternative investments,” said Sam Hines, head of watches in Asia for Christie’s. “There has also been the formation of a trophy market.”
These trophies are watches that are very rare, if not one of a kind. Last year, the most expensive wristwatch sold at auction was a Patek Philippe chronograph from 1928, which sold in Geneva for $3.6 million, a record price for that model.