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Back in the summer of 2007, when I was working for Lehman Brothers, I had a vacation to the Bahamas planned. This was unusual for me. Up until that point, in six years of working for Lehman, I had taken about five vacation days—total. But my wife and I were…
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When fear levels are raising and people are losing their cool, it is hard to want to be anywhere near the stock market. Trying to pick the absolute bottom is almost impossible, and really should not even be your goal. At times like these, crowd psychology plays a bigger role…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market. EQ: The market as a whole is having a tough time right now. The S&P 500 broke through pullback territory, and is on the cusp of hitting…
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My good friend Barry Ritholtz, famous for launching The Big Picture blog (and since graduating to being a regular Bloomberg columnist as well as writing a weekly column for the Washington Post), is well-known for being a contrarian. Barry is a regular dinner partner when I get to New York,…
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We all have emotions. Even if you try to operate in the stock market without any emotion, it is really difficult. Even if you fully expect an overdue correction, when it does finally arrive, you still see most market participants get nervous. Market corrections are scary. Watching your gains disappear…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market. EQ: The market has had a pretty rough week thus far, adding to the downward move we’ve been experiencing since mid-September. At the same time, expectations for…
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As I have mentioned over the last few weeks, the tide has started to go out, the market leadership was getting narrower, the advance decline line was deteriorating, and the new-low list was expanding. Those are all serious body blows for a market to take. That is when the market…
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Will Rogers was adored in his era as both an actor and as a humorist. Not surprisingly, because of his common sense, or “horse sense,” he was also known as a terrific investor. To paraphrase* one of his quotes, he liked to say, “I only buy stocks that go up…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market. EQ: Less than two weeks ago, the S&P 500 established a new all-time high and for the most part, stocks looked to be in pretty good shape.…
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I have suggested for a few weeks that the stock market was prepared to go on sale. My thoughts were to get ready for it, be defensive and get your wish list ready. That is, make a list of the stocks you “wish you bought at lower prices” and get…
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The VIX Index, which measures volatility, has been at extremely low levels. At the same time, the S&P 500 has been climbed to record high levels. While high volatility can offer excellent buying opportunities, the inverse relation between VIX and the S&P 500 shows that low volatility is good for…
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There was a lot of excitement from investors when Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) recently completed its IPO. While the company’s shares were priced at $68, they're currently trading at around $90, giving Alibaba a market cap of over $230 billion. One of the biggest beneficiaries from…
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