Saturday, October 25, 2008

Peter Shiff - US Dollar & Gold

Guarantee A Depression Ron Paul

Friday, October 24, 2008

Get OUT of the Stocks NOW -Jim Cramer

Most popular ETFs

Standard & Poor's 500 Index Depository Receipts (SPY:AMEX)
The first and still the biggest ETF, this inexpensive fund (pronounced Spiders) tracks the S & P 500 index, which is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large-capitalization U.S. stock market performance. Some selectivity by Standard & Poor's surrounds an otherwise methodical list of the 500 largest traded firms.

Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking Stock (QQQ:AMEX)
Tracks the Nasdaq-100 index, which includes 100 of the largest companies listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization. It is widely perceived as a technology benchmark and includes computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade and biotechnology. It does not contain financial companies or investment companies.

This popular ETF Tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a benchmark of 30 blue chip stocks selected by The Wall Street Journal. The index is highly subjective and rather antiquated in its formula but serves as a good barometer for very large old-line US companies.

iShares S & P 500 (IVV:AMEX)
Barclays' slightly less expensive version of the SPDR tracks the S&P 500 index, which is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large-capitalization U.S. stock market performance. Some selectivity by Standard & Poor's surrounds an otherwise methodical list of the 500 largest traded firms.

Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 SPDRs (MDY:AMEX)
Tracks the S & P MidCap 400 index, which measures the performance of the mid-size company segment of the U.S. market and complements the S&P 500 seamlessly.

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM:AMEX)
Tracks the Russell 2000 index, a popular benchmark for mid- and small-cap companies. The Russell 2000 Index represents the second tier of U.S. equities, or companies with market values between $20 million and $300 million, which account for approximately 8 to 9 percent of the total market. Russell's methodology leads to relatively high turnover.

The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund tracks the MSCI EAFE Index, the top non-US large capitalization index that includes all major economies (except US) and no emerging markets. A popular way to gain foreign exposure.

Total Stock Market VIPERs (VTI:AMEX)
The Vanguard Group's core portfolio ETF tracks the Wilshire 5000 broad market index, which is one of the broadest index for the U.S. equity market, measuring the performance of the vast majority of all U.S. headquartered public companies. Considered an excellent proxy to the US economy as a whole.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homeowner Forclosure Bailout

The federal government is working on a loan-guarantee plan that could help many homeowners escape foreclosure, a banking regulator told Congress Thursday. At the same time former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the financial crisis will get worse before it gets better. Accused of contributing to the meltdown, but denying that it was his fault, Greenspan told a House panel the crisis left him -- an unabashed free-market advocate -- in a "state of shocked disbelief."

Some critics have blamed Greenspan for contributing to the problem by leaving interest rates too low for too long and for failing to regulate risky banking practices such as the issuance of subprime mortgage. But he put the blame on soaring mortgage foreclosures on overeager investors who did not properly take into account the threats that would be posed once home prices stopped surging upward.

Greenspan called the global financial crisis is a "once in a century credit tsunami" that policymakers did not anticipate. He said that he and others who believed lending institutions would do a good job of protecting their shareholders are in a "state of shocked disbelief." And Greenspan also blamed the problems on heavy demand for securities backed by subprime mortgages by investors who did not worry that the boom in home prices might come to a crashing halt.

Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., told the Senate Banking Committee that the government can do more to help tens of thousands of home borrowers avert foreclosure. She suggested the government set standards for modifying mortgages into more affordable loans and providing loan guarantees to banks and other mortgage services that meet them.

"Loan guarantees could be used as an incentive for servicers to modify loans," Bair said. "By doing so, unaffordable loans could be converted into loans that are sustainable over the long term." The FDIC is working "closely and creatively" with the Treasury Department on such a plan, she said. (excerpts from M Crutsinger and M Gordon, AP Writers)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ron Paul - The Truth about the Economy

Monday, October 20, 2008

Japanese Candlestick Charts

Candlestick charts provide the same information as a bar chart (open, high, low and close prices)
but does so in a clearer, easier to recognize style, in fact a visual depiction of price action during a single time period or series of time periods.

One candlestick itself can provide important information about the strength or weakness of the market during a given day or other time period, visually portraying where the close is relative to the open. Although one candle can be significant, depending upon its location on a chart, a candlestick pattern usually takes several candlesticks to produce chart formations that give the best signals.

Candlesticks may look identical but have an entirely different meaning after an uptrend than they do after a downtrend. Because they can be used in analysis in much the same way as bar charts, candlestick charts have quickly become a favorite of traders and analysts since being introduced to the West in 1990. Candlestick analysts have also added a little mystique to candlestick charts by giving various patterns clever names and providing more descriptive characteristics for these patterns than is the case in typical bar chart analysis.

Both types of charts, bar and candlestick, have their double tops, inside days, gaps and other formations. But candlestick analysis ascribes more meaning to the candlestick “bodies” – price action between the open and close – and to the “shadows” or “tails” – price action that takes place outside of the open-close range for a period.

Because of their popularity in recent years, you should become acquainted with the nuances and terms of candlestick charts if you aren’t already.

Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) are becoming more and more popular in the every day market. There are several ETF's available that trade millions of shares per day. The heavy volume translates to high liquidity, qualifying many of them as great Day Trade candidates. Some great examples of ETF's that qualify are QQQQ, DIA, SPY, QID, QLD, IWM, and many more! Of course, knowing when to trade and in which direction is the key to profitability.

We use 4 key rules to help maximize your ETF trading profits:
1) Careful Position Entry: When you initiate a trade based on a signal, the reasoning behind the
trade will be clear. We do not feel the need to have an open position at all times--every trade
will have a purpose and statistical probability of profit.
2) Strictly Limit Risk: Your day trading alerts on ETF's will be wrong sometimes. That is why
every day trade will have a well-defined stop loss that gets you out of the position as soon as
the trade is clearly moving in the wrong direction.
3) Let the winners ride: Scalpers and losing traders like to take profits quickly. We believe in
holding positions for as long as they still have a reasonable chance at even bigger profits. Once
an ETF trade has moved solidly into profitable range, we will often move our stop to our
entry price and hold the trade until it has PROVEN to us that it isn't going to breakout even
more. This will often result in a day trade that exceeds our original profit goals.
4) Scale In/Out: Initiate Trades with 1/4 of your intended position and Add-on in 1/4's as long
as the support holds. The same strategy is used as an trade exit - start selling your position as
it approaches target levels. This gives you an option to let a partial position "ride" while locking
in profits on the balance.

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