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Passive investing strategies look like they raise risk of big but infrequent spikes in volatility

Readers of JubakAM.Com in comments to a number of my posts recently have been kicking around the question of whether the huge increase in passive investing strategies has changed volatility in the stock market. Passive investment strategies such as indexing now make up half of all trading. That's twice the percentage of 10 years ago […]

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Stocks rally today–but I’d feel better if volume was higher and the same old big techs weren’t leading the day

Today looks like a strong rally but I've got my doubts. At the close the Standard & Poor's 500 was up 1.60%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 1.34%. The technology laden NASDAQ Composite was higher by 2.26%. The NASDAQ 100, dominated by the technology sector's biggest stocks, was up 2.34%. Apple (AAPL) gained […]

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Stocks lose much of early enthusiasm but still finish in the green

Stocks moved up modestly this morning (modest considering the damage down in the last few days) with the Standard & Poor's 500 up 0.99% at 1 p.m. New York time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ahead 0.94%, and the NASDAQ Composite gaining 1.16%. The move seems to have been fueled by strong talk from Treasury […]

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Dow plunges 800 points; S&P 500 down 4.25% at its low for the day–but what happened today?

I love this headline today on Yahoo Finance: "Stocks post worst day since June." Since June!! What else were you expecting in a rally that has become completely unmoored from any fundamentals in the real world. Remember that when some talking head ties to convince you that today's sell off was BECAUSE of a disappointing […]

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Apple’s split bails out the NASDAQ today

Shares of Apple (AAPL) split 4-1 today, helping the stock to a 3.39% gain on the day. If not for Apple (with a little aid from Amazon (AMZN), up 1.45% at the close), the last day of August might have looked a bit ugly. Even with the help from Apple and Amazon, the NASDAQ Composite […]

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Trick or Trend: Signs of nerves but nobody wants to leave the party?

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Saturday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. Something odd going on in the U.S. stock market--beyond the "won't stop" rally that is. […]

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Market passes baton back to Fed’s Powell Put for today’s rally

On Monday the Standard & Poor's 500 and the NASDAQ Composite hit new all-time highs on what I'm calling the Vaccine Put, the hope that we'll see the announcement of an approved coronavirus vaccine by early in 2021 or maybe even the end of 2020 or perhaps before the November elections. That would immediately lead […]

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What rally? Yes, tech has zoomed but the average stock in the S&P 500 was still down 28% from its February peak as of the Friday close.

Forget about a "V-shaped" recovery or a "W-shaped" bounce-pullback-move up again recovery. The talk on Wall Street is now about a "K-shaped" recovery where a handful of companies and their shares sooar ahead but where the average company and its stock lags way, way behind. The Standard & Poor's 500 and the NASDAQ Composite have […]

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Gold rallies today with stocks; is this the answer to the gold drop mystery?

Usually gold, a safe haven, time-of-fear asset, rises when stocks stumble and worries climb. Not during last week's big sell off in stocks. Then gold and gold stocks moved down along with stocks. Today, however, as the Standard & Poor's 500 rallied to end the day up 4.60% and the VIX fear index tumbled by […]

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Gold is climbing while VIX falls and stocks set new records? But why?

Gold is supposed to go up when investors and traders are looking for safe havens and hedges against market volatility. So it makes sense the gold and gold mining stocks are gaining as coronavirus stalks through the land. Gold closed up 0.99% today to $1570.50 an ounce. But the financial markets don't seem to be […]

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