December 2015

By Daniel P. Collins
The argument between active vs. passive management is widely thought to be over, with passive investing declared the winner.
By Daniel P. Collins
The argument between active vs. passive management is widely thought to be over, with passive investing declared the winner.
By Garrett Baldwin
Active managers can’t beat the market! That’s the message from naysayers of stock pickers as they urge investors to settle for passive index funds and take what the market can give them.
By Garrett Baldwin
Why do most active equity mutual funds underperform? The common perception is that active funds lag for two reasons: Poor stock-picking skills and high management fees.
By Garrett Baldwin
The rise of Robo-advisers has dramatically affected the broader debate about active and passive management. Robo-advising has targeted a perceived vulnerability among active management: Fees.
By Daniel P. Collins
While the general benefits of passive investing hold true, quality active managers do outperform and can be identified.
By Daniel P. Collins
As the equity bull market rolled along in the 1980s the argument began that passive indexes outperformed active managers at a lower cost began to take hold.
By Michael Kitces
The debate rages today on whether robo-advisors threaten human advisors or whether solutions combining technological and human potential ultimately will prevail.
By Steven Lord
What do some of the most successful investors of the modern era: Ackman, Icahn, Dalio, Paulson and Griffin have in common? They run large hedge funds.
By W. Ben Hunt
There’s no doubt that the Fed’s impositions of its zero-interest-rate policy (ZIRP) and numerous bouts of quantitative easing (QE) since the 2008 credit crisis have worked to the detriment of active investors and traders alike.
By Daniel P. Collins

EBS BrokerTec, ICAP’s electronic foreign exchange and fixed income business, announced it acquired Molten Markets Inc., a foreign exchange technology provider for asset managers and pension funds. The acquisition will enable EBS BrokerTec to provide asset managers with an execution management system and trade cost analysis. 

By Daniel P. Collins
In reading Garrett Baldwin’s interview with Thomas Howard, I had a “Duh” moment. When discussing Howard’s research I was initially skeptical but interested in reading new evidence of the value of active investing.
By Christine Short
Metals, both precious and base, go off of script
By Ronnie Moas
The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) could go to $250-$275 based on comments by Hillary Clinton highlighting a proposal to cap costs on certain prescription drugs.
By John Rawlins
Cycle Projection Oscillator: Rocket science meets markets
By Rocco Pellegrinelli
As of Sept. 30, the Trendrating model was generating 76% bearish ratings (C & D) on the 37 gold-related stocks currently rated.
By Michael Richter

If you are in the futures business and haven’t taken steps – or taken the right steps – to minimize the threat of cyber attacks, consider yourself warned. If you think you’re off the hook because your trading and clearing systems are not Internet facing, think again. Those systems may be less vulnerable, but they are still susceptible to targeted attacks. Even the U.S.

By Steven Zhang
Predictive analytics from historical price patterns.
By Joe Cornell
On Sept. 28, 2015, SPX Corp. (SPXC, formerly SPW) completed the spin-off of SPX Flow Inc. (FLOW).
By Pete Thomas Andy Waldock

Pete Thomas

It’s hard to believe that a 3,000-year-old market can be so vital and dynamic in our current modern society. The recent batch of economists’ mantra want you to believe that gold is a static market because it pays no interest, so it has no returns just like the T-Bill market.

By Steve Reitmeister
Zacks ranks industries & stocks to own now.
By J Burr Vannatta

Various artists 

Whatever Nevermind

Two broad types of tribute albums exist: single artist or various artists. The former sees one artist paying homage to another by covering a selection of songs (full album or assortment of songs). The latter assembles a group of artists who presumably share an affinity for the original artist.

By Yesenia Duran

(1) Prophet X charting/quote/news system on Dell Desktop; ICE Chat Instant Message communication software (2) QuikStrike propriety options computation software running on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (3) SamSung Galaxy cell phone (floor backup) (4) iPhone 6S

By Tyler Vigen

Which of the following correlates with the annual price of gold?

A: The base population of Fort Knox in Kentucky.
B: A monthly keyword search of the word “gold” in the Wall Street Journal.
C: The annual value of all cafeteria food sold in elementary schools.

By Hillary Choo

Since the onset of extraordinary accommodation from the Federal Reserve following the 2008 credit crisis, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and current Chair Janet Yellen have both publicly contemplated unwinding from the extraordinary measures. Press reports refer to this seemingly inevitable action as taking away the “punch bowl.” 

By Yesenia Duran

Every now and again, an odd correlation or pattern gains traction in the markets. 
Data gets assembled, analyzed, reviewed, reanalyzed, disseminated and then sensationalized. For some, it becomes a basis of traders’ decision-making process. 

Other times, it becomes part of Wall Street lore. 

By Neil Azous
Gold is close to 50% off of its 2011 high, causing some to question whether the current bull cycle is over.
By Daniel P. Collins
Gold as an inflation hedge may be overpriced.
By Ashraf Laidi
You’ve probably heard about the January Effect, where the January performance of major U.S. equity indexes predicts their performance for the entire year.
By Dan Keegan
How to profit from a narrowing range? Short straddles.
By Uri Gruenbaum
TipRanks tracks and measures financial experts based upon the success of their recommendations.
By Brent Plunkett
There have been countless articles written on active vs. passive investing. They almost all conclude that over time only 15% to 20% of active funds outperform their passive benchmark.
By Steven K. Beckner
Although Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she and her colleagues will probably start raising short-term interest rates “sometime later this year,” the timing of initial rate hikes remains uncertain...
By Matt Weller

Almost exactly six years ago, the International Olympic Committee awarded Rio de Janeiro the “privilege” of hosting the 2016 Olympics, and frankly, who could blame them? 

By Daniel P. Collins
Most Canadians prefer playing their sports on water that is frozen, but Levente Mady, a former member of the Canadian Olympic swim team and water polo coach doesn’t mind swimming against the tide.
By Bramesh Bhandari
Market strength and the breadth of a move’s support are important on all levels. The Arms Index is an excellent short-term gauge of this strength and is a reliable tool for traders.
By Howard L. Simons
For many, the stock market (and the economy) are defined by a few major stock indexes, but are these markets really connected? What does this mean for those of us who trade them?
By Kevin J. Davey
Many traders get caught in a losing groove, regardless of their methodology. Often this is because of their development approach. Here is a primer on developing a strategy the right way.
By Kathryn M. Kaminski
For years successful CTAs have rated risk management as the key factor to their success.
By Andreas F. Clenow
How one simple rule can have a dramatic change on your trading performance over the long term. Hint: Who‘s your friend?
By Christopher Mistal Jeffrey A. Hirsch
Actionable cycles, indicators and patterns from the 48th edition of Stock Trader’s Almanac
By Abby Higgs
This fall, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced plans to crack down on Wall Street.
By Bill DeBuse
Volume is the probability signal that confirms moves and warns of reversals. However, most traders do not evaluate it properly.