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How To Avoid The Mistake Most Investors Are Making

By: Brad Briggs of Street Authority

It finally ended...

The Federal Reserve recently announced that it would end its third (and possibly final) round of quantitative easing (QE).

This brings to close the $1.7 trillion that was pumped into the economy in this round alone. October marked the last month of the $15 billion in monthly bond purchases -- down from $85 billion when QE3 started in 2012 -- and ends the nearly six-year bond purchasing program.

You can see what the program has done to the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve:

The central bank's bond purchasing program has sent the stock market soaring... and hopefully you've been able to capitalize on this tremendous bull market. [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30492618

Miriam's Kitchen - INO Cares

On Thursday, November 13th, a small group of INO.com employees left the office early and headed down to Washington, D.C. We donned aprons and hats and got to work at Miriam's Kitchen. The chef and sou chefs efficiently directed our team. We helped create a delicious meal for over 140 men and women of the chronically homeless community.

When the doors opened and our guests arrived, we lined the window and served our guests their dinner. Our guests shared many thank-yous and grateful smiles as they accepted their trays. The gratitude was contagious!

After we finished serving dinner and cleaned the kitchen, members of the INO Team gushed about the experience. One of the first question they asked me was, "when can we do this again?" It was a wonderful evening and an organization which we will continue to support!

There are over 7,000 homeless individuals in Washington, D.C., 1,764 of which are chronically homeless. Miriam's Kitchen is committed to ending homelessness in D.C. by establishing meaningful relationships with chronically homeless individuals, connecting them with permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.

Miriam's Kitchen serves breakfast and dinner to 200-300 people each day, 365 days a year. They also provide mental health services, medical services, legal services, therapeutic resources, clothing and toiletries and housing assistance. To learn more about Miriam's Kitchen or how you can help, please visit www.miriamskitchen.org.

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
The INO Cares Team

In The Week Ahead: This Stock's Breakout Signals More Gains Ahead in 2014

By: John Kosar of Street Authority

All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory for the fourth consecutive week, led by the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, which gained 1.6% and is now up 17.6% for the year. This index has been a major focus of mine since the Aug. 25 Market Outlook. Its move above major overhead resistance at 4,147 this month was an important catalyst for the recent strength in the broader market.

On a sector basis, technology, consumer discretionary and materials led. Utilities, energy and financials trailed the pack and finished the week in negative territory.

Cisco Systems Resuming 2011 Uptrend?

The recent strength and leadership shown by the technology sector resulted in a potential buying opportunity in Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO). I discussed the topic Wednesday on CNBC, just before the tech bellwether announced its fiscal first-quarter earnings.

CSCO, which is the 10th largest constituent stock comprising 3.3% of the technology sector index, broke out to the upside on Friday from 15 months of sideways action that indicated investor indecision.

CSCO Stock Market Outlook Chart

This breakout indicates that CSCO's larger August 2011 advance has resumed and targets a move to $32, 22% above Friday's close. This will remain valid as long as the upper boundary of the indecision area at $25.90 loosely contains prices on the downside as underlying support. [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30492662

Rocks to Riches with Thomas Schuster

The Gold Report: Thomas, the price of gold sank in October even as the stock market was rebounding. Can gold also rebound?

Thomas Schuster: Gold will rebound, it always has and always will. The mining market is almost violently cyclic. Deep lows are followed by spectacular highs. The tough question is when will the gold price rebound happen? There are a lot of nay-saying precious metal bears in the market right now. Many forecasters are predicting that gold will continue to trade within a narrow range around $1,1001,225/ounce ($1,1001,225/oz) over the next few years.

"Integra Gold Corp.'s project looks very promising."

But the fact is, on a global scale, we are not replacing reserves as fast as we're mining them. That simple fact supports only one outcome: higher prices. A recent report on gold production by SNL Metals Mining observes that when we look at the amount of potential future production from major discoveries made over the last 15 years, we could only replace, at best, 50% of gold produced during that same period. The report also points out that the average time to bring a newly discovered mine into production has been significantly increasing. For mines that went into production between 1985 and 1995, the average wait was eight years from discovery to production. For mines that went into production between 2006 and 2013, the average wait is 18 years.

There are many reasons for this more details are needed in feasibility work-ups, there are more stringent social and environmental standards, and more demanding permitting processes. Many of these mines are of lower grade. They are more remote, and require lots of capital for developing infrastructure and processing capacities. The capital market is poor at the moment; it is difficult to raise money and it takes more time to move into production than it did before.

TGR: Why was gold so high previously and what happened to the price, in your opinion? Why was it so high, and why did it fall so far? [Read more...]

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How Midterm Elections Could Lead To 17.5% Returns In Less Than A Year

By: Christian Hudspeth of Street Authority

The most recent election was a good night for Republicans, but possibly even better for investors.

That's not necessarily because Republican wins lead to better stock returns, but because historically the market performs better in the year following midterm elections.

In fact, there's a 66% chance that the market will post positive gains for 2014, according to research by StockTradersAlmanac.com.

Looking at stock market movements from every midterm election from 1970 to 2010, their research found that 66% of the time the stock market ended higher from election day to year's end.

And for all midterms since 1970, the stock market gained an average of 2.1% from election day to the end of year. You can see for yourself in the table below:

If a 2.1% gain possibility over the next two months doesn't sound groundbreaking, then this might.

Holding stocks for a full year after a midterm has historically been very profitable, according to research by Chief Equity Strategist Sam Stovall of SP Capital IQ. [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30491505

In the Week Ahead: Is A Market Bottom Finally In Place?

By: John Kosar of Street Authority

All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, for only the second time since Aug. 29, led by the Russell 2000, which gained 4.9%. This is good news for the market as small-cap stocks have lagged in a big way all year. The Russell 2000 is up just 0.9% year to date compared with 15.8% for the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 and 9.2% for the broad market SP 500.

Another good sign is that, despite the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcing the end of its bond-buying program on Wednesday, the SP 500 rose by an additional 1.7% into Friday's close. This suggests that, despite a lot of investor apprehension beforehand, the market ultimately interpreted the Federal Reserve's action as evidence that it believes the U.S. economy is finally strong enough to stand on its own two feet.

From a sector standpoint, last week's rally was led by technology, up 3.3%, and financials, up 3.2%. This is another good sign for the overall market between now and year end as these sectors typically outperform amid expectations for a strengthening U.S. economy.

Technology Stocks at a Key Inflection Point

In the Aug. 25 Market Outlook, I discussed an important overhead resistance level at 4,147 in the Nasdaq 100. I said, "Major benchmark highs like this one are seldom meaningfully and sustainably broken without at least a multi-week corrective decline first."

The index peaked three and a half weeks later, at 4,119 on Sept. 19, and then subsequently declined by 10.2% into the Oct. 15 low. The SP 500 declined by 9.8% during the same period.

The Nasdaq 100 managed to edge slightly above 4,147 last week, which represents the September 2000 benchmark high, closing at 4,158 on Friday.

The more time this market-leading index spends above 4,147, the more likely that a major breakout is emerging that would clear the way for a continued rise into year end.

Investors Breathing a Sigh of Relief [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30489502

Oil Prices Are At Two-Year Lows - Should You Buy Now?

By: Eric Winter of Street Authority

Stock exchanges are not alone in seeing prices pull back lately. In at least one case, however, that is actually a good thing.

Drivers both state-side and abroad have no doubt felt the pain at the pump subsiding this fall. In the United States, many gas stations are now hawking unleaded for under $3.00 a gallon -- a welcome sight in my eyes, at least.

Those lower prices have come at a cost to some portfolios, however.

Oil prices have been steadily declining since making highs in June, falling from north of $104 to around $81 at the time this article was written. Considering that nearly every industry is affected by oil in some way, this means there’s a good chance some of your holdings have fallen in tandem.

Naturally, oil explorers, producers, and those along the supply chain have been hit the hardest. Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), the world’s largest oil company by revenue, has fallen 11% since July. In contrast, the SP 500 is only down 2.6% in the same time period. [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30487828

CF Cycle for Life - INO Cares

It was a beautiful morning! Although chilly and very windy, it was still a great day for a bike ride. We bundled up, broke out the spandex and jumped on our bicycles to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Ride for Life at Herrington Harbour in North Beach, Maryland. Our November INO Cares project was a great success. We helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise over $40K and we had two newbie cyclists each finish a 20 and 40 mile race! Family and friends came to cheer on our riders and join us for a great after-party.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a fantastic organization that funds research in hopes of finding a cure to this fatal genetic disorder. Learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the nationwide Cycle For Life events.

Best,

Lindsay Bittinger
The INO Cares Team

In The Week Ahead: No Clear Sign Of A Market Bottom

All major U.S. stock indices finished in the red again last week except for the Russell 2000, which gained 2.8%, reversing the pattern that we have seen for most of this year where small-cap stocks lag the market. This emerging strength in small caps may be a good sign for the market between now and year end. But, for now, the broad market SP 500, blue-chip Dow industrials and tech bellwether Nasdaq 100 are all negative for 2014 with no clear sign of a bottom in sight.

All sectors of the SP 500 posted losses last week except for industrials, materials and utilities. One potential bright spot is that my own ETF-based metric shows the biggest inflow of investor assets last week went into energy. Should this continue, it may be a leading indication of a fourth-quarter buying opportunity in this downtrodden sector. Stay tuned.

Keep Your Eyes Focused on Europe

In last week's Market Outlook, I discussed a bearish head-and-shoulders formation in Germany's DAX index that targeted an additional 11% decline to 7,800. I said the positive long-term correlation between the DAX and the SP 500 implied that the broader U.S. market may also be vulnerable to more weakness.

Despite last week's modest rebound, the 7,800 downside target remains valid as long as the March 14 and Aug. 8 lows near 8,913 loosely contain the index on the upside.

The next chart shows the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA) broke down last week below the $165.51 support level that I first identified in the May 12 Market Outlook. The ETF has key resistance at $165.63 to $168.78, which contains the 200-day moving average (major trend proxy), the 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracements of the Sept. 19 decline, and the 50-day moving average (minor trend proxy). [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30487118

4 Lessons From Buffett That Every Investor Needs To Know

By: Eric Winter of Street Authority

Behind each trade or investment, they are there... lurking, waiting to reveal themselves during a moment of weakness.

They are the four fears of investing.

I learned about these early into my trading career, and I've been a victim of each one over time. All drama aside, they affect every investor or trader who actively manages his or her own money.

In no particular order, the four fears are as follows:

1. Fear Of Loss
2. Fear Of Missing Out
3. Fear Of Letting A Profit Turn Into A Loss
4. Fear Of Being Wrong

Despite their prevalence, there are fortunately many methods to help conquer each of these fears. One of these tools comes from the long career and immortalized wisdom of the Oracle of Omaha himself.

While I can't be 100% sure what Warren Buffett would say in regard to each of these problems, we can use his bank of interview quotes and newsletter excerpts to infer what the billionaire would say about understanding and conquering each problem. [Read more...]

Article source: http://www.streetauthority.com/node/30486500

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