The Law of Demand

The Law of Demand

The law of demand and it’s application The law of demand and it’s application to fundamental analysis of commodities rests upon an understanding of consumer behavior. The factors which characterize consumer choice and how the market place reflects individual consumer responses are key components of this economic theory. Understanding what factors have affected demand in the past will help to develop expectations about demand in the future and its impact on market price. Demand for a particular product or service represents how much people are willing to purchase at various prices….

Gaps and Gap Analysis

Gaps and Gap Analysis

What are gaps and what do they mean? Have you ever wondered what causes gaps in price charts and what they mean? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Just in case, a gap is an area on a price chart in which there were no trades. Normally this occurs between the close of the market on one day and the next day’s open. Lot’s of things can cause this, such as an earnings report coming out after the stock market has closed for the day. If the earnings were…

Longtime Dividend Payers Trio

Longtime Dividend Payers Trio

This trio of longtime dividend payers is offering up tasty yields, but are they good deals? A dividend yield alone doesn’t tell you the full story. But when you see reliable longtime dividend-paying companies like ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(NYSE:HP) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) offering up yields near the high end of their historical yield ranges, it’s time to do a deep dive. The real question investors need to ask is: Are the big yields a real bargain? Pain in the oil patch The situations at Exxon and Helmerich both have the same root cause:…

Bulls, Bears and the Farm

Bulls, Bears and the Farm

Bulls, Bears and the Farm On Wall Street, the bulls and bears are in a constant struggle. If you haven’t heard of these terms already, you undoubtedly will as you begin to invest. The Bulls A bull market is when everything in the economy is great, people are finding jobs, gross domestic product (GDP) is growing, and stocks are rising. Things are just plain rosy! Picking stocks during a bull market is easier because everything is going up. Bull markets cannot last forever though, and sometimes they can lead to dangerous situations if stocks become overvalued. If a…

Professional Forex Trading Strategies

Professional Forex Trading Strategies

Nial Fuller’s Professional Forex Trading Strategies About Nial Fuller: I’ve been trading the markets for over 10 years now, and I have learned every lesson you can imagine along the way. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that ‘simple is better’. This is the main point I try to convey to my students and it’s why I don’t use a ton of indicators or messy trading systems. My primary mission after becoming a successful trader has been to help other traders “see the light” of simple price action trading….

Trading Discipline Waste Of Time?

Trading Discipline Waste Of Time?

Is Trading Discipline a Waste Of Time? The greatest economist that ever lived was John Maynard Keynes. (All the Austrian School economists, indulge me for a minute). But besides saving capitalism and setting the foundation for our modern world, Keynes was a damn good trader. Here is how Keynes performed during the depth of the Great Depression managing the endowment of King College. He managed to increase it tenfold over a period of twenty years. As you can see, for a pointy headed academic, Keynes was a very skilled trader….

What Is An Option?

What Is An Option?

For Options Beginners, What Is An Option? You heard the hype on TV infomercials. You may have seen full page advertisements in the newspaper or received mail filled with get-rich-quick promises. All you have to do is pay a few thousand dollars and attend some seminars. Forget it. That’s not a sound method for learning about the advantages of using options. But, what is an option? Options allow an investor to reduce risk and provide an improved chance to profit from stock market investments. But first, it’s necessary to understand the basic…

Artificial Intelligence Stocks in 2016

Artificial Intelligence Stocks in 2016

How Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks Are Performing in 2016 2016 has rewarded some leading artificial intelligence stocks and punished others, but this long-term growth market is just getting started The rise of artificial intelligence, or AI, services — one of the fastest-growing markets in tech — should be a boon for consumers and investors alike. In fact, researcher IDC predicts AI and cognitive systems technology sales are primed to simply explode in the years to come, rising from an estimated $8 billion this year to $47 billion in 2020. Though…

Stocks or Bonds

Stocks or Bonds

Stocks or Bonds for Your Retirement Account? Stocks are riskier than bonds which is why they have a higher expected return. The right risks, taken Foolishly, can pay off in the long run. “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” — James Bryant Conant, American diplomat In our Foolish Steps to Retirement, we recognize that we’re going to have to take risks to reap rewards. Market risk (the chance you will lose money) and reward (the chance that your investments will head skyward) travel…

Whats Going Right and Wrong in U.S. Economy

Whats Going Right and Wrong in U.S. Economy

Here’s Whats Going Right and Wrong in the U.S. Economy Seven years into the economic recovery and three months before a presidential election, how is the United States economy doing? Two reports released on Friday reveal the ways in which the economy is humming along brilliantly — and the things that are very worrying. We’ll start with the good news. G.D.P. Better Than It Looks The big headline about second-quarter G.D.P. was that the economy grew at only 1.2 percent, far below the 2.5 percent that analysts had forecast. But…