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A Short Term Market Rainstorm

One of our favorite places in all the world to vacation is the Garden Island in Hawaii, Kauai. There is nothing better than hiking the famous Kalalau Trail that overlooks the famous the Nepali coast. It’s one of the most beautiful places we have been which keeps us going there over and over. The one thing we’ve learned through our multiple trips is to prepare for anything. One minute the weather will be beautiful, the next minute you could be in the middle of a jungle rainstorm (they call it the Garden Island for a reason!). A saying that we have come to know through our time there is “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” This is because the rain normally doesn’t last long before the beautiful weather comes again. The stock market acts in a similar way. As we enter 2016 it has been raining. The market has left
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4 things you can do in today’s market sell off

There is a whole lot of red on my screen today! Below is what the current markets look like. The S&P 500 (/ES) is down 1.31% . . . the Nasdaq (/NQ) is down 1.55%. It seem like whenever a day like this comes that people are calling for the end of the bull market.             While no one knows if that is a legitimate call or not (we will know in the coming months), there are a few things that people can do during a little sell like we are experiencing today. 1. Sell some puts. If you’re in need of income or if there are stocks that you really like that you are not yet in, consider selling some puts. We talk more about this strategy in our Finding Income in Today’s market video. Click here to see watch. With the rise in volatility and the
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Early Volatility to Begin the New Year

Half way through the first month of 2015 the S&P 500 is down 2.5%. Terrorism, a European recession, bad earnings and other headlines have investors across the globe are running into safe investments like government bonds. This January move actually reminds me of what happened just a year ago in 2014. The S&P 500 finished January of 2014 down -5%. That was the low point of the year as the U.S. market rallied to finish the year up 14%. This volatility to begin the year shouldn’t cause anyone to panic. It shouldn’t cause people to worry that the six year bull market is over. Rather it should be an opportunity. Let me explain . . . There is a “fear index” in the market known as the VIX (S&P 500 volatility index). To keep it at a very, very basic level, when it spikes higher there is “fear” in the
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