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David Keller: A Deeper Look at Factor ETFs

"The trend is evident to a man who has an open mind and reasonably clear sight."  -Edwin Lefevre, in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

I have a series of ChartLists that I follow during the day as a way to get a sense of the overall market trend.  One of the pages displays the four iShares MSCI factor ETFs, those that track Momentum (MTUM), Quality (QUAL), Size (SIZE), and Value (VLUE).  

I’ve found this to be a great complement to other pages which track broad market indexes, market internals and sector and industry performance.  By flipping through these pages, I can get a sense of what’s driving the market over time.

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Mary Ellen McGonagle: Semiconductors-Determining an Uptrend Reversal Depends on Your Style of Investing

Using Three Indicators With Three Different Chart “Time Periods” Will Guide Your Decisions.

Semiconductor stocks rose 74% from June of last year to its recent peak in June with many individual stocks going even higher.  As we all know, stocks don’t advance continuously so at some point, moves like this are prone to a pullback at the very least and in some cases a correction or worse.

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David Keller: Candle Patterns for Long-Term Investors

"The average long-term experience in investing is never surprising, but the short-term experience is always surprising."  -Charles Ellis

I have spent much of my career working with long-term investors to generate ideas and manage risk using technical analysis.  Parts of the technical toolkit actually seem much better suited for short-term trading.  However, from a tactical perspective, tools like candle patterns can be a good gauge of short-term sentiment and risk/reward parameters.  This can help long-term investors to identify better entry and exit points as they build or trim positions.

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