The Die Is Cast

Let’s talk about the yield curve. What is it? Yield curve is a visual representation of the “spread” or difference between government bonds of different maturities. For example, if the 10yr bond has a rate of 2% and the 2yr bond has a rate of 1% that would mean the 10y/2y spread is 1%, or … Read more

13 Tickers with Henry Gambell

13 Tickers

One thing traders tend to think about too late in their pilgrimage to success is the list of symbols, or tickers they’re going to trade. I don’t think you should confine yourself to just stocks, so I’m being broad with the title of this, but you should really consider the products you’re going to trade … Read more

Sector Rotation

Sector Rotation

It’s Fed day again! The time when markets come to a standstill as they hold their breath, waiting anxiously for nuanced words in the report, and of course, what the interest rate will be. I have covered this event before in a Simpler Blog named “Don’t Fight the Fed” so I won’t repeat all that … Read more

Run Through the Jungle

Run Through the Jungle

In recent weeks, we’ve been a slave to the tweets. Namely, two weeks ago for the FOMC meeting that had little reaction and then a 50 point move appeared after, you guessed it: Trump tweeting. And so a wave of confusion persists. Personally, I’m reminding myself that if cash is my position, then I’m naturally … Read more

Fail Fast

Fail Fast

“Fail fast” was a phrase taught to me during a business coaching presentation while I was in my financial advising career in my mid 20’s. It is a phrase that has stuck with me ever since because of its power and seemingly contradictory meaning. Nobody likes to fail at something, right? Yet here was a … Read more

Another leg down for the Dow

Another Leg Down for the Dow?

Wednesday’s session wasn’t for the faint of heart. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 800 points from the previous day’s close, and as financial media was quick to point out, the largest loss in 2019. While that is a noteworthy statistic the index is no stranger to significant declines. In December, prices fell more than … Read more

The Coming China Dollar Problem

The Coming China Dollar Problem

The U.S. Dollar has been very much in focus over the past couple of months. Traders believe that the Fed’s easing policies may have a negative effect on the Dollar moving forward. It won’t, and here is why. All currencies are traded as relative value, meaning that in order for the Dollar to fall another … Read more

Fed-News-Volatility

Fed News Volatility

Sometimes the Federal Reserve releasing news can be a non event for the market. Other times it can cause the markets to create wild swings up or down depending on the market’s reaction to the announcement. There are several things to keep in mind when a Fed Announcement is going to occur: 1. Is the … Read more

Simpler Trading - Unusual Territory

Unusual Territory

Today’s blog is going to be more of an anecdotal one. As a stock market professional who spends all day seeing, listening, and consuming market related and political information, I thought I would share with you a general summary of the unusual territory we are finding ourselves in. There are some growing divergences in a … Read more