Over the weekend, Russian armed forces comprised of 150,000 troops and 900 tanks massed along the eastern Ukrainian border in what has been described by the Russian government as 'military exercises.' That official statement went out the window this morning at 10 a.m. ET, when headlines crossed the tape that, according to the Ukrainian defense minister, the Russian fleet has given Ukrainian forces in Crimea until 10 p.m. ET to surrender or 'face a storm' (translated: forced invasion).
The fact that in the first hour of trading the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq were all lower by just 1%-1.5% is remarkable. Clearly, the steep losses overnight in Europe and Asia are not being carried over to U.S. markets and instead are actually cushioning the sell-side pressure as capital flows aggressively out of Europe, Asia and emerging markets into our markets, which are considered to be a much safer haven.Read
One of the most widely-followed investor sentiment surveys is that published by the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). Every Thursday, AAII ranks the mood of the Main Street investor, and the result, in my view, is a good measure of reality as to how the economy is affecting the biggest segment of the economy, the middle class. The survey is simple, with only three categories – Bullish, Neutral and Bearish. Each participant gets to vote on one category, after which the numbers are published, accompanied by selective commentary.
Historically, the survey has been a good contrarian indicator, meaning if it's too bullish, the market is probably ready for a pause or corrective action. Too bearish, and it's probably a good time to buy risk-on assets. Last week's AAII sentiment survey showed that, for the fourth consecutive week, optimism that stock prices will rise over the next six months stayed slightly above its historical average. Bullish sentiment increased 0.8 percentage points to 40.5%, versus the historical average of 39.0%.Read
The compare and contrast feature includes a table of guaranteed yields reflecting current yields as a way to compare risk-free investments versus recommendations within the Cash Machine service. Having a handle on what Jumbo Certificates of Deposit, Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Ginnie Maes and Money Markets are paying provides important reference points for investors stepping outside these traditional and ultra-safe investments.
Yields determined as of 2/10/14.
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For almost a decade, Bryan has brought his expertise on high-yielding investments to the Cash Machine service. His main goal is to help income investors craft a portfolio that will pay a reliable income even during the worst of times. Read