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
This time last week, there was broader-based hand wringing evident from all levels of investor participation. Emerging market currencies and equity markets were on the fringe of morphing into a contagion style, systemic sell-off that was beginning to call into question the global growth story and whether the bull market had run its course. This form of cocktail napkin, short-term analysis is what gets investors into trouble, especially when the talking heads on the business channels get caught up in the fray and only do harm with their global media reach.
Cooler heads began to prevail by last Wednesday when the S&P 500 tested 1,740 for the third time in a week but wouldn't break, sparking the shorts to run for cover and buyers to rush in from the sidelines. It resulted in a two-day rally where the S&P spiked 60 points, or 3.4%, by the closing bell last Friday. The market's penchant to react to the world of instant gratification can greatly skew investor sentiment and wreak havoc on the level of volatility that keeps millions of retail investors on the sidelines.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