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Gold And The Equity Markets

 November 28 2015     David Templeton
Gold prices have not been immune to the broader issues facing the overall commodity market. Year to date, the price of gold is down 10.8% while the broader CRB Commodity Index is down 20.3%. A part of the issue negatively impacting the price of gold is output is outpacing demand. With the decline in the price of gold the cost to extract gold exceeds the market price in many cases.From The Blog of ...

Replacing Federal Reserve Rate Decisions With A Mathematical Formula?

 November 27 2015     David Templeton
Natixis Global Asset Management recently published a white paper, Can the Federal Reserve Be Replaced by a Mathematical Formula?, highlighting the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization act approved by the Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives. This Act would require the Fed to establish a mathematical formula in setting interest rate policy. Not surprisingly, the Fed is not...

E-Commerce Sales Growth Challenging Traditional Retailers

 November 26 2015     David Templeton
Brick and mortar retailers continue to face the challenge brought about by the continued growth in e-commerce sales. As the below chart shows, e-commerce sales as a percentage of total retail sales has grown to 7.4% from just under 3% at the beginning of 2006. From a growth perspective, year over year growth in e-commerce sales remains steady at over 15%. From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors

Thankful For The Market Action So Far In 2015

 November 25 2015     David Templeton
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, investors and readers can be thankful the market has weathered the news headlines headwinds coming out of Europe and the Middle East. Looking at the positives and not sweating the small stuff can certainly make for a happier investor. A recent opinion article in the New York Times, Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier, touches on this issue.The S&P 500 Ind...

Better Investing Most Active As Of November 21, 2015

 November 21 2015     David Templeton
Periodically I detail the most active stocks reported by Better Investing members. Apple (AAPL) continues to be a favorite of Better Investing members, while Qualcomm (QCOM) is the only stock in the top 10 that is showing greater selling interest versus buying interest. New to the list since I list provided an update in August is Under Armour (UA), Visa (V) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Dropping of...

Bullish Investor Sentiment Takes A Hit

 November 19 2015     David Templeton
Today's Sentiment Survey release by the American Association of Individual Investors saw bullish investor sentiment fall 3.5 percentage points. This follows a decline in bullish sentiment of 4.7 percentage points in the prior week. Also, during this two week period, bearish sentiment has increased from 18.6% to 38.68% this week.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsSource: AAIIThe individual inve...

Market Potentially Facing Near Term Technical Headwinds

 November 19 2015     David Templeton
After the S&P 500 Index pullback on Thursday and Friday last week, the market's advance on Monday and Wednesday has taken the S&P back into positive territory for November. This is impressive given the 8% gain in October. With this month and a half recovery though, the market seems to be facing some technical headwinds.Of particular interest is the fact the Onbalance Volume Indicator (OBV) has bee...

Low Bond Yields Heighten Bond Return Risk When Rates Rise

 November 15 2015     David Templeton
Although the rate of interest currently paid on high quality bonds today is at levels last seen in the early 1950's, investors generally allocate a portion of their investment portfolio to bonds. One reason for having a portion of an investment portfolio in bonds is the fact bonds tend to hold up well when equity prices decline. Proof of this can be seen in the below chart comparing various stock ...

Narrow Market Breadth And Companies With Negative Earnings Are Leading

 November 14 2015     David Templeton
Although this past week took the S&P 500 Index return for the year into negative territory (down 3.2%) any positive stock returns have been led by only a handful of stocks. For the week, the S&P 500 Index declined 3.7% and was the first weekly decline after six weekly gains.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsAs a recent Goldman Sachs report notes,"five S&P 500 firms – Amazon (AMZN), Google (GO...

Social Security Benefit Increases Do Not Keep Pace With Retiree Costs

 November 8 2015     David Templeton
Many retirees receiving a social security benefit know their monthly benefit will not receive a cost of living adjustment in 2016. This is the third time in the last six years where social security benefits did not increase due to the low inflation environment. ICMA-RC recently compared the growth in social security benefits to the growth in some standard costs faced by retirees. As the below char...
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