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Interest Rates To Scream Higher When Fed Stops The Music
Forbes / Mark Eicker
24 JUN 2014

The Federal Reserve announced that it will continue tapering its current QE program at the June 17–18 policy meeting. Market reaction was swift. Fearing that the Fed has remained too accommodative for too long…

3 Views on Where US Stocks Are Headed
Forbes / Cinthia Murphy
16 MAY 2014

The U.S. stock market continues to forge new highs, but the upside momentum doesn’t seem to be inspiring the same level of confidence investors had in 2013, when U.S. stocks rallied…

Why Commodities May Be On The Verge Of A New Bull Market
Forbes / Mark Eicker
21 APR 2014

Through April 15, 2014 the Powershares DB Commodities Index ETF (DBC) has outperformed the U.S. equity markets year-to-date, posting a positive 3.39% return versus the 0.17% gain for the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF and the drop of…

How to Whip Inflation When It Finally Shows Up
Forbes / Mark Eicker
21 FEB 2014

Since 2009 the global monetary base has increased by 150%, or nearly 20% per year annualized, compared to about 5% global GDP growth over the same period. You would be forgiven for thinking that the world must be…

Sterling’s Eicker: Overweight Bull Assets
IndexUniverse / Hannah Tool
13 NOV 2013

Sterling Global Strategies, a strictly ETF asset manager based in Carlsbad, Calif., doesn’t believe in emotional investing. The firm’s algorithm-based investing is designed to flex between market environments….

How to Navigate a Fixed-Income Bear Market
Forbes / Mark Eicker
28 OCT 2013

Despite the recent brush with default, the credit risk of U.S. Treasury securities is extremely low, but be aware that Treasuries are not void of volatility…

Syria and Seasonality May Put a New Shine on Gold and Commodities
Forbes / Mark Eicker
6 SEP 2013

Bull markets are always followed by bear markets. The current bull market, which began on March 9, 2009, has taken the S&P 500 144% higher in the past four and a half years. This bull cycle is fast approaching the average length of a bull market since 1950 of 54 months. If you decide to lower your U.S. equity exposure…

Preparing For When This Bull Market Breathes Its Last
Forbes / Mark Eicker
13 AUG 2013

The current market cycle, which began on March 9, 2009, has primarily been a U.S. equity-led bull market. While we know that the passage of time can cause many investors to forget the pain of past bear markets, even if…

Connecting the Dots on the Random Walk
Forbes / Mark Eicker
10 JUN 2013

Even after the S&P 500 has nailed a series of new highs over the past several months, many investors are still bracing for the next bear market. Who can blame them? Enduring two of the worst bear markets in U.S. history over the past 13 years can make even the most optimistic investor feel a bit apprehensive…

Rising Interest Rates Don’t Have To Bring You Down
Forbes / Mark Eicker
9 APR 2013

Yields have been on a steady decline for 31 years now, ever sine the 10-year hit an all time high of 15.6% during President Reagan’s first term. On July 28, 2012, interest rates on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note hit a historical low…

Playing The Big Bond Meltdown Without Getting Burned
Forbes / Mark Eicker
5 FEB 2013

Yes, bond investors have had an easy ride since 1981, but the bond mutual fund party is over. Since 1981, rates on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note dropped from an all-time high of 15.3% in 1981 to an all time low of 1.4% last July. Declining rates pushed up the value of bond investments…