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Buy Now, Pay Later

Buy Now, Pay Later

  The focus of this week’s indicator is margin debt. What is margin debt? In simple terms, it’s money that an investor borrows to purchase stocks. Think of it like a credit card for the stock market. It allows investors to amplify their returns, but there's a...

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Strong and Persistent

Strong and Persistent

Another stock market index joined the all-time high club last week. This week, we’ll discuss the market’s strength—and why overconfidence among investors could be a risk to its continued rise.

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January Barometer

January Barometer

  In 1972, Yale Hirsch, the author of the popular investment guide the "Stock Trader’s Almanac," uncovered a fascinating stock market pattern he dubbed the “January Barometer.” Simply put, he observed that how the S&P 500 Index performs in January tends to...

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Earnings Breadth

Earnings Breadth

  This week’s indicator looks at the percentage of U.S. companies beating earnings expectations—or what is commonly called the “beat rate” on Wall Street. The key insight of the indicator is that when more companies beat earnings expectations in a quarter, it...

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5,000

5,000

The U.S. stock market reached a major milestone recently. David Nelson joins us to explain what this milestone means for viewers’ investments.

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Take It Slow

Take It Slow

Stocks continued to hit new all-time highs last week. In this week’s commentary, we discuss some of the factors driving the market higher, including why a “slower” Fed is a better Fed when it comes to its rate-cutting ambitions.

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Top Dog

Top Dog

  This week’s chart shows the top 10 countries in the world ranked by nominal GDP or economic growth. As you can see, the U.S. continues to dominate the rest of the world—and by a pretty wide margin. According to the latest IMF World Economic Outlook report, the...

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Bonds Are Back

Bonds Are Back

  Bonds have had a rough time the past few years. The Fed started raising cash rates in 2021 to tackle inflation, and bond returns suffered severely. But, according to this week’s featured indicator, things are starting to look up for bonds. The indicator is...

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Financial Focus – February 14th, 2024

Financial Focus – February 7th, 2024

In this week’s episode of Financial Focus, Gary Determan talks with David Nelson about local basketball records, the importance of surrounding oneself with positive people, and the expansion of services offered by NelsonCorp Wealth Management.

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