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...
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...
Cut Then What?

Cut Then What?

  At this week’s FOMC meeting, the Fed threw cold water on the possibility of a rate cut in March. But investors anticipate that one is still coming—perhaps as soon as this summer. That raises an interesting question: how does the stock market typically respond...
Beyond the Summit

Beyond the Summit

  The U.S. stock market has climbed its way back to new all-time highs. But now that we’re at the summit, what does it mean for stocks going forward? If history is any guide, the outlook is likely positive. This week’s featured chart illustrates the S&P 500...
Bull vs. Bear Markets

Bull vs. Bear Markets

  This week, we highlight a fun little chart showing bull vs bear markets since 1950. What’s a bull market? It’s generally defined as a gain of 20% or more from a bear market bottom. Similarly, a bear market is a 20% or more loss from a bull market high. The...
Dominant Tech

Dominant Tech

  When people discuss “the stock market,” they often mean a big index like the S&P 500. But it’s sometimes more informative to break the index down into smaller sections, or sectors, that describe the underlying businesses. For example, 11 sectors...