Michael Carr

Aug 28, 2015
It seems so long ago now, but earlier this week, the S&P 500 was in the midst of a free-fall. The index fell more than 11 percent in just five trading days. That's an unusually large down move but it's not unprecedented.

Aug 26, 2015
Economists devote a great deal of effort to creating models that forecast economic growth.Market analysts often take a simplified approach and use the price of oil and stocks as reliable indicators.

Aug 20, 2015
Dow Theory might be the oldest market timing strategy used by investors. It was developed by Charles H. Dow in the early 1900s and was designed to forecast the economy.

Aug 18, 2015
Oil producers usually pay their expenses in local currencies. This boosts profits when the dollar is strong since they sell oil in dollars. That means cheap oil isn’t really hurting non-OPEC countries.

Aug 14, 2015
The Dow Jones Industrial Average completed a rare and ominous sounding Death Cross chart pattern this week. It's possible to test what happened in the past after this pattern formed. That will give us data to see whether or not we should pay attention to the Death Cross.

Aug 10, 2015
Warren Buffett's latest acquisition was the $37 billion purchase of Precision Castparts. After Buffett buys a company, we have a chance to review the value of the deal to learn what Buffett looks for in an acquisition.

Aug 7, 2015
While Apple can keep the market from roaring ahead, major indexes can move higher even without Apple. At least for now they can. If Apple falls much further, we could see the averages follow.

Aug 4, 2015
Every time the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by a few percentage points, conspiracy theorists spring into action. They claim the market will rally because the government's "Plunge Protection Team" will prevent a decline.

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