There’s never enough hours in the day to read all the investment news articles pertinent to your life. Now that we all have a little downtime in between the holidays, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the articles our readers found the most interesting.
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1. “How to Play a Bounce in Oil (Hint: Not $USO)
Crude Oil continues to the most captivating story in the commodity markets in 2015. Given that investors have spent $24 Billion trying to find a bottom in the oil market, we aren’t surprised people took to the interest to look at possible ways to play the bounce in crude oil. Our suggestions or semi-serious and semi-humor.
2. “7 Technical Indicators to tell when the Crude Sell Off is Done”
Despite the talking heads at CNBC and click-bait Bloomberg headlines, it’s more difficult than you think when trying to determine when the crude oil market is done dropping. Which leaves us with the question, how can you tell when these articles are just stirring the crude oil pot, and when is the market actually coming out of its months long downturn? How do professional trend followers tell when a trend is over? Or about to be over?
3. “The Dangers of the Death Cross Indicator”
Back in August, the Dow Jones Index crossed this fear striking indicator for the first time since 2011, sparking (perhaps) false fear in the markets. But it made us think… should you be worried about the most ominous market indicator out there? Are the dark days ahead.
4. “Infographic: 7 Traditional vs 7 Alternative Assets in 5 Bear Markets”
We tried our hardest to find an easy to read article (or graph) of the major asset classes and how they performed over the various crisis periods in the last 20 or so something, and couldn’t… so we decided to do it ourselves.
5. “How did Managed Futures do while the Dow was Down 1000”
If we were to describe the stock market behavior in 2015, we would say choppy. Inside some of those days, the Dow Jones managed rise and fall 1000 points. These volatile moves are just the kind of environment some Managed Futures strategies look for. Here’s how some managers did during those periods.
6. “Fibonacci Numbers & Fibonacci Retracements”
Our friend Dana Lyons over at Yahoo always has the best charts, bringing to mind Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the original Batman movie saying the line: “Where does he get those wonderful toys.” And they usually have something in common: a 61.8% Fibonacci Retracement line. So what are Fibonacci Retracements?
7. “Sharpe Ratio: the Black Sheep of Risk Analysis”
We can’t believe it’s been almost 4 years since we last spent time talking about the most popular, and most controversial risk adjusted ratio out there. The Sharpe Ratio is confusing to some because it’s not actually showing a percentage return or the like. Meaning, we can’t visualize what 0.58 looks like on a chart, or if that means more or less returns.
8. “CTAs: 5 Reasons to Take on AQR”
Is taking on the Apples, the Ubers, the Wintons, or the AQRs worth it? A non-industry article we just read really resonated with us. The gist of the article? Go for it!
9. “Looking Under the MLP Hood”
And what wasn’t to like, they were doing it on both ends – paying the yield and appreciating in price. But four years of pretty 7% dividends and steady growth in price can be wiped out in a few short months – making this more than just about the yield.
It’s hard to believe that it was almost a year ago the neutral Swiss detonated the biggest bomb the financial markets have seen in quite some time; de-pegging themselves from the Euro. For any traders or managers out there that had Swiss exposure at the time, this will be a morning they’ll remember for the rest of their career. If this doesn’t seem all that crazy to you, imagine it in Dow terms, where the move (in just an hour or so’s time) was the equivalent of the DJIA moving 4,300 points…( in an hour).