Election and Tax Cut 04-28-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days

Stocks reacted very positively to the outcome of the French election last Sunday. Ex-investment banker and ex-economic minister Emmanuel Macron took first place with 24.0 percent of the votes, while Marine Le Pen won second place with 21.3 percent. The two will face off against each another on May 7 in round 2; the winner of this runoff wins the presidency. Read more about Election and Tax Cut 04-28-17

The French to Have Their Say 04-21-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days

Just mere days after the murder of a policeman in Paris by an Islamic gunman, the French will cast their votes for their next president on Sunday. Marine Le Pen, the far-right nativist candidate who vows to tighten borders and pull France out of the euro zone (and possibly the European Union) if elected, currently ranks second in polls. Whether the murder will win enough undecided voters over to Le Pen’s side is unknown. Read more about The French to Have Their Say 04-21-17

A Proxy Fight 04-13-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days

Less than one week after ordering an airstrike in Syria in retaliation for Assad’s use of chemical weapons—the first direct U.S. attack against the Syrian government—President Trump ordered MOAB the first use of a MOAB, dropping it in the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. Read more about A Proxy Fight 04-13-17

Uncertain Times 04-07-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days
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International Demand Grows for Our Recommendation 03-31-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days
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Misplaced Priorities 03-24-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days

It has been a while since potential Washington drama has negatively impacted markets and optimism has run high since the November election. However, this week’s health-care bill gridlock served as an injection of reality: even with a Republican majority in both houses of the legislative branch, pushing the Trump agenda through Congress will not necessarily be a cakewalk for the new president. Read more about Misplaced Priorities 03-24-17

Surprise and Relief 03-17-17

Average Annualized Return Per Closed Trade: 17.9%
Average Return Per Closed Trade: 15.5%
Average Holding Period: 320 days

At the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting this week, the Fed raised the benchmark federal funds rate to a target range of 0.75 percent to 1 percent—the third rate hike since December 2015 and the second time in three FOMC meetings. Of course, before that, the Fed hadn’t raised rates since 2006. Read more about Surprise and Relief 03-17-17

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