Certified Financial Planner Gary A. Gordon, MS, is the president of Pacific Park Financial, an SEC-registered investment adviser in California. He has more than 25 years of experience as a personal coach in money matters, including risk assessment, small-business development and portfolio management, and has taught finance in Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. He wrote the draft copy for Maverick Investing, a McGraw-Hill publication, and writes commentary for Seeking Alpha in addition to ETF Expert, for which he also hosts the ETF Expert Radio Podcast.
Here are some of the signs to watch for and suggestions on what to do.
It's time to take profits. Why? Many energy stocks are showing weakness by slipping below shorter-term 50-day moving averages.
Use near-term selloffs to fill gaps in your current allocation with ETFs that thrive on central bank stimulus bounces.
Price appreciation has already thinned out the pool for speculative folks.
Those who look forward to potentially surprising trends in 2014 may want to examine the discount bin.
The question is whether the traditional notion of what constitutes low volatility can serve a safe-harboring role should interest rates rise rapidly.
Futures traders are growing increasingly excited about the prospect of shorting certain currencies.
Market-based securities can rise and fall on other things than consensus fair value estimates of share prices.
You can ride every kind of wave when you know the precise circumstances under which you would get off the boogie board.
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