Markman Capital Insight

Sell in May and go away?

May 17th, 2016

NOTE:  If you're not getting our timely market updates by email, click here to sign up now.Need to Know NowInvestors are in a gloomy mood today.  Blame the calendar.The two-month stretch of March and April have historically been one of the best in the calendar year for investors, and it certainly worked out this time, with a 6.9% gain...

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May 12th, 2016

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May 12th, 2016

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May 12th, 2016

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April 30th, 2016

Regular readers of my Forbes magazine column, Twitter feed and Yahoo! Finance blog know that I cover a lot more material than I can fit in my subscription newsletters.  That's why I decided to create a special VIP letter -- a quick, private, unvarnished analysis of what's going on in the markets, global economy, technology and culture, along with...

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Amazon Going After Netflix Big Time...

April 21st, 2016

Unless you’ve been holed up in a cabin somewhere binge watching the latest season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt you’re probably aware Amazon (AMZN) is unbundling its video streaming service from Prime to become a standalone service. In theory this makes it a formidable competitor for Netflix (NFLX) which, by the way, is the producer of Unbreakable...

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Stocks gain despite widening profit recession

March 29th, 2016

Durable goods orders fell 2.8% month-over-month in February while core orders fell 1.8%, well below expectations for a 0.5% decline. As a result, the Atlanta Fed downgraded its first quarter GDPNow forecast to just 1.4% from 1.9% previously. Moreover, the final read on Q4 2015 GDP growth rate released on Friday came in at 1.4% -- down from...

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Are we already in a bear market?

September 22nd, 2015

There are a lot of different definitions of a "bear" market, but I prefer the simplest. If an index or stock is under its 200-day average for a few weeks, and if it closes under its 12-month average at the close of a month, it is at minimum in a bear cycle.The definition matters because you have to recognize that behavior changes. In a bear cycle, you...

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