Getting Started

Core articles for getting started on managing your money.

QQQ Is Your Core Index ETF

QQQ is the core index ETF that every investor should own. It has handily outperformed the S&P 500 over multiple rolling time frames for over two decades now. These are the companies that belong at the core of your portfolio.

Selling Covered Calls & Cash Secured Puts

Summary Option selling is a professional technique for adding income and mitigating risk by selling options to speculators and those who need insurance on long positions. The rules for selling options are very aligned with our rules for buying and selling stocks. Look to sell COVERED CALLS when stocks or […]

REITs In Your Asset Allocation

REITs are favorites among dividend investors. But, there is a fallacy that real estate as an asset class outperforms stocks in general. That is not true.

Over the past 5 years, inclusive of dividends, these are the returns for the Invesco QQQ ETF (QQQ) representing the Nasdaq 100, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ):

Investment Philosophy

Asset allocation drives 50-90% of volatility, risk and returns so focus on asset allocation by sector, industry and nation above all else, with a core position in ETFs.
Stocks must present an opportunity to significantly beat the market averages or are not worth the single stock risk.

Investment Trends Book Club

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Technical Trading Basics: Using RSI, MFI, CMG & MACD

After considering the big trends, fundamentals, and government & central bank policy, it is time to figure out when to buy and sell. Basic technical analysis can help investors put the odds on their side quicker and grind out several extra points per year with little effort. Technical trading experts can make even more with the right temperament. Learn more about when to buy and sell using simple technical signals.

How We Trade & Invest

Having a philosophy and a process of investing is very important. The cores of our approach are to control our emotions and make a series of well thought out good investment decisions. If we can control our emotions, then we can focus on a good analysis and portfolio construction. If […]

Building Your Model Portfolio

Model portfolios are worth precisely nothing to you. Stocks should not be bought all at one time, neither should ETFs. However, having a structured portfolio to fill in as you get prices on assets you want, now that goes a long way. Here are three approaches that have worked well for me managing OPM. One should work for you too.

The Sustainable “Smart Everything World”

The three most powerful natural forces in the global economy are aging-demographics, technology and climate change. While most recognize the first two, many deny the third. Most people don’t invest based on any of the three or just touch on tech. What I will jump start you on is that […]

Control Your Emotions And Have A Process To Profit More

“Direct your thoughts, control your emotions, and ordain your destiny!” Napoleon Hill Dick Diamond is a fairly well known trader whose approach differs from mine. However, this section on “Emotional Discipline” is fairly universal.  As you’ve read and heard me say countless times, scale into your positions. He has a […]