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Editor’s Note: As Chief Investment Strategist of Total Wealth, Keith believes in making his track record of recommendations easily accessible to all readers within seconds – and that’s why he’s compiled an Archives page. Here you’ll find links to every Total Wealth article Keith has published since Total Wealth’s creation on October 2, 2014, posted in reverse chronological order.

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  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Mar 20, 2015
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    These Three Iconic Stocks Are Poised for a Dive

    We've spent a lot of time talking about how to identify great companies with huge upside potential. No doubt you've got the 3-Step Total Wealth Process down by now: 1) identify the trend, 2) pick your trade, and 3) control your risk. So today I want to shift gears and talk about the one metric you can use to identify seemingly pristine companies that are ripe for a fall. Our timing couldn't

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Mar 18, 2015
    25 
    The Only Time I’ll Tell You Debt Is Profitable

    The other day I saw an ad for a mattress store that offered financing, so you can "sleep in peace" on your brand-spanking-new $7,000 mattress set. (Talk about irony!) Debt is the American way. It makes the impossible possible. It's seen as benign or even good. It's not. Personal consumer debt is one of the most dangerous financial products ever created. Federal Reserve data show that

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Mar 11, 2015
    18 
    How to Handle Today’s “Rate Increase” Wildcard

    Yesterday capped a miserable three-day streak for U.S. markets on fears that the Fed may accelerate a possible interest rate hike, with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ shedding 1.09%, 1.79%, and 1.38% respectively. Bring it on! I've pointed out repeatedly since the Financial Crisis began that the "good is bad" meme followed by traders - which triggers market dips with every piece of

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Feb 27, 2015
    10 
    Don’t Give Up 260% Gains Because of This Market Myth

    Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Barnes & Noble, and hundreds of other companies are at fresh 52-week highs, leading many investors to question the wisdom of putting more money to work. Yet that's exactly what you should be doing. I know it seems counter-intuitive - especially if you believe in buy low and sell high like I do - but here's the thing... ...the markets are always making new

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Feb 20, 2015
    11 
    Make Any Investment Risk “Free” in One Move

    Readers ask me all the time if I can recommend an investment that is 100% risk free. I can't do that. There is no such thing. (If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, take your money and run!) That said, there is one way you can make any investment risk "free" under the right set of circumstances, by using one of my favorite Total Wealth tactics: the free trade. We've talked about this

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Feb 18, 2015
    34 
    You’ve Got 13 Days to Trade Greece Profitably

    I'm getting dozens of questions about Greece right now and what it means for your money. That's fantastic for two reasons. First, it means you're totally on point and thinking clearly in the pursuit of profits. Second, it's a sign that you're already fully engaged in the Total Wealth strategy and one of our core Total Wealth principles - namely that there's always opportunity in chaos,

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Feb 13, 2015
    19 
    This One Tool Made the Difference between Bankruptcy and $13 Million

    There's an old joke that's made its way around financial circles over the years. It goes something like this: An investment banker walks into a room where his cohorts are in a meeting. "I've got good news and bad news," he announces. "The bad news is, we've just lost $100 million. The good news is, it wasn't ours." An associate raises his hand. "What was the bad news again?" It's humor, but

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Feb 06, 2015
    24 
    Three Quarterly Market “Tells” You Need to See (and What They Say Now)

    What I am about to share with you today won't win me any friends on Wall Street. But, that's how it goes. This is important information to you as an investor and that's why you need to know what it's telling you. So I'm happy to take my lumps and show it to you anyway... Right now we're in the midst of the first "earnings season" in 2015, with publicly traded companies reporting their

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Jan 23, 2015
    27 
    How to Profit from the Five Scariest Stocks on Wall Street Right Now

    Most investors focus exclusively on buying stocks in an attempt to capture huge returns. That's too bad, because it means they restrict themselves to half the opportunities available to them. I bring this up because markets move up AND down, which means there is plenty of profit potential to be had in both directions. George Soros, for instance, is reported to have made $1 billion in a

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Jan 07, 2015
    35 
    What The “Secret Indicator” Tells You to Do Now

    Last month I shared an indicator with you that's so powerful I called it "The Secret about Market Timing I Wish Everyone Knew." And I wasn't kidding. That's because the tool I highlighted is the only one I've seen in more than 30 years of analyzing financial data that has worked consistently enough to have caught every single major market turning point. I bring this up because that's

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Jan 02, 2015
    11 
    This Move Could Help You Beat the Market by 21.97% in 2015

    Welcome to 2015 - I'm thrilled you're here! I think this year is gonna be absolutely filled with opportunity for investors, perhaps more than ever before. But few of us are set up to take full advantage of it. That's because most people's portfolios are totally out of whack. (I'll show you what I mean in a moment - and why it cramps your returns.) But I've got great news for you. There's

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Dec 19, 2014
    11 
    If You Only Use One Tactic in 2015, Use This

    We talked earlier this week about the three bad investing habits that kill returns, and I asked you to let go of them in 2015. I can almost guarantee you'll be better off for it - and so will your brokerage account. Now I want to show you what to do instead. This first tactic is absolutely priceless... Good Investing Habit No. 1: Have a Plan and Stick to It If you only use one

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Dec 17, 2014
    13 
    Three Bad Investing Habits to Dump in 2015

    The latest research from DALBAR is very graphic... Over the past 20 years, individual investors averaged a measly 2.53% a year, versus the S&P 500, which chalked up 9.02%. In other words, your average annual return was 6.49% less than what it could have been each year. Ouch. So what's going on? When you look back over the last two decades, two things are readily apparent -

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Dec 12, 2014
    30 
    The Only Social Media Play I’m Recommending Right Now

    Earlier this week we talked about the secret I wish everybody knew when it comes to market timing, and took a look at one of the most valuable Total Wealth tools of all - the Put/Call Ratio. We covered actions you can take right now to maximize your returns. I also promised you a look at one great trade in particular involving a current social media darling. Today I'd like to keep that

  • Keith Fitz-Gerald Dec 10, 2014
    29 
    The Secret about Market Timing I Wish Everyone Knew

    Many investors are trying to time the markets, especially lately with concerns over low oil prices, global woes, and Chinese growth in the headlines. I totally get where they're coming from. The idea of picking market tops and bottoms is very seductive. But they may as well try to catch falling knives... The most recent DALBAR data shows that the return of investors trying to time the

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