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.
Apr 13, 2019
Chances are good you’re grinning ear to ear if you’ve been following along with me as directed, both here and in our paid sister services, because I told you to do two things: a) stay in and b) buy more if you could. I know the markets seem range bound at the moment but, my hunch is, they won’t be for long. Neither will big tech. Here’s why.
Apr 12, 2019
The markets have gone absolutely nowhere this week, and millions of investors are convinced there’s “nothing to buy,” so they’re thinking about selling.
I can’t think of a more expensive mistake.
I totally get where they’re coming from…the sharp move higher that started after December’s drop seems to have petered out, volume is low, and the headlines are slow. It’s natural to think about selling, especially if you crave “action.”
Hedging your bets is a far more profitable alternative.
Investors are understandably nervous and justifiably skittish.
Earnings season starts Friday when two of the biggest “big banks” – JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) – kick things off with a look at their most recent results. For the first time since Q2/2016, the narrative will shift from hypothetical, hard-to-quantify data – related to trade talks, U.S. economic data, and the E.U. – to real numbers.
Short-term volatility could be a real doozy, and unsuspecting investors may find themselves losing money hand over fist if conditions deteriorate as earnings season continues.
I don’t want that to happen to you, obviously.
So let’s talk about a quick, easy move you can make ahead of Friday’s numbers that can limit or almost completely eliminate risk while still preserving the unlimited profit potential you deserve.
We’re kicking off earnings season this Friday with the big banks – and millions of investors are optimistic that good numbers could push this market to new highs. On that note, Keith makes an appearance on Varney & Co. and says that no matter what the numbers turn out to be, there’s one measurement that’s key here – and it’s what you need to be looking for. Plus, what could be a problem when the China trade deal hits, and the companies you can own that won’t give you practically any reason to worry. Click here to watch.
Good morning from Delray Beach, Florida, where I’m spending a few days with your fellow subscribers at the Money Map Press Black Diamond Conference.I’ve just had a delightful run on the beach and wrapped up a little martial arts practice – I don’t get to do that along the Atlantic very often, so it was a real treat!Speaking of which, let’s talk about current market conditions for a moment.The indices are zooming from one headline to the next and, in the process, they’re up one moment… down the next. That’s frustrating for a lot of investors for obvious reasons.But here’s the thing… it doesn’t have to be that way!
I’ve just had a delightful run on the beach and wrapped up a little martial arts practice – I don’t get to do that along the Atlantic very often, so it was a real treat! Speaking of which, let’s talk about current market conditions for a moment. The indices are zooming from one headline to the next and, in the process, they’re up one moment… down the next. That’s frustrating for a lot of investors for obvious reasons. But here’s the thing… it doesn’t have to be that way! Click here to watch.
There’s an old joke that’s made its way around financial circles over the years and it’s one of my favorites for two reasons: a) there’s a little in all of us built into the punch line and b) it highlights one of the single most important, yet least understood profit generators there is.
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 there’s more than a grain of truth to the story. Whether we’re talking about brokers, bankers, or even your most trusted financial advisor, you cannot rely on anyone else to care about your money and keep it safe.
At the end of the day, the only thing standing between your portfolio and catastrophic loss is your own caution and proper risk management.
I know it’s not the most exciting part of investing. It’s certainly one of the least understood aspects of making money. But there’s zero doubt in my mind it is the most important.
Position Sizing stands out above all others as the most powerful, and not just for cutting risk either, but for boosting your profits, too.
Consider this anecdote from noted trading psychologist Dr. Van Tharp:
“We’ve done many simulated games in which everyone gets the same trades. At the end of the simulation, 100 different people will have 100 different final equities. And after 50 trades, we’ve seen final equities that range from bankrupt to $13 million – yet everyone started with $100,000, and they all got the same trades. Position sizing and individual psychology were the only two factors involved – which shows just how important position sizing really is.”
Apr 04, 2019
With the U.S. and China on their ninth round of trade talks, Wall Street seems to be getting “giddy” as the markets are pushing higher. Keith joins a segment of Making Money with Charles Payne to let you in on why a deal might be closer than the media would have you think, but what you should be looking for before we could be “off to the races.”
An exacerbated John B. asked me recently…
…Help! – I can’t get my options trades filled. Any suggestions??!!
Learning how to adjust your options trades so that they’re filled more quickly and more easily is an important skill when it comes to generating the kinds of profits most people only dream about. They don’t “work” the same way stocks do, and that can catch a lot of people by surprise.
Case in point, many options trade for pennies on the dollar…so getting in at $0.10 is a lot different than getting in at $0.05 because of the dramatic impact even a 5-cent difference has on your profit potential.
For instance, let’s say you buy a call option on XYZ and you pay $0.10 per contract. A move to $0.20 will double your money and result in a sought-after 100% winner. But pay just $0.05 and that number jumps to 300%.
That’s enough to turn every $1,000 invested into $3,000.
What’s more, options can and frequently do take off like a rocket which means you can make a fortune in seconds… but, again, only if you’re already “in to win.”
Flexibility is key.
Apr 02, 2019
Keith joins a segment of Cheddar.com, shortly after Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS:AAPL) cuts prices for iPhones, Airpods, and more in China. Millions of investors are wondering why this happened and what it could mean for the company moving forward. The conversation quickly turns from answering those questions to what Apple’s true end game is – and it has nothing to do with unit sales. Click here to watch.
To kick off Q2, all of the indices are up big – but the big question is why? Keith joins Varney & Co. and lets you in on why it could be the big traders, and why what they’re doing could reflect what you need to do in order to get your money ahead. Plus, why Lyft Inc. (NasdaqGS:LYFT) is a deal you want to “fade” for now, what 99% of investors are missing with regard to 30-year mortgages at a 10-year low, and why Zuckerberg’s most recent move is likely just “play acting.” Click here to watch.
I hear from thousands of people regularly and, right now, many of them are telling me they want to invest but are scared to death to leave their money in the markets. I get that – there are days when I feel the angst, too. It’s no secret that people are anxious… the headlines are scary, the Washington’s disjointed and bitter, and the geopolitics of our world are downright chaotic. But here’s the thing.
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Mar 30, 2019
I hear from thousands of people regularly and, right now, many of them are telling me they want to invest but are scared to death to leave their money in the markets.
I get that – there are days when I feel the angst, too.
It’s no secret that people are anxious… the headlines are scary, the Washington’s disjointed and bitter, and the geopolitics of our world are downright chaotic.
Mar 29, 2019
Many investors want to use options to boost their profits but have no idea where to begin.
Wall Street, of course, would just as soon you didn’t, because options are powerful tools they’d like to reserve for themselves. So, they make ’em tough to get started and want you to believe they’re difficult to understand.
Only that’s not true.
Trading options can be one of the simplest, most powerful, and most profitable things you’ll ever learn to do.
In fact, you can achieve everything you want using options that you can with stocks or bonds – often at far less risk, and with far higher profits.
Mar 28, 2019
Keith joins Making Money with Charles Payne, with the news – or lack thereof – of U.S.-China trade talks. The seeming inactivity has investors on edge, but Keith lets you in on what Beijing is doing that might show that it’s positioning itself for a deal. Plus, why there’s a split in big tech… and why you need to align your money with one side and avoid the other.
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