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Wow Dow!

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After getting close and even creeping above the mark Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23000 Wednesday on the strength of shares of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBMC).

Taking On The Machines

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It’s called High Frequency Trading (HFT) and a few years ago it was seen as the end of Wall Street as we know it by some. Today the use of computers to make trades is commonplace with roughly 40% of investment-grade corporate bond trading executed through computers up to about 90% of futures contracts computer-based.

Buying On The Dip

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Based on age old Wall Street theory – buy low, sell high – buy the dip covers the first part. In other words, following a significant drop in the price of a security or index, investors should increase positions to capitalize on what is expected to be an eventual upswing.

Stock Winners And Losers Under Trump Health Order

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Not all insurers will be harmed and not all will be helped under President Trump’s executive order on health care signed last Thursday. It will likely take months for the full impact of the order to reveal itself but in the meantime some guidance can be gleaned.

Equities Vs. Fixed Income

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The continuum goes something like this: You make money. Some of it is used to pay bills and buy groceries. Some you spend for entertainment and some is saved to be invested. The whole point of investing is to use invested money to earn more money for some future purchase or (more likely) to live on in retirement.

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