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Dividend Reinvestment Plans and Direct Stock Purchase Plans

Posted by Evolence , 02 June 2009 - - - - - - · 5,004 views

If you're interested in reading this, I'm going to make several assumptions about you. For one, you're probably not an institutional player in the market. For two, you're looking to save money on investments. And for three, you're probably looking to improve your financial outlook. With those assumptions in mind, I figured I'd post on dividend reinves...


The "perfect" mutual fund/401(k) plan...

Posted by Evolence , 05 April 2009 - - - - - - · 932 views

I've been rolling around this idea for quite awhile, so I figured I might as well write about it. I've been watching some of my normal Sunday market-news shows, so it has my brain in high gear. But what is wrong with today's mutual funds and retirement plans? For one, they are too static. Often, a fund is narrow in scope, and an employer m...


Market Rally?

Posted by Evolence , 18 March 2009 - - - - - - · 892 views

Well, trading DOW futures has been all over the map in the past odd weeks. I haven't been very motivated to write, as I got caught in a massive short squeeze that stole a lot of money. It's hard to call sentiment in these markets, yet it's incredibly invigorating. To anyone who reads this, you should try at least ONCE swapping leveraged fut...


The Nature of Banks and Worthless Financial Products

Posted by Evolence , 30 January 2009 - - - - - - · 1,013 views

Market Pulse was experiencing an Internal Server Error for awhile which kept me (and the potential visitor) from being able to view or write entries. To be honest, I didn't have any economic news that I felt compelling enough to that would warrant complaining to management. But the error is fixed now, so on to the news:

Markets have been volatile...


The First Full Week of 2009 Trading and a Major Presidential Speech

Posted by Evolence , 10 January 2009 - - - - - - · 1,053 views

So, we finally have a full week of trading laid out for 2009. What were the results for the DOW? The intraweek spread was 552 points between a weekly high of 9,093 and a low of 8,541. The week opened at 9,027 and closed at 8599 for a weekly loss of 428 points. The S&P 500 shed 39 points for the week while the Nasdaq trimmed 49. For the week, the...


2009 New Year Fiscal Resolutions

Posted by Evolence , 02 January 2009 - - - - - - · 694 views

For me, my fiscal calendar has never really run on a January to December schedule. Historically, I've always put off tax reporting until the last minute. Ditto that for tax-account contributions. So when I look on the year of 2008, it looks chaotic at best. I made tax-deferred/exempt contributions to retirement accounts into April; as a result, th...


New Year's Eve: 2009 Economic Speculation

Posted by Evolence , 01 January 2009 - - - - - - · 723 views

If 2008 wasn't a punishing year for just about every asset class imaginable, than I don't know what is. When portfolio managers huddle around the water cooler to brag about their allocation towards cash holdings, you know that equities have taken a beating. I must admit, 2008 has been an exciting and wonderful year for investing, particularly if y...

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