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Rough Waters Ahead

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Brace yourselves… 1. It looks like today could be a rough day for the stock market. 2. All sorts of “experts” are going to be telling you that their expensive insurance products could have protected you from all of this. 3. Peter Schiff is happy.

46 S&P 500 Companies with Yields of 4% or More

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The nearly 2,000 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from its high has wreaked havoc on a lot of stocks. Below is a list of stocks in the S&P 500 Index that currently have dividend yields of 4% or greater. Now, it is IMPORTANT to note that when times get tough, many companies […]

Oil Glut?

Friday, August 21st, 2015

I find it interesting that we now have an oil glut when just a year or so ago, people were predicting $150 per barrel oil would be the new norm. How is that possible? How did no one see it coming? Oh, and now “they” are saying that there is no end in sight for […]

Chart of the Day: The Ho-Hum Dow in 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Below is a YTD chart for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (price return, which does not include dividends). I added a trendline. As you can see, it can’t get much flatter than that.

Chart of the Weekend: The S&P 500 Total Return Index YTD

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

As you can tell from the following chart, the S&P 500 Index has not had a very good 2015. Through yesterday’s close, the S&P 500 Total Return Index (includes dividends) is up 1.95% YTD. The trendline is not very steep. It will be interesting to see what the rest of 2015 has in store. I’m […]

2014 Total Returns for Various Indexes

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

It’s pretty sad that we are closing out the first quarter of 2015 and I’m just now getting around to posting 2014’s returns. I’ll do better from here on out. Bottom line: 2014 was a very rough year for oil.

I Have Officially Been Banned from Pamela Yellen’s Blog

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

There is no discussing facts Pamela Yellen. Here’s a copy of our back and forth for your entertainment: JLP says: April 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm Why did you choose to use price returns for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Averages instead of real returns, which would include dividends? Pamela Yellen says: May […]

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