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Remember the NPM

NPM stands for Net Profit Margin, a very important metric of financial performance. I wrote about it in three consecutive essays (Romancing the NPM, A Whole New Dimension, and The Comeback Kids) beginning on March 5, 2010. Why am I writing about it now? Head of the Fed, Ms. Janet Yellen, presented a surprisingly dovish […]

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What Caused the Fed’s Reversal

If interest rates weren’t so important, I wouldn’t be writing about the Fed so often. But the Fed’s decisions affect all of us, each and every day. So here goes. The Fed held another Federal Open Market Committee, FOMC, meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, and their job was to decide what they wanted to do with […]

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A Flip Flopping Fed

On December 2, 2015, Head of The Fed, Ms. Janet Yellen, signaled that policymakers were poised to raise interest rates in December. The market began to move lower and the Price of the VectorVest Composite released a Confirmed Down, C/Dn, signal on December 9, 2015. One week later, Ms. Yellen announced the first interest rate […]

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The Day the Canary Died

Long before electronic smoke detectors were invented, coal miners carried caged canaries as a safety precaution while working. They knew that the canaries would die well before the level of any poisonous gases in the mine would be harmful to humans. In a similar manner, our Buy/Sell Ratio, BSR, is the VectorVest canary. It will […]

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