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Byron Wiens Top 10 Surprises For 2016

crystal-ball.jpg?width=300Byron R. Wien, Vice Chairman of Multi-Asset Investing at Blackstone, today issued his list of Ten Surprises for 2016. This is the 31st year Byron has given his views on a number of economic, financial market and political surprises for the coming year. Byron defines a “surprise” as an event that the average investor would only assign a one out of three chance of taking place but which Byron believes is “probable,” having a better than 50% likelihood of happening.

Byron started the tradition in 1986 when he was the Chief U.S. Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley. Byron joined Blackstone in September 2009 as a senior advisor to both the firm and its clients in analyzing economic,…

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Dow Theory: Which Stage Are We In?

The Three Stages of Primary Bull Markets and Primary Bear Markets

Hamilton identified three stages to both primary bull markets and primary bear markets. These stages relate as much to the psychological state of the market as to the movement of prices. A primary bull market is defined as a long sustained advance marked by improving business conditions that elicit increased speculation and demand for stocks. A primary bear market is defined as a long sustained decline marked by deteriorating business conditions and subsequent decrease in demand for stocks. In both primary bull markets and primary bear markets, there will be secondary movements that run counter to the major trend.…

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Reversion To The Mean

This from one of my favorite bloggers who has been investing for over 40 years, StockChartist.


Even though it feels frustration looking at a chart that stretches years, I find it worthwhile to periodically update the "Regression to the Mean" graph because it helps keep our expectations in check. Whether today we are bearish or bullish about prospects for the market's near-term future, this "Regression to the Mean" will help moderate our views and help contain them within the realm of possibilities.

First, some background is necessary and warranted. I had accumulated monthly statistics on the S&P 500 Index going back to 1939 while working on my book, Run with the Herd, during the Financial Crisis Crash in 2007-08. What I had discovered was that when viewed within the broad sweep…

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