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Life Insurance Index Breaks To All-Time High; Check Out This Stock

by Tom Bowley

Higher treasury yields ($TNX) are feared in some parts of the stock market like utilities (XLU), but not in others - especially in banking ($DJUSBK) and life insurance ($DJUSIL) where profits tend to soar during periods of rising interest rates.  The recent spike in the 10 year treasury yield ($TNX) from 2.10% to 2.40% has lit a fire under both of these industry groups and, given the Fed's...  Read More

Back to Basics: Understand the Duration of Your Bond ETF or Bond Clone

by Tushar Chande

The declines in global bond markets this week points out the need to be aware of your bond ETFs duration, which measures the sensitivity of the bond or ETF to changes in interest rates.  Duration is expressed in years, and the longer the duration, the greater the change in the price of the bond (or bond ETF) for a given change in interest rates.  You may also own bond clones, or ETFs...  Read More

FANGtastic Trendlines

by Bruce Fraser

The Wyckoff Method for constructing Trendlines is unique. They inform our analysis and support sharper tactics.  Trendlines and Trend Channels bring a chart to life. We have used significant amounts of ink drawing and discussing trendlines in this column (below are links to prior columns on Trendline construction and analysis). Continue to practice identifying the stride of the advances  Read More