ASK US ANYTHING!

Its back! Long termed readers of this blog will be familiar with our popular “Ask US Anything” blogs. I answer your technical analysis questions, and Craig Aucoin, CFA, answers any questions pertaining to economic or fundamental analysis issues.

Today, you can ask ValueTrend to answer your questions on analysis methodologies, stock sectors, bonds, commodities & markets! Your questions will be answered over a series of blogs.

IMPORTANT

POST YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

IF YOU ARE A BLOG SUBSCRIBER, DON’T HIT REPLY ON YOUR EMAIL TO ASK YOUR QUESTION. YOU MUST GO TO THE WEBSITE (www.valuetrend.ca). POST THE QUESTION UNDER COMMENTS ON THE BLOGPAGE. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS IS MIDNIGHT THIS COMING SUNDAY APRIL 28TH.

QUESTIONS POSTED AFTER THAT DATE WILL NOT BE ANSWERED.

ANSWERS WILL APPEAR IN BLOGS  STARTING ON MONDAY APRIL 29TH. 

 

I am going to repeat this three times, as I always get somebody who didn’t catch this part:

AGAIN… IF YOU ARE A SUBSCRIBER, DON’T HIT REPLY ON YOUR EMAIL TO ASK YOUR QUESTION. YOU MUST GO TO THE WEBSITE (www.valuetrend.ca). POST THE QUESTION UNDER COMMENTS ON THIS BLOGPAGE. 

OK – here are the ground rules for the “Ask us” blogs:

  1. WIDE INTEREST: Investment questions should be of broad interest to many investors. They can involve broad-sector questions, questions about various international markets, or questions about commodities or bonds.
  2. NO INDIVIDUAL STOCKS: Please don’t ask about individual stocks. This isn’t Keith’s BNN show. The exception might be in massively followed mega-cap stocks like the AI stocks – but we’ll probably talk about the group rather than one single name. Better to ask about stock sectors, world markets, asset classes, commodities, etc. For example: Cannabis, gold, European markets, the utilities sector, the tech sector, oil, transports, long bonds, etc. Lets say you are interested in the banks. Ask about the US banking sector rather than Bank of America.
  3. DUMB QUESTIONS: You can ask as simple a question as you wish. And don’t worry – there’s no such thing as a dumb question! But feel free to ask the hard stuff too! We’ll do our best to get as many questions covered as we can. One question per reader, only.
  4. EDUCATIONAL QUESTIONS: Questions on technical analysis methods and contrarian investing are very welcome. Eg.: You might have  questions on technical/fundamental analysis rules, or unique strategies like hedging or stop loss rules, etc. Questions on fundamental analysis are also very welcome, as are broad economic issues.
  5. Once last time: YOU MUST POST YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF THIS BLOG AND NO OTHER BLOG. DO NOT EMAIL US. DO NOT ASK A QUESTION BY HITTING REPLY IF YOU ARE A SUBSCRIBER!!!!  POST A QUESION IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your questions

17 Comments

  • My question for Ask Us Anything;
    I have subscribed to VectorVest on and off over the last 10 years. Maybe it was my timing but I did invest in their recommendations for income and the occasional more aggressive stock. Over all, I found that my return was just about the same as having invested in XIU except for maybe the income was marginally higher than XIU which covered their subscription fees.
    I found their technique is very similar to Keith’s and they have a lot of articles on how to use their software as well as lists of Buy, Hold, Sell recommendations. They advertise being able to predict the market with technical analysis but I find their recommendations lag the market moves as opposed to Keith’s anticipatory analysis. They also tend to be all in or out with their stock choices which made me quite nervous.
    Just wonder if you have looked at their software and find it could be a cost effective way to invest.

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  • Ask Us Anything:
    As I am getting older, I am moving into Covered Call ETF’s as they pay a great dividend, although limited upside. The number of these ETF’s has been growing incredibly, could all this option trading become a problem?
    Any thoughts on these ETF’s…
    In following the Fear/Greed index and your Bear-o-Meter, it appears to me that when both are very low eg: back in late October, that is the time to jump in and buy and when they are high it’s time to sell or at least raise your cash level. Do you agree with this or should I be more cautious and wait for a more obvious breakout? FYI, I don’t buy individual stocks anymore, way to volatile for me.

    By the way, I love your blog and your Technical Analysis of the markets.

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  • Hi .. In your article, ‘Sell the Rip’, under The VIX, you said, ‘17.10 implies an avg daily move of 1.1% every day for the next 30 days’ .. Can you explain the calculation behind that? or point me in the right direction? – Thanks

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    • I didn’t do the calculation – I am quoting trading legend and quant Larry McDonald of BearTraps–not sure how he came up with it, which is why it is a direct quote on the blog.

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  • Hello Keith,
    You like gold and energy, can you please recommend a etf for both. Thank you!
    Joyce

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  • Hello Keith,

    What are your thought on BTC , BTC ETF & BTC mining stock?

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  • Thanks Team….My question is regarding an offset (hedge) bet on xiu.to .. Can the bet be
    hedged by a equal ( in value) by hix.to ?? Or is there a ratio that has to be applied ??
    Thx. again

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  • Good morning Keith, I’d love start building a gold hedge around 15% of my portfolio as a hedge because I believe long bonds are no more relevant in future years with all this unpayable debt crisis coming. Should I buy GOLD in Canadian dollars or usd dollars First ? Secondly, do you have a recommandation of etf in both currencies that has a gold backed assets that could hold the spot price in the future ? Instead of an etf that has 10 times the paper value of it’s holding meaning the value is leveraged and not authentic. thanks again for your kindly professionnal opinion. Good day !

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  • With a pullback imminent, will it be in all sectors, or will some sectors likely offer buying opportunities?

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  • Hi again Keith, what is your recommandation of etf if I would like to build a 5% portfolio position in oil because I think it’s gonna be a lot higher and inflate everything in the next few years. Since I don’t have an electric car yet, it would compensate a little … What do you think of USO ? or other you suggest….

    Thanks Keith

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  • I recently heard a TA comment that when a stock has the potential to break out he tries to avoid what he referred to as a “crowded trade” , preferring the opposite .

    What do you think he means by this?
    Many TA’s want the volume to accompany the breakout.
    You look at many different signals, Price support/resistance, volume, 3 day breakout etc.

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  • Hi Keith!

    I’ve seen credible research showing that net insider buying for US stocks at a 10 year low. Can you address this issue and why it’s happening right now? How significant is it for returns going forward? I’m assuming C-suites don’t see good value right here in the largest companies and megacaps, or are expecting some drawdown before the election in the fall, or don’t have cash to allocate at the moment.

    Thanks!

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  • In assessing a stock or index for where it is in the short term, overbought or oversold, I like to use Bollinger Bands which I don’t think I’ve heard you mention before. Is it a part of your toolkit or is there another similar tool you prefer?

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  • When you buy a second or even third leg into any given stock you are obviously averaging up. What is the minimum spread to target that you will continue to buy at?

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  • Hi Keith,
    What is the seasonal trade in industrials, such as XLI?

    Reply
    • Strongest period is October to end of year. BTW–highly recommend buying Thackray’s guide–cheap handy reference for all things seasonal

      Reply

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