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Kirk Lindstrom has an engineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Following 20 years of research and development as a scientist and engineer at Hewlett Packard, Kirk turned his attention to investments where he edits "Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter," that... More
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  • Apple iPad2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab & Tax Brackets and Rates

    Consumer:Taxes
    Tags: Taxes
    Mar 26 8:17 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Powershares QQQQ Reverts Back to QQQ
    The NASDAQ just announced it was changing the trading symbol of QQQQ back to QQQ (QQQ charts and Quote) effective immediately.  Bob Brinker's long-term subscribers remember QQQ well.  In fact, if they followed his advice to the letter, then they are still holding a large percentage of their portfolios in this fund well below their purchase price over a decade ago!

    The last time Bob Brinker raised cash and lowered his asset allocation from 100% in equities was in early 2000 when he went from 100% equities to 35% equities and 65% money market funds.
    See => Bob Brinker's Asset Allocation History
    Bob Brinker's advice to his newsletter subscribers in early 2000 was to keep the cash liquid and wait for instructions on how to deploy that cash for short term trading "opportunities.

    For the rest of the story, see Powershares QQQQ Reverts Back to QQQ
    Tags: QQQ, qqq, nasdaq100
    Mar 23 3:09 PM | Link | Comment!
  • ECRI's WLI Growth Rate at 42 Week High: Still Time to 'Get While the Getting Is Good'
    The Economic Cycle Research Institute, ECRI - a New York-based independent forecasting group, released its latest readings for its proprietary Weekly Leading Index (WLI) this morning.

    You can read it on my blog at ECRI's WLI Growth Rate at 42 Week High

    How to play ECRI's Signals: I own a lot of small cap stocks in my personal "explore portfolio" so I own SPY to get a more market weighting in this trading portfolio. If I wanted to recommend just one ETF to be long the market and take advantage of ECRI's outlook for an upturn in the business cycle, it would be the Total Stock Market Index (VTI Charts and quote), which has BOTH large and small cap stocks. I also own the total stock market index fund at Vanguard, (VTSMX) as part of my personal core portfolios. Vanguard discourages trading its index funds so VTI is the vehicle of choice for that.


    Disclosure: I am long SPY.
    Tags: SPY, economy
    Mar 04 11:13 AM | Link | Comment!
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