Keith on CNBC’s Closing Bell: The End of QE

The Federal Reserve decided to end its quantitative easing stimulus program and, as Bill Griffeth said, “now the waiting game begins” for when it will decide to raise interest rates. See my thoughts on the subject as well as why buying into market dips in the days ahead is a good idea.



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    Trailing Stops are Great But Include “Ultimate” Trailing Stops Too

    See how I develop my own personal Ultimate Trailing Stops and how you can create your own just as easily.

    As originally published at Money Morning
    Why I Run “Ultimate Trailing Stops” on All My Investments
    By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

    You’ve spotted an unstoppable, trillion-dollar trend. You’ve identified the stock that’s set to benefit most and made a trade using the tactics that will squeeze the most profit out of it.

    Nicely done.

    Now it’s time for the final piece of the Total Wealth strategy.

    Mention the words “Risk Management” and most investors get a look that’s somewhere between “bored” and “terrified.” It’s not that they don’t want to control risk; they’re just not sure how and they don’t make it a priority.

    Yet the most direct path to building a fortune is not losing your money in the first place.

    All you really need is a handful of tools – which I’m going to walk you through one by one in the coming weeks – and the discipline to enforce them.

    One you’re probably already familiar with is a Trailing Stop. They’re usually automatic sell orders set at a specific % below the market price of the investment you hold or at some predetermined $ amount of risk on a given investment. While people typically think of Trailing Stops as downside protection, in fact, they can be used to lock in profits, too. That’s why I recommend using them on almost every investment.

    But few people use what I call “Ultimate Trailing Stops.”

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      Keith on CNBC’s Street Signs: Fed Language

      The Fed is, once again, keeping the world waiting with baited breath on its next statement. How will the Fed couch its words so that there will be some semblance of calm in world markets?

      Also, I give my take on those clever CEOs of Apple and Alibaba in their attempt at collaboration.



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        Keith on Varney & Co: Will a GOP Election Sweep Equate to a Market Rally?

        The American mindset has changed. No longer do ideas of economic growth translate to markets. A GOP win may not mean much in terms of a market rally. Plus, why are investors doing the exact opposite of the “buy low and sell high” mantra?



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          The Trend You Can’t Turn A Blind Eye To

          This strong trend is one that pains me to endorse but one that is a necessary part of any growth portfolio in today’s turbulent environment.

          As originally published at Money Morning
          The Trend Every Nation on Earth Is Pouring Money Into
          By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

          When we began our time together here at Total Wealth, I promised you a deep look at each of the primary trillion-dollar trends. I told you that every dime made in the markets for the next 10 years would be on this list of trends.

          We jumped right in with Technology and our Human Augmentation target – the most inspirational tech company I’ve ever visited.

          Today, I want to keep that promise and focus in on our second unstoppable global trend.

          Sadly, given the state of the world these days, it could easily be the most unstoppable and profitable of all the trends we’re following.

          I say “sadly” because I’m talking about War, Terrorism, & Ugliness.

          Warfare… terrorism… disease… They’re all growth industries. It’s a natural effect of having more and more billions of people on this planet, greater interconnectedness, and greater access to travel, technology, weapons, and bad ideas.

          Just look at the tragic shootings in Ottawa, Canada, earlier this week. The rapid spread of Ebola across continents. More abductions in Nigeria. ISIS terrorism in the Middle East. It’s a scary world out there. It’s my sincere hope that everybody who’s reading this is safe – and your families and friends are too.

          Yet we’re not powerless.

          Many of the best investment opportunities – including the one I’m sharing with you today – are geared towards STOPPING these things and mitigating the pain, suffering, and loss of life. In fact, this $7/share, off-the-radar company is working to keep soldiers and civilians out of harm’s way as part of the most promising technological advancement in warfare I’ve seen in my lifetime.

          Whatever your feelings about war, there’s great satisfaction in making an investment that promotes the safety of the brave men and women who serve this country selflessly. I bet you’d agree

          Here’s everything you need to know about the War, Terrorism, & Ugliness trend…

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            Like It or Not, Energy is What is Driving the Economy

            The Oil & Gas Exploration sector is hated by many (especially by those in Washington) and loved by a few. Count me in as one of the “few” and for some compelling reasons.

            As originally published at Money Morning
            Two Stocks to Buy to Play America’s Energy Boom
            By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

            It’s officially silly season in U.S. politics leading up to midterm elections, with both parties stooping to distraction and hyperbole. As usual, some of the most misguided utterances so far have come from the White House and, specifically, from our own Commander-in-Chief.

            Speaking to students and faculty at Northwestern University on October 2, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama said of America’s economic recovery, “It is a direct result of the American people’s drive and determination… and the decisions made by my administration.”

            I totally agree with the first part of that statement. But the second part of it – the assertion that credit for whatever recovery we’ve had lies with his administration – is charitable, to put it mildly.

            Love him or hate him, nearly 45% of the recovery can be traced to this one, single economic sector, and the president is actually dead set against it.

            If you’re like me, your eyebrows just shot up. Mine sure did when I first took a hard look at the data and ran the numbers.

            That’s because I love the underdog. Anytime something is unloved and unnoticed, I’m interested, especially if the numbers line up. And, boy, do they ever in this case.

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              There Really is No Right Time to “Fold ‘em”

              No matter how stomach churning the economic, political or societal news is, we must cautiously remain invested in “cream of the crop” corporations for a myriad of reasons.

              As originally published at Money Morning
              Why You Should Always Be in the Stock Market (Even Now)
              By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

              On the heels of the worst volatility in nearly 20 years, and more “crash talk” than we’ve heard maybe ever, it’s starting to look like a smart time to hit the eject button and get out of the markets altogether.

              In fact, that’s probably the most common question I’m hearing these days:

              “Do I really want to be in stocks right now?”

              Believe me, I get it. Folks are emotionally shattered from seeing their wealth cut in half twice – once in 2000 and again in 2007-08. That’s why 55% of Americans have no money in the stock market at all, according to a Federal Reserve Board analysis from last year. I think the number is actually higher, because of the anecdotal evidence I gather on a daily basis.

              That means hundreds of millions of people are missing this blindingly simple tactic that drives our Total Wealth strategy.

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                Excited about Ekso Bionics

                My visit to Ekso’s headquarters blew me away. This company is on the cutting edge of what I have dubbed the “human augmentation” sector.

                As originally published at Money Morning
                Ekso Bionics Is the Most Inspirational Company I’ve Ever Visited
                By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

                A lot of investment analysts rely on company websites and investor relations to do their research. Very few leave their “ivory towers.”

                I’m a little different.

                I believe boots on the ground are the only way to go. That’s why I’ve traveled to more countries than I can count, to personally visit the companies I recommend. Some names you would know and some you’ve never heard of (yet). I talk to founders, CEOs, accountants, factory workers, and truck drivers. To be honest, I can get a little pushy sometimes. I poke around their warehouses, play with their equipment, sample their products, dig through their books, and (politely) interrogate their employees.

                I’m relentless with these guys – so much so that I got dubbed “the Indiana Jones of investing.” That made me laugh, but the way I see it, it’s simply my duty to you.

                If I’m going to recommend an investment, I’d better have a darned good idea of what the company does and how they do it. And you can’t find that on a website.

                So I was pretty excited about my recent visit Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc. (OTC:EKSO) to dig up the details on our unstoppable “human augmentation” trend.

                But I never thought I’d witness this…

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