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This Is Not the Start of Another Bull Market in 2016


Investors may be feeling better about markets after U.S. stock indexes closed Tuesday at their highest levels in nearly two months. But despite the recent gains, this is not the start to another bull market.

In fact, Money Morning experts see U.S. markets actually falling again in 2016. But before we get to their stock market predictions, here's why hopes of a bull market have returned...

Why Big Tech Stocks Are "Unwinding" in 2016

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Blue-chip tech stocks were some of the biggest growth catalysts for the bull market we exited in January. That was the longest bull market since World War II, which lasted six years.

Now we've entered a bear market. And it's sent the Nasdaq down 17% from its July highs.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) are already down 11% and 26% this year, respectively.

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald explains why big tech stocks are forfeiting their gains and how investors should play them long term...

Is the Bull Market Over?

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We’ve just been through the longest bull market run since World War II.

In the six years from March 2009 to May 2015, the Dow climbed from 6,626 to 18,024. The S&P 500 rose from 683 to 2,108.

But those gains have been under siege for the last few months…

Your Complete Bear Market 2016 Investing Guide


The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 12.4% from its May highs, and Money Morning experts anticipate more volatility ahead in 2016.

That’s why they’ve compiled their complete bear market investing guide for 2016…

Here’s how you can protect your money, and even profit, during a bear market in 2016…

What the Burger King Deal Tells Us About Today's Bull Market

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The S&P 500 recently hit a new high as it drove through the 2,000 mark for the first time in history on the day that Burger King announced that it would purchase iconic Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons.

Thus far in 2014 there have been $2.3 trillion of announced mergers & acquisitions (M&A) transactions around the world - $1.16 trillion in the United States alone - and undoubtedly there are more on the horizon.

Indeed, M&A activity is a major catalyst for the booming stock market and is good for investors.

Unless it's really a sign of a dying bull... If that's the case, we're in some big trouble.

Here's what's got me concerned, and why we need to exercise caution right now...

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Stocks That Pay Dividends: 17 New Increases and Special Payouts


On the hunt for income, investors continue to pile on to top stocks that pay dividends, helping to drive the price of those stocks higher.

But it's not just steady income that's making dividend-paying stocks so attractive right now. Apprehension over the future direction of U.S. markets amid a five-plus-year bull run is another key reason.

Following are the 17 companies raising payouts during the week ending July 11, 2014.

These Signs of Market Trouble Are Looming

Editor's Note: By now you're familiar with Michael E. Lewitt of The Credit Strategist. We love his work. Today, he has a special report on current, troubling conditions at this late stage - and a dire warning for investors who may be unprepared. Here's Michael...

"Markets are priced to perfection...

Signs of late cycle behavior and thinking are abundant...

The latest example came from BMO's strategist Brian Belski, who published a report arguing that the bull market in stocks will continue for another ten years with annual gains of 10.5%.

This is the type of report that appears at market peaks. Despite the fact that it was dressed up in statistics and produced by a respectable brokerage house, this isn't a serious piece of research; it is nonsense and anyone who takes it seriously and invests based on its conclusions deserves the losses that will follow."

The above is excerpted from a recent report I produced for my Credit Strategist readers. I wanted to share with you some of my thinking on rapidly coalescing signs that point to growing cracks in the façade of a healthy market... Full Story

This Is the Bull Market Your Kids Will Be Talking About

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With U.S. stocks at all-time highs in 2014, folks are wondering where prices can go from here. Granted, there will be periodic corrections and temporary market downturns.

But I believe the conditions now in place could foster a bull market that could last 18 to 20 years, with much of it fueled by tech investing.

And the investors who take advantage of it now will have a shot at life-changing wealth...

How to Invest in an Aging Bull Market

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both routinely making record highs, figuring out how to invest in this aging bull market has gotten increasingly challenging.

But not impossible.

"There's still plenty of upside if you know where to look," said Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "The game has become more one of choosing the right stocks than it is worrying about what the broader index is doing."

Fitz-Gerald says investors need to focus on three specific things...

An Old Institution Dies… and a New Bull Market Is Born

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After 117 years, the current London Silver Fix is shutting down.

In fact, we know it's going to happen on August 14th for certain.

Free marketeers are excited; for years many have maintained that silver prices are being manipulated.

Ted Butler, for one, publishes commentary with a special focus on the silver market. Ted's likely the most outspoken observer of daily silver futures price machinations anywhere. I did an extensive interview with him on this very topic in 2012.

Now comes confirmation that the London Silver Fix is finally closing shop.

That in itself isn't proof of manipulation, but the circumstances certainly raise some intriguing questions.

There are clues from its history worth studying - and profits to be made from its demise…

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Black Monday Stock Market Crash Returns to Haunt 2014

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Chart watchers have noticed an eerie pattern - the bull market of 1982, which ended in the Black Monday stock market crash of 1987, looks way too much like the current bull market.

And while no one can predict the markets for certain, the chart lines for the two bull markets have given many market analysts pause, including Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald.

Even if we don't get a full-blown crash, a correction is long overdue.

Here's what investors need to do now.

What's Next for This Bull Market Will Give Main Street Investors a Rude Awakening


So far today U.S. stocks aren't celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the bull market, which technically speaking began on March 9, 2009.

Will they rally by the end of the day, in a formal salute to moving onwards and upwards?

What Today's Housing Market Numbers Really Mean


Today's mixed numbers from the Case-Shiller price index have some prognosticators wondering if the housing market has plateaued.

U.S. home prices posted their largest annual gain since 2005 and increased 11.3% in Q4 compared to the previous year. However, growth slowed toward the end of the year, particularly in December.

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Frank Holmes: Trying to Stop a Bull Market Has Risks


U.S. stocks have been on a tear. The S&P 500 Index has climbed a surprising 23% so far this year, as a global synchronized recovery takes shape and funds flow back to equities.

As I often say, investors take risks when they try to stop a bull run, and plenty of data suggest you might regret taking that action this year.

Consider the optimistic views from Joshua Brown, i.e. The Reformed Broker, as we have "all the rocket fuel we need for an explosion." There's no election, no war in Syria, and no taper talk. Banks are highly capitalized, stocks around the world are cheap and hedge funds' short positions are the highest since January, says Brown.

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Why this Ivy League Professor Sees Dow Hitting 18,000

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The bears predicting a stock market crash have it all wrong.

So says Jeremy Siegel, finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and author of "Stocks for the Long Run." He predicts the Dow - which closed yesterday (Wednesday) at a new record high 14,455.28 - will continue the bull market run, ending this year in the 16,000 to 17,000 range.

For 2014, he says, the "best bet goal" is the Dow will climb to 18,000.

And the well-known bull has nearly 150 years of data to back up his bold prediction.

Here's why Siegel is so bullish.  

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