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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the reams of contradictory data out there.
Back on June 10, we saw a better than expected jobs report that boosted the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to its first record height in more than a year.
After two months of "calm," the markets took a dive last Friday after Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren started talking about overheated markets and the need to raise interest rates sooner rather than later.
It's enough to drive tech investors crazy.
But I'm not worried about the economy. Or the tech sector, for that matter.
That's because all three of my tech investing "Noise Blockers" – you could call them the "real news" – are moving in positive directions.
These three indicators cut through the floods of data every time. They've long proven to be accurate barometers of the markets – and surefire ways to instigate profits.
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It's taken me an honors degree in economics and 30 years of Silicon Valley investing to hone this system to perfection. But it's a pretty simple system that tech investors like you can pick up and start following immediately.
Let's get started…
Noise Blocker No. 1: Jobs and the Economy
In the early part of the economic recovery, high-tech companies weren't too concerned about job growth. That's because the "jobless recovery" in 2009 and 2010 actually helped the tech sector.
With sales rising, firms were able to improve productivity and increase profit margins without adding to their labor costs. Instead of people, they invested in software, business electronics, cloud computing, and robotics.
However, no industry can keep growing without solid economic expansion and lower unemployment. After all, people need jobs in order to afford the latest smartphones, HDTVs, and connected cars.
By employment standards, 2016 is a growth year. While the pace of hiring in the United States slowed in August, the economy added an average of 232,000 jobs a month during the summer.
Unemployment continues to fall. It now stands at 4.9%, just a blip up from the lowest level in a decade we hit back in May. And jobless claims as a percentage of the workforce remain near the lowest they've hit since the government began keeping these stats back in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, GDP growth remains steady, if not impressive.
Indicators to follow:
- Employment Situation Report, released first Friday of the month, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- GDP Forecast, tracked by the Conference Board
Noise Blocker No. 2: Earnings
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.