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Graphs tracking house construction, sales and renovations consistently give basic and reliable economic signals.

Know the trend for stock market direction

Part 4 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Yesterday we began our discussion of five key stock market direction pointers. Today we conclude that discussion. Digging deeper into economic data can refine the results but there is little practical reason to do so. The basic approach works well. Trending up produces a rising stock market; tending down produces a falling stock market. When the trend is up, confidently take stock positions. Go long by buying shares. Purchase stocks that benefit most from economic growth. If the trend is down, get out of the market by selling stock positions and going to cash. Alternately in a down market, sell short to profit from falling stock prices.

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5 Stock market direction pointers

Part 3 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Get a fast read on the most likely stock market direction. Some easy observations and a few simple questions can give you a reliable and useful indication of stock market direction. Among your contacts, neighbors, friends and family, observe and ask questions on the five following points: Careers advancing or are jobs being lost? People concerned or confident about employment? New cars being bought or old cars repaired? Houses being purchased and renovations made? More people upsizing or downsizing? You can spend weeks delving deeply into economic reports or listening to the droning and arguing of pundits, experts and politicians. Or use this simple alternative approach which works very well.

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3 Stock Market Guidelines replace endless reports

Part 1 of 4 in the White Top View, Market Direction series. The market has a predictive function, the trend is your friend, Up, go long, down go short or get out. Use those three stock market guidelines rather than endless expert reports. The market looks about 6 months ahead anticipating where the economy will be going during the next two quarters. Identify that trend, up or down and take positions that benefit from that direction. When the trend is up, play long. When the trend is down, play short or get out.

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Trading in the middle again: investor thinking

The trading approach to the stock market lies in the middle of the risk spectrum while overlapping the other basic approaches. That puts it between a conservative investing strategy based on profit making companies and aggressive speculative strategies. For consistency we will refer to all plays that accept high risk seeking significant short term rewards […]

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