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4th Quarter | 2023

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U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 rose 1.83%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 2.04%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.02%.

The efficient market theory asserts that the markets are made up of rational investors and, thus, are so efficient that market pricing cannot be exploited for a profit.

The performance of the major U.S. stock market indexes was mixed last week.

Last week, the gold spot price lost 1.59% and the U.S. Dollar Index rose 0.98%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) was down 1.59% for the week.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in two of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.32%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 2.51%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased by 1%.

April ETF Deathwatch contains 526 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

I was reading some history recently that focused on the Second World War. It contradicted a long-held belief. I’d always heard that the Maginot Line was a colossal failure.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were up last week. The S&P 500 increased by 1.65%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.38%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 3.04%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was up 1.89%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 increased by 1.65%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 3.04%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.38%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 1.64% and the U.S. Dollar Index increased 0.5%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) fell 1.86% for the week.

The major market indexes finished mostly down last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.11%, the S&P 500 Index fell 0.29%, the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index slid 1.08%, and the NASDAQ Composite climbed 0.40%.

My wife and I have become big fans of “Clarkson’s Farm,” a show on Amazon Prime.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in one of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 fell 0.29%, the NASDAQ Composite went up 0.40%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.11%.

Last week, the gold spot price decreased by 0.3% and the U.S. Dollar Index rose by 1.45%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) lost 0.39% for the week.

The movement of the components of the stock market these days—the companies that make up various indexes—makes me think of the relationship between generals and troops, especially in the days before modern, tactical warfare.

The major U.S. stock indexes were mostly down last week. The S&P 500 Index decreased by 0.80%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.24%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.07%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 0.51%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in one of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 fell 0.80%, the NASDAQ Composite went up 0.07%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.24%.

Last week, the gold spot price gained 1.35% and the U.S. Dollar Index went down 0.44%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) increased by 1.4% for the week.

It was 10:30 p.m. A half-drunk glass of rich and delicious Cabernet remained in the goblet before me as the server cleared away our dishes. The shuffled plates contained the remains of beautifully marbled steak.

The major U.S. stock market indexes mostly rose last week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.87%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.86%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 1.28%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 1.26%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.87%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.28%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 0.86%.

Last week, the gold spot price gained 0.35% and the U.S. Dollar Index fell 0.16%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) was up 0.31% for the week.

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This morning I was in the doctor’s office to get some blood drawn. The young lady across from me was there for the same purpose and was seconds away from the needle penetrating her skin.

The major U.S. stock indexes were mostly down last week. The S&P 500 Index decreased by 0.10%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.23%, the NASDAQ Composite dipped 0.42%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index added 0.58%.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 decreased by 0.10%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.42%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.23%.

Last week, the gold spot price lost 1.05% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.27%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) fell 1.26% for the week.

Did you know that this April was the 20th anniversary of Financial Literacy Month?

The first quarter of 2023 saw mixed performance across equities, bonds, and gold.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.79%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.29%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.20%.

Last week, the gold spot price decreased by 0.19% and the U.S. Dollar Index fell by 0.27%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) lost 0.09% for the week.

March ETF Deathwatch contains 520 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

The first quarter of 2023 reminded us that markets don’t always behave as expected.

The major U.S. stock market indexes mostly declined last week. The S&P 500 decreased by 0.10%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.63%, the NASDAQ Composite was down 1.10%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 2.66%.

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U.S. equity markets posted gains in one of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 lost 0.10%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 1.10%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 0.63%.

Last week, the gold spot price rose 1.96% and the U.S. Dollar Index decreased by 0.67%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) went up 1.81% for the week

I can still feel the doorjamb pressed hard against the back of my head, each move causing a painful tug against an errant strand of hair. But I wanted to be there, and I strained to stretch my body upward, fighting the urge to resort to tiptoes.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were up last week. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index rose 3.89%, the S&P 500 was up 3.48%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 3.37%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 3.22%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 rose 3.48%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 3.37%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.22%.

Last week, the gold spot price fell by 0.45% and the U.S. Dollar Index decreased by 0.59%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) was down 0.4% for the week.

Gold has been the topic of news and commentary throughout 2023—including the fact that the precious metal recently punched through the $2,000 level for a brief period.

The major U.S. stock indexes were up last week despite some volatility. The S&P 500 Index finished up 1.39%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.18%, the NASDAQ Composite rose an impressive 1.66%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index added 0.52%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 was up 1.39%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.66%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.18%.

Last week, the gold spot price lost 0.55% and the U.S. Dollar Index decreased by 0.57%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) fell 0.04% for the week.

It was over 30 years ago. I sat in a pew in a little church on the village green of Franklin, Michigan. It was the usual Sunday service, but I was stirred by the sermon from a minister who was still relatively new to me.

Last week, major U.S. stock market indexes were mixed. The NASDAQ Composite Index gained 4.41%, the S&P 500 Index rose 1.43%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.15%, and the Russell 2000 Index lost 2.64%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in two of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 went up 1.43%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 4.41%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.15%.

Last week, the gold spot price rose 6.48% and the U.S. Dollar Index decreased by 0.83%. The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (QGLDX) rose 5.89% for the week.

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Yesterday morning, I received a text message from an old colleague. It said, “Twitter should treat ‘economic commentary’ like hate speech.”