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The Blacksburg Whale provides financial market updates and commentary to educate our readers on what is happening in the stock market, bond market, and the rest of the financial world.

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  • The Debate Continues: The Argument for Active Investing
    on Dec 4, 2013 in Financial Markets
    I’ve seen a lot of posts out lately about why investors should choose passive over active investing. But today I am sticking up for active investing – please feel free to let me know where I’ve gone wrong passive investors! There...
  • Technicals Indicate Overvalued Market
    on Dec 2, 2013 in Financial Markets
    The market wants to go higher, but is struggling. This chart shows the SPY index, which seeks to provide the investment results of the S&P 500 index, one of the most widely used investment benchmarks in the US. The orange lines are Bollinger Band...
  • Potential Catalysts for an Upcoming Market Correction in Early 2014
    on Nov 30, 2013 in Financial Markets
    As of the date of this writing, the S&P 500 is up 27% for the year, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 23%.  This year’s exceptional performance has been largely to an expansionary monetary environment created by the Federal Reserve an...
  • Potential Catalysts for an Upcoming Market Correction in Early 2014
    on Nov 30, 2013 in Financial Markets
    As of the date of this writing, the S&P 500 is up 27% for the year, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 23%.  This year’s exceptional performance has been largely to an expansionary monetary environment created by the Federal Reserve an...
  • Daily Volatility of the Stock Market
    on Nov 29, 2013 in Financial Markets
    Volatility in the stock market is starting to pick up again. The VIX, or the volatility index, measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 index options. To put more simply, the VIX measures the fear of investors. It provides a reasonable project...
  • How I Made $12,000 and Paid off my Student Debt by Investing
    on Nov 28, 2013 in Financial Markets
    I am a risk taker I’ll admit it. I am a risk taker. But I also think of everything in terms of risk/reward. What is my downside compared to my upside – is losing the money I worked for worth the potential reward? Note that I care more abo...
  • Economic Indicators Lift Markets
    on Nov 27, 2013 in Financial Markets
    Economic Indicators Lift Markets Economic indicators buoyed the markets today. The S&P zig-zagged its way up 0.25% to 1,807 while the 10-year Treasury also rose 1.48% to 2.74%. Jobless Claims The number of people applying for unemployment insuran...
  • The Stock Market Is Overpriced
    on Nov 25, 2013 in Financial Markets
    The Stock Market Is Overpriced. The S&P 500 jumped over its 1,800 hurdle, but is scared to go even higher. Why the Stock Market Is Down Today, But Up Earlier In the Day The Pending Home Sales Index has now been down for 5 months in a row, indicat...
  • Why Is The Stock Market Up Today?
    on Nov 21, 2013 in Financial Markets
    Why Is The Stock Market Up Today? Here are a few reasons that explain why the market is up today: Jobless claims came in lower than expected at 323K, down from 344K last week. This is the lowest level since the government shutdown which lifted claim...
  • Market Responded As Expected – Short Term Correction.
    on Nov 20, 2013 in Financial Markets
    The S&P 500 retreated another 0.36% today to 1,781 meeting our expectations of a quick technical pullback (after hitting the top Bollinger Band). It is hard to tell whether or not we are in a full stage bubble at the moment and if the market wi...
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