Various stock market investing techniques have been underwater so far in 2013 as stock market timing has been unusually challenging in 2013 putting many stock market results in the red. The hope is that the global recovery takes place sooner than later so quantitative easing will slow then end, thus closing the chapter on market manipulation by way of money printing/quantitative easing which began in 2009 after the financial crisis of 2008.
But the question is whether the global recovery will create deeper economic divergence between the creditor nations such as China and the debtor nations such as the US, the UK, and Europe. In practice, history shows this to be a real possibility as all this money printing creates issues for the countries who were already deeply in debt prior to quantitative easing which began in late 2008/early 2009. Creditor nations should therefore have more leverage to wield their currencies into potentially a sovereign status in the years to come. Indeed, predictions about China then India moving into first place economically ahead of the US have come from various entities including Goldman Sachs.
Stocks and precious metals rallied on substantial volume after the Fed surprised the markets with the announcement that it would hold its asset-purchase program steady, putting off any decision for tapering until later in the year. The move was unexpected as many had expected at least a token taper in the range of $5 to $15 billion. Both the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (SLV) had powerful pocket pivots as they reversed off of their 50-day moving averages. Trends even during trendless times can occur as they did in trendless, choppy 2011 when SLV took off. Catching and pyramiding just one trend can make all the difference in performance as SLV did for us in 2011.
So while many stock market investment techniques may be suffering in a year like 2013 resulting in poor stock market results, stock market timing into the very few stock investment opportunities is key. A stock such as Tesla Motors (TSLA) has had numerous buy points for months now. We have informed members at virtueofselfishinvesting.com in real-time via email at the exact points where TSLA could be bought and pyramided. While the number of leading stocks in 2013 with persistent playable uptrends has been scant, landing a stock such as TSLA makes up for all the small losses. TSLA is the de facto leader in terms of price and first mover advantage. Earnings and sales continue to accelerate into the stratosphere, institutional sponsorship has climbed in every quarter since the company went public 13 quarters ago, group rank 4. Stock market timing which tends to focus on ETFs need not exclude stocks.