The Week Ahead: Retail Looms Large

We've had another frenetic week on Wall Street. More issues about Obamacare have popped up, Fed chief nominee Janet Yellen was grilled in front of Congress, we saw the usual economic data and, of course, we were privy to more corporate earnings. The stock market continues to put in fresh highs, and that means many more investors are finally getting back into the market. To professional investors like you and me, that situation should serve as a warning. It reminds me of an old Wall Street adage: The smart money buys stocks when they're declining and are poised for a turnaround, whereas the dumb money jumps in after the market has already rallied -- and is due for a pullback.

Last week, in between study sessions for the Series 65 exam, I took a break to attend the Cato Institute's 31st Annual Monetary Conference, titled, "Was the Fed a good idea?" As you can imagine, it was an interesting event. Some of the participants pointed out that, if the Fed continues its sugar-stimulus ways, there will be severe repercussions down the line -- particularly for the U.S. dollar....626 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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