The start of a new year causes many people to vow to change, make resolutions or try something new — after their hangover wears off anyway. For investors, it can be a good time to review their portfolios, investment goals and strategies: Is your investment plan working? Is your advisor earning his or her keep? Is your portfolio diversified and balanced?
Investors still remember — painfully — the losses of 2008 and 2009 and most would not want to go through that again. Bears, meanwhile, have endured their own pain for quite some time, but every party has to end, and those selling now do not want to be the ones who are hung over the day after the current market rally ends.
Last month, we gave you five reasons why you should still be bullish on equities. Since every trade in the stock market has an opposite view, here are five reasons to be bearish and start selling.
By Chris Katje: Last week, shares of TearLab Corporation (TEAR) jumped 12.6%. The move came from increased volume and a buy recommendation from stock picker and CNBC host Jim Cramer. The company is still underfollowed and undervalued, but that is about to change.
Yes, the federal government does a lot of stupid things. And yes, it's easy to see why Wall Street firms are bailing out of the Troubled Asset Relief Program: to avoid having to deal with the government's ever-changing rules and with publicity-hungry congressmen. (Is there any other kind?) But that doesn't excuse the way that Wall Street is engaged in selective memory now that the government has shelled out trillions of taxpayer dollars to keep the Street alive.