Understanding the Bulls and the Bears

If you've ever flipped on the television to CNN Financial or paged through the finance section of your local newspaper, you may have seen or heard references made to "the bulls and the bears." If you didn't know what was meant by those terms, you're about to find out. I will tell you up front that they were not talking about basketball and football franchises based in Chicago.

"The bulls and the bears" refers to the performance of the stock market. In the most general terms, "ups" are bulls and "downs" are bears. If the stocks and funds in which you have invested have a "bull" day, you're probably one happy camper. You made money. If, on the other hand, it's been a "bear" day, you're probably not going to be feeling too chipper. Remember that no one has much cared for the Bears (save people in Chicago, of course) since 1986 and the days of Walter Payton, William "Refrigerator" Perry, and The Super Bowl Shuffle and you're on the right track.

No one knows for sure where these terms originated, but they are definitely related to the behavior we associate with these animals. Bulls and bears display uniquely opposite attitudes and behaviors. Bulls will charge ahead bravely or angrily at anything that catches their interest while bears are, by nature, more timid and cautious creatures (although I wouldn't recommend approaching one in the wild, regardless) who will move slowly and investigate a situation before taking action. The way that these relate to a "bull or bear" market is evident. When the market is having a strong upswing and is charging ahead by leaps and bounds, it is having a bull run (no, this has nothing to do with the Civil War). When it's on a steady decline, obviously, it's experiencing a bear run (not the Native American who loved Little White Dove, according to the song. That was Running Bear which, I'm told, is far too chilly in the winter ? especially in Chicago.)

In all seriousness, however, the bulls and the bears of the stock market have a profound effect on investors, often making or breaking a person's financial future in one day. The wise investor will pay close attention to the market's bull and bear activities and invest accordingly.

Investment Tips by Mika Hamilton ? Read more free investment tips, tutorials & reviews at http://www.Global-Investment-Institute.com

In The News:

Why picking the right mutual fund is key in a tough market  LivemintWhy have mutual fund (MF) returns fallen? Mutual funds primarily invest in equity (stocks) or debt (bonds). On the equity side, mid and small cap MFs have given ...
A mutual fund for daughter’s education  Economic TimesIf you have any mutual fund queries, message on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.
Top 25 equity mutual funds failed to deliver positive returns in June  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: Top 25 mutual fund schemes, managing retail money in excess of $1 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) each, failed to deliver positive returns in June.
MF shopping list: Top 30 stocks that fund managers bought & sold in June  MoneycontrolMutual funds increased allocation to private banks, consumer, utilities, technology, NBFCs, retail, metals and PSU bank stocks in June, an ICICIdirect report said.
Kunj Bansal: Pioneer fund manager debunks some investing myths  MoneycontrolWith nearly 25 years of experience in investing Kunj Bansal has been in the mutual fund industry when it was in its nascent state. Learning and working with the ...
What India's three largest mutual funds bought and sold in June  LivemintInflows into Indian equity mutual funds jumped the most in three months in June.India's top money manager HDFC Mutual Fund held $22 billion in equities.
50 hand-picked mutual funds to build your portfolio  LivemintTo rank mutual funds simply by highest past returns is an easy exercise and one that is likely to find the most interest—after all, investors want high returns—but ...
Mutual funds’ exposure to this space at all-time high; should you buy?  Economic TimesMoney managers on Dalal Street continued to shower affection on private banks for the ninth successive month as their exposure hit 19.90 per cent in June, ...
Stocks pricey, mid- & small-cap funds prefer to hold more cash  Economic TimesCash holding of mid-cap and small-cap funds has increased significantly following stretched valuations of these companies and the regulatory rejig of the fund ...
Danger lurks for stock managers chained to crowded trades  Economic TimesBy Lu Wang It's an old saw of professional money management that nobody gets fired for buying IBM. But in 2019, the perils of groupthink may be creating their ...
Fund managers raise stake in 19 cos which rose 10-50% in 2019; do you own any?  MoneycontrolFund managers were also quick to spot companies which have plunged in double digits up to 60 percent so far in 2019. There are more than 30 companies in ...
Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal may foray into mutual fund business  Economic TimesSachin Bansal, former co-Founder of Flipkart, is mulling a foray into the mutual fund space, according to a report by ETNow. The business news channel said ...
Stability, fundamental strength guide mutual funds’ stock picks in June  Economic TimesFor fund managers committing money in June, the guiding principle was mere survival through stable returns. Given the uncertainty in demand and few signs of ...
Equity mutual fund inflows hit seven month high in June despite volatile stock market; key things to know  The Financial ExpressThe equity mutual inflows touched a *fresh* seven-month high in June despite heightened volatility in the stock market.
IL&FS crisis impact: Mutual fund holdings in CPs slump 25%  Economic TimesMutual fund holdings in commercial paper have declined 25 per cent since August 2018. The exposure in commercial paper stood at Rs 3.72 lakh crore as of ...
MF Wrap: Banking is the top pick for fund houses in June; here are other sectors that made it to their shopping list  MoneycontrolAsset managers continued to gather shares of banks for the ninth straight month in June, according to Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ...
MF portfolio doctor: Babji needs to exit direct investments in stocks, take mutual funds route  Economic TimesThe Portfolio Doctor assesses the health of the fund portfolio, examines the schemes and their suitability with regard to the goals.
Stability, fundamental strength guide MFs’ stock picks in June  Economic TimesFor fund managers committing money in June, the guiding principle was mere survival through stable returns. Given the uncertainty in demand and few signs of ...
BlackRock and Vanguard are the biggest investors in private prisons  CNNVanguard and iShares owner BlackRock are the two largest holders of prison companes CoreCivic and GEO. State Street Global Advisers, Prudential's QMA ...
Mutual Fund tips and tricks: What is Index Fund? How to invest?  Zee BusinessWe all are familiar with mutual fund investment which can be done with several options, including index funds. Just like large cap or mid cap funds, index fund is ...
MFs up play in banks, NBFCs & capital goods  Economic TimesAs the economy enters a high growth phase, fund managers are gobbling up non-banking finance stocks along with capital goods and banks as they expect ...
Best Core Stock Mutual Funds  Morningstar.comSee top-rated, low-cost funds that could round out the domestic stock portion of your portfolio. Start a 14-day free trial to Morningstar Premium to unlock our ...
How you can run with the bulls who’ve beaten the market  MarketWatchThese investing and retirement stories hit home with MarketWatch readers this past week.
Mutual funds’ midcap bets rising cautiously; smallcaps still a no-no  Economic TimesNifty Midcap 100 has shed 16% since February 2018 while Nifty Smallcap100 tanked 30%.
'We’ll only launch funds in categories we would invest our own money in'  LivemintPPFAS Mutual Fund CFO Rajeev Thakkar talks about the fund house's investing philosophy and why garnering assets under management (AUM) is not its ...
Kotak Mutual Fund launches Kotak Focused Equity Fund  Economic TimesKotak Asset Management Company has launched Kotak Focused Equity Fund, an open-ended scheme that will invest in a focused portfolio of up to 30 stocks ...
Mutual funds wrap: Based on benefits — Can CPSE ETFs be game changer towards low risk ELSS funds?  MoneycontrolIn the last one year, the CPSE ETF has delivered a return of 11.69 percent, while in the last three years, the scheme delivered 9.19 percent.
Invest With A Purpose: The ETF Revolution Is Here  ForbesBy offering a flexible and low-cost way to tap into the potential of the markets and being a tax-efficient way to pursue your investment ideas, ETF adoption is ...
Why ace investor Porinju Veliyath is holding on to a few underperforming stocks  The News MinuteHaving experienced the vagaries of markets for the past three decades, Porinju sees a significant recovery going forward though he cannot give a timeframe for ...
Best Mutual Funds: Microsoft, Facebook, 29 More Stocks Receive Over $100 Million Each  Investor's Business DailyIn the latest list of new buys by the best mutual funds, Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, and Costco each received over $100 million in new investments.
Best Mutual Funds: This Baron Fund Seeks Unique Stocks  Investor's Business DailyAlex Umansky does not focus on macro market questions. Instead, he focuses on finding stocks that make his portfolio one of the best mutual funds.
Nothing is permanent in the stock market so don't let your emotions ride it  Economic TimesBy Dhirendra Kumar Over the past year, it's been hard to talk to an equity analyst or trader without getting an earful about the poor performance of mid-and ...
Why long-term equity investors should not invest in PSU stocks  Economic TimesLong-term equity investors have earned decent returns over the past 10 years. The Sensex rose from 14,765 to 39,592 during the past decade, generating an ...
Sensex rises 157 points; metal, power stocks rally  Economic TimesThe index hit an intra-day high of 39674.22 and a low of 39319.64.
Only NBFC fix can remove mutual fund risk; Sebi whip alone won’t do  Economic TimesCapital markets regulator Sebi's attempt to improve prudential regulation that includes tighter investment rules for debt mutual funds and stricter disclosure for ...
What are the mixed signals from stock market telling investors?  Economic TimesHere are six signs emanating from the market that investors should take note of.
Debt-laden DHFL gets Sebi approval to exit mutual fund business  Economic TimesDebt-laden Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) on Wednesday said it has received the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (Sebi) approval to ...
4 Best-Performing High-Yield Mutual Funds in 2019 So Far  NasdaqWhile investors rejoice the Dow's feat to breach the 27000 level and the S&P 500 recently breezing past 3000, market pundits have some good.
How to Invest in the Best Texas Stocks  Motley FoolYou'll want to pick your own Texas-based stocks, and following this simple strategy will give you a portfolio you can be proud of.
Best Mutual Funds: This MainStay Fund Bets On 3 Types Of Growth Stocks  Investor's Business DailyMainStay Large Cap Growth Fund is one of the best mutual funds. Its managers know where they like to look for growth stocks — and where not to bother.
ITR filing charges: Know charges for filing Income Tax Return  MoneycontrolFiling ITR is the most essential duty of a citizen. Click here to know the charges for filing income tax return at Moneycontrol.
Best large- and mid-cap schemes to invest for three years?  Economic TimesIf you have any mutual fund queries, message on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.
Sebi says MF-promoter pacts do not hold, tightens rules to protect debt fund investors  Economic TimesNEW DELHI/Mumbai: Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi on Thursday said the market watchdog does not recognise standstill agreements between promoters and ...
A diversified mutual fund portfolio for a moderate investor  Economic TimesI am a beginner in mutual funds. I want your review on my portfolio. I have invested in these two funds: 1. Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund (SIP of Rs 1,000)
Stocks This Week: Sell Short Carmax And Keycorp  ForbesThe S&P 500 may be hitting a high; here are shorting recommendations.
Wake Up! This Is Your Financial Wake-Up Call  NasdaqTake a moment to think about what kind of financial shape you're in. Are you deep in credit card debt? Have you been saving for retirement -- or just.
Some pockets in mid, small caps have turned attractive, S Naren of ICICI Pru Mutual Fund  Economic TimesWe spoke to to S Naren, ED & CIO, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, to find out what is in store for mutual fund investors.
Reliance Home Finance extends Rs 400 cr NCD; Rel MF schemes hit  Economic TimesMumbai: Reliance Home Finance, an Anil Ambani company, has refinanced non-convertible debentures (NCDs) worth Rs 400 crore that had matured on Friday, ...
Top 10 stocks to buy if market revives post full Union Budget  Economic TimesEquity investors on Dalal Street are waiting for the full Union Budget to see if it contains what is needed to revive the domestic equity market and put it on a rising ...
'Smart money is moving towards value small & midcaps; invest in these stocks ahead of Budget 2019'  MoneycontrolApart from banking space, smart money is also moving into mid and small caps. But, here the money is tracking attractive valuations and not visibility, V K ...
Sebi tightens disclosure norms on pledged shares, approves DVR framework for tech startups  Economic TimesMumbai: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday tightened disclosure norms for promoter share pledges, imposed royalty payment rules ...
When to Choose Between Mutual Funds vs. Stocks  Yahoo FinanceUnlike stocks, mutual funds offer built-in diversification and combine buckets of money for people to invest in stocks and bonds and are often recommended by ...
Stocks close flat on mutual fund sell-off  DAWN.comKARACHI: Stock market presented a picture of volatility all through the day with the KSE-100 index closing with a minor gain of 13.67 points (0.04 per cent) at ...
4 Popular Healthcare Mutual Funds to Add to Your Portfolio  NasdaqInvestors often rely on the healthcare sector to safeguard their investments. This is because demand for healthcare services does not vary so much.
Invest in trolling time for multibagger returns; GHCL, Uflex among top 4 buy ideas  MoneycontrolStocks having strong fundamentals with improved and unique business outlook should be looked upon particularly.
Your portfolio is probably heavy on index funds. Now may be the time to make changes  AZCentralIndex funds have become hugely popular, and they account for a large following in 401(k)-style retirement plans. They're also reliant on tech stocks.
Picking stocks, like picking ballplayers, can get complicated  The Washington PostPicking baseball players is not that different from picking stocks. Let's take pitcher Max Scherzer. If the $210 million star were a stock, he might be global ...
7 Things to Know About Index Funds vs. Mutual Funds  U.S. News & World ReportBoth index funds and active mutual funds are a good addition to a portfolio.
Budget 2019 could be a populist one; Nifty unlikely to breakout soon  MoneycontrolBudget 2019 being Nirmala Sitharaman's first in a stable majority government, we expect it to be a populist one. The centre of focus could be on the micro ...
Is your mutual fund buying or selling stocks too much?  LivemintWhen a fund manager buys and sells far too often, there is a problem.A turnover ratio measures the extent to which a fund manager churns her portfolio.
What India's top three mutual funds bought and sold in March  Economic TimesIndias largest money manager held 1.5 trillion rupees in equities.
Big tech companies help U.S. T. Rowe Price stock funds beat S&P 500  Baltimore Business JournalT. Rowe Price saw 14 of its U.S. stock mutual funds outperform the S&P 500. Are you invested in any of them?
Investing Insights: Russ Kinnel's Favorite Funds  Morningstar.comEditor's note: We are presenting Morningstar's Investing Insights podcast here. You can subscribe for free on iTunes. ***. Christine Benz: Hi, I'm Christine Benz ...
Should you invest in international mutual funds?  LivemintIf you were to sort all equity mutual funds available for retail investment by their one-year performance, international funds would come on top. The best ...
Consider investing in direct stocks only if you can monitor portfolio proactively  LivemintDirect stocks can be considered if you have the ability to do research to identify the stocks to be bought as well as to be sold.You should be revisiting your ...
Govt increases limit to disclose investment in stocks, mutual funds for employees  Moneycontrol.com*Service* rules say no government servant shall speculate in any stock, share or other investment.
Is Fidelity Advisor Technology A (FADTX) a Strong Mutual Fund Pick Right Now?  NasdaqAny investors hoping to find a Sector - Tech fund might consider looking past Fidelity Advisor Technology A (FADTX). FADTX holds a Zacks Mutual Fund.
What India's top three mutual funds bought and sold in May  LivemintInflows into Indian equity mutual funds in May rebounded from the smallest in 31 months as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comfortable electoral win spurred ...
A young investor’s guide to mutual funds  Economic TimesMany young investors, who are barely a year or two old in their career, are eager to start investing in mutual funds. ETMutualFunds.com receive many queries on ...
What top mutual funds bought and sold last month  LivemintMumbai: Inflows into Indian equity mutual funds in January were the smallest in two years as heightened market volatility and political uncertainty cooled ...
Sensex's rise from 20K to 40K: 5 lessons for equity mutual fund investors  Economic TimesWe look at some critical lessons that equity fund investors learnt during the journey of Sensex reaching 40K.
Sustainable fund? Index fund? More investors choose both | Business  messenger-inquirerNEW YORK -- Two of the hottest trends in investing are working in tandem to steer billions of dollars toward companies seen as the best corporate citizens.
Index mutual funds see 60% jump in assets in a year as actively managed funds struggle  Economic TimesIndex mutual funds — a category that aims to mimic returns of benchmarks, like Nifty or Sensex — have seen their assets surge 60% over the past one year as ...
Here are a few mutual funds that stocked up on YES Bank in Q4FY19  Business StandardShares of YES Bank tanked 30 per cent in trade on Tuesday, after the bank reported a massive Rs 1,507 crore loss in the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19 ...
MF holdings of auto stocks at record low: Motilal Oswal study  BusinessLineMutual funds' holdings of auto sector stocks stood at a record low in April, finds a study by broking house Motilal Oswal Securities. The weightage of the auto ...
How concentrated is your mutual fund portfolio?  LivemintA concentrated portfolio can backfire badly if the fund manager's strategy goes wrong.A portfolio with few stocks can fall sharply if share prices of most stocks in ...
Stick to MFs if you lack knowledge on stocks  LivemintWhile equity is surely the way going forward considering your age and the financial goals, how you buy in equity is important.Direct stocks work very well if done ...
Flows into mutual funds revive in May as Modi win seems to spur risk demand  LivemintFlows into Indian equity mutual funds in May rebounded from the smallest in 31 months as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comfortable electoral win spurred ...
Here's a look at the mutual fund favourites in May  MoneycontrolThe second month of FY19-20 saw a notable change in the sector and stock allocation from the top 20 mutual fund houses. On a month-on-month basis, MFs ...
Mutual funds bet big on these 30 stocks in November; do you own any?  Moneycontrol.comThe Indian equity market rose about 5 percent in November but what was more heartening to see was inflows into mutual funds. Investors pumped Rs 1.4 lakh ...
Actively-managed large cap mutual funds poised for a comeback  Economic TimesDefying predictions of their imminent irrelevance, some actively-managed large cap mutual fund schemes have bounced back to the top of the return chart.
ITR filing: Income tax department makes disclosing LTCG from stocks, equity mutual funds simpler  LivemintThe Finance Bill 2018 reintroduced tax on LTCG made from listed shares and equity-oriented mutual fund.You only need to disclose the total LTCG from ...
Mutual funds or direct equity investment – which is better?  Economic TimesOne big question that often dogs investors is which investing option should they opt for: mutual fund or direct equity? Katalyst Wealth's Ekansh Mittal ends your ...
Should you invest in algorithm-based quant mutual funds?  Economic TimesQuant funds work on a data-driven model that relies on a mix of parameters and algorithms to identify the right stocks at the right time. But can they beat actively ...
First-time investors can look at these mutual funds for long term  Economic TimesInvestors, who were waiting on the sidelines for the uncertainty to recede, are now looking to deploy their cash. But, valuations remain steep.
7 stocks most favoured by mutual funds over last one year  Economic TimesAs the markets hit a speed bump, stocks favoured by mutual funds appear to be safer bets.
Stop! Too many stocks, mutual funds are not good for you; Buying too many may not get you more  The Financial ExpressHandling the overall risk of investments is crucial, but not at the cost of not meeting your financial goals. Over-diversification can do this.
Mutual funds sell several blue chips stocks, buy mid-caps in March  Business StandardDomestic money managers were seen pruning their holdings in several blue-chip stocks, including Reliance Industries (RIL) and Housing Development Finance ...
Investment limits Sebi prescribes for mutual funds  LivemintIn case of unrated debt instruments, a mutual fund cannot invest more than 10% of the portfolio in a single issuer and 25% in all such securities.In case of listed ...
How income from stocks and mutual funds are taxed for an individual  Moneycontrol.comCapital gains from transfer of unlisted share are considered as STCG where period of holding is less than or equal to 24 months, and LTCG when holding period ...
The dangers of high mutual fund inflows  LivemintMutual funds have put ₹2.4 trillion into markets in the last two years.Equity mutual funds receive ₹8000 crore monthly through SIPs.
What top 5 money managers bought and sold in February  Economic TimesFebruary was the fourth consecutive month of decline in net investment into equity mutual funds.
I want to invest Rs 1 crore in stocks and mutual funds for 5 years. How should I invest?  Economic TimesYou may consider the following asset allocation: 40% in large-caps; 40% in large and mid-cap, or multi-caps; and remaining 20% in mid- and small-cap funds.
Best mutual funds to invest in 2019  Economic TimesWhich are the best mutual funds to invest? Most investors have this query before they start investing in mutual funds. Curiously, it is the first question most ...
Will these mutual funds help me to create Rs 8 crore?  Economic TimesIf you have any mutual fund queries, message on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.
Top 8 most common mutual fund investing mistakes and how to avoid them  Business StandardMutual funds garnered Rs 8,022 crore of its assets by way of SIPs in December 2018, 29 per cent higher than the previous year | Illustration: Binay Sinha ...
Mutual funds shooting themselves in the foot?  Economic TimesWhat if banks take a leaf out of Kotak and HDFC Mutual Funds' decision to direct investors to come another day to get their money instead of paying them on the ...
Sebi allows mutual funds in exchange traded commodity derivatives  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Tuesday allowed mutual funds to participate in exchange-traded commodity derivatives ...
Can mutual funds give multibagger returns like stocks?  Economic TimesStocks can be multibaggers. They can offer extraordinary returns in a very short period. Can mutual funds ever do that? This was a question thrown at Rajeev ...
A look at mistakes committed by investors of equity mutual fund schemes  Moneycontrol.comBalwant Jain. The interest of investors has been shifting from direct equity investing to equity mutual funds over a few years. Though this is a welcome trend, ...

Mindset

In 1960 an engineer working for a watch company in... Read More

How to Evaluate Load vs. No Load Mutual Funds

If you have been dealing with mutual funds for any... Read More

Hot Stock Trader: How to Pick Momentum Stocks with Ease and Simplicity

Most stock traders know that momentum trading can be a... Read More

Enron Cure

Let's hope you did not have any of the Enron... Read More

Discover the Biggest Trading & Investing Online Mistake

Any online investor / trader seeks an excellent off or... Read More

Learn to Calculate a Stock?s Pivot Point

Stocks breakout from properly formed bases everyday but many investors... Read More

Invest In The Stock Market For The RIGHT Reason, Using The RIGHT Choices

Invest in the stock market for the RIGHT reason, using... Read More

How to Pay Less and Get More: Discount Broker vs Professional

How do you invest? What do you really pay? At... Read More

Kick The Tires

Before you buy another car you walk around the lot,... Read More

Dividend Paying Stocks

I would like to share with the reader an article... Read More

12 Basic Stock Investing Rules Every Successful Investor Should Follow

There are many important things you need to know to... Read More

Economists #2

Economists know more about how the fragments of society work... Read More

How to Short Stocks? How to Make Money when Your Stocks Go Down by Shorting

The stock market can present you with a lot of... Read More

E-mini Day Trading - Day Trading for Beginners - Stock Market Timing Software

I mean it when I say that. While plastic silverware... Read More

The Stock Market is a Roller Coaster: Prepare for the Ups and Downs

IT'S REMINISCENT OF THE OLD children's tale about an old... Read More

The Skinny on Mutual Fund Investing

Mutual fund investing is a lot like Thai cooking. Everyone... Read More

Gurgle Gurgle

Caught in a whirlpool and being sucked under. No life... Read More

Online Investing & Online Stock & Share Trading: Difficulty in Taking Stop Losses in the Market

This is an extract of an article which was first... Read More

Bollinger Bands Strategies

The Bollinger Band theory is designed to depict the volatility... Read More

Which Way The Market

I am hearing predictions by brokers, financial planners, talk show... Read More

Stock Options Trading Strategies - Lean

Professional stock options traders use the term lean to refer... Read More

Why Change Funds?

On November 17 I bought 7 different mutual funds and... Read More

Duct Tape

Did you run out to buy that duct tape yet?... Read More

This Market Is Different

All of the talking heads have been telling us that... Read More

Getting Even

I know there are a lot of you out there... Read More