A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
The year 2017 was a very good year for U.S. Stocks. The S&P 500 Index had a yearly gain of 18.87%. The major market indexes had 71 new high points for the year.
If you pay a fee or commission to a broker or money manager, you need to ask one very important question. You should ask: ” How much did my investments increase in 2017? ” If your assets invested did not increase by 18.87% or more, then you are paying someone to underperform the market with your money ! About 70% of all mutual funds underperform the S&P 500 Index !
Looking at the data generated in the U.S. stock market in 2017, there were some stocks that greatly outperformed the S&P index and there were some stocks that greatly underperformed the S&P index.
I have a list of the top ten U.S. Stocks that increased in market value in 2017. I list the stock by name first, then I list the ticker symbol, and then I list the stock’s increase in price as a percentage gain. They are as follows: 1) Sangamo Therapeutics, SGMO, 450.0%. 2) Straight Path Communications, STRP, 401.8%, 3) Nektar Therapeutics, NKTR, 376.8%, 4) Immunomedics, IMMU, 337.5%, 5) Foundation Medicine, FMI, 286.8%, 6) Lending Tree, TREE, 284.7%, 7) Sage Therapeutics, SAGE, 277.3%, 8) ImmunoGen, IMGN, 221.2%, 9) Apollo Medical, AMEH, 220%, and 10) Puma Biotechnology, PBYI, 216.8%.
Of course, I could list the bottom ten U.S. Stocks that decreased in market value in 2017. While I will not list them, be aware that they exist. Also remember that there is no computer program anywhere in the world that can predict with 100% accuracy what stocks will gain or lose in 2018!
I plan to publish my basic projections for the U.S. Markets in 2018 in another post that will soon follow. For now, I can safely predict that some stocks will gain in value in 2018 and some stocks will lose in value in 2018. You can count on it.
R. Van Conoley
It is strange how people make decisions. President Reagan’s wife, Nancy, depended upon an astrologer named Joan Quigley. Sadly Sanityandsense.com must inform our loyal readers that the American Zodiac can not predict the future. How silly to think so. Fortunately this website will employ the only 100% accurate method of predicting the future by employing the Chinese Zodiac.
The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve year cycle. Each year is associated with an animal sign. They are: 1) Rat, 2) Ox, 3) Tiger, 4) Rabbit , 5) Dragon, 6) Snake, 7) Horse, 8) Sheep, 9) Monkey, 10) Rooster, 11) Dog, and 12) Pig.
Donald Trump was born in 1946, the year of the Dog. The Chinese Zodiac states that Mr. Trump is loyal, friendly, and intelligent. In 2018, the Zodiac states that Mr. Trump will be fair and just with those he loves and cold and cynical toward those he dislikes.
Hillary Clinton ( b. 1947 ) and Vice President Mike Pence ( b. 1959 ) were both born in the year of the Pig. The Zodiac states that both are stylish and perfectionists. In 2018, the Zodiac states that both will greatly enjoy carnal pleasures, but both will appear superficial to others.
Vladimir Putin was born in 1952, the year of the Dragon. Dragons are the most stunning and flamboyant of all the Zodiac signs. The Zodiac states that in 2018, Dragons will have deep conflicts with individuals born in the year of the Dog.
The Zodiac clearly states that the long standing sexual relationship between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the main news story of 2018. Important congressional seats in both the House and the Senate will be decided upon which explanation the majority of Americans believe.
R. Van Conoley
An unemployed court jester is nobody’s fool.
There are two rules for success. Rule 1) Don’t tell all you know.
On November, 2016, I felt deeply honored to cast my vote for Donald Trump for President. This was the first time in 44 years that I voted for a major party candidate for president. I voted in every presidential election in the past since I turned 21 years of age, but in the past eleven presidential elections, I voted for third party candidates since I thought that the main party candidates were worthless. I believe that history has shown that my decision was correct.
It is now time for President Trump to display powerful leadership and accomplish a very unpleasant task. President Trump must move forward with the difficult task of directing his Attorney General to name an unbiased prosecutor from the AG’s office to thoroughly investigate the many alleged criminal activities of Bill and Hillary Clinton and all of their alleged associates.
As a law abiding American, I do not wish nor expect President Trump to allow an individual to conduct a witch hunt or a smear campaign. The prosecutor must be totally unbiased, fair, and just in every aspect of his/her investigation.
It strongly appears that any sane and sensible American would conclude that the very top levels of the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department under the direction of President Obama have been deeply involved with numerous criminal activities directed by the Clinton Family and the Clinton Foundation and their associates. These alleged criminal actions strike at the heart of the American People and the U.S. Constitution.
I strongly believe that justice delayed is justice denied. Therefore, if there is not a special justice department investigative team working to legally gather evidence regarding the Clinton Family, the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton Associates on or before January 30, 2018, I must conclude that President Donald Trump is unable to execute the powers of the President and Chief of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: I understand that this is a difficult task for President Trump. Also, high level officials must be placed under oath. Some of those that should be placed under oath include: Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Huma Abedin, Sally Quillian Yates, Adam Schiff, Andrew McCabe, Jill McCabe, and many others associated with Secretary of State Clinton who aided and abetted in the destruction of evidence. )
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Forces of Japan attacked U.S. Military forces at Pearl Harbor. Congress declared War against Japan and the U.S. entered World War II. On December 7, 2017, the U.S. will have been an occupying force in Japan for almost 72 years. While I believe that the U.S. has shown great compassion and given great assistance to Japan, it is far past the time for the U.S. to leave Japan.
One simple example should suffice to convince all sane and sensible Americans that the U.S. military forces should have left Japan more than 36 years ago. The Dictator of North Korea, Kim Jung-un, now has a nuclear capacity and sophisticated rockets to deliver their atomic bombs. Had Japan been allowed and encouraged to defend their own country, I feel 99.999% certain that Japan would have nuclear weapons that exceed the quality of the North Korean weapons. North Korea would not be so bold if they had to deal with a militarized Japan.
However, the dim witted bureaucrats in the U.S. could not comprehend this sane and sensible logic. Therefore, the U.S. is in a situation where the U.S. is bound by outdated treaties to stand in opposition to North Korea. This is a serious error and could cause a nuclear exchange in Asia that could and should have been avoided.
As an American, I can not fully express my everlasting appreciation to the men who fought and died in World War II to keep America safe and free. Hopefully President Donald Trump will develop a wise policy toward the Pacific Asian region that will support all U.S. interests and allow Japan to determine their own defense policies.
R. Van Conoley