Saturday, September 16, 2023

Here's What Employment Means for the Market

By Enrique Abeyta

In today's essay, let's discuss what's happening in one of the major factors in our financial lives... I'm talking about jobs. We'll probably be hearing a lot about the jobs market in the coming months – in particular because the jobs market in the U.S. has seen a period like it has never seen before […]

Friday, July 28, 2023

Where Are We Headed Next With Inflation?

By Enrique Abeyta

The past few years have been all about one word: inflation... But the reality is that many investors aren't really all that familiar with dealing with a true inflationary environment. While we had some flurries of inflation over the past couple decades, unless you were investing back in the early 1980s you hadn't seen anything […]

Saturday, July 1, 2023

The Reading List That Spurred My 20 Years of Success on Wall Street

By Enrique Abeyta

Being a voracious reader accelerated my path as an investor... Growing up in a poor household with a single mother from South America, we struggled just to pay our bills. The idea of "saving" – or even more crazy, "investing" – was as foreign as flying a spaceship. My mother was just trying to keep […]

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Finding the 'Rubber Balls' in the Stock Market

By Enrique Abeyta

In my Empire Elite Trader service, our main focus is identifying deeply oversold situations in high-quality stocks... Let's unpack that statement a bit... What does "oversold" mean? At times, stocks sell off so badly that we can begin to have confidence that the selling is likely to cool off relatively soon. We're able to have […]

Friday, May 19, 2023

The Wall of Worry and the (Mini) Banking Crisis

By Enrique Abeyta

The most fascinating periods in the stock market take place after bear markets are over... I've been through half a dozen of these periods – some bigger, some smaller – over the last 30 years in the markets. But they're always the same. After an initial steep bounce, the stock market goes about healing itself […]

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

We're Living in the Greatest Time in Human History

By Enrique Abeyta

If you're a regular reader of any of my work here at Empire Financial Research, you know that I spend a lot of time thinking about human nature and psychology... While the technology of financial markets has changed beyond anything anyone could have imagined in my two-plus decades in them, the one aspect that hasn't […]

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Why the Banking Chaos Isn't a Repeat of 2008 or Even 1998

By Enrique Abeyta

For many investors, the concept of a bank failure may seem foreign... While there are always small banks that fail in any given year, there hasn't been a major bank failure since Washington Mutual back in September 2008 – during the heart of the global financial crisis. The failure also happened during an incredibly chaotic […]

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Continuing the Conversation on Stock Buybacks

By Enrique Abeyta

In the March 2 Empire Financial Daily, I discussed the merits of stock buybacks... To briefly recap, I pointed out a couple of key factors to consider: Stock buybacks alter the supply of a company's stock, so – all other things held equal (including demand for the stock) – that should then lead to higher […]

Saturday, March 11, 2023

We're Buying Stocks, Not Companies

By Enrique Abeyta

If you've been investing for long, you might have heard comments like, 'Fundamentals don't matter in this market, just buy the 10 stocks that work'... It's a popular refrain when folks are confused by the market action. When something happens that they don't understand, they throw their hands up in the air. But these comments […]

Friday, March 10, 2023

Figure Out WHY You're Trading and Investing

By Enrique Abeyta

Most folks would think the goal of investing is 'always make money'... But the reality is more nuanced. Many investors – especially those who trade – enjoy the activity. Investing can be intellectually engaging and a lot of fun... and there's nothing wrong with that. I often use gambling analogies to talk about investing, and […]

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Four Easy Rules for Stepping Up Your Investing

By Enrique Abeyta

I spend a lot of time looking at the effects of psychology – and even human biology – on trading and investing... This matters because of one simple fact: The vast majority of investors and traders underperform the market. They underperform because they don't have a good understanding of those psychological effects or how to […]

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Here's How Hitting on 16 in Blackjack Can Make You a Better Investor

By Enrique Abeyta

My parents met in a casino in Reno, Nevada, in 1970... My mother worked as a cigarette girl. My dad spent a lot of time in Nevada. Although he ran a chain of beauty shops in the area and worked as a hairdresser, he would tell you he was first a professional gambler. When I […]

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Change Your Financial Future With These Six Investing Tips

By Enrique Abeyta

In the midst of volatile market environments, I find it valuable to remember some key basics to making real money in the stock market... Certain big-picture concepts can be easy to forget when facing the day-to-day volatility and barrage of negative media coverage. Now, keep in mind that these ideas are geared more toward long-term […]

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Here's What 'Shrinking the Float' Means for Stocks and the Market

By Enrique Abeyta

Across my career in the financial markets, it has been fascinating to see relatively arcane financial concepts become part of the mainstream discourse... One of the biggest of these was "mortgage securitization," a main factor behind the housing collapse in 2007 to 2008. I'm betting just about no one outside of a very narrow part […]

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Say It With Me: Dividends Suck

By Enrique Abeyta

If you're a retiree – or simply planning for your upcoming retirement – you're probably a big fan of the 'Dividend Aristocrats'... This is the elite club of large-cap, blue-chip stocks that have raised their dividends annually for at least 25 years in a row. Many of these companies make products that you use every […]

Friday, February 10, 2023

'Unlock' Your Brokerage Account to Start Collecting Income Today

By Enrique Abeyta

Over the past few days, I've been discussing my favorite income generation strategy for this type of volatile market... It involves collecting upfront cash while at the same time taking advantage of the fear of other investors. I'm talking about selling put options. Specifically, selling put options on high-quality stocks that you would want to […]

Thursday, February 9, 2023

How to Find the Perfect Stocks to Trade

By Enrique Abeyta

This week, I've been discussing my favorite income-generating strategy for this choppy stock market... That is selling put options on high-quality stocks where you either collect income for essentially doing nothing or end up owning a stock you already like at an even more attractive price. In my essays this week, I've emphasized that the […]

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

How to Make the Stock Market Your Personal ATM

By Enrique Abeyta

Over the past two days, I broke down the details of my favorite income strategy... I'm talking about selling put options. To recap, this is a contract that gives the buyer of the option the right, but not the obligation, to sell an asset at a predetermined price by a predetermined date. When selling a […]

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Breaking Down My Favorite Income Strategy

By Enrique Abeyta

In yesterday's essay, I introduced my favorite income strategy along with an analogy on how to understand how it works... Today, I'll explain some more details you will need to know in order to take advantage of selling put options. Before we go through the full mechanics of how these trades would work, let's get […]

Monday, February 6, 2023

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Put My Favorite Income Strategy to Work

By Enrique Abeyta

I've been a professional money manager and investor on Wall Street for more than 25 years... After my graduation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, I founded and served as managing partner of two long/short hedge funds. In 2000, I co-founded Stadia Capital, working as a portfolio manager while overseeing […]