Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: Yield Curve Analysis. Chapter 1: Demystifying the Investment World. Chapter 2: Back of the Envelope Forecast Model. Chapter 3: Money Markets Matter. Chapter 4: Long-Term Bonds Give Advance Warning. Chapter 5: Expected Returns for the Stock Market. Chapter 6: Bond Quality Spreads. Chapter 7: Federal Funds Rates. Chapter 8: Summary of Yield Curve Analysis. PART II: Technical Analysis. Chapter 9: Market Breadth: Advancing Issues in the Dow. Chapter 10: The Volatility Index. Chapter 11: The Put/Call Ratio. Chapter 12: Moving Averages. Chapter 13: Using Moving Averages: The MACD Line. Chapter 14: Leverage: Short Positions and Margin Debt. Chapter 15: Summary of Technical Analysis. PART III: Cultural Indicators. Chapter 16: Changing Standards of Feminine Beauty. Chapter 17: Demographics. Chapter 18: Corporate Spending. Chapter 19: War and Rumors of War. Chapter 20: Summary of Cultural Indicators. PART IV: Choosing Investments. Chapter 21: Asset Classes. Chapter 22: Mutual Funds. Chapter 23: Exchange-Traded Funds. Chapter 24: Security Selection. Chapter 25: Final Summary. PART V: Capitalism at Work. Chapter 26: Outrageous Wall Street Stories. Chapter 27: America! America! God Shed His Grace on Thee. APPENDIXES. 2.1 Yield Curves and the S&P 500 Index, 1960?2004. 2.2 Chapter 2 Return Calculations. 3.1 U.S. Treasury Bill Spreads, 1960?2004. 3.2 Chapter 3 Return Calculations. 6.1 Speculative Bond Spreads (Ba1 and Lower Rated), 1991?2003. 7.1 Federal Funds Rates during 1987, 1998, 2001 Bear Markets. 7.2 Chapter 7 Return Calculations. 8.1 Ten-Year Note Total Return Index, 1960?2004. 9.1 All 30 Dow Industrial Stocks Fell on July 19, 2002. 9.2 Chapter 9 Return Calculations. 16.1 Playmate of the Year, S&P 500 Index, and the Russell 2000 Index, 1960?2000. 16.2 Monthly Playmates and the S&P 500 Index, 1982?2004. 19.1 Gross Domestic Product and War, 1800?2004. 19.2 S&P 500 Index and War, 1800?2004. 19.3 War in Iraq and the S&P 500 Index, 1990?1991. 19.4 War in Iraq and the S&P 500 Index, 2002?2003. 19.5 Chapter 19 Return Calculations, 1960?2002. 20.1 Part Three Return Calculations, 1960?2005. 21.1 Changes in Housing Prices, 1970?2004. 21.2 Returns Including Treasury Bills, 1960?2004. 21.3 Year-End Prices of Gold, 1800?2004. 21.4 Returns Including Gold, 1974?2004. 21.5 Euro Exchange Rates and U.S. Business Cycles, 1969?2004. 23.1 Gold and Nasdaq Return Calculations, 1974?2004. 23.2 Nasdaq Composite, 1984?2005. 24.1 Nasdaq and Centex Return Calculations, 1990?2005. 24.2 Nasdaq and Placer Dome Return Calculations, 1990?2005. Sources and Suggested Reading. Index. About the Author.
Deborah Weir (Greenwich, CT) is president of Greenwich Consulting, a firm that provides money management and asset allocation services to institutional investors and wealthy individuals. Clients include senior portfolio managers at major financial institutions such as Chase Bank, Sumitomo Bank, and FleetBoston. Prior to forming Greenwich Advisors, Ms. Weir managed an approximately $500 million fixed income portfolio for Scudder Investments, investing in international securities and derivatives, as well as traditional bonds. By virtue of her experience in trading bonds, Ms. Weir has developed a stock market trading system which utilizes information from the fixed income market to determine market tops and bottoms; where we are in the economic cycle; and investor psychology. Her timing system has produced an overall return of 74% higher than what investor would achieve by simply holding onto stocks since 1960. Ms. Weir has written articles for Active Trader, Futures Magazine, and Journal of Cash Management. She is a Certified Financial Analyst and is the first woman president of the Stamford Society of Investment Analysts. She has appeared on local Connecticut television and radio as a financial expert.