Financial Exchange Blog

Barry Armstrong has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and hosts WRKO's Financial Exchange program every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. Barry also works with the independent financial professionals at Armstrong Advisory Group, which he founded himself, to serve individual investors and small businesses in New England. For the most up to date information on The Financial Exchange, as well as industry news and info, follow Barry on Twitter @BarryGArmstrong.

04/08/2013 - 1:12pm
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
A solid opportunity for income generation with historically less risk

Since 2011, I have communicated to you my belief that stocks with high dividends and low standard deviations relative to the stock market represent a solid opportunity for income generation with historically less risk than other investment vehicles.  Since then, volatility has continued to rise as uncertainty has flowed from all corners of the globe, leaving investors with few strong growth opportunities. Continued domestic issues, festering problems in the Eurozone, and a marked slowdown from the world’s top performers will likely cause this trend to continue for the foreseeable future.  The unique conditions affecting the market today make this type...

03/07/2013 - 10:36am
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
How the Fed is indirectly helping push up the amount of stock purchases
  • In September the Fed announced QE3 which consists of monthly purchases of $45 billion of U.S. Treasuries and $40 billion of mortgages. If kept in its current format, these $85 billion monthly purchases will push the Fed’s balance sheet to close to $4 trillion by the end of 2013. How could this affect the stock market? Each weekday the Federal Reserve buys approximately $4 billion of long-term Treasury bonds and mortgages. The Fed buys these securities from dealers (i.e. the major investment banks) by giving the seller a credit on their Federal Reserve statement. By...
02/21/2013 - 11:54am
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
Why the Stock Market Could Continue to Rise

Because of its torrid pace over the past 17 months, many investors are starting to point to indicators that predict that the stock markets may be nearing a peak. First, corporate insiders have become net sellers of stocks. According to the Vickers Weekly Insider Report, for the week ended February 1, 2013, corporate insiders of companies listed on the NYSE sold 9.20 shares for every share that they bought.*  Second, the amount of margin debt – the money borrowed to buy securities on the NYSE – is at a 5-year high. The last time it reached this high was in...