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FAQ's | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m shopping around the Web? Why SignalsMatter.com?

Fair enough. There are all kinds of investment sites on the web - from those offering “instant millions” in options or penny-stock trades to rather staid news aggregators or cookie cutter services that “design” 60/40 or 80/20 stock/bond portfolios for a fee.

As for the “instant wealth” products, hopefully, you will realize that if something looks too good to be true, well, it is…Furthermore, just because online services with high price tags might convince you that they are special, we have seen far too many examples of these over-priced “exclusive market services” fail to deliver. In short, don’t be fooled by “Tiffany’s” pricing, as you’re likely just getting dime-store quality--and wasting hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in fees.

Somewhere among this mix, however, there are also good folks giving best-in-class online advice for a fair price. We feel we are slowly becoming the standard in this select group - and at a far better price value. Our portfolio results and testimonials speak for themselves, but we are much more than just a service to make and protect money safely and affordably. Once you’ve read the Investment Primer and/or “surfed” around our site, we think you’ll agree that we INFORM our subscribers better than the rest--and that we mean what we say when it comes to our MISSION of sharing our knowledge with all investor types, not just the 1% class.

How should I get started?

We think the very best way to get started and to test our strengths is to download the Free Investment Primer and read it cover-to-cover. We know: no one has the time…but trust us, these times demand that you take the time. After all, this is your money we’re talking about. Rather than just take our word for it, learn alongside and with us. We both welcome and invite you to confirm our data and recommendations with any advisor or expert you trust, as we believe informed clients are trusted clients. The benefit of our Investment Primer? It’s both comprehensive and free. At the very least, skim through it and read the sections that pertain to you.

In fact, some subscribers have even headed to a print shop, FedEx or UPS store, to have it printed and bound, so they can highlight key passages and always have ready reference.

To get the most from Signals Matter, you need to develop an understanding of the big-picture conditions prevalent in today’s grossly distorted and Fed-driven markets as well as the implications for your very next investment decision, and the descriptions of how easily our portfolio signals work. To access the Free Investment Primer, please scroll up and click on the "Get Started" tab, and beneath, "Free Investment Primer" to download. 

I’m a new Subscriber. Where should I go first?

Welcome aboard! Once you sign in as a Subscriber, the very best place to go is to your own Personalized Dashboard and the “What’s Happening Now” tab. In fact, we take you there automatically. Your subscriber landing page provides your first stop for headline content, each time you log in, providing ready reference to where the markets are today, our most recent Market Report and providing a link to ask us any questions you may have on your mind.

You’ll also see a global heat map of all the hot and cold market spots across the world as well as a U.S. Market Watch showing ticker performance across asset classes—almost like your own “mini-Blomberg” terminal.

Thereafter, you’ll see updated and timely charts as well as current trend data and much more. From there, you can click on the “What’s Ahead” tab end enjoy our Storm Tracker’s recession probability data in a simple visual format, yet one backed by the best combined indicators in the industry, which we share, confirm and update regularly.

Next, click on the “Your Portfolio” tab where we provide easy-to-follow recommendations showing you where and how to invest your money. We point you toward a handful of simple allocations to securities that we constantly parse from a deep, expansive and diversified pool of thousands of possibilities, each carefully selected depending upon where our market signals are pointing.

Do you guys offer individual financial advice?

No, but you’ll get most of the advice you’ll ever need here. Although the combination of our free Market Reports and Investment Primer offerings, plus The Market School and Rigged to Fail Book (soon available to paid subscribers only) will more than equip you with what you should know about today’s financial markets. We do not offer specific investment advice tailored to your own risk and investment profile.

Nevertheless, our Free Investment primer walks you through an investment planning process that can be tailored to you. Try it, it’s free! It provides everyone, from total market novices to auto-pilot investors, every possible tool to either manage their own investments or gain the long-awaited knowledge and confidence to press their own advisors with the right (and tough) questions which may have otherwise kept you up at night.

Knowledge really is power, and Signals Matter, above all else, is about providing you knowledge in a quick, simple yet substantive way. We swiftly and easily put the power in your hands.

What is the Storm Tracker?

For starters, it’s our best seller. With stocks and bonds at nosebleed levels and interest rates making U-turns upward, downward and all over the map, an increasing number of investors are camping onto the notion that nirvana cannot last forever. We agree. It cannot. And will not. When rising rates collide with the greatest debt bubble ever seen in the history of capital markets, it won’t be pretty…

Our many Blogs, Videos and Podcasts (under the “Market Reports” tab) point to a correction ahead, one postponed by Fed intervention for over a decade.

What we can do is prepare for change based upon constantly-monitored market signals so that you are always prepared and never caught swimming naked in a falling tide. Again, no one can perfectly time the first rain drops of a market storm, but we think we’re better than the rest at knowing when to reach for an umbrella.

This may sound “bearish,” and it is, but we are not afraid to be bullish when the signals tell us so. In 2019, for example, we turned bullish three times and bearish once, right on que with the market signals, thereby protecting investors when needed and making profits when opportunities and signals so indicated.

Mostly, think of our Storm Tracker as a market heat map that shows you where we are in the economic cycle and how far we are from the next “Uh-oh” moment, where most investors get crushed.

Valuable? You bet. For every percentage of red-storm-tracker-risk, we recommend an equal percentage allocation to cash so that you are: (a) not over-exposed to increasing risk and (b) have the necessary cash/dry powder available to buy at market bottoms rather than tops, where the real wealth is made in the markets.

And know this: Being defensive very early is much wiser than being a minute too late once markets free-fall. Very few understand this, especially as markets break new record highs each week and confidence in the Fed makes investors overly complacent, and overly at risk.

Why so much commentary?

Because we like to back up our math with blunt-speak explanations and because we seek to confirm what we’re projecting with objective analysis not blogish opinions (though we love our blogs!). Most importantly, we believe that informed subscribers make for the best subscribers.

Are your public Market Reports current? Do older posts have any present value?

First, we post at least two public reports a week. Naturally, the most recent posts will be the most current, but we work very hard to make each post educational as well as topical.

This means that a blog (for example, on Bitcoin’s latest moves or Tesla’s appalling balance sheet) may presumably seem stale after a week, month or even year of subsequent price action, but we take pains to make every post more than just an “update” on a daily topic.

Instead, these posts are carefully designed to provide and include “evergreen” or long-term insights rather than just a trendy soundbite. If you read a post on Amazon’s stock price, for example, you’ll be learning about a lot more than just Amazon’s current profile; you’ll be learning about balance sheet analysis, central bank influence on pricing in general or a given security in particular. In other words, even if you read something in December that was posted last May, we’re certain you’ll find something directly applicable to your current and evolving market mind.

Use our key word search bar in the Market Reports section to look for what’s on your mind, or scroll through the various categories of reports we offer—literally hundreds to choose (and learn) from over the years.

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