D.R. Barton

About the Author: A passion for the systematic approach to the markets and lifelong love of teaching and learning have propelled D.R. Barton, Jr. to the top of the investment and trading arena. He is a regularly featured analyst on Fox Business Networks’ Varney & Co. TV show (catch him Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. EST), on Bloomberg Radio Taking Stock and MarketWatch’s Money Life Show. He is also a regular guest analyst on CNBC World, CNBC’s Closing Bell, Fox Business Network’s Cavuto Coast to Coast and Making Money with Charles Payne and the China Global Television Network. His articles have appeared on SmartMoney.com, MarketWatch.com and Financial Advisor magazine. You may contact D.R. at “drbarton” at “vantharp.com.”

Happiness as a Trading Edge by, D.R. Barton, Jr

  “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” –Gautama Buddha “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” –Henri Nouwen In 1994, I made my first visit to Beverly Hills, California. I have to admit that my expectations of the place were set as a young boy watching the sitcom about Jed Clampett and his transplanted family called the Beverly Hillbillies. (I may …

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What You Wanted to Know about Coronavirus Testing, But Were Afraid to Ask by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  “Testing.” It’s one of those words that have taken on very different meanings these past few months. It used to be a familiar word in my past life as a chemical engineer where I did plenty of “testing.” Testing chemicals for purity. Testing plant equipment to make sure it met specifications – which – also tested the patience of my co-workers… Like parents all over the country, I helped my children study for their “tests,” and have passed a fair few myself. And before I go full bore with …

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Coronavirus Myth Busting and How to Make Money With Good Info by, D.R.Barton, Jr.

  Ever since COVID-19 started spreading across the globe, there has been another pandemic spreading right along with it. It gets few headlines. It’s invisible to the naked eye. But it’s everywhere . . . and it’s very dangerous for you and your family.   The Other Pandemic I’m talking about the pandemic of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and downright lies about COVID-19. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down and scientists are researching the brand-new virus. Meanwhile, the rest of us are looking for answers. Thanks to the over-politicization of …

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Covid-19 & Food Supply Chain: Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Food Shortages by, D.R.Barton, Jr.

  Over a month ago, we saw the first and the most visible sign of the pandemic in our daily lives – bare shelves in the grocery store. First to vanish was toilet paper, then canned & frozen foods, then rice. Amid these rolling shortages, we’ve rightly come to understand that farmers, truck drivers, and grocery store employees are indeed “essential workers.” My home state of Delaware was one of the last three in the country to register a confirmed COVID-19 case and on March 22nd, our governor issued a …

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Post-COVID – Investing In the Return to Normal by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  I’m really relieved to see the first signs of the slowing of the coronavirus in Europe. In the U.S., confirmed cases and deaths from the virus are growing more slowly. Many science and medical experts say that the social distancing and other mitigation measures are starting to work. I believe, however, that the coronavirus pandemic and the “pause” we put on the economy will leave its marks. We will re-enter a different world post-virus. Some of what we took for granted about business, the economy, and human behavior have …

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What Will Turn the Market Tide on COVID-19? By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

I believe great traders and investors need to have “strong opinions, loosely held”. Using all the best information and data available, you have to form an opinion to take a position or make the trade. Strong opinions help you have the confidence to pull the trigger. Yet, those opinions must be held loosely. This means that if the data change or the meaning behind the data changes, you must be able to change course. You must be able to close or reverse a trade when the original investing or trading …

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Coronavirus: Important but Not a Reason to Get Bearish By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

  In the spring of 2003, I was invited to visit John Martin, a close friend of mine and a good friend of the Van Tharp Institute. John and his family lived in Singapore, and at that point, the world was on the tail end of the SARS (Severe and Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak. My round trip plane ticket cost about $700 and the wide-body jet from into Hong Kong was less than a quarter full. The SARS news had hit the airline and travel industries hard. Fast forward to …

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A Trader’s Ode to Joy By, D.R. Barton , Jr.

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, and happiness… all good things.” —Maya Angelou, American poet Earlier this week I walked into my publisher’s office (that I visit at least once a month). There were many familiar faces – most hunkered down, doing work. Then, a delightful, smiling face popped up from behind some monitors and the young editor said to me, “I have something for you!”. She hurried over to my borrowed desk and held out a dreidel. For those who may not know, the …

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The Little-Known Part of the Trade War That Has Cost Taxpayers 2.7x More than The Auto Bailout By D. R. Barton, Jr.

  Despite all the possible distractions from Hong Kong protests, votes impacting Brexit, and Aramco’s world-leading IPO, the mainstream business news is laser-focused on the trade dispute with China. President Trump’s fight with China’s President Xi Jinping continues to dominate headlines. Even the string of all-time market highs in recent two weeks had a tough time getting any press. The pundits quickly got back to talking about tariffs and trade negotiations, as if nothing else mattered. But there’s a directly related and very important story developing right under our noses, …

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Markets Keep Climbing the “Wall of Worry,” by D. R. Barton, Jr.

Going by the numbers, markets and the economy are doing great. The Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500 all broke several records last week. All three indices closed at all-time highs on Friday afternoon. But if you turn to the news, the picture looks much less rosy with no shortage of bad news for the US and the global economy. The big trade deal with China keeps getting postponed. Just last month, the Fed had to step into the overnight “repo” lending market as banks faced a liquidity crunch. …

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