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.”

This Market Rally The Goldilocks’s Zone of Bad News for Continued Fed Stimulus by D.R. Barton, Jr.

  There must be some kind of way outta here, Said the joker to the thief. There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief. –Bob Dylan (though best performed by Jimi Hendrix) While these well-known words from the song “All Along the Watchtower” were recorded back in 1967, they seem very fitting for the situation we find ourselves over 53 years later. But the relief which traders want right now is not necessarily relief from the worst pandemic in over 100 years. That would certainly be welcome but traders …

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The COVID Surge Is Real –Why Is the Market Pushing Up? By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  Over the last two to three weeks, new Coronavirus cases in America have gone up over 80%, mainly in the South and West. California, the first state in the US to lock down originally, reported a new daily record for the state of 9,897 cases on Tuesday. Just under half of those new cases came from Los Angeles County and no, this isn’t just because of more testing. The number of Californians hospitalized because of COVID-19 has almost doubled in just two weeks.   Texas is arguably fairing worse. …

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Rising Markets Are Now a Public Good by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  First, what is happening? Well, we’re in the middle of some of the worst global crises in a long time… The worst health crisis in a century and . . .The worst economic crisis in twelve years, if not longer, because of that health crisis and . . .The worst geopolitical tensions since the end of the Cold War three decades ago and . . .The worst civil unrest in more than 50 years and . . . . . . the Nasdaq is making new all-time highs. Employment …

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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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