Karl Montevirgen
Ticker Tape Contributor

About Karl Montevirgen

Karl writes in the fields of finance, cryptomarkets, content strategy, and the arts. He began contributing to The Ticker Tape in 2017. A freelance writer, Karl works with several organizations in the equities, futures, physical metals, and blockchain industries >He holds a dual MFA degree in critical studies/writing and music composition from the California Institute of the Arts.

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How the Stock Market Works: What Are the Stock Market’s Key Drivers? August 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Fundamentals and investor sentiment are two key drivers of the stock market. It’s important to understand how the market responds to both these factors, but also how fundamentals like price/earnings ratios and earnings per share eventually validate stock prices.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Seeking a Big-Picture View of the Economy? Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization August 3, 2020 12:06 PM   |  

Interpreting reports on industrial production and capacity utilization can help traders and investors identify the state of the economic business cycle.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Are There Any Safer Havens? Investing in Uncertain Times May 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the coronavirus pandemic sent markets reeling, many investors wonder if there's such a thing as a safe investment. Technically, no investment is risk-free. But some investment practices can be safer than others.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Understanding Consumer Spending, Sentiment, and Confidence Measures May 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn about consumer confidence, consumer sentiment, personal income, and personal spending reports. Understanding measures of market sentiment can help traders and investors see a more complete picture of market fundamentals.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
The Employment Situation, aka Monthly Jobs Report: The Top Dog of Economic Reports? April 20, 2020 6:30 AM   |  

Whether you use the official name—the Employment Situation—or call it the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment, this report offers insight into many facets of the economy. Here’s a primer.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Dollar-Cost Averaging: An Investing Strategy for Rain or Shine? April 6, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Dollar-cost averaging means scaling into (and out of) investments over time, rather than all at once. Learn the basics to help you decide if and when dollar-cost averaging could be appropriate for your portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Investing in a Bear Market? Avoid These Bear Traps April 1, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Bear markets are often viewed negatively, but they’re part of a normal market cycle. Recognizing and understanding bear markets can put you in a better position to make strategic investment decisions when they come around.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Ways to Invest in High-Priced Stocks March 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

If you want to invest in a high-priced stock and can only afford to buy a few shares, you may want to consider other investment choices that give you similar exposure without paying the high price tag.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
What’s the Pattern Day Trading Rule? And How to Avoid Breaking It March 18, 2020 9:52 AM   |  

All traders and investors should know the pattern day trading rules, such as the required minimum equity, the number of trades you can make, and buying power limitations.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Surfing the Jobs Report: Why It Matters and Strategies for Trading It February 10, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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