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The week's best web reads: Insiders in U.S. sell at alarming rate

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Inside the Market's weekend roundup of some of last week's best investing reads on the Internet, which are highlighted every morning in our premarket report.

Market signals

Insider selling in the U.S. surged after the Dow hit 14,000 and these corporate executives and directors in their own businesses are now aggressively bearish. (It's a different story in Canada, however. Check out our recent blog: Insider activity suggets more TSX gains to come.)

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Perhaps that's because Canadian stocks are looking quite cheap next to the U.S., as this cyclically adjusted price/earnings chart for 17 countries shows.

Uh-oh. No-money-down mortgages are back in the United States.

More warning signs: These indicators suggest the market rally is in trouble. Companies have pulled back on their share repurchases. And these three reasons show that investors may be too complacent about the upcoming U.S. sequester.

Bank of America is warning of a "severe" danger looming in corporate bonds.

With the Federal Reserve and now Bank of Japan printing massive amounts of money, billionaire investor Jim Rogers is shorting U.S. government debt.

From the Canadian Couch Potato blog: Investor sentiment in Canada is changing too, Questrade offers free ETF trading, and Horizon removes currency hedging on its popular S&P 500 ETF.

Companies

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U.S. dividend-paying stocks Morgan Stanley thinks you should be buying.

David Casesse, a portfolio manager for the Blackrock Equity Dividend Fund, on how to go about finding good dividend-paying stocks.

What Apple is doing with all that cash - and why it's reluctant to share it with stockholders.

Four reasons why Apple's stock won't see $700 again.

Facebook is not a buy, declares Fortune magazine.

The favourite tech giant among the top performing advisers in the U.S.? It isn't Google nor Apple.

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Market strategy

Why stocks still beat bonds over the long haul: An interesting chart showing returns of bonds and major stock markets over the past one to five years.

When the market eventually - and inevitably - corrects, cyclical stocks just might be the best place to hide.

Why trying to buy low and sell high just doesn't work.

Commodity prices may play catch up to the rally in equities.

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Investment Editor

Darcy Keith is The Globe and Mail's Investment Editor. He has been a business journalist since 1992 and joined the Report on Business in 2010 from Yahoo! Canada, where he was the senior editor of finance. More

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