• 13 Feb
    Sometimes You Shouldn’t Be Like Buffett – Cashing Out Debunked

    Sometimes You Shouldn’t Be Like Buffett – Cashing Out Debunked

    • Don’t look at your portfolio as security for rainy days.
    • Don’t ask the market whether you should cash out, look at your goals and at the companies you own.
    • Standard investment advice has it all wrong.

    Introduction

    99.9% of all content related to investing is focused on returns and how much money can be made. However, what’s equally important, or even more important, is to align your investing returns with your personal life goals.

    I don’t want to be like Buffett and die the richest person in the world. I assume most of you feel the same way. Unfortunately, this creates constant internal or spouse-related battles between investing and spending, greed and fear, security and excitement, which leads to an important question, when and how should you cash out?

    Today, we’ll discuss a few concepts that can help you make investing, cashing out, and spending decisions. More →

  • 12 Feb
    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    On February 1, 2017, the share price of Automatic Data Processing Inc. – ticker ADP gapped lower intraday by -6.8% on heavier than normal volume.

    In technical analysis, often times a long running trend, whether up or down, will begin its reversal with what is known as a “breakaway gap”. More →

  • 10 Feb
    How A Hedge Fund Manager Researches A Stock

    How A Hedge Fund Manager Researches A Stock

    • Researching stocks is simple: you have to leave no stone (stock) unturned, meticulously assess risks, calculate present values of future cash flows, compare the stock price, and if your estimated value is much higher, assess how much of your portfolio to put into a stock.
    • Unfortunately, this is more than a full-time job. You have to love it and more than a decade of experience helps. For those that don’t have the time, we’ll provide a solution.
    • This article also includes a detailed example of an investigation on a stock that didn’t turn out as an investment. Usually, only one of 20 thoroughly researched stocks turn out as a potential investment. In the end, it boils down to the fact that only 1 out of more than a 1,000 researched stocks is a good investment.

    Introduction

    I was a spear fisher for many years. It was my passion, and I went fishing more than 150 times per year. You can watch a video of what I was doing here.

    If you are or know fellow fishermen, you know that we live for the big catch. However, catching the fish of the year takes thousands of hours gaining experience, patient searching for the best spot and the best time, and analyzing many variables that can increase your odds at catching the big one with billions of small fish swimming around.

    After a few years of diving, I learned that it all boils down to pure statistics. The more time I spent at sea, dives I made, and the more times I came home empty handed, the higher the probability became for a big catch. More →

  • 09 Feb
    Europe Is A Long Term Ticking Time Bomb

    Europe Is A Long Term Ticking Time Bomb

    • Europe is made up of many countries, which means there are even more politicians that just want to get reelected creating an immense short term attitude.
    • Don’t buy Europe just because it underperformed the S&P 500, and don’t buy European debt at single digit yields.
    • Tightening won’t work as many countries have an average debt to GDP ratio above 85%, therefore there is a high chance that the Euro remains weak for longer.

    Introduction

    The IMF just reported that the situation in Greece is getting better, but the debt is unsustainable. This contradictory as it implies a long term catastrophe and short term positivity. I’m flabbergasted on a daily basis by the incapacity or unwillingness of the financial world and monetary institutions to look at the long term.

    That’s why I’m here. To warn you about impending catastrophes and perhaps even increase your returns in the process. More →

  • 08 Feb
    Dow 60,000 In The Next 10 Years?!?

    Dow 60,000 In The Next 10 Years?!?

    • Earnings estimations tell us that the S&P 500 will reach 6,471 and the Dow 59,000 points in 10 years.
    • A bad case scenario with current earnings growth would see the S&P 500 at 3,589 points while the Dow, which just passed 20,000 points, would be at 31,415 points.
    • We’ll compare a short-term and a long-term perspective on earnings.
    • Only two times in history have valuations grown alongside earnings, and the results are extremely indicative.

    Introduction

    Earnings are the oxygen of our investments. Therefore, it’s extremely important to keep an eye on what is going on.

    A short-term and long-term perspective on recent earnings reports is going to tell us how to position ourselves for 2017 and beyond. More →

  • 07 Feb
    The Nature of Wall Street Works Against Investors

    The Nature of Wall Street Works Against Investors

    • Being detailed about your investments and knowing where the interest of your financial intermediary lies is essential for your financial well being.
    • Fees, underwriting commissions, investment fads, and Wall Street’s short term focus cost investors more than 1% a year.
    • On a $100,000 initial portfolio, a 2% yearly difference in returns after 30 years adds up to $738,675.

    Introduction

    The bold statement The Nature of Wall Street Works Against Investors is the title of the second chapter of Seth Klarman’s book Margin of Safety – Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor.

    As the book is an essential read for every investor but very difficult to come by and expensive to get, I am summarizing it for you alongside adding updated commentary in relation to the current market situation. More →

  • 06 Feb
    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    • An analysis of employment, interest rates, currency, and inflation suggests a recession is inevitable in the next few years.
    • The FED can’t change economic laws nor protect us from ourselves. On the contrary, the FED will lead us into a recession in order to prevent a future depression.

    Introduction

    The FED didn’t raise rates last Wednesday but they are still on track to raise rates two to three times in 2017. The FED’s goal is to “foster maximum employment and price stability” through economic activity expanding at a moderate pace and inflation rising to, and stabilizing at 2%.

    What we know is that inflation has been slowly rising and will reach 2% relatively soon. The labor market is strong and yields have been increasing in the expectation of higher interest rates.

    A concept that always eludes economists, consequently also members of the FED, is stability. By looking at a model, an economist is trained to think that the economy can be controlled. But history shows that a stable scenario is never the case. In today’s article, I’ll forecast what lies ahead of us by looking at how the last two economic cycles developed. More →

  • 05 Feb

    Sunday Edition: Bonds Are The World’s Most Important Financial Market – Where Are They Headed Next?


    Source: Bloomberg.

    A few months back I wrote about how I believed the July high of 177’11 in the 30-year bond would ultimately mark the long-term top and beginning of a new bear market.

    I still believe that high will hold and be referenced by future generations as the top to one of the longest bond bull markets in history. More →

  • 03 Feb
    Debunking Rebalancing Myths

    Debunking Rebalancing Myths

    • The standard 60% stocks, 40% bonds allocation is extremely dangerous as bonds and stocks move together more often than not.
    • If something is overvalued, it doesn’t mean you should immediately invest in something that looks undervalued as it might just be less overvalued. If you think as a business owner  would, it’s easy to know whether an asset is over or under valued.
    • Yearly rebalancing has the same effect as quarterly rebalancing, therefore it’s more time effective.

    The Usual Stocks, Bonds 60/40 Rebalancing

    I hate when I see fixed rules in how a person should approach a portfolio, and find the 60/40 rule—that says you should hold 60% of your portfolio in stocks and 40% in bonds—the dumbest of all because there is no causality between stock and bond prices.

    The investing 101 theory says that stocks do well in economic booms while bonds do well in recessions. However, the correlation between stocks and bonds has been very variegated in the past. More →

  • 02 Feb
    It’s Time To Pay Attention To The Euro

    It’s Time To Pay Attention To The Euro

    • Currency movements can be easily explained through macro trends, but the timing isn’t that precise. However, long term investors can reach additional returns by following a few easy steps.
    • Cyclical currency patterns are natural, and under the influence of economic growth in the long term.
    • The dollar is approaching its peak and is ready to return to its historical mean.

    Introduction

    In last weekend’s Sunday Edition, Investiv Founder, Shane Rawlings, elaborated on how long term macro trends inflect exactly at the moment when there seems to be a general consensus that the trend will last for a long, long time.

    Nobody was buying stocks in 1981 because they thought high inflation would stay around forever. On the other hand, in the 1990s, people were convinced that the best investment was internet stocks. And in the 2000s, the conviction shifted to the real estate market as it seemed that the only way to go was up forever.

    Currently there is a strong conviction that the U.S. dollar is going to strengthen as interest rates rise and the U.S. economy grows, and while Europe continues with monetary easing. More →

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