• 23 Oct
    Sunday Edition: Agricultural Grains – A Safe & Potentially Very Profitable Long Term Investment

    Sunday Edition: Agricultural Grains – A Safe & Potentially Very Profitable Long Term Investment

    Today we continue with our series on Elliott Wave patterns and how to use them to identify the end of a bear market and the beginning of a new bull market.

    The market we are going to focus on today is food commodities, specifically grains, and we’ll discuss where prices might be headed over the next several years.

    The chart below is a long term chart of wheat which we will use as our proxy for the entire grain market. However, corn, soybeans, and oats all have similar price patterns on their long term charts as well. More →

  • 21 Oct
    Passive or Active Funds? Neither… Sven Has A Better Option For You

    Passive or Active Funds? Neither… Sven Has A Better Option For You

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain.

    • The biggest market risk comes from money flows. Everything is good while more money is being invested, but withdrawals will create forced asset sales and another bear market.
    • In the last 10 years, 27% of actively managed funds have outperformed the market, but you can increase your chances by choosing a third option.

    Introduction

    In the everlasting debate between passive and active investing, passive investing is currently winning. More money is flowing into passive than actively invested funds, and many celebrate victory and the death of stock pickers. Stock market movements are influenced by money flows and if more money flows into passive funds, they will clearly outperform the competition.

    In today’s article, we’ll take a look at what is going on in the world of actively and passively managed funds, and will discuss a third option. An option that’s cheaper and one where your returns don’t depend on money market flows all that much. More →

  • 20 Oct
    The Economy Is Stuck – What Does It Mean For Your Investments?

    The Economy Is Stuck – What Does It Mean For Your Investments?

    • According to the FED Vice Chairman, economic prospects are dim.
    • As the S&P 500 is at all-time highs, you’re probably overweight in an aging, slow growing, low investment economy.
    • Use the amazing returns of the past 7 years to diversify as the FED will not be able to save the economy from a bad recession like it has in the last 50 years.

    Introduction

    In a speech at the Economic Club of New York, FED Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer discussed the causes and implications of sustained low interest rates. In today’s article, we’ll analyze his perspective and extrapolate on the implications of such an economic environment on long term investment returns. More →

  • 19 Oct
    Does That Company Have A Moat? You’ll Want To Find Out Before Buying Stock In It…

    Does That Company Have A Moat? You’ll Want To Find Out Before Buying Stock In It…

    • Moats are and will always be elusive as there is no computer algorithm or rule to help us in finding them.
    • Analysis of economies of scale, competition, and margins can help, but we’ll discuss some examples where common sense is what wins out.
    • Moats exist in the technology sector and aren’t that difficult to spot.

    Introduction 

    Warren Buffett’s most commonly referenced piece of advice is to buy a good business with a large moat at a fair price and hold it forever. This is easier said than done as in today’s complex world, moats become stronger and weaker at the same time. More →

  • 18 Oct
    Investing Advice From John Maynard Keynes

    Investing Advice From John Maynard Keynes

    • It’s good to invest for the long run, but don’t let that be an excuse for investing in overvalued stocks as in the long run, we all die.
    • Often shunned as irrelevant, inflation must be considered when investing.
    • Markets are irrational and get more irrational as people think less. ETFs are the perfect example.

    Introduction

    You probably remember Keynes from Economics 101 as his ideas fundamentally changed the way people looked at economics in the first part of the 20th century. Before Keynes, a laissez-faire (let people do as they choose) economy with low or no government involvement, was the norm.

    By studying the causes of business cycles, Keynes came to the conclusion that government intervention is necessary to moderate boom and bust cycles in an economy. He endorsed the New Deal in a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, and the New Deal remains a perfect example of his theories. More →

  • 17 Oct
    Why A Market Crash Could Be Just Around The Corner

    Why A Market Crash Could Be Just Around The Corner

    • We’ll discuss some risks first and then discuss potential rewards.
    • Valuations are the tipping point toward a riskier perspective.
    • After reading this article you’ll be able to decide for yourself what the best strategy is for you to follow.

    Introduction

    In order to see where the market is going, let us first take a look at what the market has been doing in the last two years.

    The market has had a 7% yearly return if we look at it from October 15, 2014, however, if we wait a month, the yearly return for the last two years will fall to 1.8% per year. 1.8% a year plus a dividend yield of 2% isn’t bad in the current low yield environment, but it is bad when compared to the risks stock investors are running. More →

  • 16 Oct
    Sunday Edition: Is The Oil Market Doomed Or Is There A Deep Long Term Value Play?

    Sunday Edition: Is The Oil Market Doomed Or Is There A Deep Long Term Value Play?

    Four safe companies yielding 3% – 6% revealed below.

    It’s essential to understand that fundamental value will be only one of the factors determining a security’s price on the day you buy it. Try to have psychology and technicals on your side as well.

    – Howard Marks

    In my opinion, Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital is one of the savviest contrarian investors on Wall Street. It is in the spirit of trying to put the fundamentals, psychology, and technicals on your side that I’m sharing this series on the Elliott Wave Theory. More →

  • 14 Oct
    BREXIT Is Slowly Unraveling, Don’t Get Caught Up In It

    BREXIT Is Slowly Unraveling, Don’t Get Caught Up In It

    • The pound didn’t just fall last week, it has been falling for two years.
    • As the UK imports 50% more than it exports, inflation is on the table for certain along with a high risk of stagflation.
    • We’ll analyze the potential risks and rewards for in the UK and the pound.

    The British Pound

    You probably know that the UK voted to leave the European Union back in June in a move called BREXIT. The UK government hasn’t yet started the procedure of leaving, so there haven’t yet been direct effects on markets, the economy, and jobs, but something investors don’t like is uncertainty. More →

  • 13 Oct
    How To Spot The Big Trends Of The Future

    How To Spot The Big Trends Of The Future

    • In the short term, the market is heavily influenced by new information and noise.
    • In the long term, there are clear trends that can give you an edge to beat the market.
    • We’ll discuss a few trends that are clear but that will take time to develop.

    Introduction

    Some argue that the market is efficient and prices always reflect available information. The Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) was developed by Chicago School of Economics Professor Eugene Fama who was also awarded a Nobel prize for his findings in 2013. Implications of the EMH are that it is impossible to beat the market consistently on a risk-adjusted basis since market prices only react to new information or changes in discount rates. More →

  • 12 Oct
    The Best Way To Invest In India

    The Best Way To Invest In India

    • Indian economic, demographic, and social factors indicate a China-like boom for the country.
    • Indian equities aren’t that cheap at the moment, but look cheap given the potential.
    • There is another option: buy cheap stocks of companies that are exposed to India.

    Introduction

    The U.S. stock market has been one of the best performing stock markets globally in the last 50 years. Its best performance was from 1980 to 2000 when the market went from 100 points to 1500 points creating a 15 bagger (increasing your investment 15 times), and all this without calculating dividends. More →

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