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  • 21 Jun
    Diversification vs. Concentration

    Diversification vs. Concentration

    • Index funds and diversification have worked extremely well in the past 35 years, however their success can be thanked to geography, as we hear only about the success in the U.S., and to declining interest rates.
    • If the S&P 500 had the same earnings yield as when the Vanguard fund gained traction, it would be at 557 points, yes 77% below current levels.
    • It’s better to wait in cash than buy a diversified index fund now.

    Introduction

    Some investment gurus advocate spreading your portfolio across various asset classes in order to limit your risks for the same return. On the other hand, others say diversification is for idiots and for those who don’t know what they’re doing. I’ll analyze their arguments and see what the best option is for you. More →

  • 16 Jun
    Back From The Future – An Article From June 16, 2020

    Back From The Future – An Article From June 16, 2020

    • Central banks didn’t manage to tighten at all up to 2020 and this led to high inflation and economic stagnation.
    • Developed countries’ currencies significantly depreciated while emerging markets gained in strength due to their high productivity levels.
    • In 2020, financial markets became rational again as eventually, fundamentals have to come first.

    Introduction

    I somehow managed to go to the future to the 16th of June 2020. However, I was only there for a few seconds and only managed to check on Investiv Daily.

    I found an article that explains with perfect 20/20 hindsight what has happened in this decade and how everybody was blind to what was going on. I’ve copied the article here in order to give you a look at how the next few years will play out. More →

  • 09 Jun
    Want To Know About The Current State Of The Market? Read This.

    Want To Know About The Current State Of The Market? Read This.

    • A quick look at the economy points out a few risks, but there are also some positives.
    • Unfortunately, savers have gotten the short end in this environment, but average investors haven’t done much better either.
    • It’s important to understand what’s going on and how will it affect your long-term returns. If you only think about the short term, your returns will be below average, thus below 2.3% per year.

    Introduction

    J.P.Morgan (NYSE: JPM) recently released its Q2 2017 Guide To The Markets. As this report is very long, with a total of 71 slides and a lot of correlation charts, I’ll take out the most important things an investor should know about the current state of the markets and the economy. More →

  • 05 Jun
    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    • Defensive investments are usually promoted to those in retirement or close to it. However, we should all always be defensive investors.
    • Neither bonds nor general stocks are defensive investments, no matter the diversification or quality of the bonds.
    • Cash is the only defensive investment in this market. Other options are positive asymmetric risk reward investments.

    Introduction

    Many will say that a portfolio owned by an investor who is about to retire or is retired should be a defensive one. However, I find focusing on age isn’t smart because no matter our age, we have to always protect our portfolio and try to maximize returns. After all, isn’t the first rule of investing to never lose money while the second rule of investing tells us to read rule number one again? More →

  • 30 May
    Why You Want Gold Miners In Your Portfolio Now

    Why You Want Gold Miners In Your Portfolio Now

    • Investing 5% of your portfolio in gold miners offers you the potential for a twenty-fold upside while the downside is just the invested 5%.
    • A macroeconomic analysis shows that there is a high chance that the FED won’t be able to significantly increase interest rates or trim its balance sheet.
    • More quantitative easing—similar to what is still going on in Europe and Japan—would easily bring gold above $2,000 per ounce. In that case, I wouldn’t exclude 1,000% jumps for miners.

    Introduction

    Lately I’ve been mentioning in a few articles how gold, especially gold miners, are a good hedge for a portfolio. My idea is that if you own gold miners with 5% of your portfolio, you are relatively well protected against whatever surprises we might see coming from the economy. More →

  • 29 May
    Are You Ready? The FED Says More Tightening Ahead

    Are You Ready? The FED Says More Tightening Ahead

    • The FED’s meeting minutes clearly signal more tightening ahead.
    • Inflation has consistently been above 2% in 2017, so we can say “bye bye” to low interest rates.
    • There’s a rosy scenario for the economy and a negative one. In both, stocks are bound to fall.

    Introduction

    Inflation is an extremely important factor concerning anything related to investing. Over time, there’s a huge difference between real (inflation adjusted) and nominal returns. Therefore, we always have to keep an eye on inflation and invest accordingly to minimize the risk of seeing inflation eat up our returns, and to maximize our real returns. More →

  • 16 May
    When CEOs Become Delusional: The Case of Unilever’s Polman

    When CEOs Become Delusional: The Case of Unilever’s Polman

    • Unilever CEO Polman declared himself more competent than Buffet just because Unilever has outperformed Berkshire in the last 8 years. The funny thing is, Unilever outperformed thanks to Buffett.
    • Not only that, but Berkshire outperformed Unilever on revenue and earnings while at equal valuations, Berkshire would also largely outperform.
    • The 8-year bull market has clearly gotten into some CEOs’ heads. This creates a very dangerous situation for long term shareholder value creation.

    Introduction

    In an interview with Jim Cramer, I was thunderstruck to hear Unilever’s CEO (NYSE: UL), Paul Polman, tell the world that his returns have been better in the last 8 years than Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B). More →

  • 10 May
    The Trouble The Market Refuses To See

    The Trouble The Market Refuses To See

    • GDP growth is at three year lows, car sales have dropped 11%, and the biggest sector contributing to new employment is about to go into oversupply.
    • The FED is in a stalemate situation. It should raise interest rates and deleverage, but it’s already too late as the economy, government, and population is hooked on low interest rates.

    Introduction

    The market’s behavior reminds me of the three wise monkeys. One doesn’t see, the other doesn’t speak, and the third doesn’t hear. The VIX index, a measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500 stock index option prices, indicates that investors expect stability and didn’t even react to the bad news coming from the automotive industry, jobs, and a very important bankruptcy. More →

  • 05 May
    The Market Is Dumb And Getting Dumber

    The Market Is Dumb And Getting Dumber

    • The number of analysts is declining, stocks don’t react to earnings nor news anymore, and the underlying economic environment is rigged.
    • However, as investors, we have to always look at risk and reward as there is always a way to profit.
    • Protecting yourself from market ignorance doesn’t even cost much.

    Introduction

    I would define a dumb investor as one who doesn’t think about risk in relation to reward, and therefore I fearlessly say: the majority of investors are behaving in a pretty dumb way.

    This is a heavy statement, especially considering markets have performed nothing short of spectacularly in the last 8 years. As evidence, the S&P 500 is up three-fold since 2009 and continues to strongly march ahead. More →

  • 21 Apr
    Are We Already In A New Bear Market?

    Are We Already In A New Bear Market?

    • The biggest investor of them all just said that he will start cashing out. Hopefully, this won’t lead to a bear market, but it will certainly put the brakes on further growth.
    • Economic signals are mixed, the outlook is uncertain and as much as the low unemployment rate is positive, historically, that isn’t a good sign for the future.
    • As always, we’ll discuss what to do in this environment.

    Introduction

    It seems that the S&P 500 peaked on March 1, 2017. More →

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