Investing Strategy

  • 21 Aug
    Real Estate Vs. Stocks – What Sven Says Makes The Better Investment Today

    Real Estate Vs. Stocks – What Sven Says Makes The Better Investment Today

    • As investors, we must be primarily concerned about risk and return, not asset class.

    Introduction

    I often get a question from people that have a decent amount of money about where to put that money as they know I specialize in investing, and especially the stock market.

    They’re often surprised when I tell them to invest in real estate and to leave the stock market to those who can take advantage of the volatility and greater risks especially now that stock valuations are extremely high, or to do both as an excellent diversification strategy. More →

  • 15 Aug
    Is It Possible To Find A Wonderful Business At a Fair Price In Today’s Environment?

    Is It Possible To Find A Wonderful Business At a Fair Price In Today’s Environment?

    • We’ll first define what a wonderful business should be and what a fair price would be in relation to general stock market risk.
    • We’ll look at price earnings differences among sectors and countries to find places to look for great investments.
    • A list of S&P 500 companies with low P/E ratios shows that it isn’t easy to find wonderful businesses at a fair price.

    Introduction

    Warren Buffett’s main advice to investors is to find a wonderful business at a fair price. Now with the S&P 500 price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 24.34, that implies an earnings yield of just 4.1% which makes me ask myself, is it possible to find a wonderful business at a fair price today?

    I’ll first describe what a wonderful business is, look at what would be a fair price for it, and then look to see if there are any such businesses around. More →

  • 11 Aug
    Is Value Investing Dead?

    Is Value Investing Dead?

    • The last 10 years have been terrible for value investors as it has seemed like fundamentals don’t matter at all anymore.
    • There are limited options to be a value investor as the Russell 1000 value index has a price to book ratio above 2.
    • I’ll discuss three options for what a value investor can do and the historical results of such approaches.

    Introduction

    If you’re a value investor or have been invested in a value fund, you probably aren’t the happiest investor in the world right now. More →

  • 10 Aug
    The Hardest Part Of Investing & How To Do It Right

    The Hardest Part Of Investing & How To Do It Right

    • Deciding when to sell a stock is the most difficult decision in investing. It’s much more difficult than deciding when to buy.
    • I’ll discuss 5 strategies that can go a long way toward helping you in making the difficult decision.

    Introduction

    The vast majority of the discussion around stocks is about what and when to buy. However, what’s even more important than buying is when to sell.

    Knowing when to sell allows you to lock your gains in when you are right, limit your losses when you are wrong, and, most importantly, avoid selling for a small gain when the stock has the potential to double or more. More →

  • 04 Aug
    Think The Biggest Companies Of The S&P 500 Will Outperform? History Says Otherwise

    Think The Biggest Companies Of The S&P 500 Will Outperform? History Says Otherwise

    • The strongest companies in the S&P 500 may look invincible now, but history shows us this won’t last forever.
    • None of the companies in the S&P 500’s 1980 top 10 are still there now.
    • Top 10 S&P 500 companies largely underperform the S&P 500 in the long term.

    Introduction

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) are the 5 largest holdings of the S&P 500 accounting for 11.74% of the index. The other 495 companies account for 88.26% of the S&P 500 which is a pretty strong imbalance, but that’s how the S&P 500 is formed. Its weightings are based on market capitalization. The bigger the market capitalization, the bigger the weighting in the index. More →

  • 01 Aug
    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    • It’s possible to estimate a country’s economic growth with precision and I have done so in this article. Perhaps it’s better to say that I used the available—and free—research done by 1,500 Bridgewater employees.
    • As future economic trends are pretty clear, it’s important to position one’s portfolio accordingly.
    • However, don’t just jump into emerging markets at any price. Compare the fundamentals and the growth in relation to your investment horizon.

    Introduction

    There’s a lot of talk about economics, economic growth, what drives it, etc., but there aren’t many facts that properly show links between causes and effects.

    One person who researched those links and shared the findings is Ray Dalio, hedge fund manager of Bridgewater Associates. In today’s article, I’ll describe what Ray found and then analyze how we can best position our portfolios in order to be more exposed to positive forces and less to negative forces. More →

  • 20 Jul
    Sven’s List Of The Five Books Every Investor & Trader Should Read

    Sven’s List Of The Five Books Every Investor & Trader Should Read

    I love books on investing, and find them to be the best possible investment. For just a few bucks, you can get the synthesized knowledge of the most successful investors. On top of that, many also discuss their mistakes, which are an even more valuable source of learning.

    So with that, today I’ll the list the books on my list that I think every investor or trader should read alongside a short commentary. More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 07 Jul
    What We Can Learn From Seth Klarman’s Current Portfolio

    What We Can Learn From Seth Klarman’s Current Portfolio

    • You might call them boring businesses, but with a bit of portfolio rebalancing and buying more on the dips, Klarman’s positions will probably deliver his required 20% return per year over the long term.
    • In the U.S., he is overweigh LNG, refineries, communications, and pharma.
    • A few investing lessons can be derived from his current portfolio.

    Introduction

    As much as I hate bureaucracy and filing required market regulator forms and various statistical Central Bank inquiries, I must say that I love when others do it as I can get a pretty tasty free lunch from it.

    You probably know that an institutional fund manager has to disclose their U.S. portfolio positions in a 13F form no longer than 45 days after the end of the quarter with some exceptions. For example, when the manager thinks that disclosure would significantly affect share price, they can postpone disclosing, but we can get a pretty good picture of the things a specific fund is doing. More →

  • 05 Jul
    Where The Growth Is: How To Invest In Emerging Markets

    Where The Growth Is: How To Invest In Emerging Markets

    • Emerging markets haven’t been the best investment in the last 10 years, but economic developments met expectations.
    • Long term analysis shows that emerging markets have just started to develop and the fundamentals are extremely cheap for the expected growth.
    • Each emerging market is different and one has to individually analyze political, currency, demographic, natural, and other risks in order to make proper investment decisions.

    Introduction

    There is a huge difference between short-term and long-term effects on financial markets.

    In the short term, anything can happen and sentiment is what mostly drives short term trends. If we take a look at the long-term chart for the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA: EEM), we can see how it’s still 24% below its 2007 peak. More →

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