Investing Strategy

  • 11 Aug
    Minimize Risk Without Sacrificing Returns? Sven Tells You How

    Minimize Risk Without Sacrificing Returns? Sven Tells You How

    • By dissecting the S&P 500 per valuation quintiles we see that only parts of the market are overvalued.
    • Historically, buying the lowest PE quintile stocks has increased annual returns by 360 basis points.
    • High PE stocks have large market capitalizations which force you to own more of them through index funds, increasing your risks and lowering your returns.

    Introduction 

    Beyond the top news stories about central banks increasing stimulus to fight the BREXIT or sluggish economic data with high hopes for the future, there is one recurrent theme that still flies under the radar. The recurring theme is that financial markets are overvalued. More →

  • 07 Aug
    Sunday Edition: Setting Reasonable Investing Expectations

    Sunday Edition: Setting Reasonable Investing Expectations

    The story of the tortoise and the hare teaches us that the prize doesn’t always go to the swift, who are sometimes easily distracted, but often ends up in the hands of the one who perseveres regardless of speed.

    This apologue is even more true when applied to investing. Many investors are too easily lured by “get rich quick” investing schemes and strategies, rather than safe and consistent compounding month after month, using what some might consider a boring strategy. More →

  • 28 Jul
    Can Your Portfolio Withstand Any Economic Environment? See What Ray Dalio Has To Say

    Can Your Portfolio Withstand Any Economic Environment? See What Ray Dalio Has To Say

    • With 86 months of economic growth and growing money supply, the current economic environment might soon change.
    • On top of the beta returns, specific alpha asset allocation can further increase your returns.
    • In this article you will find a strategy that works at all times.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is the most successful hedge fund manager by net gains. His Bridgewater Pure Alpha fund reached $45 billion in net gains in 2016 beating George Soros with $42.8 billion in gains since inception. What’s even more impressive is that Dalio has reached such a performance with only 4 negative years in the 40 year period. More →

  • 25 Jul
    Beware of “Thinkless” Investing

    Beware of “Thinkless” Investing

    • Passively managed funds do offer the lowest fees but invest in stocks without “thinking”.
    • High positive net inflows into passively managed funds push large caps higher regardless of fundamentals.
    • If non “thinking” investors panic when things turn, large caps will be the worst performers.

    Introduction

    Today we are going to discuss two related topics: fees and the general market consequences of passively managed investing funds.

    Fees are charged by funds for their services, be it active or passive management. Passively managed funds, which have the lowest fees, merely track an index. Over the last several years a trend has developed toward lower fees and passively managed funds which may also be creating a growing risk that equities are held by “weak” hands.  If panic comes, and investors pull their money out, passive fund managers will be forced to sell, creating further market havoc. More →

  • 14 Jul
    As The S&P 500 Reaches New Highs, Asset Inflation Continues

    As The S&P 500 Reaches New Highs, Asset Inflation Continues

    • All factors are indicating an artificially created asset inflation.
    • Earnings are expected to decline with economic outlook being constantly revised downwards.
    • Gold is gaining alongside stocks which confirms that all assets are inflated.

    Introduction

    Amidst all the turmoil from BREXIT, negative interest rates and global downward economic growth forecasts, the S&P 500 has reached a new high. On Monday it closed at 2,137.16 points, overtaking the previous high of 2,130.82 from May 21, 2015. The Monday record was surpassed again on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Wednesday closing at 2,152.43. More →

  • 07 Jul
    Major Indicators Are All Positive, But Is It Time To Get Fearful?

    Major Indicators Are All Positive, But Is It Time To Get Fearful?

    • Economic data is strong and positive.
    • Neither jobless claims nor consumer spending show signs of weakness.
    • The issues remain in valuations, optimism and low yields.

    Introduction

    In the post-BREXIT world, there is a lot of speculation but no one knows what will happen. This article is going to provide a general outlook on how the economy is doing and try to extrapolate trends while ignoring the noise provided by the media. More →

  • 06 Jul
    How Diversified Should You Be?

    How Diversified Should You Be?

    • Extreme diversification is good but only provides ordinary results results.
    • Concentrated portfolios proved better in some cases as they allow investors to select the best companies.

    Introduction

    A few days ago we discussed passive and active strategies given that there is a looming risk of a recession and that the markets are unable to break new highs which makes just holding stocks for the sake of holding stocks very risky. In this article we are going to discuss how diversified a portfolio should be as it is easier to pursue an active strategy with a concentrated portfolio of stocks. More →

  • 01 Jul
    Should You Switch to a More Active Investing Strategy?

    Should You Switch to a More Active Investing Strategy?

    • Passive investing has been excellent in the past decade but has gone nowhere in the last two years.
    • Higher valuations are increasing volatility and risk which gives opportunities for more active strategies.
    • Due to the high valuations in 1968, only an active strategy would have produced positive returns in the period up to 1982.

    Introduction

    The S&P 500 has gone nowhere since December 2014. Several reasons have influenced such a performance, but the most impactful factors seem to be market fundamentals deteriorating while central banks keep limiting the downside by increasing available liquidity. The FED was supposed to begin raising interest rates, but the 0.25% hike was insignificant, and now there is even speculation that the FED could lower interest rates again. More →

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