Investing Strategy

  • 18 Apr
    These 4 Steps Will Save You In The Upcoming Market Crash

    These 4 Steps Will Save You In The Upcoming Market Crash

    A stock market crash is always around the corner.

    In the last 18 years, we’ve seen two crashes of 50% and if you live in the Netherlands, you still dream of those 2000 highs. Nevertheless, a 9-year bull market quickly erases all the painful memories.

    But forgetting what happened and how it looked is dangerous. If you haven’t lived through a stock market crash, you should at least try and think about it in order to be prepared as much as you can be.



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  • 13 Apr
    What The Last 100 Years Can Tell Us About Our Long Term Returns

    What The Last 100 Years Can Tell Us About Our Long Term Returns

    At the beginning of this century, London Business School professors Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh, and Mike Stauton wrote a seminal book on stock market investing titled Triumph of the Optimists where he described what has happened over the past 100 years.

    Today, we’re going to go through his findings and through his updated findings that he publishes annually for Credit Suisse in order to see what we can expect from long term investing returns.



    We all think the stock market is the best and only thing one should invest in, but is it really and were the last 100 years just the triumph of the optimists? Let’s find out. More →

  • 11 Apr
    Looks Like Blood Is In The Streets In Russia – Should You Invest?

    Looks Like Blood Is In The Streets In Russia – Should You Invest?

    As I’m writing this, the Russian ETF (ERUS) has lost 12% in one day. As many value investors know, you need to buy stocks when there is blood in the streets so I’ve had many questions about whether this is an opportunity or a trap.

    Let’s take a look at what’s going on, look at the fundamental perspective, and the stock market perspective on investing in Russia.



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  • 10 Apr
    Here’s How To Get Out Of Debt & Start Accumulating Wealth

    Here’s How To Get Out Of Debt & Start Accumulating Wealth

    Investing in stocks is just one part of your financial life picture and perhaps secondary, not primary.



    Stock price fluctuations and the amazing success of the past 35 years make it seem like the stock market is the most important thing when it comes to your finances. However, in this motivational personal finance article, I’m going to discuss something more important and touch on the complete personal finance picture which in the end, if done smartly, will lead you to your financial goals. The stock market might not lead you to your goals as 30 years of negative cumulative returns aren’t uncommon. More →

  • 06 Apr
    Graham Has Some Words Of Wisdom For When The Market Crashes

    Graham Has Some Words Of Wisdom For When The Market Crashes

    Today, we’ll continue on with our series on The Intelligent Investor and applying Benjamin Graham’s everlasting knowledge to the current market in order to avoid doing stupid things while taking advantage of others’ stupid actions.

    Graham’s data goes up to 1971, so we’ll first look at his data and later discuss the insights that can be applied to the current market situation.



    The main points Graham emphasizes that we can learn much from are:

    • The varying relationships between stock prices and their earnings and dividends.
    • It’s important to understand the manner in which stocks have made their underlying advance through the MANY cycles of the past century (emphasis mine).
    • Look at successive ten-year averages of earnings, dividends, and stock prices.

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  • 03 Apr
    This Is The Best Thing You Can Do In Investing

    This Is The Best Thing You Can Do In Investing

    If you are familiar with the Philadelphia 76ers, you know what “trust the process” means. For those of you who aren’t familiar, here is a short explanation:



    What Is “Trust The Process”

    The Philadelphia 76ers are an NBA team. In the NBA, you get players by drafting them from universities through an annual draft. The worse of a team you are, the more chances you have to get a higher draft pick in the draft lottery. More →

  • 01 Mar
    Ray Dalio Says There’s 70% Chance Of Recession. Here’s What You Need To Know.

    Ray Dalio Says There’s 70% Chance Of Recession. Here’s What You Need To Know.

    • Investing is about you – we’ll go through some questions that will help in making better investing decisions over the long term.
    • Dalio answers a question on his European short positions.
    • The chances of a recession are pretty significant.



    Introduction

    In a recent interview at Harvard, Ray Dalio discussed a lot of things that I would like to cover here as I think they are extremely important.

    Let’s start with what is most important, how to be a better investor. After that, we’ll get into what’s most interesting but less important, the economy and the markets. More →

  • 27 Feb
    Buffett’s Newest Letter Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Investing

    Buffett’s Newest Letter Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Investing

    • I’ll go through the everlasting wisdom Buffett gives us within his latest letter to shareholders.
    • His short sentences say so much that many miss the key ideas: accounting & investing, optimism, M&A, debt, patience, and long-term risk.



    Introduction

    For some, there isn’t much to look forward to during February’s cold but if you’re an investor, you wait a whole year for Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders.

    The first thing is that Berkshire’s results are published on Saturday so that we can all go through the results in peace. His letter is filled with investing wisdom that it’d be a shame to miss it by just skimming through the letter.

    Today, we’ll dig deeper into what the carefully selected, rather short sentences tell us about investing in the current environment. More →

  • 22 Feb
    7 Investing Truths You Need To Know

    7 Investing Truths You Need To Know

    Today I’ll share with you the 7 investing truths I think everyone should be extremely aware of.

    My goal is to help people in achieving better financial outcomes in life. I see so much content out there that is misleading and doesn’t really talk about the most important thing. How to do well over a lifetime, not just this or next year.



    I’ll start with a quote form Benjamin Graham that really synthesizes this article and is of the utmost importance:

    “The investor’s chief problem – even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.”

    Let’s start. Hold yourself steady because it might be a bumpy ride. More →

  • 21 Feb
    You Can Become A Millionaire With Just $5 A Day – Here’s How

    You Can Become A Millionaire With Just $5 A Day – Here’s How

    • Investing is first about allocating capital, then about where to invest.
    • We’ll discuss how much you should allocate to savings for your age and expected market returns.
    • This is the most important thing you should focus on when investing and thinking about your financial future.



    Start With The Goal 

    We should start our investing adventure with the goal in mind. By having clear goals, it will be much easier to find ways to reach those goals.

    The two most powerful factors related to investing are compounded interest and time, which allows for that interest to compound. More →

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