Investing Strategy

  • 27 Nov
    This Is Why International Diversification Is So Important

    This Is Why International Diversification Is So Important

    • The 30% international revenue exposure the S&P 500 offers isn’t enough.
    • It’s possible to add significant returns and lower your risk when investing internationally.
    • A look at economic health and fundamentals will show where it’s best to invest now.



    Introduction

    An often overlooked part of investing and portfolio strategies are currencies.

    The easiest way to look at it is to say that it all evens out over time and that the only thing important is to be diversified. By owning the S&P 500 or companies that have global revenues, we could say that a portfolio is well diversified. More →

  • 14 Nov
    The #1 Rule To Follow For Successful Long Term Investing

    The #1 Rule To Follow For Successful Long Term Investing

    • Investing is full of trends and fads. Are you sure you want to be part of them?
    • One extremely simple rule can make a huge difference in your investing life.
    • I’ll conclude today’s article with the second most important thing for investors to remember.



    Introduction

    The current investing trend assumes that stocks will only go up and that passive index investing is the best. Valuations keep getting higher, companies keep piling on the debt and doing expensive buybacks, and no one cares because the only important thing is that stocks continue to rise. More →

  • 10 Nov
    Following These 4 Rules Will Make You A Millionaire

    Following These 4 Rules Will Make You A Millionaire

    • Becoming a millionaire takes time, and it’s easy to lose focus.
    • I’ll discuss 4 rules that should help you to achieve your long term financial goals.
    • I prefer the option on growth rather than frugality, which is an often shared method of accumulating wealth.



    Introduction

    Today, I’ll discuss four essential rules that will almost guarantee to put you on the path toward becoming a millionaire.

    You may want to retire, achieve financial independence, buy something you’ve always wanted, or simply want to have enough to do what you love. These four rules will get you there. More →

  • 09 Nov
    Margin Of Safety – Is It A Method Or A Mindset?

    Margin Of Safety – Is It A Method Or A Mindset?

    • Many would like the formula for calculating intrinsic value and deriving a margin of safety.
    • I’ll discuss a few issues about the margin of safety that are mostly up to one’s personal preferences.
    • There are also some issues with a margin of safety. It’s not really free.



    Introduction

    I get lots of questions about how to properly value a company, what the best method is to determine intrinsic value, what clear buying signals look like, and especially a lot of questions on the best valuation metrics and financial indicators to use.

    I completely understand where these questions come from as it’s in our nature to simplify things and look for the magic formula that has all the answers, especially in an uncertain environment like financial markets are. However, investing and especially value investing, isn’t that easy. More →

  • 07 Nov
    10 Rules For Catching Falling Knives & Increasing Returns

    10 Rules For Catching Falling Knives & Increasing Returns

    • The S&P 500 is constantly ascending to new highs, but there are plenty of stocks setting new lows.
    • Today, we’ll discuss how to approach such a situation from a behavioral and technical perspective.
    • The 10 rules that follow will help you increase your batting average.



    Introduction

    Despite the fact that the S&P 500 has only been going up lately, there are many companies that have had a terrible time, especially if you look at retail stocks. But this opens the door for a very interesting investing strategy of trying to buy stocks at their bottom after a price drop or more simps, to “catch a falling knife.”

    In today’s article, we’ll discuss this strategy in depth, discuss a few current stock examples, and come to a conclusion about whether we should even apply such a strategy. More →

  • 01 Nov
    Are You Saving Enough? Probably Not, Here’s How You Can

    Are You Saving Enough? Probably Not, Here’s How You Can

    • Today, I’ll discuss Thaler’s Save More Tomorrow concept and the behavioral issues that impact how much we save and invest.
    • Secondly, I’ll dig into how much someone is supposed to save and invest to reach a future target.
    • I’ll conclude with this question: are you saving/investing enough?



    Introduction

    Yesterday, we discussed Nobel prize winner professor Richard Thaler’s findings in the field of behavioral finance.

    Thaler’s findings can really help us to lower our investment risks and increasing our returns. However, investing isn’t only about picking the right stock or properly timing a trade, it’s also about carefully allocating our capital in investing in the first place, thus saving for investing. More →

  • 31 Oct
    Asking Yourself These 7 Questions Will Make You A Better Investor

    Asking Yourself These 7 Questions Will Make You A Better Investor

    • Today, we’ll look into Richard Thaler’s work to find out how to take advantage of behavioral finance.
    • Taking advantage goes hand-in-hand with not making behavioral mistakes.
    • A few examples and 7 questions will give you plenty of food for thought.



    Introduction

    The recent Nobel prize in economics was awarded to Richard Thaler from the Chicago Booth School of Business for exploring the biases and cognitive shortcuts that impact how people absorb and process information. More →

  • 27 Oct
    These 8 Charts Will Change Your Mind On Buy & Hold Investing

    These 8 Charts Will Change Your Mind On Buy & Hold Investing

    • If you take a different perspective on the stock market, things aren’t all that rosy.
    • If the stock market has done well in the last 15 years, it probably won’t do that well in the future.
    • I’ll share 5 things that will enable you to reach satisfying returns in the long term, no matter what happens in the stock market.



    Introduction

    Today, I’ll discuss two academic research papers that look into slightly longer stock market periods to analyze returns in order to stress the importance of DIY investing and taking responsibility for our financial lives.

    I’ll conclude today’s article with some insight on what to look for in stocks to outperform the market in the next 15 years. More →

  • 25 Oct
    How To Calculate Intrinsic Value & Why You Need To

    How To Calculate Intrinsic Value & Why You Need To

    • Calculating the intrinsic value of a stock is essential for making any kind of buy or sell decision.
    • However, intrinsic value is different for everyone and depends on what you expect from the market.
    • Attaching a margin of safety to intrinsic value is all you need for low risk high return investments.



    Introduction

    99% of the what’s discussed about stocks is whether a stock is undervalued or overvalued and where will it go as you wouldn’t be a proper analyst without a price target on every stock you discuss.

    This is completely the wrong way to approach investing, but we as analysts will continue to deliver what the market wants. More →

  • 23 Oct
    This Is How You Get Returns Over 1,000%

    This Is How You Get Returns Over 1,000%

    • There are many examples of simple investments that returned more than 1,000%, some even 10,000%, over the last few decades.
    • In order to take advantage of such investments, you have to look at the extremes of what could happen in the next few years that aren’t included in the current economic models that use statistical averages.
    • Statistical averages are what you have to look for to protect you from negative surprises and open your portfolio to extremely positive surprises.



    Introduction

    A friend of mine just sold his home in Central London for 2.4 million pounds which is an average price in London. However, what’s interesting is that he bought the property in 1996 for just 160,000 pounds. In just 20 years, the value of his London property increased 15 times.

    Another example I have is from a recent WSJ article where a Park Avenue penthouse is selling for about $18 million. The funny thing is that the property was empty for 27 years as it was owned by the Former Republic of Yugoslavia which also allows us to know what the purchase price was in 1975. The purchase price was $100,000. In 40 years, the value of this property in New York increased 180 times. More →

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