Investing Strategy

  • 30 Jan
    The Black Swan Investing Strategy You Need To Know

    The Black Swan Investing Strategy You Need To Know

    One of my favorite authors is Nassim Taleb. I find his books The Black Swan and Antifragile mind blowing.

    There is a lot of entertaining philosophy in his text and one must really dig deep to extract practical tools to use in this environment full of black swans, randomness, and fragility. Here are a few of his ideas that you can apply if a black swan investing strategy fits your personality.



    What Is A Black Swan?

    A black swan is a metaphor for an event that comes as a surprise but has a huge impact on the market and is later rationalized. For example, the 2008 housing crisis was such an event. Now it’s clear why and how it happened, but only a few saw it coming in 2007. A positive black swan would be an even that is a surprise but has a huge positive impact. More →

  • 26 Jan
    Are Emerging Markets Still Attractive?

    Are Emerging Markets Still Attractive?

    • The MSCI emerging market index is up 53% in the last 12 months.
    • However, nothing has actually changed in the long term fundamentals which makes things much riskier.



    Introduction

    If you have been following Investiv Daily for the past year and a half, you know that I have been extremely bullish on emerging markets because of their relative cheapness when compared to developed markets, positive demographics, and positive economic growth. More →

  • 24 Jan
    What Is Buffett Buying & Selling?

    What Is Buffett Buying & Selling?

    • A look at what Buffet has been buying and selling lately gives us a few clues about how to spot good investments.
    • What we can also see is his investment psychology, which has been the key to his success.
    • With $106 billion in cash and new dividends coming in constantly, you have to be a net buyer.



    Introduction

    Buffett recently said that he’s a net buyer of stocks. Many took that as another bullish signal for the whole stock market, but you should be aware that Buffett doesn’t usually buy what others are buying.

    A year ago, we analyzed how Buffett was buying stocks but not the market. He was buying Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and airlines which all had PE ratios way below the market’s and in the single digits. More →

  • 22 Jan
    The Weak Dollar & Your Portfolio

    The Weak Dollar & Your Portfolio

    • It’s important to differentiate between short term currency speculation and economic trends.
    • The main global currencies don’t show long term strength.
    • You can rebalance globally, but also protect yourself by owning assets.



    Introduction

    Many were expecting an even stronger dollar going into 2018 as the U.S. economy is doing well and the FED is expected to raise rates three times in this year, if not more. However, the dollar significantly weakened in 2017. More →

  • 19 Jan
    Uncertainty & Risk – Huge Difference, Big Rewards

    Uncertainty & Risk – Huge Difference, Big Rewards

    • The market doesn’t understand the difference between uncertainty and risk. In fact, it doesn’t even understand what risk is.
    • Understanding the difference is all you need when investing.



    Introduction

    Perhaps the most important thing to understand when investing is the difference between uncertainty and risk.

    The market hates both uncertainty and risk but fails to separate the two. Therefore, by understanding the difference and how to find it, you expose yourself to low risk, high return investments.

    We’ll go through a few examples to show how much power lies in differentiating the two. More →

  • 15 Jan
    The “Sleep Well At Night” Investing Strategy

    The “Sleep Well At Night” Investing Strategy

    • Investing is personal and should be more about sleeping well at night than returns.
    • I hope you sleep well at night because you are well prepared for what might happen and not because you don’t know the risks.
    • Unfortunately, sleeping well will always come at a short term cost but I think it’s well worth it.



    Introduction

    Two and a half years ago, I took out a mortgage with a fixed interest rate (3.55%) even though my friend from the Dutch National Bank was telling me to take the lower variable interest rate (2.5%) because the probability that interest rates would rise was very small and I could always change the variable rate to a fixed rate if necessary. More →

  • 12 Jan
    Want Financial Independence? Read This

    Want Financial Independence? Read This

    • When aiming for retirement or financial independence, risk shouldn’t make up part of the equation.
    • We’ll discuss a few investment strategies that bring passive income at minimum risk and can lead to financial independence.
    • Your life can change with a few simple adjustments.



    Introduction

    I recently received a message from a 28-year-old reader who asked me what I thought about his chances for financial independence with what he has saved so far. He has been working for the past 8 years at more than 2 jobs on average, and has managed to save $250k, which is something to praise.

    The answer to his question could be of value to most investors, from those who want to quit their jobs to have more time, or those who just can’t wait to retire, so I decided to dig deeper and write an article about it. More →

  • 11 Jan
    Investing In Telecoms – Sven Shows You What To Look For

    Investing In Telecoms – Sven Shows You What To Look For

    • Today, we’ll discuss whether or not the top 10 global telecoms are value traps or if they are value investments.
    • There’s a lot going on in the sector, from 5G to the internet of things.
    • The lowest risk higher reward investment strategy might not come from the biggest companies in the field.



    Introduction

    I’m constantly coming across stocks from the telecom sector that have a low valuation and a strong dividend. Today, we’ll discuss whether or not there is value or if the whole sector is a value trap. More →

  • 08 Jan
    Want To Get Rich? Do These Three Things

    Want To Get Rich? Do These Three Things

    • Investing is more about mindset than about the right investments.
    • A rich investing mindset allows you to make money off earnings, build wealth over time, and invest at the right time.
    • Do you have the right mindset to get rich?



    Introduction

    Today, I’ll discuss 5 reasons why many people remain poor and why the rich get richer.

    Investing isn’t some kind of esoteric discipline where if you get a lucky break you will be settled for life. Investing is about having the correct mindset and not about hitting the jack pot. More →

  • 05 Jan
    The Risk Return Puzzle For Blue Chips

    The Risk Return Puzzle For Blue Chips

    • Developed markets stocks are a core position of an All-Weather portfolio.
    • However, there isn’t the pricing efficiency you would expect.
    • Take a long look at what you own and the risk reward of it, you’ll probably be surprised.



    Introduction

    If you’ve beer reading the last few weeks, you’ve been following my series on how to build an all-weather portfolio. You can read more about the gold part of the portfolio here, the commodities part here, and the hedging part here.

    Today, I’ll discuss blue chip stocks and their risks and rewards in order to determine how much weight such stocks should have in an all-weather portfolio. More →

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