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What Goes Up, Must Come Down?

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My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at What’s gone up won’t always come down. The print version had the headline You might think the markets are ready for a breather after last year’s gains, but . . .

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“You might think that after such a strong year, the markets might be due to “take a breather.” Perhaps a flat year is in order so last year’s gains can be “digested” — or so goes the popular assumption. And indeed, markets this year have ranged from flat to down a few percent. Some would go further and, because of the “Gambler’s Fallacy,” assume that markets are bound to go the other way and sell off.

Those assumptions would be wrong. The data strongly suggest that very good years in the U.S. stock market are followed by more good years. When we review both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500, we learn that the years that follow a 20 percent gain (or greater) are typically stronger than average.

There have been 22 instances where the Dow has risen 20 percent or more. In the year after, returns average 8.4 percent, beating the average 7.8 percent of the 90 years from 1924-2013.”>

There were a couple of great charts in the dead tree version of the paper:

 

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Dow 20 SPX 20

 

 

Source:
What’s gone up won’t always come down
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, April 20 2014
http://wapo.st/1phgDGC

Category: Apprenticed Investor

Stop Looking for “the Story” Why Markets Are Falling

Whenever we see any sort of disruption in markets an explanation usually follows. The headlines will explain that “Markets are going up/down because of this good/bad thing.” News anchors will solemnly intone why the volatility is significant and what it means for one thing or another. None of these casual explanations can withstand close examination….Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Psychology

What You’re Hearing Is Noise

In a new project at Bloomberg I will interview some of Wall Street’s most influential thinkers. I’ll share more details with readers when we get closer to a launch date, but several consistent themes have become clear to me, even at this early stage. The one I want to discuss this morning is the concept…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Cognitive Foibles, Financial Press, Investing

Barron’s Unsentimental Investors

  Our monthly letter to clients was picked up and excerpted by Barron’s Market Watch: A Sampling of Advisory Opinion. This is the section of the commentary relating to investor sentiment: Unsentimental Investors April Insight by Ritholtz Wealth Management 90 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016 April 2: Anyone who thinks stock market sentiment is…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Media, Sentiment

NFP Day? Try Doing Nothing

While I have been busy kvetching about the weather, another payrolls report has snuck up on us. Estimates are for a 200,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls, the most since November, according to the median forecast of 90 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. But really, I have to ask: Why do you care? As I have relentlessly…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Employment, Investing

Are Stocks Pricey or Cheap?

How to know whether stocks are cheap or pricey Barry Ritholtz Washington PostTerms March 23, 2014     Last week, the Fed shared some widely expected news: It will taper more — keeping up a policy of slowly reducing its bond-buying program with the goal to wind it down by year’s end. It has telegraphed…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Valuation

Are Stocks Cheap or Pricey?

>   My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at whether stocks are cheap or expensive. The print version had the full headline Are Stocks Cheap or Not? How to Tell. The conclusion is surprisngly middle of the road. Here’s an excerpt from the column: “To know whether stocks…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Valuation

Cheap & Simple Beats Costly & Complex

  Have a look at the tables above showing the performance of various investments during the five years leading up to the financial crisis lows, and the five years after. It leads us to a rather fascinating exercise, looking at complexity, cost and performance. Let’s start with the worst performers pre-crash: US Real Estate and…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Commodities, Hedge Funds, Investing

What’s the problem with 401(k)s? You.

There’s nothing wrong with 401(k)s, except the players involved Barry Ritholtz Washington Post March 9, 2014     This past year has seen a firestorm of criticism casting 401(k)s as mostly terrible. Their performance is too poor, and the fees too high, with poor investment choices built into most of them. Typical plans are complicated…Read More

Category: 401(k), Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Psychology

What Is Your Focus: Outcome or Process?

Outcome or process — what investment focus succeeds over time? Barry Ritholtz, Washington Post, February 23 2014       “The reason investors and the investment industry rely on performance is because it’s simple, objective and easy to measure. But more importantly, performance goals, performance reviews and performance measurement are so common in business, in…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Psychology