Posts filed under “Apprenticed Investor”

Crashes, Corrections & Sentiment

On Monday, we saw a sell-off of more than 1 percent across major U.S. markets. Europe and Asia followed suit the next day. Judging by my e-mails I received, this was it, the beginning of the end, and “you unrepentant bulls are finally going to get what you deserved.”

Except not quite yet. Tuesday and yesterday markets put in back-to-back rallies that erased the losses, and then some.

We have been discussing related themes — hated rallies, the Fed & quantitative easing, and under-invested managers — for quite some time. But rather than rely on what can only be described as unreliable anecdotal evidence, let’s look into the data on corrections and crashes.

My colleague Josh Brown looked at the history of market crashes in the U.S. He notes that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has had 11 crashes of 35 percent or worse since it was formed in 1896 . . .

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Category: Apprenticed Investor, Markets, Trading

Your Best Investment Idea for the Next Decade

Yesterday, Business Insider posted a huge piece, wherein they ask various folks for their best idea for a decade. With the low key headlne, Wall Street’s Brightest Minds Reveal Their Best Investment Ideas For The Next Decade, here is how I responded: Financial planning: “As it turns out, that is an easy question: Our own…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Asset Allocation, Finance, Media

Pushback: Lessons from Gold’s Rise & Fall

Last week, we published a 2,500-word opus on what lessons could be learned from the rise and fall of gold. There was lots of feedback on the general concept and many of the specifics. By and large, the response was positive, with most of the pushback coming from those who were long gold or other…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

Bitten by the Gold Bug? Some Lessons

>   I did something different with my Sunday Washington Post Business Section this week. Starting with the 2,500 word long form discussion I wrote for Bloomberg, I simplified this and edited it down to half that length. The print version had the headline Bitten by the gold bug? You’ll do well to heed the…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

10 Lessons Learned from Gold’s Epic Rise & Fall

This morning, I have a massive 2500 word piece at Bloomberg looking at the rise and fall of Gold.

The key to the discussion are the 10 lessons that we all can takeaway from that cycle and the experiences of Gold investors. Hopefully, these will make us each better investors in the future.

Here is the intro:

“It has been quite the ride for gold: from under $500 an ounce a decade ago, to above $1,900 in 2011, gold gained more than 400 percent. Since its peak of ~$1,921.15 on Sept. 6, 2011, however, the shine is off the yellow metal. Gold plummeted 38 percent, recently breaking below $1,200. Yesterday’s close is within 5 percent of the lows, at $1,241.

If a 20 percent drop is described as a bear market, and a 30 percent fall is called a crash — what do we call gold’s almost 40 percent plummet?

This column is not an “I told-you-so” or an exercise in “Goldenfreude” (describing a “delight in gold bugs’ collective pain”). Rather, it is an attempt to learn some investing lessons from the epic rise and horrific fall of gold.

As an investor, I am a gold agnostic: When used properly, the metal is a potentially valuable tool in an investment arsenal. There are times when it makes for a profitable part of a portfolio, as in the 2000s. There are periods when it is a speculative and dangerous trade — such as the 2010s. There have also been decades when it does nothing, earning no return, generating no income, essentially dead weight to a portfolio, as in the 1980s and 1990s…”

 

Full column after the jump:

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Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

Financial Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

10 financial resolutions you can actually keep By Barry Ritholtz Washington Post, December 29, 2013     It’s that time of year, when many people resolve to be better: Gotta lose 20 pounds, stop smoking, start exercising. Human nature is such that come January, there will be a 20-minute wait for the elliptical machines in…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Asset Allocation, Investing, Psychology

Take Responsibility for Your Stock Losses

I wrote this a decade ago, and if you keep only one resolution this year, this is the one it should be. It will open a cascade of improvements for your finances . . .     Take Responsibility for Your Stock Losses Barry Ritholtz RealMoney.com, April 12, 2005     “He who blames others…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Trading

Am I Too Bullish?

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to push back against the usual contingent of bears. In particular, I have argued that this bull cycle is not yet over, markets are not in bubble and that people have been sitting for too long in way too much cash. John Coumarianos of the Institutional…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Cognitive Foibles, Investing, Sentiment

What Is the Right Amount of Cash In Your Portfolio?

  > My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the question of How much cash should you hold in your portfolio?. This is yet another column  that looks like its about investing but really is about psychology.  As I noted prior, people have been sitting on big piles…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Asset Allocation, Investing

WaPo: Beware Bad Shopmas data!

> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the retail theater that is Black Friday:  Beware of bad Shopmas data! Here’s an excerpt from the column: “The news media aren’t any better. They breathlessly cover shopping as if it were an Olympic event. The big-box retailers play right…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Consumer Spending, Really, really bad calls, Retail