Posts filed under “Investing”

Bull Market Needs One Thing to Keep Going

Josh explains the world to the lovely Lauren:

 


Source: Yahoo Finance

 

Category: Cycles, Investing, Markets, Video

Attention Suckers: Send Us Your Money!

  Those almost 10,000 early investors on Kickstarter participated in one of history’s most lucrative funding rounds from the perspective of the people receiving the funding: a $2.4 million early-stage investment in what would become a $2 billion business in a year and a half, in return for 0.0% equity.” – WSJ’s Corporate Intelligence on…Read More

Category: Investing, Really, really bad calls, Regulation, Venture Capital

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

Once Again, The Narrative Fails

Late last year, we had a wholesaler from a major ETF firm in our office. At the time, the chatter was all about the upcoming Alibaba IPO. It was going to be (in his words) “huge, disruptive, incredibly powerful – and you cannot get any.” Never mind that IPO returns are on average mediocre or…Read More

Category: Cognitive Foibles, Investing, IPOs

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

Why Hire an Advisor?

Nice short list from Rick Ferri: There are other reasons to hire an adviser even if you’re an index believer. Here is a partial list: To put space between you and your investments so that you don’t make emotional decisions. To do detailed research on asset allocation or index funds because you would rather spend…Read More

Category: Asset Allocation, Investing, Psychology

Hulbert: Preparing for the Next Bear Market

Even if this five-year bull run does come to an end, it doesn’t mean that investors will spend too long in the throes of a bear market, MarketWatch’s Mark Hulbert says on MoneyBeat.

Category: Investing, Markets, Video

Get Lucky: 5 Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, I made the luckiest market call of my career. A few details and some context first, than an explanation as to why this was so lucky. In 2005, I knew something was amiss in the global markets. The various metrics we track showed that credit had become a full on bubble,…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Investing, Markets, UnGuru

401ks Are Not Broken, You Are

>   My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the 401k. The print version headline was What’s the problem with 401(k)s? You while the online version was There’s nothing wrong with 401(k)s, except the players involved. Here’s an excerpt from the column: “What’s wrong with these plans? Human behavior,…Read More

Category: 401(k), Investing, Psychology