Morningstar Warns Against Overreacting to Fund Manager Changes

A recent study conducted by Morningstar that analyzed returns from actively managed stock and bond funds between 2003 and 2016 found “no relationship between any type of management change and future returns,” according to an article in InvestmentNews. Although management changes get a lot of attention in the media and the investment community (the article […]

Gross on Threats to Economy Going Forward

The quantitative easing that has occurred in the post-Lehman era has led to a situation, writes fund manager Bill Gross in a recent Barron’s article, where central bank balance sheets are replete with equities “in a desperate effort to keep global economies afloat.” Concurrently, he argues, more than $5 trillion of investment grade bonds “trade […]

Investors Who Dare to Be Different Stand a Better Chance for Success

By John P. Reese In 2006, Oaktree Capital co-chairman Howard Marks wrote a memo titled Dare to Be Great in which he delivered a simple but provocative statement about investing: “This just in: you can’t take the same actions as everyone else and expect to outperform.” Being different, he argues, is “absolutely essential if you […]

Bill Miller’s Fund is Top Stock-Picker

The winner of the quarterly Wall Street Journal Winner’s Circle contest—which identifies the U.S.  stock fund with at least $50 million in assets (and a record of more than three years) that posted the best performance in the trailing 12 months—is Baltimore-based Miller Opportunity Trust led by Bill Miller and Samantha McLemore (both formerly of […]

Bitcoin and the Theory of Money; Hedge Fund Quiz

Bitcoin is not only irredeemable, but also unbacked. That is a big difference—in favor of the dollar. (Keith Weiner of Monetary-Metals) Read an analysis of Bitcoin as money (Bitcoin has no backing.  I think of Bitcoin as “Token” money. What are your thoughts? Also, the developer of Bitcoin provides his understanding of the theory of […]

Leading Economist Says Stocks Can Continue to Climb

Although U.S. stock valuations are stretched, economist and leading authority on behavior finance Andrew Lo says this can  continue for years due to growing demand for equities by retirement funds,” says a recent article in MarketWatch. Lo is director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering who also helped establish the new Office of Financial […]

Nuveen’s Doll Says Earnings Are Bolstering Market

Earnings are fueling the current market climate, according to Nuveen chief equity strategist Robert Doll’s recent Barron’s article. Doll shared the following insights: Following what he refers to as a “soft patch,” Doll says recent economic indicators have trended positive–including positive housing starts and continued tightening in the labor market. The consumer sector of the […]

Activist Investor Hymowitz Focuses on “Evolving”

When EnTrustPermal’s chief executive Gregg Hymowitz sat with the performer Usher at a friend’s wedding in 2012, he asked the celebrity how he made the transition from child artist to adult star, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. Usher’s answer: “Evolve or evaporate.” The phrase, says Hymowitz, has become his business motto and […]

Research to Help Choose Between Active or Passive Investing

A new research paper by Vanguard provides a framework for the decision between active and passive investing, according to an article on the company’s website. The paper intends to help the decision-making process by “enabling investors to think more explicitly about their expectations and the risks they’re willing to accept.” Here are some variables the […]

Returns on Capital and an Investment Idea

A couple years back, I wrote a series on the topic of returns on capital (ROIC) and how significant its impact is on the long-term value of a business. As a long-term shareholder of a business, your ultimate investment result will be determined by the quality of that business over time. One way to measure […]

Jason Zweig: Prepare Rather Than Worry About Increased Volatility

The low volatility currently seen in the market is causing concern for many portfolio managers, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Jason Zweig. Zweig says many investors share the view of portfolio manager Brian Singer of William Blair & Co. who argues: “The global market’s ongoing low volatility should be unsettling for […]

Morgan Housel: Discomfort the Key to Investing Success

 A key component of becoming a successful investor, writes Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund, is the “ability to be comfortable being uncomfortable.” Investors, he says, “have a fascination with no-brainers, obvious decisions, and easy money. The phrases should be chapter titles in a book on the ease of deluding yourself.” He argues that finding well-performing […]

Politics Shouldn’t Impact Investing Decisions

“In a period of otherwise extended market calm, ” says a New York Times article published in May, “geopolitics have been driving periodic bouts of volatility.” Citing such events as President Trump’s attempt to shut down the F.B.I. investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the article says, “Even small investors have been making […]

American Electric Power: A Safe and Growing Dividend for Retirement Income

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Google Pixel 2 release date, specs, price, features

UPDATE 06-01-2017: Google is continuing its preparations for the release of the Google Pixel 2; the sequel to the first of its flagship smartphone released last year. It is probable that this mobile will arrive in October, following the release schedule from the original smartphone. However, some reports have suggested that the mega-corporation could be […]

Apple WWDC 2017: Live Stream, Time, Date, Schedule, Product Launch List

With just a few days to go until Apple opens the doors on WWDC 2017, its Worldwide Developers Conference. Here’s one last chance to find out everything you need to know about the upcoming event. That’s including, the dates, time, where it’s being held at, plus how to watch it. And of course what you […]

A Value Investors Mecca Should Extend To Toronto And Prem Watsa

Great article in the AFR that suggests Omaha is not the only place that value investors are heading to for great ideas. It seems Denver and Toronto are becoming equally important destinations, as are the annual meetings of Markel Corporation and Fairfax Financial, as investors prepare for life after Buffett and Munger. Toronto in time […]

Here Is The Reason Behind The Strange Smell In Karachi

There is a strange smell in Karachi’s atmosphere today and all the residents of the city are talking about it over social media but no one knows the real reason behind the repugnant smell. Weather Updates PK page on Facebook unveils the real story behind the weird smell in Karachi’s air today. This is what’s happening: its […]

Robert Cialdini For AstraZeneca – Pre-Suasion

Robert Cialdini For AstraZeneca Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8f9M0kkn74?ecver=1] Robert Cialdin’s Pre-Suasion – Book Review Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini Ph.D. Image source: YouTube Video Screenshot “Best Business Books of 2016” —Financial Times Inc.com’s Geoffrey James Names Pre-Suasion Best Sales and Marketing Book of […]

Build Your Own Financial Planning Spreadsheet (Part 7) – Adding Range Of Allocations

In this video we add a range of asset allocations to your spreadsheet so you can easily compare how your choices of risk levels will impact your expected range of outcomes. .first{clear:both;margin-left:0}.one-third{width:31.034482758621%;float:left;margin-left:3.448275862069%}.two-thirds{width:65.51724137931%;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element input{border:0;border-radius:0;padding:8px}form.ebook-styles .af-element{width:220px;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer{width:115px;float:left;margin-left: 6px;}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer input.submit{width:115px;padding:10px 6px 8px;text-transform:uppercase;border-radius:0;border:0;font-size:15px}form.ebook-styles .af-body.af-standards input.submit{width:115px}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy{width:100%;font-size:12px;margin:10px auto 0}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy p{font-size:11px;margin-bottom:0}form.ebook-styles .af-body input.text{height:40px;padding:2px 10px !important} Get The Timeless […]