In case you didn’t get the memo, global stocks are now in correction mode. And the velocity of the rout has been shocking to seasoned financial pros not to mention the investing masses.
For perspective, the three largest U.S. stock benchmarks - the Dow Industrials (NYSEARCA:DIA), Nasdaq-100... Read More
It’s commonly and incorrectly presumed that people with large investment portfolios are smart investors. But as counterintuitive as it may sound, this false presumption is simply not true. How do I know?
Because I’ve analyzed and graded many multi-million dollar investment portfolios ($27... Read More
What's hot and what's not?
The chart below shows that U.S stocks (NYSEARCA:SPY) are still outperforming other asset categories like bonds (NYSEARCA:BND), global real estate (NYSEARCA:RWO), and gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) this year. Stock market fear is contained and the VIX - a popular barometer of... Read More
The extraordinary performance of U.S. stocks over the past six years has been like the 1960s Boston Celtics: Dominant and unbeatable. But is the tide changing?
From 2009 to present the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) has gained almost +135%, while the SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF... Read More
How many people sold their stocks at the 2009 bottom, went to cash and then bought gold at its 2011 peak?
In my latest Index Investing Show podcast episode, I explain how "double whammy" effect has damaged certain investment portfolios so severely, the losses could be catastrophic.
The... Read More
During the 1849 California Gold Rush people sold all their possessions to chase gold (NYSEARCA:IAU). A small minority hit the jackpot, but most did not. Back then, the few people that did get wealthy by not diversifying were the hyper-extreme exception, not the rule. And it’s the same... Read More
Building an architecturally sound investment portfolio doesn't happen by chance.
A structurally strong and healthy portfolio is organized into three basic parts: 1) the portfolio’s core, 2) the portfolio’s non-core, and 3) the portfolio’s “margin of safety.” All portfolio parts... Read More
It's been 1,383 days since the U.S. stock market's (NYSEARCA:SCHB) last 10% correction. And although the S&P 500 (^GSPC) has climbed just over 10% during the past year, not all segments of the equity market have been good performers.
For example, mining stocks (NYSEARCA:GDX) have crashed... Read More
Stock market volatility creeps up when most investors least expect it. But even more intriguing about the latest upward explosion in equity volatility is that it occurred on small percentage losses in major stock index benchmarks like the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) and Russell Small Cap 2000... Read More
A few months ago the NASDAQ Composite Index (Nasdaq:ONEQ) eclipsed 5,000 for the first time since March 2000. Put another way, we are all 15 years older since the NASDAQ’s first dance with all-time highs, but are we smarter? What did we learn from the first meltdown that can help us cope with... Read More