The total U.S. stock market has gained over 20% during the past year and is doing great. But for U.S. investors that are under-weighted to foreign stocks, it's not so great. Why? Because foreign stocks have convincingly outperformed U.S. equities, thereby causing a performance deficit. What's the... Read More
Sitting atop this year's performance gainers are leveraged ETFs. These are funds that use a combination of debt and derivatives to magnify their performance. Are leveraged ETFs right for you?
Before tackling this question, let's examine key trends within this arena.
Among this year's best... Read More
Being a contrarian investor is a lot harder than it sounds. It means doing the opposite of the crowd. It means having the stomach and stamina to buy assets or investments that are unloved, misunderstood, and trading at bargain prices.
Highly respected investors who made their fortunes by being... Read More
News flash: Your worst enemy isn't inflation, deflation, a market crash, or whatever other scary financial scenarios you can think of. Rather, we ourselves, in many cases become our own worst enemies. And at any given time, our behavior simply amplifies whatever bad things might be happening around... Read More
Actively managed portfolios are not a device of nefarious origin. And neither is it a "dead exercise" as the vox populi has declared. Nevertheless, to be successful at active investing, there are some big time hurdles. Before we discuss these obstacles, let's first clarify the term "active... Read More