Category: Investing

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Investment Tips For 2018

While the U.S. media focused on the rise of U.S. stocks in 2017, it was actually international stocks that gave U.S. stocks a thumping. U.S. stocks gained about 21.6 percent. International stocks gained 27.4 percent. But it’s now time to...

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Canadian Stocks Beat Vancouver Real Estate (1994-2016)

    Ask this question on the street.  What has performed better, Canadian stocks (as measured by the S&P/TSX Composite Index) or single-family homes in Vancouver, B.C.? Few people on Canadian streets would pause to answer. They would say Vancouver...

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Do Bonds Always Rise When Stock Markets Drop?

  Here’s a question that one of my readers asked.   Hi Andrew I have a balanced portfolio of Etfs 40/60-bond/stock and I am not concerned whether the market is currently up or down as I am leaving my money...

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What Do Wild Dogs And Investing Have In Common?

This is the world’s only finance article comparing investment decisions to wild dogs…real wild dogs….those that want a chunk of your Levis and a rare piece of gluteus maximus. Evading dumb investment decisions and sidestepping a gruesome battle with a...

What Are Your Investments Really Worth? 6

What Are Your Investments Really Worth?

I don’t think that most people know what their investments are really worth. If your portfolio was created for the purpose of providing future retirement income, for instance (as it is with most international school teachers) then its value has...

Common Sense Investing Reaps a $46,800 profit so far – cont 6

Common Sense Investing Reaps a $46,800 profit so far – cont

The account mentioned on the below post is further updated here.  From September 11, 2006 to February 17th, 2011 the initially invested $200,000 has gained $53,340.76 without added money. Portfolio Value: $253,340.76 Gain / Loss: +$53,340.76 (26.67%)

Common Sense Investing Reaps a $46,800 profit so far 8

Common Sense Investing Reaps a $46,800 profit so far

Nearly five years ago, I gave a seminar at Singapore American School, on indexed investing.  The lesson was simple, existing of the following: Most stock market mutual funds (which advisors typically buy for clients) lose to the overall stock market...

Numbers That Are Accurate, But Inaccurate 3

Numbers That Are Accurate, But Inaccurate

My guess is that a fairly low percentage of people have monitored their investment performances over the past decade or more, and compared their results to a suitable benchmark.  And those who have made long term comparisons, I believe, rarely...

Where did my money go? 24

Where did my money go?

Most of my friends think that I’ve lost my mind.  Two days ago, I sold $700,000 worth of individual stocks that I stockpiled lovingly, mostly over the past dozen years. I greedily rubbed my hands with delight every time the...

Investors–You Should Listen to a Dying Wall Street Man 6

Investors–You Should Listen to a Dying Wall Street Man

With the conflicts of interest and ignorance within the money management industry, one Wall Street veteran with brain cancer wants to stand up and be heard… …Read what he has to say!

Am I Smart Enough to Beat the Market Indexes? 1

Am I Smart Enough to Beat the Market Indexes?

I’ve devoted all sorts of time on this site to explaining why buying actively managed mutual funds is a fool’s errand. After all expenses (most of which are hidden) and after taxes and survivorship bias, the odds of matching the...

Women Invest Differently Than Men 0

Women Invest Differently Than Men

As the saying goes,  behind every successful man there is a woman  – and it’s the same with investing. Fess up, fellows: The masters of the universe have turned out to be masters of disaster. No matter which aspect of the...