Investing

Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

Two sides to every trade

Suppose, after reading a favorable article on a company, you go out and buy the stock at $10 per share. A year later, the stock price reaches $20, and you close out your position, doubling your money in a year—a …

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Peter L. Bernstein, 1919-2009

The vast majority of what you read and hear about investing focuses on returns. As in, what mutual fund, or stock, or asset class investors ought to buy now to garner the best return for some indeterminate period. Or which …

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The sound of cannon

Apparently the Rothschilds, the great banking family, had a saying about when to commit capital: “Buy at the sound of cannon; sell at the sound of violins.”

Although they probably were thinking about political instability, the saying has a contemporary …

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“Mattress risk”

Given the recent market crisis, we’ve heard a lot about how the “only safe place” to invest your money is your mattress.

One of my colleagues forwarded me this story from CNN. It’s about an older woman who had …

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If your mother says she loves you …

I’ll admit it’s a stretch for investors to find something positive from the past 18 months or so. But perhaps one plus is that a number of investing beliefs are under examination, and that many of us are reconsidering our …

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You can go home again, but will you?

Federal Reserve data indicate that between January and early May, bank savings deposits rose by almost $170 billion. At the current rate, new deposits for 2009 will exceed those in 2008, which totaled almost $330 billion.

Clearly, you’re voting with …

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A premature obituary for “buy and hold”

From the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) to the cartoon people interviewed on TV with zippy music, a recent theme in the financial press is that it’s “madness” to build a portfolio using the traditional method of setting an asset …

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My “spin” on laundry … and investing

We spent part of last weekend looking for replacements for our old washer and dryer, which definitely were on their last legs. In doing a bit of research before heading for the appliance store, I found an unexpected parallel with …

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Levers we can control

One of the biggest frustrations for investors is that there is one huge factor no one can control—the returns that the financial markets are going to provide in any given stretch of time.

When we first start investing, we probably …

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Junk news

Driving through the Pennsylvania countryside at 7:30 one morning, here’s the news I hear on the radio (read breathlessly): “And in the morning business news, Dow futures are down 300. S&P futures down 40. Nasdaq futures down 80.”

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On the virtue of keeping it simple

The impact of unnecessarily complicating our lives became clear to me this weekend.

With 260,000 miles on our two cars, we decided this was the time to get that new car we’ve been talking about. We did the research, bought …

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