I found an interesting graph on Marketwatch today. It’s from Stern Agee, and it shows the history of annual stock market returns for the past 200 years. Since 1825, the stock market has produced an annual gain 71% of the […]
Silver is one of the best electrical conductors that is being used in the creation of mobile phones. It’s highly reflective, making it a great component in the creation of solar panels – which are being integrated with traditional sources […]
This is the first in a series that covers the dark side of the investment advice business. Before I begin my attack on the shady practices that are rampant in the advice industry, I want to point out that the […]
Chart of the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (ETF). This fund provides exposure to 14 commodities from four sectors: energy, agriculture, industrial metals, and precious metals. Many commodity funds weigh constituents by economic importance, resulting in a heavy energy overweighting, but DBC is well-diversified across commodity sectors, making it a true broad-basket commodity fund.
An Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is the most critical component of a well-designed investment strategy. Without an IPS, your chances of achieving long term success as an investor are greatly diminished. Most high net worth investors, institutional investors, and professional […]
Chart of the volatility of the stock market, as measured by the VIX index. VIX is often called the “fear guage” for stock market investors, because it tends to spike higher when there is bad news about the economy, or geopolitical events, or anything of significance that may cause stock markets to fall.
Chart of the S&P 500 index, showing the weekly closing prices, going back one year.
Main points: We use the current market volatility to makes some adjustments to our recommended asset allocation. We modestly reduce our pro-cyclical bias by lowering the allocation to equities. To offset this reduction, we recommend adding to liquid alternative ETFs, […]