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Probability: Should It Play A Part In Your Asset Allocation?

We live in the moment. We have short attention spans (and shorter memories). For the most part, we want to know how stocks will perform over the next few weeks or months. 2026? 2027? Few “long-term” investors have the fortitude to regard today’s equity market decisions the way that a red wine vintner treats a [...] Continue Reading...


Here Is What You Should Know About The Last Three Bear Markets

Earnings per share (EPS) for the S&P 500 for Q2 came in at $87. Those results are no better than the EPS data from four years earlier. Worse yet, the $87 GAAP-based earnings are 18% lower than the $106 reached in Q3 of 2014. Now look at the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio chart below. For the [...] Continue Reading...


Why Aren’t Businesses Investing In Their Futures?

The last three times that private businesses cut back on fixed asset expenditures – plants, trucks, tools, software, hardware, equipment, office buildings and other capital goods – the country slipped into recession. Is this time different? Or does company reluctance to buy machinery, commercial real estate and electrical appliances signify that economic contraction is around [...] Continue Reading...


The Mad Scramble For Yield Ignores A Real Risk Of Financial Loss

Is debt inherently bad? Probably not. After all, most homeowners require a mortgage to afford the “American dream.” Indeed, most folks believe that financing real estate is a venerable wealth-building endeavor. They trust property appreciation more than they trust market-based securities like stocks. Bear in mind, low mortgage rates in the 5.5%-6.5% range coupled with [...] Continue Reading...


Buy Or Sell Tesla (TSLA)? Tell Me What The “Feds” Are Going To Do

A client recently asked me for an opinion on Tesla (TSLA). I snickered. Not because I had a negative outlook on the electric vehicle manufacturer. Nor did I laugh because I doubted Elon Musk’s ability to lead. Did I chuckle because auto demand might be peaking? No, that wasn’t it. Or because low gasoline prices [...] Continue Reading...


Do Celebrated Fund Managers Know More About the Credit Balloon Than You Know?

There was a time when hedge funds may have offered something unique in the way of performance. You may have been able to make a case for them alongside a mix of stocks and intermediate-term treasury bonds. Over the last three years, however, hedge funds have been downright abysmal. Consider the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index ETF (QAI). It [...] Continue Reading...


How Should You Address The Existing Risk Of Disastrous Loss In The Market?

The previous decade’s financial crisis did not begin in earnest until 2008. Bear Stearns. Lehman Brothers. AIG. And yet, the warning signs had appeared long beforehand. Real estate sales had turned negative on a year-over-year basis in 2006, even as prices kept climbing. Meanwhile, SPDR Select Sector Financials (XLF) logged -21% in 2007, even as [...] Continue Reading...


5 Inconvenient Stock Truths For The Bold And The Reckless

Here are five big-league reasons to evaluate your current asset mix: 1. Credit Fundamentals Are Deteriorating. What do you remember about the financial crisis in 2008? Perhaps you think about a term like “subprime mortgage.” Or maybe you recall the way home values and stock prices collapsed. Either way, most would agree that households and [...] Continue Reading...


What Is The Most Opportunistic Asset Class Right Now?

Are the new all-time highs in U.S. large cap stocks as big a deal as the media would have you believe? On a year-over-year basis, other asset classes have been more impressive. Bonds via Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND), gold via SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and the “risk-off” Japanese yen via Currency Shares Yen Trust [...] Continue Reading...


Stocks and Bonds: Which Asset Class Balloon Will Pop First?

In 2013, the S&P 500 closed at a record high at the same time that the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond yield closed at a record low. The reason? The Federal Reserve had been buying hundreds of millions of government bonds as part of its quantitative easing (QE) program. Indeed, back in 2013, Fed leaders determined [...] Continue Reading...


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