Category: Investing

Investable Collectables?

Remember Beanie Babies back in the 1990s? They started out in the beginning of that decade as loveable, kids’ toys, then turned in to valuable collector’s items where you could trade them for higher and higher prices and make a lot of money. Then suddenly, they bombed. Within a few years, you could buy three for a dollar at the dollar store.

Feeling Confu$ed About Money Decisions?

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was once asked, “What do you think is going to change in the future?” His response was that change wasn’t what to focus on. Instead, he said, “Ask yourself, ‘What’s likely to stay the same?’”

Is It Safe?

With the recent market correction, many clients are asking us, “Is it safe?” It reminds me of Marathon Man, the classic 1976 movie in which the evil villain (Sir Laurence Olivier) performs dental torture on poor Dustin Hoffman. Throughout the ordeal, Olivier’s character keeps asking Hoffman “Is it safe?” even though Hoffman has no idea why he’s being tortured. With investing, we can’t predict the future, but you don’t have to be in the dark about safety.

The Tricky Dance with Bonds

Do you remember “bearer bonds” from 30 to 50 years ago? Those bonds had actual physical coupons that you could clip and redeem at your bank for cash. Bond coupons were similar to grocery coupons then, and made it easy for people to understand how bonds worked.

Rule of 72 Favors the Prepared Mind

Are you familiar with the Rule of 72? It’s a shorthand way of calculating how long it will take for your money to double. Take an interest rate—say, 7 percent. Divide 7 into 72, and that’s a little over 10. That means it will take a little over 10 years for your money to double at a 7 percent rate of interest.

Investing—History Repeats Itself

Many of you know Warren Buffett, the billionaire head of Berkshire Hathaway (aka the Oracle of Omaha). Everyone from novices to professional investors heed Buffet’s wisdom because he’s got a great, folksy way of simplifying all the noise we get about the markets and successful investing. What you may not know is that Buffet wasn’t the first to use this approach.

Economic Forecast – a Ruse?

Have you heard this joke before? How many central bank economists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one. He holds the light bulb while the entire earth revolves around him. All kidding aside, we’re at that time of year when we’re reading one economic forecast after another, and quite frankly, it’s like the proverbial chimpanzee throwing darts at a dart board.

Two Key Rules to Preserving Wealth

Remember the 1960s TV show “Sing Along With Mitch”? It featured an animated bouncing ball over the lyrics on the screen with a chorus singing in the background. As a kid, I sometimes found that show confusing. The same thing can happen in managing your investment portfolio. Sometimes investors come in to see us with a portfolio that’s been bouncing all over the investment universe. They’ve been chasing one hot investment after another—usually arriving too late to the party. After all that time, stress and effort, they have disappointing returns and a really dysfunctional portfolio.

Bonds–The Tide Has Turned and the Sky Darkened

As many of you know, the Federal Reserve Board recently agreed to taper its bond-buying economic stimulus program. It’s something we’ve been expecting—some would say dreading–for a long time. It means the Fed thinks the economy’s recovered to the point that it can move forward on its own. That’s great for business and job seekers, but what does it mean for you and I as investors? Rising interest rates.

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