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Investing Insights: Mental Accounting & Mind Games

There was a time when a cattle rancher in need of new shoes had to find a shoemaker who wanted a cow. This was the barter system which clearly impeded trade and specialization of labor (that cattle farmer may have given up and decided to make his own shoe). To…

The Return Of Value… Can It Be True?

I was intrigued to see both Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal touting the “return of value” in recent days. More interesting than the headlines themselves were the somewhat skeptical quotes that accompanied them. “Value investors haven’t been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, but it’s starting to feel…

Stock Market Video Blog: Is The Next Crisis Near?

The past several weeks have been difficult for investors. Managing ones emotions during a stock market correction are easier said than done.  BUT, that’s why it’s imperative to have a risk management process in place… so the process takes over for ones emotion. Markets correct through both time and price,…

Stock Market History: Bullish Trends And Pullbacks To 200-Day

Easier Market Calendar year 1995 featured a very strong trend with little in the way of pullbacks for the S&P 500. Harder Market Since easier markets are typically followed by harder markets, it is not surprising 1996 was more challenging than 1995. We know “markets need to consolidate their gains”,…

Stock Market Video: Focusing On Trends & Managing Volatility

Market volatility can harm investor returns. Not simply because we (sometimes incorrectly) associate volatility with down markets, but because volatility tends to shake investor confidence. It also gets investors to begin to predict what’s next based on fear / emotion. And this can negatively impact your results. In 2018, stocks…

An Interview with Value Investor Eric Cinnamond

“Instead of relying on central banks as the foundation of my risk mitigation strategy, I plan to remain committed to my absolute return process and discipline.” –Eric Cinnamond The world’s oldest investment philosophy, buy low and sell high, is not only the most logical but it is also most neglected…

The S&P 500… and Investor Resilience: 60 Years Of Winning

What quiet times can do for a market. 2017 was a year of sit back relax and watch the markets melt higher, at-least for some market participants. However, only just 2 years ago the market was everything else but quiet. We had the China devaluation, multiple fears within Europe (Brexit,…

3 Simple Tools For Trading The Futures Markets

When developing your own trading strategy the adage KISS – “keep it simple, stupid” is an important one to remember. This carries over to deciding which trading tools to use as well. I had the privilege to learn to trade from some exceptional traders down at the Chicago Board of…

Say It Isn’t So… Active Investing Beat Passive In 2017

Sacrilege, right? Over the years, we have been taught that actively managed funds simply don’t stand a chance against the index. You know, that passive investing over active investing theme… Well something happened last year. According to the U.S. SPIVA report, 63% of domestic funds underperformed the index last year….