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Weather vs. Climate

Many investors feel that they are not properly informed about the financial world unless they have checked daily, or even hourly, on how the Dow, FTSE, or Nikkei have moved in the intervening period. In most cases, it’s a pretty harmless activity. It at least provides a bland conversation starter in fleeting social encounters, just […]

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Top 10 Investment Guidelines

The media would have you believe that a successful investment experience comes from picking stocks, timing your entry and exit points, making accurate predictions and outguessing the market. Is there a better way? It’s true that some people do get lucky by making bets on certain stocks and sectors or getting in or out at […]

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The Certainty Principle

A frequent complaint from would-be investors is that “uncertainty” is what keeps them out of the financial markets. “I’ll stay in cash until the direction becomes clearer,” they will say. So when has there ever been total clarity? Alternatively, people who are already in the market after a strong rally, as we have seen in […]

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Old Stories; True Stories

Everyone loves market premiums. But not everyone can withstand the risks. There are two possible responses – try to time the premiums or ride out the risk for the return on the other side. Which works better? Let’s look at history. When markets are stormy, it’s natural to want to pull your portfolio into a […]

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