Today, October 19, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Black Monday’. On that fateful day in 1987 the Dow Jones Industrial Average, aka the Dow, had its worst single day drop in history. By the time the closing bell mercifully sounded at 4 p.m. the market had lost 508 points or 22.6% of its value. In our world today with the Dow at 23,000, that’s equivalent to a 5,100 point drop. [Read more…] about The Day Godzilla Came to Wall Street
When reviewing investment alternatives, average annualized returns are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. The sequence of returns matter as well. And as we’ll see, while they can have an impact when accumulating savings, their effects can be more dramatic for portfolios in distribution, such as during retirement. [Read more…] about Sequence of Returns – A Key Aspect of Investment Performance
Academic research has found 3 strategies, or factors, that have historically outperformed the S&P 500. The first is that smaller companies (aka small caps) tend to outperform larger companies. The next factor that excels over long periods is value. The third factor, price momentum, will be covered in a future post.
Value Investing – If it’s Good Enough for Warren…
Value investing is one oldest methods for investing in stocks. Benjamin Graham, known as the father of value investing, wrote one of the first academic textbooks on value investing with his seminal “Security Analysis”, first published in 1934. He followed that up with “The Intelligent Investor”, a classic bestseller which Warren Buffett has called, “By far the best book on investing ever written.” [Read more…] about 3 Investment Strategies That Beat the Market (Pt 2)
Beating “the market” is not easy. Every year there are any number of studies published which tell us only (pick a number between 10% & 55%) of active managers beat the market in a given year. (Source: Morningstar, The Economist)
If you have the discipline and patience, however, there are three strategies which have been proven to outperform the market over longer periods of time. [Read more…] about 3 Investment Strategies That Beat the Market (Over the Long Term)