Biggest Investor Mistakes

Many studies have shown that individual investors, managing their own accounts, do about 5% worse than they would if simply buying an index fund.  The top investment managers have regularly beaten the averages, so it is a big spread. The current environment illustrates all of the key reasons for this. Psychology.  Investors buy tops and […]

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Book Review: Bailout Nation

I am planning a series of book reviews covering the financial crisis.  While some time has passed, that is helpful in pulling the information together.  We have financial reform legislation on the verge of passage, even before the official Commission has delivered findings.  Economists will be weighing in on this for years. It is a […]

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Revisiting the List of Worries

James Altucher suggests that the S&P 500 is going to 1500, an increase of over 40%.  He provides seven good reasons.  He notes that stocks are trading at 11 times forward earnings.  Average would be 15 or more, and the current low interest rates suggest an even higher multiple might be appropriate.  I view valuation […]

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