Posts Tagged: investing strategies

Should You Use Active Managers?

How much of what you do in your life is the result of what others expect of you? I’ve been trying to remove small talk from my life and replace it with what Larry David calls “medium talk.” If you want to try medium talk, I’d steer clear of the above question. I’ve tried it,…

We Are All Factor Investors

Smart beta, indexing, Fama/French, margin of safety, Graham (deep) value, growth, momentum, GARP. Each of these terms represent very different styles of investing, but they all have one thing in common: they are all predicated on the fact that certain factors have, and will continue to, drive stock returns. ·         Smart Beta: fundamental-weighting, low volatility…

Overdiversification

Who doesn’t like to be diversified? It’s one of the easiest words to throw around when pitching an investment product or process because the word has an almost perfectly positive connotation. I am guilty of overusing the term because it’s just so easy to throw around. But diversification isn’t all peaches and cream. There is…

Skin in the Game

They say you should put your money where your mouth is. With that in mind, I really liked the spirit of Meb Faber’s recent post about having “skin in the game,” and so here I copy his idea (and hope others follow suit). To reiterate something Meb said, my situation is unique and my investment…

For Great Returns, Follow the Cash

Earnings get all the attention on Wall Street. While earnings are of course important (and measures like P/E are very useful in stock selection), they aren’t everything.  Less discussed, but equally important, is the cash that is flowing into and out of a company. Hidden in the statement of cash flows is an extremely useful…

Two Ways To Improve The Momentum Strategy

Momentum investing worked very well in 2013, but it’s been awful in 2014. The momentum reversal has been one of the major headlines in an otherwise flat and quiet market year because the high-flying stocks from 2013, especially popular tech names like Tesla, have been crushed in recent months. Momentum investing works great over the…

Talk Is Cheap: Why CEOs’ Actions Speak Louder Than Their Words

When you think of any famous CEO, you probably think of the great products or services that they’ve championed. CEOs that build great businesses become very famous, and justifiably so. But building a business that generates tons of cash flow is just step one. The less interesting—but equally crucial—job of any CEO is allocating their…

Portfolio Patriotism, and Why You Should Avoid It

The U.S. equity market is expensive.  The median stock is about as pricey as it’s been in 50 years, and valuations are all clustered: there are far fewer bargains than in years past. I am not an index investor, so I generally pay less attention to market-level valuation measures like the Shiller P/E or Tobin’s…

The Death of Money Portfolio

I finished James Rickards’s latest book Death of Money this weekend, which I found provocative, informative, and scary, but ultimately lacking in terms of investment advice.  Rickards knows his stuff, and I recommend the book for all the great information it contains and because it will get you thinking. I plead ignorance on most of…