Posts Tagged: sector series

The 3 Keys to Investing in Energy Stocks

“Omnia bona quoad perfora” (Loosely, All prospects look good until drilled)” In Energy, Part I, I explored the impressive—but highly volatile—returns of energy stocks. In this part, I’ll explore how to find the best individual energy stocks. As we will see, the secret to success in the energy sector is similar to the secret in…

Black Gold (Energy Part I)

My great-grandfather, Ignatius Aloysius (“I.A.”) O’Shaughnessy, was born in 1885, exactly 100 years before I was born. From very humble roots in Stillwater, Minnesota, he built one of the country’s most successful private oil companies: Globe Oil. Once honored as the “king of the wildcats,” I.A. built a huge fortune and then slowly gave it…

Boring Is Good

I’ve always liked investing rules, because they impose discipline. Here is one rule I find useful: boring investments are good investments. The more boring the investment, index, or asset class, the better it will probably be for your portfolio. This has been true throughout market history, and the rule manifests everywhere: ·         Trading less often…

Consumer Staples, Part II

 “We see change as the enemy of investments…so we look for the absence of change. We don’t like to lose money. Capitalism is pretty brutal. We look for mundane products that everybody needs.” Warren Buffett In Consumer Staples, Part I, I explored the unique nature of consumer staples stocks and their impressive historical returns. In…

The Best Performing Sector (Consumer Staples, Part 1)

When Jeremy Siegel and Jeremy Schwartz were doing research for the book The Future for Investors, they wanted to find the best performing stock from the original 1957 version of the S&P 500[i]. What they found wasn’t an exciting technology stock, or a behemoth oil company, but rather a simple consumer stock: cigarette maker Philip…