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I regularly encourage Retirement Watch readers to fight their intuition when making personal finance decisions. The actions that people are most comfortable with and that are instinctive often are bad decisions. I know that from seeing the decisions people make and from conducting detailed, independent research before making a recommendation in the newsletter or web […]
There are many ways to manage your money during retirement. Only a few of them work. One that I’ve recommended for some time and that seems to work for some of my readers is known as “the buckets strartegy.” You can read about it in some detail here, but here’s a summary. You divide your […]
A widely-promoted investment strategy is to follow what famous and successful investors are doing. There even are some academic studies indicating the strategy can work. Most of these investors don’t tell us what they’re doing while they’re doing it. But a large number of them are required to file reports with the SEC that show […]
Quality has been the place to be during this great unwinding, and it still is the best place for your capital. The trick is to distinguish real quality from apparent quality. In addition, even some quality assets have faced significant price declines during the last year. A key to success in this environment is patience. […]
Investors aren’t making too many mistakes these days. That means we have to search harder to find profitable investment ideas with a margin of safety. The most frequent mistake investors make is to misprice investments. In the typical investment cycle, investors buy whatever has been rising. This pushes the price of that asset to an […]
We are low risk investors here at Retirement Watch. Carefully assess the risks and avoid the big losses is a big part of my investment philosophy. The gains will take care of themselves because of the long-term growth trends in the economy and the markets. That is why instead of searching for the next investment […]
The markets across the board have had corrections. The first quarter of 2005 was the worst quarter in two years for the S&P 500. Investors’ problems for the quarter did not end with the big company stocks that make up that index. My database of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds showed negative returns in March […]
Stocks packed a substantial correction into the first two weeks of January. Most indexes and sectors absorbed significant declines both in absolute terms and when compared to their 2004 gains. The S&P 500 gave up 25% of its 2004 gains in the following two weeks. The transportation index saw 17% of its substantial 2004 returns […]