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Stocks Aren’t for the Long Run

April 11, 2012

Professor Robert Shiller of “irrational exuberance” fame is back making headlines, this time in an interview with Money magazine. Another of Shiller’s innovations is the Shiller P/E ratio. Instead of using forecasts of next year’s earnings, Shiller suggests using normalized earnings, which he defines as basically an average of the last 10 year’s earnings. That […]

Time to Buy Stocks?

August 16, 2011

With stocks in a downdraft and well below recent highs, it’s time to consider the unthinkable question: Is this a good time to add to your stock positions? Let’s look at two pieces of data. The first is the net flows of mutual funds. Investors have been pulling money out of equity mutual funds for […]

Don’t Own Stocks for the Long Run

July 7, 2011

Stocks for the Long Run is a best-seller by Jeremy Siegel and is the basis for the stock-centered portfolios that dominate in the U.S., even among retired investors. Siegel’s argument is that over the long-term stocks earn substantially higher returns than the alternatives. Stocks do have higher volatility. But because of the higher returns, investors […]

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Pockets of Opportunity in the Stock Market

November 1, 2005

The trends that boosted our portfolios ahead of the indexes this year are likely to last another quarter or more. As more and more investors notice our returns and invest with us, it will become time to move into other investments. We aren’t at that point yet, but I’m already drawing up a short list […]

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Stocks to Hold for the Long Run

November 1, 2005

We are coming up on the one year anniversary of our portfolio of 15 stocks for the next decade. For those who want to own individual stocks in addition to mutual funds, I created a portfolio of 15 companies that you should be comfortable owning for the next decade. This is not a trading portfolio, […]

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Japanese Stocks Catching Fire

November 1, 2005

The doormat of international financial markets, Japan, appears to be turning around as we anticipated a couple of years ago. At Retirement Watch we have a history of following the Japanese market. Investors with long memories will recall that Japan had the world’s hottest stock market in the 1970s and 1980s. There even were fears […]

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A Few Stocks For The Long Term

March 1, 2002

The Enron accounting scandal hasn’t touched directly our recommended individual stocks. Not all of our picks have been winners in the bear market, but we’ve avoided accounting and management scandals. It takes a bit of work to avoid companies with artificial financial results, and it is not always possible. A concerted fraud effort is impossible […]

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Build Your Own Low-Cost Stock Fund

January 1, 2002

Small investors face several hurdles when they want to purchase individual stocks instead of mutual funds. Now, there are ways to overcome many of these hurdles. New research shows you need 40-50 stocks in different sectors for a diversified portfolio. (Older research said eight to 16 stocks.) Buying that many stocks for a modest portfolio […]

October 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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