Yearly Archives > 2017

Sep
22

Equifax Hack

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On September 8th, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies, announced that hackers accessed their systems in one of the most widespread data breaches to date.  Hackers allegedly stole names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers for as many as 143 million American consumers. Understandably, a number […]

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Sep
1

Playing Our Game

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Benjamin Graham, the famous value investor, Columbia University professor, author of The Intelligent Investor and mentor to Warren Buffett, wrote “Investing isn’t about beating others at their game.  It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.” Within the Standard and Poor’s 500 large cap stock index in 2017, the stocks with the highest price-to-earnings ratios, […]

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Aug
25

Amazon’s Unfair Advantage

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Investors are gaga over Amazon.com.  As of late July, Wall Street analysts had thirty-eight buy ratings, five hold ratings and just one sell rating on the stock.  The average twelve-month price target of these analysts was $1,472.  With its current price of $967, that’s a 52% increase. And, yes, the accolades and excitement are well-deserved. […]

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Aug
7

Bubble, Broaden, Break

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As equity markets continue their ascent, we consider what will happen next – more of the same; out-of-favor stocks begin participating; or a stall in gains. Stocks are expensive with the trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index at almost 24 times realized earnings and over 18 times estimated earnings […]

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Aug
3

Interesting

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They have an interesting relationship with their son . . .It was interesting how the administration released their tax plan . . . The stock market has been really interesting this year . . . Interestingly, all of these sentences lack meaning. “Interesting” has become an overused word in the American vernacular – a filler word, a way of saying something while […]

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May
1

The Case of the Expensive Market

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It’s a real mystery.  The market is expensive, yet stocks have nevertheless been trending ever higher. Bloomberg News reports that in a recent closed-door investment confab, the legendary hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones observed that the total market capitalization of U.S. stocks is currently about 125% of U.S. GDP.  In other words, the aggregate […]

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Mar
22

Dow 40,000

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We’d like nothing more than to see the Dow continue its ascent and double yet again. Maybe this is the greatest bull market in history and the market will push higher and higher over the next few years? It’s already the second longest and third strongest bull market in history. And valuations were this rich […]

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