Monthly Archives: August 2010

10 Investment Mistakes to Avoid

A concise list.  If your investing has not been profitable, the reasons why are on here somewhere. 10 Investment Mistakes 1.) Overlooking the importance of asset allocation: According to Mr. Miccolis, getting asset allocation right is the building block of … Continue reading

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The Decline of the P/E Ratio

WSJ 8/29/10 The Decline of the P/E Ratio The stock market's average price/earnings ratio, meanwhile, is in free fall, having plunged about 36% during the past year, the largest 12-month decline since 2003. It now stands at about 14.9, compared … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now – Getting Out of Stocks – NYTimes.com

Investors in the ’70s were stunned by an alarming rise in volatility. The comfortable, ordered system of international exchange, in place since the Bretton Woods accord at the end of World War II, had come apart, leading to violent fluctuations … Continue reading

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Fed Stands Ready to Do More, Bernanke Says – NYTimes.com

Mr. Bernanke made clear that while the Fed could take various steps, including large purchases of government debt, “central bankers alone cannot solve the world’s economic problems.” Speaking at the Fed’s annual symposium here, he hinted broadly that political leaders … Continue reading

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Wharton Conference on Private Equity

Wharton Private Equity Conference Report Private equity investors saw record yearly earnings in the boom years of 2005 to 2008 as easy access to financing led to ever-larger leveraged deals. Then it all came to a halt with the global … Continue reading

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Investment Advice from UBS for Stock-Trak

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John Bogle on Mutual Funds: Cheaper is Better

WSJ Article "In every asset class (U.S. stock funds, international stock funds, balanced funds, taxable bonds, and municipal bonds) over every time period," Morningstar wrote, "the cheapest quintile produced higher net returns than the most expensive quintile." Among domestic equity … Continue reading

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Flash Market Crash Is Still Under Investigation – NYTimes.com

The stock market mysteriously plunges 600 points — and then, more mysteriously, recovers within minutes. Over the next few weeks, analysts at Nanex, an obscure data company in the suburbs of Chicago, examine trading charts from the day and are … Continue reading

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Wanna Bet on Your GPA? Long or Short?

WSJ 8/19: Wager 101: Students Bet on Their Grades Two New York entrepreneurs are offering college students the chance to put their money where their grades are. Their website lets college students place wagers on their own academic performance, betting … Continue reading

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Quant Funds Not Looking so Brilliant After All

NYT 8/20: Shrinking Quant Funds Struggle to Revive Boom The combined assets of quantitative funds specializing in United States stocks have plunged to $467 billion, from $1.2 trillion in 2007, a 61 percent decline, according to eVestment Alliance, a research … Continue reading

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