“Can you beat the S&P 500 with the S&P 500?” asks the author of today’s article. The answer, surprisingly, is yes, you can! Confused? The author proceeds to point out that there are actually two S&P 500s – and while they are comprised of the same 500 stocks, one (the traditional S&P 500 Index) is capitalization-weighted and the other is equal-weighted. Most importantly, the equal-weighted version has shown a strong propensity to outperform the capitalization-weighted version. To read about the ETF that allows investors to play this equal-weighted index, CLICK HERE.
Stock buybacks are a source of controversy, with one common criticism being that money spent on buybacks is money that is not being spent on R&D, capital investments or acquisitions. And, in fact, one financial consulting firm that studied buybacks in recent years found that, on average, the returns of companies that launched buyback programs lagged behind the stock market afterwards. However, some companies have seen their buybacks pay off, and today’s article highlights four “that look likely to continue their recent good runs.” To find out what these stocks are, CLICK HERE.
Statistics show that there’s a savings crisis in America involving all generations. Among those sobering statistics? Nearly two-thirds of adults in the U.S. lack even the most minimal savings safety net for an emergency situation. As such, the author of today’s article highlights a new, easy-to-use personal finance app that may be a small part of the solution: Dobot – “the robot for your dough” – which “can automate your savings…help you save more money…and allow you to grab control of your financial future to save for the things that matter.” To read more about Dobot, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article notes that it’s rare to have an opportunity to buy one of Warren Buffett’s favorite stocks on sale. Such an opportunity now exists, however, with Wells Fargo, as the bank suffers the aftermath of its phony account scandal. But just because the stock is selling at a discount, is it a smart buy – or is the firm permanently damaged as a result of this scandal? The author examines what a number of metrics indicate in this regard, as well as the risks associated with the bank. To read more, CLICK HERE.
The single most overvalued asset class right now may not be U.S. stocks, but rather bonds. This is the assessment of the author of today’s article, who believes that, “short of an economic recession, bond holders are almost guaranteed bigly losses over the next decade as we are now set on a likely path to lower bond prices and higher bond yields.” For the author’s multi-pronged rationale for why he believes investors should “sell bonds, post hate”, CLICK HERE.
While not all market observers subscribe to the belief that U.S. stocks are overvalued, the author of today’s article certainly does. Given this, he proceeds to examine the various alternatives investors have when it comes to an overvalued market – including moving to cash, going overweight bonds in their portfolios, and taking on more exposure to overseas stocks – as well as the potential drawbacks of each of these strategies. To read more, CLICK HERE.
While oil markets are currently characterized by low prices and oversupply, some observers – including the former administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the International Energy Agency – are looking ahead to the 2020s and foreseeing an impending “decade of disorder” for the oil markets as the drastic cutbacks in drilling and capital investment seen in recent years lead to a shortfall of supply that shale will not be able to make up for. To read more, CLICK HERE.
“Using some of your investments for global stocks and funds makes sense for diversification,” acknowledges the author of today’s article, who further notes that it may make all the more sense now given the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economy. As such, he proceeds to highlight what he sees as six of the best global investments that may not be on most investors’ radars. To find out what these 6 investments – a mix of funds and specific companies – are, CLICK HERE.
“Penny stocks could be your wildest ride yet as an investor,” states the author of today’s article regarding this class of stocks which offer the potential for impressive gains…or impressive losses. For those who want to learn more about the world of penny stocks – often referred to as the wild west of investing – today’s article provides a primer. What are penny stocks and how does one buy them? What are their potential rewards…and inherent risks? What three things does the author say investors should look at when picking penny stocks to avoid getting “penny stuck”? CLICK HERE to find out.
Today’s article notes that a stunning 88% of active U.S. domestic fund managers underperform relative to their benchmarks. Given this, those few fund managers who actually outperform might have some insights worth listening to. As such, the author spoke with three of these rare outperformers to see what investors can learn from their success, as well as what opportunities and risks they see in the markets right now. To read what these “smartest guys in the room” had to say, CLICK HERE.