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Stock Market

How To Hack The Stock Market

Want to learn a guaranteed way to never, ever lose money in the stock market? Then today’s post is for you. Those who have read about the magic money machine will remember this graph: It’s a good representation of the random walk the stock […]

Stock Market

I Told You So

Back in late February (which now feels like a lifetime ago), a colleague and I were chatting about the stock market. The S&P had just gone down through the 3,000 mark. The said colleague, who happens to be a very thoughtful person, mentioned that […]

Stock Market

A Magic Money Making Machine

If one were to distill the most contentious question in stock market investing, it would boil down to this: “What is a reasonable expectation for stock market returns going forward?” Your take on the question above impacts a multitude of things. First and foremost, […]

Stock market fear
Stock Market

How Bad Can A Stock Market Downturn Get?

Not too long ago, one of my readers posed an interesting question in the comments section of this blog. Essentially, it boiled down to this: I am using the stock market for long-term wealth building and my goal would be to FIRE, hopefully, within […]

Smarter than the stock market
Investing

Who Is Smarter Than The Stock Market?

“Objects in the rear-view mirror may appear closer than they are”. Right now, the opposite is true. It feels like a lifetime ago – but it has only been 11 weeks since we were trying to find a way forward in the midst of […]

Stock market returns demystified
Stock Market

Demystifying Stock Market Returns

The stock market is a complex beast. This is not entirely surprising. In a way, it might even be expected. After all, it’s a mechanism that allows retail investors like you and I take a tiny ownership stake in large multinational corporations like Microsoft […]

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Investing

Doom, Gloom, And Negative Oil Prices

For anyone who is following the financial markets these days, Monday was an eye-opener. For the first time in history, the price of oil has gone into negative territory. At its nadir, a barrel of WTI (West Texas Intermediate, the US benchmark for oil) […]

Stock Market

The Hidden Dangers Of Dividend Investing

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day when I stumbled a tweet extolling the virtues of dividend investing – and the investing superpowers of dividend investors themselves. I won’t quote it verbatim, but it had all the requisite components, such as: […]

Hate the stock market
Stock Market

Five Reasons To Hate The Stock Market

The stock market expansion that followed the financial crisis became known as the most hated bull market ever. Despite the tremendous growth and wealth creation, the share of retail investors in the stock market has actually declined from ~65% before the financial crisis to […]

What happens next?
Stock Market

What Happens Next

It’s official. We’ve gone from what seemed like a nasty, yet temporary wobble in the markets to a full-blown crisis. The true scale of the damage to the world economy is unknown so far, but it’s clear the situation is more complex than it […]

Staring into the abyss
Stock Market

The Art Of Staring Into The Abyss

As I write this post, my stock app is flashing green all around. S&P is up almost 4.6%, which apparently is its 11th best showing ever.  Stocks, mutual funds and ETFs are up across the board. The only exception is the VIX.  Down about […]

Stock Market

The Case For A 100% US Equity Portfolio

At some point, all stock market investors are faced with a question: what is the right portfolio allocation between US and international equities? As the data below shows, at the turn of the 20th century, the US stock market represented ~15% of the world’s […]

Hard truths that will knock you out
Stock Market

The Not So Silly Things Active Investors Say

Not too long ago, I published the “Silly Things Active Stock Market Investors Say” post.   In it, I recounted some of the most popular excuses explanations people make when they try to justify an active investment strategy. As expected, few of the popular excuses […]